First demonstration of Steam’s controller (Video)

Steam’s latest initiative is to bring their downloadable gaming platform to the living room.  They’re working on a variety of different pieces to the puzzle that they need to make their goal a reality, including Steam’s Big Picture Mode and the Linux-based Steam OS.  Without a controller, the other components would still need a player to use a mouse and keyboard to play games. To sum up, Steam decided to create an innovative new controller that would simulate keyboard and mouse functionality, while offering convenient use in a living room setting.

Steam Video Game Controller


FEATURES

  • Clickable high-resolution track-pads that can replace the functions of both the mouse and the keyboard
  • Another clickable high-resolution screen rests in the middle of the controller.  This screen allows you to navigate through an on-screen overlay to select your action without taking your eyes off of the screen
  • The controller’s design has  16 configurable buttons all intuitively placed by ranking the frequency of use for each button.
  • Users can bind keys on the controller and save those configurations.  This will allow users to create specific button configurations for each game
  • In my opinion, the most exciting feature about the controller is the ability to “hack” it so users can create their own unique device from the controller
  • Stylish design (The controller is still in beta so the design will likely change, but it looks pretty sexy as-is)

Hackable Controller


VIDEO DEMONSTRATION

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5 Best Historical MMORPGs

Historical MMORPGs are very under-represented in the online gaming world, but they do exist. Using the list below you might just find one that suits your interests.  All of the games in the list are free to play but most of the games are monetized by offering items you can purchase with real money from an item mall.


5.) PIRATES OF THE BURNING SEA

Retail Price: Free

MMORPG.com Score: 7.0

In Pirates of the Burning Sea you are thrown into the set of the New World in an 18th century seascape. PotBS as it is called features high-seas action & thrills in a brave new world full of pirates & thievery. Players an select from either England, Spain or France with take your chances as a pirate and battle for glory & power!


4.) 9DRAGONS

Retail Price: Free

MMORPG.com Score: 7.7

9Dragons is the first authentic martial arts massively multiplayer online role-playing game. That means you shall not be alone in The Land — you shall journey alongside many friends, enemies, teachers and fellow disciples. The Land itself will be constantly evolving around you as new cities, quests, and special events are continuously added and updated.


3.) A TALE IN THE DESERT

Retail Price: Free

MMORPG.com Score: 7.7

A Tale in the Desert is a Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMO) set in ancient Egypt. The game focuses on crafting and trading, mixed with strong social challenges.


2.) NAVY FIELD

Retail Price: Free

MMORPG.com Score: 7.8

Navy Field; a massively multiplayer online tactics simulation game based on World War II naval warfare by SD EnterNet.

Be prepared to experience intense naval battles against large teams of real opponents from across the globe. To help you on your quest to be the ultimate commander of the sea, almost 100 different WWII era naval vessels are available to use.


1.) WORLD WAR II ONLINE

Retail Price: Free

MMORPG.com Score: 8.0

World War II Online is essentially a sim game with tactical warfare as its main draw.  WWII Online is distinct in that it is the first FPS that also has MMORPG elements. During the game you will rely on teamwork as players fight their way across a half-scaled version of Western Europe.


If you would like to see another historical MMORPG in this list, please leave a comment.

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Sci-Fi Browser Based RPG & Strategy Games

I’ve compiled a list containing every sci-fi browser based game I was able to find.  If you know of any other games that are worthy of this list please contact us or leave a comment at the bottom of this page.  Thanks.

Updated: 10/7/2013


ASTRO EMPIRES

Astro Empires

Astro Empires is a highly addictive space strategy game, where you play with or against thousands of other real players, in real time, to control the Universe.

You play in a persistent universe, which means that the game keeps running even when you are not online. To play, all you need is a web browser and an internet connection. No downloads or plugins are required.


BAKUGAN DIMENSIONS

Bakugan MMORPG

Enter an online game where you get to create a character, build up your virtual collection and battle against other brawlers. Each Gundalian Invader Bakugan comes with a secret DNA Access code that unleashes your virtual Bakugan. Getting in is easy – all you need to do is create an account. You don’t need a code to join but you will want one if you want to win the battle.


BATTLE DAWN

Battledawn MMORPG

Battle Dawn is a strategy MMO browser based game featuring three types of worlds with thousands of other real players. The game is built entirely in Flash. It’s free to play and requires no downloads.

You begin as the leader of a small colony and through diplomacy, strategy and skill you’ll expand your rule over the entire world.


BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ONLINE

Battlestar Galactica Online MMORPG

Which side will you choose – Human or Cylon? The choice is yours with Battlestar Galactica Online: the free-to-play, browser-based MMO by BigPoint. Immerse yourself within the exciting universe of the hit re-imagined series from Syfy. Interact with your favorite key characters, complete challenging missions from your commanding officers, and fly a Colonial Viper or Cylon Raider – or command ships never seen before now. But first, you must decide: will you stand with humanity, or against it?

Retro Hive Review: Battlestar Galactica Online


DARK ORBIT

Dark Orbit MMORPG

DarkOrbit is one of the most popular browser based sci-fi RPG games, for fans of space-inspired browser games. The free browser game DarkOrbit is guaranteed to provide you with hours of gaming fun. Register now and get ready for battle.


