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Anthem Released

Electronic Arts announces today is the official launch day for Anthem, saying the multiplayer action/RPG is now available for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This follows a week of exclusive access for Origin Insiders, and EA has also detailed the contents of a day one patch for the game. A post on Eurogamer has tips for new players. Here's the previously released launch trailer and here's the release announcement:

Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and BioWare officially launched Anthem™, inviting players to don their javelins and fully immerse themselves in this brand-new world as a team of four. Players take on the role of Freelancers, and will work together to unleash their power with amazing abilities and coordinated teamwork, utilizing each javelin’s unique strengths to build a formidable team.

“I feel remarkably similar to when we launched the original Mass Effect trilogy,” said Casey Hudson, General Manager of BioWare. “I’m excited, anxious and incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished. I sincerely hope our players enjoy what we have created, and I look forward to the countless stories we’ll tell in the world of Anthem in the weeks and months to come.”

Anthem also delivers amazing characters and deep lore that allows players to immerse themselves in the world and embrace its mysteries, as well as regular new content that will change the world and keep the experience fresh and new. In the game, players will square off against the nefarious Monitor, the leader of the militaristic Dominion who seeks to bend the very powers of creation and destruction to his will. The Freelancers must thwart the Monitor’s schemes to control the Anthem of Creation, or else he could tear the entire world apart and plunge the planet into ultimate chaos.

Launch is just the beginning for Anthem, as the game will continue to grow and evolve through free live service content updates. Over the next 90 days alone the game will deliver new missions, new rewards, a new stronghold and more. Perhaps the most noteworthy inclusion will be the introduction of the first Cataclysm, a world-changing event that will bring with it an entirely new experience. During the course of the game’s life new stories, characters and villains will emerge and players will be treated to ongoing excitement and conflicts.

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Sudden Strike 4 - The Pacific War DLC Released

Sudden Strike 4 - The Pacific War is now available on GOG.com and Steam for Windows, Linux, and macOS, offering the latest DLC for this World War II strategy game. This comes with a 15% launch discount, and requires ownership of the base version of Sudden Strike 4. Beyond the DLC, that core version also gets some new free content today in a new version 1.15 update. This post has details on the patch and the three new story-oriented bonus missions it provides. Here's a gameplay trailer and here's the news:

Along with introducing a new theatre of the conflict, The Pacific War DLC features ten missions set across two campaigns. Players will have access six new commanders including the Imperial Japanese Army’s Admiral Soemu Toyoda, the Southern Expeditionary Army Group’s Hisaichi, Legendary five-star US general Douglas MacArthur and Chief of Staff Richard J. Marshall. Also included in The Pacific War DLC are 51 new vehicles, including amphibious vehicles for land and sea combat, massive controllable aircraft carriers to rule the skies, advanced air combat planes for vicious dog fights and devastating flamethrowers to eliminate ground combatants in spectacular fashion. A new gameplay trailer is available showing the DLC in action.

In addition, update 1.15 has also been released today for the main game, which introduces three new bonus missions completely free of charge. Read the full PC and console changelogs for all the details.

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Christofer Sundberg Leaving Avalanche Studios

Christofer Sundberg is parting ways with Avalanche Studios, revealing the news in a tweet that says he will leave at the end of April (thanks Gamasutra). Sundberg co-founded the Swedish developer in 2003 with Linus Blomberg. He's been serving as Chief Creative Officer, and is credited as the designer on the original Just Cause. He does not give reasons for the departure, but such moves are not unexpected after a company is acquired, and Nordisk Film bought Avalanche last year. Here's his announcement:

I just announced to the team here at #AvalancheStudios that I will be leaving the company at the end of April. The studio I founded in my kitchen, built, ran and loved for 16 years, working together with fantastic individuals and teams.

LEFT ALIVE Walkthrough Video

A new extended walkthrough trailer for LEFT ALIVE shows off more than 14 minutes of gameplay from Square Enix's upcoming stealthy shooter. The Windows edition is due for release on March 5th, and is available for pre-purchase on Steam. Here's word on the clip and the game:

SQUARE ENIX® today revealed an extended look at the gameplay for the upcoming stealth action shooter LEFT ALIVE™, showcasing the variety of gameplay mechanics and strategies available to players.

LEFT ALIVE challenges players to enter a war-torn city of Novo Slava and use their skills to overcome the overwhelming enemy forces against them.

