Gaming Bits: Steam sale; Lawbreakers; etc.

Gaming Bits: Steam sale; Lawbreakers; etc.

Welcome to the latest edition of Gaming Bits.

Let’s start off with a question: Porn publisher/website Naughty America has offered to sit down with me “to discuss the expanding role immersive mobile content plays in adult entertainment, how gamers utilize VR headsets for adult content and explain the technological horizon.”

Is this a subject you’re interested in reading about? Let me know and I’ll set up an interview.

For that matter, what are you interested in learning more about from the game convention?

As I registered late, I’m still in the process of setting up appointments with developers and publishers. So I have a lot of leeway to pick and choose what I’ll focus on.

Anyway, on with the news:

The latest from CliffyB

Cliff Bleszinzki, former Epic chief who made his bones with “Unreal Tournament” and brought us the megahit “Gears of War” series, has been hard at work on “Lawbreakers,” a free-to-play arena-style multiplayer first-person shooter, for PC.

It’s about to launch a closed public alpha test in mid-June, and registrations for that are still open on

Head to that site to get a look at the game.

I’ll likely get my hands on it at E3, so I’ll be able to let you know soon if it plays as good as it looks.

Steam sale

If you play a lot of games on Steam, you might be interested to know there’s currently a sale on Steam Controllers and Steam Link. Both are 30 percent off through Monday ($34.99 each).

Valve announced Wednesday that it has sold more than half a million controllers to date, and they’re still working on improving the device.

Among the recent upgrades:

— More games work with it out of the box, such as “Doom” and “XCOM 2.”

— You can configure and use it from your PC desktop.

— Its “Force Reactors” can now capture and reproduce game rumble effects.

— You can create setting templates and apply them universally.

— You can also create action sets within one game, so if you want the controls to be different in, for instance, “GTA V” for walking, driving and flying, you can set that up.

— Full support for the controller in VR Game Theater mode.

Don’t get toothpaste on my phone

IBM announced Thursday that its startup Grush is working on an interactive gaming toothbrush for children.

Yes. They’re trying to make a game out of brushing your teeth.

To quote from the press release: “Using advanced motion-sensing technology, Grush captures thousands of data points while a child is brushing and sends them via Bluetooth to the IBM Cloud, where they are analyzed and turned into fun mobile brushing games. For example, the ‘Toothy Castles’ game allows children to wipe away monsters in the areas of the mouth that have not been brushed.”

The only video available is of a guy talking in buzzwords, so I’m not going to post it. But from a 2-second clip of actual action, it looks like kids will need to keep an eye on a smartphone or tablet while brushing to play. Sounds messy.

The latest mobility

“Nonstop Knight,” which looks sort of like a “Diablo” clone for kids, is available for free download on iOS and Android. The “nonstop” in the name has to do with the fact that the game character is essentially stuck on autopilot, with players only making the “big decisions,” such as when to unleash a special move, upgrade equipment and use items in battle. And the character contains to advance even if you’ve got the game — or device — turned off.

— “Autobots, roll out.” Yes, “Transformers: Earth Wars” for iOS and Android, has hit the app stores, and it’s free. It’s the same sort of isometric-view real-time combat strategy game as “Clash of Clans” and the like, but with robots in disguise. One strong selling point is that it features the original voice actors for Optimus Prime and Megatron: Peter Cullen and Frank Welker.

Did you forget?

The first three episodes of season two of "Powers," the live-action series based on the comic book by Brian Michael Bendis, went live Tuesday.

My wife has already binge-watched all three and is upset the whole series wasn't released at once, like Netflix does with "Daredevil."

"Powers" is free to watch if you're a PS Plus subscriber.


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