Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort

Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin's Gaming With the Moms podcast. With Pixelkin she produces video content and devotes herself to Skylanders with terrifying abandon.

Unravel EA Access

Unravel Is Coming to EA Access, Along With Two More New Games

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 Three new games are coming to EA Access soon—including Unravel from Coldwood Interactive!

This game captured our hearts at E3 2016, and as an office we’ve cried about its cuteness roughly 10,000 times since then. Starting on February 4, if you are an EA Access subscriber you can play up to 10 hours of the game before its release on February 9. Check out the trailer below: Read More

HTC Vive PRE CES

Valve’s HTC Vive VR Headset Is Blowing Minds at CES

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The HTC Vive Pre has been making a splash at CES all week. It’s the latest dev model of the HTC Vive, which is Valve’s VR headset, and it has some features that you won’t see on the upcoming Oculus Rift.

The Vive Pre will ship with two “Basestations,” which monitor your presence and let you customize your virtual space. The Basestations, along with a camera on the headset, will allow you to move around with more freedom than we’re used to in VR. Two controllers are also included. When you double-click the Home button on the controllers, you can see subtle green outlines of the room you’re in.

A feature called “Chaperone” will add blue outlines to furniture while you’re in VR so that you don’t have to worry about walking into it. Read More

Kazuo Hirai PlayStation VR

There Will Be No Lack of Games for VR Devices

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We don’t have to be worried about the Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR having a dearth of games. Oculus creator Palmer Luckey and Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai have each said that their VR devices are getting over 100 games this year.

In an interview with the BBC, Hirai noted that there are also 200 developers who have signed up for the company’s PlayStation VR Program. He called them “a testament to the kind of support that we’re getting from the content creation community on PlayStation VR.” Read More

Minecraft

This Fake Minecraft 2 App Will Probably Crash Your Phone

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Today’s nominee for “worst thing” is certainly the fake Minecraft 2 app that managed to make it into the App Store.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2, which is selling for $10.99, is not a sequel to the mobile version of Minecraft, but instead a “crudely made swipe app pitting zombies against a Mortal Kombat character.” Wesley Yin-Poole at Eurogamer said he bought and played the game for a few minutes before it crashed his phone so yeah, not only is the app trying to ride Minecraft’s coattails, it’s not even good.

However, it’s in the top 10 grossing apps right now! For shame. Read More

Ratchet and Clank PlayStation Now

Over 40 More Games Can Be Streamed on PlayStation Now… Now!

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The season of giving goes on for Sony, who has added another considerable chunk of PlayStation 3 games to their streaming service, PlayStation Now.

That brings the total up to 300 games, and over 100 of them were previously PlayStation 3 exclusives.

Currently Sony is offering a 12-month PS Now subscription for $99.99. Usually, subscriptions are sold with 3-month or 1-month options. Read More

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Start Tomorrow, But If You Backed It On Kickstarter You Might Not Need To Buy It

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You get an Oculus Rift! You get an Oculus Rift! Everyone who backed the Oculus Dev Kit 1 at the $275 level (or higher) on Kickstarter gets an Oculus Rift!

Oculus announced in a Kickstarter post that all those early backers who donated enough to get a prototype headset will get a free Kickstarter Edition of the finalized Oculus Rift. They’ll also get the Rift’s pre-order games: 3D-platformer Lucky’s Tale and space dogfighting game EVE: Valkyrie. Read More