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Monday, Jul 22, 2019

Beyond: Two Souls Released

Beyond: Two Souls is now available on the Epic Games Store, offering the promised Windows edition of Quantic Dreams' action/adventure that was previously only available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The recently released playable demo is still available with a free sample. Here's word on the game:
A unique psychological action thriller delivered by A-list Hollywood performances of Ellen PAGE, Willem DAFOE, Beyond: Two Souls™ takes you on a thrilling journey across the globe as you play out the remarkable life of Jodie Holmes.

Born with a connection to a mysterious entity with incredible powers, Jodie is different.
Your actions will determine Jodie's fate as she faces extraordinary challenges, danger, and heart-wrenching loss on a journey to discover the truth of who she is.

Overwatch Hero Sigma Revealed

Blizzard follows through on their recent tease with a new Origin Story Video confirming that Sigma is the next character coming to Overwatch, bring a sense of gravity to the proceedings. Word is this will be another scientist turned combatant in the multiplayer shooter: "Peek inside the mind of an eccentric astrophysicist who hopes to unlock the secrets of the universe, unaware he’s been turning into a living weapon: Introducing Sigma." Continue here to read the full story.

Phageborn Online Closed Beta Signups

Phageborn Online is a new online card game coming to Early Access this summer on Steam. This will not be free-to-play, it will be a premium "buy-to-play" game where cosmetic items will be the only in-game purchase options. Those interested in playing this before its release, there will be a technical test this weekend, and signups for that are now underway on the Phageborn Website. Here is a Gameplay Trailer and here are the details on the game:
Welcome to the dark, unforgiving world of Phageborn!
Phageborn is an upcoming Online Card Game set in an immersive dark-fantasy world with powerful avatars, dual resource system, fast-paced solo or team battles and many new features!

Assume the role of one of the game’s many avatars - powerful, restless leaders in charge of lethal units and destructive spells - in a deep, strategic game that combines traditional card game mechanics with MOBA elements.
Show the world your devotion to a certain avatar or faction with special, unique cosmetics.

You don’t have to face the darkness of the world alone - seek the help of a friend, or meet a new one, and face your foes together in 2v2 versions of PvP modes.

When you’ve become tired of classic player vs player encounters, or just want a change of pace, delve into the game’s deep story mode. Explore the vast world of Issilith and fight your way through an expansive single-player campaign in the company of some of Phageborn’s many different characters.

With hundreds of additional cards to acquire, you can keep exploring new strategies and combinations or optimize your favorite decks.

Phageborn offers multiple game modes for engaging other players, such as ranked, casual, and custom. Whether you wish to test out a new strategy, hone your skills, or just want some plain fun, you can find a mode to enjoy the game your way.
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Swords & Souls: Neverseen Sighted

Publisher Armor Games Studios and developer SoulGame Studio announce the release of Swords & Souls: Neverseen. This is standalone Windows game based on Swords & Souls is now available on, the Humble Store, and Steam after previously being exclusive to Kartridge. All the details are on the Sword & Souls Website where there's a Launch Trailer celebrating the release. Here's the deal:
Swords & Souls: Neverseen is a lighthearted single-player game with fast-paced battles that blend real-time and turn-based action. Master a dynamic combat system that emphasizes player skill, thinking and timing, then make your character even stronger with an evolving series of arcade mini-games. Dodge and counter attacks, sling magic, shoot a bow and more against hordes of orcs, goblins, golems and other fantastic creatures.

