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Star Citizen Year Five

Without reference to delays, the Roberts Space Industries website announces the kickoff of Year Five of the Star Citizen development subscriber program. Here's word:

We are kicking off the Year Five of the Star Citizen development subscriber program! Becoming a subscriber gives you access to exclusive perks. Each month you can look forward to a new behind-the-scenes issue of our digital magazine Jump Point and a piece of digital flair to decorate your hangar with, as well as the ability to test fly different loaner ships like the Starfarer, Gladius and Sabre. Subscribers also receive merchandise discounts, coupons (after every 12 months of accumulated subscription time) and access to exclusive digital sales, as well as the chance to submit questions for our shows!

Additionally, if you become a subscriber before April 17th, you’ll receive a special piece of bonus flair; a Big Bennys vending machine to decorate your hangar with! This flair will be distributed to all active subscribers on April 18, 2017.

Due to popular demand, we’ll also be offering a physical edition of Jump Point Volume 3 in the coming months. Subscribers will be the first to have a chance to purchase this at exclusive discounted price. If you’re a subscriber, keep an eye on the Den for additional updates on this in the near future.

You can find more details about becoming a subscriber here!.

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard Released

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard is now available in North America on Steam, offering an action/RPG with some Norse flavor. The release includes the Windows version, but OS X and Linux editions are to follow down the road. This release trailer shows off some gameplay, and here's what you should know about the release:

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard will transport you to the Shores of Midgard, a world based on the mythology and history of the Vikings. Battle the fearsome Jotan, hordes of terrifying undead monstrosities and other myriad beasts of Ragnarok, either on your own or by teaming up with a friend via the online co-op multiplayer mode. Master mighty weapons, including sword and shield, two-handed hammers, dual-wielded axes and swift bows. Earn blood in battle to offer in tribute to the Gods in order to acquire and enhance devastating Spell Powers and other special unlockables. As well as the regular story mode (and New Game+), players can also test their mettle in the ‘Trials of the Gods’ – a special challenge mode that rewards the best warriors with special equipment and runes.

Features of Vikings – Wolves of Midgard:

  • Fantasy Meets Nordic Mythology: Travel the realms of earthly Midgard, freezing Niflheim and boiling Balheim, either as a fierce Viking warrior or merciless shieldmaiden.
  • The Deadly Fimbulwinter: Withstand the deathly colds and protect yourself from exposure to nature’s wrath in order to survive.
  • Tribute to the Gods: Collect blood from fallen enemies and sacrifice it at the altar to gain gifts from the Gods to enhance your powers.
  • Berserker Rage: Let your anger take hold by activating Rage Mode to overwhelm your enemies in bloodthirsty combat.
  • The art of combat: Perfect your skills with each weapon to unlock their true potential, including swords, bows and spell-powered canes.
  • The Power of the Gods: Make the abilities of the Gods your own by equipping power-infused amulets, like the Talismans of Thor or Loki. Put your new skills to the test by competing in the Trials of the Gods to earn further rewards.
  • Teamwork: Team up with a friend and journey to the Shores of Midgard together in an epic two-player online co-op mode. Choose between four difficulty levels to suit your skills and talents. Do you dare attempt the unrelenting hardcore mode?
  • The Clan of Wolves: Restore and rebuild your village and lead your clan to glory. Upgrade buildings such as weaponsmith, armorer, runesmith, and mead hall to unlock more content and better equipment.
  • Legendary Weapons: Gather the scattered fragments of mythical weapons and armors to take on the most fearsome creatures of the realms.
  • A Class of its Own: Become even more powerful in the next life by attempting New Game+, and push your Viking warrior or shieldmaiden to their limit.
  • Destructible Environments: Utilize your surroundings by burying your foes under falling rocks or pushing them off high cliffs.

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Battle Brothers Released

Battle Brothers is now available on Steam after a very successful early access run for this tactical, turn-based role-playing game. A look at the game and its story can be found in a brand-new launch trailer. Here's word on what to expect:

Battle Brothers sends players to an open medieval low-fantasy world in which they are tasked to lead a band of up to twenty mercenaries, each coming with individual skills and properties. With this company of ‘battle brothers’ they explore a dynamically generated worldmap. By taking contracts, hunting for treasures and fighting numerous battles band members improve skills, gain experience points and new abilities. In the complex combat mode the strong AI opponents can only be overcome if players make good use of their mercenaries’ individual strengths and the particular terrain of the battle ground.