The in-depth video delves into the motivations of each of the three main characters and presents them in different situations. By sneaking through the environment, using crafted traps to avoid confrontation, or facing enemies head-on using powerful weaponry known as Wanzers, players must use every option available and find the best route to survival.

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Lonely Adventure Demo

A preview demo of Lonely Adventure is now available for Windows on itch.io, offering the chance to travel to the edge of the solar system. Here's the pitch:

Lonely Adventure is a 1st person PC game where the player takes a journey to the edge of the Solar System to find out if humanity is in danger.

The player assumes the role of the pilot on the latest prototype vessel. A series of recent incidents code-named “Anomalies” have been recorded throughout the solar system. The player must visit each location of these anomalies and solve the problem.

Undead Horde Early Access Next Month

Developer/publisher 10tons announces that Undead Horde will be available on Steam Early Access on March 6th, offering a "necromancer simulator" for Windows. This post has the news: "Finally! We have a launch date for Undead Horde Early Access. It is March 6th! We're roughly 3 months behind our estimated schedule which isn't too bad considering this is a brand new game. Lately we've been talking of launch during February, but it became quite crowded so we opted to delay just a bit more." Here's word on the game itself:

Become a necromancer and raise the dead - Undead Horde is a necromantic action game with elements from RPG, strategy and hack'n'slash. You'll battle against the living who've driven the necromancers and their undead minions into exile. You'll re-animate all kinds of creatures and build an army of up to 100 undead. Your army follows you or attacks by itself depending on your commands.

  • Explore and conquer a fantasy world filled with creatures from humans to giant scorpions
  • Re-animate your slain enemies and make them part of your undead army
  • Endless number of new weapons, trinkets and magical items
  • Level up and create the necromancer of your nightmares
  • Sell and trade your loot with various merchants
  • Manage shops with upgrades

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Out of the Blue

When I picked up Jedi the Jindo yesterday to take a walk with the Gunnar-man, the twin were watching "Stranger Dragons" (How to Train Your Dragon). They explained they were watching the series in case it had clues to what to expect from the new animated film (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World), which debuts today. They then excitedly asked if I would come with them and their folks to see it today, which was very flattering. So much so that I think I will indeed tag along with them. The movie is actually getting great reviews, though I don't know how much adult appeal it will carry, but I'm just going along for the experience. And that experience should be interesting, as the matinee will likely be mostly children, which should make for an interesting time to say the least.

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Wallace's Giant Bee (Megachile pluto), once thought extinct, has been discovered alive on island in Indonesia.
NASA’s InSight lander now offers the first public Mars weather service. Would've helped Matt Damon.
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Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

Get Thimbleweed Park for Free

The Epic Games Store now offers its next freebie with the promised release of Thimbleweed Park with a 100% discount off its normal $19.99 price. To get this for nothing you need to pick up your copy over the next two weeks. They also reveal the next game they'll be giving away come March 7th will be Slime Rancher. In the meantime, here's a tour of Thimbleweed Park:

Welcome to Thimbleweed Park. Population: 80 nutcases.

A haunted hotel, an abandoned circus, a burnt-out pillow factory, a dead body pixelating under the bridge, toilets that run on vacuum tubes... you’ve never visited a place like this before.

In Thimbleweed Park, a dead body is the least of your problems. Switch between five playable characters to uncover the surreal secrets of this strange town in a modern mystery adventure game from the creators of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion. The deeper you go, the weirder it gets.

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BATTLETECH Free Weekend

Steam announces a free weekend is underway for BATTLETECH along with a half-off sale on the mechanized action/strategy game for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here's a pitch to entice you into trying this:

From original BATTLETECH/MechWarrior creator Jordan Weisman and the developers of the award-winning Shadowrun Returns series comes the next-generation of turn-based tactical 'Mech combat.

The year is 3025 and the galaxy is trapped in a cycle of perpetual war, fought by noble houses with enormous, mechanized combat vehicles called BattleMechs. Take command of your own mercenary outfit of 'Mechs and the MechWarriors that pilot them, struggling to stay afloat as you find yourself drawn into a brutal interstellar civil war. Upgrade your starfaring base of operations, negotiate mercenary contracts with feudal lords, repair and maintain your stable of aging BattleMechs, and execute devastating combat tactics to defeat your enemies on the battlefield.

