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Flash deals to drop every 40 minutes during the sale; two bundles will be on offer every day.

Digital distributor GOG.com kicks off its Fall sale today, with over 700 games discounted on its online store. For the first 48 hours of the sale, customers are able to pick up a copy of open-world role-playing game Mount & Blade for free.

In addition to this, sequel Mount & Blade: Warband and the Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword expansion are marked down by 75 percent. All of Hasbro’s D&D games are also 80 percent off, including the positively received Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment.

Two daily bundles and flash deals occurring every 40 minutes are planned for the duration of the Fall sale. Returning GOG.com customers will also be able to pick up free copies of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Gamers: Director’s Cut film. As per the distributor’s usual approach, all games will be free of any DRM.

GOG.com turned six years old this in September this year. For more on how the site evolved from a niche online platform for classic games and plans for the near future, check out our interview with managing director Guillaume Rambourg.

Pew study says online gaming is less welcoming to women than online dating sites, social networking channels, and comments sections.

The Pew Research Center has released a new study about online harassment, and among the findings is that, of major online environments, gaming is the least welcoming for women.

The study surveyed around 3,000 Internet users (both male and female), and only 3 percent of respondents said that online gaming was more welcoming toward women, compared to 44 percent who felt it was more welcoming toward men.

“Most online environments are seen as equally welcoming toward men and women; the exception is online gaming,” Pew wrote.

Other online environments featured in the study included online dating sites/apps, social networking sites/apps, comments sections, and online discussion sites. You can see how the online gaming category compares to the others in the chart below.

Pew also shared some of the responses that participants provided in the open-ended question section of the survey. Harassment through online gaming mostly was attributed to “sore losers” and name-calling, the research group said, adding that “many” respondents “easily brushed off the negativity.”

Below are some of the responses that Pew shared:

“Someone was a sore loser in an online game and hurled threats and insults.”
“Nothing bad just someone didn’t like how I was playing a game. The good thing is, on the computer, you can just leave!”
“When someone is losing a game, the opponent will abruptly leave but not without calling me or others a vulgar name or comment.”
“A standard bully-type came into a video game broadcast that a friend of mine and I run and made offensive comments at the two of us, mostly referring to our breasts.”
“This happens too regularly in online games to remember a specific occurrence.”
This study comes as the topic of women in gaming has made headlines of late. Over the summer, Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft caught flak for its explanation as to why Assassin’s Creed Unity has no playable female characters, while Magicka publisher Paradox said the industry should not shy away from talking about the topic. On top of that, another new study showed that the percentage of female game developers has more than doubled since 2009 to 22 percent, according to the latest data.

In terms of the bigger picture, the Pew study found that 73 percent of adult Internet users have witnessed someone being harassed in some way, while 40 percent have personally experienced harassment. You can read the full report at Pew’s website here.

Grid will be available for Nvidia Shield owners in North America starting November 18.

Nvidia has announced that its cloud-powered game streaming service, Grid, will be available starting next week for Nvidia Shield devices. Grid will roll out on November 18 in North America and in December for Europe. The service will be available in Asia sometime in 2015.

Grid will be free for Nvidia Shield Tablet ($300 + $60 for controller) and Nvidia Shield ($200) owners through June 30, 2015. After this, it will be offered through Netflix-like subscriptions or individual purchases or rentals.

Writing on its website, Nvidia explained that it look ten years for the company to create the technology to bring high-fidelity graphics to devices such as Shield.

“The reason: streaming games is hard,” the company explained. “You need to build a powerful gaming computer in the cloud. Then you need to get games to users in milliseconds.”

Grid will offer “super-low latency,” Nvidia said, thanks to the technology’s array of data centers around the world. “It’s an effort that’s put 20 petaflops of graphics processing compute power into the cloud. That’s equal to the fastest supercomputer in the U.S.,” Nvidia explained.

In terms of games support, users will be able to stream big-name games such as Batman: Arkham City and Borderlands 2, as well as older titles including Brutal Legend and Psychonauts. A total of 20 games will be available at launch, and more are planned to be released every week.

