Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2014 - 08:33 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, reverse-consolitis, steam, GOG, free to play, dlc
So PC gamers rarely go to the store to buy a disk anymore. According to DFC Intelligence, via PCR-Online, 92% of sales for the PC gaming platform were online. This number seems to be based on revenue, rather than units sold. It includes both full games purchased from Steam, GoG, and other distribution services. It, also, probably includes free-to-play revenue, DLC, and so forth.
Of course, this also suggests that retail sales of PC games has quite a bit of money floating around still. While sources lump several categories together, we could still be talking about a hundreds-of-millions or low-billions order of magnitude (USD). Of course, these are personal, mental math estimates. A grain of salt is required and, in this case, probably good for your (mental) health.
Watch your cholesterol, though.
Again, this is one of the advantages of open architectures. Companies and organizations are allowed, because no-one can tell them otherwise, to try new things. Sometimes, they end up being gold mines that lead to industry revolution, whether we consider the specific positive or negative. However long it takes, it wins. It eventually finds a way, and then the blob tumbles along.
Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2013 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: bioshock infinite, clash in the clouds, burial at sea, dlc, episode 3
The BioShock Infinite DLC which was released yesterday may not intrigue all players as it is mostly Challenge based, gifting you with a variety of in game achievements for completing certain takedowns and combos though the addition of new maps could well attract many. It is the upcoming Burial At Sea which is attracting attention as it takes place on that fateful New Years Eve which began the decline of Rapture into which we were dropped into during the original game. Instead of the in game clues which told the story of the fall of the underwater utopia of Rapture you will get to play through the actual events as Booker Dewitt, Private Eye. Hopefully they will not follow the Valve School of Episode releases and we will see releases on a tight schedule. Check out both trailers at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN or click below to see the teaser for Burial at Sea.
"So, as guessed by people paying attention to Ken Levine last night, there’s to be BioShock: Infinite DLC. What a surprise. What’s more of a surprise is that one bit is out today. That is Clash In The Clouds, and is a bunch of challenges. Below you’ve got a trailer for that, and a teaser for something called Burial At Sea, which will be a new campaign set in Rapture"
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Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2013 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, dlc, dishonored
Not only is it currently for sale on Steam at 40% off but there is brand new DLC being released that is more in the style of Half Life Episodes than extra content for the main game. You play a different character than in the main game, the famous assassin called Daud a name which will be familiar to those who have played the game and even more familiar for those who played through the first DLC called the Knife of Dunwall. Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN reveals some spoilers while describing their experiences in the second episode of Daud's adventures, The Brigmore Witches, so you might not want to read it all before you download and play the DLC.
"Bum. I’ve just realised I’ve not actually finished the previous Dishonored DLC, The Knife of Dunwall. I’m halfway through the second mission. Usually that wouldn’t be a problem, but Arkane took the odd decision to make their DLC episodic, and Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches continues the story they started in the Knife of Dunwall. You are still Daud, fighting for redemption. If anyone else is in my position then it’s best you don’t look below the cut. Spoilers!"
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Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2012 - 01:07 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: origin, mass effect 3, gaming, ea, dlc
Today Electronic Arts made the Extended Cut DLC available for users to download. Reportedly, it would wrap up plot holes, explain the Reapers further, and actually be influenced by all the choices that you made throughout the game.
I’ll admit that I eagerly downloaded it and went in with high hopes for a better and more personalized (and meaningful) ending. I won’t spoil it for you but the new DLC adds a couple cut scenes to each of the three traditional ending choices and even adds an alternate ending as well.
The download is a bit over 800 MB, and even around 10PM CST I was able to max out my Internet connection to download the full game and the DLC pack. To get the DLC, open up Origin, click on the “My Games” tab, then click on the little “i” icon in the lower left of the Mass Effect 3 icon. It will now open the Mass Effect 3 game details panel. In the upper right-hand corner, click on the “Shop for add-ons” button. Find the Extended Cut pack (free), and download it.
Once downloaded and installed, you will be able to start up the game and load a save just before you enter the Citadel in the final level. The steps needed to find and install the download were not as intuitive as the simple instructions EA provided, so I hope my path to the DLC will help you (I spent quite a few minutes trying to find the area they said to go to... may be related to a different version of the Origin client and me not being very familiar with the interface, but still).
Warning Spoilers after the break. You’ve been warned!
Although id Software’s RAGE and DICE’s upcoming shooter Battlefield 3 have been getting all the attention around the PC Per office lately, Portal 2 is about to receive some free DLC that just might hold gamers over while they wait impatiently for their Battlefield 3 and RAGE pre-orders! Dubbed “Peer Review,” the upcoming DLC has been delayed several times and missed its original “summer” release date; however, it is finally releasing and will be available on October 4th.
The Peer Review DLC (download-able content) will be available on the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. According to Digital Trends, the free content will include new co-op modes for Atlas and P-Body in addition to new single play puzzles. Unfortunately, the single player puzzles will not extend the overall story of the Portal universe. Leader-boards and a new Challenge game mode will also be featured in the DLC.
One can be assured that GLaDOS is waiting. Whether gamers will finally get the promised cake is another matter, however.