• Alpha Protocol has vanished from Steam

    Spy thriller game Alpha Protocol mysteriously vanishes from Steam What’s going on with Obsidian’s Alpha Protocol? We’re not sure, but we think there might be a chance it’s not gone for good.

    I love how much attention this story has gotten from major gaming news sites.

    Alpha Protocol is one of the most underrated games of last console generation. If you missed out, shame on you for not picking it up when you had the chance.

  • Fans of No Man’s Sky are buying a billboard ad to thank Hello Games

    The GoFundMe campaign, which has already surpassed its goal, will also buy the studio a case of beer and some lunch.

    While other studios could (and likely would) have easily cut their losses and moved on to something else following the rocky launch back in 2016, Hello Games put in the time and effort — particularly with the Next update in 2018 and Beyond coming later this year — to add TONS of new content and features to the game.

    It’s great to see the team getting recognized by their fans for their hard work and dedication. It’s also heartwarming to see extra money from the campaign going to help sick children.

  • Instagram’s website reportedly leaked phone numbers and emails for months

    Instagram’s website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months, a researcher says.

    What a disaster. Honestly, it’s just one more reason to take a look at an alternatives like Bokeh.

  • Observation offers an interesting twist to players

    Observation

    The space station Observation has broken away from its Earth orbit and is drifting somewhere near Saturn. Its systems are malfunctioning, a fire has broken out, and the on-board artificial intelligence, SAM, is acting strangely. Things are not looking good for Dr. Emma Fisher, the reluctant, resourceful hero of this sci-fi thriller from the studio behind Stories Untold.

    But what’s interesting about Observation is that you don’t play as Fisher. Instead, you play as SAM, her AI helper.

    As if there weren’t enough games to play right now, Observation sounds like another one to add to the pile… as much it pains me to go through the Epic Games Store to get it.

  • Stunning strategy game Overland out this fall

    Overland

    It’s a squad-based game about surviving in a post-apocalyptic North America, making your way from the east coast to the west. Each run starts with a randomly-generated character and a car, and from there you encounter a series of levels, each a beautifully-stylized square.

    Resources are scarce. You won’t be murdering monsters left and right, and surviving will be an achievement.

    I’ve been following Overland since shortly after it was announced and it continues to impress every time I see it in action. I’m really looking forward to playing the finished game later this year.

  • How to get the most money from selling your used AirPods

    Here’s the best way to sell [AirPods].

    Years ago, when I worked in video game retail, we wouldn’t accept trade-ins of gaming headphones for sanitation reasons, never mind earbuds. The thought of buying a pair used AirPods — that someone has had inside their ears while running, working out, etc — is so gross.

    If you’re in the market for wireless earbuds and want save a couple bucks, there are new, less expensive options than used AirPods.

  • THQ Nordic apologizes for granting interview to the toilet of the internet, 8chan

    If you’re unfamiliar with 8chan, Google once delisted it and warned users of “suspected child abuse content.” It has included boards dedicated to pedophilia and fascism, and is known generally for racism, misogyny, and coordinated harassment.

    That an up-and-coming game publisher would do this is absolutely insane.

    I’d love to know what the expected outcome was from all this and — given some of the company’s replies to questions in the AMA — I don’t buy for one second that they didn’t know what they were doing.

  • ‘Captain Marvel’ Is Already Being Review Bombed on Rotten Tomatoes

    Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

    A quick look at the audience reviews page for Captain Marvel over on Rotten Tomatoes has been flooded with negative, angry “reviews” of the film and while there are some genuine comments noting excitement for the film, most have an unsettling common theme: anger about Captain Marvel being centered around a female hero.

    What an embarrassing way for someone to spend their time.

  • Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th

    Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations.

    Might as well have just shut the site down.