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Alan Wake Available on Steam for PC

Former Xbox 360 exclusive Alan Wake has just become available for PC via Steam. With the forthcoming Alan Wake project for Xbox Live Arcade we shouldn’t really be surprised to see Remedy taking a moment to remind the consumer of their product and perhaps take their last chance to capture more fan-base before releasing their next title. Check out the excerpt below from the official press release:

“Remedy Entertainment Ltd. is excited to announce that Alan Wake has finally made its way home and is available now for PC through Steam.

The PC version includes the original game along with the two pieces of downloadable content (The Signal and The Writer) and everything you’d expect from a PC version and more.”

You can pick up the game for $29.99 right now. Hop on Steam to check it out.

Rumor: Half Life Episode 3 Website Proves Game is a Go

According to a lot of online rumors that seem to be persistently adding up to virtually a conspiracy, Half Life Episode 3 is coming at some point in the future. Most recent to add to these rumors is the exhibit of black-aperture.com a website that shows the Half Life logo with the number 3 on it and the Steam, Valve, and Source logos beneath that.

“© 2011 Valve Corporation, all rights reserved. Valve, the Valve logo, Half-Life, the Half-Life logo, the Lambda logo, Steam, the Steam logo,  Aperture Science, the Aperture Science logo,  Source, the Source logo, Valve Source are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation.” is shown at the bottom of the page and the titlebar reads “Status: Mark 7” while you are on the page.

If you click on the website’s logo you will be taken here, where you are shown The Orange Box.

Could this game be truly reaching announcement soon, and could this website imply that it may be a Steam PC Exclusive? Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

VGA Names The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game of the Year 2011

The Spike VGA 2011 Award for Game of the Year has been awarded to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Skyrim, the Western RPG from Bethesda that follows Oblivion in the series as one of the most popular role playing games released in recent years. Some of its more notable features include first-person combat, action and stealth elements, character customization, spell/weapon crafting, dungeon crawling, and more. The candidates for VGA’s award were Portal 2, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Every book on the ground in Skyrim is now part of a real E-Reader book collection

The books found on the ground in the Elder Scrolls series are known by fans to be an immersive set of lore interactions. Though the mechanic of reading books in a video game might not be popular among today’s gaming audience it is still practiced as a storytelling technique that can even provide a chill to the gamer under the right circumstances.

It could even be argued that this format holds immersion better than having certain things explained to you by a narrator or character within the game. The elegant solution is that you are still your character holding a book while the cold wind blows around you and your journey awaits your blood-stained sword.

Apparently the cult following that supports this type of lore reading in Skyrim has grown quite strong and now Capane.us has gone so far as to add the Skyrim books to the E-Readers: Kindle, Nook, iOS, etc. You can download it for free on their website at the time of this original post.

Source: Capane.us via Joystiq

How to carry unlimited items in Skyrim

A Machinima director has discovered the key to carrying unlimited items in Skyrim. Pinoytutorial put together a tutorial guide for quick reference. It is unclear if Bethesda will be doing something about this or not and if any patches will rectify these exploits in the future. In the meantime you will have to use these at your own discretion. Be forewarned that some gamers have found it less fun to cheat before they have beat a game the legit way.

“As you can see from the clip, you’ll be able to use your companion Lydia to carry any items you want even though she has already reached her limit. Of course, there’s a lot of companions you can hire on Skyrim but Lydia is the most common one since you can have her earlier on the game after finishing a basic quest.

So to do the bug, you simply need to drop all the items individually. Once they are on the ground, aim on the items and ask your companion to pick it up. Magically, your companion can pick all the items you’ve dropped even though she has already hit a weight limitation. Just to double-check, you can see at 1:39 mark that all of your items are stacked accordingly with Lydia.”

Full Tutorial Here: PinoyTutorial.com

Will the Next Xbox Experience Overtake PlayStation 4 Next Gen?

Where is the industry headed in the Next Generation of gaming? How will this generation end? What strategies will the “Big 3” take over to them from this generation and what new ones will they employ going forward? RealGamerNewz tackles these issues and more in a larger-than-life podcast consisting of 3 parts. Crank it up while you’re getting your game on or while you hide from your boss at work.

We will also get into the detailed debate over whether or not Microsoft can overtake Sony in the Next Generation as the complete market leader. In addition to this we discuss what Sony and Microsoft need to do to improve their game plan going into the future. Welcome to the “Where Is The Industry Headed?” Podcast.

