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Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 Happy π day!

  

Get GRID 2 for Free

The folks at Humble proudly announce the chance to get GRID 2 for free to those who subscribe to the Humble Bundle newsletter. Word is: "Subscribe to the Humble Bundle newsletter and we'll email your free game to you. Hurry, this offer is available only while supplies last, or until March 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific time!" The freebie comes with some free DLC as well, as the offer includes the Bathurst and Spa circuits. Here's a refresher racecourse:

Be fast, be first and be famous as the race returns in GRID 2, the sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, multi-million selling Race Driver: GRID. Experience aggressive racing against advanced AI and become immersed in the race with GRID 2’s new TrueFeel™ Handling system which powers edge of control exhilaration behind the wheel of every iconic car. The next generation of the EGO Game Technology Platform delivers genre-defining visuals and jaw-dropping damage as you prove yourself across three continents in a new, evolving world of motorsport. Earn fame, fans and fortune as you blaze your way to the top in intense, relentless races on licensed circuits, beautifully realised city streets and lethal mountain roads. GRID 2 will also set the new standard for multiplayer racing with innovative modes, an entirely separate progression system and deep integration with RaceNet, the free online extension for Codemasters Racing games.

Two Point Hospital Free Weekend

A big SEGA publisher weekend sale on Steam offers discounts on a bunch of games (this is an extended week-long version of a weekend by the way). One of these is Two Point Hospital, and the promotion includes the chance to play this game of medical malpractice for free all weekend. Word is: "Plus, Play Two Point Hospital for FREE starting now through Monday at 10am Pacific Time. Two Point Hospital will also be releasing new content for the game throughout the weekend!" This trailer celebrates the news, and here's word on the game:

Build up a hospital from nothing to a masterpiece as you design the most beautiful – or functional – healthcare operation in the whole of Two Point County.

Optimise your hospital design to increase patient (and cash) flow, arranging corridors, rooms and waiting areas to your exact specifications. Expand your hospital to multiple buildings as you look to get as many patients through the door as possible.

Place decorative and functional items around your hospital to improve its prestige, lower patient boredom, increase happiness and keep those end of year awards flowing in.

Continue here to read the full story.

Faeria Free Weekend

A free weekend is underway on Steam for Faeria, a strategic deck-building game for Windows, macOS, and Linux. In addition to the chance to play the game for free between now and Sunday, you can also pick up a copy at a 50% discount until Monday in a sale that also includes the chance to get DLC for 60-65% off. Here's word on the game:

Faeria is a digital collectible card and turn-based strategy game that takes place on a dynamic playing board set in a fantasy universe. With its unique living board, Faeria is a strategy game like no other, players can craft exciting decks and shape the battlefield as they fight epic battles, raise mountains, build forests, fill lakes, or harness the sands of the deserts during play. Players can choose their own path to victory.

L4D Creators Announce Back 4 Blood

WBIE and Turtle Rock Studios announce Back 4 Blood, a new zombie-infested co-op first-person shooter that's a new original IP, though it has elements reminiscent of Left 4 Dead, the zombie shooter they developed that was released by Valve (thanks Wookiestick). A FAQ on the Turtle Rock Forums explains what to expect from Back 4 Blood, and a VNN video covers the announcement. Here's word:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turtle Rock Studios today announced Back 4 Blood, from the creators and development team behind the critically acclaimed, co-op phenomenon Left 4 Dead. Back 4 Blood is designed from the ground-up as an original, premium title and marries the best of what made the co-op zombie shooter so successful with new features and state-of-the-art technology.

“We are thrilled to partner with the proven Turtle Rock Studios team on Back 4 Blood to advance the co-op zombie genre forward with innovative multiplayer gameplay,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The talented team at Turtle Rock has been developing amazing games together for a long time, and this is a great opportunity to work with them to create a new gaming universe built specifically with the large co-op zombie shooter community in mind.”

“It’s hard to overstate what an awesome opportunity this is. We get to return to a genre that was born in our studio with over ten years of additional experience and zombie ideas racked up in our brains,” said Chris Ashton, Co-founder and Design Director, Turtle Rock Studios. “We also have some of the best teammates in the business at WBIE who understand our development process and are equally committed to our player-first mentality. We love being able to announce, so we can start working with the community right away.”

“We are not resting on any past laurels. Our goal is to take all we’ve learned and push forward. We know that’s a tall order,” said Phil Robb, Co-founder and Creative Director, Turtle Rock Studios. “We’re growing the team considerably because we’re stepping up to the biggest challenge in this studio’s history. We know this title has to stand out and we fully intend to make that happen.”

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Four New Sniper Elite Games Announced

The Sniper Elite Website announces plans for no fewer than four new Sniper Elite games, including Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, a sequel to Sniper Elite 4, a standalone virtual reality game, and Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition for Nintendo Switch. Here's the plan:

Today, we announced some exciting news for Sniper Elite fans – four new Sniper Elite projects, including a much-demanded follow-up to the BAFTA-nominated Sniper Elite 4, are currently in development!

If you haven’t watched it yet, check out the ‘Sniper Elite Development Update’ video, in which Rebellion CEO and Co-Founder Jason Kingsley OBE confirmed the following Sniper Elite projects;

  • Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, bringing 1945 Berlin to current platforms, with stunning new visuals and a host of new features
  • Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition on Switch introduces Karl’s breath-taking North African adventure to a Nintendo platform for the first time ever.
  • A new, standalone Sniper Elite game for VR devices, currently in development in partnership with Oddworld studio Just Add Water.
  • The next major title in the Sniper Elite series, following in the footsteps of the widely acclaimed Sniper Elite 4, is now in development.

Look for a full reveal of the new Sniper Elite game for VR devices later this year, while more details on the next major title in the Sniper Elite series will be unveiled in 2020. We know that’s a little while off – but we wanted to let you, the fans, know that we’ve heard your pleas and are hard at work on something that will entertain and delight you.

Until then, welcome to the brand-new Sniper.com! We’ve spent a lot of time putting together the series’ new home on the internet, so take some time to have a look around and explore it!

Battlefield V Firestorm This Month

A tweet from the Battlefield announces the Firestorm will hit Battlefield V on March 25th, bringing the battle royale to the latest installment in this military shooter series. This includes a an official reveal trailer showing off Firestorm gameplay to a remix of a theme-appropriate Talking Heads classic. Word is:

Watch the official Battlefield V Firestorm Reveal Trailer — a new Battle Royale mode available to all Battlefield V players on March 25.

Firestorm is Battle Royale, Reimagined for Battlefield. Dominate on the largest Battlefield map ever with epic weapons and combat vehicles as a deadly ring of fire closes in. Scavenge, fight and survive to become the last squad standing https://www.ea.com/games/battlefield/battlefield-5/about/firestorm

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A Year of Rain Announced

Daedalic Entertainment announces A Year Of Rain, their first internally developed multiplayer real-time strategy game which they boldly say "aims to revive" the genre. This will enter Early Access later this year, and here is more of what they have to say about the plan:

Daedalic Entertainment is delighted to announce its first internally developed multiplayer real-time strategy game, A Year Of Rain. The game features heroes, an extensive story mode and a heavy emphasis on team gameplay. It will go into early access for PC later this year.

A Year Of Rain combines classic real-time strategy elements with a strong focus on hero units. Both the co-op campaigns and online and offline modes are being designed with a team of two in mind, whether you play with a human or AI player. The classic 2v2 skirmish mode is being developed for competitive matches from the very start. Meanwhile, “Against all Odds“ is an innovation in the genre where two lone heroes face two entire armies, who have full command of units and structures.

In this team RTS, you can choose one of three rival factions and become immersed in gameplay mixing base-building, resource-gathering, and unit-training. Structures and units can be upgraded in order to enhance efficiency and power. With your carefully assembled army led by a legendary hero, you will be able to fight alongside the noble House Rupah, the Wild Outcasts or join the Restless Undead. A battle without mercy begins!

“A Year Of Rain is set to be one of the largest games we have developed to date and marks our first steps into the esports arena. We are aware of the various complex challenges this genre entails. I am proud to be able to support our dev team with their dream project,” says Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and founder of Daedalic Entertainment.

Features:

  • Complex real-time strategy game.
  • Extensive co-op and PvP modes.
  • Unique heroes with individual abilities and skills.
  • Three factions: House Rupah, Wild Outcasts and Restless Undead.
  • Esports-ready at launch, featuring a league system, competitive seasons, leaderboards, observer mode, replays, and more.
  • Soundtrack by award-winning composer Neal Acree (StarCraft II, World of Warcraft).

A Year Of Rain will enter early access on PC in 2019 featuring one initial campaign and several multiplayer modes. The game will continuously be expanded on and supported post-launch, including various new features, content and more.

Siege of Centauri Founder's Program This Month

Stardock announces a Founder's Program for Siege of Centauri, saying this will get underway on March 28th, offering participants the chance to play the beta version of the upcoming tower defense game. Everyone who purchases Siege of Centauri from their website is entitled to join the beta. Also, Ashes of the Singularity Lifetime Founders will receive the new game for free, but we did not receive a timely reply to our question about whether that means they'll get beta access too. Here's their word on the game and its testing:

Set in the Ashes of the Singularity universe, the player takes on the role of commander of the defense of Earth's first colony on Proxima Centauri. Stardock's new take on the classic genre comes by leveraging its new game engine, first seen in Ashes of the Singularity™ and more recently in Star Control®: Origins.

"With tens of thousands of enemy machines pouring toward your base, we want to give players a very new experience of what it means to defend yourselves against overwhelming odds," said Derek Paxton, lead designer of Siege of Centauri. "It takes little explaining to the player on the benefits between a rail gun that fires 1 deadly round every 10 seconds, and a high-speed plasma arc array that does low damage, but to dozens of enemies at once, when you can visibly see a huge mothership surrounded by hundreds of escorts coming at you."

The veteran strategy game developer is also incorporating some strategic elements to the genre, such as defending resources and deploying fast response teams to battle.

"Another feature we're pretty excited about is separating resource gathering from enemy destruction," said Paxton. "You are, literally, dealing with overwhelming enemy forces while simultaneously having to make some tough choices on what areas of a given map you need to defend and which ones you need to just let go in order to safeguard your resource production.”

The Founder's program is designed to allow fans of the genre to get early input into game mechanics, pacing, and balance.

"There are a lot of interesting questions that we want to engage with our fans with before final release," said Paxton. "And with this genre so popular, it presents such a great opportunity to tap into that collective experience.

The Division 2 Trailer

With Tom Clancy's The Division 2 set to divide and conquer tomorrow, Ubisoft offers a new trailer answering the question "What is the Division 2?" The description says this includes vital information, while touting the chance to get early access for a remaining few hours: "Here is everything you need to know before jumping into The Division 2, out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC March 15. Get early access with Gold or Ultimate Edition." The clip is in ultra widescreen format, but they spoil the effect with both letterboxes and pillarboxes. Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Link Anywhere Beta

Valve celebrates the coming of the Game Developers Conference with the launch of two new services on Steam. Here are details on the beta of Steam Link Anywhere and the release of Steam Networking Sockets APIs:

As the industry prepares for next week's GDC, Valve has launched two new service features for Steam - Steam Link Anywhere and the Steam Networking Sockets APIs.

Steam Link Anywhere, an extension of the Steam Link functionality that allows you to connect to your computer and play games from anywhere, is now available in early beta. The service is available free of charge to all Steam users through the Steam Link hardware or the Steam Link app, and can be used to connect to any computer running Steam. Note: A high upload speed from your computer and strong network connection to your Steam Link device are required to use Steam Link Anywhere. More information is available here: https://steamcommunity.com/app/353380/discussions/0/3362406825533023360/

Today Valve also released the Steam Networking Sockets APIs, which give all Steam developers access to the technologies and infrastructure built to support CS:GO and Dota 2. This enables you to relay your game traffic over Valve's private gaming network, giving your players faster and more secure connections. The service is offered free of charge to Steam developers and a large portion of the API has been open-sourced. A more detailed write may be found here: https://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamworks#announcements/detail/1791775741704351698

Available now, these updates and other new features coming to Steam will be discussed at next Thursday's Steam Platform Update talk at GDC, happening at 12:45 pm in Moscone West Hall 2011.

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Another Gearbox PAX Tease

Gearbox tweets a second game tease following a first one widely thought to be for Borderlands 3 (thanks Game Informer). This offers an image that looks like a sci-fi autopsy in progress along with a confirmation that this is a game tease: "Time to tease another game for PAX!" PAX East gets underway two weeks from today, so we should know more soon enough. Continue here to read the full story.

DCS F-14 Tomcat Takes Off

Heatblur's DCS F-14 Tomcat DLC for DCS World has launched (thanks Numinar). This can be picked up on Steam for the DCS World Steam Edition and from the DCS E-Shop and the Heatblur Store for the non-Steam version of the virtual battlefield. There's a post in the DCS forums also mentioning where to buy this in Russia and South Korea, and warning that keys picked up from sketchy sellers will not work, saying, "Any DCS World keys purchased from other sources are invalid and are simply trying to re-sell keys that are bound to other users or purchased through fraud. Such sites include Kinguin, CDExpress and G2A." Ride into the danger zone in this launch trailer and read on for the full flight plan:

The F-14 Tomcat was a two-crew, variable geometry, maritime air superiority fighter that served with the US Navy for 32 years and continues to serve with the IRIAF in Iran. The F-14 was the US Navy's frontline fighter from the 1970s until the mid 2000s. Over the course of its long service life it also became the US Navy’s premier precision ground-attack platform and lone airborne reconnaissance asset.

Outstanding features of the aircraft are the swing-wing configuration, crew of two, and the powerful AN/AWG-9 Weapons Control System (WCS) and radar. The AWG-9 allows employment of the powerful AIM-54 Phoenix air to air missile while the LANTIRN pod allows the ability to carry out precision ground strikes using laser guided bombs. The F-14 Tomcat was present during many pivotal historic moments such as the two Gulf of Sidra incidents, Operation Desert storm in Iraq, the conflict in Yugoslavia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was also immortalized in the iconic motion picture, Top Gun, and starred in several other feature films including The Final Countdown, Executive Decision, and others.

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BioWare on the State of Anthem

A post to the AnthemTheGame Reddit from user harishcs offers frank criticisms of Anthem, discussing what's gone on since the launch of BioWare's action/RPG. This is very lengthy, and is intended to be constructive, as noted in the intro, which says, "I am going to preface by saying this will be a long post, none of what you're about to read comes from a place of hatred, please understand that every one of these concerns comes from a place of compassion and hope." In that spirit, the reply from BioWare community manager Darokaz offers thanks for the questions this raises, and attempts to answer them. His conclusion remains optimistic: "All I’ll say on this is that Anthem is here to stay. Do we have a lot of work to do to fix parts of the game? Yes, and the team is committed to making improvements and releasing new content." Here's the reply:

First, I want to thank you for writing this up. I appreciate the honesty of how you (and others) feel about the current state of things. I also want to say that I can’t talk about everything, simply because it is not my area of expertise, or because I don’t have the information you’re looking for. I stand by our statement of being transparent though and will continue to do so here and on other channels.

Now, I want to address some of your points that I can:

Communication -
Pre-game release vs Post game release –

To start, things used to be a lot friendlier here for dev team members who normally don’t talk on social channels or forums. They could answer questions, give information and know that they aren’t going to have people getting upset at them. Why would a dev team member take time away from working on the next update to post when they know it’s likely to be met with hostile replies, or they get flamed because can’t answer other questions that players are asking? I don’t mind posting here when things aren’t so nice, but that’s because it’s my job. For the devs it isn’t their job, and I’d like to ask that people remember that when replying to them. When some people say “be nice or the devs will stop posting” it’s 100% true. Be respectful and constructive with your feedback and more team members will likely reply.

Aggravating the community by acknowledging trivial things over major issues –
I have been acknowledging issues that aren’t the major ones you mentioned, but that’s because I can quickly check in on those and work with the team to see how fast we can get them fixed. I also report major issues, but until I get word back on them there is nothing else I can say. Issues like the Masterwork Embers not dropping I can quickly bring to the attention of the team and we can get fixed. I think it’s better that I address the things I can as quickly as I can instead of nothing at all. Also, I try to avoid saying “thanks for the feedback, I’ll share with the team” too many times in reply to posts 😊

Loot though? All I can do is point out what studio leadership shares on channels. They are very aware of all the conversation going on around loot and when they have more details to share, they will.

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Stream PC and Android to Xbox One

The Microsoft Store now offers the Wireless Display to allow Windows and Android programs and apps to be streamed to an Xbox One (thanks The Verge). This includes the ability to play OC games on the console, though this must be done completely through a controller, as it does not yet support keyboard and mouse input, though this may change, especially in light of the recent addition of keyboard and mouse support to the Xbox One itself. Here's word on this beta release:

The same casting experience available on Microsoft's Surface Hub and Windows has finally arrived on Xbox One!
Microsoft's Wireless Display app lets you wirelessly project your Windows or Android based devices to your Xbox One.

  • Instantly share photos you've just taken with family and friends without having the photos sync through a cloud service.
  • Share video clips you’ve recorded with family and friends
  • Project your favorite websites with Microsoft Edge to the biggest screen in your house
  • Mirror your Android games to your TV so your friends can watch
  • Play your PC games on your Xbox while using the Xbox controller as a gamepad
  • Use your PC on your Xbox One and use the Xbox controller as a mouse/keyboard

Note: Projecting protected content, like Netflix and Hulu are not supported

BAFTA Nominees

The BAFTA Games Awards nominations 2019 are now online for the 2019 British Academy Games Awards, which are to be handed out on Thursday, April 4th. Here's the list:

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

  • DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN Guillaume de Fondaumière, David Cage, John O’Brien – Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GRIS Development Team – Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital
  • GOD OF WAR Development Team – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Development Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT

  • BATTLEFIELD V Development Team – EA Dice/Electronic Arts
  • DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN Guillaume de Fondaumière, David Cage, John O’Brien – Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GOD OF WAR Mike Niederquell, Todd Piperi, Leilani Ramirez – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Paul Mudra, Phillip Kovats, Dwight Okahara – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • TETRIS EFFECT Hydelic, Noboru Mutoh, Takako Ishida – Monstars Inc. and Resonair/Enhance, Inc.

BEST GAME

  • ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY Development Team – Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft
  • ASTRO BOT: RESCUE MISSION Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • GOD OF WAR Cory Barlog, Yumi Yang, Shannon Studstill – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

Continue here to read the full story.

ExileCon in November

Grinding Gear Games announces plans to celebrate of Path of Exile later this year with ExileCon. This convention will gather fans of their action/RPG in New Zealand on November 16th and 17th for tournaments, announcements, and more. For those unwilling or unable to be exiled down under for the weekend, the proceedings will be streamed online as well. The ExileCon Website notes the announcements will include multiple future expansions, including a December 2019 3.9.0 expansion and a 4.0.0 "mega-expansion." Here's word:

Grinding Gear Games announced today the first convention dedicated to their award-winning RPG, Path of Exile. ExileCon will be a two-day (November 16-17, 2019) celebration of all things Path of Exile, including multiple earth-shaking announcements and previews, competitions, talks given by Grinding Gear Games developers and hands on demos of unreleased new content. The event culminates with the spectacular closing ExileCon Party.

ExileCon will take place over two full days at the beautiful Aotea Centre in Auckland. Regular, VIP and "Ultra VIP" Tickets (featuring a homecooked BBQ dinner with Grinding Gear founders Chris Wilson, Jonathan Rodgers and Erik Olofsson) are available now alongside full details at www.pathofexile.com/exilecon.

Path of Exile continues to be one of the largest online Action RPGs with continual, massive audience growth. Launches on the Xbox One (and soon, PlayStation 4) as well as in China have more than doubled the Path of Exile player community since August 2017, with over 3.5 million players having played the game's 2017 expansion, Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath. In 2018, Path of Exile saw an increase in total play-hours of over 26% and the Betrayal expansion set a new record of 188,970 players online simultaneously.

Path of Exile was released in October 2013 to critical acclaim including winning GameSpot's PC Game of the Year award. Since its launch, Path of Exile has become a global community of over 20 million players including localized versions in English, German, French, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian, Thai and Brazilian Portuguese. Path of Exile was listed as one of the top ten most-played games on Steam in 2018.

The Division 2 Shows Off AMD Support

Ubisoft offers this trailer from Tom Clancy's The Division 2 to show off support for AMD hardware in the Windows edition of their action/RPG sequel which will officially launch tomorrow. The clip highlights several features, including realistic particle details, high-resolution shadows, multicore CPU optimization, real-time reflections, real-time destruction, asynchronous frame computation, volumetric lighting, dynamic global illuminations, DirectX 12 support, and AMD FreeSync support. Continue here to read the full story.

Baptiste Joins Overwatch Next Week

A tweet from Overwatch announces the new healer will report for duty in Overwatch on Tuesday. They offer a short animated GIF and word: "Everyone sign their life insurance policies? 🗸 Baptiste reports for duty 03.19.19." Continue here to read the full story.

LEGO Movie 2 Videogame for macOS

The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame is now available for macOS, offering more gamers the chance to return to the land where everything is awesome. Macintosh support is now part of past or future purchases on Steam, and a copy can also be picked up through the Feral Store (which includes a Steam key) or on the Mac App Store for those who want this for the same price without Windows support. Here's a list of Macs with full or partial support for this release:

The LEGO® Movie 2 Videogame is supported on the following Macs:

  • All 13” MacBook Pros released since 2016
  • All 15" MacBook Pros released since Mid 2012 with a 1GB graphics card or better
  • All MacBook Airs released since 2018
  • All Mac minis released since 2018
  • All 21.5” iMacs released since Late 2013 with a 2.3GHz processor or better
  • All 27” iMacs released since Late 2013
  • Late 2012 models with an Nvidia 675 or Nvidia 680 graphics card are also supported
  • All 27" iMac Pros released since Late 2017
  • All Mac Pros released since Late 2013

The following Macs are capable of running the game but do not consistently meet the standards required for official support.

  • All Mac minis released since Late 2012
  • All 12" MacBooks released since Early 2015
  • All 13" MacBook Airs released since Mid 2012
  • All 13” MacBook Pros released since Mid 2012
  • All 21.5” iMacs released since Early 2013

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Out of the Blue

Happy Pi Day! This is a wonderful convergence, celebrating the science of mathematics and the magic of pie. As shown in this article, the latter may be overtaking the former, as more and more places are using the occasion to offer deals on all manner of pies, including pastry pies, pizza pies, and pot pies. I guess it could be a point of concern that this is being co-opted by commerce, but whatever the criticism you might have for the focus on pie over pi, you certainly can't say it's irrational.

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