Even in these pre-E3 doldrums there's loads of news happening in PC gaming. Let's get right into it.
Streaming technology could transform the entire games industry, so the fact that Sony and Microsoft are sharing resources is big news. I can see a world where, instead of buying games, we subscribe to publishers and stream their products to any device we like. What would that mean for PC gaming?
The anti-piracy arms race continues. If solutions like Denuvo fail to stand up we could see creators adopt more draconian approaches. Rage 2 didn't last a day.
If/when this comes out we're going to have to rewrite our analysis of the best horses on PC.
An Artifact rebrand? An action RPG? Another, different card game? A new game from Valve is always exciting news.
It can only be positive that workplace practices are being openly discussed. Having said that, a healthy work environment should be the norm rather than a badge of honour.
Love to see reporters wade into covering videogames without quite knowing enough to pull it off. I've never heard of a studio referred to as a 'plant' before.
#OnThisDay 1996: Rory Cellan-Jones was busy distracting the developers of a new game called Grand Theft Auto. GTA didn't ship in 1996. Thanks Rory. pic.twitter.com/SihuPGhKgEMay 16, 2019
Speaking of crunch, this ended up being a very effective bit of marketing for KFC when a Respawn dev politely countered a meme tweet.
It's happening! We've got loads of exciting reveals planned.
More things that happened this week
• The Steam Summer Sale is coming
• John Wick turns up in Fortnite
• Bungie is nerfing some of Destiny 2's most powerful exotics
• Here's what PC memory looks like after setting a world speed record
• This old BBC video about making the first GTA is a treasure
• The Division 2's first raid is now live—without matchmaking
• How it feels to flame out on Hearthstone's biggest stage
• The Epic Game Store's first big sale is live
• The Grimrock devs reveal their next game, Druidstone
• Review embargoes dropped for Rage 2 and Total War: Three Kingdoms
Tweet of the week
You cannot pet the dog in Dark Souls II pic.twitter.com/U3jDIy8P3UMay 9, 2019
I'm using my power as this week's curator to introduce a temporary new segment celebrating this very good Twitter account that plays games to address the simple but very important question: can you pet the dog?
Around the (virtual) office
🔥 IT BEGINS 🔥 (well, there's a spreadsheet in the background of a lot of E3 planning) pic.twitter.com/OlkQAzzb4QMay 16, 2019
E3 preparations are well under way. Spreadsheets are filling up with appointments as we brace ourselves for the massive amount of news that will land in just a few weeks. In the meantime we've opened another big spreadsheet to house the Top 100, our annual list of the best PC games you should play right now. There are almost 50 games vying for a place in the list that didn't make the cut in 2018—some are new games, others are over 20 years old. Many hours of team discussion lie ahead.
Meanwhile Lauren Morton took revenge on an ancient enemy and Joanna tried to play Overwatch with a very weird keyboard. Fraser has been looking ahead to World of Warcraft's Rise of Azshara update, which sounds a lot larger than expected. I have been grinding out exotic quests in preparation for Destiny 2's Season of Opulence.
Can't believe I slept on Sunless Skies this long. The notion that intangible stuff like secrets, inspiration, and gossip are stored resources that can be traded and spent is so cool. Also like the segmented format for vignettes, w/headers like "You don't know this dead guy 🤷" pic.twitter.com/RW6MA7PKBaMay 15, 2019
Also Evan has handily reminded me to play Sunless Skies, especially ahead of Top 100 discussions. I might wire my PC up to the TV this weekend and play this cool interactive book about space boats.
And that's a wrap. Thanks as ever for reading and have a great weekend. May your drops be exotic and K/D ratios ever favourable.
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Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.