Indie hit 'Besiege' is adding online machine-making duels

about X hours ago from
Indie hit 'Besiege' is adding online machine-making duels

The war machine construction game Besiege has been a darling of Steam's Early Access scene, and for good reason: its extremely flexible building block system has let people's imaginations run wild. You've had to play solo, though, which sometimes makes it hard to show off your creations. Spiderling Games is about to throw the gates wide open, though. The developer is prepping a Multiverse update that, as the name suggests, adds online play. As many as 8 builders can join in, whether it's to compete against each other or to team up on challenges. And you won't be limited to the challenges that ship with the game, either.

Gag ransomware forces you to play an anime shooter game

about X hours ago from
Gag ransomware forces you to play an anime shooter game

A typical ransomware takes your files hostage in exchange for money, but "Rensenware" asks for something else. It forces you to play an anime-type shooter game called Touhou Seirensen (Undefined Fantastic Object) and score 0.2 billion points in Lunatic mode. Based on what we've seen of the gameplay, some of you might wish your computers were infected with ransomware that ask for a reasonable amount of cash instead. Rensenware, which was first spotted by the Malware Hunter Team, was created as a joke.

'Candy Crush Saga' devs are making a mobile 'Call of Duty' game

about X hours ago from
'Candy Crush Saga' devs are making a mobile 'Call of Duty' game

Call of Duty-owner Activision Blizzard bought King for just under $6 billion in 2015, but since the acquisition the developer has continued to focus mostly on its free-to-play Saga games. The new project will mark the first time King works on an Activision property, and, if successful, it could open the door for future mobile tie-ins for the company's other famous franchises like Destiny and Overwatch.

'Orcs Must Die! Unchained' arrives April 19 with competitive mode

about X hours ago from
'Orcs Must Die! Unchained' arrives April 19 with competitive mode

Robot Entertainment is finally ready to launch its latest PC game, Orcs Must Die: Unchained. The title, which has been in an open beta since last year, arrives on April 19th with a new head-to-head mode called "Sabotage." The veteran team of ex-Halo Wars developers foreshadowed the feature last year, after first trialing a MOBA concept with tower-defense elements. "One of the things that's important to me is to maintain our humor and our feel," designer Jerome Jones said at the time.

A second TV show about video games is coming to Dave

about X hours ago from
A second TV show about video games is coming to Dave

The glory days of GamesMaster might be long gone, but finally it seems there's renewed interest in video game-focused programming. Broadcaster UKTV has announced the second series of Go 8 Bit will begin airing on Dave on May 15th, and what's more, it'll be joined by a new spin-off show that takes a slightly more serious approach to games coverage. Go 8 Bit, hosted by Dara Ó Briain and games journo Ellie Gibson, pits button-bashing comedians and other celebs against each other in various video game challenges. The appropriately titled Go 8 Bit DLC, on the other hand, will complement that with "lively debates and reviews."

'Inside' wins big at the 2017 BAFTA Games Awards

about X hours ago from
'Inside' wins big at the 2017 BAFTA Games Awards

The annual BAFTA game awards were held at London's Tobacco Dock last night, celebrating the best software and creative, talented individuals from 2016. Playdead's quiet, thought-provoking Inside was easily the most successful, picking up the awards for artistic achievement, game design, narrative and original property. Fellow indie Firewatch picked up best debut game, while Virginia was recognised for its music and That Dragon, Cancer won the Game Innovation category. Four-player frenzy Overcooked also had a good evening, winning the best family and British game awards.

Explore Japanese gaming culture in 360 degrees with MatPat

about X hours ago from
Explore Japanese gaming culture in 360 degrees with MatPat

Matthew Patrick is best known as the guy on YouTube who uses math, science and rabid curiosity to build intense, unexpected narratives from the stray plot threads of movies and video games. As the Game Theorists' MatPat, he asks if Mario is secretly a sociopath and questions if Sega's blue hedgehog really is the fastest mascot in gaming -- and then backs up his allegations by covertly teaching viewers about actual psychology and the speed of sound. Now he's expanding his passion for making entertainment educational with a travel show called The Global Gamer. Oh, and he's doing it in 360-degree virtual reality -- and you can watch the launch exclusively right here on Engadget.