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Tuesday, Oct 08, 2019

Valve Burgled

A story on the KIRO-TV Website has details on a break-in at the offices of Valve Software that resulted in the theft of over $40,000 worth of games and equipment (thanks GamesIndustry.biz). The suspect in this case is no stranger to ballsy crimes, as they say it's the same man who led police on a high-speed chase from Bellevue to Seattle in a stolen Fed Ex truck last year. Word is he's allegedly seen on surveillance footage selling the goods, but is for some reason still at large despite being charged with this last month and having six additional warrants out for him:
The same man who police say stole a FedEx truck and led them on a high speed chase from Bellevue to Seattle is in trouble again.

This time detectives say 32-year-old Shawn Shaputis broke into Valve, a game developer, in Lincoln Square's south tower and stole more than $40,000 worth of equipment and games.

Charges for the burglaries were filed last month. At that time there were six warrants for his arrest.

Shaputis was first arrested for the burglary spree on June 29, 2018, one week before he stole the FedEx truck, but he keeps getting out of jail.

Now he's wanted again and police gave us the video they say shows of Shaputis selling the stolen games at Game Stop in Crossroads.

Shaputis is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, if he fails to appear, another warrant will be issued.

STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order Specs

The listing on Origin for STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order includes system specifications for this upcoming single-player action game (thanks DSOGaming). It goes without saying that using the Force is required, but this also details hardware requirements, including a whopping 32 GB of RAM in the recommended specs. Here they are:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

OS:
64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10
Processor (AMD): FX-6100 or Equivalent
Processor (Intel): i3-3220 or Equivalent
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics card (AMD): Radeon HD 7750 or Equivalent
Graphics card (NVIDIA): GeForce GTX 650 or Equivalent
DirectX: 11 Compatible video card or equivalent
Hard-drive space: 55 GB

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS

OS:
64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10
Processor (AMD): Ryzen 7 1700 or Equivalent
Processor (Intel): i7-6700K or Equivalent
Memory: 32 GB
Graphics card (AMD): RX Vega 56 or Equivalent
Graphics card (NVIDIA): GTX 1070 or Equivalent
DirectX: 11 Compatible video card or equivalent
Hard-drive space: 55 GB

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Special Ops Details & Trailer

The Activision Blog offers new details on the Special Ops mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that's reimagined in the new installment in the shooter series. You can also cast your specs on a new Special Ops Trailer that uses cinematics to show how this mode has evolved. Here's the summary:
Available on all platforms when Modern Warfare launches on October 25, one of the series’ most-beloved game modes is back. Reimagined as a collection of expansive, interconnected Operations against a new and encroaching threat, players will assemble into strike-teams of four to execute multi-phased objectives, which together will advance the overarching story of Modern Warfare.
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Indivisible Released

Indivisible is now available for Windows, Linux, and macOS on GOG.com and Steam, offering a hand-drawn action/RPG platformer with liberty and justice for all. The Launch Trailer shows off some gameplay and cinematics, and here's a rundown:
Indivisible centers around Ajna, a fearless girl with a rebellious streak, raised by her father on the outskirts of their rural town.

When her life is thrown into chaos after her home is attacked, a mysterious power awakens within her. Throughout Ajna’s quest, she’ll encounter many “Incarnations”; people she can absorb into herself and manifest to fight alongside her. There are many Incarnations to recruit, each with their own story and personality. By uniting people from faraway lands, Ajna will learn about herself, the world she inhabits and, most importantly, how to save it.

