5 tips to survive the gaming drought

The summer often brings a drought of major game releases, and 2012 has been no different. Companies opting to hold their best titles for the holidays can leave gamers with a lot of extra time on their hands. Here are a few tips for tiding over those empty hours.

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Jim Hawking4328d ago

I want to play Link to the Past so bad after seeing it on Game Grumps.

FCOLitsjustagame4327d ago

Go back and get the games you missed unless you’re a 24 hour gamer, in which case you played them all.

As for me I am trying to finish Darksiders 1 to decide if I want Darksiders 2 (apparently the rainstorm in the drought… though NHL and Borderlands is not far behind).

I also have Dues Ex, Witcher, Just Cause 2 all in my queue (gotten cheap or in witcher’s case relatively cheap). And I have been advised that the first Metro game was good so I got to get that. I haven't played the last Medal of Honor, Black Ops, MW3, Dragon Dogma or the last AC or the last Fable (but I am told it’s not that good, looking to get it really cheap). And there are still others I probably missed. Heck I got Bad Company 2 a month or so ago for $5.00 and that game was great!

Few weeks ago I was all about the sports games, those can eat a lot of time. And of course you could always start a new character in Skyrim which would last you till the next game downpour.

Lots of options besides just arcade games.


All The References in Minecraft’s 15th Anniversary Map Explained

Minecraft's 15th year anniversary is being celebrated with a new free map, one filled with memorabilia from the game's history.

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Microsoft to Add Copilot AI to Video Games

Microsoft recently revealed its plans to incorporate Copilot directly into video games, with Minecraft being the first showcased example.

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Fishy Fingers23d ago (Edited 23d ago )

F*** AI

"Hey Copilot, what's a good meme to prove I dislike AI".... https://giphy.com/clips/sou...

Einhander197223d ago

Two trillion dollar company that just can't wait to put as many people possible out of work as fast as possible.

It feels like every single thing they do is making gaming worse and destroying the industry.

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darthv7222d ago

....you know it takes people to program the AI.... right? It isnt like it is sentient. We haven't reach skynet level of situation or anywhere close to the matrix just yet.

That's next Thursday.

Einhander197221d ago (Edited 21d ago )

It takes a people to program the AI then that AI is used for who knows how many games eliminating countless jobs which only grows as AI is used for more and more game creation functions.

What you're saying is so ridiculously short sighted and truly larking any kind of understanding and foresight.

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CaptainFaisal22d ago

Why all the hate? Im actually excited about this! Always wanted this kind of immersion, and an AI companion with me all the time helping me out knowing the status of my skills/inventory/progress and giving me tips on the best approach or how to craft something specific is game changing for the industry.

Hate all you want about AI, but this is just the start and I can see the potential already. You wont be complaining in the next 5-10 years about this, but rather complain if a game hasn’t implemented it.

MrDead22d ago

Yes we can't wait for the work of others to be used without the need to pay them so that MS can profit even more from the people they fire.

I_am_Batman22d ago (Edited 22d ago )

There is no chance I'd ever use something like this, especially if it's not part of the core game design, but a layer on top of it. It's way too much handholding. Many games already feel like busy work, because they don't let the player figure things out on their own. Having a real-time interactive guide defeats the purpose of playing the game in the first place in my opinion.

If this were to become the standard like you predict, we'll see more and more video games get away with bad design, because people will just be used to ask for help from the AI companion anyway.

Number1TailzFan22d ago

Well Nintendo don't need this with some of their games these days, with invincible characters, items, easy bosses etc.. they do the hand holding built in

helicoptergirl22d ago

Takes "hand holding" in games to a whole new level.

BlackDoomAx21d ago

Because human nature xD Almost every new technology had these kind of comments.

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Microsoft Store Hints At Upcoming Release Of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition On Steam

The Microsoft Store has hinted at the upcoming release of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Valve's digital distribution platform, Steam.

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OtterX25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

1 major advantage to this will be launching it straight from SteamVR. You have to make a custom shortcut to get it working right now in VR.

UltimateOwnage24d ago

This is good news. It will be much easier to get it installed on my devices without using workarounds.