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Police Simulator 18 This Year

Publisher astragon Entertainment announces Police Simulator 18 is the new title of the game they announced last year under the title Police Simulator - Law Enforcement. This is expected before the end of this year, and the news includes some new details on what to expect:

Dazzling blue lights, high-speed emergency drives and exciting investigative work: Last August publisher astragon Entertainment and Portuguese developer Big Moon Interactive first announced a new police simulation game, which will let players experience the exciting day-to-day policework of a real US police officer, under the working title Police Simulator – Law Enforcement. Today, astragon is very happy to show some first screenshots of the game which will be released as Police Simulator 18 in retail and as digital download at the end of 2017.

In Police Simulator 18 the player will slip into the role of a real US police officer – either male or female – and discover the interesting challenges and varied tasks that lie waiting for him in the streets of the sprawling US city of Loston Bay. The player can choose to go on patrol through three different city districts either alone in the game’s single player mode or together with a friend in the cooperative two-person multiplayer mode. The extremely expansive - and thanks to the use of the Unreal® Engine 4 very lifelike – metropolis can be freely explored by the player either on foot or in one of three distinct patrol cars.

In addition to these police cars with their fully functional cockpits the virtual cop will of course also be able to use a broad range of authentic police equipment such as safety vests, handcuffs, flashlights, firearms and more.

Police Simulator 18 will be released for PC at the end of 2017. More information about the game will be coming soon.

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The guys working on the bathroom are more or less finished, which is almost a surprise, since this seemed like an endless ordeal at one point. We still have to get a little painting done, but we are right on the verge of being able to put the house on the market. Things are starting to get real!

Real Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Make a Car Simulator.
Stories: Peter Parker’s first MCU appearance was in… Iron Man 2-! (And, yes, that's canon now).
Why you should really be scared of ticks this summer.
She Was Named World’s Ugliest Dog, but ‘She’s Just Darling’.
Science: What is the human plague? Two more cases confirmed in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.
Media: Vaccines: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO). NSFW. Thanks RedEye9.
Power lines electrical arching due to car accident. Give my creation life!
Tattoo artists snark on celebrity tattoos. An odd couple of style critics.
Auction: John Romero's Original DOOM 2 disks - 3.5" floppies. Thanks NeoGAF.

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Monday, Jun 26, 2017

SteamWorld Dig 2 Digs Steam Too

Steam News announces SteamWorld Dig 2 is coming to Windows, macOS, and Linux later this year. The sequel was only announced for Nintendo Switch, but with that title, not making this move would be unsteamly. The game's Steam page says to expect it in late summer/early fall. Here's the announcement:

It’s my absolute pleasure to announce that SteamWorld Dig 2 is coming to Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux in 2017. Due to popular demand from fans of the original, we’re (finally) revisiting the mysterious and unresolved setting for SteamWorld Dig.

Here's the official game description:

"Grab your pickaxe and dig into the sequel to the award-winning SteamWorld Dig! A platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames.

In search of her lost friend, a lone steambot and her unlikely companion must dig deep, gain riches and explore an underworld riddled with danger. But time is running short..."

SWD2 will be much longer than the original and answer every possible question you could have from playing our previous SteamWorld games. We will share more cool info in the months up until release.

For now you can find more info, including the game trailer and screenshots, by visiting the Steam store page. Wishlist today to be among the first to know when it's coming out!

Double Dragon Trilogy Free With GOG Purchase

GOG.com announces a weekly sale covering dozens of games offering discounts up to 90%. They are also giving a free copy of the Double Dragon Trilogy. The sale includes Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Hollow Knight, System Shock 2, and more. The whole thing is outlined here, and here's word:

Just when you thought this blissful downpour of deals was at its end BOOM! - our massive Weekly Sale Vol. 20 comes around to prove you wrong. Look at these sweet sweet discounts - and all you have to do is stick your tongue out and taste them! While you're at it, don't forget to take advantage of our special offer: make a purchase on GOG.com during this week and a FREE copy of Double Dragon Trilogy is yours. Pretty cool, right?

Agents of MAYHEM Trailer

A new trailer from Agents of MAYHEM introduces more characters from the upcoming open-world action game. The clip shows off "the bombshells." a pair of hotties and their soccer hooligan buddy. This is a mix of 2D and 3D cinematics, complete with narration featuring a fromagey accent. Here's word:

Don’t be fooled by Joule’s beautiful, sweet demeanor; behind the high fashion lies a mind of robotic engineering genius that makes her equally as comfortable walking the runways in stilettos as engineering deployable murder turrets. With her Master Programmer ability, Joule is the perfect complement to Rama. As the world’s foremost immunologist, Rama uses her Deadshot ability to gain precision the more she charges her bow. Her weapon class lends her the shield buster status, allowing Rama to deal bonus damage to shields and pierce targets protected by hard shields. No team is complete without a resident futball-obsessed lunatic; Redcard wields his Hooligan weapon to pierce the skin of his unfortunate enemies, precisely hitting them with his close-range charge attacks to clear the crowd.

When circumstances are at their most dire, when the pressure is at its absolute utmost, when the only solution is to send in the big guns, call in the Bombshells.