“This is an incredibly special moment for our team,” said Francesca Esquenazi, CEO of Lab Zero Games. “We have worked so hard to bring this labor of love to life and couldn’t be more thankful to the thousands of fans who helped make this possible. We hope everyone enjoys playing Indivisible as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

Created by Lab Zero Games on its proprietary Z-Engine, Indivisible features ultra-rare, real-time party fighter mechanics delicately balanced with responsive exploration through a huge, hand-drawn and animated fantasy world inspired by various cultures and mythologies. With dozens of fully voiced playable characters, a rich storytelling experience and gameplay that’s both easy to learn and challenging to master, Indivisible offers players a meticulously hand-crafted journey with a powerful message at its heart.
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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Released

Platforming adventure game Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is now available for Windows on GOG.com and on Steam. A post on GOG.com offers the Launch Trailer and the following:
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a brand-new platform adventure from some of the key creative talent behind 'Donkey Kong Country'. With their arch-nemesis Capital B up to no good, the buddy duo needs to spring into action once again to save the day. To thwart his evil plan of using a “Hivemind” device to enslave an entire kingdom of bees, our heroes need to take the fight to Capital B’s “Impossible” Lair. Things look tough, but with the help of Queen Phoebee and her Royal Beetallion, Yooka and Laylee might just have a chance!
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Trover Saves the Universe Free DLC Released

Important Cosmic Jobs is now available for Trover Saves the Universe, offering free DLC for this adventure from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland. This is available on the Epic Games Store, the Oculus Store, and Steam. Here's the uncensored launch trailer (NSFW), and here's more on the game and the DLC:
In Trover Saves the Universe, a hilarious platformer created by Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick & Morty, the cosmos is at stake and it’s up to you to save everything. Travel the universe with Trover to save your dogs from a beaked monster, fight across imaginative levels, and meet aliens along the way.

Within the new Important Cosmic Jobs area, players will encounter an array of new characters and situations as they embark upon new quests, collect new ultra adorable power babies, unlock original comedy sketches and play the Space Slam arcade game located in the company break room.

For those who haven’t purchased the base game yet, Trover will be on sale for 15% off starting today through next Monday for fans worldwide via Steam and the Epic Games Store and in North America only via the PlayStation Store.

Finally, to celebrate the launch, fans can also unlock an updated Trover Saves the Universe Snapchat Lens! The augmented reality experience features a new look and effects from an upcoming Trover music video. Players can continue to use this Lens to bring the game's box art to life and scan in-game objects for exclusive tidbits. Check out the Snapchat Lens here.
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Space Robinson Released

Danger! Warning! Space Robinson is now available for Windows on Steam, with a 10% launch discount. This offers what publisher Alawar Premium and developer Luxorix Games call a "proper hardcore RPG-action where you will die a million times across a myriad of procedurally-generated levels." This is shown off in the Release Trailer, which is available on the Space Robinson Website along with a bunch of screenshots. Here's more on what to expect:
You are an ordinary engineer sent to Colony 21 located on a distant planet to perform maintenance works. You end up surviving a spaceship crash and make it to the abandoned Colony Base. While you are trying to find the answers, you understand that this place is not as friendly as it seems. You are just like a Robinson, trying to survive on a hostile planet lost in outer space.

  • HARDCORE
    This is a rogue-like game. You’ll die. You will die. YOU WILL DIE!!! A million times. Then tutorial ends and you’ll get a chance to fight real Monsters.
  • ALWAYS NEW
    Every single level across 3 big locations is procedurally generated, so you will always find a new spot to die! Do you still think you will survive?!

    But wait! If you are tough enough to storm through a couple of levels, you might make it to an outpost where you can refuel and find hints on what has happened to the colonists.
  • NIGHT SHIFT
    You have somehow managed to survive the day? Don’t worry, this planet has some nightlife to offer! Experience a completely different Night Mode that will make you… DIE, of course!
  • BOT-ASSISTANTS
    If you are lucky enough, you can find artifacts and create bots to help you! Start with a cute puppy that turns into a furious beast once the monsters are in sight.
  • CRAFT AND UPGRADE
    Good news: death is useful! Once you die, the Colony AI will use the DNA that you have farsightedly left on the Base to create an exact copy of yourself. You will also retain all the crystals and artifacts that you've gathered (don't ask us how it happens; colonists may know the answer - ask them, when you find them). Repair the Colony units with artifacts and upgrade the reactor with crystals to energize the base. Every reconditioned unit will improve your stats and increase your chances of surviving another minute.

