Back in 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission filed a lawsuit against Valve, alleging that the lack of a refund policy on Steam was in violation of the country's consumer protection laws. The ACCC ultimately won the case, resulting in $AU3 million ($2.3 million) fine levied against Valve. Valve appealed, as one does, but that didn't work out either.
The multiplayer starship simulator Star Trek: Bridge Crew sounds pretty great, but as we pointed out in our hands-on with it earlier this year, coming up with the three VR-equipped friends needed to play the thing is a real challenge for most of us. And since VR continues to not show signs of an imminent mass-market breakthrough, Ubisoft has done what it probably should have done in the first place by patching out the requirement.
If you're looking to kick off 2018 with a new Ryzen build, now is a good time to buy. Ryzen processor pricing is down significantly since launch, and there are some good deals on high-end AM4 motherboards, as well. One that we came across today is MSI's X370 Gaming Pro. Newegg has it on sale for $120, down from $150, with a $30 mail-in-rebate available. If you factor in the rebate, you're looking at a $90 board.
Depending on where you live and what your contract status is, you might be facing a rate increase for internet service next year. Comcast, Cox, and others have begun notifying customers of new pricing, which will go into effect starting next month.
Nvidia is abandoning driver support for 32-bit operating systems after it releases version 390, the company announced. After that, it's 64-bit or bust.
Chicago-based artist Winslow Dumaine (who you might remember from his excellent Dark Souls 3 jailer costume) channels his experiences with pain and suffering into his work, whether it's photography or a dark stand up comedy album. His latest work is directly inspired by the Souls series, including Dark Souls and Bloodborne: The Tarot Restless, a tarot deck and book set in a strange fantasy universe.
Snow is falling. All around. Stealing cars and shooting guns. It's the season of snow in Los Santos. Merry Christmas, GTA Online.
So far, Wild West Online is more mild than wild, reckons our Chris—pointing out that while he did moderately enjoy his time with the in-development open world cowboy adventure, there isn't a whole lot to it as yet. Developer 612 Games has now expanded the game's character creation suite, which is also a work-in-progress.
Naturally the PC Gamer Weekender will be packed full of exciting upcoming PC games, but there's always room to celebrate the magic of arcade gaming. Bespoke Arcades are bringing some of their fine gaming cabinets to the show so you can take a break between stage presentations to play and argue about which Sonic game is the best.