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Half-Life 3 Unconfirmed: release date, news and rumors for Valve's elusive beast
On 10th October 2007, Valve released Half Life 2: Episode 2, the continuation of Gordon Freeman’s story as he and his friends fought to free the human race from the oppression of the alien Combine. The...
Cyberpunk 2077 release date, trailer and news
Update: In a recent financial presentation, CD Projekt Red has revealed that at the moment Cyberpunk 2077 is under "intensive development" and that there are more than 300 developers actively working...
Why the LA Noire remaster is the perfect match for VR
Unconfirmed rumors of a VR version of LA Noire first started swirling back in January, but today Rockstar finally made the announcement official. The VR version of the game will be arriving on the HTC...
Enter the world of virtual dating with pigeons and dream daddies
Not as superficial as they seem?Dream Daddy By Douglas HeavenIt’s been a long time since I last went on a date. Even so, I wasn’t expecting Robert to move so fast. Sure, he’s my type – casual, confident,...
Asus ROG Chimera G703
Last August we saw the first few gaming laptops with 120Hz displays hit the scene, alongside the introduction of Nvidia’s 10-series Pascal graphics. Now little more than a year later, Asus is upping...
I fought Kylo Ren in Star Wars AR and it’s all I want for Christmas
Last night, in a renovated warehouse on the outskirts of Berlin, I donned an augmented reality headset, picked up replica of a lightsaber and awaited my fight with Commander of the First Order Kylo Ren.Settling...
The Asus ROG Chimera brings 144Hz displays to gaming laptops
This year was the first time we saw gaming laptops with 120Hz displays and now Asus is going even further with the world’s first 144Hz gaming laptop, the Asus ROG Chimera, which was just announced at...
Acer just announced an 18-core CPU, quad-GPU gaming desktop monster
Dell might have gotten exclusive dibs on AMD Ryzen Threadripper, but that isn’t stopping Acer from teaming up with Intel to create an 18-core monster.The Acer Predator Orion 9000 fires a shot across the...
Logitech claims new wireless mechanical gaming keyboard is better than wired
Over at PAX West, Logitech has revealed a pair of new gaming peripherals in the form of a nifty-sounding wireless mechanical keyboard and partner wireless mouse.Nestling under the Logitech G brand, the...
HyperX's Alloy Elite gaming keyboard is out in Australia (and won't break the bank)
If you’re looking for a sturdy gaming keyboard that’s heavy on features and light on price, then news that HyperX’s latest Alloy Elite keyboard (which we recently praised in our review) has landed in...
Move over, Pokemon Go: The Walking Dead just got its own AR mobile game
Remember Pokemon Go, the augmented reality mobile sensation that defined summer 2016? Well, get ready for an AR game of a completely different variety to become your next obsession. AMC and developer...
Medion Erazer X6603
Mobile gaming is a serious business, and one which commands some serious hardware, and you're spoiled for choice if you want an angular, brutish gaming laptop, with the likes of the Alienware 15 and the...
The 12 best horror games on PC and consoles to play right now
Of the countless games to use this precious creative license over the years, developer Creative Assembly is the first to actually create a game that lives up to it. The game takes place 15 years following...
Latest 'Madden' video game rolls out some of its biggest changes ever
There aren't many video game franchises that can be called "sure things," but the "Madden" series is about as close as you can get. Since 1988, the football simulator from Electronic Arts has captured...
Star Wars AR could have been a new Pokemon GO if it wasn’t a marketing ploy
Force Friday, the day where the range of toys for the new Star Wars film The Last Jedi come out, has been set for September 1. But if that isn’t exciting enough for you, Disney has released an augmented...
Gamescom 2017 in pictures: our visual tour around the show floor
Gamescom 2017 is open to the public August 23 to August 26, and the crowds are already piling in in their droves. Guests turning up on the first day without tickets were being told that there were no...
The best Gamescom 2017 trailers: the top videos from Europe's biggest game show
Update: We've added a few more trailers to our top picks from this year's show. Check them out below!Article continues below...Gamescom 2017 is now well underway in Cologne, Germany, and that means we’ve...
Newegg Back to School deals
The best Newegg Back to School deals are on some of the most expensive things to buy: electronics. Though there are some notable deals in other categories, this year's best Newegg deals on products you'll...
Honoring charted territory: standalone spin-offs are the new face of nostalgia
In gaming the word 'nostalgia' brings to mind 16-bit characters, chiptune music and consoles that make the Xbox One look like a slim, svelte machine. That’s understandable because over the past couple...