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Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Turning Seven

A post on the Chivalry 2 Website celebrates the upcoming seventh anniversary of the release of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Torn Banner Studios' multiplayer hack-and-slash game that was first released on October 16, 2012. They say they'll have lots to share soon about Chivalry 2 and what's next for the franchise, but for now, they offer a postmortem of the first game, including a look at what went wrong as well as what they got right. Word is: "Despite these flaws and mistakes, we look back on Chivalry today with a mixture of pride and determination to capture the potential we left on the table, as we continue our work on Chivalry 2." Here's their overview:
Upon its launch, Chivalry was well-received as a cult hit and its unique appeal launched our indie dream into the best selling title on Steam throughout the week of Christmas 2012. Sure, it was rough around the edges in everything it did, but it captured a certain special combination that somehow let it become greater than the sum of its parts.

Rabbids Coding Hops Out

Ubisoft announces that Rabbids Coding is now available for free on the Ubisoft Store, offering an educational game that introduces the basics of computer coding. Here's a full explanation:
Today, Ubisoft announced that Rabbids Coding, a game designed to introduce the basics of coding, is now available for free on Uplay for Windows PC. In Rabbids Coding, the mischievous Rabbids invade a spaceship and make a mess. Players have to clean it up by entering programming commands into the spaceship’s operating system. Players of all ages will learn the basics of programming and algorithmic logic, the building blocks of coding.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Rabbids Coding aims to make programming fun and accessible so that coding training is available to everyone. Rabbids Coding is easy to use for first-time coders, and it is suitable for players age seven and up (reading skills required). Throughout the 32 levels of the game, players will learn how to use sequential programming, loops and conditions. All skills and concepts will help the player optimize their program by making their coding sequence as short and as efficient as possible.

“Ubisoft is committed to preparing the next generation of video game developers, and what better way to start teaching them the basics of coding than with a fun and interactive learning experience,” said Olivier Palmieri, Game Director. “We strongly believe that video games can play an important role in learning new technical skills, and we’re looking forward to sharing Rabbids Coding as a teaching tool for all ages.”

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Sundown today marks the beginning of Yom Kippur. For all those observing, have an easy fast.

DOOM Eternal Delayed

Steam now lists March 20, 2020 as the release date for DOOM Eternal, the shooter sequel that was previously expected next month. A tweet by id Software also announces the game's Invasion Mode will now come "soon" after the release as a free update, the Switch edition will be delayed even further, and that DOOM 64 is now coming to all platforms as a preorder bonus. Here's the explanation:
Throughout development of DOOM Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board.

To make sure we're delivering the best experience — for DOOM Eternal to live up to our standards of speed and polish — we've made the decision to extend our launch date by a few months to March 20, 2020. We know many fans will be disappointed by this delay, but we are confident that DOOM Eternal will deliver a gaming experience that's worth the wait.

In addition to shifting the DOOM Eternal launch date, we've made a couple of other changes we wanted you to know about:

  • Invasion Mode, which will allow you to enter another player's games as a playable demon, will release as a free update shortly after launch.
  • DOOM Eternal for Nintendo Switch will release after other platforms. We will announce that date in the future.
  • DOOM 64 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in addition to Nintendo Switch. We are adding DOOM 64 as a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal on all platforms so you'll be able to download and play this classic game, for free, just for pre-ordering DOOM Eternal. DOOM 64 will be released on March 20, 2020 on all platforms.

We are grateful to every DOOM fan for your dedication and support — we can't wait to rip-and-tear right alongside you.

John Wick Hex Released

John Wick Hex is now available for Windows and macOS on the Epic Games Store, offering a stylized strategy shooter based on the stylized action movies. You can check out some of that style in the Launch Walkthrough Video and read on for more on the game:
Developed by the acclaimed Bithell Games (Volume, Thomas Was Alone), John Wick Hex is fight-choreographed chess brought to life as an action-oriented timeline strategy game, capturing the series’ signature gun fu fun and style. It expands on the series’ universe with an original storyline, unique graphic noir art design, and the world-class voice talents of Ian McShane and Lance Reddick, reprising their revered roles from the films, and Troy Baker as the titular antagonist, Hex.

