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In AI Dungeon 2, You Can Do Anything--Even Start A Rock Band Made Of Skeletons

In AI Dungeon 2, You Can Do Anything--Even Start A Rock Band Made Of Skeletons

Plenty of games offer players multiple solutions to problems. Fight or talk. Stick to the beaten path or explore. Stealth or charge in like a conspicuously bullet-resistant idiot. A game that lets you do anything, though? That’s harder to come by.

Released yesterday, AI Dungeon 2 purports to be one such game, and for the most part, I’ve found it to be true. Like its name implies, it’s an...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson yesterday at 06:00.

Minecraft Is The Top YouTube Game Of 2019, Thanks To A Boost From PewDiePie

Minecraft Is The Top YouTube Game Of 2019, Thanks To A Boost From PewDiePie

It’s not like Minecraft ever really went anywhere. But it definitely spent the past handful of years less firmly entrenched in the zeitgeist than in the first half of the decade. Not so in 2019. The blocky game about digging holes and punching the ever-loving shit out of trees is back on top of YouTube, leaving even Fortnite in its dust.

As part of its annual Rewind feature, YouTube put out a...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 06, 2019 at 09:00.

Halo: Reach, As Told By Steam Reviews

Halo: Reach, As Told By Steam Reviews
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Halo: Reach, Bungie’s final entry in its second (of three, so far) series about armored space knights, is finally on PC. People are clearly excited, so much so that they managed to propel it to the third most-played slot on Steam earlier this week. But do they actually like the port?...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 06, 2019 at 02:00.

The State Of PC Gaming In 2019

The State Of PC Gaming In 2019
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Sometimes, as borders erode, new fissures form in their wake. In 2019, more games flowed between PC and other platforms than ever before, but a single major division cracked the PC gaming landscape in half.

This year’s central throughline was undoubtedly...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 04, 2019 at 06:00.

Psychiatrist Brings Streamer To Tears During Confessional Stream

Psychiatrist Brings Streamer To Tears During Confessional Stream

Everyone could benefit from therapy, especially streamers. While popular streamer Byron “Reckful” Bernstein’s on-stream conversation with Dr. Alok Kanojia was not an officially designated counseling session, it resembled one at times.

Bernstein is a former top World of Warcraft player and current streamer who’s now working on his own online game, Everland. Over the years, he’s been fairly...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 03, 2019 at 04:30. 10 comments

Twitch Briefly Bans One Of The Biggest Moderation Bots

Twitch Briefly Bans One Of The Biggest Moderation Bots

If allowed to chatter and meme unchecked, Twitch chat can grow into an unstoppable avalanche of ugly behavior. Many streamers rely on at least a handful of volunteer or paid moderators, as well as chat bots that allow streamers to auto-block specific terms, stop spam before it starts, and quarantine questionable comments. Yesterday, Twitch accidentally banned one of the most popular bots,

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 28, 2019. 20 comments

How To Talk To Your Parents About Dexit

How To Talk To Your Parents About Dexit

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, which means we have officially entered the swirling vortex of vacation days, feast-engorged couch naps, and family gatherings that is The Holiday Zone. For many of us, this means a potentially uncomfortable amount of time around relatives who might not share our views on a laundry list of important topics: politics, religion, and of course, the elephant in the...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 27, 2019. 20 comments

Valve Is Not Making Any More Steam Controllers

Valve Is Not Making Any More Steam Controllers
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We are gathered here today to bid farewell to the Steam Controller, the little gamepad that could in some cases, but couldn’t in others, because it made people’s hands hurt. Its haptic pads are tickling the fingers of angels now.

Currently, Valve’s maiden foray into the world of...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 27, 2019. 11 comments

Valve Removes 1,000 Games From Steam As Punishment For Abusing Tools

Valve Removes 1,000 Games From Steam As Punishment For Abusing Tools
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There are more than 30,000 games on Steam. When Valve removes the odd offender for breaking the rules by, say, being a low-effort meme masquerading as a low-effort game or by being low-effort porn masquerading as a low-effort game, it’s like siphoning a drop from a bucket. Yesterday,...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 26, 2019. 12 comments

Data Suggests Most Steam Users' PCs Aren't Ready To Play Half-Life: Alyx

Data Suggests Most Steam Users' PCs Aren't Ready To Play Half-Life: Alyx
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Deep-pocketed companies like Valve and Oculus have been pushing virtual reality for years, but mainstream interest in the practice of strapping video games to one’s eyeballs has remained relatively low. Half-Life: Alyx seems primed to give a whole new audience a very valid reason to...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 26, 2019. 8 comments

Battleborn Is Shutting Down In 2021

Battleborn Is Shutting Down In 2021

Despite a small crowd of diehards who went so far as to organize events in an attempt to save the game , Battleborn seems destined to go down in history as a high-profile flop. Two years ago, developer Gearbox halted updates to the already-shot hero shooter. Today, publisher 2K announced plans to sunset the game entirely.