Battle Brothers was inspired by groundbreaking strategy classics such as XCOM: Ufo Defense, Jagged Alliance, Warhammer: Shadow Of The Horned Rat or Mount & Blade.

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Dark Souls III The Ringed City Trailer

The Ringed City is the destination of this new trailer showing off this upcoming expansion for Dark Souls III. This will launch next week for the action/RPG sequel, coming to Windows on Monday and to consoles the day after. Here's the description from the clip describing this final chapter in the story:

Fear not the dark, ashen one. Journey to the world’s end to search for the Ringed City and encounter new lands, new bosses, new enemies with new armor, magic and items. Experience the epic final chapter of a dark world that could only be created by the mind of Hidetaka Miyazaki. Embrace the Darkness!

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Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Trailer

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is not due for two weeks, but publisher Gearbox Publishing and developer People Can Fly now offer the launch trailer for what some wish was called the Full Magazine Edition of the first-person shooter. There's no word on how empty the game's clip formerly was, though they do offer an outlook on why it's now at full capacity:

Featuring updated hi-res textures, increased polygon counts, sterling audio, smoother framerates, and running in up to 4K resolution on PC and PS4 Pro, this definitive version of the action-packed, critically-acclaimed FPS comes with all of its previously-released DLC along with brand-new content. And for the first time ever, players will get the chance to play Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition as the iconic Duke Nukem. Featuring a fully rerecorded script and brand new lines from the voice of Duke, Jon St. John, the Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour add-on content will replace main character Grayson Hunt with The King himself and provide players with a whole new butt-kicking perspective on the cult-classic shooter.

The ultimate Bulletstorm experience, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition includes:

  • The Total Package – All previously-released content, including the Gun Sonata and Blood Symphony add-on packs, now on modern platforms.
  • New Overkill Campaign Mode – Upon completing the main campaign, blast through this New Game+ mode with an unrestricted arsenal of weapons and Skillshots.
  • New Echo Maps – Players can showcase their skills on six brand-new levels for the score-based Echo Mode.
  • Killer Visuals – Presented with updated models, environments, and animations all running at 60 FPS across all platforms.
  • The Art of Destruction – Pull off masterful kills by mixing fast-paced gunplay with unique kick, slide, and leash combos.
  • Visceral Audio – Orchestrate a crescendo of chaos with newly remastered audio effects.
  • Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour – Play through the entire Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition campaign as Duke Nukem, featuring full voice over and brand-new lines from Jon St. John, the original voice of Duke.

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The Sexy Brutale Next Month; New Trailer

A new trailer from The Sexy Brutale shows off some of the characters in this puzzle game from Tequila Works and Cavalier Game Studios. Word is this will be released on April 11th for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, offering a "unique, 3D puzzle adventure game of murder and mystery to be solved through observation and deduction, against a never-ending 'Groundhog Day' time loop." Here's more on the clip:

Meet the impeccably attired and immaculately mannered Staff of The Sexy Brutale casino mansion.

Renowned for their dedication to their tasks and attention to detail. However, at this year's masked ball, their full effort and focus appears to be dedicated to systematic murder of the guests.

Nobody appears to be safe from their peculiar brand of personalized service. But are they acting on their own now that the master of the house is away... Or is it his murderous will that they continue to follow, day in and day out?

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Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

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Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Toughest Animal on Earth.

Outlast 2 Outlasts AU Ban

Press Start has word that Outlast 2 will be released in uncut form in Australia, just a week after the country's review board refused to classify the game for sale (thanks Videogamesrepublic). They don't explain what has changed, but say the game earned an R18+ rating without any changes to the implied sexual violence that seemed to be preventing the game's AU release. One Angry Gamer reports that the change was due to arguments by Senator for New South Wales David Leyonhjelm. Here's a statement from developer Red Barrels:

Outlast 2 has been rated R18+ by the Classification Branch in Australia and will be released 26th April 2017. There will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide

Out of the Park Baseball 18 Released

OotP Developments announces the release of Out of the Park Baseball 18, the newest installment in the highly regarded sport series. The Windows, OS X, and Linux game is available through the OotP Website and Steam. The new version includes complete minor league systems for each team, historical Negro League teams, an new Challenge Mode, and more, along with familiar features such as complete MLB licensing and statistically accurate game simulations. Here's a new trailer, and here are some details:

For the first time, Out of the Park Baseball 18 introduces an all-new Challenge Mode. This allows series newcomers to enjoy a powerful way to learn the intricacies of this deep strategy title, while driving community engagement for all users via the creation of online profiles to share accomplishments on new leaderboards. The Challenge Mode is just the beginning of an all-new, long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform -- more will be unveiled during the course of the 2017 baseball season.

