Best Video Game Trailers

Video: Here are all the best game trailers we saw this week

By on March 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM.

Video: Here are all the best game trailers we saw this week

You’ve probably noticed that ever since the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, BGR has been expanding its gaming coverage rather substantially, from previews and reviews to features and trailers. We’ve decided to combine some of that coverage to bring you all the week’s best game trailers in one convenient location. Here are the five best game trailers for the week of March 23rd. More →

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48GB Titanfall Install on Minimum Specification PC

Massive Titanfall install is required on slower PCs

By on March 12, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Massive Titanfall install is required on slower PCs

Respawn found a way to offer gamers a better Titanfall gameplay experience on slower PCs, although that means buyers should have plenty of storage on their hard drives to install a massive 48GB version of the game. That’s 31GB more than the Xbox One install that comes in at 17GB, and it all has to do with audio files, Eurogamer has learned. More →

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Twitch Streaming Statistics 2013

Twitch: The streaming platform that’s knocking off TV stations

By on January 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Twitch: The streaming platform that’s knocking off TV stations

It has been yet another year of exponential growth for Twitch, the streaming platform dedicated to video games. Launching in June 2011, what started as a spin-off of Justin.tv has quickly become the most popular resource for video game live streams on the Internet, reaching over 45 million viewers every month. In fact, Twitch reaches more viewers during prime time than MTV, TNT and AMC. More →

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Wii U GamePad PC Games

Video: How to stream PC games to your Wii U GamePad

By on December 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Video: How to stream PC games to your Wii U GamePad

With the release of Super Mario 3D World last month, Wii U owners finally had a reason to plug their consoles back in for the first time in quite a while. Now that Nintendo’s release schedule has slowed to a grinding halt, it’s tempting to put the Wii U back into cold storage, but before you do, take a look at this hack which could breathe new life into the console’s GamePad. More →

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Tablet Versus PC Usage

Tablets have made us too lazy to bother using PCs

By on December 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

Tablets have made us too lazy to bother using PCs

Traditional PCs aren’t as appealing to users anymore compared to tablets, which continue to rise in popularity with consumers not only because more and more affordable prices, but because they come bundled with app experiences that make the user’s life easier. The Guardian notes that tablets are now providing for many of our most important computing needs, from media consumption apps such as Netflix and Spotify, to social networking via Twitter and Facebook, to casual (and hardcore) gaming, to business and productivity use. More →

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Gartner Worldwide IT Spending

Gartner cuts global IT spending growth forecast in half as PC sales slump

By on July 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM.

Gartner cuts global IT spending growth forecast in half as PC sales slump

Slowing PC sales forced market research firm Gartner to cut its forecast for 2013 global IT spending growth in half. The company announced this week that spending is on pace to increase 2% year-over-year to $3.7 billion. It had previously predicted growth of 4.1% for a total of $3.8 billion in spending, however “recent fluctuations in U.S. dollar exchange rates” and poor PC sales forced the firm to reduce its forecast. More →

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PC Sales Crash Analysis

The great 2013 PC sales crash could be even worse than expected

By on June 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM.

The great 2013 PC sales crash could be even worse than expected

Although there’s some new hope for sales growth in the second half of the year, 2013 has turned out to be an ugly, ugly year for traditional PCs so far. New research from IHS iSuppli suggests that the PC market might be in even worse shape than previously expected, as “contract manufacturers of notebook computers suffered a worse-than-expected first quarter after shipments to clients like Apple and Hewlett-Packard tumbled to the lowest level in three years.” Overall iSuppli projects that notebook shipments were down by 17% quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2013, or 4 to 5 percentage points worse than the firm had initially forecast. It isn’t entirely gloomy, however, because iSuppli thinks PC shipments will pick up in the second half when “lower-priced ultrathin PCs with new touch-enabled features become available on the market, along with the release of a more powerful microprocessor from chipmaker Intel.”

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Online Gaming Stats

People can’t stop playing online games, mobile devices are to blame

By on May 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM.

