With towering stone hotels, floating islands, and lava flowing freely from our very bedrooms, the brave PC Gamer Republic is being colonized at an incredible pace. Re-entering PCG Republic with an expedition force, I've scoured the land to make contact with local citizens. Below is a photograph we took during our flyover this morning and a documentation of our exploration.
Come play dress-up with the PC Gamer US editors in Global Agenda on Wednesday, October 27, at 4PM PST and be one of the first to run through the new Halloween themed mission, Oasis Checkpoint of Doom.
Oasis Checkpoint is a Defense Raid mission where 10 players defend a facility from waves of NPC attackers. It's decorated with “tricks” and “treats” for the holiday event, lasting from October 27 through October 31. Learn more about Raid Defense in this developer video blog.
Players must be level 30 to be able to join in the raid.
Behold, PC Gamer Republic! PC Gamer’s Minecraft paradise, and your next forced labor destination. Gaze upon your new home: a rolling plain of petting zoos and unaccommodating mining camps, interrupted only by the pristine seas that we haven’t figured out how to exploit yet.
We’re opening PC Gamer Republic to the public today. Reach it at 22.214.171.124:25566. We’ve already been tinkering around in it for a few days, inviting our pals from Maximum PC and @Gamer to cobble up some initial stuff. But now that it's public, here’s our pitch: build fantastic stuff on our server, send us a photo (or YouTube clip) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll feature it on the website in our regular (weekly, maybe) updates.
Still bummed out that you weren't able to make it up to PAX this year to participate in the PC Gamer panel? Be bummed out no longer, faithful readers! We've uploaded the audio of the entire shindig onto our website for all to enjoy.* In the panel, titled "The Five Wonders of PC Gaming", we talk about everything that makes gaming on the PC a uniquely awesome experience, including the recent indie blowup Minecraft, StarCraft II, the classic Chex Quest, and flight sim enthusiasts.
Download it here!
*For maximum enjoyment, shout out your own questions during the Q&A segment and pretend that we're responding directly to you!
If you create a PC Gamer account, we love you. Our way of showing you this is to get you free access to closed betas from time to time, and we're about to do just that for playful online shooter MicroVolts. It's like a third-person Team Fortress 2, but you're tiny, so whole maps play out in bedrooms and backyards. You need to be signed up to receive our newsletter, which is ticked by default when you create an account. If you're not already a member of our community, just take a sec to sign up - we'll be sending these keys out at 5pm BST (12 noon EDT).
A PC Gamer reader was recently spotted in Tunisia. By his girlfriend, that is. This is Laurence Kettle reading his Christmas 09 issue in Tunisia, and his holiday snap got us thinking. Do you go to interesting, sexy places and take your PC Gamer UK or US with you? Well, whip it out, man! Then send us a picture.
Imagine never paying for a Valve game ever again. That's exactly what you could win if you enter the competition featured in this month's UK edition of PC Gamer. We're giving away ten exclusive Steam accounts that could make such fevered madness a reality by not only gifting you every Valve game made so far, but eventually Half-Life 3, Team Fortress 5 and Portal 7.
We like LAN parties. But we hate the massive cost of flying thousands of our readers out on a solid-steel dirigible or winged locomotive just so they can beat us at Team Fortress 2. It's expensive. So we thought: how can we host a kickass LAN party for any PC gamer that wants to join without (most) of the hard work? As with most of life's complex dilemmas, the answer was "The Internet."
Beginning next Saturday at 12 PM Pacific (that's 3 PM Eastern), we're hosting PC Gamer's first Virtual LAN--a day-long binge of multiplayer games on our dedicated servers that you can join. Click within for a full schedule of what you can play with us.
Fallen Earth, the post-apocalyptic MMO prized for its crafting system, gritty setting, and skill-based shooter mechanics, announced this week that they were adding Steam achievements. And in typical MMO "go big or go home" fashion, they rolled out with over 500 of 'em, ranging from straight forward exploration ("Tourist: Lost City - Take in the view at Lost City") to skills ("Expert Scrounger - Raise your Scavenging Skill to 164") to generic grinding ("Curing the Blight - Kill Blight Wolves").
This got me wondering--are Steam achievements going to catch on for PC games, becoming the wild inferno fueling impulsive game buying for the sole purpose of earning achievements, like they are for the XBOX trophy system? I have my own opinion, but I took the question to Twitter to see what you guys think.
We've been asking you silly readers a lot of questions on the monstrously popular PC Gamer Facebook group. A couple of days ago, we asked you to post a photo or picture of you PC game collection. This is Brian Smith's collection. Just look at this lot!
Want to play PC games with like minded friends? You've found the right place. A group of our readers have organised the PC Gamer game club on our forum. It works like a book club - the group decides to play a game, they all go off and play it for a week or two, and then they return to the thread to discuss it. We'll be featuring the best of these discussions here on the front page. Below the cut are some reader impressions of Deus Ex, which they played last week. This week, they're doing X-COM: UFO Defense - get involved via the PC Gamer forum.
PC Gamer launched back in 1993. It was an incredible time for the PC; games like Doom, Ultima VII, and Syndicate were showing the power and flexibility of an open gaming platform. PC Gamer's rise reflected that. The magazine rapidly became the global authority on PC games – with the best writers, the most extraordinary scoops and fair, honest reviews. We’ve sold millions of copies all over the world, and we’ve been online in one form or another for over a decade. Now, we’re starting a new era…
Welcome to the PC Gamer community: your first task is to click that Register button on the top right. Do it soon enough, and registering with us will not only let you add your voice to the smartest, wittiest, gaming-est PC games site on the internet, but also access to the APB beta.
20,000 community members will each receive a key for the APB beta, granting free access to the online car-crunching cops and robbers game until June 19. Download the client from APB.com and create your character; we’ll start sending keys out daily on June 14 until our supply is exhausted.
Update! The beta has now ended.
Courtesy of the kind folks at Multiplay, PC Gamer maintains servers for various games. They're magical wonderlands where all your dreams can come true, especially if you dream of being ridden down a corridor with a crazed, giggling monkey-man on your head, or fighting developers inside their own games. Here's the current run-down of what we're playing and how you can join in.
There's never been a better time to join the PC Gamer Guild. We have over 700 active members on the Steamwheedle Cartel server, and we're always raiding, gearing, and showing the Alliance how to die very quickly. It's the friendliest guild in the world, and we're always recruiting. Just add 'Teem' to your friend list and ask for an invite when he logs on. You can also browse the PC Gamer World of Warcraft Guild sub-forum right here on the site and see what our brave adventurers have been up to.