Could the Steambox be coming in 2014?


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Could the Steambox be coming in 2014?

Valve teases juicy details

by Yvan Zivkovic

©2013 Yvan Zivkovic
Valve Steambox TeaseValve, known for the Half-Life series, Left 4 Dead series and Counter-Strike, just to name a few, have put up a teaser link, which will reveal not one, but three new things, supposedly coming out sometime in 2014.

The site at the time of writing this, currently shows a large TV, a SNES-like controller coming from it and the following text:

“Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads. This year we’ve been working on even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room. Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam.”

Currently, there is a timer on the site, set to go off on the 23rd of September at 10AM Pacific Time. With all the subtle hints dropped by Valve on the site, one would speculate that the highly anticipated ‘Steambox‘ could see the light of day, with a more than likely release in 2014.

But the question remains, what are the three announcements Valve has planned? Do they relate to the ‘Steambox’ or is it something else? Is it possible that Gabe Newell has overcome his fear of the number three? Half-Life 3 Confirmed?

We will get the first piece of the puzzle on the 23rd.

©2013 Yvan Zivkovic

OXCGN’s Payday 2 Review


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OXCGN’s Payday 2 Review

The year’s best co-op game?

by Nicholas Laborde

©2013 Nicholas Laborde

payday_2_oxcgn1It’s something that everyone fed a diet of American TV and movies understands: the heist.

Bad guys try to take something, good guys try to stop them.

Payday: The Heist took this concept and made it an entertaining cooperative video game experience, and the sequel, Payday 2, is back and better than ever.

Kicking off the fall release season right, it’s one of the most polished games I’ve ever played.  And I’ve played a lot of games. Continue reading OXCGN’s Payday 2 Review

Patient 0: A Real Life Zombie Slaying Experience


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Patient 0: A Real Life Zombie Slaying Experience

Training for the eventual apocalypse

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski

Patient 0Zombies. Everybody loves them.

Zombies are one of gaming’s favourite enemies. More often than not, they just shuffle around, waiting for us players to kindly blow them away. Zombies are a safe choice of enemy when developing a game, as most people won’t think twice about mowing down a walking corpse.

Zombie games are really popular with players, and are seemingly everywhere nowadays. Players have many apocalypses to choose from, such as Resident Evil, Dead Rising, ZombiU, House of the Dead, Left 4 Dead, etc.

Titles usually pit players against hordes of undead (obviously), testing them to survive and escape the apocalypse.

Do you have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse?

OXCGN’s The Darkness II Co-Op Hands-On Preview


The Darkness II Co-Op Hands-On Preview

OXCGN delves deeper into the Darkness…

by : GrathiusXR

©2011 Arthur Kotsopoulos

It’s never an easy task for a different developer to bring out a sequel to a game that received high praise when it was originally released.

Especially when the wait has been so long.

The Darkness was released way back in 2007, yet somehow Digital Extreme have managed to craft The Darkness II into something not quite the same, but still uniquely from its world.

2K Australia invited OXCGN down to the Flinders on Flinder St., just off Sydney’s infamous Oxford Street, where they had set up 4 consoles for everyone to test out the newly unveiled Vendetta Campaign Mode.

Enter The Darkness here

OXCGN’s Dead Island Review: Not Quite Paradise


Dead Island Review

Not Quite Paradise

by exterminat

©2011 Nicholas Laborde

Zombies are far too synonymous with modern gaming and current culture.

Whether it be DLC expansions, full-featured zombie modes, or dedicated titles, we’re experiencing an over saturation of the undead.

Hot on the heels of this, developer Techland brings us Dead Island, a title that has experienced a lengthy, rocky and perilous development cycle over the course of many years.

Bringing a different style of gameplay to the table, Dead Island offers the potential to be one of the better undead slaughter simulators… unfortunately, it’s not quite paradise.

A truly deadly game . . . worth playing

OXCGN’s Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare DLC Review


OXCGN’s Red Dead Redemption:

Undead Nightmare DLC Review

Best Undead Outing in Years?

by exterminat

©2010 Nicholas Laborde

A prevalent fixation in modern pop-culture is that of zombies.

Zombies. The Undead. The Walking Dead. The Living Dead. Whatever you want to call them, they’ve always been a common feature of video games.

More recently, however, they have become a hackneyed icon.

From the past few years, let’s name a few games that primarily focused on the undead: Dead Rising 1 and 2, Resident Evil 5, Silent Hill Homecoming, Nation Red, Burn Zombie Burn, Dead Space, and Left 4 Dead 1 and 2.

Death walks among us . . .

Bring Back the Bots!


by Allegionary

©2010 Alex Hilton

There I was- in the middle of the desert in the presumed blistering heat with my rifle, waiting nervously for any sign of an enemy when, suddenly, one jumps out of the sand dune and shoots me in the head.

I was playing Far Cry 2 online with a group of people I didn’t know, and despite having  just been taken out, was having fun.

But it just wasn’t the same as when I played local split-screen multiplayer with my friends and family at home- especially with extra game AI-controlled bots.

I remember the time when we first got our Xbox 360 and played Perfect Dark Zero. Most of the people who played video games in my extended family (which is very big if you read my earlier Wii article) would come over and take turns playing the game as a co-operative team versus the bots. It was a fun day that had many laughs and was enjoyed by everyone.

Bring Back Bots – Bring Back Bots . . . >

Australia has left Left 4 Dead 2 for dead: It’s banned


Australia has left Left 4 Dead 2 for dead: It’s banned

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© 2009 David Hilton

Well there you go…no need for all those petitions against Left4Dead 2, at least not here in OZ.

"Infected living humans"
"Infected living humans"

The game has been banned by the Australian Classification Board so as it stands the game won’t be released here anyway.

Risen was the last game to attract the “refused classification” tag in Australia.

So why was Left4Dead 2 banned?

Zombies are humans too. . . >