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Donald Broussard 2017-10-25
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With all the free games given away in recent months, I dare say you could’ve assembled an entire PC gaming backlog for free at this point.

Enter GOG.com with another game (or two!)

to throw on the pile: Stronghold HD.

In case you missed it way back in 2001, Stronghold blends the builder and real-time strategy genres.

Taking place in Medieval Europe, you need to design and build out your own castle, then fill it with troops and send them off to your enemy’s (probably much more historically accurate) castle.

It’s a classic, and well worth picking up even nowadays.

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Dwight Black 2017-04-19

Blizzard's Starcraft: Remastered finally has a release date: August 15.

The game takes the 1998 fan favourite RTS and updates its graphics for modern systems.

However, Blizzard had to recreate a great deal of the game's content by hand, having lost much of the original code and graphical assets.

This 4K version will include all the content from the original game and the Brood War expansion as well as audio upgrades.

The news follows the release of the first, albeit retouched version, of the original StarCraft in April when Blizzard announced the game had been patched for "the first time in over eight years".

It is free to download for anyone on both Windows and Mac (available here.)

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0
Robert Rock 2017-02-28

SAN FRANCISCO—That real-time strategy battling is a solid fit for virtual reality seems like a foregone conclusion.

RTS games like and already force players to gaze at their little fighters, armies, and fortifications from high above.

So why not let us use VR systems to control all of those battles with our hands, like wartime puppeteers, with greater speed and accuracy than a mouse-and-keyboard could ever give?

collect
0
Joseph Cormier 2017-09-15
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Iron Marines, the new real-time strategy game from the makers of Kingdom Rush, is this week’s standout game release, as it streamlines the oft-complex genre for on-the-go tactical fun.

Justice League VR: Join the League is also worth a look if you have a Cardboard viewer, while Ellentube is jam-packed with official Ellen DeGeneres content, Engkoo helps native Mandarin speakers improve their English pronunciations, and Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked is a new tropical-themed standalone expansion to the challenging survival game smash.

This long-awaited mobile twist streamlines the typically PC-centric genre with a familiar UI from Kingdom Rush, making big sci-fi battles against alien invaders seem downright manageable on your compact phone screen.

It also has the same charming and colorful hand-drawn, cartoonish look, plus it packs plenty of content: 14 main story missions, another 10 challenging special ops, and several special heroes to unlock along the way.

There’s only one red flag in the mix: despite the premium price tag, Iron Marines has a freemium currency system that pops up immediately, raising suspicions over whether that’ll be a frustrating element in longer-term play.

Justice League VR: Join the League

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Ronald Gibson 2018-05-02
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Long gone are the days when b-to-b companies could just poach successful salespeople—with their big Rolodexes of past customers—who then close deals within 12 to 18 months.

Today, the sales cycle entails software-driven processes that last only around three or four months.

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Ralph Knotts 2020-09-05
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Delightful design and a heartfelt campaign clash with unpolished mechanics and a paltry selection of content.
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Gary Tokarski 2017-07-26
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Mapping expert HERE is launching a Real-Time Traffic service that pulls aggregated data from sensors in Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles that are actually out driving the road, making it the first commercial traffic service of its kind that collects real-time information from vehicles from competing carmakers, according to HERE.

The car companies involved are actually all part owners of HERE, however, after the mapping business was spun out of Nokia in 2015 and sold to the competing automakers as a joint venture.

The HERE Real-Time Service is available to any customers across any industry, however, and boasts big improvements in features including traffic flow data, with a reach that extends to over 60 countries.

In over 30 of the countries on that list, HERE also offers Traffic Safety Warning information, which will identify incidents on the road, as measured by hard-braking data.

This allows real-time notifications to vehicles that could potentially prevent the worsening of these accidents.

HERE is also in the process of adding more commercial vehicles as data sources for the Real-Time Traffic function, with “millions” of active vehicles in terms of consumer Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles on the road already.

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Larry Johnson 2017-03-26
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Nearly 20 years after its release and StarCraft is still one of the best real-time strategy games ever made.