John Wick Hex includes a riveting original score composed by Grammy nominated composer, Austin Wintory (Journey, Flow, the Banner Saga series).

Created in close cooperation with the creative and stunt teams behind Lionsgate’s hit franchise, every move in John Wick Hex hits like a scene from the movies, letting you feel like the legendary assassin himself. Each action you choose has risks and consequences, and every weapon changes the tactics at hand. Ammo is finite and realistically simulated, so time your reloads and make each decision count.
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Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York Nears

A post on GOG.com announces Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York is "coming soon," offering a new trailer showing off this computer game based on the tabletop RPG. Here's word:
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York presents the conflict between two vampiric factions: the traditionalist Camarilla and the fiercely independent Anarchs among the iconic landmarks and night lights of The Big Apple. It's a unique, atmospheric, single-player narrative experience, set in a rich, fully licensed, globally recognized universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.
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Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince Released

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering the Windows edition of the new installment in the platformer franchise. Also, GOG.com and Steam each offer a new Trine: Ultimate Collection which includes the entire series, including the new game. A launch livestream is now underway, and there's also a Launch Trailer that shows off the game's return to its 2.5D roots. Here's more:
In Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince our heroes Zoya the thief, Pontius the knight, and Amadeus the wizard reunite for their most incredible adventure yet as they set out to locate Prince Selius. The prince’s spells have brought the land’s very worst fears to life, leaving the star trio little time to find their royal target and help revert his mismanaged magic.

The iconic puzzle-platforming adventure series is back! Buy Trine 4 now: https://www.trine4.com/#store Trine returns to its 2.5D roots with an epic new co-op adventure in Trine 4: The Nightmare...

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince features:

  • Refined 2.5D gameplay through a vibrant fairytale world
  • Overhauled combat resulting in encounters feeling better than ever
  • Three ways to play: Solo, Classic 3-player, or the new 4-player Unlimited mode
  • Exciting new hero abilities for fresh possibilities in battles and exploration
  • Branching skill trees allowing players to customize heroes to their liking
  • Dynamic puzzles which change to challenge teams of different sizes
  • One incredibly stubborn, magically troubled prince

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is now available both on its own and within the series-spanning Trine: Ultimate Collection, which also includes Trine Enhanced Edition, Trine 2: Complete Story, and Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power.

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Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests

BBC News has word that Blizzard has banned Ng ‘blitzchung’ Wai Chung for one year and stripped the winner of the Hearthstone Grandmasters of his prize purse. This was after he voiced support for the protests in Hong Kong following the tournament. According to Blizzard he was in violation of one of their published rules: "Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image will result in removal from Grandmasters and reduction of the player’s prize total to $0 USD, in addition to other remedies which may be provided for under the Handbook and Blizzard’s Website Terms." Perhaps now Blizzard must punish themselves under the same rule, as the hashtag #boycottblizzard is currently trending, as tweets attacking them for their stance fly back and forth. According to the BBC, Blizzard has also stated they will stop working with the pair of broadcasters who conducted the post-match interview.

Epic Settles with Fortnite Cheat-Seller

Epic has settled a lawsuit against a seller of cheats for Fortnite, their survival/battle royale shooter, reports BBC News. Confirming popular theories about those who traffic in videogame cheats, the defendant was a 14-year-old boy, identified only as CBV. This young man ran a YouTube channel demonstrating his hacks and a website where they were for sale. Word is that CBV's lawyer had filed a motion to dismiss the charges, because lawyers, but the settlement agreement says the defendant was represented in this matter by his mother, saying she worked with his pro bono attorney. The document does not detail the terms of the agreement, but the BBC reports that only three videos remain on the YouTube channel, all of which discuss the lawsuit.

