Happy Valentine's Day! This evening, why not get cozy with the special person in your life and do something incredibly romantic, like read the top PC gaming news stories of the week to each other. It'll be sexy as hell. Trust me.
Here's what hit the roof, the fan, and the front page this week:
Stardew Valley creator would like everyone to please calm down (opens in new tab)
Eric Barone, also known as ConcernedApe and the creator of Stardew Valley, casually mentioned he was working on not one but two new games (opens in new tab). Thing is, when you make a massively successful and beloved game, people tend to get worked up about casual mentions of future projects, especially when one is related to Stardew Valley. Barone asked people to chill out a bit and not to get "too hyped at this stage." We'll try.
Macs now twice as likely to get infected by adware than PCs (opens in new tab)
Well, times have certainly changed. One of the many appeals of Macs over PCs in the past was that malware simply wasn't an issue. While we were all installing garbage antivirus programs and doing routine sweeps, Mac users were almost entirely free from those worries and could just focus on playing the four or five games available to them. These days, however, Macs have taken a bigger share of the OS market and have thus become a more regular target for cybercrooks and their adware, according to Malwarebytes Labs.
PUBG is getting an 8v8 team deathmatch mode (opens in new tab)
This is PUBG's second attempt at team deathmatch, and this time it's pared down the action to a selection of small maps which will hopefully result in tighter fights. It's currently on the test server if you're looking for a break from standard battle royale.
Half-Life: Alyx has a release date (opens in new tab)
We knew it was due next month, but Valve tightened up that window by announcing it'll arrive on March 23. Also, and this is kinda funny, one of the new screenshots featured a literal error in it (opens in new tab).
Activision Blizzard games have been pulled from GeForce Now (opens in new tab)
I don't quite get how an accident like this can happen, but Nvidia is saying it was basically a misunderstanding and Activision Blizzard's games weren't really supposed to be included in the first place (opens in new tab). That's a pretty big whoopsie.
Even more romantic news
- Tim Sweeney said a whole buncha stuff about loot boxes and politics in games (opens in new tab)
- Baldur's Gate 3 will be out this year, according to Stadia (opens in new tab)
- Valve bans 40,000 Dota 2 accounts for smurfing (opens in new tab)
- Animal Crossing Music browser extension now adapts to local weather (opens in new tab)
- The latest Red Dead Online hack involves angry two-headed skeletons (opens in new tab)
- Remedy has three games in the works, including a live service game (opens in new tab)
- That tiny bathtub Geralt figurine you definitely want is on sale (opens in new tab)
- Layoffs leave the future of System Shock 3 in doubt (opens in new tab)
- Capcom removes Denuvo DRM from Devil May Cry 5 (opens in new tab)
- The IRS might want to tax your V-Bucks, those bastards (opens in new tab)
Around the office
We do more than just report on the news here at PC Gamer: we occasionally play games, too. Andy tried out physics comedy game Table Manners (opens in new tab), but he didn't think it was funny and doesn't want a second date. On the plus side, he's having a fine time building tiny houses in The Sims 4 (opens in new tab) and those don't have much room for bringing someone home to anyway. And, he put together a lovely tribute to PC gaming's most immersive worlds, which you can see below.
Jake Tucker decided the real meat in Escape From Tarkov isn't the combat but in the modding and selling of guns (opens in new tab). Steven gave Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem a try but found the RPG less than revolutionary and more than a bit buggy (opens in new tab).
What else? Well, Jody took a nostalgic ride on Half-Life's iconic train (opens in new tab), one of the greatest PC gaming moments of all. And Joe Knoop got his hands on Outriders, the upcoming shooter-RPG from the makers of Bulletstorm (opens in new tab).
Meanwhile, Phil is still playing games like Destiny 2 and Guild Wars 2, and finds himself grateful for the theorycrafters (opens in new tab) who spend ages figuring out the best builds so he can stand on their shoulders and enjoy the loots of their labor.
We reviewed stuff, too! Through the Darkest of Times (opens in new tab) is a "uncomfortable and important strategy game," says Luke Kemp. LUNA: The Shadow Dust (opens in new tab) is an enchanting adventure that will nonetheless leave some players perplexed, says Rachel. And Sam Horti determined that the Razer Dethadder V2 (opens in new tab) is the best wired mouse available today—though it'll cost you.
That's it for this week. Have a happy Valentine's Day, and even if you have a hot date, never forget your one true love: PC gaming.
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