Best free PC games to play today When you boot up Steam as often as we do, you start to notice a trend. Contrary to popular belief, PC games are expensive. And not only are they expensive, a lot of these titles don’t last long enough to justify a price tag five times that of a movie ticket. When your budget confines you to one or two games a year, the Call of Duty’s and Assassin’s Creed’s of the world become less enticing, and you start thinking about free games and how to obtain them.Though in the past, you may have been convinced that downloading legally questionable files from dubious sources was the only way to score games for free, we’re here to tell you that you can play the 45 best free games without upsetting your ISP. What’s more, many can be played online with friends, so if you have a group of people who also don’t want to spend a fortune on gaming, you can start organizing clans on Discord or TeamSpeak right now. From … [Read more...] about Best free games 2018: the top free games to download on PC
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Rian Johnson has some balls."Star Wars: The Last Jedi," now in theaters, has brought giant changes to the way the galaxy far, far away works. And you know what? Change is hard. I'm thrilled the writer-director decided not to play it safe and directly retread "The Empire Strikes Back." But that also means he was willing to take the risk of leaving audience members with a bad taste.For some viewers, that appears to be the case. While critical reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, audience reaction is substantially more divisive. This can be seen in the film's Rotten Tomatoes score. As of Tuesday, 55 percent of the audience liked it versus 93 percent of critics, according to the movie site. It's also apparent in the posted comments calling out plot points that threw viewers off. To be clear, I do echo the sentiment in my colleague Rich Trenholm's review, who found the film to be a gorgeous, epic tale. But after viewing the movie a second time, I still have a handful of sticking … [Read more...] about 5 ways ‘The Last Jedi’ refused to play by the rules
Welcome back to Digital Blend, our weekly look at the world of downloadable video gaming that exists at the fringes of the mainstream. That means we look at the hottest new mobile game releases, downloadable content drops on consoles and PCs, indie darlings that deserve your love and attention, and the best gaming values under $20.Keep your comments and feedback coming. We want to hear from you! Did you try something you read about here and enjoy it? Is there a particular game you think we’ve overlooked or news you want to share? Any questions you are dying to ask? Let us know! Your thoughts, feedback, suggestions and (constructive!) criticism are welcome, either in the comments section below or directed at yours truly on Twitter, @geminibros.Making headlines…* Xbox Live turns 10 this week and Microsoft is celebrating with a nifty reward for some of its most committed longtime users. A select assortment of veteran subscribers is receiving custom-designed 250GB Xbox 360 … [Read more...] about Digital Blend: Xbox Live turns 10 and Star Wars: The Old Republic goes free-to-play
“The way [we] tend to view the game industry is, there’s a large amount of chance and probability.”That’s Daniel Cook, also known as “Danc,” Chief Creative Officer at Spry Fox. If you haven’t heard of him, you’re not alone. It’s somewhat of an inside joke within Spry Fox that Cook, co-founder and CEO David Edery, and in fact the entire company are relatively unknown, in spite of their longevity.“You have to wake up every day and do great work,” Cook tells me, “and then by doing great work you get a chance at bat. If the timing is right, if you’re on the right platform with the right product and the right press and the right players at the right time, then you may actually get a hit. But otherwise, you’re going to take a swing and a miss and … you have to get up to bat a lot and take a lot of swings to actually hit something.”Two years ago Spry Fox hit something: Triple Town, the deceptively … [Read more...] about After leaving Microsoft to go indie, Spry Fox isn’t sweating the Road Not Taken
Android: Netrunner — 2 players ($28)Set in a dystopian, cyberpunk future, in this asymmetric, two-player card game a lone hacker (the runner) tries to take down a sinister megacorporation (the corp) in a race to steal or score seven points worth of corporate agendas. It’s a tense game of information warfare full of bluffing, calculated risks, and ingenuity. Richard Garfield, creator of Magic: The Gathering, originally designed Netrunner in the late 90s, but it was overshadowed by his previous hit. Fantasy Flight’s 2012 reboot, however, has found its footing with an active and growing player community around the world.Like Magic, much of Netrunner’s pleasure comes from designing decks from a large pool of cards to suit your style of play. Unlike Magic, fortunately Fantasy Flight’s Living Card Game model has new cards released in fixed packs that contain full play sets, meaning you know the cards you are purchasing instead of relying on random luck, … [Read more...] about Lighten up family time with 15 board games they’ll be begging to play again
