Sunday Gaming News – 20/10/2013

October 20, 2013

My Dad is addicted to Adera, that Myst-like episodic adventure game that comes with Windows 8. He bought the final episode today and hasn’t stopped playing it since.

  • Speaking of Windows 8, Microsoft has released the first major update to it this week, in the form of Windows 8.1. There’s not a lot here for the PC gaming crowd beyond what’s already in Windows 8, however the update does change a number of things to make its split desktop/touchscreen design easier to handle. Ars Technica has a comprehensive review that lays out all the changes for you.
  • It looks like the price cut, and launch of The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker HD has done wonders for flagging Wii U sales. After last week’s announcement that sales had increased by 685% in the UK over the past month, Nintendo today announced that sales in the US had increased by 200% from August. While these sound impressive, they are starting from fairly low bases, with the console having sold just 160000 units in the US between April and July. Hopefully this is a sign of better things ahead for the underappreciated system.
  • A lot of people laugh Pokemon off as a kid’s game, but it turns out that it isn’t. Media Create numbers reveal that the game sold primarily to college-age students in Japan. This may be indicative of a long-term trend where the games have been expanding their audience as more and more people who grew up with the franchise continue to play it into adulthood.
  • It looks like 2K Marin, the studio responsible for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and Bioshock 2 has been closed. Numbers are scarce, and 2K will only confirm that there have been “staff reductions’ at the studio, but a source talking to Polygon says the majority of the studio has been laid off. A number of the laid off employees will find their way to a new studio headed by Bioshock Infinite producer Rod Fergusson.
  • Capcom is removing Games For Windows Live support from all its  PC titles that used the service. GFWL is shutting down early next year, and many gamers are worried that the shutdown will prevent them from being able to play their games. It’s most likely that games will be patched to support Steamworks if possible, however Capcom has not confirmed this.
  • NVidia has announced G-Sync, a new technology designed to eliminate screen tearing and latency in modern PC monitors. The system incorporates a G-Sync module into monitors which provides an active communication between monitor and GPU. Currently G-Sync exists as a module that can be added in to certain ASUS monitors, however NVidia expects other OEMs to produce bespoke G-Sync enabled monitors next year.

This week’s image is Shinra, the main character of Treasure’s classic shooter Ikaruga, which successfully passed Steam’s Greenlight and should be making its way to PC players everywhere in the near future.