Recent Articles In PC Gaming
July 29, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
StarCraft II has been around for nearly a decade now and Blizzard has decided to celebrate with a fairly massive 5.0 update. They are currently in public testing for the update, which introduces new campaign achievements for every mission in the base game and all three expansions. The update also improves the map editor tool, putting more power into the hands of players who are looking to create their own custom campaigns. Absorbing several features from Warcraft III's game editor, Blizzard h...
July 16, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
If you’ve spent any time in the Stardock community, you know that we love mods here. Between Galactic Civilizations III, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Star Control: Origins, and our other titles, there are thousands of available mods out there from an abundance of talented creators. A lot of us here play with mods not only on the studio’s games, but also games we’re playing from other studios. I know that one of the members of GalCiv’s creative teams has been work...
July 9, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
I am kind of a compulsive shopper (a habit I have been trying to curb over the last few years). Because of this, there is a small amount of dread and a large amount of summoned self-restraint every year when the Steam Summer Sale arrives. I haven’t bought anything yet this year - I guess I’m waiting for the last minute - but I noticed while perusing articles on gaming sites that Steam has introduced a new Points Shop. So, of course I had to go and check it out, though I’ll b...
July 6, 2020 by SchismNavigator on schismnavigator
As the title says, I am curious which titles members of our community have snatched up during the various sales this summer. Personally, I've been more in a TTRPG kick, but I did finally grab SpaceEngine on sale and got Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC.
July 1, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
In a blog post on June 24, 2020, Sony announced that they were launching a PlayStation Bug Bounty program. I think I've been playing too much Animal Crossing lately, because my first thought was along the lines of "Will they pay me 1.5x more than Nook's Cranny for my bugs, too?" Anyway. Seriously, wake your brain up woman. Wrong kind of bugs."We believe that through working with the security research community we can deliver a safer place to play," Geoff Norton, senior director of software ...
June 3, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Earlier this year, E3 joined GDC and several other conventions in cancelling their event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some events have adapted with their cancellations by moving some or all of their programming into an online format, much like Microsoft did with their Build conference last month. If you're itching to get the latest gaming news, the announcements start rolling out this Saturday. The PC Gaming Show, which is an annual live-streamed showcase of new games, exclusive gameplay foo...
I've worked on a lot of games over the years.  It's really hard, on a personal level, to dedicate multiple years to a single project.  It's the nature of the business but at the end of each project I end up in quite a bit of a funk.   Looking back on my own schedule here is what I've been worked on: 1992: GalCiv OS/21993: GalCiv OS/21994: GalCiv OS/21995: GalCiv 2 OS/21996: Avarice1996: Trials of battle1996: Entrepreneur [Pear engine]1997: Entrepren...
I recently wrote an article for Gamasutra on scripting languages and game engines.   Whether it be Lua or Python or some other scripting language, I think there is a lot to be said about not having to compile your code after every change.  It makes iteration much faster to be able to be playing the game and be writing code changes to improve it while it's running and have those changes simply update. I don't have a strong preference between Lua and Python other than ...
Elemental: War of Magic (most fun) [2010] Galactic Civilizations OS/2 [1993] Galactic Civilizations II [2006] Star Control: Origins [2018] The Corporate Machine [2000] Sins of a Solar Empire [2008] Fallen Enchantress [2012] Stellar Frontier [1999] Ashes of the Singularity [2016] Trials of Battle [1996] Avarice [1996] Offworld Trading Company [2016] Galactic Civilizations I [2003] The Political Machine [2004] Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade [2017] ...
April 22, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Facebook is taking a deeper dive into the gaming realm. Facebook launched a new dedicated mobile app called Facebook Gaming on Monday, where people will be able to create and watch live gameplay. With this move, Facebook is angling to take on the likes of Amazon's Twitch, Microsoft's Mixer, and Google's YouTube. The original release date for the app was set for June, but with the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to stay in their homes and create their own entertainment, Facebook made th...
April 15, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), the organization that creates content ratings for games in North America, announced on Monday that they are adding a new ratings designation to account for loot boxes, gacha mechanics, and other randomized items. The new ratings label specifies if a game has in-game purchases with random items, which is an update to the previously broader "in-game purchases" warning label. Back in 2018, the ESRB responded to calls for their ratings system to in...
April 1, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Over the last several weeks, large and small businesses alike have been forced to shutter their doors amid the COVID-19 crisis. As more and more people are confined to the safety of their homes, one pastime in particular has surged to the forefront: gaming. It's been reported that Nintendo Switch consoles are in short supply as individuals with a suddenly large amount of free time rushed to acquire the systems, gaming usage is up 75% according to Verizon, and Steam has seen record numbers of ...
March 4, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Last Friday, organizers for the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) announced the cancellation of their 2020 event in San Francisco amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. Over the past few weeks, multiple companies including Sony, Microsoft, Epic Games, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Kojima Productions, Amazon, and more announced that they would be withdrawing from the event due to safety concerns. “After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and com...
So I still play quite a bit of StarCraft online.  I am not great at it (low Diamond league) but I am good enough at it to know when I'm playing a Smurf. A Smurf is someone who is deliberately playing in a league far lower than what they should be in and they really ruin the game experience.   Smurfing isn't specific to StarCraft and there really isn't much that can be done about it that I can think of.  But it is one of those things that helps remind me as to why I don'...
Paradroid, Raid on Bungling Bay, Lode Runner, Kings Quest, Civilization, Master of Orion, Wing Commander, Planetfall, Star Control, Total Annihilation, Baldur's Gate, Knights of the Old Republic. #alifewelllived.