Hoping to connect advertisers with a key youth demographic and pave the way for broader use of mobile marketing, Virgin Mobile USA on Tuesday said it would debut a program that lets pay-as-you-go members earn minutes by watching ads.Virgin says its SugarMama service will be a way for users to earn more airtime minutes and for advertisers to build relationships over mobile devices with young users. It's set to launch on June 14.Billed as a way for users to "earn airtime in their spare time," the service requires users to watch short video ads or read text-based ads and then provide feedback to the advertiser by sending back a text message or answering questions about the ad."This is truly a win-win situation for everyone involved," said Dan Schulman, Virgin Mobile USA's CEO.Customers will get the ability to earn minutes and gain access to exclusive offers from marketers, who in turn will be able to add "a smart and targeted mobile channel to their media mix."Virgin said the service is … [Read more...] about Virgin to Pave Way for Mobile Ads With Free Minute Program
Apple's super-thin MacBook Air notebooks shipped this week, and the first units have been arriving on customer doorsteps. For Mac enthusiasts, just a glimpse of one in an Apple store was enough to start the gushing."First impressions are VERY positive," noted mashoutposse in a MacRumors.com forum created just for the MacBook Air. "First off, this is one beautiful computer. The curves and taper are just right. Thin is definitely the name of the game here -- it is as thin as we've all been told it is. Thin, but not at all flimsy. The build quality is excellent; feels very solid in the hand. The black keyboard against the silver metallic body looks much better in person. Speaking of the keyboard, it is great. Good amount of travel and response; amazing that we have a keyboard of this quality attached to such a thin computer."The model with the fast solid state drive may make up for slower processor."I got to play with the 1.8/SSD model. All of you who opted for this configuration are in … [Read more...] about MAC BLOG SAFARI Mac Bloggers Gush Over Air, Salivate Over MB Pro, Ponder iPhone Firmware
Did Apple just save the publishing industry? Or did it just get sohungry for burgers that it butchered its own cash cow?The rumblings started earlier this month, when Sony got itself in abunch over Apple's rejection of its e-reader app on the grounds thatit didn't sell books quite the way Apple wanted it to.Say you buy a bunch of e-books on a website, and then you download anapp that lets you access those books on an iPad. According to Apple's rules, the application has to also let you buy books directly through its owninterface. Hey, some customers just don't like to futz with a website,so there has to be an in-app option as well.And of course those sales would count as an in-app purchases -- ofwhich Apple takes 30 percent.For some people, this was quite troubling. Not so much because of theway Sony was treated, but because of what it could mean for a muchmore popular iOS app -- Kindle. What if Amazon were told to follow thisrule too and had to offer book sales through a channel in … [Read more...] about WEEKLY RECAP Will Apple Be Forced to Cancel Its Subscriptions?
This is the question that keeps me up at night after seeing the news of Russian influence through social media, and the rapid rise of road deaths due to smartphone use. I wonder if the executives in these firms understand not only that dead customers don't generate revenue, but also that some of the victims could end up being their own kids, spouses or parents.I'm also convinced that they haven't grasped the fact that hostile foreign influence or distracted drivers could shorten their own life expectancies dramatically. The likelihood that these problems soon could pose an existential risk to humanity is what I'd like to explore this week.I'll close with my product of the week: the just released Xbox One X, the game console to rule them all. When I first saw the iPhone, I was appalled and, frankly, frightened. Until then, screen phones hadn't been popular at all. They were more difficult to type on than phones with keyboards, and that had kept most users from picking them up.My … [Read more...] about OPINION Why Are Tech Companies Trying to Kill Us?