Never underestimate the power of spreadsheets. While trying to learn Visual Basic for work, Reddit user crruzi created a top-down version of XCOM playable in Microsoft Excel. This version, dubbed EXLCOM, manages to retain some of the more iconic gameplay mechanics of the turn-based tactics series, such as destructible walls, and also includes a level editor.
The International, the annual tournament for Valve's Dota 2, featuring dozens of players and millions in prize money, was put on hold today when a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack slammed the game's servers. Unlike the games of the past, played over local area networks (LAN), Dota 2 requires a connection to the internet, making it susceptible to these sorts of online attacks.
Valve just announced a revamped version of Dota 2, called Dota 2 Reborn, which will feature an entirely new interface and a new engine. The engine is speculated to be the Source 2, a long-rumored successor to Valve's Source engine, which has been running most of the company's games for over a decade, Polygon reports.
Google is now officially taking on Twitch. As rumored, the company today announced YouTube Gaming, an app and dedicated website designed to be a home for all its gaming video both live-streamed and on demand. YouTube Gaming will launch this summer starting in the US and UK.
Microsoft is partnering with Oculus to supply an Xbox One controller with every Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Oculus will ship the controllers as part of its headset launch in early 2016, with the recently announced Xbox wireless adapter. Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed the partnership on stage at Oculus' E3 press event today. "We believe we’ll be able to create state of the art virtual reality experiences with the Oculus Rift on top of Windows," says Spencer. The Oculus Rift will work natively on Windows 10, and Spencer revealed Microsoft will allow Xbox One games to stream to the headset as part of the virtual cinema experience Oculus has created.