/Gaming/ Last Updated: Apr 25, 2015 @ 6:55 pm EDT

Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

Gabe Newell Says Valve Will Dump Paid Mods If They're Bad for Gamers

Valve CEO Gabe Newell said that if the new Steam program that allows users to sell mods instead of just giving them away for free turns out to be bad for gamers, the company will ditch the idea.

"Our goal is to make modding better for the authors and gamers," Newell said in a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread. "If something doesn't help with that, it will get dumped. Right now I'm more optimistic that this will be a win for authors and gamers, but we are always going to be data...

Polygon

Danielle Riendeau

Bloodborne gameplay walkthrough part 29: Amygdala

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In episode 29 of our Bloodborne let's play series, Phil and I finish off our time in the Nightmare Frontier with a fearsome boss. Will Phil take Pickle Hedgehog to glory with another "one kill Phil" performance? Or will we be stuck in this particular nightmare forever?

Check back every day for a new episode. If you want to check out our previous episodes, you can find a full YouTube playlist here.

Kotaku

Mike Fahey

What Mario's Nightmares Sound Like

Nothing gets a Staturday night party going like every sound effect in the original Super Mario Bros. all at once. Looped. For 12 hours.

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Polygon

Owen S. Good

Is Left Shark still famous enough to appear in World of Warcraft?

Left Shark, the out-of-step anthropomorphic fish from Katy Perry's acid-trip Super Bowl halftime show, became an Internet meme two months ago, or about 78 years in human lifespan. No matter, World of Warcraft's latest patch will introduce the uncoordinated apex predator to the game.

Left Shark — yes, by that name — will be a companion in the 6.2.0 patch. It's a level 25 companion including four abilities with a 100 percent chance, plus "Dazzling Dance," which increases the...

Polygon

Owen S. Good

Valve's boss is taking questions about paid mods on Reddit right now

Gabe Newell, the co-founder of Valve Corporation, is taking questions in an AMA on Reddit right now regarding Steam's introduction of paid mods in its Steam Workshop.

"Our goal is to make modding better for the authors and gamers," Newell said in reply to one Redditor. "If something doesn't help with that, it will get dumped. Right now I'm more optimistic that this will be a win for authors and gamers, but we are always going to be data driven."

"As a baseline, Valve loves MODs...

Kotaku

Mike Fahey

The First Five Billable Minutes Of Car Mechanic Simulator 2015


While this is only the first five minutes of the newly-released Car Mechanic Simulator 2015, we’re going to have to charge you for a whole hour.

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Kotaku

Mike Fahey

Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: Let’s share: Our Desktops!

Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: Let’s share: Our Desktops! • Kotaku Gold vs NeoGAF Gold: The Comparison We Had To Make • First Time Classics: The End Of Evangelion -Complete • Shinmai Maou no Testament: Exile’s Ani-TAY Review

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Gamespot

Chris Pereira

PS4 Launches Beta for Sequel to One of PS3's Best Multiplayer Games

You can now sign up to beta test Rocket League, the PS4 follow-up to one of the most entertaining multiplayer games on PS3, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars.

The beta is now underway, and you can register for access at developer Psyonix's website. All you'll need to enter is your PlayStation Network ID, email address, and country (only North Americans can enter, unfortunately), though keep in mind that doing so doesn't guarantee you'll get in.

If you are accepted, you'll...

Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

Facebook Hints That Oculus Rift Isn't Shipping This Year

The clues are piling up that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will not launch in retail by the end of the year.

Speaking on Facebook's most recent quarterly earning call, the company's chief financial officer David Wehner said that it has not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus. "Oculus is very much in the development stage, so it's very early to be talking about large shipment volumes," Wehner said.

Oculus founder and inventor of the Oculus...

Polygon

Owen S. Good

Transformers rolling out all-female fighting force this summer

The Transformers are getting an all-new, all-female unit of six Autobots who will combine into a new super-robot, Victorion, says toymaker Hasbro. "Our female fans have demanded to be part of the story," a Hasbro representative told USA Today this week.

The team itself is as yet unnamed, and will debut in July in the Transformers: Combiner Hunters comic by IDW Publishing, then releasing in toy form.

Female personalities have been a part of the Transformers universe since its origins...

