Steam’s New Chat Client out of Beta

Steam is the biggest online market for video games and has a huge user base that has slowly been growing. While Steam is a name now synonymous with PC Gaming its User Interface and design never really caught up with the times which resulted in people using Skins to help modernize Steam. Well, Valve finally decided to do their own thing and have completely revamped the entire chat client with more updates being promised to the whole Steam Client.

The new Chat Client update was in Beta back when it was first announced in June but with most of the bugs squashed it’s been rolled out for everyone. This new update makes the Chat Client a lot more like Discord and features a lot of new features and upgrades. One of my personal favourites is the fact that chats don’t get erased now, so your older chats persist even after you’ve logged off and come back. Persistent Group Chats are also now a thing along with a much improved Voice Chat system. You can set your “favourites” so friends that you choose stay in a specific bar even if they’re offline allowing quicker access to their chats. The chat now groups by game so you can see if your friends decided to start a game of CSGO without you as you can see if they’ve lobbied together.

Another big change is the addition of inline images, gifs and videos in Steam Chat. It’s something that was really missing and now you can spam your friends with appropriate reaction gifs and memes. All these changes are also available on the browser version of Steam which is quite good. With all these changes Valve has stated that this is just the beginning of a lot of changes to come since they’ve built this using a new UI Framework along with a lot of architectural improvements under the hood. Hopefully, the Community Pages and Steam Store get a new look soon.

Here’s a full list of changes and new features that have been rolled out in this update.

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Guacamelee! 2 Launches August 21

Oh, it’s true! It’s damn true! Celebrated independent video game developer Drinkbox Studios is launching its long-awaited, Metroidvania action-platformer Guacamelee! 2 on both PlayStation 4 and PC on August 21, for $19.99 / €19.99. Set in a unique world full of challenges, adventure and humor, Guacamelee! 2 expands upon the original game by introducing new levels, enemies, characters, and gameplay mechanics for the ultimate high-flying luchador experience.

Starting today, Guacamelee! 2 is available for pre-order on the PlayStation Store, and for wishlisting on Steam.

Guacamelee! 2 brings former hero Juan Aguacate out of retirement to stop a powerful and ruthless luchador who has emerged as the ruler of a parallel timeline. Juan must once again don his special luchador mask and tights, and fight his way through the worlds of the living and the dead (plus time and space) in an attempt to save his family… and the entire Mexiverse!

“We asked our inner skeletons what we should do for Guac 2,” said Augusto Quijano, Concept Lead at Drinkbox Studios. “We couldn’t decide whether to add Better Moves, More Interesting Platforming, Timeline Travel, Chicken Powers, or New Puns, so we added it all!”

  

Key Features

• Powerful New Moves – New abilities such as Eagle Boost, Rocket Kick, and Pollo Shot add to Juan’s awesome arsenal of moves, for use in both combat and platforming.

• Super Chicken! – A unique set of new abilities and moves for Juan’s chicken form. Ridiculous chicken-based platforming, combat and exploration. More chicken than you’ll be able to handle (probably).

• Vibrant, Deadly World – An epic, colorful adventure, inspired by Mexican folklore, that takes players through living and dead worlds and across rifts in space-time! Beautiful environments and 2D animation, more gorgeous than ever thanks to a fancy new rendering engine.

• Lots to See – Dense gameplay areas featuring tons of secrets and optional content. Bigger maps, twice as many enemy types as the first game, and a roster of eccentric new bosses.

• Brand New Upgrade System – Discover “trainers” from around the world, defeat their challenges, and upgrade your movement, combat, traversal, and more.

• Caliente Original Soundtrack – Soundtrack featuring new music from Peter Chapman and Rom Di Prisco – composers of the original Guacamelee! OST. Additional new tracks from special guests Mariachi Entertainment System!

• 4-Player Local Co-op – Drop-in / drop-out 4-player local co-op through the entire story lets your best amigos join in anytime!

For more information regarding Guacamelee! 2 please visit the game’s website.

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New Shadow of the Tomb Raider Gameplay: Welcome to Paititi

Square Enix, Eidos-Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics delivered a new video for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Featuring never-before-seen gameplay and developer insights, the footage highlights the vibrant and captivating city of Paititi.

Paititi is the largest hub ever created in a Tomb Raider game, delivering a thriving new social area filled with adventure and opportunity. Players can dive into a bustling economy to barter for new outfits and weapons, interact with and learn from inhabitants to complete side missions, hunt for and harvest valuable resources, and of course discover hidden crypts and challenges tombs. Paititi will keep players exploring and challenged for hours on end.

Created by a team of veteran Tomb Raider developers at Eidos-Montréal, in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics, the game will be available on September 14, 2018 for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC/Steam.

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Fortnite’s Playground Mode To Return on 25th July

Fortnite players rejoice! The Playground mode is coming back and it’s coming back with a lot of more new additions. Set up squad battles with new team select options, skirt around in an ATK and gear up with lots more loot.