New HP Omen X gaming laptop wants to win with eSports players
HP wants to win with competitive gamers, or eSports players, with its line of Omen PC gaming products. The firm’s biggest salvo yet in that direction is the latest HP Omen X gaming laptop.Shown off during...
Age of Empires: the RTS that proved strategy could sit alongside simplicity
My villager hacks away at a tree trunk with his axe. Again and again he strikes it, piling up as many logs as his wheelbarrow can carry before carting it off to the lumber camp a short distance away,...
Lenovo expands its legion of gaming desktops
Earlier this year, Lenovo refreshed its gaming laptop lineup under a new Legion banner and now the desktops are getting the same treatment.Lenovo’s flagship gaming tower, the IdeaCenter Y900 has been...
Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop launched in India at Rs 2,99,990
Asus today launched its latest gaming laptop in India. The Asus ROG Zephyrus (Republic of Gamers) was launched earlier this year at Computex 2017. The Taiwan-based company launched the ROG Zephyrus on...
This Chinese video game popular with young people is raking in cash
Tencent already allowed parents to monitor their children's use of the game, but it imposed the tougher restrictions last month, one day after People's Daily, the Communist Party's main newspaper, called...
MSI GT75VR Titan, GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider launched in India
Looking at the rapidly-growing gaming scenario in India, MSI stepped in the game at the right time. Companies like Acer, HP and ASUS have recently launched their best gaming machines to raise the bar of...
Latest HBO hack targets social media accounts
HBO says it is investigating another hack after the entertainment giant's Twitter and Facebook accounts were compromised Wednesday night.The hackers warned the network's security is vulnerable. Anonymous...
MSI Infinite A
The MSI Infinite A is built from the ground up for a broad range of PC gaming demands. It fits the bill whether you’re in the market for a high-powered gaming rig for smooth frame rates or looking to...
By losing a dimension, Sonic has regained a sense of direction
The year was 1991. I wasn't born, Terminator 2: Judgement Day was showing in cinemas and Sonic the Hedgehog had just exploded onto the Sega Genesis and into the public consciousness. With Sonic, Sega...
Another ‘Game of Thrones’ episode has leaked online
An unaired episode of Game of Thrones has appeared on the internet this morning. Episode six, due to be aired on Sunday, appeared first on file sharing sites and a Reddit post. Reddit users spotted that...
Final Fantasy 7 remake trailers, release date, news and features
First released in 1997, Final Fantasy 7 immediately cemented its place as one of the best JRPG titles around and helped millions of gamers discover a genre they’d never before considered.Understandably,...
The controversial Mass Effect: Andromeda is currently on sale on PC and Xbox
When it was first released, Mass Effect: Andromeda's myriad problems meant that it was hard to justify paying full price. But for anyone that's still tempted to give it a try now that BioWare has addressed...
Skins, Smurfs and Skyrim: A brief history of PC modding
From simple sliders and skins to full-on, triple-A-like expansions, ‘modifications’ have become the creative bridge that’s combined developers and fans into one talent-infused organism. Through a set...
Now AI is beating humans at Dota 2 as well
We've already seen artificial intelligence systems trounce human beings at the ancient board game Go, and now computers are winning at multiplayer video games too - the OpenAI engine backed by Elon Musk...
War Wings is flying high on Google Play Store and for good reason
War Wings is the game you should be playing on your phone right now. It's a unique experience compared to any other mobile game you can download at the moment and there's a reason it's currently sitting...
Nintendo accused of copyright theft over Switch controller design
A gaming accessory manufacturer has filed a lawsuit against Nintendo, claiming that the company's concept for the Switch handheld console is too similar to its own gaming tablet and detachable controller...
Xbox Live’s first batch of homebrew indie games has arrived
Getting a game certified for consoles can be a lengthy and expensive process, one that usually stops most independent games at the door unless they get a publisher to foot the bill.However, Microsoft...
Gigabyte Sabre 17
Gaming laptops are usually pricey devices, but if you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of power you can end up with a far more affordable machine – such as the new Gigabyte Sabre 17.This is a mid-range gaming...
My 5 favorite online D&D resources: ideas and education for DMs and players alike
Part of the reason or inspiration behind this column was the realization of how profoundly technology both motivated and enabled me to get into Dungeons & Dragons in the first place. You could say that...
Man almost shoots his neighbour while playing ‘Call of Duty’ with loaded gun
“Call of Duty” is one of the biggest video game franchises in the world, putting players in the middle of a warzone while the digital lead flies. (?)However, police in one Tennessee town say they would...
