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Sunday, Mar 13, 2016

Star Citizen Free Fly Week

The news post on the Roberts Space Industries website covers the release of a new version 2.2.alpha patch for Star Citizen, and announces that another free fly week is underway to allow folks to check out the current state of the upcoming space combat game. Here's word:
On the fence about Star Citizen? Why not give it a try and see what we’re building! For the next week, we’ve enabled Free Fly access to all accounts… FOR EVERY CURRENTLY FLYABLE SHIP IN THE GAME OO-AH-AH-AH-AH! This means that anyone can jump in to Star Citizen Alpha 2.2.2 today and fly limited ships like the Scythe, Mustang Omega, and more! The Free Fly event gives everyone access to three unique parts of the Star Citizen experience:

  • Star Citizen Alpha 2.2.2 – Also known as Crusader or the “mini-PU,” this is the nucleus of the world we’re building! Featuring multiple space stations and environments, scripted missions, places to explore and more, Alpha 2.2.2 is your first look at a much larger universe!
  • Arena Commander – Arena Commander is a ‘game within a game’ that we’ve used to develop our flight mechanics and ship combat balance. Take on human opponents or an AI swarm in single seat fighter.
  • Social Module – Interact with other players while you explore our first landing zone, ArcCorp! The Social Module is intended as a starting point for our world building,

You can register for an account here to get started. If you already have an account from a previous Free Fly, you’re all set! Just log in via the Star Citizen launcher. This is the first Free Fly that includes Crusader, so there’s more to explore than ever before. For the next week. Free Fly accounts will have access every ship currently available in the game.

Paradox & Obsidian Announcement This Week

There's a Personality Test on the Paradox Plaza to help gauge your sociopathic tendencies, or something. The odd clues may give a hint about what this leads to, but what we know for now is that it concludes with a tease of an upcoming announcement from Paradox Interactive and Obsidian Entertainment. This will happen on the Paradox Interactive Twitch channel on Tuesday, March 15th, at 8:00 pm EDT. Thanks nin.

SteamVR Desktop Theater Testing

Steam announces they are now in early beta testing of SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode, which will you allow you to ogle games with your goggles, even if they do not have inherent virtual reality support. Here's the brief announcement, saying this will be in display this week at the GDC. Word is: "Desktop Theater Mode enables users to play non-VR games with VR systems such as the upcoming HTC VIve and others."

Steam Top 10

Surprise hit Stardew Valley lands atop this week's list of the 10 bestselling games on Steam for last week:

  1. Stardew Valley
  2. Tom Clancy’s The Division
  3. Far Cry Primal
  4. Tom Clancy’s The Division Gold Edition
  5. Fallout 4 Season Pass
  6. Far Cry Primal
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  8. Factorio
  9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Sunday Interviews

Sunday Previews

Game Reviews

Out of the Blue

Well, we did the "spring ahead" thing overnight, and sacrificed an hour to the evil god of Daylight Saving Time, and are now in the throes of EDT in these parts. I'm actually on record as not minding the current state of the clock, just the switching, so I guess it's more accurate to say I dislike standard time rather than DST. This morning I found it particularly rough to adjust to waking up, so I may start hating this even more going forward.

EST Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Guardian Star.
Links These Incredible Salt Mines Are Like Another World Beneath Our Feet. Thanks Cutter.
Story: Daylight Saving Time is hot garbage. Thanks HARDOCP.
Science: Babies know when they don’t know something.
What's Happening In Your Brain During 'Microsleep'.
Media: StarCrafts Season 5 Ep 0 Prelude.
Millie covers Bohemian Rhapsody.
Pig vs Cookie. Nom nom nom.
The Funnies: Tournamental - FoxTrot.
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