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Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale Begins

PC gaming powerhouse Steam has officially launched their Lunar New Year sale, running from February 15th through the end of the 19th. With thousands of games on sale from 10% off up to as much as 90% off, this is a great time to grab that game you’ve been eyeing or gift your friends a copy of your favorite multiplayer game!

Steam’s Lunar New Year sale includes hot games such as Tekken 7 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at a staggering 50% off, as well as cult favorites including Stardew Valley and Undertale at 20% and 50% off, respectively.

This is a great opportunity to branch out and try genres of gaming you’re unfamiliar with, or really dig deep in your gaming style of choice! Whatever your interests are, Steam has you covered this New Lunar Year. Here are three suggestions to start of the Lunar New Year right!

1: They Are Billions

They Are Billions is a trending game from developer Numantian Games that showcases the ever popular zombie survival setting with spectacular strategy gameplay.

2: Nioh: The Complete Edition

Nioh: The Complete Edition is a brutal action game that contains the full game, it’s three expansions, and three additional story chapters. This is for the hardcore among us.

3: This War of Mine

This War of Mine is a beautiful game dripping with meaningful narrative. You play the roles of a group of survivors in a besieged city, and shows a side of war often left untold.

The company’s extensive sales help both consumers and developers. Consumers get access to games that may have originally been out of their budget or wildcards they were uncertain of. Developers, on the other hand, gain increased exposure and revenue due to the aforementioned consumer benefits. It’s a win-win situation and with so many great titles discounted, you can’t go wrong taking advantage of this great sale!

EA Releases ‘Dead Space’ on Origin For Free — A Mea Culpa for Past Problems?

PC Gamers have had precious few nice things to say about EA over the past six months, but things might start turning around here shortly. EA just announced a free release of the hit 2008 title, ‘Dead Space’. The game, developed by the dismantled Visceral Games, was released to almost universal critical acclaim and it has helped to reinvigorate the science fiction/horror genre that has so often been woefully overlooked. For fans that didn’t get a chance to play ‘Dead Space’ the first time around, now might be the perfect opportunity. All you need in order to download the free release is an Origin account.

The story of ‘Dead Space’ pulls from several of the greatest works of science fiction horror around, from ‘Alien’ to ‘The Thing’ and everything in between. The title follows Isaac Clarke, yes a pretty deliberate reference, in his journey aboard the USG Ishimura. Clarke is an engineer aboard the massive ship, known in-game as a Planet Cracker, and he is there when horrors are unleashed thanks to a relic possessed by the Unitology. The title follows Clarke as he seeks to right the very horrific wrongs that have begun to pile up aboard the ship all while he suffers from a hallucinogenic breakdown of his own. Yeah, it’s a pretty heavy title.

Fans of horror and science fiction titles owe it to themselves to get their hands on ‘Dead Space’ in order to get involved with one of the better PC single-player titles in recent memory. With that said, the game won’t be for everyone and if you are claustrophobic or tend to be filled with nightmares you might be better off turning away from this one.

EA is doing their best to try and fix their reputation after a disastrous period surrounding the release of their latest ‘Star Wars’ arena brawler, ‘Battlefront 2’ where they were heavily criticized for microtransactions and other predatory financial practices. A few great tiles being released might sway fans to be a little easier on the legendary company.

Steam Bans Insel Games After Fake Reviews Appear

Steam is one of the largest gaming websites on the internet. This company primarily offers PC games to their ever-growing audience. Many people credit the review and rating system created by Steam that allows customers to reviews game they’ve purchased and played. Insel Games might not appear to be a recognizable game. However, if you’ve played their wildly popular Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan game, you know the company very well. Unfortunately, Insel Games would have their entire catalog removed from Steam after committing a very serious rule violation.

PC Gamer recently reported that Reddit was where an internal email from Insel Games was posted. The email mentions that it was noted that the Wild Buster game didn’t have a lot of reviews on Steam. Therefore, employees working for Insel Games were encouraged to both purchase and leave a positive review for the game.

The email never specifically mentions forcing employees to write a review. However, the email does state that employees “should not have to” be asked or told to review the game. Furthermore, the email would compare the success of the game to determining if workers would be able to keep their jobs. After the email was leaked on Reddit, Steam quickly launched an investigation into the matter of looking at the reviews for Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan. Shortly after the Reddit post, all traces of Insel Games were removed from the Steam store for violation of store policies.

To summarize, massive gaming website and service Steam recently banned Insel Games from its huge gaming service. A recent post on Reddit was reported to be a leaked email from within Insel Games that encouraged employees to buy and positively review their games on Steam. Shortly thereafter, Steam announced that Insel games would be banned from releasing content through their gaming service.

Gaming GPUs Rapid Rise in Price Thanks To Cryptomining Boom

The rise in adoption of the console has always kept many away from the ever-popular world of PC gaming. Triple-A game developers’ push for uniformity in their production of cross-platform games, away from console exclusivity, has enabled the PC to be the favorite among varying styles of gamers.The PC offers the highest possible resolutions at the highest frame rates using the most advanced (and expensive) peripherals, hence its popularity. PCs however, vary in power, capacity, and components, which allows for rigs to vary widely in price.

One of the most sought out as well as costly PC components is the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU); manufacturers such as AMD and NVIDIA mass produce GPUs for the use by the major gaming demographic, with varying trims and price. In recent years however, there has been a rising trend known as cryptomining. Cryptomining is the use of GPUs to “mine” cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum that also have been part of their own boom in both popularity and sky-high selling prices. The practice of cryptomining has created an unprecedented extreme demand for high-tier graphics cards. The demand has mainly affected avid members of the PC community, particularly those who build custom gaming PCs. Custom PC building is a popular practice among the community and the demand for GPUs from cryptominers has caused prices to skyrocket to over double their regular selling price.

Both manufacturers and retailers are almost always sold out or backordered. People who cryptomine tend to buy GPUs in bulk, usually as part of a large investment for potential promising returns from the cryptomining. The remaining available cards are usually sold by third-parties such as resellers or customers selling them after the cards’ value rises after the time of purchase.

Nonetheless, the cryptomining boom is seen by the gaming community as a temporary bump in the road, hoping demand lowers over time, returning GPU prices to a relatively stable state.