Kotaku

Mike Fahey

The Elder Scrolls Online Runs Pretty Well On Consoles

After a year and change as a PC exclusive, The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to consoles on June 9. Here’s some footage from the console beta showing us what exactly that looks like.

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Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

Killing Floor 2 Will Ban Racist, Sexist, and Other Abusive Players

We're all used to skipping right through end-user license agreements (EULA) when we install new games, but you should take a moment to read Killing Floor 2's EULA, especially if you're planning on being a jerk in the game.

In part six, titled "Cheats, Cheating and Abusive Behaviors," developer Tripwire Interactive says it reserves the right to ban cheaters, and anyone who behaves in a way it finds detrimental to other players.

"This includes, but is not limited to, 'griefing', racist...

Gamespot

Chris Pereira

Console Players Deserve PC-Style Graphics Settings, Project Cars Dev Says

The ability to tweak graphics settings largely remains the domain of PC gamers. Project Cars is proving to be an exception to that, as it will offer players on Xbox One and PS4 some control over various visual effects.

As first discovered by Digital Foundry, these versions include a "Visual FX" settings menu, as pictured below. Tweakable options include post-processing filters, lens flare, rain drops, screen dirt, bloom, and a number of other things you'd ordinarily have to accept as-is...

Polygon

Owen S. Good

Garry's Mod creator on paid Steam mods: 'I'm all for it'

The creator of Garry's Mod — originally a mod to Half-Life 2 sold for real money — has weighed in on Valve's introduction of paid mods in its Steam Workshop, a development that roiled the PC gaming community this week. "It's probably no big surprise that I'm all for it," Garry Newman writes.

"I sold a mod once and everyone was angry that it was happening," Newman says, "until it happened and they got a much better product than they'd have gotten when it was released for...

Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

Molyneux Says Talking to Press About Early Ideas Is a Mistake

22 Cans co-founder Peter Molyneux has made his first public appearance following a big controversy in February around the developer's game Godus, which failed to deliver on the rewards promised on its Kickstarter page, game features, and a life changing experience for one player.

According to a report in GameIndustry.biz, Molyneux didn't address the controversy directly at the Dubrovnik Reboot Festival, but he did talk about a problem he's had throughout his career: breaking...

Gamespot

Chris Pereira

Two New RPGs Headed to PSP (Yes, PSP) in North America and Europe

Although the PlayStation Portable software market in the West dried up years ago for most developers, not everyone has abandoned the pursuit of bringing niche RPGs to the US, Canada, and Europe. Gaijinworks and MonkeyPaw revealed their latest efforts this week, which will see two new games brought over from Japan.

The first of these is Class of Heroes 3. Originally released in 2010, this is a natural move for Gaijinworks' next game, given that it already brought the previous game in the...

Kotaku

Mike Fahey

Final Fantasy XIV The Fake Fighting Game

Lacking anything better to do until the expansion pack arrives in June, the Final Fantasy XIV dev team transformed one of the game’s biggest boss battles into a fighting game I’d play in a heartbeat.

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Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

Watch Feminists React to Playing GTA 5 for the First Time

BuzzFeed has uploaded a video capturing the reaction of several feminists who are playing Grand Theft Auto V, which is also their first experience with a Grand Theft Auto game.

The result is pretty much what you'd expect. "If you were going through your formative years and this was your only experience with women, it would be really damaging and weird," one player said after a visit to a strip club within the game. Other players admitted they had fun despite the nature of the content,...

Polygon

Charlie Hall

Comic artists draw sick kids as superheroes to benefit children's hospital

Polygon is excited to unveil, for the first time online, five completely new superheros making their debut this weekend at Chicago's biggest comic book convention. Their creators are among the city's bravest citizens, and they all happen to be between the ages of 5 and 15.

Chicago Loot Drop is a geek-centric charity that raises money to provide toys and games for the patients at University of Chicago Medicine's Comer Children's Hospital. Since 2013, their Drawing Dreams program has...

Kotaku

Steve Peterson

This Week In The Business: Getting Harder

QUOTE | “Holy fuck, it’s got harder.” - Developer Cliff Harris, who just launched Gratutitous Space Battles 2 on Steam, talking about the big difference between releasing a game in 2013 and releasing a game today.

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