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Tomb Raider spin off Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be coming to the Chrome app store this Autumn, according to Venturebeat. The game will join Bastion and From Dust amongst Google's growing line up of browser based games.
Google have just finished a talk at GDC where they highlight the potential of the Chrome Web Store and what it can do to help app developers monetise their ideas successfully. The Chrome Web Store launched back in December, and since it's release has been gathering momentum. The system has been compared to Apple's iTunes App Store and Google's own Android Market, but rather than for portable devices the Web Store is - like it's name suggests - within your browser. From here in your Chrome window you can access a plethora of apps - including games such as RuneScape - which can then be run within your browser. Read on for all the details.
If you've always wanted to roll a metal ball around on a 3D version of your favourite PC games website, then I truly hope you're seeking professional help. Also: you can now do that thing I just said, thanks to this weird, cool experiment from Google Chrome. Ignore the bit where it tells you to hook up your phone, and persevere through the frequent dropped connections, because this nifty little game is totally worth it. Not so much for the game itself, which is a sort of Marble Madness/Monkey Ball mash-up, but for the chance to interact with your favourite websites - you can use this on any site - in a new and bizarre way. Thanks to World Wide Maze, I now know what it feels like to roll around on a multi-tiered environment generated from my own words. It feels strange.
We're constantly being told that HTML5 is the future of webgames, but until now actual fully-fledged games developed using the language have been thin on the ground. Enter Subbania, a game two years in the making that plays like a mixture of Metroid, Aquaria, and Das Boot. You can buy it for $2.99, or download a demo here, but you'll need the Chrome browser (for the demo at least), as it runs like a schweinhund in Firefox.
Before you ask, no it can't play Crysis 2. But the fact that Samsung's Series 5 laptop went on sale in the UK today is still significant news. For it's the first machine to run Google's Chrome operating system, and a glimpse into the future. Overseas readers may be aware that the Chromebook has been available in the US for just over a week now, and Google says that it's already pleased with sales figures - although exactly what that means we'll have to wait a bit longer to tell. For those who aren't familiar with the concept, Chrome OS looks remarkably like the Chrome web browser, and for all intents and purposes the Samsung Series 9 is little more than a screen onto the web.
What better way to showcase the visual jump from your predecessor than to show a fight with a giant glittering chrome statue? Dark Souls 2 got a few minutes of stage time at the Microsoft E3 2013 press conference today, and it's looking very handsome indeed. I loved the cold loneliness of Dark Souls' strange caverns and dungeons, but mostly kept playing to see what weird new thing I'd get to fight next. the metal turtle knight at 0:14 is a nice addition, and it looks as though the reflective statue monster traps the player inside the reflection of its mirrored shield at one point. Neat.
Highlights of the tech news coverage over at TechRadar.com. Microsoft's TechEd 2010: The Highlights - a look at some of the features being added in the first Windows 7 Service Pack and other news from the TechEd 2010 event. Microsoft: IE9 will prove that hardware matters - can Internet Explorer 9 be any good? Microsoft chat to Tech Radar about how their approach differs to rivals Firefox and Chrome. Make Windows leaner, cleaner and faster - for more help dealing with Microsoft here and now, here's a handy guide to getting Windows to run smoother. 5 forgotten technologies we should be thankful for - a round-up of a few technologies that could have changed the PC forever. Britain 'to have best superfast broadband network in Europe' - music to the ears of online gamers and those who get their games through digital distribution services.
A report from hardware and software security firm Revuln has been posted online, highlighting a security flaw that could allow attackers to target PCs using Steam browser launch commands. The steam:// URL is a quick way to install and launch games from a browser. Revuln point out that Safari can launch steam:// commands silently without the user knowing, providing a window of opportunity for attackers.
Well this is impressive. Not so much for demo itself but for the possibilities the technology opens up. Collaborating with Mozilla, the team at Epic have somehow managed to squeeze their Unreal Engine-powered Epic Citadel tech demo onto browsers, without relying on plugins or added components. You can check it out here - er, if you have the recent nightly build of Firefox. It's currently not working in Internet Explorer or Chrome, but hey, the road to The Future is never smooth.
