Most Boring Video Game of All Time Comes to Steam

We are living in the unbridled age of technology. Video games are more elaborate, beautiful and effective than ever before. You can completely immerse yourself in any number of titles on any number of consoles. Along with this technological innovation, we have seen gamers turn to the dull with a bizarre fascination. Gamers having an affinity for bizarre titles is nothing new, look at Goat Simulator as an example, but the latest craze in gaming simply leaves us shrugging our shoulders. The latest bizarre craze that has gamers spending money is called Desert Bus VR. Desert Bus VR is exactly what the title implies with no surprises. Let’s dig into one of the most bizarre titles in the entire Steam library.

Desert Bus VR is an existential crisis that masquerades as a video game, all wrapped within an actual good cause — a charity called the Desert Bus for Hope. All of that is beside the fact, however, as what you do in the game is what is making headlines. In Desert Bus VR you get on board of a bus, in the desert, and drive from Arizona to Nevada. Well, we say drive but we don’t mean that. We mean that you are a passenger. On a bus. Driving from Arizona to Nevada. That is it. There is no real gameplay. There isn’t any goal. You are along for the ride. The sheer ludicrous concept was initially released through a mini-game pack from Penn & Teller (yes, the Vegas stars) and it has since been re-packaged and ‘updated’ for release in virtual reality.

The VR remake of Desert Bus gives you the chance to experience the long journey from Arizona to Nevada in the first person. A few of the ‘big updates’ include the ability to play a radio, honk the bus horn, and even ride on the bus with a few other friends in the multiplayer mode. Purchases of Desert Bus VR go toward the charity Child’s Play and thus far sales have raised more than $650,000 for the charitable cause.

Battlefront 2 Found to Have Cosmetic Customization Days After EA Claims it Does Not

PC Gamer reports on further dishonesty coming from Electronic Arts, as datamining has now revealed that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has an unused cosmetic customization feature within the game’s files, a revelation that comes just days after the company’s CEO said that no such feature currently exists within the game.

In an interview given on November 28, EA CEO Blake Jorgensen specifically stated that Battlefront 2, at least at this point in time, did not have any form of cosmetic customization. As this was a feature in EA’s first Battlefront game in 2014, many fans had been justifiably confused and upset at its absence in the new installment.

Jorgensen gave the reasoning behind this change, saying that the company did not want to “violate canon”, citing an absurd example of a pink Darth Vader as justification. Though many were quick to point out the illogical reasoning behind this answer, given that the first game had this feature and that the Battlefront games themselves are essentially a “violation of canon” simply by existing, many were shocked to find out just a day later that this feature had been in the game’s files the entire time.

In a YouTube video posted by Redditor uninspired_zebra, the user showcases a cosmetic customization menu with numerous options contained within the PC version of the game. And, rather than simply wait to release the feature in the full game, EA’s statements on the matter seem to suggest that this form of customization was never meant to see the light of day at some point in the future.

Caught in what can only be described as a deliberate lie, this newest bit of controversy comes right on the heels of Battlefront 2’s massive loot box scandal, leading countries like Belgium to call for a ban on loot boxes in all games released in Europe and the stock value of multiple video game publishers to plummet, EA’s in particular losing the company over $3 billion in value.

The company had first taken flack upon the Battlefront 2’s beta release, with players finding the absurd costs necessary to play competitively with other players using the randomize loot boxes matched only by the time investment it would take to do so without spending extra money (approximately 40 hours to unlock characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker). With things only getting worse from there – and quickly – EA and the rest of the games industry has seen massive backlash over what many describe as simulated gambling aimed at children (in the form of the loot box) and dishonesty on the part of the company.

With this newest revelation managing to anger all but the most ardent of EA’s fans, it remains to be seen whether the company can find a way out of this latest PR nightmare.

‘Secret World’ Made Great Again by Team at Funcom

In 2012 there was this little MMORPG that hit the internet. Released by Funcom as the third MMO that they developed, ‘Secret World’ hit the shelves one summer out of nowhere. Fans clamored after the game thanks to the exhaustive story details, interesting quests, and excellent voice acting. However, Secret World would head the direction that so many ambitious MMO’s end up in this day and age: complacency. The title never pushed to a higher level and the game leveled out, never really reaching the heights of its inaugural months. Five years later, fans should be ready to jump back in as Funcom recently re-launched, re-branded, and re-invigorated the title.

Now known as Secret World Legends, Funcom is focusing on giving fans everything that they had hoped for in the initial release. The title is no longer purchase/subscription based and now operates on a free-to-play model like so many other titles. Shifting to free-to-play (FTP) means that the game will see a larger influx of users as the developers try to hone in on what made their title so special, so long ago. Rui Casais, the CEO at Funcom, said, “We always felt that The Secret World was undiscovered.” This line of thinking brought Casais and his team to really analyze what had gone wrong with ‘Secret World’. They saw sales declining, players leaving the game, and the title slowly dying. It was time for a re-invention. Their focus this time was to put the game in as many hands as possible.

In the original Secret World gamers had to play characters without levels or any sort of class system. it was a completely free and open concept that never latched on with gamers. So the developers at Funcom brought levels back as an easy way to get gamers comfortably back into the game. There are also extensive additions to the core gameplay as well as extended quests and new storylines for gamers to check out.

2K Unveils ‘Rise and Fall’ Expansion for Civilization 6

If you are a fan of city-building and nation-fighting, then you are likely intimately familiar with the game Civilization 6. One of the most prolific real-time strategy games of all time, Civ 6 has continually fed its fans with updates and new DLC. Now, it looks like the team at 2K games are giving fans even more of what they want with an expansion pack that unlocks a massive amount of new content. The expansion pack is known as ‘Rise and Fall’ and it showcases more features than AI Gandhi could shake a nuclear bomb at.

Civilization 6 launched last year to critical and commercial acclaim and since then there has been a slew of updates hitting the title. Now, fans are getting locked in for the biggest update yet. 2K released a quote and a trailer showcasing what the ‘Rise and Fall’ expansion is to offer fans saying, “Rise triumphantly from the Dark Age and your next Golden Age will be even stronger — A Heroic age.” Of course, the slightly cheesy writing isn’t what brings people to Civilization, instead, it is the depth of tactics and strategy that the title offers.

With the ‘Rise and Fall’ expansion, fans will have access to an all-new loyalty system that turns your micro-management up another notch. Cities now can show individual loyalty levels to you and that means you have to pay more attention than ever to local politics, harvesting yields and more. Of course, that isn’t the only update. The ‘Rise and Fall’ expansion also brings to life nine unique and new leaders, eight new civilizations, a bevy of new units and wonders as well as all new buildings and districts.

For RTS-degenerates who have fallen in love with Sid Meier’s work, the Civ 6 ‘Rise and Fall’ expansion could be the greatest expansion the genre has offered in recent years. With other companies struggling to balance launch-content and expansion-content, it is nice to see 2K Games get it right.

Destiny 2 Continues to Struggle With Fans

If there is a gaming development company with built-in respect from the fanbase, it is Bungie. Bungie is the dev team behind the historic ‘Halo’ franchise and their work with Master Chief has become iconic and almost untouchable. Still, that hasn’t stopped Bungie from absolutely testing the patience of fans playing their new title, ‘Destiny 2’. The original Destiny game was released for consoles almost three years ago. It featured an amazing FPS system that was integrated with an almost RPG-like progression system. While the game certainly had its troubles and a fair share of detractors, fans still got in line for Destiny 2. Now, almost three years later, it seems like fans are at the limits of their patience. The reason? Bungie is bungling the core experience of the game: earning exp.

It was revealed almost a week ago that Bungie was rigging the player XP system. This came to light during the ‘Clarion Call’ event which supposedly gave bonus experience points to people playing the game during the specific time frame. Players were immediately wary of how slow their EXP bars seemed to fill and further analysis by a team of Reddit sleuths revealed that Bungie was, in fact, throttling EXP rates while still convincing players that they were actually earning their experience points. The response was immediate and the backlash was severe, with many fans of the title immediately calling out Bungie for being distrustful and exploiting their time.

