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Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 World Mental Health Day - Happy Birthday DOOM II!

Hell Let Loose Free Weekend

A new update 3 is now available for Hell Let Loose, the World War II first-person shooter for Windows that's currently working through Early Access on Steam. The patch adds a new offensive game mode as well as a new Omaha Beach map as shown off in this new trailer. Team17 is celebrating the occasion by offering a free weekend that will run for the next three days and a sale that will continue for a week. Here's the news:
We're excited to bring you Update 3! It’s been absolutely huge for us - especially the mixture of different major features (who knew landing boats could be so logistically complicated?) alongside a highly iconic map and a large number of bug fixes.

We see our time in Early Access as a key period in which we can iterate, expand, optimise and polish content. We’re working hard and fast to bring a balance of new content, while fixing any and all issues that you - the community - raise.

Free weekend

To celebrate the launch of Omaha Beach and the Offensive Gamemode we’ll be running our first ever free weekend!

We’re very thankful for a warm and receptive community. We ask that this weekend you help us to welcome brand new players to the battlefield and give them the best experience possible. As you can imagine, it’s going to get very, very crazy.
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Legend of Keepers Alpha Demo

Celebrating the news that more than 50,000 gamers have added Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master to their wishlists on Steam, Goblinz Studio now offers a Legend of Keepers: Prologue as a free playable alpha demo for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Word is: "This prologue contains around 2 hours of gameplay and introduces Legend of Keepers’ mechanics, lore building and game strategy." In this game you play as the bad guy dungeon keeper with a CEO element, as you must hire monsters, buy traps, and manage the whole operation. Here's more:
In this original mix of Dungeon Management and Roguelite, you will lead your career as a Dungeon Master!

Features

  • Join the Dungeons Company and climb the corporate ladder
  • Crush so-called "heroes" and protect the company's treasures
  • Hire monsters, manage your employees and your stock of traps
  • Deal with employee strikes and other fun events


Each run will be different but players will keep some of their Master's bonuses between runs. Like we've already mentioned, our game is a mix between Roguelite and Dungeon Management. How did we achieve that? By running many tests to find the perfect balance between management and dungeon phases!

Stalin vs. Martians 4 Demo

Though it goes oddly unmentioned on the Stalin vs. Martians 4 Website, KREMLINCORP Entertainment announces they are offering a free public demo for Stalin vs. Martians 4, their upcoming bizarre action game sequel. This is the same demo they released privately last month, but they now invite everyone to download it from their website (direct link). Their brief explanation of this is: "The demo, obviously, shows work-in-progress stuff. It has 2 missions and some gameplay." The accompanying description of the game is almost as short, and even cheekier:
Stalin vs. Martians 4 is a massively soloplayer action game which tells a story of the conflict between Stalin and the Martians. It has a narrative-based story with a plot and rich dialogues of humorous nature, which beautifully highlight the story's narrative-based narrative and plot.

We're 100% sure that Stalin vs. Martians 4 most probably will be released next year.

We also remind you that the game also has features and it's very important.

More CoD: Modern Warfare PC Specs

The Activision Blog has more on the PC system requirements for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare besides what was revealed yesterday on Battle.net. The article discusses PC-specific features, including ray tracing, NVIDIA Adaptive Shading, NVIDIA Ansel, and NVIDIA Highlights. They also offer specs for three configurations besides the minimum and standard requirements they already revealed. Here they are:
Recommended Specs (additional):
Here are the Recommended specs for use with Ray Tracing:

  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X processor
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Competitive Specs:
Here are the Competitive specs to run at a high fps for use with a high refresh monitor:

  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 / RTX 2070 SUPER or Radeon RX Vega⁶⁴ Graphics
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD: 175GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Ultra RTX Specs:
Finally, here are the Ultra RTX specs to run the game at a high FPS in 4K resolution with Ray Tracing:

  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 2700X
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD: 175GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Deliver Us The Moon Delivered

Deliver Us The Moon is now available for Windows on GOG.com and Steam, offering the chance to tap into your inner Sam Rockwell. Here's a new trailer with a look, and here's word on this small step for man/giant leap for mankind:
Deliver Us The Moon is a Sci-Fi thriller set in an apocalyptic near future where Earth's natural resources are depleted. In an effort to solve the energy crisis, global powers created the World Space Agency and secured a promising new source of energy on the moon.

