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Besiege Early Access

Besiege is now available on Steam as an early access release, offering the chance to check out this in-progress siege warfare game from Spiderling Studios (thanks Chris). Here's word on the game, which has received very positive notices so far:

Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets. Build a machine which can crush windmills, wipe out battalions of brave soldiers and transport valuable resources, defending your creation against cannons, archers and whatever else the desperate enemies have at their disposal. Create a trundling behemoth, or take clumsily to the skies, and cause carnage in fully destructible environments. Ultimately, you must conquer every Kingdom by crippling their castles and killing their men and livestock, in as creative or clinical a manner as possible!

Raptr Password Warning

A update from a couple of days ago on the Raptr website warns users to change their passwords (passwrds?) due to a breach (thanks Mashiki). Here's word from CEO Dennis "Thresh" Fong:

User names, email addresses, password hashes, and some first and last names may have been accessed. This means that although the passwords are hashed, users with weak passwords are vulnerable to unauthorized access. It's important to note that our two-factor authentication system used for redeeming Raptr Reward Points ensures that even if your Raptr account was among those compromised, the points you've earned as a Raptr member are protected.

Although the potential risk to Raptr users is pretty minimal, we urge you to access any accounts on other sites and services in which you use the same login and password associated with your Raptr account and change the related password(s) immediately.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's outline of the 10 bestselling games on Steam for last week:

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Dying Light
  3. H1Z1
  4. Stranded Deep
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  6. Homeworld Remastered Collection
  7. Dying Light Ultimate Edition
  8. Grim Fandango Remastered
  9. Ryse: Son of Rome
  10. DayZ

On Sale

  • Bound By Flame on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013 on Steam. Save 75%.

Sunday Patches

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Out of the Blue

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Looking forward to the game, here's hoping it lives up to its potential, as it's the last game for a long time. Please stay safe if you are out and about tonight, as there will more impaired drivers out there to endanger you than usual.

R.I.P.: Ann Mara, New York Giants' Matriarch, 1929-2015.

Super Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Pixel Staff.
Mad Day.
Science: Oral Immunotherapy Combination Of Peanut Protein, Probiotics May Cure Peanut Allergies.
Media: Graphics card woes.
Actual Chinese People Reacting To Panda Express Will Surprise You.
Giant floating face watches you as you gamble.
The Funnies: Super Ready - FoxTrot.

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Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

Evolve Unlocks in Match-3 Game

The Evolve website has the announcement of Hunters Quest, a free-to-play match-3 "puzzle combat" game for mobiles based on Evolve, Turtle Rock's upcoming asymmetric shooter (thanks Eurogamer). This goes beyond the theme, as playing the mobile game can unlock bonuses in Evolve upon its launch next month, which may bother some purists, as the free-to-play game offers in-app purchases to speed up progress. The app will also feature top-down replays from the full game and other unlocks. Here's word on how the game and app will interact:

Mastery Boosts

Playing Hunters Quest will let players earn Mastery Boosts that will be applied to their Hunter character profile in Evolve on both their console and PC.
An example of this would be that you unlock Markov’s Lightning Gun Mastery Boost via Hunters Quest. Once you unlock the Mastery Boost in the mobile app, this will be saved to your my2K profile. The next time you fire up Evolve, the game will read the Mastery Boost unlock from my2K - and will increase your Mastery progression by close to 50 percent of its total amount.

NOTE: The maximum amount you can boost your Hunter Mastery progress for an item is a total of 50 percent. If your current progress is at 0 out of 100, the boost will take you to 50; if you’re already at 60 out of 100, the boost will take you to near complete for the current Mastery level.

Badge Artwork Unlocks:

You can earn unique artwork in Evolve by completing objectives via Hunters Quest. You will unlock badges by completing each of the four Bestiary Biomes in Hunter’s Quest, as well as leveling each Hunter up to their maximum amount.

Match Replay System:

And once Evolve launches, there’s a whole other half of the experience you’re able to access features like stats and leaderboards from your mobile devices. Maybe see your stats and how you rank compared to the rest of the world? How about a top-down replay of recent matches?