Bungie didn’t even deny what they were doing, admitting to throttling the EXP almost immediately. To ‘calm fans down’ Bungie reset the EXP system back to normal before changing how much experience you needed to level up, doubling from 80K EXP to 160K EXP. Needless to say, fans were not especially happy. Still, Bungie is moving forward with their free trial and fans are probably going to keep playing. The free trial launches on November 28th and it remains to be seen how many players will actually be turned off by Bungie’s lack of transparency.

World of Warcraft Brings Back the Fun With New Races

World of Warcraft revolutionized the MMO genre when it released back in 2001. Now, 16 years later, the franchise is still going strong and fans are getting hyped up for the next expansion: Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard has been busy getting World of Warcraft fans ready for more content with both the Classic announcement and the Battle for Azeroth expansion. We think that 2017 and 2018 could be incredible years for the longest-running active MMO on the planet and it has a lot to do with how credible the new playable races are.

Playable race expansions are as part of World of Warcraft as quests are for the rest of the genre. With Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard will be releasing six completely new races: Lightforged Draenei, Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves for the Alliance and Nightborne Elves, Zandalari Trolls and Highmountain Tauren for the Horde. While WoW fans have some trouble getting into new race releasees, it appears that we have more than just some newly skinned races coming into the game.

While the resemblances between the new races and old races in the game are strong, particularly between the elf classes, there is something special about this expansion. The biggest thing about the new races is that they are more than just a graphical update, they are setting the stage for the lore going into the future. WoW used to have a problem with races becoming quickly outdated and left by the wayside, but that isn’t the case. Blizzard has already gone on the record as stating that these races will be heavily involved in future storylines and that should get fans more than a little bit excited.

In any event, we also appreciate the fact that the new characters have a ton of customization available to them. WoW has always been known for its unique take on the fantasy aesthetic and that will continue here. It looks like there will be complete character customization options for the new races, including tattoos, fur, antlers and different hairstyles.

‘Stardew Valley’ Thrills PC Gamers in the Best Way

When you hear the words ‘open world farming simulator’ what are your first thoughts? Be honest. That kind of genre doesn’t exactly strike anyone as thrilling and for good reason. Why do gamers like to complete chores for an online farm when there are no real-world benefits? We’re not going to dive into the psychology of gamers and the reward system that goes on with the chemicals in our brain. Instead, we are just going to say it. ‘Stardew Valley’ is a thrilling and refreshing way to play video games in the macho world of PC gaming.

When loading up ‘Stardew Valley’ on your PC for the first time, you are going to immediately be hit by waves of nostalgia. ‘Stardew Valley’ embraces the old-school, 8-bit graphics but enhances them with vibrant color, excellent textures, and a fine eye for detail. The game immediately recalls players to classic titles like ‘Harvest Moon’ or ‘Animal Crossing’ but with an enhanced focus on ‘Minecraft’-like crafting. You play as a farmer who was recalled to Starddew Valley in order to take over his farm, shortly before passing away. You start with a belt full of old tools, big dreams, and a wide world that is rarely explained to you.

The way that the game is structured inspires gamers to clock in and play in short, but frequent, bursts. Players work on developing their farm by way of crafting tools, items, and buildings. Your expansion leads to taking on more animals, more crops, and larger relationships with the other members of Stardew Valley. While glossy and relaxing on the surface, there is a deep game hidden below that allows for gamers to maximize and tailor their experience for maximum enjoyment.

‘Stardew Valley’ was released as an indie title on the PC and has since made its way over to every other major console. Most recently ‘Stardew Valley’ was announced and released on the Nintendo Switch which makes it a hand-in-glove fit for Nintendo’s family-friendly platform.

VR Gaming May Not Justify That High-End PC Yet

The end of PC gaming has been prognosticated for over a decade now, and yet it continues on. The first culprit that was supposed to lead to its demise was consoles. The PC gave gamers flexibility that simply was not available at all or was not as common on consoles. One of these is the ability to play mods that fans of particular games develop and release for a given game to enhance its playability. Even when expansions for games are available in the world of consoles, it’s typically in the form of downloadable content that console owners have to pay for. Additionally, with a couple to a few years between generations of consoles, PC owners have been able to stay at the cutting-edge of graphics longer whereas console owners have to wait for the next generation to come out with their enhanced built-in capabilities.