New AMD Drivers

AMD Drivers and Support now offers new version 19.10.1 Adrenalin 2019 Edition drivers for AMD graphics cards, calling these "optional." Those planning on getting the new GRID game or the new RX 5500 graphics cards are candidates for these, as are those experiencing issues in Borderlands 3. The Release Notes explain:
Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.10.1 Highlights

Support For

  • AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 desktop graphics products
  • AMD Radeon™ RX 5500M mobile graphics products
  • GRID™

Fixed Issues

  • Borderlands™3 may experience an application crash or hang when running DirectX®12 API.
  • Borderlands™3 may experience lighting corruption when running DirectX®12 API.
  • Display artifacts may be experienced on some 75hz display configurations on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics system configurations.
  • Radeon FreeSync™2 capable displays may fail to enable HDR when HDR is enabled via Windows® OS on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products system configurations.
  • Some displays may intermittently flash black when Radeon FreeSync is enabled and the system is at idle or on desktop.

Known Issues

  • Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products may experience display loss when resuming from sleep or hibernate when multiple displays are connected.
  • Toggling HDR may cause system instability during gaming when Radeon ReLive is enabled.
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 may experience stutter on some system configurations.
  • Open Broadcasting Software™ may experience frame drops or stutter when using AMF encoding on some system configurations.
  • HDMI® overscan and underscan options may be missing from Radeon Settings on AMD Radeon VII system configurations when the primary display is set to 60hz.
  • Stutter may be experienced when Radeon FreeSync is enabled on 240hz refresh displays with Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • AMD Radeon VII may experience elevated memory clocks at idle or on desktop.

Conan Exiles Gets Debaucheries of Derketo DLC

Steam now offers the Debaucheries of Derketo Pack for Conan Exiles, the Windows online multiplayer survival game set in the Hyborian Age. This adds a bunch of new gear and comes along with a free update for the base game. Here's a new trailer and here are some details:
Build a luxurious pleasure house in the tree-tops, connected to a bustling tavern by a rope bridge. Decorate your home with an exquisitely crafted chess set, scarlet curtains and wine racks, and prepare yourself for battle with the new and intimidating Dark Templar armor set. The Debaucheries of Derketo DLC lets you cast your prudence aside and give in to your darkest and innermost desires.

Released today on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Debaucheries of Derketo offers Conan Exiles players a wide variety of new building pieces, outfits and emotes. Also released is a free update, giving everyone access to the brand-new Wine Cellar dungeon, where you will find the new Khari Warrior and Khari Priest armor sets.

Debaucheries of Derketo pack is available for $9.99/€9.99 (pricing may differ across territories), and contains the following:

  • 10 new building pieces. Build in tree-tops with new tree hut foundation, rope bridges, stages and more.
  • 10 new armor pieces. Go to battle in the new and intimidating Dark Templar armor or the golden Guardian armor.
  • 12 new emotes. Juggle, chug beer, instill fear with the new angry emote or display a cool and nonchalant look.
  • 10 new outfit pieces, including noble clothes and innkeeper outfit.
  • 6 new warpaints, each symbolizing distinct emotions.
  • 29 new placeables. Wine racks, tavern counters, chess set, lavish curtains and more, specifically constructed for tavern interior, pleasure houses and exquisite chateaus.
  • 10 new jewelry pieces. Five golden and five silver pieces of jewelry, designed to seduce even the most cold-hearted warrior.

All the new content in Debaucheries of Derketo is exclusive to this DLC and adds a host of new visual options, but does not give any in-game advantage in power. All the new items have comparable stats to existing items.

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War Selection Enters Early Access

War Selection is now available on Steam, offering a real-time strategy game on a "massive scale" that's free-to-play. Here's an explanation of the game's business model: "he game launches as a free-to-play title with an option to subscribe and unlock subscriber-only matches featuring additional technologies in each era, the ability to make private matches, and participation in votes to determine new features for the game." The Early Access Launch Trailer shows off how this spans eight eras from the Stone Age to the present. Here's more:
War Selection starts players off in the Stone Age during each game while the player chooses its path to victory by advancing through the eras as you modify your culture to your playstyle. Each variety of era has its own technological upgrades and visual style based on the culture it comes from. For example, advancing through the Iron Age as Asia confers different bonuses than going through as a European empire. These options let players customize the way they play and choose the strategy that suits them. Single and multiplayer modes add variety to gameplay, especially the Armageddon mode.

