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Friday, Dec 04, 2015

Delete Steam Games

A post on NeoGAF outlines the procedure for permanently deleting a game from your Steam software library, for those times when it's not enough to just hide them in a folder (the folder name one post mentions using is called "shame"). Word is: "From https://help.steampowered.com, just log-in and select Games, Software, etc., select the game from the search function that shows up, and select I want to permanently remove this game from my account." Thanks PC Invasion for this tip to help with our OCD.

Shadwen Announced

Frozenbyte announces Shadwen, an action adventure they say will bring the stealth genre "back to its roots after years of gung-ho ridden action blasters and yearly revisions." This trailer offers a look at the game and the player it gives the ability to manipulate time to progress. Here's the announcement:
Finnish game developer Frozenbyte has unveiled its upcoming stealth action adventure game Shadwen, bringing the stealth genre back to its roots after years of gung-ho ridden action blasters and yearly revisions.

Shadwen is a true stealth game where the only rule is to remain unseen. Stay hidden - or the ruthless guards will kill you on sight!

The stealth genre has been in a slump for years. Guns blazing and invincible heroes is not stealth. Yearly revisions like sports roster updates is a crap way of doing games," says Lauri Hyvärinen, CEO of Frozenbyte. "Shadwen will bring the genre back to its roots, with sneaking and hiding the main course of action. We will also explore the moral consequences of killing through our characters.

Shadwen, an assassin on a quest to kill the king, has a chance encounter with a little orphaned girl, Lily. She follows Shadwen on her dangerous journey, but when the ruthless guards get too close, Shadwen must take action right in front of Lily's eyes. Will she resort to violence and let Lily witness her crimes, or can she find another way and protect the child's innocence?

To kill or not to kill - that is the question.

== FEATURES ==

  • Stay hidden - avoid detection and guards, who will ruthlessly kill you upon capture.
  • Time is an accomplice - time stands still when you are not controlling Shadwen, allowing you to stop at any point: mid-motion, during jumps, right before a guard sees you.
  • Carefully rewind time to manipulate your past and present actions to gain an upper hand on the guards. Make precision movements to nail each move and try different strategies for the ultimate solution.
  • Pick your assassinations carefully. Avoid being seen, heard or getting caught indirectly. Suspicious sights and noises will alert the guards - use it to your benefit.
  • Sneak and explore around the dark and gritty medieval province and use the environment to your advantage - use your rope to grapple onto rooftops, silently drop from ceilings, or veil yourself in the shadows.
  • Use physics and a freely attachable rope to drag and topple objects. Make deaths look accidental; let gravity do the grave work.
  • Set up traps and hazards to lure guards towards their untimely demise; discover new ways to eliminate or distract your foes by crafting items into deadly surprises, including poison traps, spike devices, smoke bombs and more.
  • Lethal and non-lethal solutions - choose your play style but remember: actions have consequences.
  • Become a true god of stealth and protect Lily's innocence - complete the game with no bodies left behind.

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Rock Band VR Announced

This video from last night's game awards introduces a VR version of Rock Band being developed for Oculus Rift headsets (thanks MCV). This is a live-action clip where Dragonforce helps introduce the concept, and a little gameplay footage at the end with a first-person perspective of your guitar, which incongruously (or authentically) has plastic controller buttons. Continue here to read the full story.

Far Cry Primal Deluxe Edition

UbiBlog has details on a Far Cry Primal Deluxe Edition, and just what will make this version of their upcoming first-person shooter so darned deluxe, including a soundtrack, a map, and special packaging, as well as additional digital content. They also narrow down the release date of the Windows version previously said to be due in March, now saying it will come on March 1st. Here's the outline of the additional content:
Legend of the Mammoth missions – In three bonus missions you’ll see the world through the eyes of Oros’ largest beast: the mammoth.

Duel of Beasts – Prove that you are the mightiest creature in Oros as you battle a powerful rhino spirit and his herd.

The Trapped Elder – Hunters have captured your leader and you must break into their camp and free him, smashing everything that gets in your way.

Hunt the Hunter – Lead your herd into battle and crush those who threaten you.

