Katie Wickens: Starting a new Survival mode game on The Long Dark on Interloper difficulty is one of the most brutal game starts I can think of. You're dropped in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, usually at the height of a snowstorm with hardly a scrap of clothing on you. Sometimes shoeless, too. You never start with anything useful and have to traipse through a foot of snow cover for miles just to find some matches—which are super rare. Inevitably you're lumped with a magnifying glass instead, like that's going to do any good when you can't even see the sun. And the rarity of tool spawns mean you're going to have to make your way to a forge before you can even chop some damn firewood. What's more, on this difficulty wolves will actively seek you out across the map, and they don't care that you've only just spawned. If they smell you, you better have a weapon forged and at the ready. … [Read more...] about Which game has the most brutal beginning?
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This whole thing stunk from the beginning, and still does. As noted by Ars Technica, FCC chairman Ajit Pai never actually publicly released a full broadband deployment report, and only issued a single-page press release with a few cherry picked numbers thrown in. Besides the obvious problem with that approach, those numbers turned out to be wrong. … [Read more...] about It turns out the FCC ‘drastically overstated’ US broadband deployment after all
We considered Genshin Impact, a free-to-play open world RPG out of China, to be one of 2020's biggest and most pleasant gaming surprises. The new update will also include some fixes for the resin problem. You can watch the full English livestream of the update reveal below. … [Read more...] about Genshin Impact 1.3 comes in February, but an adorable slime festival is out now
You can point at items and flip them into your hands. You can use your hands now to shove things around on tables. Your in-game hands will grip models in natural positions, letting you hold bottles from the base, the tip, or any point along the side, for example. You can now drop items over your shoulder to pocket them, a common feature in many first-person VR games. You can use this system to strip armour from defeated enemies. It even works with Skyrim’s theft system, highlighting objects in red that you’ll be branded a thief for picking up. … [Read more...] about This mod puts Half-Life: Alyx’s gravity gloves into Skyrim VR