The World Space Agency colonized and operated from the moon until one fateful night all communications with Earth ceased and the energy source was lost. Now, years later, you assume the role of Earth's last astronaut on a do-or-die mission to investigate what happened and save humanity.

During this adventure, your only companion is a small robot named ASE. Together you will traverse the moon, explore abandoned facilities, gather clues and ultimately uncover the secrets and hidden agendas of those long gone!

Will you save mankind or be forgotten in the dark abyss of Space?

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Moons of Madness This Month

Moons of Madness is coming to Steam on October 22nd, offering the chance to get your ass to Mars, where you may end up using it to crap your pants in this first-person horror game. You can see the game's Lovecraftian/Event Horizon flair in the Launch Date Announcement Trailer. Here's more:
The message confounded Orochi scientists. Their analysts broke it down and determined it was of intelligent origin. Orochi management immediately concluded that the discovery was too sensitive for public knowledge and moved to keep it hidden. In secret, the corporation began construction of Trailblazer Alpha, a state-of-the-art Mars research outpost designed to identify the true nature of the message.

You are Shane Newehart, an engineer stationed at Trailblazer Alpha and your security clearance means you are completely unaware of the existence of the mysterious signal. Your job is simply to keep the lights on until the transport ship Cyrano arrives bringing with it a new team to take over your duties.

Soon you discover strange and unusual setbacks. Crucial systems are malfunctioning, the greenhouse is filled with a strange mist and the rest of your team has yet to return from their EVA mission.

Things are starting to fall apart.

You begin seeing and hearing things that aren’t there. Visions, hallucinations – or is that even what it is? Is this real… or are you slowly descending into madness?
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Tesla Force: United Scientists Army Announced

10tons Ltd announces Tesla Force: United Scientists Army, a top-down shooter with endless gameplay coming to Steam on February 20, 2020. This allows you to annihilate your foes while playing as noted gunslingers Tesla, Curie, Lovecraft, and Shelley. Grab your crazy pills and view the Announcement Teaser and read on for more zany details:
The cosmic horrors are awakening. It's time to call upon the heroes of science and eldritch knowledge to defend mankind from an assault from the outer reaches of reality!

  • Endlessly replayable rogue-lite
  • Randomly generated levels
  • Wild array of devastating weapons
  • Intense top-down shooting action
  • Large selection of perks to customize your hero
  • Over a dozen unique abominations to destroy
  • Play as Tesla, Curie, Lovecraft or Shelley!

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We Were Here Together Released

We Were Here Together is now available on Steam for Windows and macOS. This co-op puzzle solving game is the latest entry in a series that began with the free-to-play We Were Here and continued with the pay-to-play sequel We Were Here Too. Word is: "The latest entry in the We Were Here series is the largest so far – players must travel from the expedition base camp through Antarctica to reach the sinister Castle Rock. Once they’re inside, who knows what awaits…" Grab some hot cocoa and check out the frostbitten Release Trailer, and read on for more:
Everything in the We Were Here series hinges on communication with your co-op partner. Every puzzle, every clue, and your ultimate success or failure will revolve around this communication - and this is why players keep coming back to the We Were Here games. Asymmetric puzzles give each partner different information, and challenge players to talk to each other and figure out exactly what information they have and how it might lead to a solution. You and your partner have nothing but your wits, a walkie-talkie each, and whatever you can find on your way. Observation, smart communication and teamwork will be the only way to escape from the sinister Castle Rock.
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MageQuit Released

MageQuit is now out of Early Access and is officially available on Steam, offering a top-down wizard brawler for Windows (the Xbox One edition of the game launches today as well). Here's the Release Trailer, and here's the pitch:
Indie developer Bowlcut Studios announced that MageQuit, their top-down area wizard brawler, is available now on Xbox One and will soon exit Steam Early Access! MageQuit is a multiplayer arena brawler for up to ten players — local or online — that battle it out over nine intense (but often hilarious) rounds of combat. Wizards can go solo in a one-mage-takes-everything free for all, or duke it out in teams of two to five magical mischief-makers, to take top prize: a lengthy, luxurious beard.