GameSpot sister site CNET recently went hands-on with Grid, reporting that resolution will be limited to 720p. Nvidia also advises that you have at least a 10 Mbps download speed to use Grid. For lots more on Grid, check out CNET’s in-depth coverage.

ThumbderDome Wrestling is a two-player game played on one controller.

A thumb wrestling video game has finally arrived. ThumbderDome Wrestling is just what you think it is, a virtual version of the Thumb War game you probably played a lot as a kid (and maybe still do).

Via Kotaku, ThumbderDome Wrestling is every bit as absurd as you’d expect, but the controls are quite unique. It’s a two-player game that’s played using one Xbox controller. One player controls a virtual thumb using the one thumbstick, while the other player uses the second thumbstick.

Check out the trailer above to see how it works in action.

Just like in real life, getting pinned down isn’t necessarily the end, as you can rotate the thumbstick to break free of your opponent’s hold. You can even build up a special meter to unleash a big attack.

ThumbderDome also lets you choose from four different wrestlers, each with their own special look.

The game, created in Unity, is available now for free on PC and Mac. You’ll need a compatible Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, and the game’s developers have provided necessary drivers here.

Microsoft now allows developers to sell Kinect apps on the Windows Store.

Microsoft today announced a $50 adapter that will allow you to connect your Xbox One Kinect to your PC, providing you with a potential use for the device even if you don’t have it connected to your console.

The adapter is now available through the Microsoft Store. Combined with the $150 price of a standalone Xbox One Kinect, that brings the total price ($200) in line with that of the standalone PC Kinect (the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor) that sells for $200. You’ll get an equivalent experience no matter how you get Kinect hooked up to your computer, though you will need a USB 3.0 port and Windows 8 in order to make it happen.

Microsoft also today announced that the latest version of the Kinect SDK, version 2.0, is now available to download for free. That’s primarily of interest to developers, but better tools for developers means better software that they can build.

That’s good news, because as of today, developers can sell Kinect apps on the Windows Store. As of this writing, there isn’t much there–just three apps. That will presumably change given time; for now, you can try out a free app lets you scan items using Kinect to create 3D models which can then be 3D printed.

AMD clarifies comments made by it’s Chief Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy at a recent event.

You might have seen reports circulating that Windows 7 won’t support DirectX 12, Microsoft’s next, “low level” graphics API that will introduce several improvements to existing graphics cards and the Xbox One.

The news is based on a video of AMD Chief Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy speaking at the PDXLAN event. During the video of his presentation (which has since been removed from YouTube) Huddy plainly says that Windows 7 will not support DirectX 12. However, AMD has told GameSpot that Huddy simply “misspoke.”

“There have been reports based on a video of Richard Huddy of AMD making speculative comments around DirectX 12 support on versions of Windows,” AMD said in a statement. “Richard Huddy does not speak for Microsoft, and he was unfortunately speculating from Microsoft’s publication of key dates and milestones for Windows 7 lifecycle and mainstream support policy. Richard has no special insight into Microsoft’s Windows or DirectX roadmaps. Microsoft is a key, strategic partner for AMD and we’re continuously collaborating with them on DirectX 12.”

PC gamers are worried about the possibility that DirectX 12 won’t work on Windows 7 because as new games start to take advantage of DirectX 12 for better performance and improved graphics, they’ll essentially be forced to upgrade to Windows 8 or the upcoming Windows 10.

Microsoft previously said that DirectX 12 will work across PC, tablets, phones, and Xbox One. It didn’t say if it will support Windows 7, but that it’s aware of the demand for Windows 7 support.

Of the first nine Early Access games introduced in 2013, only three have been released as full games.

We’re seeing more and more games take advantage of Steam’s Early Access program, but so far only 25 percent of them have been finished and released as full games, according to a report by video game research provider EEDAR.

As EEDAR’s Head of Insights and Analytics Patrick Walker writes in a post for Games Industry International, Steam has seen a sharp increase in game releases, with 1303 new games in 2014 so far compared to 2013′s 583, and Early Access game releases have increased accordingly since the program was first introduced in March 2013.

There have been 255 Early Access releases in 2014 so far, compared to 103 in 2013. Of the first nine Early Access games introduced in 2013, only three have been released as full games. On average, games that have made the transition from Early Access to full release took about six months.