Out of the Park Baseball 18 also includes:

  • 2017 roster sets with all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system from Triple-A down to rookie leagues and the Arizona Fall League. All major league (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings are based on the popular ZiPS player projection system. The 8 international leagues, as well as independent minor leagues in the US, also return this year with accurate rosters.
  • Historical Negro League clubs, thanks to a partnership with OOTP’s acclaimed historical database experts and Seamheads.com. This feature allows baseball fans to explore the rich history of a bygone era, create compelling what-if scenarios, pit major league clubs against their Negro League counterparts, and much more.
  • Improvements to 3D mode, including: Even more ballpark detail; better on-field player models and enhanced on-field decisions; and the ability to save all 3D highlights and watch a highlight reel, whether the game was played out or simulated.
  • Custom and real world tournaments for all the teams included in the game. National and international tournaments are a breeze to create, as is the ability to import historical teams.
  • Extensive AI improvements, including roster management, trades, and in-game decision-making.
  • A redesigned injury system that features detailed injury histories for all players, little nagging long-term injuries, and more.
  • Many more improvements, including:
    • A beautiful new interface
    • Improved game recaps
    • An upgraded player morale/team chemistry system
    • Enhanced play-by-play text and league news
    • A sophisticated system for team relegation and promotion between leagues
    • The ability to retain player salaries in trades
    • The incorporation of many 2017 CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) rule changes
    • Faster import speeds of historical minor league seasons

OOTP 18 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, official logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 Minor League Baseball league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.

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World of Warcraft EU Price Increases

WoW Website outlines some price increases coming to World of Warcraft services in the EU on April 5th (thanks PC Gamer via Kxmode). They refer to this forum post for more details, saying the changes are "based on regional market conditions." The impacted services are all optional, and subscription prices will remain unchanged. In the meantime, they are offering a sale on select services in case the pending price increases inspire any spending sprees. As of April 5th, prices will range from £9/€10 for a name change all the way up to €65/£55 for a guild transfer & faction change.

StarCraft II Skins Previewed

Blizzard offers a preview of the upcoming StarCraft II patch that will update the real-time strategy sequel to version 3.12. The post shows off more new skins coming with the patch, saying they will cost $2.49 USD each, with discounts available for dynamically priced bundles. Word is: "We know you’ve been wanting more skins, and we have three new ones to feed your appetite — the ‘Bone Ravager’, the ‘Junker Hellion’, and the ‘Adun Immortal.’"

Morning Consolidation

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

We are in the midst of March Madness, or so they tell me, as this a the rare form of insanity I don't suffer. As usual, I actually feel like I'm missing out, but I am also aware that I have a greater interest in team sports in general than many of my geek brothers and sisters, so maybe I should be more surprised that I care as much as I do about pro sports than I am over the college athletics that I find less interesting.

Link Madness: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: PixWars.
Link: Download The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for Free- March 23rd & 24th Only. Thanks RedEye9.
Story: Binge Watchers Do It Six Episodes A Pop.
Science: No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning.
Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancers Are Due to DNA 'Mistakes'.
Media: Automatic Bullseye MOVING Dartboard. Only way I'd ever succeed at that game.
MONSTER HUNT! - FINDING BIGFOOT (Teens React- Gaming).
When a Goose Loves a Human. As sung by Percy Sledge.


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Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

Brian Fargo to Retire After Wasteland 3

Eurogamer reports inXile boss Brian Fargo plans to retire after the company ships Wasteland 3, which is currently projected to happen in 2019. He made a few comments on the topic, which doesn't necessarily make his retirement sound permanent:

"Wasteland 2 and Torment both came out great," he said. "The Mage's Tale's got a great buzz. The Bard's Tale 4 looks spectacular. Wasteland 3 is building on Wasteland 2. It seems like a good time to drop the mic.