After you run a multiplayer round of Evolve, the last 10 replays are stored on your my2K profile that you are signed in with on your copy of Evolve. With the my2K account linked to Evolve: Hunters Quest, you have direct access to all that information, wherever you’re connected.

As of today this free-to-play game and second-screen app is available for iOS, Android, Amazon and Windows devices.

Android [LINK]
Windows Phone [LINK]

Prison Architect Sells 1M

Prison Architect has sold more than one million copies in its alpha form as an early access release on Steam, according to a report on MCV. This is a significant turnaround for Introversion, as the British developer was on the brink of shutting down several years ago. A new alpha version 29 of their jail design game was just released, and here's a video showing off what it adds. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Trek Online Turns Five

The Star Trek Online website announces a milestone for Star Trek Online that Star Trek: The Original Series failed to achieve, as the game has now completed a five-year mission (thanks Jamie). Here's a bit on where the sci-fi MMORPG will boldly go from:

When Captain James T. Kirk took the Enterprise out, it was originally scheduled for a five-year mission, so five years has a pretty big significance in Star Trek lore. Seeing Star Trek Online mark a date of five years of live operations is a cause for celebration unlike any other year, and this anniversary we are pulling out all the stops.

This year, we’ve got two additions to the Anniversary content that will run from January 29th through February 26th of 2015. The first of which is a new Featured Episode called “Dust to Dust,” and the second is a new minigame where Q has tasked you with stabilizing Omega Particles across the galaxy in an effort to secure the keys to the new Kobali Samsar Cruiser Starship as well as craft some upgrade kits in the process.

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Public Beta Next Month

A Steam Community group announcement has word to expect a public beta test for Carmageddon: Reincarnation on February 14th, as Al Capone once taught the world that nothing symbolizes the romance of Valentine's Day like a good massacre (thanks Gamer's Hell). Here's word:

The Public Beta release includes Career Mode, Freeplay and Multiplayer. It’s got all the Achievements and Challenges. It’s got a full complement of cars, levels and arenas. It’s got Smelly Bush collectibles (does that make it the “Pubic Beta”? Course it does!)!

So don’t forget, it’s the PUBLIC PUBIC BETA – we want you to play, play, play and tell us what you think either in the forums, or through our support system.

And we’re still giving away the original games too in our Carmageddon collection – that’s FOUR games for the price of ONE! Yes, buy Carmageddon: Reincarnation and you also get the original Carmageddon (the Max Pack, which includes the Splat Pack), Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now, and Carmageddon TDR 2000! So now’s the time to jump in, buckle up, put the pedal to the metal and PUNCH IT… Forget 50 Shades of Grey – get ready for 50,000 Showers of Gibs!!

Saturday Patches

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup

Saturday Consolidation

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Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

With the Super Bowl tomorrow, it is time for my annual suggestion to the NFL to consider changing the game from Sunday to Saturday. It's not like they are going to listen to me (or anyone else for that matter), but there's a better shot at this getting traction than getting Congress to declare the Monday after the game a holiday. It just seems a shame to have so many parties on what is a school night, not to mention the literal use of that term, as the game ending around 10:30 pm also makes the next day a problem for youngsters who want to watch. Seems like a no-brainer, and a much more valuable priority than trying to fix things that aren't really broken, like extra-point conversions.

Saturday Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Disaster Will Strike 4.
Hit The Troll - Level Pack.
Rage Zombie Shooter.
Link: An Irreverent Guide To Transhumanism And The Singularity. Thanks El Destiny.
Story: Pete Carroll, Robert Kraft both benefited from difficult breakup.
Science: New Technique Reverses Aging By Decades In Cultured Human Cells. Thanks JDreyer.
Planck: gravitational waves remain elusive. Thanks Slashdot.
Ask Ethan #73: The Multiverse and you. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: I am the Locker Room Guy. Spartacus defense always works.
Weird Al Reveals The Secret Nine Nerd Overlords.
Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test.
Super Bowl 2015: Here Are Some of the Best and Worst Commercials You'll See This Weekend.
Auction: The original Les Paul guitar goes up for auction.

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