PC gamers, and Steam fans alike, are probably rejoicing right now with the announcement of the new SteamOS. Based around Linux, the SteamOS will be a gaming OS for PC gamers.
“In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level,” Valve wrote on the project’s announcement page. “Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”
The SteamOS will allow players to share games with their family by taking turns when playing single downloaded copies of the games. You will also be able to stream games via your home network by connecting through the OS, essentially making it backwards compatible from your old PC. Since this is a new OS, it essentially separates Steam from being tied down to Windows or Mac, thus giving them a leg up on both for gaming. However, its success will fully depend on fan support (I would guess on good steam sale and it is good as gold).
A man in South Korea was outed by his wife on a popular TV show, Hello Counselor. Apparently, the man’s five-hour-a-day (19 on the weekends) gaming addiction caused him to take out a $7,300(US) loan to purchase in-game items. His game of choice? Webzen’s Mu: Blue.
I think we all have made some regretful in-game purchases, although maybe not as extreme as this case. What purchases have you regretted? Have you profited off of any?
Junichi Masuda stated, in an interview with Polygon.com, that before a new installment of Pokemon Snap sparks to life, new ideas will need to be imagined.
“Personally, I really love the Pokemon Snap game, but it wouldn’t be interesting if we just released the same game, how it was before, for the Wii U or 3DS,” Masuda said. “So we have to come up with a new idea or something that will make it more appealing to players. Sometime down the road, we may have something.”
What would you like to see in a new Pokemon Snap game? Do you even want a new Pokemon Snap? If so, Wii U or 3DS/3DS?
The great and powerful Gabe Newell has stated that Linux, not a PC, is the future of gaming. One of the reasons cited is that proprietary software can create unnecessary roadblocks that an open source such as Linux can bypass. One example is that it took six months to have an update approved for Apple devices. During the keynote speech at Linuxcon, Newell stated that since last spring, 198 games have been launched on Steam. That is a pretty amazing feat considering that a simple update took six months with APPLE.
Could this be another subliminal advertisement for the future SteamBox? If so, could we be seeing an eventual transformation from PC gaming to Linux gaming? What do you PC Gamers have to say about that?
The ESA (Electronic Software Association) has reported that a two-year game design program builds healthy communities through teamwork and creativity. Project A-Game, a partnership between the ESA , The California Endowment, and E-Line Media is a 2 year game design program that provides the knowledge to operate and create working gaming studios. The studios can be opened in cities small and large.
“The California Endowment is committed to finding innovative partners and methods to bring opportunities for improving the overall health of California neighborhoods,” said Kathlyn Mead, executive vice president and COO of The California Endowment. “Youth UpRising and Salvation Army provide a safe and supportive environment where young people can have fun while learning vital math and science skills. Project A-Game uses these skills so that youth can envision future STEM career opportunities for themselves.”
With so many negative stigmas surrounding video games in today’s media, it is wonderful to see a focus on the good that gaming can do.
“Video games can improve lives through advanced education, training, and skill-building and we are proud to help create the next generation of potential video game designers, graphic artists, and computer engineers,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA, the trade association that represents the U.S. computer and video game industry. “This is a positive and impactful community program that celebrates and advances the Golden State’s spirit of innovation, especially in the wake of the state’s misguided attempt to regulate video games.”