Today, we're always being told that videogames are social. It's only recently that I've been able to take enough of a step back to realise that this is weapons-grade nonsense. Social gaming isn't a "share" button, or achievements, or single shard servers. Social gaming is getting home and not being able to have sex because your partner wasn't kidding about you invading Kamchatka. Social gaming is an entire match coming down to you looking your best friend in the eye, and deciding if you can trust him. Advertisement And as a fundamentally social hobby, it makes sense that co-op board games are popular. Disease-battler Pandemic gets a lot of love, and as an aside, if you play it and feel brave, you should totally move up to either Ghost Stories or Space Alert. BUT, but, I think there's something even more social than co-op games. I'm talking about team games. I'm talking about working together with your friends, but against another tribe of competitive humans. It's the most fun you … [Read more...] about You’re With Me: 5 Team Board Games You Should Play
This week’s question is pegged to the final season of Game Of Thrones: Who do you want to win the game of thrones? William Hughes If our time together in Westeros has taught me anything, it’s that it’s a place where “good” and “smart” are typically mutually exclusive qualities. (Looking at you, Ned Stark’s big dumb severed head.) So here’s to the exception that proves the rule, and my pick for our benevolent future monarch: The Giant Of Lannister, Tyrion The First. Tyrion’s not perfect—his self-pity overwhelms his empathy more often than I’d like—but he’s the only person in the series who’s capable of understanding that smallfolk aren’t just a sort of two-legged cattle that crap out food to feed your castle, while also refusing to engage in the prophesied action hero nonsense that’s going to get Dany and Jon Snow killed. Plus, to paraphrase Douglas Adams, he has the most important … [Read more...] about Who do you want to win the game of thrones?
In the annals of modern engineering, mankind has achieved one stunning feat after the next. We’ve put humans on the moon, and more than the once. Self-driving motor vehicles are bound to become part of everyday life before too long. The average human lifespan continues to increase. But every so often an innovation comes along that pushes its entire medium forward, one which distinguishes itself as a pioneer of the form. Today, Miller Lite has turned a beer can into a video game controller. It’s also not just a factory prototype, even if the odds of getting your hands on one are pretty slim. The Cantroller is part of a Miller tie-in campaign for the ongoing 2019 E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles; as an epicenter of the gaming industry’s year, brands often look to get in on the fun. But with the Cantroller, which is indeed filled with a regular-ounce portion of Miller Lite, the macro-brew distinguishes itself from the pack. It’s a functioning … [Read more...] about Miller Lite has built a working video game controller in a beer can
Sometimes, as borders erode, new fissures form in their wake. In 2019, more games flowed between PC and other platforms than ever before, but a single major division cracked the PC gaming landscape in half. This year’s central throughline was undoubtedly the titanic clash between Valve and Epic, with Epic snatching up every high-profile exclusive it could get its hands on, much to some PC gamers’ chagrin. But this year also saw longtime console exclusives like Red Dead Redemption 2, Heavy Rain, Journey, and Halo: Reach complete their years-long migrations to PC, with other heavy hitters like Death Stranding announced for PC as well. Games flowed in the opposite direction too, with the Nintendo Switch opening its doors to countless indie games that traditionally would have been PC-only affairs. Streaming and subscription services like Google Stadia and Project xCloud muddied the waters even more, putting PC-game-like experiences on platforms you’d never have imagined … [Read more...] about The State Of PC Gaming In 2019
Companies like Sony and Nvidia have tried to make game streaming a thing for years, so gamers can skip the download process entirely and instead stream games from the cloud. But only recently has the tech been good enough to make it feasible. Sony has PS Now, which can stream games over the internet to a PS4 or PC, while Nvidia’s GeForce Now service does the same thing for the company’s Shield devices or a modern computer with an Nvidia GPU. These services are pretty niche and rely on a relatively expensive console or PC to function. However, a new project from Google called Yeti could break down many of those barriers by allowing users to stream games to Chromecast-compatible devices, or possibly on an all-new Google home console. Advertisement Detailed in a report from The Information, Yeti was reportedly scheduled for release in late 2017, but for unknown reasons, the launch date has apparently been pushed back. The idea is that with today’s faster internet … [Read more...] about Google’s Rumored ‘Yeti’ Project Could Be Big For Game Streaming