A massive 62 players will be supported, with the smallest empires getting bombarded with meteors as time progresses in the Armageddon mode, forcing constant conflict as the pressure to expand continues to build. War Selection was created in Glyph Worlds’ custom-built GlyphEngine. The proprietary engine was developed with online strategy and MOBA features in mind to support a tremendous amount of active objects as well as the staggering 64-player multiplayer games.

“We can’t wait to see the community build up around War Selection. We hope to create a close-knit fanbase of players through our ability to host matches of such an incredible size. We’re very proud of our ability to have 62 players simultaneously fighting in an RTS and look forward to observing the tactics, strategies, and politics that come about in our game."says Roman Budkeev, CEO of Glyph Worlds

Key Features

  • Tons of Units and Buildings - More than 100 different buildings and 200 different kinds of units (Land, Sea) are present across the ages.
  • Customize Your Culture - Choose which culture you will align with as you advance through the ages, carving your own distinct path through history. Begin in the Stone Age, and specialize in European or Asian cultures as the game progresses to unlock specialize technologies, buildings, and units
  • Massive Multiplayer Wars - Over 62 players on a single match leads to true chaos as wars break out all over the map
  • Varied Modes and Competitive Styles - Against players, fight in free-for-alls, team battles, or Armageddon.

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Apex Legends Halloween Event Next Week

EA announces a Fight or Fright Collection Event begins next week for Apex Legends, celebrating the Halloween season in Respawn's battle royale shooter. This will include the chance to earn free exclusive skins, including two legendary weapon skins, as well as badges and music packs. Here's word:
From October 15 to November 5 we will be running our next limited-time event for Apex Legends, Fight or Fright. This haunting event is packed with exciting content including an all-new limited-time mode featuring Kings Canyon at night, exclusive event challenges where you can earn free loot, special Halloween inspired Collection Event cosmetics, and more. To tell you more about the event we have Lee Horn, Director of Product Management for Apex Legends, to fill you in on all the spooky details.

Cooking Simulator Getting Food Network DLC

Big Cheese Studio announces that new Cooking with Food Network DLC is coming to Steam this month for Cooking Simulator. This offers the chance to test your simulated culinary talents under the simulated lights of a television broadcast. Here's more on your chance to see if you will be an Iron Chef, the next Food Network Star, or just Chopped:
In October, Big Cheese Studio is going to release the 1st DLC for Cooking Simulator – Cooking with Food Network. The update is going to introduce a new game mode and allow the players to prepare fresh dishes inspired by various Food Network TV shows. New culinary challenges will take place in a brand-new kitchen setup – a professional TV studio.

Cooking Simulator released on June 6th this year is a game combining lifelike cooking experience with realistic physics spiced up with a dash of humor. Including so-far released 3 free content updates, it allows players to prepare over 80 dishes using more than 140 ingredients. Cooking with Food Network is going to add 16 more products and 30 recipes inspired by TV shows like The Kitchen or Barefoot Contessa. In the new contest mode, unlike in other modes, the meals will be prepared only one at a time. The players will have the chance to personalize the challenge by selecting its duration, the pool of recipes and additional tasks. The goal is to reach the highest score possible by serving as many well-made meals as possible following set rules. The setting for showing off culinary skills is also going to change. The ordinary kitchen will turn into a TV studio with cameras, lights, sound effects and viewers!

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

We're still getting used to the new BlueTower and what to expect as we head into our first autumn and winter in the new place. This includes some oddities. Yesterday I mentioned firing up the pellet stove on the main floor for the first time. The good news is that this also helps heat the upstairs, since heat rises. The bad news is my office is downstairs, leaving me in the cold, so to speak. The oddity I refer to is that so far it's remained comfortable down here without turning on the electric heat. Yesterday evening it was a balmy 78ºF down here, and when I checked it was 64ºF outside. This can't even really be attributed the dehumidifier, which is in the closed-off storage area. I assume this may have something to do with the other units attached on either side, but it still seems odd. I doubt this means I'll be able to go through the winter without running any heat down here, but I certainly wouldn't complain if that turns out to be the case.

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