With id Software’s 2016 installment of Doom arriving in stores and getting good reviews thus far, now is the time to focus on a different project to keep gamers in the nostalgic shooting mood: Quake. That’s right! After years of tossing the idea around of revisiting the world of the original H.P. Lovecraft-inspired title, it seems that the Bethesda-owned developer is gearing up to do just that thanks to a number of job positions currently madeavailable.At the time of this article, the office based in Texas has 12 open slots including art supervisor, audio programmer, lead gameplay programmer, senior lighting artist, database programmer, and so on. Most of the listed jobs specifically mention Quake, saying that the company is looking for a specific individual to work as part of a development team on “legendary game properties” like Doom and Quake.Id Software’s Germany studio is also seeking out four individuals to fill positions for audio programmer, senior … [Read more...] about Finally! Job postings point to id Software gearing up for a new ‘Quake’ game
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Last month, Sony Online Entertainment announced plans to drop the monthly subscription fee for DC Universe Online, the MMORPG featuring a massive roster of DC Comics heroes and villains. Well, the free-to-play moment has finally arrived… or rather, it will arrive in just a few days.In a live webcast that occurred yesterday, Sony set November 1 as the day that DC Universe Online will switch over to a tiered system that — at its lowest level — would allow free play in the game’s superhero-themed universe.As we reported previously, the new system will feature three different tiers for non-subscribers and those who continue to pay the monthly $14.99 fee, with the latter receiving the highest level of access to downloadable content and abilities. Non-subscribers will be assigned a tier based on their willingness to fork over money for in-game bonuses, additional equipment slots, and DLC.You can find out more information about the tiers at the DC Universe Online … [Read more...] about DC Universe Online will go free-to-play on November 1
Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that its Lord of the Rings Online MMORPG will be getting a major update this fall…and one of the key new features will be a global free-to-play capabilities. Players will of course be able to purchase expansion pages, items, and account services from a new LOTRO store—so the game isn’t going completely free—but players will be able to get their foot in the door without spending any money.“Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is bringing quality games based on The Lord of the Rings to multiple platforms, and the franchise’s expansive adventure story lends itself perfectly for LOTRO free-to-play, giving a wide range of players the opportunity to experience the game,” said Warner Bros. Interactive senior VP Jeff Junge, in a statement.With the update, players will be able to download the game and explore the virtual version of Tolkein’s Middle Earth for free, all the way up to level 50. A new LOTR … [Read more...] about Lord of the Rings Online: Free This Fall
Funcom’s Lovecraftian MMO Secret World is set to be rereleased this spring as Secret World Legends, with new combat mechanics, a new progression system, and updated visuals. All of the original game’s content will be there, but updated and tweaked to be more intuitive and with an improved early game for new players.The Secret World is one of those massively multiplayer online games that probably should have been more popular. It featured strong storytelling and interesting game mechanics, but struggled to find a large player base, some claim because of a problematic combat system and a few irritating bugs.Funcom clearly has faith in its five-year-old game, though, as it’s re-releasing it with a fresh coat of paint and a few major tweaks to its gameplay. It maintains the same setting and story of its original, though with the many DLC packs released after the original Secret World.The big changes, we’re told, come in the form of a revamped combat … [Read more...] about Funcom to refresh ‘Secret World’ as free-to-play ‘Secret World Legends’
You ever get the feeling that the world is fragmenting out from under you? That's what's wonderful and frustrating about mobile gaming right now: so many options, but so few catch-all solutions. If you want the universal Kindle of game handhelds, you're out of luck. But maybe that's a bad metaphor: Kindles have DRM, too. It is, however, a great time to pick a system that plays great games, and has plenty of extras. It all depends on what you're looking for. Nintendo 3DS Nintendo's 3DS platform has been around three years, and while many mocked it at first, it's become one of the best game systems around...if you love classic Nintendo games. There's a lot going for the 3DS, but it's still a shadow of what the Nintendo DS was in its heyday, before the iPhone. There are three versions to choose from: the 3D effect-free $129 2DS which doesn't fold up, the $169 3DS, and the $199 3DS XL, which has larger screens. All three systems have the same internal features. The 3D effect is … [Read more...] about 3DS, Vita, Shield, phone, tablet: Which game handheld should you buy?
