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  • Opinion: Will SteamOS be the next big gaming platform?

    Valve, creators of Portal, Half-Life and DOTA2, announces a new Linux platform for its online game distribution service. Is it possible that SteamOS, and the Steam Machines and Controllers that go with it, could define the next generation of PC gaming? It's just possible.

  • Opinion: How to build a killer Windows 8.1 gaming PC for under $1000

    Finally: Windows 8.1 is a major update that brings many improvements and new features to Windows 8. In addition to a bevy of new apps and meaningful interface changes such as a resurrected Start button and a new boot-to-desktop option, Windows 8.1 will also be the only desktop OS to support DirectX 11.2. Couple that with the streamlined characteristics of the OS, and many people--game enthusiasts in particular--may now be interested in making the switch to the cutting edge of Windows.

  • Opinion: Save your saved games: What files upgrading from Windows 8.1 preview will kill

    If you installed the preview edition of Windows 8.1, then a game, stop. Do not upgrade to the final version of Windows 8.1 until you manually back up your saved games.

  • Opinion: The future of video games will be in your browser

    I've had it with interminable game downloads--and you can keep your fancy new Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii consoles. The future of PC gaming is in the browser, and it'll be here sooner than you expect.

  • Opinion: First thoughts on F!rst, the new social network for gamers

    I've got a Twitter account, though I don't get much use out of it. Truth be told, I've always treated it as a sort of interactive RSS feed: a stream of websites and journos advertising their latest pieces, interspersed with the occasional witty repartee from roustabouts. Ditto for Facebook. Back in college it was my social calendar, a place to organize events and then post pictures afterwards--a few years down the road I'm loathe to start mass-defriending folks, but I can't imagine those guys and gals I chatted up between keg stands are keen on discussing the minutiae of GPUs or Pokémon training.

  • Opinion: Experimental game [Code] instantiates love of programming

    I'm walking through the firehouse in Culver City where a good portion of the games at IndieCade are set up, and then I see what looks like "not a game." And I don't mean that in the disparaging, "Your game doesn't have guns so it's not a game," way that the Internet sometimes means.

  • Opinion: What I'm Playing: More like, Lame Theft Auto

    Race the Sun

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Boom

    Explosions rule. They make up about 70 percent of action movies, without them Michael Bay wouldn't have a career and we celebrate with them every Independence Day.

  • Opinion: Distant Worlds gives 4X Players a huge galaxy and many options

    Distant Worlds is a massive 4X game that shares many of the strengths and weaknesses of the genre: detailed systems, technology, and options; very long games that form their own histories and stories; minimalist graphics and effects; and a steep, steep learning curve.

  • Opinion: Rhythm is a roguelike in Crypt of the NecroDancer

    I have a good handle on rhythm. I'm not exactly Dancing With The Stars material, but I like to think I can hold my own whenever grooves require busting, or even on the lower difficulty levels of Rock Band, Guitar Hero et al. And then a NecroDancer struts into view and I'm flummoxed all over again.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Feed your free time with these food games

    Is your stomach growling? Maybe it's just about lunch time? Well, hold yourself over with a couple food-related games that won't put a dent in your wallet--unlike that overpriced sandwich from the hoity-toity deli down the street.

  • Opinion: Gimme Shelter: Herd cubs in this premier badger simulator

    I have no idea what happened to Five; best guess is that my thrilling escape from the bird stalking our merry little troupe didn't go off as swimmingly as I'd hoped. I've seen enough David Attenborough specials to know better than to assign these critters a name, but Shelter's adorable little badger family has admittedly started to grow on me.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Nostalgia trip

    Some of the most iconic web games came from a younger Internet. Ideas were fresh, innovative and most of all: addicting. Some were cute, some were disturbing but most were fun. Check out our list of free games that time may have forgotten, but nostalgia will keep you playing all day.

  • Opinion: Xbox One vs PS4 according to readers

    Xbox One vs PS4: PC Advisor readers tell us which is best and why.

  • Opinion: Ditching your 360? Amazon offers Xbox One game upgrades for $10

    The Xbox One may not be backwards compatible with the Xbox 360, but if you decide to upgrade to the next-gen console this holiday season, Amazon can help you bring your favorite game along for the ride--assuming it's from a select list of hot new titles and you have an extra $10, that is.

  • Opinion: Shooters on a budget: 7DFPS game jam serves up new ways to frag

    So what'd everyone do last week? Oh, that's nice. While we were twiddling about, a number of enterprising game developers made a bunch of first-person shooters. The event was called 7DFPS: a game development jam in the spirit of Ludum Dare, it challenges folks to cobble together something like a first-person shooter in the span of seven days. It ended this weekend--you can sift through the contributions at the game jam's site, but here are some of my favorites.

  • Opinion: Deep inside Razer's design lab, home to gaming hardware that shouldn't actually exist

    Razer, the company that built its reputation on gaming mice and keyboards, is now doing what Acer, Dell, and Microsoft seemingly won't: building topflight laptops and tablets with hefty price tags. This year the upstart company introduced both the thinnest gaming laptop and the most powerful Windows 8 tablet we've ever seen--at a time when PC sales are struggling, and cheap tablets are predicted to outship laptops 2-to-1 in 2014.

  • Opinion: Here's what Super Mario Bros. might look like as a modern game

    You might not have ever wondered what Super Mario Bros. would look like if it were made today, but YouTube user Deloix did.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: A new take on old games

    The classics are great, but sometimes you'd kill for a fresh coat of paint. Having mastered games like checkers and chess through sound strategy and flawless tactics, you might not have the drive and desire to continue. Well, here's your chance to love them again. Following are three classic games and three radically different ways to play them--all for free online. Be prepared to get your butt kicked all over again!

  • Opinion: Xbox team creates community deputies to fight trolls

    Angry, mocking murmurs rattled off the walls of the player lobby. The caped avenger barely paused. Then the epithets began: stinging, hateful words that juxtaposed one toon's manhood with his mother. That did it. The hero spun, hurling his all-powerful mallet at the offender's head, and sounded the cry feared by evildoers everywhere:

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