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With the runaway success of Candy Crush Saga, it’s perfectly natural to wonder just how many people are dropping coin in freemium mobile games. One firm’s answer, however, might surprise you. A very small number — 0.15 percent, to be exact — of…
This new, low-end AMD graphics card’s meant for budget-conscious PC gamers, and maybe Steam Machines, too
Not every gamer has the desire means to get the latest and greatest graphics hardware. Fret not budget-minded PC aficionados, for AMD’s rolling out a new, more powerful low-end GPU that should suit your financial constraints. Called the Radeon R7…
Playing PS3 games could soon get a little more inclusive. QuadStick, a suitably complex mouth-based controller that offers quadriplegics the ability to play console games, has launched its fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. The controller is…
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A big part of Valve’s steamy vision of the future will be the ability to play full-fledged PC games on a relatively small living room machine, by streaming them to the Steam client from a main gaming PC in another room. (Much like Remote Play on the PS4 and Vita, or NVIDIA’s Gamestreaming from a PC …
Number Four is out today.
Today marks the release of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, the latest in Ubisoft's massive, complex, history-spanning series. While most fans will be rushing out to buy the game, some have taken to Assassin's Creed Confessions to disclose their deepest feelings about the games, especially regarding the series' four main characters thus far: Altair, a Third Crusade-era Arab; Ezio, a Renaissance Italian; Connor, an 18th century American Indian; and Black Flag's Edward, a Caribbean pirate.
Some of them are about fashion.
Others are about forbidden desires.
Come to think of it, a lot are about forbidden desires.
Mad Catz is no stranger to gaming keyboards of course, but it had yet to bring its S.T.R.I.K.E branding to the mobile market. That changes today, however, with the launch of the S.T.R.I.K.E.M, a keyboard specifically made for portable devices such as its own M.O.J.O micro console for Android. Like …
Many gamers are focused on the PS4 and Xbox One launches, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a third that just took place: the Nintendo 2DS is now available in Australia, Europe and North America. US-based shoppers can buy black/blue and white/red models for $ 129. As a refresher, the system is …
Does the Los Santos PD really discriminate? The bizarre emergent racial dynamics in Rockstar’s billion-dollar blockbuster.
Grand Theft Auto V is, among many other things, the most immersive simulation of Southern California — and Los Angeles — ever created. And people on the internet have started to read into the game some of that region’s most vexed dynamics, particularly the relationship between police and people of color.
Franklin, one of the game's three playable characters, is black, and as the MacArthur fellow Mike Davis wrote in his seminal history of L.A., City of Quartz, “Since the early 1950s, the LAPD has been regarded by L.A.'s Black community as a redneck army of occupation.”
Dozens of tweets and forum posts, sampled below, detail how players believe that Franklin is treated differently from the other two, white, playable characters, by the Los Santos Police Department (the game's stand-in for the LAPD):
So, I was strolling down a boulevard, innocuous as any upstanding citizen, and suddenly, a white man begins assaulting me, making me flee as he pursued me with his frantic violence. Abruptly, I have 1 star – absolutely no reason besides the fact a citizen reported the situation and I was presumed the culprit… and the cops arrive. As I’m innocent, I raise my hands, knowing they'll understand, but they abruptly say 'HE HAS A WEAPON' whilst I'm unarmed, opening fire…..
2 minutes later, I'm running down an alley as eight LAPD cops are behind me, GUNS DRAWN, and I still have absolutely no clue as to why. “Is it because I am black? Is this what happens? They think I am immediately guilty? I am armed? I am a huge threat? I've done something?” I see an escape, a rooftop with a ladder up it, and I begin climbing, but the police murder me – shooting me in the back multiple times as an 'armed suspect'….. execution-style as I have my back to them.
I was driving around as Franklin and stopped at a gas station in a more rural part of town. Got out of my car, walked up to this white trash woman. The fella she was with punched her in the face, ran away, she looks at me, calls the cops. 1 star.”
If you’re a console gamer, you’ve got a tough choice ahead of you as both the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One are going on sale this November. Choosing which next-gen system to buy is no easy task — even for long time gaming diehards. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft wants you to buy its new hardware instead of a PS4, which is why the company is going to hit the road for its “One Tour.” The road trip kicks off on October 1st and runs through the end of the year, allowing people to try Xbox One for themselves at each stop.