While they did announce that they would bring back Playground mode, the quick addition of it in the next update is quite good. They had also stated earlier that they want to include team selections to enable 1v1 and 2v2, teammate structure editing and other play-with-pal features. All the details will be known tomorrow when the update drops tomorrow. The update will also feature Founder’s Skin.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180, 1170, and 1160 Rumoured Launch Dates

There’s a lot of rumours surrounding the next line of cards that Nvidia is going to release. From the naming convention to the numbering system that they’ll use but the biggest is the actual date of launch.  According to youtuber Gamer Meld who received emails from Nvidia’s Board Partners which state that the new series, the GTX 11xx will begin launching at the end of August with the GTX 1180.

According to the emails, Nvidia will reveal the lineup on August 30th along with making the GTX 1180 available for purchase. The GTX 1170 is supposed to launch around September 30th and the GTX 1160 around October 30th. Additionally, a GTX 1180+ is said to release alongside the GTX 1170. This GTX 1180+ could probably be the Ti version of the GTX 1180. As noted in the email, these are the expected release dates as of now. While we cannot confirm the authenticity of the email, the timing seems to line-up. Lenovo had stated that the GTX 11xx series would launch around Fall. Also, Nvidia is scheduled for a talk at Hot Chips on August 20th with the description of their talk being “NVIDIA’s Next-Gen Mainstream GPU”.

The Hot Chips conference is just a month away so we won’t have to wait too long to find out if the GTX 11xx series is actually happening this Fall because chances are that they will reveal it there and then open up pre-orders, at least for the GTX 1180 that will supposedly launch 10 days after. We hope that this happens since the mining craze ruined the GPU Market and prices are finally getting back to normal now and if the new series of cards do get announced, the current GTX 10xx might get cheaper, much to the joy of PC Enthusiasts who have been waiting to upgrade or build a new PC.

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VACation Time: 60k+ Accounts Banned, VAC Ban Record Set

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the best competitive FPS and has been ever since it’s release. With tournaments all throughout the year and many professional teams and players, CSGO is still a very active game with an even more active community. However, players of the game have been questioning Valve over the years for what seems to be lack of support for the game itself in terms of updates and anti-cheat. Valve has responded to the players by releasing Panorama UI and by totally stepping up their game when it comes to Anti-Cheat. While it is not as intrusive as ESEA or Faceit, the Anti-Cheat has been working wonders lately.

July 19th 2018 is a day that’s going down in CSGO history as the day 61 THOUSAND accounts got banned. That is not a joke, 61k VAC bans took place and the forums where cheaters gather is just filled with them complaining about it. As a CSGO player myself, all I can say is thanks mr volvo. The game has been using a hidden trust factor to match players of similar trust together in an effort to combat cheaters and AFKers but this VAC Wave has made the majority of the fanbase extremely excited and happy since there was a lot of rampant cheating going on lately.

3rd most played game.

It’s great to see Valve give attention to CSGO with all these updates since it still is one of the most played games on Steam and arguably the best Competitive Shooter out there.

All data mentioned above has been taken from SteamDB.

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Mobile Games To Check Out: Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is an extremely fun card game that has been turned into an app. While the name does sound quite cruel and evil, it really isn’t. As you’ll soon find out, the true evil was within you all along. Exploding Kittens is Russian Roullete but with cards that are full of adorable cats and sometimes other cute creatures. Your task is to be the last person alive and to do that you might have to screw over your friends more than just a couple of times.

Exploding Kittens’ gameplay is quite simple and takes less than 5 minutes to understand. All the cards have their uses described perfectly so there’s never really any confusion. There’s a draw pile of cards kept face down that every player must draw from at the end of their turn. This draw pile contains multiple Exploding Kitten cards. If you draw that you must defuse it with the help of a Defuse card. If you don’t have a defuse card, say your final rights and prepare to lose. You can still screw with your friends though as you get to choose where to put the Exploding Kitten card that just caused your demise without your friends knowing. If you were lucky enough to have a defuse card, you can defuse it and then place the Exploding Kitten card in your preferred spot so that you can have the tactical advantage. Oh, and the mobile version has a percentage meter that shows the chances of drawing an Exploding Kitten card based on the number of cards left in the draw pile. Don’t depend on it too much though because it can lull you into a false sense of security. In case you’re still confused about how the game works, here’s a video by the creators themselves that explains it.

And that’s how simple the game really is. While it does seem luck based there are strategies that you can employ that maximizes the chance of other players picking up the Exploding Kitten card. I know this because my lovely friends are all strategic Gods and will ruin your life with the right set of cards. Things never really get boring because you can always use new packs to further enhance your “enjoyment” that will later turn wherever you are into a salt mine. Oh, and if your friends are “busy” and they can’t play with you, you can always join a random online lobby and play with strangers while spamming your characters voice options. They’ve also added a new single-player feature so you can play with the CPU to get a hang of the game or to just practice. This game is also cross-platform so you can play with your iPhone friends from your Android device or vice-versa and everybody can have a jolly good time. If you’re winning that is.

