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Tatiora's Articles In PC Gaming
May 18, 2022 by Tatiora
Maybe I've just been living under a rock, but I've never heard the term "demake" before today when I stumbled across an article talking about Portal being on the Nintendo 64. Yes, you read that right - it isn't made to look like the N64, but is actually for the N64. A demake is a video game remake that's on an older platform or converts the game to an older graphical or gameplay style. Valve's Portal game was released on 2007 and is probably the last thing you'd ...
May 11, 2022 by Tatiora
The idea of being able to explore the 3D environment of a game while still monitoring the progress of a single person is far from a new idea, but research is starting to trend toward making that pipe-dream a reality.Streaming services like Twitch take a single player's rendered view of a game and broadcast it out to thousands of viewers as a 2D video stream, an approach that helps further popularize video games as a spectator sport. The ability for users to change the perspective of the live str...
March 9, 2022 by Tatiora
One of the things that I remember as a kid most vividly are learning games. They were never presented to me that way - although they certainly were to my parents! - but I was gaining educational value from the game as I played them. I would spend hours chasing Carmen Sandiego around the world or reading all about Dinosaurs and prehistoric history in 3D Dinosaur Adventures.  These types of games have continued to persist throughout the years, though they've obviously taken many different ...
February 23, 2022 by Tatiora
Are you allured by the siren song of a mint condition retro game? If so, a haul of sealed classic video games from a store that closed back in the 90's might pique your interest. Check out the video below! A video game retailer based out of Nebraska called Gameroom posted the above haul recently. Chris Thompson, who owns the store and is serving as a liaison for the sale, said that the collection's owner wishes to remain anonymous and originally came into the store just wanting to get a ballp...
January 28, 2022 by Tatiora
Has anyone else been watching the Book of Boba Fett on Disney+ recently? While it's not my favorite overall out of what we've been given in Star Wars offerings so far, I'm having fun with it. I learned today that there was a game originally scheduled to give Boba Fett his time in the limelight, but unfortunately it won't ever see the light of day. Apparently, I live under a rock because the game was in development and being talked about back around E3 in 2012, but I'm only just now hearing ab...
January 19, 2022 by Tatiora
Image c/o Jakud Porzyck/NurPhoto (Getty Images)Yesterday, I woke up to the surprising news that Microsoft was planning to buy Activision Blizzard. This acquisition will, according to Microsoft, grant them access to hundreds of millions of gamers and position it as "the world's third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony." A press release from Microsoft named the dollar amount and added, "Activision Blizzard is a leader in game development and interactive entertainment con...
November 17, 2021 by Tatiora
Ages ago, I recall Valve having announced their Steam Deck console. They released some more details about the hand-held device last week during a Steamworks Virtual Conference, and it appears that the hype may well be worth something. Global supply chain issues have seen the device delayed until at least February of 2022, but fortunately that's only just a little bit longer to wait past the original promised release date, which was December 2021. The specs for the Steam Deck have been out for...
November 10, 2021 by Tatiora
There are a lot of things that I love in this world, but here are two of them that are relevant to today's topic of conversation: Theater, and creative solutions. With a large portion of theaters around the world are still closed or under lots of restrictions due to the pandemic, some actors have turned to the internet and Fallout 76 for an answer to the problem. The Theater Company, a Fallout 76 acting troupe, has been holding performances in order to keep their acting skills sharp over the ...
October 6, 2021 by Tatiora
Image Credit: TechCrunchOn Monday, Facebook and its other affiliate sites were down and out for the count for a number of hours in a rare lengthy outage. This led to some outcry, as well as some pretty hilarious memes - but that's neither here nor there! Facebook announced today that they are rolling out the co-streaming feature for all of their creators on their Facebook Gaming platform. The feature allows users to team up and stream with each other, while enabling viewers to navigate betw...
September 1, 2021 by Tatiora
Have you ever watched or participated in a speedrun for a video game before? Whether you have or not, you might want to consider giving it a try: the developer of Stardew Valley has created a new speedrun competition where the prize for the winning team totals $40,000. Now, if you've played Stardew Valley before, I'm sure your first thought is along the lines of what mine was: How the heck do you speedrun Stardew Valley? It's a game that is literally designed to be relaxing and leis...
August 18, 2021 by Tatiora
I learned today that there is a site called "Hackerone" that connects companies with users who like to hack and tinker with websites, apps, and other pieces of software. These individuals can then submit exploits and hacks to companies privately, and in exchange they are frequently compensated with a fair amount of money. This is precisely what happened earlier this week when a user called Drbrix found an exploit on Valve's Steam app. The Steam wallet exploit discovered by Drbrix would have a...
July 28, 2021 by Tatiora
Discord has been testing the feature out on Twitter for the last few months or so, but was finally ready to launch its new "threads" feature yesterday. Threads has been a highly-requested update to the chat server, with its community of users looking for a way to make conversations in bustling servers easier to follow. Any server with "community" features enabled will be able to transform messages into threaded conversations on both mobile and desktop. Threads can be designated with their own...
July 21, 2021 by Tatiora
Have you ever been hit with a copyright strike on Twitch over the music you were playing on your stream? Even if you haven't been there personally, you've probably heard the discussions that have been floating around for over a year now. Recently, a developer has come up with a clever workaround for gamers who want to play copyrighted music while they stream. The SpotifySynchronizer extension, created by Twitch developer Peter Frydenlund Madsen (AKA Peueno0) does pretty much exactly as its...
June 16, 2021 by Tatiora
Amazon Prime Day is coming up and Amazon has decided to offer free 7 day trials to its game streaming service, Luna, to Prime members in the mainland US. Until now, the only way to test Luna was to request early access or sign up from supported Fire TV devices. The Luna service is available on Windows PC, Mac, Fire TV, and via the web on your iPhone, iPad, and certain Android phones.  The regular price for Luna is $5.99 a month and grants you access to games like GRID, Metro Exodus,...
June 9, 2021 by Tatiora
You know what I miss? Conventions. Things obviously ground to a halt last year as COVID made its rounds across the world, shutting down big events and huge gatherings of people. Many of the larger conventions like San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, E3, and others, turned to an online format in order to try and salvage at least some of their events. It doesn't beat being there in person, but hey - at least it's something! Me at the Star Control: Origins booth, E3 2018Now, things are...