So good, in fact, that it’s retained a dedicated fan base even with a modern sequel—three modern sequels, really—released and ready to play.

Late last night Blizzard unveiled StarCraft: Remastered, arriving sometime this summer.

Here’s the brief, straight from Blizzard’s official site:

“We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions.

Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before.

collect
0
Luke Hall 2018-02-21
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BELLEVUE, Washington—Virtual reality has been a thing for years, yet for some reason, it has had a lack of real-time strategy (RTS) games.

Stand above a battlefield (or, if your room is cramped, sit without losing the effect).

Unlike other RTS-ish games in VR, this week's Brass Tactics is the first full-blown take on the genre to see a retail release.

It's not perfect—indeed, it has a couple of glaring issues ahead of its Thursday launch—but Brass Tactics is clearly a few steps above "just good enough."

Best of all, thanks to a free, unlimited, works-online demo version, every single VR owner out there (even outside the Oculus ecosystem) can try it for themselves—and try it they should.

Create more powerful units and spend resources on updating your existing ones.

collect
0
Calvin Bourque 2016-05-25
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Not to take anything away from Corsair, but the concept and resulting product are simple enough, so I'm not sure why I've been waiting the better part of a decade for such a product.

Apparently there will package deals from Corsair which might present gamers will better value alternatives but we don t have the details on those yet.

The lap cushion can be quickly and easily attached and removed, thanks to six magnetic points that grab the control center quite firmly.

Corsair should have made the higher amperage port a different colour such as yellow or red for example.

The only other gripe I have with the Lapdog is the lack of a 3.5mm audio passthrough for analog headphone users.

Despite these gripes, I'm still very happy to have the Lapdog in my life and consider it to be the best option yet for gamers wanting to sink into the couch.

collect
0
Billy Clark 2017-08-22
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The Age of Empires games are some of the best-loved real-time strategy titles ever made, which is why Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was met with cries of joy when it was unveiled at E3 this year.

But if people were excited about that remastered game, imagine how they felt when Age of Empires IV was announced.

At Gamescom yesterday, publisher Microsoft Studios revealed that a new entry in the long-running series was in the works.

Taking over from the now defunct Ensemble Studios, which developed the games from 1997 to 2007, is Relic Entertainment.

Sega acquired Relic in 2013 as part of THQ’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Age of Empires IV will become the dev's first game produced for a publisher other than its parent company.

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Alan Krieg 2016-10-19
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While reports of the RTS dying might be exaggerated—Total War still sells well, Grey Goo made some waves, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak had some high points—it s still lean times for a genre that dominated the 90s and early 2000s.

But Ayoub thinks Halo Wars 2 has a good shot of winning an audience—and after my hands-on demo this week, so do I.

Instead it s the brand new Blitz mode that hooked me, and has me thinking Halo Wars 2 might be the best non-StarCraft, non-Warcraft chance for an RTS revival.

The key to Blitz is a deck-building component.

Unit cards are then surfaced into your hand four at a time, ready for you to activate.

Energy is harvested by sending units to pick it up from specific points on the map, leading to a balancing act where you have to decide which unit you can spare in the next battle, lest your enemy steal that Energy first.

collect
0
Robert Russo 2016-08-05
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In the realm of real-time strategy games, next to nothing beats the original StarCraft unless you happen to be more of a WarCraft fan .

Released way back in 1998, the game still has a dedicated fan base around the world, and it still sees professional play in a lot of gaming tournaments.

It would appear that Blizzard has decided to dust off the old game and give it in an HD remaster, if new reports are to be believed.

The rumor, which was originally posted by Korean site iNews24 and spotted by Kotaku, says that Blizzard is working to on an HD remaster of the classic strategy game and may reveal it as early as next month.

September may be the perfect time to reveal such a re-release, as the StarCraft 2 World Championships Series - which has been running since January - will be coming to a close, giving Blizzard a good opportunity to reveal an HD remaster of the game that started it all.