Walker also found that in most cases, players end up paying a little more for Early Access than they would if they waited for the full release, as most full releases are usually $1 cheaper than their Early Access versions.

The program, of course, is not without it’s success stories. DayZ, though still in Early Access, has raised an enormous amount of money, as did another survival sim, Rust, and players seem to be enjoying them. However, we’ve also seen developers release games in Early Access, then pull the game and disappear, as was the case with The Stomping Land.

What do you think about Early Access? Let us know in the comments below.

Get Gone Home for $5, a PlayStation TV for $80, and more.

Just in time for the release of Far Cry 4, Steam had a weekend deal on the franchise, with a 75 percent discount on Far Cry 1-3.

You can still get in on Walmart’s promotion that lets you customize your own discounted PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles.

For example, you can save up to $30 on Xbox One, and you can choose what bundle to start with (the Assassin’s Creed Unity bundle, the Kinect-less Assassin’s Creed Bundle, or the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle), two additional games, and a controller.

You can also save up to $44 on a PS4 that comes with camera, and choose between a regular PS4 or the white Destiny bundle, one additional game, and your choice of controller: white, black, or blue.

Find more deals on the 3DS and games for all the consoles on Walmart’s website.

Don’t forget Target’s “buy two, get one free” offer, which includes over 100 games for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, as well as last gen consoles.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform:

PlayStation 4

You can get some holiday shopping done early at GameStop, with deals on PlayStation products. You can get a PlayStation TV for $80, a 500GB PlayStation 3 The Last of Us bundle for $250, and other PS3 and PlayStation TV bundles on GameStop’s website.

Metro Redux — $35 (Amazon)
Shadow Warrior — $28.22 (Amazon)
Killzone: Shadow Fall — $25 (Amazon)
Knack — $21.54 (Amazon)
In Europe only, Sony is holding a PSN sale with up to 60 percent off games like Sniper Elite III, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Thief, InFamous: Second Son, and many more. You can find the full list of discounted games on the PlayStation Blog.

Xbox One

Call of Duty: Ghosts Hardened Edition for $30 (Amazon)
Shadow Warrior — $28.22 (Amazon)
Metro Redux — $35 (Amazon)
12 months of Xbox Live Gold Membership for $35 with the code THANKS15 (Rakuten).

Toys R Us is holding a “buy 1, get 1 40 percent off” sale on a bunch of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games including Metro Redux, Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Evil Within, and others. The offer is in stores only until November 15. You can find the rest of the games that are part the deal here.

PC

Humble Bundle has revealed its Humble Jumbo Bundle 3, which includes GRID 2, Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure, and more. More games will be added to the bundle soon, and if you pay $12 or more, you’ll also get Saints Row IV.

And Humble’s Weekly bundle is all about Worms developer Team 17. If you pay $15 or more you’ll get Flockers, in addition to Worms Armageddon, the original Worms, and other games in the series.

GOG.com kicked off its Fall sale today, with over 700 games discounted on its online store. You’ll see two daily bundles and flash deals every 40 minutes for the Fall sale. Returning GOG.com customers will also be able to pick up free copies of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

75 percent off Far Cry 1-3 franchise (Steam)
Gone Home — $5 (Steam)
Mount & Blade: Warband — $5 (Steam)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor — $33.33 (Bundle Stars)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass — $16.66 (Bundle Stars)
Titanfall — $10 (Amazon)
3DS

Similar to the Toys R Us promotion, Best Buy is holding a great, “buy one, get one 50 percent off” deal, which includes games like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS,Tomodachi Life, Yoshi’s New Island, Super Mario 3D World, and many more.

Hardware

If it’s gaming peripherals you’re looking for, Amazon is also holding a sale on Logitech’s gaming hardware, with up to 30 percent off gaming keyboards, mice, wireless headsets, and racing wheels.

UK man will wear a VR headset 24/7 for a full month to experience life through another person’s eyes.

A United Kingdom-based artist has announced his intention to spend 28 days wearing virtual reality goggles so that he can “experience life through another person’s eyes and ears.”