Starpoint Gemini 3 Announced

LGM Games announces Starpoint Gemini 3, a new installment in the Starpoint Gemini series of out-of-this-world action/RPGs. They don't yet specify a release date, but the game's Steam listing and announcement trailer say to expect it sometime this year. They say to keep an eye on their YouTube Channel for an upcoming series of video developer diaries. Here's the announcement with word on what to expect:

Zagreb, Croatia, February 21, 2019. LGM Games™, creators of the Starpoint Gemini franchise, are proud to announce a brand-new title.

The new installment is an open-world space action single-player RPG that puts the player in the cockpit of Captain Jonathan Bold, a space adventurer travelling the vast universe of Starpoint Gemini 3®.

For the first time in the franchise, Starpoint Gemini 3® introduces 3D, animated NPCs that players can interact with, and this time the flight path leads beyond Gemini as they get to explore two new planetary systems, visiting various venues, from pubs with shady clientele to high-tech facilities and noisy, glitzy nightclubs.

Along with the action-packed space battles, Starpoint Gemini 3® comes with an array of novel possibilities. With the help of ADAH, a digital consciousness that runs the ship's computer, players can operate the ship's drone and accomplish tasks they wouldn't otherwise be able to do.

The immersive gameplay and the absorbing story of Starpoint Gemini 3® takes the players on an unforgettable adventure.

Starpoint Gemini 3 key features

  • Adrenaline-packed dogfighting combat
  • Brand new tri-system universe layout
  • Immersive gameplay and an absorbing storyline with a copious quantity of encounter quests, characters and activities
  • Detailed visitable interiors
  • New out-of-ship drone control and exploration of space structures
  • Rich, versatile free-roam content
  • Modular ship upgrading system

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Galactic Civilizations III: Retribution Released

Galactic Civilizations III: Retribution is now available from Stardock and Steam, offering the promised new expansion for Galactic Civilizations III, the 4X space strategy game. For a limited time this is on sale, and you can pick up the expansion for 10% off and the base game (which includes the Crusade expansion and Mega Events DLC) for 70% off. Here's the release trailer from a couple of weeks ago, and here's more on how you can redeem yourself with Redemption:

Today, Stardock released Galactic Civilizations® III: Retribution, a brand new expansion for its popular space strategy sandbox game, Galactic Civilizations III. In Retribution, your civilization has uncovered powerful artifacts, discovered how to construct hypergates, encountered two new major civilizations, and much more.

Galactic Civilizations III is a 4X space strategy game set in the 23rd century where humans and aliens are competing against each other for domination. Across the galaxy, ancient alien artifacts are being discovered, giving civilizations powerful new capabilities. Meanwhile, as civilizations try to carefully balance building an economy, funding an ever growing war machine, and engaging in diplomacy, the humans of Sol III have invented a game-changing new technology - Hypergates - which, when connected, allow for rapid transit across the galaxy.

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Bannermen Released

Bannermen is now available for Windows on Steam, offering the chance to answer the age-old question of who banners the bannermen. This medieval fantasy strategy game can be picked up on Steam, and it carries a 10% launch discount for the next week. A new launch trailer offers a look, and the announcement explains all:

Developer Pathos Interactive and publisher 2tainment GmbH today launched their Real-Time Strategy (RTS) title Bannermen on PC via Steam. Bannermen is a medieval fantasy game mixing classic RTS elements including resource-gathering, base building, and unit recruitment, with powerful environmental spells that devastate the enemy while reshaping the world. These spells summon lightning strikes, tornadoes, volcanic explosion, and additional nature-based effects which can turn the tide of battle!

“We are excited for the launch of Bannermen and can’t wait for players to try out Pathos’ modernized take on the classic RTS formula” said Alexander Wagner, Product Manager at 2tainment GmbH. “The environmental magic, combined with the game’s rich characters and story, will certainly entertain fans of the genre and those new to Real-Time Strategy.”

Bannermen takes place in the realm of Valtoria, a low-fantasy medieval world ravaged by decades of war, starvation, and natural disasters. Players take on the role of Lord Berrian, who is trying to recapture his kingdom’s former glory, finding and rallying bannermen to battle against a host of tribes and the dark Lord Karthor. By utilizing nature powers — a core feature of Bannermen — players can leverage natural phenomena such as lightning strikes to electrocute armies, take advantage of dust storms that limit vision to sneak past enemies, and much more. With a fully story-driven campaign, each mission contains varied gameplay and challenges designed to push the narrative forward. Bannermen also provides online multiplayer modes with matchmaking and ladders.

