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Sunday, Dec 09, 2012

  

Valve Living Room PCs Next Year?

Valve expands upon their plans for hardware, with Gabe Newell telling Kotaku they hope to begin selling appliance-style PCs next year to provide a turnkey way to play Steam games in the living room using the service's new Big Picture Mode. He explains this will help to unify two oddly defined environments:

"I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them," Newell told me. "Cause they won't have to split the world into thinking about 'why are my friends in the living room, why are my video sources in the living room different from everyone else?' So in a sense we hopefully are gonna unify those environments."

Newell said he's expecting a lot of different companies to release these types of packages—"We'll do it but we also think other people will as well," he told me—and that Valve's hardware might not be as open-source or as malleable as your average computer.

"Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," he said. "If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC. For people who want a more turnkey solution, that's what some people are really gonna want for their living room.

Free Street Fighter X Mega Man Next Week

The Capcom-Unity Blog announces plans to release Street Fighter X Mega Man as a free PC download on December 17th. This is a throwback-style 8-bit game, as can be seen in this trailer. Here's word:

As the Street Fighter anniversary ends and Mega Man's begins, we are proud to reveal Street Fighter X Mega Man, a free PC download coming on December 17th. This 8-bit-style crossover title stars the Blue Bomber and a slew of retro-ized SF mainstays acting as stand-in Robot Masters; beat them, acquire their powers and tackle the next amazingly re-imagined boss.

Again, yes, this is a free game, delivered via Capcom Unity's Mega Man brand page. Simply come back on 12/17 and get the whole thing on the house. As a real blend of two iconic franchises, it's an amazing way to send SF25 off in style, and kick off MM25 with a bang.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's report of the 10 bestselling titles on Steam for the past week:

  1. Far Cry 3
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  3. Counter-Strike Global Offensive
  4. Left 4 Dead 2
  5. Borderlands 2
  6. Assassin's Creed III
  7. Don't Starve
  8. Portal 2
  9. Forge
  10. Arma II: Combined Operations

Dark Souls II Announcement

Here's the official press release with more details on Dark Souls II, the just announced action/RPG sequel. Here's a bit:

Built upon the foundation established by Souls series creator and Dark Souls II Supervisor, Hidetaka Miyazaki with development helmed by FromSoftware Director Tomohiro Shibuya, Dark Souls II will feature a new hero, a new storyline, and an unfamiliar world for players to survive in while delivering its signature brand of unrelenting punishment that players hunger for. Epic battles with gruesome enemies and blood-thirsty bosses await adventurers as they traverse through a devastated world filled with death and despair; only those who are strong willed or cunning can survive this journey to achieve great glory. Players seeking to share their experience will discover a revamped server-based multiplayer mode that will put a distinct Dark Souls II twist on the concept of playing with others.

“Dark Souls II retains the core essence of Dark Souls while evolving to present new twists and challenges that are sure to please longtime fans and attract new comers to the series,” says Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “FromSoftware is going to take a very dark path with Dark Souls II; players will need to look deep within themselves to see if they have the intestinal fortitude to embark on this journey.”

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Out of the Blue

I've been getting a lot of notes from readers who have gotten bounce messages after trying to email here. It seems it's time for Network Solutions to have its annual problems with spam filtering, and while every time this happens I vow to find an email host that prioritizes delivering messages over rejecting them, I never seem to succeed in finding a suitable replacement. This time around I'll refuse to take no for an answer, even if it drives me into the arms of Gmail or something yucky like that. Apologies for the bounces.

Bouncy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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