Valve CEO Gabe Newell's latest project is an investment in a strange implement designed to facilitate a little-known cooking method.
Designed by Seattle startup ChefSteps, the Joule cooks food using the "sous-vide" method, which involves slowly circulating gently heated water around food in airtight plastic bags.
Newell's relationship with the Joule began when ChefSteps offered to cook for him and his son.
Calling it "easily the best food I'd ever had," Newell offered to personally fund the company — an idea supported, it seems, by his son.
"[Joule's cookbooks were] his bedside reading for six months," says Newell.
Sony has sold 30.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles, as of November 22.
The company's press release proudly proclaims the console to boast "fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history."
It still has some ways to go to beat other significant records, though: the Nintendo Wii holds the title for fastest-selling console, moving 45 million units in approximately the same period, while the PS2 sold 155 million units in its unusually long lifespan.
Dying Light's next DLC is so substantial that developer Techland is raising the price on both the expansion and the season pass.
The Following, which adds an entirely new gameplay zone, as well as a new main quest, side quests, and vehicular gameplay, is "moving into the polishing period," according to Techland.
"Looking at it, it’s clear how big the expansion pack has grown — it could be a stand-alone title, but since it would mean a launch delay, we decided against it."
Star Wars: Battlefront will get free DLC in addition to the paid Season Pass content, according to EA DICE.
The Battlefront website reads that the studio "will be adding more of what you love about the game, like new maps and Star Cards, for free in the coming months, in addition to all of the content we have coming with Season Pass."
"In the coming months" implies the Battle of Jakku DLC, hitting in early December, is just the first of several pieces of free content.
Equity-happy crowdfunding site Fig will allow fans to hold a financial stake in games' successes, as of its next campaign.
The campaign will launch in December, and will be the site's first to open up investments to unaccredited parties.
Previously, investors had to be pre-approved under SEC regulations and either earn a minimum $200,000 a year or have a net worth of $1 million.
Rockstar has introduced a new, permanent Adversary mode to GTA Online today.
Seemingly inspired by the runaway success of car-sports game Rocket League, Running Back is based on elements of American football.
In Running Back, two teams of up to four players each face off at either end of a road, with all but one player driving BF Biftas.
Electronic Arts has launched a new Star Wars game just a week after the release of Star Wars: Battlefront.
Galaxy of Heroes runs on mobile devices, simulating a "holotable bar" in which players can pit various Star Wars characters against each other in turn-based combat.
Like an RPG shorn to just its combat elements, combat consists of picking abilities and attacks for characters to use.
Charity event Desert Bus For Hope has hit an impressive milestone of US$3.1 million raised, after this year's record-breaking run.
This year's instalment of the event raised US$676,883.57, breaking its own record for the ninth consecutive time.
Desert Bus For Hope, created by Canadian comedy team Loading Ready Run in 2007, sees gamers play a marathon of infamous anti-game Desert Bus.
“the key question will be, "Does Battlefront feel like Star Wars?", and the answer is a resounding "yes"”
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