What the hell is going on with Hearthstone's matchmaking?

about X hours ago from
What the hell is going on with Hearthstone's matchmaking?

If you've ever played an online game, you've probably complained about the matchmaking. You've pubstomped low-rank players who never stood a chance, and you've been crushed by high-rank players you had no business facing. For a variety of algorithmic reasons, sometimes bad matches just happen. But for the best players in Hearthstone, they've been happening a lot lately.

Epic is suing a former Fortnite tester for leaking season 4 secrets in April

about X hours ago from
Epic is suing a former Fortnite tester for leaking season 4 secrets in April

It's common practice for people involved in the development of new products—say, for instance, videogames—to sign non-disclosure agreements, legally-binding promises to keep everything hush-hush. And if you don't think they're taken seriously, consider the case of Thomas Hannah, a former Fortnite tester who Epic has sued for allegedly leaking its plans for the game's fourth season before it went live. 

This Dark Souls mod lets you play the whole game as your favorite boss

about X hours ago from
This Dark Souls mod lets you play the whole game as your favorite boss

Three years ago, a mod team by the name of Datehacks released a Dark Souls boss arena mod which, using the leaked debug build of the game, let players control their favorite bosses and slaughter hapless NPCs. At the time, Datehacks couldn't manage much more than staged boss fights, but now the mod team is back with Age of Fire, a revamped mod which not only lets you play as every enemy and boss, but take them anywhere. 

Agony Uncensored isn't going to happen

about X hours ago from
Agony Uncensored isn't going to happen

The clothing-optional survival horror game Agony, we said in our recent rundown, can't maintain its early promise. It starts off "gross and atmospheric," but its flaws become increasingly apparent as the game progresses: Weak AI, a frustrating death mechanic, and too much gloom for its own good. It doesn't sound like it sold very well, either: Developer Madmind Studio said today that it is "struggling with financial problems," and because of that, the planned release of Agony Unrated has been canceled

Star Control creators launch $2 million campaign to support legal fight against Stardock

about X hours ago from
Star Control creators launch $2 million campaign to support legal fight against Stardock

Star Control creators Paul Reiche and Fred Ford have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their defense in a legal battle against Star Control: Origins developer Stardock. Stardock filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the pair in December 2017 over Ghosts of the Precursors, a game they describe as "a direct sequel to Star Control 2: The Ur-Quan Masters"—a claim Stardock says they're not legally entitled to make.

Massdrop is selling a revised Sennheiser HD 650 headset for $200

about X hours ago from
Massdrop is selling a revised Sennheiser HD 650 headset for $200

We favor the HyperX Cloud Alpha as one of the best headsets for gaming, but if you have a bigger budget, there are higher quality cans out there. Many would consider Sennheiser's open-back HD 650 to be one of them. Usually it runs several hundred dollars (Amazon has it on sale for $366.99, down from its $499.95 list price), but over at Massdrop, you can be part of a group buy to snag a custom version for $199.99.

Ubisoft's games are actually political, says CEO

about X hours ago from
Ubisoft's games are actually political, says CEO

The Division 2, set in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, in the capital city of the United States, while the remnants of a corrupt government engineer a second Civil War, is not political. That was the message from creative director Terry Spier in an interview with Polygon during E3. It seemed to run contrary to everything we’d been told about the game, however. Now Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has responded to the criticism with a different message.