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It Came from E3 2017, Part 19

On Sale

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Into the Black

Secret World Legends Launched

Funcom announces Secret World Legends is now live, offering their free-to-play "shared-world" action/RPG reboot of The Secret World, their MMORPG. A new launch trailer helps kick things off, and they provide loads of details in the announcement:

Are you ready to discover the deepest, darkest, and most shocking secrets of our world? The time is now! Today Funcom officially launched the shared-world RPG Secret World Legends™ and the game is available fully free-to-play via www.secretworldlegends.com on Windows PC. Reimagined and reborn from Funcom’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online game The Secret World, Secret World Legends features well over 100 hours of story-driven content that can be explored in entirety either alone, with a group of friends, or with strangers you meet in the online world.

“From the ambitious scale of its storytelling to the quality of quest design and voice acting, Secret World Legends delivers an experience unlike any other you can find in gaming,” says Executive Producer Scott Junior at Funcom. “It’s a captivating journey into the unknown with an adult setting and tone perfect for fans of deep, rewarding RPGs. And if you want, you can experience all of it with friends and strangers in this huge online world we’ve built. Or you can go at it alone – it’s completely up to you.”

Secret World Legends revamps the core gameplay experience to be more accessible to both newcomers and long-time fans, introducing stronger progression structures, streamlined quest flow, and improved visuals and UI. Combat is more dynamic than ever, redesigned from traditional MMO-style tab targeting to a more modern action-driven reticle system, and each of the game’s nine weapon types have been reengineered with new mechanics to offer a unique feel in battle.

Set within a dark and mature story universe, Secret World Legends plunges players into a sweeping adventure into the supernatural underbelly of myths and legends that exists in the shadows of our own realm. Travel the globe in pursuit of mysterious forces threatening the world, using your wits and abilities to solve complex investigations and uncover the truth. The developers will be continuing to add content and new storylines going forward, finally allowing them to bring the story of The Secret World forward in new, exciting directions. Secret World Legends is currently available on www.secretworldlegends.com, and will also launch on Steam of July 31st.

For more information on Secret World Legends, including a detailed breakdown of the game’s features, visit www.SecretWorldLegends.com.

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Star Citizen Bank Loan Follow-up

A post on the Roberts Space Industries website reacts to the report that Cloud Imperium Games secured a bank loan that lead to some headlines stating that "the bank" now owns Star Citizen, their crowdfunded space game. They say the loan is just some accounting wizardry to avoid losing money on international currency conversion, and the game is not collateral in this. Here's the post:

We have noticed the speculations created by a posting on the website of UK’s Company House with respect to Coutt’s security for our UK Tax Rebate advance, and we would like to provide you with the following insight to help prevent some of the misinformation we have seen.

Our UK companies are entitled to a Government Game tax credit rebate which we earn every month on the Squadron 42 development. These rebates are payable by the UK Government in the fall of the next following year when we file our tax returns. Foundry 42 and its parent company Cloud Imperium Games UK Ltd. have elected to partner with Coutts, a highly regarded, very selective, and specialized UK banking institution, to obtain a regular advance against this rebate, which will allow us to avoid converting unnecessarily other currencies into GBP. We obviously incur a significant part of our expenditures in GBP while our collections are mostly in USD and EUR. Given today's low interest rates versus the ongoing and uncertain currency fluctuations, this is simply a smart money management move, which we implemented upon recommendation of our financial advisors.

The collateral granted in connection with this discounting loan is absolutely standard and pertains to our UK operation only, which develops Squadron 42. As a careful review of the security will show and contrary to some irresponsible and misleading reports, the collateral specifically excludes “Star Citizen.” The UK Government rebate entitlement, which is audited and certified by our outside auditors on a quarterly basis, is the prime collateral. Per standard procedure in banking, our UK companies of course stand behind the loan and guarantee repayment which, however, given the reliability of the discounted asset (a UK Government payment) is a formality and nothing else. This security does not affect our UK companies’ ownership and control of their assets. Obviously, the UK Government will not default on its rebate obligations which will be used for repayment, and even then the UK companies have ample assets to repay the loan, even in such an eventuality which is of course unthinkable.

This should clarify the matter. Thank you.

Quake Champions Coming to Steam

A post on the Bethesda.net forums say that Quake Champions will come to Steam when the multiplayer shooter is released (thanks PCGamesN). Here's word:

Quake Champions will be release on Steam?
JB: Quake Champions will indeed be released on Steam. You will still be required to have a linked Bethesda.net account, but users playing the game from Steam will not go through the Bethesda.net launcher. During the current beta period the game will only be available through the Bethesda.net launcher.

U.K. Sales Charts

The new GfK Chart-Track recaps last week's game sales in the U.K. Here's their summary, here's the all platforms top 40 and their PC-specific top 30. Here's the PC top 10:

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A couple of questions rolled in about which edition of Blade Runner I watched. The answer is the "Final Cut," which is one of many. The special edition I have includes a few of these. It seemed important somehow to have all of them, just like I have a bunch of versions of Brazil in the collection I have of that. The weird thing is that the reason there are many versions of some films is because of botched theatrical versions dictated by movie execs. So I'm not sure why I have the originals if those are the ones you don't want to watch. Weird.

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Play: Pirates Slay.
13 Jellyfish.
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In Pursuit of Millennials, More Fun in Sports. But Still No Twerking. Thanks j.c.f.
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Flight Sim X - American 1337 Taking Off, Giggles Ensue. NSFW.
HBO Show, Silicon Valley Title Sequence Breakdown.
Follow-up: "Pharma Bro" Shkreli snubs legal advice as he heads to court.


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