On Twitter, 2K said that in January 2021 Battleborn’s servers will be...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 23, 2019. 16 comments

Old World Of Warcraft Glitch Created A Terrifying Instant Death Bear

Old World Of Warcraft Glitch Created A Terrifying Instant Death Bear

World of Warcraft contains countless fantastical creatures with otherworldly powers. Legendary dragons, skyscraper-sized fire elementals, several different kinds of boar—the list goes on. One beast from the game’s distant past, however, put them all to shame. I speak of the Death Bear of the Arathi Highlands, though I fear that simply by uttering his name, I may have sealed my own fate.

We...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 23, 2019. 16 comments

Visual Novel Sets Out To Buck Trends By Being Less Sexual, Gets Blocked By Steam Anyway

Visual Novel Sets Out To Buck Trends By Being Less Sexual, Gets Blocked By Steam Anyway
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From the start, the lead developer of Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect, Sean Bester, wanted his game to be different from the other games in Steam’s sea of often sexually-tinged romance and horror visual novels. This meant it would have very little sex and nudity, with the focus...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 22, 2019. 9 comments

Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, who you might remember from his grueling shiny Pokémon ordeal earlier

Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, who you might remember from his grueling shiny Pokémon ordeal earlier

Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, who you might remember from his grueling shiny Pokémon ordeal earlier this week, is moving from Twitch to Facebook Gaming. This exclusivity deal comes in the wake of similar Twitch departures from high-profile streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, and Jack “CouRageJD” Dunlop. Facebook’s streaming platform is, according to streaming...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 22, 2019. 24 comments

Half-Life: Alyx Takes Place Between Half-Life 1 And Half-Life 2 [Update]

Half-Life: Alyx Takes Place Between Half-Life 1 And Half-Life 2 [Update]
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Half-Life: Alyx, you might be dismayed to learn, is definitely not Half-Life 3. But it is a new “full-length” Half-Life game, Valve said today, and it’ll be out in March.

In a press release, Valve said the game—first announced earlier this week to surprise, confusion, and memes from...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 20, 2019. 15 comments

Twitch Streamer Gives Away $5,000 After Failing To Catch Shiny Pokémon In 15 Hours

Twitch Streamer Gives Away $5,000 After Failing To Catch Shiny Pokémon In 15 Hours

You win some, you lose some. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you. Long have these sorts of aphorisms existed in the cultural lexicon. Now, thanks to popular streamer Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, we’ve got a new one: Sometimes you catch the shiny Pokémon as part of two streams that last a total of 15 hours, sometimes you give your streaming audience $5,000.

Earlier this...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 20, 2019. 23 comments

The Internet Reacts To The Announcement Of A New Half-Life Game

The Internet Reacts To The Announcement Of A New Half-Life Game

It is 2019. Valve just announced a new Half-Life game . All bets are off now. Quit your job. Buy a lottery ticket. Fail to win the lottery. Buy several more lottery tickets. Fail again. Give up. Sell your car so you can make rent. Go online. Find out that the new Half-Life is a VR game. Compose an irate tweet about how you can’t afford it. Live your dreams.

Half-Life: Alyx, announced...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 19, 2019. 12 comments

Upcoming Undertale Live Show Will Let Audiences Choose The Outcome

Upcoming Undertale Live Show Will Let Audiences Choose The Outcome

Many games have multiple branching paths where players decide who lives and who dies, indie role-playing game mega-hit Undertale chief among them. Very few (possibly zero?) concerts can boast the same thing. Undertale Live, then, will be a unique experience pretty much no matter how it pans out.

Undertale Live is, first and foremost, a concert, but it’s also more, billing itself as a “meeting...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 19, 2019. 16 comments

In The Era Of 'Live' Games Like Fortnite And Overwatch, Sequels Are Changing

In The Era Of 'Live' Games Like Fortnite And Overwatch, Sequels Are Changing

There was a time when a sequel meant something. I don’t mean that in a wistful, “back in my day” sort of way. I mean that it largely meant one thing: A separate, new game with a shiny “2” somewhere in its title. Then expansions blurred the line, and patches blurred it even more. Now a new generation of sequels is stomping the line clean out of existence.

In the past month, we’ve seen three...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 16, 2019. 14 comments

Path Of Exile Is Getting A Sequel

Path Of Exile Is Getting A Sequel

After a years-long ascent from action-RPG also-ran to PC gaming mainstay, Path of Exile, the free-to-play game that has, for many players, usurped Diablo as the premiere grimdark monster-mashing loot fest, is officially getting a sequel.

Announced today during ExileCon in New Zealand, Path of Exile 2 was originally set to be a large update to the first game, but is now being billed...

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