"I love this industry, but I've been at this since 1981. I've been at it with Ken and Roberta Williams [Sierra co-founders], Trip Hawkins [EA founder], the guys from Brøderbund - I look at my friends, they have a lot more spare time than I do. It's a very intense business. It's all encompassing. It seems like I should relax for a little bit."

Killing Floor 2 Free Weekend

Steam News announces an extended free weekend is underway for Killing Floor 2. As usual, this coincides with a sale, as the shooter sequel is currently half-off. Here's a refresher on the game:

In KILLING FLOOR 2, players descend into continental Europe where the outbreak caused by Horzine Biotech’s failed experiment has quickly spread and gained unstoppable momentum, essentially paralyzing the European Union— Just one month after the events in the original KILLING FLOOR, the specimen clones are everywhere and civilization is in disarray; communications have failed, governments have collapsed, and military forces have been systematically eradicated. The people of Europe know survival and self-preservation too well and lucky survivors have gone into hiding.

Not all have given up hope though... A group of civilians and mercenaries have banded together to combat the outbreak and established privately funded operation bases across Europe. Upon tracking specimen clone outbreaks, players will descend into zed-laden hot zones and exterminate them.

Football Manager 2017 Free Weekend

Steam News announces Football Manager 2017 is also free this weekend, in case you were hoping for the chance to kick around the sporting sim. The Football Manager website has more details:

Yes, this is the full Football Manager experience – completely free of charge. You’ll have unrestricted access to all of the world’s top leagues and many, many more. With more than 2,500 clubs to take charge of, which team will you pick? You can even create your own club!

Perhaps you’re looking for something faster-paced than career mode? Then why not try Fantasy Draft, where you’ll pick from the world’s best players and build your ultimate team to compete against your friends online - and there's also a single-player mode. There’s more ways to manage than ever before!

The final whistle blows on free play this Sunday, but if you enjoy the game you can make the loan deal permanent at 50% off the usual asking price. Any progress you make will be carried forward, so you won’t have to start your career all over again.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Apex Missions Launch

Mass Effect website announces the debut multiplayer Apex mission is now available for Mass Effect: Andromeda, offering the "first of several ongoing story-based missions that will feature new playable characters, weapons and items." This trailer introduces "Drack's Missing Scouts," which is available through Monday in the action/RPG sequel. Here's word:

The fight for a new home continues in multiplayer APEX Missions, beginning now. Squad up with your friends as a member of the APEX militia, or send out your Strike Team, and take on these daring limited time missions on behalf of the Andromeda Initiative. Get a chance to earn valuable Mission Funds to spend on new equipment items. A new fighter joins the ranks today, the Krogan Gladiator. And a new weapon, the Ruzad Shotgun, will become available in Store packs.

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Afghanistan '11 Released

Slitherine announces the release of Afghanistan '11, the counter-insurgency game following in the boot prints of Vietnam ’65. The Windows strategy game is available on Steam, carrying a 10% launch discount. This trailer from last month offers a look at the game, and here's word on what to expect:

Slitherine and Every Single Soldier are once again taking the strategy genre from a totally new angle. After the stunning success of Vietnam ’65 (81 score on Metacritic and 85 user’s review score on Steam), the counter-insurgency gaming system created by Johan Nagel is back in a new setting, with a new look and with a monumental list of new features.

As before, players are faced with the task of destroying an ever-elusive enemy while striving to win the Hearts & Minds of the local population. They must juggle spending resources to fight the enemy, while at the same time capitalising on the opportunity to bring civilians to their cause.

They are facing a barrage of obstacles, from IED's to hidden enemies such as local militia that excel at guerrilla warfare as well as Taliban troops that make their way over the mountains from Pakistan to stifle their efforts. Their own casualties can severely damage military progress while eliminating enemy troops and assisting villages and improving their infrastructure can significantly assist them. They will have many tools to achieve success, from the mighty Apache Helicopter to Special Forces units which can be used to train Afghan National Army Units or to hunt down the enemy.

Logistics are also a key factor: defending supply convoys without which troops will suffer and will be vulnerable to ambushes and loss of combat effectiveness is the key to attaining a solid victory.

Furthermore, a tense political situation grips the country: unpredictable Political Events can significantly alter the outcome of the struggle and Elections will play a vital role in the mission to stabilise Afghanistan.