DEEPOLIS

Deepolis MMOPRG

Deepolis is an action-packed MMO browser game. Dive into the abysmal depths of the 3D oceans and experience the rapture of the deep. Fight in exciting battles and navigate your sub through mysterious subaquatic worlds and unknown ocean rifts. Use your tactical skills at trading stations and attack enemy confederations and fleets.


FUSION FALL

FusionFall MMORPG

With platforming challenges included in every game area, FusionFall’s got the jump on other online games. You’ll be able to jump, bounce, hop and leap through a variety of obstacle-filled environments, all while solving puzzles and completing missions.


CITY OF STEAM

City of Steam MMORPG

City of Steam is a free-to-play unity3D browser-based industrial age steam punk styled MMORPG.


OGAME

ogame MMORPG

OGame is a strategy-game set in space. Thousands of players across the world compete at the same time. In order to play you only need a web browser.


OUTER GALAXIES

Outer Galaxies MMORPG

Ready to play directly in your browser, it features full Realtime spaceship combat with Player vs. Player and Player vs. Environment. Over 500 items to collect, trade and construct. Blueprint based construction system with custum ship crafting Refinement & Recycling system. AI driven NPCs with different tactics & behaviours. Asteroid harvesting to gain 14 different types of rawmaterials. 25+ useable spaceships. Full Player based market. Over 8 powerful premium ammunition types with special side effects. Hundreds of dockable stations. 60+ default avatars to choose from. And a rank system with 30 reachable ranks.


PIRATE GALAXY

Pirate Galaxy MMORPG

Pirate Galaxy is the award winning science fiction MMO about the resistance of mankind against an alien species called “Mantis”. It’s free to play and provides real time 3D graphics directly in your browser. Enjoy fast-paced, tactical spaceship combats, become part of a spectacular storyline and invite your friends on exciting missions against the unite enemy.


SIGMASTORM 2

Sigma Storm II MMORPG

Become a Soldier, Purist, Mutant or Cyborg in this expansive, futuristic browser based roleplaying game!


SPACE INVASION

Space Invasion MMORPG

In the strategy game SpaceInvasion, it’s your mission to become the commander of your own Imperial space force and set out to conquer undiscovered planets, found your own space colonies and mine raw materials. You’ll need to establish your own industries and build your own defense installations in order to protect yourself in this inter-stellar strategy game. They’re a definite must at SpaceInvasion: The galaxies here are brimming with legions of enemies, all of whom would love to get ahead at your expense. Protect your base and defend your honor – they’re one and the same in the strategy game SpaceInvasion. Without them you’ll be nothing, a tiny speck of space dust in the unending emptiness of the vacuum.


STAR PIRATES

Star Pirates MMOPRG

The Earth is destroyed – space miners stationed in the Asteroids fight to survive. Gamble, mine, upgrade and customize your ship, research weapons, shields and engines technology! Fight, raid, bomb and trade with other Star Pirates! Join forces and become part of a Fleet! Assemble into Armadas!

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Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure Released

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Launches “Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure”

On September 24th, 2013  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment sent out information announcing the release of the next iteration of Scribblenauts by developer 5TH Cell. The new game is aptly titled “Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure,”  features the same art style as the previous version with colorful hand-drawn illustrations.  Currently, the game is available on Nintendo 3DS, PC (through the much loved Steam platform), and the Wii U console.


ABOUT SCRIBBLENAUTS: UNMASKED

“Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure” takes you on a quest through a variety of areas from the DC universe such as Metropolis, Atlantis, Gotham City and several other locations you’ll be familiar with if you’re a fan of DC comics.  Within the game, you play as a character by the name of Maxwell with DC superheroes at your side like Superman, Batman and members of the Justice League.  Maxwell and his band go head to head with well-known DC super villains including Lex Luther, The Joker and Sinestro.  The unique feature of Scribblenauts is in your ability to write something on screen and see it come to life to help you against your new DC super villain foes.  If you’re a fan of games like Marvel’s The Ultimate Alliance, you’ll recognize another feature that makes that game so much fun.  Using a magic notebook you can summon heroes and other tools to aide you in your fight against the super villains you’ll face throughout the game.

For more information about the game, check out www.scribblenauts.com.


SCRIBBLENAUTS: UNMASKED OFFICIAL TRAILER (HD)


SCRIBBLENAUTS: UNMASKED SCREENSHOTS

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Deus Ex DLC “The Missing Link” Official Trailer

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution was recently released but it’s already time for some DLC goodness with The Missing Link.  Set to come out in October, The Missing Link now has an official trailer  (see below).

The Deus Ex: Human Revolution conspiracy grows deeper in The Missing Link. During Adam’s quest for the truth in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, he mysteriously vanishes for three days. Where was he? What did he find out? The Missing Link reveals it all.

After being tortured by Belltower agents and having his augmentations disabled, Adam Jensen must rely solely on his basic capabilities to escape from a freighter, destined for an unknown location. While fighting for his survival on the ship, he uncovers another layer to the conspiracy that he never would have suspected. As Adam, befriend new, mysterious allies and fight ruthless enemies to discover what was happening in the shadows during the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution!

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