In MageQuit, players have access to a vast array of spell options spread over several different elements that offer endless potential for creative build combinations. Use the power of Sand to turn back time on your enemies or conjure an enormous Sandworm, or perhaps go with a classic Fire spell and blast your enemies in the face with righteous Pillar of Fire. Spells get drafted from a limited pool at the beginning of each round, so choose your build carefully! However, the strength of the cabbalistic combatants is only half the battle — each of the eight stages has unique environmental hazards that add a whole other dimension to fight. Knock your enemies into the water and let the sharks do the dirty work, or simply go for a classic and kick them into a volcano.
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Circle Empires Rivals Announced

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Luminous announce Circle Empires Rivals, a multiplayer real-time strategy game that is a sequel to Circle Empires. They plan to release this on Steam early next year, offering a Teaser Trailer in the meantime to show off what to expect. Here's a description of the game:
Circle Empires Rivals is the multiplayer sequel to the original award-winning real-time strategy game enjoyed by more than 300,000 players worldwide! Fast-paced action and hundreds of different units combined with a procedurally generated world of circles to make every session exciting and unique. You’ll have to devise new strategies and clever tactics to defeat your enemies, harvest resources and increase your power – alone or online with friends!

“It’s amazing to have watched the project evolve from a free demo into the single-player experience, and now at last, into a multiplayer one as well!” – The Luminous Team

Key Features

  • Fast-paced multiplayer RTS
  • Play with friends in a variety of online game modes, including Co-op
  • Units gain XP and level up
  • The world is made of circles, each with different loot and enemies.
  • Expand your empire, circle by circle
  • Procedurally generated worlds contain unique flora and fauna
  • 250+ different creatures and buildings, harvestable resources and level-ups
  • 25+ Different faction leaders, a large variety of bonuses
  • 40 huntable boss monsters
  • Huge range of difficulty options for any skill level

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The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature Nears

Publisher ARTE France and developer La Belle Games announce The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature, a narrative adventure based on Mary Shelly's classic horror novel that is coming Windows and macOS via Steam on October 31st, just in time for Halloween. The game features a visual landscape that changes based on the player's choices, as hinted at in this short atmospheric teaser trailer. Here's more:
The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature goes back to the roots of Mary Shelley’s legendary novel, Frankenstein, and invites players to discover a being quite different from the pop culture icon: Starring a creature born neither good nor evil traveling through Europe in a search to find its origins and to learn about humanity. This journey is emotional and challenging for both the creature and the player as beauty and kindness are often followed by darkness, fear and hate.

Depending on the decisions made by the player, the landscape and the soundtrack evolve throughout the game. The handcrafted watercolor environments, three years in the making, change from light and colorful to dark and moody, underlining the emotional atmosphere of the game.
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Warhammer 40K Gladius Fortification Pack Next Week

This announcement on Steam reveals a new Fortification Pack is coming next Thursday to Warhammer 40,000- Gladius - Relics of War on Steam. They offer screenshots and promise a live preview stream on Tuesday on Twitch. Here's what this fourth DLC pack will bring to the strategy game:
With a total of six new units, this DLC is a must-have and will enlarge the strategic options to all players.

As war rages on, all the factions engaged in a fierce struggle to dominate Gladius Prime resort to erecting mighty bulwarks and deploying new state-of-the-art defensive weapons.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Fortification Pack will be available next Thursday, October 17th.

You can check the product page to have a look at all the new units and read more about them.

We will be showcasing the new Fortification Pack DLC on an exclusive live preview stream on Tuesday October 15 at 6 pm BST on our Twitch channel!

MISTOVER released

MISTOVER is now available for PC and consoles, with the Windows edition of this roguelike RPG offered on Steam along with a recently released second playable demo. The Launch Trailer accompanies the game, which is described thusly:
A massive vortex known as the Pillar of Despair released a thick mist that swept across the small kingdom of Arta, decaying the once lush lands. From this vortex, tremendous creatures known as espers were released destroying everything in their path. As Arta laid on the brink of destruction, all attacks subsided and the Expedition Corps began recruiting members willing to brave the deadly mysteries and effects of what Corps members call the Misfortune Mist.