With 18 different campaign scenarios starting from the initial actions in Afghanistan to the culmination of American involvement there are tens of hours of counter-insurgency warfare to be played. The game also has an extremely customizable Skirmish mode which allows to consistently alter any parameter of the operation the player’s liking.

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Prey Trailer

Bethesda.net offers a new trailer from Prey called "Only Yu Can Save the World" (Yu see what they did there?). The clip helps understand Morgan Yu, the player character in the upcoming shooter re-something. Would you like to know more? Pray read on:

In Prey, you’re mankind’s last – and only – hope. Using badass weapons and powers, you’ll step into the TranStar uniform of Morgan Yu and fight through an alien-infested space station to save humanity. But while you’re safeguarding the world from the Typhon threat aboard Talos I, you’re also in search of your own identity. Who exactly are you? What powers, abilities and weapons can you wield? What other choices will you make? And who else is aboard Talos I? We answer these questions – and more – in our latest video.

While Morgan begins as an enigma, you’ll define who he is through your choices and actions. Do you rescue the survivors aboard Talos I? Will you choose to install more alien-based powers – and thus alter your own humanity? And, at the most basic level, how will you survive with the deadly Typhon aliens actively hunting you? Every decision you make has the potential to reverberate throughout the entire game.

“What Morgan does to respond to the aliens invading the station matters,” says Lead Systems Designer Seth Shain. “All of these things contribute to different permutations of end games that we have, so it matters that way. But it also matters how the other characters respond to you and how they treat you. And it’s exactly what will define Morgan in the end.”

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Ballistic Overkill This Month

Aquiris Game Studio announces a March 28th launch date for the full version of Ballistic Overkill, the Windows, Linux, and OS X PvP shooter that's currently in early access on Steam. A new gameplay teaser trailer celebrates the news, and here's more on what to expect:

Horizon Chase developer Aquiris Game Studio has been 2 years untiringly developing its PvP class-based shooter Ballistic Overkill, which has sold over 50.000 copies to date, spread mainly across the US, Brazil, China and Germany. The game also achieved 84% positive review rate on Steam, attracting both hardcore and casual FPS gamers, many of them praising the game and comparing with classic and modern titles of the genre, as Quake III Arena, the original Unreal Tournament, Call of Duty MW2 or Battlefield 3. The studio is pleased to announce the project is ready to leave Early Access, and also wants to thank the devoted community for supporting the project during all these months with enormously valuable feedback which shaped the final product after 7 years of history. For Aquiris the project is not close at all, only the release version, as it will continue to improve after launch with extra content and features.

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Dauntless Alpha Signups

Phoenix Labs is now accepting signups from those interested in beta testing Dauntless, their upcoming co-op action/RPG. They say that invitations for closed alpha tests will roll out over the next few months, with the first testing to begin within a couple of months. They add that an open beta will follow later this year. Here's word on their plans:

Dauntless will be in an early Alpha state and we want you to give feedback even though it’s unfinished. For example, we may turn 500 people loose to fight only Drask for a day to properly balance his encounter. We may unlock a new weapon or armour set to test how well they perform in the heat of battle. There will be bugs, glitches, and unfinished content; it’s all part of the process.

Because Dauntless will still be a work in progress, we will be asking all Alpha participants to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and to not share their access with anyone, to not stream the game, and to not create videos or screenshots of the game.

We believe in partnering with content creators and empowering them to express their passion for Dauntless, and later this year we will open Dauntless up for streaming, video creation, and other kinds of sharing. This will include supporting the community with video pre-roll packages, overlays, logos, and everything else you need to make the best looking content.

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Early Access

Steam now offers early access to PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, a last-man standing shooter from Bluehole and the creator of the Battle Royale game-mode found in the ARMA series and H1Z1 : King of the Kill (thanks Blahman). The game's website has the news, along with a new trailer, and there's more on the early access launch in this update on Steam. Here's word:

Today is a very special day for me! For the last four years, ever since I launched my first Battle Royale game-mode using the DayZ mod on Arma 2, I have worked hard to try deliver an intense, dynamic and fun experience. Through its various iterations in the ARMA series, H1Z1 and now in my own standalone game, you all have shown me tremendous support, and for that I want to say a sincere thank you.

