Tuesday, January 4, 2011

PC Gaming is Dead!: January 4th, 2011




Congratulations to Masni for winning the trivia contest and receiving a copy of Evil Genius!

Previous trivia:
Which RTS game pioneered the use of three distinct & unique races instead of two equal sides, and was able to successfully balance them?

The "Zerg Rush" is such a well-known strategy
from StarCraft that it's become a commonly
used term outside of the game.
Answer: StarCraft by Blizzard Entertainment.

Although some earlier RTS games had 3 or more different sides one could play, they weren't that different from each other. For example, Age of Empires was released before StarCraft and had 9 civilizations, but they were similar. The 3 races in StarCraft were completely different from each other, and would be played differently.

Although the single player campaigns of StarCraft are fondly remembered by the fans, the multiplayer is what most people know StarCraft for. Thanks to the balanced races, complex strategies, and quick matches, StarCraft has become a hugely competitively game. StarCraft is still played competitively today and is often a game found in tournaments that focus on more than one game and genre.

A digital copy of the StarCraft Anthology, which contains StarCraft and the Brood War expansion pack, is available for $14.99 from Blizzard's online store.


Sales:

Because we know everyone has been wanting this game:
Freight Tycoon is $4.49 (-70%) at GamersGate.

Direct2Drive is having an "up to 75% off" sale on games by Kalypso.

GetGamesGo.com (affiliated with EuroGamer) has some specials, including DogFighter for $5.50.


News:

Child's Play breaks it's annual record with $2,294,317.53 collected in 2010.

A post-apocalyptic MMO called Xsyon is launching on March 1st. You can register on their site now for pre-orders ($39.99 for beta access and 2 month membership, with $15/mo subscription after that, or quarterly, biannual, and annual plans). The game is set in the American west in the year 2012.

Players of Dead Space 2 will have the plasma cutter from Dead Space unlocked at the start of the game if they have a completed save game from the first game on their hard drive.

R.U.S.E. was already innovative for supporting multi-touch touchscreens, but now thanks to a Kinect hack, you can play it by waving around your hands.

R.U.S.E. E3 trailer that shows playing the game on a multi-touch table.

R.U.S.E. trailer that demonstrates the game played on touchscreen PCs.

If you rather not buy a Kinect, you can wait for the WAVI Xtion by Asus, which will contain PrimeSense's technology, the same technology used in the Kinect.

Here's an article from Ars Technica about the WAVI Xtion.

Some other technology that may be coming to the laptop soon: glasses-free 3D. Toshiba says that it could bring glasses free 3D laptops to the market by the end of the year, with the Qosmio laptop.

Steam's December hardware survey is out. Did you know that 100% of Steam users use Steam? Or that 3% of users don't have Flash?


Send your trivia contest entries to PCGamingisDead@gmail.com. The current contest closes on Thursday, January 6th, at 6pm PST (-0800 UTC).

Send tips, comments, and suggestions to Charlaxian@gmail.com.

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