PC Gaming

Steam is down as Valve performs its standard Tuesday maintenance

Update at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time on February 13: Steam is back up.  It’s Tuesday evening in the United States, and that means somewhere within the bowels of Redmond, Washington, engineers are banging away at some Steam servers with a hammer. That’s right, the PC gaming platform Steam is offline at the moment for its regular maintenance, …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bring heroes in a half-shell to Injustice 2

NetherRealm Studios’ fighting game Injustice 2 is serving up some half-shell power in its newest DLC. Folks who own Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack, or Fighter Pack #3 can play as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles today on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. All other players will be able to add …

Fear Effect Sedna launches mix of franchise revival and Inuit mythology March 6

Sushee’s grim tactical adventure Fear Effect Sedna is debuting on March 6 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Square Enix Collective is publishing the title. The sequel to the 1999 Fear Effect raised funds through a Kickstarter campaign in 2016. It features an isometric view of the world and real-time tactical play, …

Ubisoft plans to make fewer games after a decade of annual releases

Assassin’s Creed took a year off in 2016 for the first time after having at least one new blockbuster-sized release per year since 2009. But despite some strong sales for 2017’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Ubisoft is saying that it plans to make fewer games in the future. Instead of a bunch of annualized franchises, Ubisoft …

AMD releases first Ryzen-Vega combo chips for desktops

Advanced Micro Devices released the first Ryzen chips that combine graphics with a central processing unit (CPU) for desktop computers. The accelerated processing units (APUs) combine a Radeon Vega graphics processing unit (GPU) with a Zen CPU for mid-range and low-cost desktop computers. AMD said the new chips will bring down the cost of gaming …

IGDA appoints Jen MacLean as permanent exec director, adds new board members

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has promoted Jen MacLean as its permanent executive director for the world’s largest organization serving game creators. MacLean was previously interim executive director, replacing previous head Kate Edwards. In addition, Kongregate CEO Emily Greer and Big Huge Games lead producer Zoe Bell have joined the IGDA board of directors. …

Quarterback unveils engagement and monetization platform for esports players

Quarterback has launched a platform that brings professional esports players and their fans together, helping the player monetize and engage with their fans better. Market researcher Newzoo estimates that esports will become a $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion business by 2020. To get there, fans have to start spending as much on their favorite esports teams as they …

Nvidia CEO: Cryptocurrency mining drove a spike in graphics-chip sales

Nvidia reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter that ended on January 31. The company said it’s earning non-GAAP revenues of $1.72 a share on revenues of $2.91 billion. Analysts had expected $1.16 a share on revenue of $2.68 billion. It makes you wonder if all of those rumors about cryptocurrency mining driving up …

Nvidia: Cryptocurrency mining boosted Q4 revenues

Nvidia chief financial officer Colette Kress acknowledged that cryptocurrency mining contributed to the solid sales of graphics processing units (GPUs) during the company’s fourth fiscal quarter, which ended January 31. “[It is] difficult to quantify, but cryptocurrency accounted for a higher percentage of revenue than the previous quarter,” Kress said in a call with analysts. But …

GamesBeat Decides 70: Crotch Shots

On this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Mike Minotti has returned from vacation to talk about going into VR with his family. Co-host Jeffrey Grubb, meanwhile, plays with his steering wheel for the entire show. The squad gets into a lovely platforming game, the news, and the best game from January as part of a new …