Swords & Souls: Neverseen shipwrecks players on a wild, untamed world full of monsters, treasures, secrets and surprises where they’ll find themselves caught in a conflict between the villagers and an evil witch. Customize your hero with tons of equipment and abilities, and befriend colorful pets and mercenaries to fight alongside you in battle. When you need a break from exploring the map, return to the Haven to improve your home, go shopping, fill up the local museum or relax with some fishing!
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunsmith Feature Detailed

A new feature on the Activision Games Blog has details on the Gunsmith feature in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the upcoming installment in the shooter series. This includes the 4K gameplay video that was released the other day and includes word to expect a multiplayer universe gameplay premiere on August 1st. They include details on how weapon customization will work:
Gunsmithing is a robust weapon customization option for your two main Loadout weapons: Each Primary and Secondary Weapon can be augmented to give you the precise type and style of firepower you require for any type of multiplayer game mode. You can customize up to five parts of each weapon, until your available slots are filled. With Assault rifles, for example, you usually have nine areas of the weapon to augment: The Muzzle, Lasers, Optic, Stock, Rear Grip, Magazine, Underbarrel, Barrel, or a Perk. Choose wisely.
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UnderRail: Expedition Sets Sail

UnderRail: Expedition is now available on and Steam, offering the new expansion for Stygian Software's turn-based RPG for Windows. This offers a chance to emerge from the depths and set sail on the high seas. This is shown off in this trailer and explained in the release announcement: "Take a break from the usual metro-crawling to take a boat to the infamous Black Sea. There, among the ruins of an age long past, you’ll face the vicious fauna, hostile natives, cunning pirates, and something far more sinister than all of those. Your voyage through vastness of the Black Sea will shed new light on the history of the world of Underrail and the forces that shaped it." Here's a feature list:

  • A brand-new story line that becomes available during the mid-game, which you can play your own way as no decision or hostile action will lock you out of completing it
  • Nearly 200 new areas to explore of various types – shores and islands of the Black Sea, mysterious underground facilities, pirate strongholds, and more
  • Many new wild creatures and a couple of new crazy robots to combat
  • 15 different jet skis, ranging from the puny "junk jet" up to the dreaded "Devastator", that you can use to get around the Black sea and outmaneuver or obliterate your naval foes; upgrade your ride by purchasing more powerful vehicle parts
  • Three new distinct weapon types - shotguns, swords and spears allowing for a number of new play styles
  • Many new items, some obtained through crafting and some found in the world
  • New psionic skill, Temporal Manipulation, that focuses on delayed damage and utility
  • Specialization points that are obtained on each level past level 15 that allow you to further improve your feats
  • Leveling past level 25 and up to level 30 with a special pool of feats to choose from
  • Over 30 new regular feats

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Watchers Open Beta

Open beta testing is now underway for Watchers, Alawar Premium's free-to-play battle royale shooter. This game offers a couple of variations on the formula as it's played from a top-down perspective, and eliminated players become "watchers" who can continue to influence matches and bet on the outcome. You can download the client from the Watchers Website where they offer this trailer showing off what to expect. Here are some details from the game's Steam Listing:
WATCHERS is a free-to-play Battle Royale top-down shooter where killed battlers remain in play thanks to the game's unique Watcher game mode.


  • A special mode that players enter after being killed.
  • Bet on your favorite surviving battler.
  • Influence the battle using anomalies and experiments.


  • 24-player top-down Battle Royale action.
  • Classic thrilling Battle Royale gameplay.
  • An unpredictable outcome: the fewer battlers survive, the more Watchers there are to plan and carry out all sorts of experiments that can turn the tide of the battle.
  • The Watchers are watching your every move! Earn their favor, and they might just help you out when you’re in a tight spot!

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Morning Patches

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

My mention of the air conditioning here spurred a question from 1badmf about the life-altering impact of this aspect of our move. It's definitely true that despite the fact that we moved a bit north, the AC is more crucial here. We don't have central air, however, just three wall units to cool the main floor and two bedrooms.

This is a contrast from our old brick house, which had high ceilings and loads of shade that made it naturally cool. We did have a window unit for the main floor we'd eventually drag out almost every summer. But this got light use, just to help the very hottest days. And we never needed AC in the bedrooms where the ceiling fans were more than sufficient when the sun went down. The only place air conditioning was a real necessity was my office, which was a converted attic that got positively sweltering at times.

We now have the opposite of before. My office now is on the lower level where it is naturally cool like a basement since the front half of that is below ground. So we came from a place where my office was the only place AC was really required to a place where it's the only place that isn't.

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