People can’t stop playing online games, mobile devices are to blame

A new report has found that the number of gamers playing games online has continued to increase over the past year. According to NPD Group, 72% of U.S. gamers play online, up from 67% in 2012. Not only are more gamers connecting to the Internet, but they are also spending more time playing games in general. The average amount of time spent each week on gaming has gone up 9%, and for online play, it has increased 6%. More →

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PC Shipment Projection

PC shipments could sink by double-digit percentage in Q1 2013

By on March 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM.

PC shipments could sink by double-digit percentage in Q1 2013

It’s not easy being a PC vendor right now and the latest report issued by IDC indicates that it won’t get easier anytime soon. In particular, IDC says that an economic slowdown in China will lead to a further erosion of PC sales in the first quarter of 2013, a trend that is particularly worrisome because China accounted for “over 21% of global shipments in 2012,” making it the world’s largest market for personal computers. Because of this, IDC analyst Loren Loverde projects that “we could see a drop [in PC shipments] touching double-digits in the first quarter and a mid-single-digit decline in the second quarter before we see any recovery in the second half of the year.” Loverde also thinks it will be very difficult for the PC industry to return to growth this year and that the PC industry will need to deliver “attractive new PC designs and more competitive pricing relative to tablets and other products.”

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Ubisoft drops DRM from PC games despite soaring piracy rates

By on September 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM.

Ubisoft drops DRM from PC games despite soaring piracy rates

Ubisoft Ends PC Gaming DRM

For years, gamers have complained about Ubisoft’s (UBI.PA) poor implementation of DRM for its PC games to no avail. But in an interview published by RockPaperShotgun, Ubisoft worldwide director of online games Stephanie Perotti says that Ubisoft has, since June of last year, quietly ended its “always-on DRM” for PC games. The DRM policy required PC games to always be connected to the Internet in order to load. Moving forward, Ubisoft-published PC games will only require a one-time online activation during installation. The company will also eliminate limits on both the number of times a game can be activated and on the number of PCs it can be installed upon. Ubisoft’s change of heart comes after CEO Yves Guillemot recently said that DRM was a necessary evil due to high piracy rates that topped 90%.

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PC shipments slow in Q2, Windows 8 not expected to help

By on August 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

PC shipments slow in Q2, Windows 8 not expected to help

PC Shipments 2012

PC vendors will continue to struggle as worldwide shipments are expected to grow just 0.9% in 2012, according to IDC. The research firm estimates that companies will ship only 367 million units, marking the second consecutive year of growth below 2%. Even with the impending release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, sales are expected to remain slow. “The U.S. market will remain depressed until Windows 8 products hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of 2012. The industry is responding by reducing shipments of PCs and clearing Windows 7-based inventories to pave the way for a new generation of systems,” said David Daoud, research director of personal computing at IDC. “But, as we move into the tail end of the third quarter, PC activity will continue to slow as demand drops. The third-quarter back to school season is also proving to be a challenging period, despite prices dropping to their lowest levels. We expect the year will end with shipments in the U.S. falling by 3.7%, marking the second consecutive year of contraction.” IDC’s press release follows below. More →

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II trailer released [video]

By on May 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II trailer released [video]

Call of Duty: Black Ops II announced

Activision on Tuesday announced the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a sequel to one of the most successful games of all time. Treyarch, the studio behind the original Black Ops title, is developing the sequel. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 propels players into a 21st Century Cold War, where technology has created a new generation of warfare. Activision chief Eric Hirshberg previously said, “The next Call of Duty will bring meaningful innovation to the series.” The game is available for pre-order now and is slated to be released on November 13th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The official Call of Duty: Black Ops II trailer follows below. More →

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Crysis 3 gameplay trailer released [video]

By on April 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM.

Crysis 3 gameplay trailer released [video]

Electronic Arts and Crytek last week announced the highly anticipated next installment of the Crysis franchise, Crysis 3, alongside a 19-second teaser trailer. On Tuesday, the two companies issued the official gameplay trailer that showcases the game’s stunning graphics. The third installment of Crysis is set in 2047, and users control protagonist “Prophet” as he returns to New York only to discover that the city is covered by a giant Nanodome created by the evil Cell Corporation. This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics, such as a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien technology that will turn Prophet into the deadliest hunter on the planet. The game, which is built using the latest CryENGINE technology, will be released in Spring 2013 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and is now available for pre-order. The full Crysis 3 gameplay trailer follows below. More →

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