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The Division 2 Endgame Trailer

A new trailer from Tom Clancy's The Division 2 shows off some of the endgame from the upcoming open-world action/RPG (cue Private Hudson). The description of this clip is very brief, but it offers a cheery reminder that the open beta is on the way: "This isn’t the end, Agents. The fight for our city has only just begun. Welcome to The Division 2 Endgame. Play for free in The Division 2 Open Beta March 1-4!" Continue here to read the full story.

Trident's Wake Early Access Awakens

Trident's Wake is now available in Early Access on Steam, offering first crack at this top-down, twin-stick shooter for Windows. A frantic new gameplay trailer illustrates the news, and here's word:

Trident's Wake is an intense co-operative twin-stick shooter in an unforgiving sci-fi setting. Join up to three other players to take back humanity's last hope - the colony ship code-named Trident – from an unknown race of alien invaders!

Set in the year 2350, players take control of Sentinels, mechanized chassis built specifically to house human consciousness, in order to join the resistance and battle to ensure humanity’s survival. With both online and local multiplayer, up-to-4 players can join together to save the remnants of mankind, which have taken refuge in a colony ship called Trident - civilization's last bastion of hope. The Trident, however, has been overrun by an unknown alien force and it’s up to players to customize their Sentinels with deadly firepower and work together to save their society from annihilation.

“Players will encounter a very polished game where they can partake with friends in a robust online battle against an alien enemy,” said Ignacio “Nacho" Baldini, C.E.O. and Founder of Bacus Studios. “During the coming months we’ll be adding new features to Trident’s Wake that are based on player feedback in order to provide the best co-op twin-stick shooter experience possible.”

Trident’s Wake features include:

  • A variety of Sentinels to choose from, each with a unique ability and set of attributes that cater to different playstyles
  • Procedurally-generated missions
  • Customizable Sentinels
  • An engaging progression system, which rewards players with new weapons, abilities upgrades and even new Sentinels
  • A wide array of weapons and abilities that add strategic depth to each mission and complement all playstyles
  • Weapon customization. Tinker with weapons until they are just right. Players can even favor one attribute at the expense of the others
  • Weapon upgrades: Because there’s no such thing as “too much firepower”
  • Fully cooperative gameplay

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Into the Black

BATALJ Breaks Out

Fall Damage announces they've dropped BATALJ on Steam, offering an online, turn-based action/strategy game for Windows. The launch trailer offers a look, and the announcement fills in the details:

Independent developer Fall Damage Studio today announced the launch of its turn based Action Strategy game BATALJ on PC.

Cunning tactics and quick decision making are essential to gaining an edge as players battle for control with their distinctive, custom built squads.

Players will have access to 9 different heroes and 54 units, all of which provide a huge number of different tactical options and millions of different squad variations for players to experiment with. Squads can be created from one of three available factions, the scavenging and nomadic Rusters, the machine integrated Re-Linked or the genetically enhanced Splicers, all offering a broad range of offensive and defensive capabilities in combat.

“At Fall Damage Studio we set out to make BATALJ a truly unique addition to the turn based genre, providing almost limitless options to face opponents with fast tactical gameplay” Said Anders Gyllenberg, CEO at Fall Damage Studio.

The simultaneous turn based nature of BATALJ means that there's very little downtime between turns, providing players with a fast paced strategy game as they attempt to outwit each other with a combination of units and heroes in the ultimate turn based head to head experience.

Players will need to develop reactionary tactical solutions across a variety of maps as they go up against a myriad of different opponent unit configurations in the battle for vital control points on the battle map.

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Anthem Day One Patch Notes Redux

Day One Patch Notes are now available for Anthem, BioWare's new action/RPG. The game officially launches tomorrow, but has been available for almost a week to Origin Access. These are similar to the notes found on Reddit the other day, but add even more changes. Grab a snack and an adult diaper and read on for the lengthy post:

For those of you who have been playing the Early Access version of the game, we wanted to let you know that a Day 1 Patch is on its way. The patch will deployed before worldwide launch. On February 22, 2019, the game will include the following updates and our Live Service officially begins.