Even if a reveal does come in September, it sounds like we won't be finding out very much until Blizzard gets the chance to show the game off at BlizzCon in November.

collect
0
Jerry Miller 2018-01-23
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You’ve probably seen countless behind-the-scenes videos of visual effects wizards spending months turning boring green screen footage into amazing movie shots.

But did you know that the hardware exists to fake live video in real time?

This pre-visualisation setup uses a massive green screen, a motion-tracked camera, and some custom computer hardware to enable directors to see a performer interacting with a virtual environment while everyone is still on set.

There’s a lot of expensive gear in use here, but in the long run this method may be cheaper than having to do reshoots, or extensive post-production, if the captured green screen footage isn’t exactly what’s needed for a final shot.

Movie-making aside, you can also find setups like this one used for TV news and many kids’ shows.

Why would a network pay for separate studios and standing sets for multiple shows when they can all just share a single green screen set and composite in different virtual environments as needed?

collect
0
Justin Cornell 2016-05-27
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Overwatch has been on our radar for a while now but it recently blew up in a big way with an open beta that attracted 9.7 million players earlier this month.

I personally spent a number of hours playing and found the game to be flawless; the online multiplayer was satisfying and lag free.

Little to nothing is known about the game engine except that it was developed by Blizzard specifically for Overwatch and this goes a long way in explaining why the game flows so well.

The addition of AI controlled bots places much more load on the CPU but because I can't control where the bots go and what they do, this makes it difficult to gather accurate results over our 60 second test period.

For the much more desirable 60fps something like an old HD 7950 or GTX 680 will get the job done nicely, as will the R9 380 and GTX 960.

Overall, Blizzard has managed to deliver a level of refinement not seen from shooters in years and fortunately PC gamers with even somewhat respectable hardware should be able to get in on the action.

collect
0
Mildred Billups 2017-03-26
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'StarCraft' is widely considered one of the greatest games of all-time, and now a new generation of gamers will be introduced to its legacy.

collect
0
Donald Broussard 2017-10-25
img

With all the free games given away in recent months, I dare say you could’ve assembled an entire PC gaming backlog for free at this point.

Enter GOG.com with another game (or two!)

to throw on the pile: Stronghold HD.

In case you missed it way back in 2001, Stronghold blends the builder and real-time strategy genres.

Taking place in Medieval Europe, you need to design and build out your own castle, then fill it with troops and send them off to your enemy’s (probably much more historically accurate) castle.

It’s a classic, and well worth picking up even nowadays.

Robert Rock 2017-02-28

SAN FRANCISCO—That real-time strategy battling is a solid fit for virtual reality seems like a foregone conclusion.

RTS games like and already force players to gaze at their little fighters, armies, and fortifications from high above.

So why not let us use VR systems to control all of those battles with our hands, like wartime puppeteers, with greater speed and accuracy than a mouse-and-keyboard could ever give?

Ronald Gibson 2018-05-02
img

Long gone are the days when b-to-b companies could just poach successful salespeople—with their big Rolodexes of past customers—who then close deals within 12 to 18 months.

Today, the sales cycle entails software-driven processes that last only around three or four months.

Want to Read the Full Article?

Subscribe to your choice of

$100 off admission to select Adweek events

Early access to the Adweek podcast

Gary Tokarski 2017-07-26
img

Mapping expert HERE is launching a Real-Time Traffic service that pulls aggregated data from sensors in Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles that are actually out driving the road, making it the first commercial traffic service of its kind that collects real-time information from vehicles from competing carmakers, according to HERE.

The car companies involved are actually all part owners of HERE, however, after the mapping business was spun out of Nokia in 2015 and sold to the competing automakers as a joint venture.

The HERE Real-Time Service is available to any customers across any industry, however, and boasts big improvements in features including traffic flow data, with a reach that extends to over 60 countries.

In over 30 of the countries on that list, HERE also offers Traffic Safety Warning information, which will identify incidents on the road, as measured by hard-braking data.

