This article was first published in issue 351 of the PC Gamer UK magazine. If you fancy ogling our glossy covers, get yourself a subscription . There’s a PC game with 35 million players a month that’s never talked about. It might have been your first ever single-player experience, or the game you’ve played more than any other—but its ubiquity is such that it’s simply become part of the desktop wallpaper. Its name is Microsoft Solitaire. "It becomes background noise, and was designed to do so," says Mike Bithell. "The main purpose of putting it into Windows was as a tutorial for mice. It’s every core mouse gesture—clicking, double-clicking, dragging and dropping." At the beginning of October, Bithell Games released The Solitaire Conspiracy. Unaffiliated with Microsoft’s version—you don’t have to license solitaire, since it predates copyright—it builds on the classic card game with characters, special powers, FMV cutscenes, and a daft espionage story about a Cyber … [Read more...] about What links Thomas Was Alone to an ancient solo card game?
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Blizzard has big plans for Hearthstone in 2021. The Year of the Gryphon will introduce three new expansions, each with its own mini-expansion, formulating a year-long narrative starring an all-new cast of characters. The underlying structure of the game will undergo a massive shift too, with the introduction of the Core set and new spell schools. And sometime later this year, a new Mercenaries mode will turn the familiar card game into a roguelike RPG. Fresh off the presentation at BlizzConline, we spoke with senior game designer Alec Dawson and associate game designer Cora Georgiou about the plans for the coming year and lessons learned from past expansions. For more on Hearthstone and the Year of the Gryphon, check out everything we know about Hearthstone's 2021 plans . BlizzCon 2021: Biggest Announcements Hearthstone's Next Expansion, Forged In The Barrens, Adds 135 New Cards Hearthstone Mercenaries, New RPG-Like Mode, Coming This Year Hearthstone's New Core … [Read more...] about Hearthstone In 2021 Will See More Big Changes And New Ways To Play
The Pokemon Company is taking steps to combat Pokemon Trading Card Game scalpers. In a statement on the official Pokemon support website (as reported by Serebii ), the company announced it will reprint high-demand card sets in an effort to increase their availability at retailers: "We're aware that some of you are experiencing difficulties purchasing certain Pokemon Trading Card Game products due to very high demand and global shipping constraints impacting availability. We understand this inconvenience can be disappointing for fans, and we are working to address it where it is within our control. "In situations where there is limited availability, we are actively working to print more of the impacted Pokemon TCG products as quickly as possible and at maximum capacity to support this increased demand. Reprinted products are expected to be available at retailers as soon as possible." The statement goes on to note that the company is also "maximizing production" for upcoming … [Read more...] about Pokemon TCG Cards Are Being Reprinted To Combat Scalpers
Video game subscriptions are all the rage. Or, maybe that's not quite right. It looks like video game subscriptions will be all the rage, in the not too distant future, if things carry on in the direction they're going right now. Right now, of course, people are getting their games in more or less the same ways they always have - buying them outright, or downloading them as initially free-to-play - but right now, too, the biggest tech companies around are toying with their own, subscription-based alternatives. Google has Stadia Pro, Amazon is rolling out Luna (alongside Prime Gaming, formerly Twitch Prime), Apple has Apple Arcade, and more internally to the industry itself there are plenty more, from EA Play and Ubisoft+ to PlayStation Now and, sitting atop the monthly payment pyramid above all, Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass is, officially, big. Subscribers jumped a whopping 50 per cent, from 10 million to 15 million, between April and September 2020 - before the Series X and S … [Read more...] about Is Xbox Game Pass too good to be true?
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Zelda series, an occasion that passed this Sunday, we asked you to let us know your favourite Zelda games, in order that we could impose some arbitrary hierarchy on an expansive series and have a nice clean list at the end of it all. Thanks so much for taking part - it's been a delight picking through your memories and arguments for and against the highlights of this most grandiose of series. We'll be having our own say on what we think are the greatest entries in the series in due course, but first here's your take on the very best The Legend of Zelda has had to offer. Thank you so much for taking part! 12. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (1987) What we said: Absolutely nothing to date, to our shame. Zelda 2's always been something of an outsider in the series, a side-scrolling adventure with more explicit RPG leanings, and it's an all-too-often overlooked part of the series and its formative years. Thankfully, you're not quite as ignorant as us … [Read more...] about The best Zelda games: Readers’ choice