This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo could have been dubbed the Battle of the Boxes, as game console makers competed to show why their next-generation machines will be the next must-have.Sony kicked off the E3 expo in Los Angeles by releasing eagerly anticipated details about its upcoming PlayStation 3 and said the console will reach shelves in spring 2006.Boasting a new chip touted as powerful enough to rival most processors used in personal computers on the market today, the new console is designed to be a step forward from today's game machines, as well as a key element of a broader networked home-entertainment system. The new console will support high-definition graphics and have wireless controllers, a detachable 2.5-inch hard drive, slots for CompactFlash and Sony's Memory Stick media, and a built-in Wi-Fi connection that can link to the PlayStation Portable.Meanwhile, Nintendo, once the unrivaled king of the home video game business, released details of its planned new game … [Read more...] about This week in game consoles
Game consoles aren't just stand-alone boxes anymore -- it's increasingly about what you can do with them online. To help you decide which is best for you, CNET.com.au puts the Xbox 360's Xbox Live!, the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network, and the Nintendo Wii's online service head-to-head in a detailed comparison to see what kind of experience each console offers.For a quick overview, see our comparison chart below, then click on each of the links for further information. If you're having any troubles getting your console set up online, check out our feature Get your gaming console online for step-by step instructions on how to connect via either a wired or wireless broadband connection. Intro | Wii Online | PlayStation Network | Xbox Live! Wii OnlinePlayStation NetworkXbox 360 Live! Sign-up FeesNoneNoneNone Online PlayYes (Free)Yes (Free)Yes (RRP AU$99.95 for 12-months) In-built Internet browserWireless Only (Wii LAN Adaptor RRP AU$29.95)Wireless and EthernetEthernet only … [Read more...] about Gaming online: Which console is best?
Gamers have long known that patience is rewarded with cheaper, less-buggy games. But does that adage hold true for the inclusion of digital rights management as well? Not always, but history does show us that time makes even the strictest of DRM less sucky.This could become especially important given the latest round of DRM implemented by both Ubisoft and EA, a system that requires players to have a constant connection to the Internet in order to play. Otherwise, they're simply kicked out to the main menu until a connection can be had again.Needless to say, this new requirement has caused the ire of the PC gaming community, especially those who play games on a computer that may not always have an Internet connection, such as a laptop.So far, Ubisoft's solution, dubbed the "Online Services Platform" can be found in two of Ubisoft's titles, Silent Hunter 5 and Assassin's Creed 2. The system has already seen its first setback, a pair of opening weekend denial of service (DDoS) attacks on … [Read more...] about How to get DRM-free PC games: Just wait
The future has arrived and Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are with us, but who has the developmental acumen to make these technologies entertaining and essential to online gamers? Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Major Players Although tentative steps are being made into the market by the gaming industry, it seems that the gambling sector has the most concrete plan in terms of giving customers what they want.It will come as no surprise that the gambling industry is very invested in AR and VR technology. With online and mobile gambling continually growing over the past 15 years, online casinos are keen to offer the next level in iGaming experiences. This year’s International Casino Expo (ICE) was perhaps the best indication of what is to come. One of the impressive game developers at ICE were NetEnt, the company behind the Aliens, Starburst and Jack Hammer video slots. Their games have featured on sites … [Read more...] about Augmented And Virtual Reality Determining The Future Of Online Gaming
For the majority of the time that computer and video gaming has existed, people have tended to regard it as a pastime that is mainly taken up by young men. This may have been a true depiction of the situation in previous years, but the rise of mobile phone technology – which has brought about a concomitant rise in games for mobile devices – has seen more women start playing games and mobile game developers starting to target them as a whole new demographic. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock The percentage of the overall gaming demographic that is female has been steadily rising over the last few years, and by 2015 women made up almost half of the worldwide numbers – at 48 percent – and more than half of the UK numbers – at 52 percent. This represents a phenomenal rise within an industry where the user base was very male-dominated for years, but it is not the case that women are playing all of the games out there on … [Read more...] about Women Play More Mobile Games Than Men