This allows real-time notifications to vehicles that could potentially prevent the worsening of these accidents.

HERE is also in the process of adding more commercial vehicles as data sources for the Real-Time Traffic function, with “millions” of active vehicles in terms of consumer Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles on the road already.

Luke Hall 2018-02-21
img

BELLEVUE, Washington—Virtual reality has been a thing for years, yet for some reason, it has had a lack of real-time strategy (RTS) games.

Stand above a battlefield (or, if your room is cramped, sit without losing the effect).

Unlike other RTS-ish games in VR, this week's Brass Tactics is the first full-blown take on the genre to see a retail release.

It's not perfect—indeed, it has a couple of glaring issues ahead of its Thursday launch—but Brass Tactics is clearly a few steps above "just good enough."

Best of all, thanks to a free, unlimited, works-online demo version, every single VR owner out there (even outside the Oculus ecosystem) can try it for themselves—and try it they should.

Create more powerful units and spend resources on updating your existing ones.

Billy Clark 2017-08-22
img

The Age of Empires games are some of the best-loved real-time strategy titles ever made, which is why Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was met with cries of joy when it was unveiled at E3 this year.

But if people were excited about that remastered game, imagine how they felt when Age of Empires IV was announced.

At Gamescom yesterday, publisher Microsoft Studios revealed that a new entry in the long-running series was in the works.

Taking over from the now defunct Ensemble Studios, which developed the games from 1997 to 2007, is Relic Entertainment.

Sega acquired Relic in 2013 as part of THQ’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Age of Empires IV will become the dev's first game produced for a publisher other than its parent company.

Robert Russo 2016-08-05
img

In the realm of real-time strategy games, next to nothing beats the original StarCraft unless you happen to be more of a WarCraft fan .

Released way back in 1998, the game still has a dedicated fan base around the world, and it still sees professional play in a lot of gaming tournaments.

It would appear that Blizzard has decided to dust off the old game and give it in an HD remaster, if new reports are to be believed.

The rumor, which was originally posted by Korean site iNews24 and spotted by Kotaku, says that Blizzard is working to on an HD remaster of the classic strategy game and may reveal it as early as next month.

September may be the perfect time to reveal such a re-release, as the StarCraft 2 World Championships Series - which has been running since January - will be coming to a close, giving Blizzard a good opportunity to reveal an HD remaster of the game that started it all.

Even if a reveal does come in September, it sounds like we won't be finding out very much until Blizzard gets the chance to show the game off at BlizzCon in November.

Justin Cornell 2016-05-27
img

Overwatch has been on our radar for a while now but it recently blew up in a big way with an open beta that attracted 9.7 million players earlier this month.

I personally spent a number of hours playing and found the game to be flawless; the online multiplayer was satisfying and lag free.

Little to nothing is known about the game engine except that it was developed by Blizzard specifically for Overwatch and this goes a long way in explaining why the game flows so well.

The addition of AI controlled bots places much more load on the CPU but because I can't control where the bots go and what they do, this makes it difficult to gather accurate results over our 60 second test period.

For the much more desirable 60fps something like an old HD 7950 or GTX 680 will get the job done nicely, as will the R9 380 and GTX 960.

Overall, Blizzard has managed to deliver a level of refinement not seen from shooters in years and fortunately PC gamers with even somewhat respectable hardware should be able to get in on the action.

Dwight Black 2017-04-19

Blizzard's Starcraft: Remastered finally has a release date: August 15.

The game takes the 1998 fan favourite RTS and updates its graphics for modern systems.

However, Blizzard had to recreate a great deal of the game's content by hand, having lost much of the original code and graphical assets.

This 4K version will include all the content from the original game and the Brood War expansion as well as audio upgrades.

The news follows the release of the first, albeit retouched version, of the original StarCraft in April when Blizzard announced the game had been patched for "the first time in over eight years".

It is free to download for anyone on both Windows and Mac (available here.)