DeepMind dojo will train AI to beat human StarCraft players
Are they ready?Oliver Berg/dpa/Alamy Live NewsBy Timothy RevellStarCraft players are safe – but not for long. The machines that made short work of chess, Scrabble and Go are beginning to set their sights...
Artifact is Valve’s shot at beating Hearthstone, the king of online card games
There’s another Hearthstone rival marching onto the scene, from a big-name franchise with an already well-established pedigree in competitive gaming: Dota 2.Dota 2 is Valve’s MOBA (multiplayer online...
17 best online games you should play today
The mainline Dragon Age franchise has drawn in a lot of fans who just can't get enough and this is a browser game that may appeal to them. There are many things to love about the series but the dialogue,...
The best gaming routers 2017
If you play a lot of multiplayer games, then making sure you have the best gaming router is essential. These routers have been specially designed to prioritise network traffic from games, a feature known...
This is the tech that will make games look better and cost less
A couple of weeks ago I, a woman only a couple of inches over 5 foot, was transformed into a gargantuan hell beast inspired by Viking warriors. No, I wasn't hungry, it was all thanks to the innovative...
Chillblast Fusion Spectrum Ryzen 7 Gaming PC
Plenty of PC gamers are show-offs – we certainly are. So it’s no good simply dominating a death match – you want to broadcast your triumphs on streaming sites such as Twitch, YouTube Gaming and Microsoft...
In a video game first, the WNBA's full roster will be in EA's 'NBA LIVE 18'
"It's our responsibility to do this for all types of people," O'Brien told CNBC. "You'll definitely see more of it." The company was ranked a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights...
HBO hackers post ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes following cyberattack
Apparent HBO hackers have uploaded episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7 following Monday’s cyberattack against the network.On Monday, HBO suffered what the network called a “cyber incident.” Story continues...
Why Fifth Element still needs a great gaming adaptation
Once there was a time when pretty much every major movie release had some kind of video game tie-in. You probably remember the thrill of going to see a film you love and then being able to go and pick...
Scientists reveal why brain games don't work
Consumers "naturally think these products will be helpful", a report by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) found.But it warned that while the games are "fun and engaging", the only evidence of...
SteelSeries Sensei 310
The SteelSeries Sensei is one of the most popular gaming mice in history next to the legendary Logitech MX518. Over the last decade it’s been updated with the addition of its own CPU, and has seen a wireless...
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sets record for most-played non-Valve game on Steam
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a shooter which has been generating more and more buzz and excitement of late, and the latest news is that the game has just become the third most popular title on Steam...
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy maps a familiar course (and that's alright by us)
In our review of the masterful Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, we surmised that the key to the enduring success of developer Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series fell, in large part, on the shoulders of its endearing...
Game of Thrones episode info leaks online after HBO hacked
We are in the midst of a cybersecurity epidemic. In the last year, hackers have unleashed the WannaCry exploit that crippled National Health Service hospitals and facilities in the United Kingdom; they...
Cliff Bleszinski talks VR’s struggles, paying for DLC, and gaming’s Hollywood envy
Cliff Bleszinski is one of the most recognisable gaming figures on the planet, having worked on such blockbuster franchises as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament. Having released his first game when he...
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus release date, trailer and news
Wolfenstein is the longest running first-person shooting series of all time. Wolfenstein 3D, released in 1992, was the genesis of the first-person shooter genre, and since then the series has seen seven...
The games that build playgrounds out of impossible physics
It’s weird, but you get the hang of itManifold GardenBy Douglas HeavenThe primary colours, the simple shapes, the knock of wood on wood as the blocks tumble out – there’s nothing unfamiliar about a box...
Pokemon Go Fest gets off to disastrous start
We're far removed from the days when you'd see people at every city street corner being guided around by their smartphones to catch pokémon. But some people have loyally stuck with the hit mobile game...
Cliff Blezinski talks Lawbreakers and being the underdog to Overwatch
It’s not easy competing with the big guys, but that’s exactly the position veteran game developer Cliff Blezinski has found himself in with LawBreakers, the debut arena shooter from Boss Key Productions. It’s...
Here’s what you should be watching, playing and listening to this weekend
Ah, the weekend. It’s the perfect time to kick back on the couch with a drink in one hand and a remote and/or controller in the other. But what, exactly, should you be watching, playing and listening...
Asus VivoPC X
It’s probably safe to say that virtual reality hasn’t taken off the way many hoped it would, and a big reason for that is the prohibitive price point for the hardware. Not only are users expected to spend...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark