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Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019

Steam Summer Sale

The Steam Blog announces the Steam Summer Sale featuring the Steam Grand Prix 2019 has begun! Start your engines and read on for details:
Start your engines, everybody… the Steam Summer Sale has begun! For the next 14 days, enjoy great savings on a huge selection of games and join in the Steam Grand Prix 2019 event until July 7th 10AM PDT.

Choose your team from a selection of five fabulous racers: tortoise, hare, cockatiel, pig, and corgi, each with their own unique style of vehicle. Compete with your rival teams to earn points by participating in quests or earning achievements from games in your library. Every day is a new race, and a chance for a new team to win! As a daily reward for burning rubber on the track, contributing racers from teams that come in first, second or third place have a random chance to win a game from your wishlist. For Teams that place in the final, all contributing racers have a chance to win!

In addition to helping your team race to the top of the podium, you can swing by the Grand Prix Pit Stop to exchange tokens you earn for rewards such as emoticons, backgrounds and more at the Grand Prix Pit Stop.

Ubuntu 32-bit Reprieve

A post on BetaNews says Canonical is backtracking on their plans to scrap 32-bit support in Ubuntu. It seems this would mean Valve will be able to continue to support this Linux distro in Steam. Word is:
Thanks to the huge amount of feedback this weekend from gamers, Ubuntu Studio, and the WINE community, we will change our plan and build selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS.

We will put in place a community process to determine which 32-bit packages are needed to support legacy software, and can add to that list post-release if we miss something that is needed.

Community discussions can sometimes take unexpected turns, and this is one of those. The question of support for 32-bit x86 has been raised and seriously discussed in Ubuntu developer and community forums since 2014. That’s how we make decisions.

Ring of Elysium Launches

Ring of Elysium is now available on Steam, following an Early Access run for this first-person battle royale game for Windows. This post has the news along with details on a new event that's now underway:
Ring of Elysium has left Early Access and officially released! Through this 9-month journey, countless passionate players around the world have shown us love, support, and provided us with valuable feedback so we could continue to improve. Our community has helped us tremendously throughout this journey in making ROE into something unique. Today marks a new beginning for Ring of Elysium, and we can't wait to show you what else we have planned. With your help and support, we are excited to see what the future holds!

Here are the full details for this update:

Event: FREE M4A1 Weapon Skin: Stella - INTO THE WILD

  • Introducing the latest FREE weapon skin event: a limited, Stella-themed M4A1!
  • Event period: June 25th to July 1st (Pacific Time)
  • During the event, log-in to get the 14-day free-trial version of the skin immediately
  • You can get 10 points for daily logins and 5 points for completing daily tasks
  • Reach 100 points during the event period to earn the permanent version of the skin for FREE!
  • This weapon skin is limited to this event. After the event, this skin will not be sold in any form. Make sure to not miss this opportunity!

Event: Daily Check-in

  • Daily check-in continues from June 22 to June 28 (Pacific Time), check-in for 7 days and receive 200 E-Points, a "Dynamite" portrait, an "Aurora Studio" accessory, and traversal equipment skins!


  • Based on player feedback, we have disabled the Duo matchmaking mode on AS and EU servers to ensure a smooth matchmaking experience for players

Automachef Cooks Up a Release Date and Demo

Team17 announces a July 23rd release date for Automachef for Windows and Switch. In the meantime, Steam now offers a playable demo for the PC version, providing a sampler menu of this puzzle/management game set in an automated kitchen. This post has the details, including how to check out a livestream of the game that's currently underway as well as a Release Date Trailer. Here's word:
Today we’re very excited to announce that Automachef will be launching on Steam on 23rd July this year!

To mark the occasion we’ve just released a new trailer from your very human friend, Robert Person:

Get ready to take over the world… Of automated kitchens.

Free Demo!
You can try your skill at building an automated kitchen empire RIGHT NOW with the free Steam demo. Dive into two tutorial levels before taking on three early campaign levels here.

Let us know how you get on over in the forums!
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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Video

Official Gameplay Demo (Extended Cut) offers a fuller look at gameplay from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the upcoming Force-powered action game. Here's the description:
Order 66 has been executed. Once, staying alive meant hiding your abilities. Now, you must embrace them. Use the Force to manipulate your environment, master lightsaber combat, explore dangerous terrain, and remain one step ahead of the Empire.

Become a Jedi on November 15, 2019.
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Black Mesa Xen Gameplay Video

IGN now offers a moment of Zen with about six minutes of gameplay footage from the upcoming Xen chapter from Black Mesa (thanks RedEye9). Word is: "Take a look at the opening six-or-so minutes of Black Mesa: Xen, the brand-new alien dimension campaign for the long-gestating Half-Life 1 fan remake." Also, according to Valve News Network, a beta release for the Xen chapter is "imminent."

Morning Crowdfunding

Morning Interviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming SLI-ac on Modders-Inc.
  • Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L Case on Guru3D.
  • [M] Razer BlackWidow Lite Silent Mechanical Keyboard on Mad Shrimps.
  • Silverstone Primera SST-PM02B-G Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.

Out of the Blue

We are off today to close on the sale of the BlueTower. This brings mixed feelings as we'll miss this place and our friends, though we are not moving so far that we'll be unable to see them. But it also very exciting to start a new chapter, and quite a relief to think we're near the end of what has been a drawn-out and difficult process. Thank you once again for your patience with how this is affecting updates here this week. We will be quite happy when things return to normal.

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