Mark Farid calls the project Seeing-I, and labels it a “social-artistic experiment” that seeks to find out how much of a person is their own personality and how much is cultural identity.

Farid “will attempt to engage with a broader spectrum of experiences by entirely immersing himself in the life of another person, whilst also looking at the implications of digital technologies,” he explains.

Farid has launched a Kickstarter campaign asking for £150,000 ($234,761) to get Seeing-I off the ground. The project went live today and has attracted only £152 ($238). The campaign ends December 18, 2014.

If successful, Farid will wear a VR headset for 24 hours a day for 28 days. The person whose life he will experience will be referred to as “the Other.” Farid knows only that this person is a heterosexual male who is in a relationship; Farid has never had previous contact with this man.

The Other will wear a pair of glasses that can capture audio and video, which will then be transmitted to Farid. He will conduct this experiment in a space consisting only of a bed, a toilet, and a shower area. Farid will be on display for an audience for the full 28 days.

Farid will see footage from the Other that stems from six days prior. This is to allow Farid’s team to prepare food and drink for him that matches what the Other consumed. As for why he chose 28 days for the duration of this experiment, Farid said it’s been shown (but not proven) that people lose and develop habits after three weeks.

Farid is taking medical precautions for this project, enlisting the help of a psychologist with special training in neuroscience. When the Other goes to sleep, the audience will be asked to leave for a period of one hour so this doctor can check up on Farid. He also assures people that the project is not an endurance test. If his team concludes at any point in the process that things have gone “too far,” or if Farid might be in danger of facing long-term or lasting effects, he will be instructed to end the experiment.

More from the Seeing-I description:

“During the 28 days, Mark will have no actual interact with any human; no one will react to him, he will not be touched; he will be a silent spectator–he will, however, be under constant inspection. Mark will eat what the Other eats, drink what the Other drinks, shower when the Other showers, and go to the toilet when the Other goes to the toilet, at the same moment. Otherwise, Mark is left to experience the life of the Other by himself, but will Mark embrace this life as if its his own?”

As the Seeing-I experiment moves forward, Farid hopes to discover the point at which he will lose his own identity and “inhabit the reality of the Other,” if that ever happens. “With no one to talk to, and no one to validate any of Mark’s thoughts, will his only source of validation–the Other’s life–become the life which makes sense to Mark? Equally, this may not happen: he may entirely retain his sense of self and exist in a strange no man’s land between his own identity and the Other’s.”

The findings of the Seeing-I experiment will be put together into a documentary that will feature input from academics, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, and artists.

You can read more about Seeing-I, and contribute to the campaign, at the Kickstarter page. The actual event is scheduled to take place in fall 2015. Farid has already done a 24-hour test of being fully immersed in another person’s life through VR. You can see footage from the test here.

Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions updated on Friday

In-Game Updates:

Fixed unlocking issues with the AE4 for Digital Edition owners that own Season Pass. (Xbox only)
Matchmaking improvements.
Connectivity improvements.
Removed skull HUD element from System Hack Scorestreak UI effect.
Adjusted the score value the System Hack Scorestreak.
Increased the timing between kills to count Multikills.
Addressed rare issue where CTF flag was not being returned immediately.
Fixed rare crash issue when switching profiles.
Adjusted the time limit expiration for Red Baron gear after challenge has been completed.
Fixed various out of map exploits.

Security and Anti-Cheat Updates:

Updated Security features.

UI Updates:

Updated base AE4 icon as it was displaying the AE4 Widowmaker weapon.
Updated Playlist Menu.
Fixed issues with localization copy in the in-game store.
Updated sorting of Character Gear within Customization menu.

Challenge Updates:

Added new Supply Drop Daily Challenges.

Clan Updates:

Fixed an issue where Clan Wars Bonus XP was not being awarded.

Broadcaster UI Updates:

Addressed rare issue with eSports Broadcaster HUD disappearing.

Ranked Play Updates:

Addressed issue where Join Session in progress in Ranked Play was still active.
Addressed issue where players where dropping multiple divisions after a match in Ranked Play.
Addressed rare issue with wins counting as losses in Ranked Play.