I'm currently drowning under review games, so let's get right into it. System requirements galore, Duck (shudder) Dynasty, and Rudy Giuliani--this is gaming news for the week of September 22.
Kickstart your heart
...Where in this case your heart is your PC gaming collection. To celebrate hitting 100 million users or to celebrate the launch of Steam Music or just for the hell of it Valve is selling the Valve Complete Pack (Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Portal, Portal 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and about nineteen other games) for 75% off through October 1.
That's 24 games for $25, which is a great deal...provided you don't already own some (if not all) of the most important/influential games of all time.
Get ready for your close-up
There are rumors floating around about a possible first-person mode in Grand Theft Auto V's future. A Reddit user found a list of upcoming features on Rockstar's site that included "A brand new first person mode for vehicles that shows the interior of the vehicle, including working speedometers, tachometers, dash lights, and more" and also "A brand new first person mode while on foot."
Rockstar is tight-lipped on whether or not the feature exists, however, and the relevant Google cache has already been 404ed.
Evil Within your computer
Bethesda published the Recommended Specs for its upcoming survival horror game The Evil Within this week and they're absolutely absurd. Like, a quad-core i7, a GTX 670 with four gigs of VRAM, and 50GB of storage space. Heavens to Betsy.
Of course, keep in mind that Bethesda pulled the same stunt with Wolfenstein: The New Order saying you'd need an i7. Meanwhile I was over here playing it on a two-generation old i5 with no problem.
So what I'm saying, basically, is take these specs with a grain of salt for now. I'll be able to tell you more when we do our review--the game releases October 14.
TV tie-in game
I thought we'd left this era of garbage behind us, for the most part, but earlier this week Activision announced it's creating a Duck Dynasty video game.
Oh what, you want video? You want to put visuals to the Lovecraftian nightmare I just described? Be careful: When you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
You hear that? "You do this right and you gonna be a true-blooded Robertson duck-man." Playing this game when it releases on October 14 will literally turn you into some sort of human/duck hybrid monster. Maybe this is the real Evil Within.
The difference a decade makes
Apparently it's a week where we just talk about system requirements a bunch. Is that cool with you?
Blizzard put out the minimum specs for the upcoming World of WarCraft expansion Warlords of Draenor this week, seen here:
-Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows7/Windows8 (latest Service Pack)-Intel Core2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750-NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 3000-35 GB available HD space-2 GB RAM-Broadband Internet connection-Keyboard/mouse-DVD-ROM drive-1024×768 minimum display resolution
Those are totally normal system specs. What's more interesting is comparing them to World of WarCraft's original 2004 system specs, as Polygon did:
-Windows System 98/ME/2000/XP-800 MHz or higher CPU-256 MB RAM-32 MB 3D graphics card with hardware transform and lighting, such as GeForce 2 or better-4 GB available hard drive space-DirectX 9.0c-A 56k or higher modem with an Internet connection
A 56k modem!
I've been ready for this my whole life!
Remember how Panamanian ex-dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision over unlicensed usage of his likeness?
Well it turns out Activision is getting former New York City mayor Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani to defend them in court. Rudy. Giuliani. This just keeps getting more ridiculous.
If you missed it, last weekend I was at the Oculus Connect conference down in Los Angeles where Oculus VR made the schematics of the original development kit headset open-source, announced a new Crescent Bay prototype which I got a hands-on demo with, and showed off the upcoming GearVR headset which I promptly fell in love with.
Steam pushed two major updates this week: the Discovery Update, which makes it easier to find games, and Steam Music, which allows you to play your tunes right through the Steam interface. We also put together a PCWorld curator page if you'd like game recommendations from us.
Corsair put out an RGB-enabled Cherry MX keyboard, Nvidia debunked moon landing conspiracy theories with its new Maxwell video cards, I went hands-on with the new Total War: Attila, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a shadow of what it could've been. See you next week!