I now want to run through a timeline for optimization of our game. A lot of you have been asking about how and when we will optimize the game, so hopefully this post will give you a better idea of our plans over the coming months.

One important thing to note. Client optimization takes time, and will not be solved in one single patch. We will be working hard over the next 6 months to ensure all players enjoy smooth gameplay with no lag or FPS drops.

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Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Dialogue- A Writer's Story -- Steam Greenlight. "Dialogue: A Writer’s Story is a game about conversations, writing and science. You play out a year in the life of Lucille, a writer working on her science fantasy novel, whose content is highly inspired by her neighbour Adrian’s research subject, biochemistry. The gameplay consists of different kinds of conversations, in which the player can learn more about Lucille, her family and friends." The trailer offers a look.
  • Nerepis -- Steam Greenlight. "Nerepis is a third person weapons based fighting set in an unknown time. Each match, whether solo or team-based is a grueling battle with a cast of unique characters and levels." Here's a trailer.

Evening Consolidation

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Evening Metaverse

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Evening Safety Dance

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New Overwatch Reporting Options on PTR

A new version of Overwatch now live on the Public Test Realm for Blizzard's multiplayer shooter. Kotaku notes that the newest version includes new options for reporting players to help make the game a less wretched hive of scum and villainy. Word is new system allows you to tattle on players for Spam, Abusive Chat, Cheating, Griefing, Inactivity, Bad Battletag, and Poor Teamwork. There's no option yet for insta-locking a sniper, but that could conceivably covered by the last item, so there's that.

Destiny 2 in September?

What appear to be marketing material for Destiny 2 can now be found online, showing a September 8, 2017 release date for the shooter sequel. There are details on the alleged leak on PSU. The original appeared on consoles only, but there have been unconfirmed reports of a PC version of the follow-up, so consider this a story of compound rumors. PSU also reports another rumor on this, quoting an "industry insider" saying a PS4 early access period for Destiny 2 is planned to start in June.

Shiness Next Month

A new "music trailer" for Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom reveals an April 18th release date for this kickstarted action/RPG. This is a bit of delay, as the game was announced for a 2016 release, but it is now nearing release for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Steam News has some accompanying details:

The game’s universe was born over 20 years ago from the pen strokes of Samir Rebib, our Artistic Director. In today’s trailer, we invite you discovering the magical lands and characters of the Lightning Kingdom, accompanied by an entrancing, original soundtrack.

This gives you a first taste of the tracks that will accompany you along your journey. We have pumped all our energy and passion into Shiness, and in less than a month a child's dream finally becomes an indie-RPG with a bold personality… and enchanting music!

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 18 April 2017.

Pre-orders for PC are open on Steam, and include the Official Shiness Manga, the Original Soundtrack and 15% off the game's price.

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RPG Maker MV Linux Support

An update for RPG Maker MV on Steam updates this game creation toolkit to version 1.4.0. Publisher Degica proudly announces over one million copies of the game, saying the preliminary Linux export support in the new version is a celebration of the news. Here's word on that: "Now you can use RPG Maker MV on Linux computers to make games, and also export games from Linux for other people to play using PC, Mac, or Linux editions of RPG Maker MV. Also there's a tutorial feature added to the "Help" menu. It is still experimental, but it should help to walk you through basic game making."

Morning Patches

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Vesta -- Steam Greenlight. "Set in a highly technological universe, with Vesta you will again feel the challenge of traditional puzzle games mixed with more arcade elements, all within a very elaborate and fascinating story. Gears, robots, mystery, humour, challenges, fun and action ... Vesta is that, and much more." Here's a trailer.

Gatherings & Competitions

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Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Seems there's an Archer AR app to accompany the premiere of season eight, as they take the show's viral scavenger hunting to the next level. I'm not sure I'll participate in that aspect of the program, but I am happy with anything that raises its profile and fuels the potential that it will run for another 20-something seasons and challenge the Simpsons' run.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Loot Heroes: Clicker.
Link: The giant ships that ship other ships through the shipping lanes.
Stories: The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America.
Boy with skin disorder finds best friend in dog with same condition.
Science: Scammy science- 40 journals appointed a fake person as editor.
Media: James Bond Is A Terrible Employee.
Dash Cam Owners Australia March 2017 (NSFW). Thanks Boing Boing.



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