Blood Shasti Club – Once wielded by Ull, the leader of the bloodthirsty Udam tribe, this bloody club is unbreakable and cannot be destroyed by fire.

Four enhancement packs – Get early access to rare resources and unique customization options.

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

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  • Cross Set on Steam offers a Sudoku-style numbers puzzle game for Windows, OS X, and Linux…
  • The Natural Selection 2 website describes the messy transition they are working through as they transition back to in-house support for the game. Thanks Ant

Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn Announced

Big Deez announces Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn, surprising us with word of the remake and startling us by calling the original a legend (can a cinematic sequel to Steel be far behind?). They offer this trailer showing how the game is steeped in authentic Chinese culture along with a look at some brawling gameplay. Here's word:
An infamous icon of 16-bit gaming reimagined for a new generation, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is an intense, combo-fueled, side-scrolling, beat ‘em up adventure starring the renowned sports star and entertainment personality. Master unique martial arts fighting styles to conquer the world’s greatest challengers. Made possible by the fervent passion of the crowdfunding community, it features modern audiovisual and gameplay design forged by a new team of developers inspired by the tongue-in-cheek fun and humor of the original game.

Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is expected to launch as a digital title on consoles and Windows PC via Steam next year. For the latest information, please like http://www.facebook.com/ShaqFuALegendReborn/.
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Dark Souls III in April

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America reveals April 12, 2016 is when to expect the release of Dark Souls III, the third installment in FromSoftware's challenging action/RPG series. They also reveal details on Day One Editions and Collector's Editions of the game, but these are only being offered on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Here's word:
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today released new video assets as well as announced a Collector’s Edition, Day One Edition, and the release date for DARK SOULS™ III, their highly anticipated action role-playing game from famed Japanese developer FROMSOFTWARE. DARK SOULS III will be available throughout North America and South America on April 12, 2016 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One®, and PC via STEAM®. DARK SOULS III provides players with an all-new world filled with heinous enemies, hidden secrets, and captivating environments as they search to destroy the awakened Lords of Cinder and discover what has happened to this apocalyptic land.
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Star Citizen Trailer; Arena Commander Free Demo

The Roberts Space Industries website now offers a new alpha 2.0 trailer from Star Citizen, showing off gameplay from Star Citizen, their crowdfunded space game. They also announce they are giving everyone the chance to check out their Arena Commander module for free, just for registering an account:
For those of you who tuned into the Game Awards this evening, you may have already seen Chris and Mark present the new trailer for Star Citizen Alpha 2.0, and if you didn’t… HERE IT IS!

In addition, for the next week in celebration of the Game Awards 2015 and debut of the Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 trailer, we’ll be giving everyone with a registered account free access to three of our ships to play in Arena Commander.

  • Aurora MR
  • Mustang Alpha
  • Gladius

Got a friend that’s never tried Star Citizen? Now’s their chance to do so for free!

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Shadow Complex Remastered for Free

The Shadow Complex website confirms the recent discovery of plans for Shadow Complex Remastered, saying this is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016, before confusingly going on to offer the PC version now as a free download. They say this will be free through the holidays, and the point seems to be to promote the use of the Epic Games launcher, as that is the delivery mechanism for the game. They offer this trailer showing off the game's spiffed-up graphics, and here's word:
Powered by Unreal Engine 3 and winner of 50+ Game of the Year and Editor’s Choice Awards, Shadow Complex is back for more!

Shadow Complex Remastered features all the great gameplay from the award-winning classic, updated with exciting new enhancements and achievements to support its debut on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

FEATURES

  • Experience the pivotal modern platform adventure inspired by the classic side-scrolling genre.
  • Explore a huge, mysterious game world populated with legions of enemies, challenges, and jaw-dropping boss battles.
  • Discover unique game-altering power-ups and 100+ additional items and enhancements.
  • Complete all-new achievements and master challenges.
  • Journey through an exciting action-thriller story penned by renowned comic book writer Peter David.

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Batman: A Telltale Games Series Announced

Telltale announces Batman: A Telltale Games Series, which will offer their episodic take on the crimefighter next year. This was unveiled during last night's game awards show, and the following announcement says the video from the show will be released later this week, but it actually hit the Internet instantly, though it really doesn't show anything:
Telltale Games, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, today announced an interactive episodic game series based on DC Comics’ iconic Batman™ that is set to premiere in 2016. The official title for the Telltale series is yet to be revealed.

