Show us your rigOn Show Us Your Rig we feature PC gaming's best and brightest as they show us the systems they use to work and play.A double feature in Show us your rig this week. We've got two members of League of Geeks, the Australian indie studio responsible for digital board game Armello and currently hard at work taking it down the road to version 2.0. You might recognize producer Lisy Kane and community manager Darcy Smith from their Twitch channel where they play Armello with its fans as well as testing out other indie games.The two rigs they're showing us are very different ones. Darcy has his streaming PC, a relative beast of a thing that lives in a soundproof room in their office. Lisy, as a globetrotting producer, has a gaming laptop assembled by Metabox, an Australian company who put together personalized laptops to their owners' specifications. The point of Show us your rig is to highlight how everybody's PC says something about them, and these two certainly do that.What's … [Read more...] about Show us your rig: Lisy and Darcy of Armello creators League of Geeks
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Amazon Prime Day may not technically be until July 16, but functionally most of this month is being taken over by “Black Friday in July.” Amazon’s running pre-Prime Day deals, including a daily free PC game with Twitch Prime, and other retailers are getting in on the action by offering tons of discounts throughout the month. GameStop’s Summer Sale is one of them. Some of “the biggest games” on Switch, PS4 and Xbox are up to 50 percent off at GameStop right now, including The Witcher 3, Fallout 4 and Monster Hunter: World. PC gamers have a lot to take advantage of this week as well. Polygon readers can get the digital deluxe version of Yakuza 0 at Fanatical for $15 with code POLYGON25. Green Man Gaming is having a sale on “weird and wonderful” games including streaming favorites Human Fall Flat and I Am Bread. Consoles and Hardware Games Miscellaneous Commerce Team Picks Gloomhaven was Board Game Geek’s Game of the Year for 2017 … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch controllers, an exclusive Yakuza 0 discount and more gaming deals
Retro-futurist mecha game Scythe has finally come to wide release on Steam, entering Early Access yesterday. An adaptation of one of the most popular board games of the last few years, Scythe is a 4x that sees players vying over the fictional landscape of eastern Europa in the 1920s. A highly strategic game that focuses on encouraging players to adapt their overall tactics to the board as it develops, Scythe is beloved by many board gamers for its combination of unique visuals and thematic gameplay. It won a slew of awards, from 2016's Golden Geeks to the Origins Award. Scythe is a five-player game that can accommodate as few as two, but does best with three or more. While it does have conflict, it focuses more on controlling territory and exploiting resources to meet your secret and public objectives. Unlike many other 4x games, fighting is only one of the paths to victory and scaring off your opponents with strength is just as legitimate. The developers anticipate Scythe being … [Read more...] about A digital version of Scythe, the hit board game, has launched on Steam Early Access
Battle Royale is the genre du jour. It started in scrappy mods and Early Access, got picked up by developers quick to realise its potential and popularity, and is now rolling into the biggest annual blockbusters like Call of Duty and Battlefield 5. There’s no better example of the popularity of the genre than Epic’s Fortnite, which didn’t even begin life as a battle royale game, but is now clearly the leader in the field in terms of sales and mainstream success. Battle Royale is established, then, but if it’s to grow and remain a popular genre, where will it go next? I spoke to some of the developers who are making innovative strides in the genre, in the hopes of gaining some insight into where battle royale might be heading over the next couple of years. Even the most passionate PUBG enthusiast out there would have to admit that the game’s melee combat isn’t exactly deep. That’s where Egress comes in. Currently under development for PC, PS4 … [Read more...] about The battle royale bandwagon: where is the genre heading?
Earlier this month, tabletop gaming personality Tom Vasel caused a bit of a stir. In a YouTube video, Vasel came down hard on brick-and-mortar retail game stores, impugning both the character of their clientele and the necessity that they exist at all. His statements prompted a formal response from the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and a lengthy apology from Vasel himself. Vasel is the co-founder of The Dice Tower, an influential collection of video and audio shows dedicated exclusively to tabletop games. He’s widely regarded as a key tastemaker in the tabletop space. His reviews feature prominently on the Board Game Geek aggregation site, which deprecates written reviews from other outlets in favor of the kind of content he produces. The Dice Tower logo, and by extension Vasel’s personal recommendation, adorns the cover of many game boxes — including those found at big-box retail establishments like Target and Walmart. It’s Vasel’s status as an … [Read more...] about Tabletop personality Tom Vasel apologizes for rant against independent retailers