Seriously though, this is an extremely fun game that’s great at parties and during any sort of small downtime that can help liven things up and I highly recommend that you check it out and give the game a try.

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Flipkart Selling Pirated Games to Buyers?

Many people will tell you that Flipkart has been losing its mojo and that other sites are better than it. Many people have faced issues with their return policy and many more with the quality of products being sold that too by sellers who are unknown. Flipkart has yet again landed in hot water due to the fact that they’re quite openly selling pirated copies of games on their website. While it is not Flipkart themselves who are selling it but the sellers on their site were and they were even mentioning it in the product details.

This information resurfaced after a tweet by Vidit Sahni that has screenshots of the games and of the response he received from Flipkart after asking a question about why pirated games are being sold. Flipkart responded to it with the answer “Invalid Question” which goes to show just how incompetent they can be when it comes to community feedback. This is not the first time that this has happened though, 9 months back a user on the Indian Gaming Subreddit  posted about how he received a pirated copy of Far Cry Primal after ordering it from Flipkart.

This does not do Flipkart any favours and just goes to show that a lot of times they don’t check the authenticity of their sellers. From a big company like them, this is quite an oversight which just ruins their public image and the trust that people have on them. Flipkart did release an official statement regarding this and have since banned the sellers.

“Flipkart is a marketplace which helps sellers connect with customers across the country. We observe a zero tolerance policy on incidents where sellers are found violating rules pertaining to copyright, quality or genuineness of a product, or any other applicable laws of the land. As a responsible marketplace, we have immediately removed the concerned products and blacklisted the seller on our platform.

PC Games are mostly digital now with retail copies only being available on sites like Flipkart, any unsuspecting customer who might be buying it as a gift or for themselves might think they’re getting a good deal on the game but in the end are being completely ripped off and that is not fine or acceptable. Here’s hoping that Flipkart steps up their game and keep an eye out for such sellers.

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Spider-Man Story Trailer, Limited Edition PS4 Pro Bundle Revealed

Can’t wait to run along walls and swing through Manhattan in the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man? Us too! Today, we’re thrilled to announce the Limited Edition Marvel’s Spider-Man PlayStation 4 Pro bundle, launching alongside the game on September 7, 2018.

This special bundle includes a fully customized Amazing Red 1TB PS4 Pro console featuring the iconic Marvel’s Spider-Man spider, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller, Marvel’s Spider-Man game on Blu-ray disc, and digital content. This limited edition bundle will be available across the U.S. and Canada for $399.99 USD (MSRP) / $499.99 CAD (MSRP). Pre-orders start today.

On PS4 Pro, 4K TV owners can experience Marvel’s Spider-Man in 2160p dynamic 4K resolution achieved through temporal injection that showcases intricate details of the architecture of Marvel’s New York and detailed Marvel characters. HD TV owners will benefit from the game’s built-in supersampling with increased image clarity and detail. Meanwhile, if your TV supports high-dynamic range (HDR), you’ll experience vibrant special effects like Mister Negative’s negative powers, and brilliant lighting across a picturesque Manhattan.

Feel the power of Spider-Man’s improvisational combat, fluid urban traversal, dynamic acrobatics, and environmental interactions with the special edition console this fall.

Mary Yee – Vice President, PlayStation Marketing, SIEA

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Is No Man’s Sky Finally Good?

No Man’s Sky reached for the stars but crashed and burned horribly with players and critics criticizing its lack of variety, no multiplayer, story or any of the things initially marketed. This led to a lot of refunds being given out by Hello Games and a lot of consumers learning to never pre-order games based on trailers and marketing videos, especially in this day and age where keys can’t be sold out like physical copies of games.

Originally released in 2016 to lacklustre reviews, Hello Games stated that they would work hard and release updates to the game to make it better. And they stuck to their word, releasing three major updates, all of which have added new features or functions to the game which include but not limited to basic multiplayer, story mode and lore. The upcoming NEXT update which is another major update is going to expand the multiplayer so you can finally play with your friends, bump into random people and even race people. The NEXT update is also being timed with the Xbox One release of the game which will feature this new update, along with a release on WeGames.

So is the game any better now? People seem to be saying that it is, based on the Steam Reviews. While the game did get slammed with a LOT of negative reviews when it released, things seem to be getting better as there are a lot of positive reviews now. At this point with all the updates and content that is being added to the game, it can only be speculated why they would release the games in 2016 in its half-finished state. Was it pressure from the publisher? Was it because they didn’t want to become another Star Citizen? That we won’t know for sure but what we do know is that Hello Games is making an effort to improve their game and are doing it with free updates rather than hiding it behind a DLC. In due time this game could really turn into what it was initially meant to be and as a gamer, it’s always good to play a game where the dev team have actually fulfilled their vision.

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