Google+ was designed to bring down Facebook. Thanks to backing from the likes of Wooga and PopCap, it even launched with its own suite of games to challenge Facebook giants like Farmville. Things haven't quite turned out that way, though. Gamasutra report that PopCap and Wooga are taking their games off the service less than a year after it launched. Ouch. Gamasutra realised that something was up when they approached the two companies asking for Google+ success stories. A PopCap rep responded by saying "we're not really up for a conversation on that topic, I'm afraid." Ouch.
Leon S. Kennedy doesn't just blow the heads off of zombies and Ganados like a boss. He reloads his guns like a boss, too—and he was doing it before flashy reloads were cool. Shooters released since Resident Evil 4 have added progressively more detailed animations to their gun reloads, but Capcom set a high bar for reloads in 2005. There's something incredibly tactile about the way Leon slams a new round into the bolt-action rifle. And when he whip-cracks open the Broken Butterfly, violently jams new rounds into it, and slams it shut...well, at that point he's just showing off. After playing through the new HD port of Resident Evil 4, I decided to capture Leon's dramatic reload animations in high quality GIF form. Almost every gun in the game is represented below, and the animations are embedded in bandwidth-efficient HTML5 form. Give one a click if you want to share a link or download the original GIF version.
During a talk at GDC 2011, Vincent Scheib, a software engineer at Google, has shown off the future of web-based gaming with impressive browser-based demos which don't require plugins or web players to work. Speaking to PC Gamer live at the show he says: "A lot of the tech is available today but in a beta or test form. You don’t have to use flash. As we move forward, the browsers are dedicated to supplying new technology to support higher quality applications." Hit more for a video, and to try out the demos.
As highlighted by TIGsource, AirMech is a pot pourris of vehicles and bullet hell and tactics and transformers and competitive multiplayer... man... AirMech looks awesome! And you can play it in your browser right now! I was doing it just five minutes ago! Click through for a gameplay video and details of how to sign up for this upcoming indie.
Awesome indie action RPG Bastion is now available as a Chrome app. If you're surfing with Google's browser you can go to the Bastion app page now and click "launch app" and you'll dive straight in. You can play through the prologue for free and then unlock the rest of the game for $14.99. It runs beautifully, and even saves your game to your google account so you can pick up where you left off on any PC. Supergiant made the announcement on the Bastion site, where they also mention "some more Bastion-related news tomorrow." Intriguing. If you're curious about Bastion, it's well worth checking out. We gave it a score of 92 in our Bastion review. Even if you already own the game, it's worth booting up the app to see how well it all works. It's a colourful glimpse into the exciting future of browser-based gaming.
Adhesive Games and digital comics publisher Comixology probably touched upon the very essence of geekdom when they concocted an offer involving viewing colorful pictures of robots blowing each other up to access actual gameplay of robots blowing each other up. Downloading the free first issue of Hawken: Genesis not only offers an expository primer of the backstory behind why everyone turned so trigger-happy, it also gets you a code for the third and final closed beta event starting November 20. Have they no sense of restraint?
Lara Croft and the Spear of Infinite Spearing would be a better name for this top-down Tomb Raider, which has won me over in the last half-hour by being both good and also sort-of free. RPS note that it's available to play in Chrome now through the Core site, which lets you watch ad to earn game time. Six minutes in, the game minimizes and a box pops up offering a choice of advertisements, each worth a different number of minutes. I watched a one minute advert for Mini Ninjas and got 24 minutes of play, which seems like a reasonable deal if you're just looking to try it out. If you can't stand those sudden interruptions, you can play the ad-free version for $10. If you're not interested in this browser-based malarky a demo is also available through Steam.
Browser-based shooter Quake Live will be reintroduced as a standalone, downloadable game by the end of the year. An official update on its forums cites changes in the way plugin-based games are supported by popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox.