Good muscles, cyber pal BioForge was a work of experimental fusion, the unfathomable prowess of the human brain fused with the constant vigilance of a mid-1990s desktop computer. Adventure game meets hand-to-hand combat, a feverish exploration of a cybernetic figure of unknown origin and capabilities. Your character (the cyborg) wakes up in a cell, and finds himself the newly-formed avatar of Promethean strength, nervously wearing all the muscles of his demi-human body on the outside of his skin. This is an important game. A noteworthy game. A game worth playing all the way through. I never got out of the holding cell. This was very frustrating. It’s a good-looking sci-fi adventure game, as crisp and polished as 1995 could manage. It had polygons. It had voice acting. I wanted to explore this alien world and its futuristic outpost filled with mystery. But a fence of lasers locked me into a single room. And as I struggled to look around for a button to deactivate said lasers, … [Read more...] about Have you played… BioForge?
AMD has released a major driver update each of the past several years. First there was the Crimson Edition, marking a major change to the previous Catalyst drivers in terms of UI and other elements. Then came Crimson ReLive, which added built-in streaming support and a few other tweaks. Last year was the Adrenalin Edition, and now we're on the Adrenalin 2019 Edition. While the name change this round isn't pronounced—AMD has simply added a year designation to the existing Adrenalin branding—under the hood there are quite a few updates. You can read the full list of changes over at AMD's blog, but I'll cover the highlights here.First and foremost, for those that might want to play games away from their main PC, ReLive now supports game streaming. This works with mobile devices running either Android OS (5.0 or later) or iOS (version 10 or later) and is a free app called AMD Link. Streaming to another PC isn't directly supported, though there are plenty of other software … [Read more...] about AMD delivers numerous updates with its Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition
Oh no, Microsoft. What have you done. Are you geniuses, or are you fashion supervillains? I don't know, but I do know that I feel a strange mix of revulsion and longing when I look at the monstrosity you've created, a sweater weaved into the tacky form of Windows circa 1995.I don't own any ugly Christmas sweaters. I've been tempted before, and just this week had to come to terms with my jealousy for a friend's ugly Sonic the Hedgehog sweater. But paying ode to an ancient, buggy operating system somehow seems more right for a hideous holiday pullover. The more baffling the better, right? Who else would show up to a Christmas party wearing that nonsense? No one with any good sense, I'm sure.But it'd be the perfect excuse for me to ask everyone I meet, "Have you seen this instructional video for Windows 95 starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry, stars from the hit TV show Friends?" And if they hadn't, boy would we have something to talk about.That's something I have to admit no … [Read more...] about Oh no, I actually want this ugly Windows 95 sweater
Blizzard is moving developers away from Heroes of the Storm, and is cancelling the game's official esports structures going forward. The announcement was made in a blog post today from new Blizzard president J. Allen Brack and chief development officer Ray Gresko."We’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects," the post reads. "Despite the change ... we’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change."While never as popular as the towering MOBA behemoths that are League of Legends and Dota 2, HotS has cultivated a modest, dedicated fan base. Blizzard says the decision was made in order to support the other live games and unannounced projects that the company is working on. The post goes on to say that the … [Read more...] about Blizzard moving developers away from Heroes of the Storm, cancels HotS esports
Riot Games COO Scott Gelb has been handed a two month unpaid leave suspension, following misconduct allegations within the company which emerged earlier this year. In an internal email reported on by Kotaku, Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent advised employees this week that claims about Gelb's "inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour" had been substantiated by Riot's investigations.In his email, Laurent reiterated that while Riot's policy is not to discuss individual cases, the company had made an exception in Gelb's case: "As I have mentioned, we are committed to protecting Rioters’ privacy and the integrity of the investigation process. This means that you will not hear me or any other leader discuss individual cases. Having said that, we made a very rare exception in the case of our COO, Scott Gelb. There are factors that collectively drive this exception. The Special Committee of the Board of Directors has specifically requested that one of Scott’s consequences be highly … [Read more...] about Riot Games COO gets two month unpaid suspension following misconduct investigation