Will it be the PlayStation 4 or The Next Xbox Experience? Who will claim the throne?

Watch the Show: Part One || Part Two || Part Three

 

 

 

Steam Has Been Hacked: Credit Card Info and More

Worldwide industry source GamaSutra reports that Steam has been hacked via an announcement made by Gabe Newell directly. While the cause of this breach and the exact amount of effected accounts remains unseen, it is confirmed that Credit Card information (and more) has been compromised. Steam makes up a huge segment of the PC Gaming market and is a newfound mecca of gamers across the globe.

Here are the official statements:

“Valve’s games-on-demand Steam service has been hacked, the company said Thursday, saying that a database containing private user information has been stolen.

That information includes user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information, according to an email sent by Valve managing director Gabe Newell to Gamasutra.”

Source: GamaSutra

PSA: RAGE Side-Content Cannot Be Completed After Subway Town

In this Public Service Announcement brought to you by RealGamerNewz, find out what you can do to prevent having the side-content locked out of your RAGE play-through and when exactly this event is triggered.

RAGE has released and reviews and articles of all kinds are pouring in both positive and negative regarding the game’s quality, fun factor, and various other attributes. While all in all, the game’s engine looks amazing to us in terms of hit detection and graphics, we are sad to report that a major bug mentioned by only a small number of the available review material has been discovered. It has been discovered by RealGamerNewz member BoodyBandit on the Xbox 360 version of the game and appears to have a workaround. Consider this article a Public Service Announcement to gamers worldwide who might otherwise not have known about it and thus suffered a massive inconvenience to say the least.

Without giving away any spoilers, anyone who has been playing through the game for some time now knows that halfway through the area called Subway Town’s missions a shadowy entity largely changes . At this point in time, doors that were once open in the game become locked, and people who gave out side-missions and races are either gone or refusing to do so from now on. This renders all of the side-content in the game useless and prevents 100% completion from taking place! The precise time in the game that this happens is about 3 missions into Subway Town. Everything must be done before then.

Further information we can provide beyond this is that the Final Mission, once completed, will never be removed from your objectives and instead the game will always pit you against the final mission every time you load after completion.

It also appears that the dialog in the game would suggest you were supposed to be able to go back to complete the side-content after the final mission. For example, characters are found saying that they will re-host races when “The Authority” leaves, yet this never happens due to the save file always pitting you against the final mission as stated above. If this is something Id can fix then by god we pray that they make a statement soon. For now, play at your own risk and consider using one of the following workarounds which may be able to help avoid the same situation BoodyBandit found himself in.

Workaround #1: Create many save files. Some people do this instinctively when playing games but you really never know which files you will end up needing plus some games limit the amount of saves you can create. So now you know not to overwrite the ones that take place before Subway Town because of this article. Keep some on hand with good weapons and all of the side-content still available.

Workaround #2: Start a second play-through. This may be a pretty brutal workaround for most people, especially if you have already completed a great deal of the side-content. Unfortunately, if you didn’t happen to create spare save files and likewise didn’t know about this glitch before now it may be too late to do anything else. Until a patch emerges from Id or at least an acknowledgement of this issue, this will have to be the recourse for many who discovered the glitch after already triggering the side-content to be locked out.

Workaround #3: Look for mods (PC Version Only). If you have the PC Version you may be able to create or find some type of modification to the game that would allow for side-content to be accessed again. This is essentially cheating and will most likely not help you earn achievements on Steam or anything, but at least you won’t have to start all over again or use some one else’s save files.

There are also a number of glitches reported including falling through the map when fighting through the final missions such as the bandit car missions, lock-on failures, vehicle glitches, and save data corruption causing glitches to be saved. So be careful and aware about when and where you are saving in the game!

Despite the graphical and gameplay quality being great, the bugs being reported are rightfully labeled as outrageous by many. It is quite sad because this game seems like it had the potential to be a flawless masterpiece but may have been rushed at the last minute. This is yet another example for gamers to witness that our industry needs to be doing way more testing on the games they release to the public at top dollar pricing.

In conclusion the game still has a lot of positives to it and every shooter fan should experience it at least once. We are not attempting to refute that. The creatures and weaponry are very diverse. The difficulty, gameplay, and graphics are great as well. However people deserve to know if their game will lose functionality at some point and here we feel that these simple workarounds need to be presented since at this time RAGE side-content cannot, in fact, be completed after Subway Town.