The PC version of Remedy's Control is exclusive to the Epic Games Store, and thanks to a financial report from Digital Bros—the parent company of Control's publisher 505 Games—we know how much Epic paid for that exclusivity: €9.49 million, which translates to just over $US10.45 million.505 Games takes 45% of that amount, leaving 55% for Remedy—which works out to around $US5.75 million. GameDaily.Biz reached out to Epic for a quote on this, and were told, "We don't comment on the terms of our deals," although Epic's representative did add, "Everyone should play Control; it's really good." We won't argue with that, James Davenport gave it 88% in his review and called it, "a gorgeous font of wonders and poop monsters and wild physics unlike anything I've played in recent memory."This kind of payout is typically given as an advance on royalties, which means that Remedy and 505 Games won't see any further payments for Control until after it earns back that advance. … [Read more...] about Epic paid $10.45 million for Control’s exclusivity
Steam's big library redesign is in open beta, so you can check it out for yourself right now. Go to the Steam dropdown, click on Settings, and then the Change button under Beta Participation. After a restart you'll be able to see a new home page highlighting games you own that have been recently updated, and then ones you've played/bought recently. The library's been redesigned too, with new filtering and organizational options, and game pages have been redesigned. Now they show community content by default, and any rare achievements you've earned have a sparkly glow.Under Settings — Library you can tweak some of these changes, with nice options for Low Bandwidth and Low Performance modes and different sizes for icons. For those of you who've had a chance to try it out: What do you think of the new Steam library? Let us know in the comments.Christopher LivingstonI've never really felt much need to sort my Steam library like I might sort a music library, but now that the tools are … [Read more...] about What do you think of the new Steam library?
The Batman/Fortnite crossover we knew was coming thanks to a datamined leak is live now, on what is apparently Batman Day. It'll continue for the next two weeks (or what some of us call a "fortnight") during which Tilted Towers will be transformed into Gotham City. There's also a Caped Crusader Pack of Bat-themed weapons and cosmetics, which is available until October 6. It's got both a comic-style Batsuit and one that's more like the armor Christian Bale wears. There's a Catwoman outfit in the store too.As the latest patch notes point out, in Gotham City everyone has unlimited glider redeploy for maximum swooping. There's a Batman grapnel gun you can score as loot, which works as you'd expect a grapnel to with the advantage that it also deploys a Bat-cape glider at the apex of your grapnel launch. Explosive Batarangs are also available as loot, which detonate if they hit other players but act as proximity mines if they hit the environment. Various heroic Challenges are … [Read more...] about The Fortnite Batman crossover is live
Small towns are all full of drama and despite being hit by a meteor 100 years ago, it seems that Mutazione, the town that used to be a resort, is no different. You'll play as 15-year-old Kai who's moved to town to take care of her sick grandfather. While tending to him and his garden, Kai engages in other small-town activities like BBQs and band nights where she deals with all the local gossip.From its trailer, Mutazione appears to play a bit like an adventure game: walking around talking to different characters while collecting things for your musical garden. But there's more to Mutazione than that. Mysteries are afoot. "Things aren’t as simple as they seem... Nonno has other plans for Kai," its Steam page says. "Secrets and betrayals simmer under the friendly community’s surface." On top of that, a creepy bird with a face like a plague doctor's mask seems to be following Kai. As with all story-heavy games, to reveal too much would be to spoil it. You can find … [Read more...] about Mutazione, the adventure game soap opera, is out now
I've had my share of bad luck when it comes to dead motherboards, laptops in particular. In every laptop I have ever owned (which is only three) the motherboard has died before the warranty expired. Good news for me in terms of getting it replaced free of charge, but what about those of us who fry our motherboards after the warranty expires, especially if we have a desktop PC? There are a few ways to check the life-status of your motherboard without having to take it to a technician, if you like to do things yourself. This kind of PC issue can be hard to diagnose, but ruling out all other possibilities first will help you get there—before you spend money on a new motherboard, especially if it's high-end.What causes a motherboard to die?There are several reasons for motherboard-failure, but the most common is overheating. Heat wears down all hardware components overtime, but it's particularly important that it doesn't damage the motherboard, considering that's where you … [Read more...] about How can I tell if my motherboard is dead?