High level fixes

  • Decreased loading times for older disk drives
  • Fixed many infinite loading screens
  • Fixed multiple challenges not tracking properly
  • A number of issues have been fixed that were causing players to disconnect or crash
  • Weapons and gear now have numbers present for modifiers

General Fixes and Improvements

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PUBG Framerate Affects Rate-of-Fire

A post on Steam from PUBG Corp explains the discovery that framerate on players' computers is impacting rate of fire in PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS. They say a fix is now being vetted on their test server, and outline the implications on gameplay:

Solution
We implemented a solution in the recent test server update to help alleviate the above issues and hopefully provide better game play environment. Without going into too much technical detail, it aims to mitigate the problem related to the discrepancy between expected time of fire and the execution of the timer. This happens by modifying the timer delay by a portion of the frame time. We expect this will minimize discrepancies between the timer and the rate of fire.

This doesn’t mean there won’t be any errors, but on average they should be closer to 0 and those that are accumulated into a buffer will decay on each shot in an effort to keep the expected rate of fire consistent.

Because rate of fire is now steady and independent of frame rate, some players may notice a more difficult to control recoil, especially in high rate of fire weapons on low FPS settings. Those weapons will still have to be capped by the game’s 1 bullet per frame rule, so in conditions of sub 20 FPS, the actual rate of fire for a weapon such as Micro UZI will still be slower.

Future Plans
We hope the changes in the recent test server patch will at least improve the discrepancy between those with ultra high FPS and players with more of an average set up. This solution will be applied to the test server first, but will not be implemented in the live server just yet. We will review the data and your feedback while on the test server and determine an appropriate time to bring it to live based on those findings.

Eternity: The Last Unicorn Next Month

1C Entertainment announces the "hunt for Elven immorality" in Eternity: The Last Unicorn is due for release on March 5th. This trailer shows off this action/RPG, which is not as cuddly as the unicorn reference would imply. That is also made clear from the description:

Eternity: The Last Unicorn revels in classic action-RPG mechanics, weaving a fantastical tale that’s steeped in Norse mythology and the struggles with immortality. Long ago, unicorns brought about immortality, yet now they are all but extinct, with one last cursed member still in existence. Aurehen of Alfheim is tasked with the weighty obligation of saving the waning immortality of her fellow elves before it fully evaporates, all the while lifting the curse on the last unicorn.

True to its old-school RPG roots, Eternity: The Last Unicorn embraces the fixed camera stylings of yore, offering players deep skill and weapon progression as they explore the land of Alfheim. Everything from the world’s gods and mythology, to its imposing creatures (Jotun and Fenrir and Gullveig, oh my!) is immersed in rich, Nordic folklore, making this the perfect excuse to brush up on your rune readings.

Key Features:

  • Two playable characters: The young elf, Aurehen, and the Viking, Bior - each with a unique backstory and character abilities.
  • Over 12 hours of deep action-RPG gameplay to explore
  • Fixed camera system reminiscent of old-school RPGs
  • Skill, weapon, and ability progression tied into exploration and character growth
  • An original soundtrack built to convey both the Nordic and fantastical themes of Eternity

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KurtzPel Closed Beta Underway

A five-day global closed beta test for KurtzPel is now underway on Steam, offering the chance to check out this anime third-person action game built with the Unreal Engine. Those interest in participating can apply for a beta key through this page. If you're on the fence, this trailer shows off the game's frenetic game style, and we have more details below:

KurtzPel takes place in the magical, wondrous world of Erthesia, which becomes plagued by a fanatic nation called Bellatos who brings forth the Purification War in order to eradicate all those who defy their religion. Now you must must take on the role of a hero as a member of the Chase, an organization of KurtzPel fighting to save their world from evil.

You will be able to compete and cooperate with fellow Chasers, fighting to raise your ranks for a shared cause: to defeat the Bellatos Army that threatens Erthesia. In KurtzPel, classic action game dynamics are enabled; characters have 2 separate 'Karmas' that can be used interchangeably so that you are free to switch between various fighting styles, weapons, and classes that suit your needs.

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Where the Bees Make Honey Announced

Where the Bees Make Honey sounds a bit like a dirty euphemism based on the birds and the bees, but it's actually a puzzle/adventure game in the works at Wakefield Interactive and Whitethorn Digital for release on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The launch trailer shows off a wistful nostalgic quality, which is reflected in the announcement:

Where the Bees Make Honey tells a story about reflecting on different moments from a childhood, which are played and experienced from an adult perspective. It's a dreamy, ethereal, and thoughtfully crafted experience about nostalgia. The game is capturing that grace period in a childhood where playing dress up was larger than life and changed the environments around you.

