I’m sure everyone’s feeling a bit of Black Friday fatigue by now (trust me, I want this all to be over just as much as you do), but in the interests of those after that one, last, final deal to end all deals, I present to you our newly refreshed Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals hub. I’ve cleared away all the deals that have been swept into oblivion by the almighty wave of discount-grabbers, leaving you with the best of the best PC gaming deals that are still available. Whether you’re after a new graphics card, monitor, SSD, gaming headset or even a new CPU, mouse and keyboard, your deals herald will provide. Here are all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals you can grab right now. Of course, if you’d rather skip to a particular component, then why not have a gander at our dedicated Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals hubs right here? They’re all the same deals, so you might find it easier to browse via component than … [Read more...] about Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Best PC gaming deals
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Header image by Twitter user Jp3ilson. The Overwatch League’s franchising is a little weird. Supposedly a global league, the teams are overwhelmingly “based” in American cities – and I use scare quotes there because really all the teams live and compete in Los Angeles during the season and none draw from local players. But that hasn’t stopped fans from wanting their cities to be represented, and some talented artists are creating concepts that they’d like to see. Potential teams need three things: a snappy name, a killer colour scheme, and a recognisable logo. Take, for instance, the Toronto Tundra, pictured above. Canada doesn’t yet have a League presence, though with six new teams rumoured for Season Two, they might soon. The Tundra would be a good pick: they’ve got a snappy, punny name; clean but relevant logo; and Ana looks great in cardinal. I think my favourite of Jp3ilson’s creations is the Las Vegas Wild Cards (below), … [Read more...] about Overwatch League fans are designing their own dream teams
Far Cry 5, with its depiction of a violent religious cult in modern-day Montana, is just the latest game to ignite debate around the role of politics in games. It surely won’t be the last. Every year games give us more detailed societies to explore. They show competing value systems (Ryan vs Atlas in BioShock), systems of social order (every alien faction in the Mass Effect universe), and even let us simulate our own presidential run (The Political Machine). And that’s before you start to look at games with more overt political themes like Papers, Please and Democracy.Over the years we’ve noticed that any mention of politics in relation to gaming produces a divisive reaction. A lot of readers find it interesting, but plenty of others react with fury (the phrase “shoved down my throat” appears a lot). At PC Gamer we consider the political aspects of games as part of our broad coverage of games: just the other day one of our writers examined prejudice in … [Read more...] about Let’s talk about politics in games
Major League Baseball’s opening day is today — yes, you read that correctly. It is the earliest the season has ever started, and only the sixth time in the past 100 years the season has opened on a Thursday. Twenty-eight of the 30 clubs are playing, also a record. (Cincinnati and Detroit would have made it a full 30, but, hey, weather happened.) Out Of The Park Baseball, the acclaimed management simulation for Windows PC, Mac and Linux, provided official predictions for MLB Network last night, supplementing about a dozen panelists (among them MLB The Show 18 announcers Matt Vasgersian and Dan Plesac). But where those panelists are giving a single gut call before the first of 162 games for each team are played, OOTP 19 ran 1,000 simulations. Based on the frequency of the outcomes, Out of the Park Baseball 19 predicts this for the 2018 MLB season, as related last night on MLB Network: The Cleveland Indians win the American League pennant, and the Los Angeles Dodgers the … [Read more...] about MLB’s stat-crunchingest video game predicts a World Series win for L.A.
Post-processing tools for games aren’t new – hello Reshade and SweetFX – but the world of dramatically altering a PC game’s appearance with what could loosely be described as real-time Instragram filters has always been a scrappy wild west. Nvidia have this week built themselves a governor’s mansion on this new frontier, introducing a feature called ‘Freestyle‘ to the GeForce Experience suite of game optimisation, streaming and screenshotting tools. It might lack the open source and community-driven scope of ReShade, but it’s easier and slicker to use on the games that support it – and the results can be dramatic. Gimmicky, sure, but making a game you’re otherwise tiring of into a neon fever-dream can be a real shot in the arm. Presenting for your wide-eyed delectation and howling disapproval – Plunkbat: The Animated Series, Assassin’s Creed Oranges: Vice City and American Truck Simulator: Grindhouse Edition. … [Read more...] about Cel-shaded PUBG, ’70s Truck Sim and zinester Assassin’s Creed with new Nvidia tool