The episodic game series will premiere digitally on home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices. Specific platform details are yet to be announced.

“At Telltale, we’ve been honored to bring our unique approach to interactive storytelling to some of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be exploring what it means to be Batman in an all-new series starting next year,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “This iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.”

“Telltale has an established track record of creating award-winning content for some of the best properties in the world,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We look forward to working with the team as they deliver a new interactive way for fans and gamers to experience the rich narrative world of Batman.”

Revealed on-stage at The Game Awards 2015 in Los Angeles, the full announcement teaser trailer will be available for online viewing later this week.
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Psychonauts 2 Announced

Double Fine announces Psychonauts 2, saying they are now raising some of the funds to develop this through Fig, a crowdfunding platform launched over the summer by Double Fine's former COO. In addition to raising capital for the platformer sequel from customers, Double Fine says they are supplying "a significant portion" of funding themselves, are getting cash from an "external partner," and say this game is the "first in history to also offer investment opportunities for both accredited and unaccredited investors." The Double Fine website has more, including a Psychonauts 2 Announce Teaser and a Fig Campaign Pitch Video. Erik Wolpaw is listed as a contributor, but it's not clear if the former Old Man Murray writer has left Valve Software, or is just doing contract work, as he was part of the original Psychonauts team before leaving Double Fine for Valve. Here's the announcement:
Standing on stage the Video Game Awards in Los Angeles tonight, Double Fine Productions President and CEO Tim Schafer announced the launch of a Psychonauts 2 crowdfunding campaign on new games crowdfunding site Fig (www.fig.co)

“Our fans constantly ask us to make Psychonauts 2, and often we’ve talked about doing it” said Schafer “The problem is that through traditional means we’ve never been able to raise a budget high enough to do it justice. When we crowdfunded Broken Age in 2012 and broke all the records with the amount we raised, it really showed me the power of our community, and it made me think… maybe we can do this, maybe we could make Psychonauts 2 this way!”

Double Fine will be putting up a significant portion of the development funds ourselves, and getting another piece of the budget from an external partner. This Fig campaign will make up the third piece of the budget.

“None of these three parts on their own is enough” continued Schafer, “but together they add up to a sequel worthy of Psychonauts!”
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Bus Simulator 16 Next Month

Still Alive Studios announces Bus Simulator 16 will be pulling in to the Steam depot on January 20th, offering the chance to get in touch with your inner Ralph Kramden. Here's a teaser trailer along with word on this realistic depiction of the art of moving people:
Six true-to-life city buses, including two Lion’s City buses licensed by MAN, and a gigantic freely accessible world are waiting for you in Bus Simulator 16. Transport your passengers to their destinations across five authentic city districts safely and on time. Drive a two-door, three-door, or a true-to-life articulated bus through commuter traffic at rush hour, watch out for emergency vehicles, and take detours around construction sites. But watch out, or you will get into trouble for accidents and traffic violations!
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Out of the Blue

At the doctor's yesterday I was surprised to see the nurse draw a third vial of blood, as I'm pretty sure I only had to give two of these in the past. I was going to say that these things look like they hold a few ounces each, and that the three of them might be as much as a half-pint of blood. Then I thought I might be off a bit, and sure enough a little quick research suggests the three vials of blood probably added up to 1.5 ounces at the most. I'm not someone who is generally bothered by needles or freaked out by blood, but maybe the whole situation rattled me more that I'm admitting if it inspired that sort of exaggeration. Anyway, my arm isn't black and blue today, so I figure I'm ahead of the game.

R.I.P.: Scott Weiland, Former Stone Temple Pilots Singer, Dead at 48. Thanks nin.

Game Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Absorbed.
Money Movers 3.
Stories: How to calm a crying baby- Viral video. Thanks jdc.
Images: Austrian ski resort has live webcams.
Media: Disabled Dog, Daisy Learned How To Run In Prosthetic Legs.
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Getting Overtaken On The Autobahn.
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