At its core Where the Bees Make Honey is a puzzle adventure game, but gameplay variation is filtered throughout. When the game's main character Sunny is an adult reflecting on the times when she was young, the game is played in a first-person perspective. This transition period takes place at her workplace, where she is ultimately at a crossroads with what to do next in her life.

Playable vignettes allow for the game to transition into each season. This allows for a more focused approach for storytelling and player engagement. The vignettes offer an additional perspective of the season they precede. The gameplay varies considerably between seasons, vignettes, and moments.

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Death Mark in April

Aksys Games announces that their horror/adventure Death Mark is coming to Steam on April 4th, offering PC gamers a crack at this "award-winning and critically-acclaimed" visual novel. Word is: "Death Mark takes players on a visually stunning and intensely terrifying journey in which the wrong reaction can lead to a swift and sudden end." A look at the game can be found in the official trailer which accompanied its console release. Here's more:

About Death Mark
A strange rumor is spreading through Tokyo’s H City: those who bear the cursed Mark will die. Unexpectedly appearing on the body as a scar taking on the appearance of a dog bite, the Mark is said to bring about your inexplicable death. Now, having lost your memory, you stand before a mysterious house said to protect those who possess the Mark. As the doors swing open, the countdown to death has already begun.

Features include:

  • Search and Survive! - To avoid an almost certain gruesome death at the “hands” of angry spirits, you’ll need to search your surroundings for clues to increase your odds of survival.
  • Ghost Busting - Sometimes the sword is more powerful than the pen. And when words fail it is time to stand your ground. Remember the price of not holding your own is an untimely death.
  • Riddle Me This - It’s not enough to defeat the spirit that cursed you, it must be done in the right way. If you don’t, you might survive but end up wishing you hadn’t. Be sure to parse all the clues and information you discover correctly to make your life continue to be worth living.

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Xenon Racer Trailer

A new trailer from Xenon Racer shows off another set of locations and tracks for the upcoming racing game, which is due on March 26th. Here's word: "The second Xenon Racer City Showcase video was just revealed, showing cars that drift through the streets of Dubai and Shanghai. In the "City of Gold" of Dubai, there are four racing tracks: Dubai Beach, Dubai Downtown, Dubai Island and Dubai Festival. The largest city in the world, Shanghai, offers two tracks: Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Oval. All tracks can be raced in both directions." Continue here to read the full story.

How Do You Know Mr. Blue? Demo

Game Jolt and itch.io now offer a playable Windows demo for How Do You Know Mr. Blue?, a tastefully named narrative-based detective game where you attempt to track down Mr. Blue, who is surely a man of exceptional taste and style. I'd attempt to extract some royalties from all this, but my team of crack lawyers is still working on getting a settlement from Steve and Nickelodeon over Blue's Clues. As for this game, a trailer shows it off, and here's the skinny:

You are a private investigator. You have been hired by the enigmatic mega-corporation C-Corp to track down the whereabouts of a "Mr. Blue", an employee of theirs who has gone missing. The instructions were simple but clear: find him by any means necessary.

Your first assignment is to interview Mr. Blue's immediate co-workers about his disappearance. They're all claiming ignorance, but someone is lying. Find out who.

Best of luck, detective.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Besides the President's Day earlier this week, apparently the schools around here are closed all week for a "winter break." I don't think this was a thing when I was in school, where we had week-plus breaks around Christmas and Easter, but nothing like this in-between. We helped our friends entertain the idled twins a bit by hosting a cookie baking session. This was a lot of fun, and the kids were very happy and well behaved. They also influenced the menu, which turned out to be chocolate cookies coated in sprinkles and topped with Hershey's Kisses. They did a fine job, and the cookies were very cute, but I tried one of them and wow... I've had treats like rock candy and cotton candy that are basically pure sugar that didn't seem this sweet. I'm pretty sure I got a few cavities on the spot, and probably showed diabetes symptoms for a while.

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Links: How To Save James Bond.
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Tiny tyrannosaur fossil discovery changes the dinosaur timeline.
DeepSqueak is a deep-learning algorithm used to study ultrasonic rat chatter. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Scientists say every animal needs sleep. These fruit flies didn’t get the memo.
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