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  • Surprise! Counter-Strike 1.6 has been ported to Android

    We've seen all manner of PC titles come to Android, from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to XCOM: Enemy Within. We can now add another game to the list, in the form of landmark online shooter Counter-Strike 1.6. It's not an official port though, being submitted to GitHub by redditor a1baomarov, but it still makes for an interesting release. It's worth noting that the port requires that you own Counter-Strike 1.6 though. To get the game running, you'll first need to install the requisite APK, then the Xash3D framework (both being found on GitHub). Once these two programs are installed, you'll need to copy...

  • Kill some zombies in Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil 6 on Xbox One

    After much anticipation, Valve's phenomenal Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available on Xbox One. It was originally released on the Xbox 360 and is now part of the backwards compatible list of games. The game didn't just come out as another sequel to its predecessor, but tried to be different as well. Even after much fan outcry due to launching sequel soon after the first release, fans quickly took to it. It doesn't look to include all of its previously released DLC. If you're still up for some zombie killing action, Resident Evil 6 is also now available on Xbox...

  • Weekend News Recap – 22 February: Smite, Team Fortress 2 and Nintendo NYC

    It’s Monday, in case you didn’t know. And while that six-letter noun might strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest CEOs of the world, it really doesn’t have to. At least not anymore. Relive the weekend in our new Monday morning segment — the Weekend News Recap: 20-21 February Edition. Most read stories last week Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: the VR rivals dissected Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 now available in South Africa Samsung Gear S2 review: intuitive but imperfect Smite, the popular third-person MOBA, is finally making its way to the PlayStation 4. The game, already an eSports hit, has been...

  • HTC Vive VR headset will retail for $799, PC specs revealed

    Update: HTC has also announced the PC specifications needed to power the Vive VR. The recommended GPUs include Nvidia's GTX 970 or AMD's Radeon R9 290. The CPU recommended is the Intel Core i5-4590 or the AMD FX 8350. RAM is pegged at 4GB, while ports required include an HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 and one USB 2.0 port. Windows 7 with SP1 installed is also recommended. It's zero-day at MWC 2016, and that means companies going tooth and nail to outdo one another before the gates officially open. And although HTC hasn't a smartphone on display (or at least initially), the...

  • Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: the VR rivals dissected

    We're on the verge of a new chapter in the world of technology. Across planet Earth, great minds are collaborating and competing to build the hypothetical bridge into a new dimension, the mystical and mysterious landscape of virtual reality (VR). Among these technological wizards, two definitive leaders have emerged: Facebook-owned Oculus with the Oculus Rift and the Valve/HTC collaboration in the HTC Vive. Both have shown great promise in shaping the future of VR. Now let’s take a look at how their two devices stack up against each other and what influence they may have on the untold future. Brief Overview Oculus Rift Release...

  • Haunted Colosseum is Dota 2’s Halloween-inspired custom mode [video]

    Everyone's getting into the Halloween spirit this weekend, and not surprisingly. On that note, Valve has also joined in the fun announcing a new game mode for Dota 2 players dubbed Haunted Colosseum. Read more: Happy Halloween: the 3 must play horror games of 2015 It's a little different from the regular Dota 2 formula, and forces two teams to combat one another along one path. Along said path lie five Control Points. "Own three Control Points and your team’s score will rise," notes the announcement. "Own more than three, and your team will score points even faster!" Effectively, the long and...

  • Gaming industry greats, part one: Gabe Newell, Hideo Kojima and Rhianna Pratchett

    Today we are living in the “golden age” of gaming. The world of video games has never enjoyed the glory it does today and it has become an undeniable part of human culture. No matter what way you look at it, be it financially, philosophically or academically, gaming has become a monolithic industry that is taking the world by storm. But it would not enjoy the success it does today if was not for the blood, sweat and tears of certain individuals who poured their very hearts and souls into this phenomenal world of bits and pixels. So we here at...

  • The International 2015: 9 facts about the world’s biggest Dota 2 tournament

    Valve's The International Dota 2 Championship is like the Oscars of the gaming world and the Hunger Games of award ceremonies. Sixteen of the world's best eSports teams come together once a year to settle their differences using Dota 2. This year, the event moves to Seattle, Washington State at the Key Arena and it promises to be one of the biggest eSports tournaments ever held. Last year's The International made an appearance on the front page of the New York Times last year for the 2014 championship while the population of a small country tuned in to see the event...

  • PlayStation 4 streaming, Ethan Hunt’s return and ‘ZOMBI’: the TGIF Video Roundup

    Welcome to the TGIF Video Roundup, a weekly series where we explore, highlight and poke fun at some of the videos, trailers and clips that have made the internet a fun place to be this week. If you missed our last roundup, catch it below. Read more: Windows 10, ‘No Man’s Sky’ and ‘Life Is Strange': the TGIF Video Roundup How is everyone feeling? Yes, it has been a long, long week, and even longer for the likes of Microsoft. Now that Windows 10 is out in the wild all the company can hope for is that it doesn't become the...

  • Valve launches DotaTV beta streaming service before The International

    Valve's The International is arguably the world's biggest eSports tournament let alone the world's biggest DotA 2 soiree. It's perhaps the digital gaming equivalent of the FIFA World Cup, and it's owner is playing around with the idea of a dedicated streaming service. Valve is trialing a beta version of its new DotaTV platform which is essentially a hub for all the information viewers could possibly want, including gamer stats, graphs and more intuitive analytics. There's also an area to watch some live games a that aren't directly related to The International. DotaTV will showcase some of the most popular DotA...