Joseph Cormier 2017-09-15
img

Iron Marines, the new real-time strategy game from the makers of Kingdom Rush, is this week’s standout game release, as it streamlines the oft-complex genre for on-the-go tactical fun.

Justice League VR: Join the League is also worth a look if you have a Cardboard viewer, while Ellentube is jam-packed with official Ellen DeGeneres content, Engkoo helps native Mandarin speakers improve their English pronunciations, and Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked is a new tropical-themed standalone expansion to the challenging survival game smash.

This long-awaited mobile twist streamlines the typically PC-centric genre with a familiar UI from Kingdom Rush, making big sci-fi battles against alien invaders seem downright manageable on your compact phone screen.

It also has the same charming and colorful hand-drawn, cartoonish look, plus it packs plenty of content: 14 main story missions, another 10 challenging special ops, and several special heroes to unlock along the way.

There’s only one red flag in the mix: despite the premium price tag, Iron Marines has a freemium currency system that pops up immediately, raising suspicions over whether that’ll be a frustrating element in longer-term play.

Justice League VR: Join the League

Ralph Knotts 2020-09-05
img
Delightful design and a heartfelt campaign clash with unpolished mechanics and a paltry selection of content.
Larry Johnson 2017-03-26
img

Nearly 20 years after its release and StarCraft is still one of the best real-time strategy games ever made.

So good, in fact, that it’s retained a dedicated fan base even with a modern sequel—three modern sequels, really—released and ready to play.

Late last night Blizzard unveiled StarCraft: Remastered, arriving sometime this summer.

Here’s the brief, straight from Blizzard’s official site:

“We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions.

Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before.

Calvin Bourque 2016-05-25
img

Not to take anything away from Corsair, but the concept and resulting product are simple enough, so I'm not sure why I've been waiting the better part of a decade for such a product.

Apparently there will package deals from Corsair which might present gamers will better value alternatives but we don t have the details on those yet.

The lap cushion can be quickly and easily attached and removed, thanks to six magnetic points that grab the control center quite firmly.

Corsair should have made the higher amperage port a different colour such as yellow or red for example.

The only other gripe I have with the Lapdog is the lack of a 3.5mm audio passthrough for analog headphone users.

Despite these gripes, I'm still very happy to have the Lapdog in my life and consider it to be the best option yet for gamers wanting to sink into the couch.

Alan Krieg 2016-10-19
img

While reports of the RTS dying might be exaggerated—Total War still sells well, Grey Goo made some waves, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak had some high points—it s still lean times for a genre that dominated the 90s and early 2000s.

But Ayoub thinks Halo Wars 2 has a good shot of winning an audience—and after my hands-on demo this week, so do I.

Instead it s the brand new Blitz mode that hooked me, and has me thinking Halo Wars 2 might be the best non-StarCraft, non-Warcraft chance for an RTS revival.

The key to Blitz is a deck-building component.

Unit cards are then surfaced into your hand four at a time, ready for you to activate.

Energy is harvested by sending units to pick it up from specific points on the map, leading to a balancing act where you have to decide which unit you can spare in the next battle, lest your enemy steal that Energy first.

Jerry Miller 2018-01-23
img

You’ve probably seen countless behind-the-scenes videos of visual effects wizards spending months turning boring green screen footage into amazing movie shots.

But did you know that the hardware exists to fake live video in real time?

This pre-visualisation setup uses a massive green screen, a motion-tracked camera, and some custom computer hardware to enable directors to see a performer interacting with a virtual environment while everyone is still on set.

There’s a lot of expensive gear in use here, but in the long run this method may be cheaper than having to do reshoots, or extensive post-production, if the captured green screen footage isn’t exactly what’s needed for a final shot.

Movie-making aside, you can also find setups like this one used for TV news and many kids’ shows.

Why would a network pay for separate studios and standing sets for multiple shows when they can all just share a single green screen set and composite in different virtual environments as needed?

Mildred Billups 2017-03-26
img

'StarCraft' is widely considered one of the greatest games of all-time, and now a new generation of gamers will be introduced to its legacy.