GTA V Released

GTA V

GTA V has been released for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 – and if previous installments of the Grand Theft Auto series are anything to go by, we should be expecting a PC release sometime around 6-8 months from now.

One major difference between the newest installment and previous GTA games is that you don’t take the role of a single protagonist – rather you can switch between three main characters. Each one has their own back story and different missions and quests. While interacting with the world of Los Santos and the greater San Andreas, the player may switch between them at will, by means of a directional compass on the HUD. Franklin corresponds to the north point, Michael to the west, and Trevor to the east. During missions, the game may switch the player’s character automatically as necessary in order to complete certain objectives.

The game is also set in modern day as opposed to the 80′s of Vice City or the 90′s of San Andreas. The music choice in game is more modern as well. VC had an easy 80′s New Wave theme to draw on, SA had the 90′s punk and hip hop to choose from, and GTA V has done a good job of including current trends of dubstep, indie-rock, and others. It’s also the first game in the GTA series to make use of an original score.

Have you picked up the game? What are your favorite parts? The new Stock Market system? New vehicle customization?

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Steam Announces Family Sharing

Steam Family Sharing

Steam has given it’s users something they’ve been asking about for a long time now: sharing their game library. With the beta coming soon, people will soon be able to share their library with friends and family members to play. There are a few stipulations to this as you’d expect. Namely: Two accounts can’t use a single library at the same time. If I’m playing Portal 2 and my friend who I’ve shared my library with wants to play Awesomenauts, he’ll have to wait. Likewise if he’s playing Awesomenauts via my shared library and I decide to play Portal 2, he will be given notification that he has a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

It’s really a great feature and with up to 10 devices allowed access to your shared library at a time, I don’t forsee any issues with it not being enough unless you’re trying to share your library with your entire clan or entire guild – in which case you’ve missed the point of “friends and family.”

There’s currently a topic in the forums discussing this upcoming feature. Be sure to check out the official Steam Family Sharing page.

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Feed The Beast

Feed The Beast

So several of us have been playing a little Feed The Beast modpack for Minecraft and I can’t express enough how much more enjoyment it’s brought back to Minecraft for me personally. I tend to play Minecraft in waves where I remember how much fun it is, play it for a month or so, and then quit playing once I’ve found myself some diamonds and everything seems kind of moot beyond that. With FTB Unleashed (the modpack that we use) there’s a hundred different types of machinery and new dimensions or biomes to explore.

They’ve just launched a new website and will be rolling out a new launcher to help you be able to pick and choose mods you wish to install and making a “private” modpack to share with your friends will be as easy as sending a mod list and configs. The launcher will do the rest.

If you’re trying to get back into the swing of Minecraft and just get bored, try grabbing the Feed The Beast launcher and giving one of the modpacks a shot. It adds tenfold more to the game than it comes with and you’ll likely run out of time to play it before you run out of things to do!

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