Despite PC sales decreasing overall over the past few years, the sale of PCs specifically for gaming has actually been growing recently. As mobile devices and laptops have begun taking over for common computer tasks, the PC is increasingly being seen as a tool for power users. A PC enables someone to assemble the components they want, such as a high-end video card, that will give them an exceptionally performing gaming system that will beat consoles in graphics and other feature and performance metrics.

Some gamers are buying high-end computers simply to get into the exciting new world of virtual reality (VR) gaming. While there are VR headsets for console gaming as well, a high-end PC gives one the power to really push this technology to its limits. PC gamers who are putting a lot of money into a system purely for VR gaming might want to be cautious. Some developers, such as CCP Games, are backing off production of some VR titles after initially being bullish on the technology. CCP Games is famous for the EVE and EVE Valkyrie titles. Those who are considering buying a cutting-edge PC just to play plenty of VR titles may want to hold off for a few years. It shouldn’t be long before there are enough game titles on the market to justify the expense since this technology requires a fairly powerful video card among other components that need to be up to the task.

Amazing gaming power with the MSI Trident 3 Arctic smaller desktop

The MSI Trident 3 Arctic is a gaming desktop which more powerful and surprisingly a smaller package. It is quite a skinny computer compared to all other gaming desktops. The pc is mainly made of MSI GTX 1070. A test conducted on the pc shows that the machine is capable of running the current VR Hardware despite the computer lacking the traditional cooling usually found on other bigger devices.

The MSI Trident 3 Arctic uses windows 10 and has a 16 gb memory space. The small frame, big game, machine is a super portable rig that weighs approximately 7 pounds. It is also loaded with a Gen Intel Core i7 for extreme processing. This is one of the best pc offered by the MSI. It has fantastic graphics without any degradation and also has a striking design. It comes with custom-build MSI motherboard, and the CPU is directly integrated with the motherboard.

Having the machine uses Windows 10 it therefore delivers and offers faster start-ups, comes with a familiar menu yet expanded with great news ways hence enabling high performance. The pc, therefore, loads games and profile real quicker and stores the entire library of games on its 1TB hard drive.

However, despite the machine being made of small form factor package, there is enough room for upgrading when necessary. It is possible for the user to change various components such as storage drive, memory and almost everything save for the processor. The Trident 3 Arctic handles everything and any game with enough ease and also runs smoothly. The pc also is affordable and cheap compared to other gaming machines.

However, the mighty little beast is not suitable for use in the bedroom since it generates a lot of noise but if you are in the gaming world and needs the best portable gaming pc then MSI Trident 3 Arctic is the machine for you.

GameStop to gain from online subscriptions

With a rapidly changing digital com, merchants are constantly shaping their businesses to compete lucratively. Game developers have over the past decade shifted the focus mainly to the online market, partnering with other vendors to popularize their products. This has seen a reduction in purchases from mortar and brick stores such a GameStop. In fact, GameStop has recorded a considerable fall in its business as more and more customers prefer to engage from the comfort of their homes.

This is however likely to change following the introduction of subscription options through which GameStop customers can access their favorite games. GameStop announced that subscribers can now rent games for $60 through a Power Plus plan which lasts for six months. Once this period elapses, subscribers will have a free game of their choice to keep.

The subscription plan to be launched in mid-November is expected to change fortunes for the company which has seen a deep fall in its share prices over a period. Share prices fell by 8 percent with its video game business recording a3.4 percent drop in the second quarter of the half year.

The gaming industry remains one of the most competitive and lucrative e-commerce platforms and has attracted several new and old players in the last decade. One of the most important features of game apps is adaptability to frequent updates.

Gamestop’s Power-Up Rewards program has a free tier which enables users to eventually come through for the rental subscription. This will help the company to let get several pre-owned game stocks and at the same time gain some revenue from subscriptions.

This model of operation is prone to rapid and frequent change and the company will need to keep abreast with market trends. Ultimately, engaging with portal users frequently and offering reliable round-the-clock support is one sure way of keeping a constant stream of subscribers.

GameStop, however, can gain from its long history and loyal customers who have frequented its brick and mortar store since 1984.