Apple Discontinues iPod, Mobile Gaming Icon, After 22 Years

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) Pour one out for every kid who one-strapped a backpack in middle school, as they’re likely in mourning today. With Apple’s discontinuation of the 7th-generation iPod Touch, announced yesterday, it’s official: the iPod is dead. Ostensibly, the iPod was a music device, meant to digitize song libraries and move listeners … Read more

You Can Now (Try And) Play The Leaked 2001 Duke Nukem Forever Build

Image: Duke Nukem Forever You know how yesterday we wrote about that 2001 build of the infamous Duke Nukem Foreverand how it was supposed to be released to the public in June? Yeah, by “June”, they meant “the day after”, because it’s now available to download and try out. Everything present in the 4chan leak … Read more

Mass Effect 4 Merch Has Fans Talking About Shepard’s Return

Screenshot: EA If there’s one thing Mass Effect‘s Commander Shepard has earned, it’s some goddamned rest. Over the past 24 hours, flavor text for a promotional product, as spotted by a YouTubersent fans into a tizzy of speculation that the galactic hero would be returning in some sort of new adventure. But the fan-favorite role-playing … Read more

EA Is Once Again Developing A Lord Of The Rings Video Game

Image: EA I know licensing is not the sexiest topic, but when it comes to certain properties — like Star Wars and major sports — it plays a super important role in what games we get to play and who makes them. Which is my way of explaining why I’m writing about the surprise announcement … Read more

Stunning Unreal Engine 5 3D Video May As Well Be Real Life

The video you’re about to see is not camera footage of the Etchū-Daimon train station in Japan. It is a video made by 3D artist Lorenzo Drago. Created in Unreal Engine 5, with lighting from Lumen, Drago says he did “all modeling, texturing, lighting and animation” in the clip, with the exception of the foliage … Read more

FFXIV Mod Drama May Prompt Official HUD Upgrades, Director Says

Screenshot: Square Enix As part of a larger blog reiterating the Final Fantasy XIV team disapproval of mods following their prevalence in a high-profile raid event, producer and director Naoki Yoshida promised to improve the massively popular game’s HUD to match the functionality of these unofficial tools. “We believe that people use [mods] to expand … Read more

Left 4 Dead Almost Did Not Have Zombies Because Of Gabe Newell

Photo: Olly Curtis / Future Publishing (Getty Images) Quick, without thinking too much, describe Left 4 Dead in only a few words. You probably came up with something like “a co-op zombie shooter.” Or perhaps “an online co-op FPS zombies game from Valve.” Point is, zombies would almost certainly be in there. Even so, back … Read more

Xbox Network Had A Rough Weekend, Raising DRM Questions

Photo: Fabian Sommer / Picture Alliance (Getty Images) If Xbox Live was Microsoft’s online gaming service at the height of its powers, then this past weekend was Xbox Dead. For more than 36 hours in mid-May, Xbox players had trouble connecting to the Xbox network. In some cases, players say they could not even play … Read more

40K Game Developers Criticized Over Ridiculous Twitch Drops

Screenshot: Complex Games Complex Games, the developers of the new Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhuntershave issued a statement apologizing to players after running a campaign where certain in-game items were only available to those who sat through some Twitch streams. Via PC Gamerwhile Complex probably thought they were running a fairly standard (by 2022 … Read more

Kids ‘Tipping’ Streamers, Watching After 10pm Banned In China

On Saturday the Chinese government announced a number of changes to the way kids can access and interact with content online, with the National Radio and Television Administration saying “platforms need to step up controls to stop underage users from tipping livestreamers or becoming livestreamers themselves without guardian consent ”. As Reuters reportthis comes in … Read more