MISTOVER Highlights Include:

  • Over 40-hours of expeditions through five distinct regions
  • Procedurally generated dungeons deliver new expedition experiences every time
  • Build an invincible Corps by combining and strategizing with eight different classes
  • Learn and master over 13 unique skills and upgrade equipment to enhance Corps members
  • Exposure to the Mist affects everything, sometimes in surprising ways, including Corps members, monsters, plants and animals, and even equipment, items, and relics
  • Unique game systems find players managing internal conflicts between ‘satisfaction’ and ‘greed’
  • Novice to expert players can set their difficulty with Easy, Medium and Hard levels
  • Designed for players who like difficulty, MISTOVER is not for the faint of heart – and features a permanent death system

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Sonic vs Rule 34. Thanks Ant.

Surviving Mars Free on Epic Games Store

A promised, Surviving Mars is now available as the next free giveaway on the Epic Games Store as the campaign to establish the store's foothold continues. This is free for all who pick it up over the next seven days. As usual, they also take the opportunity to tease the next freebie(s) that will be handed out next Thursday when the current promotion ends, saying these will be Alan Wake's American Nightmare and >observer_. In the meantime, here's a description of Surviving Mars, which supports both Windows and macOS:
Colonize Mars and discover her secrets, with minimal casualties.

Welcome Home! The time has come to stake your claim on the Red Planet and build the first functioning human colonies on Mars! All you need are supplies, oxygen, decades of training, experience with sandstorms, and a can-do attitude to discover the purpose of those weird black cubes that appeared out of nowhere. With a bit of sprucing up, this place is going to be awesome!

Surviving Mars is a sci-fi city builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for your colony. Build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand your settlement. Cultivate your own food, mine minerals or just relax by the bar after a hard day’s work. Most important of all, though, is keeping your colonists alive. Not an easy task on a strange new planet.

There will be challenges to overcome. Execute your strategy and improve your colony’s chances of survival while unlocking the mysteries of this alien world. Are you ready? Mars is waiting for you.

WBIE and IO Interactive Deal

WBIE and IO Interactive announce they are collaborating on a new PC and console "game experience." They don't offer any other details on the plan except whatever clues can be gleaned from the job openings at IO Interactive mentioned in the announcement. The rest of it is just platitudes:
IO Interactive has two development studios in the Scandinavian region – IOI Copenhagen in Denmark and the recently opened IOI Malmö in Sweden – both of which will be integral in the development of the new game under this partnership.

“We’re very pleased to continue our relationship with the talented team at IO Interactive,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “IO Interactive has a longstanding legacy of creating iconic games, and we’re looking forward to partnering on this next endeavor to bring a new console and PC gaming experience to players globally.”

“Over the past few years, Warner Bros. has shown us first-hand that they understand and respect our creative vision, and we’re looking forward to continuing this relationship,” said Hakan Abrak, CEO, IO Interactive. “IO Interactive has a proud history of creating compelling characters and universes for our players to enjoy—it’s in our DNA. As we embark on this exciting project to create a new universe for IOI together with Warner Bros., we’re currently looking for ambitious talent to join our team in our Copenhagen and Malmö studios for this extraordinary journey.”

PUBG LITE Alights in Europe

PUBG Corporation announces that PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS LITE, aka PUBG LITE, is now available across Europe, offering the free-to-play adaptation of their battle royale game. This debuted in Asia earlier this year, offering the core PUBG experience while supporting lower hardware requirements. This page lists the various countries where the game is now available, but there's no word yet on if or when this will be available in North America. If your country is on the list, this page is where to download the client, and the announcement offers the details:
PUBG LITE offers fans, who were previously unable to access the game, to now have the chance to play PUBG through PUBG LITE with the thrill and experience of the original game. Players will take to the skies and descend onto a deserted island to compete among 100 players in a struggle for survival. Gather weapons, vehicles and supplies, whilst strategising and outwitting opponents to become the last person standing. Alongside the 10th October launch, players can also look forward to other content, including:

4 VS 4 Match
A 4 VS 4 mode is included in PUBG LITE. In this mode, the pace of the game is pushed to the limit as two four-person squads battle for survival. The mode takes place in a deserted warehouse surrounded by old shipping containers and vehicles, allowing each of the teams the chance to skillfully outmaneuver each other on their quest to become the first squad with 40 eliminations.

New Season
LITE PASS is now available for Season 2 and players can expect LITE PASS: Premium Season 2 to cost 400 L-COIN which includes the Premium pass itself and rewards for mission completion such as Chicken Medals, Silver Bullets, Skins, BP and XP. LITE PASS: Premium Plus Season 2, offered at a 40% discount, costs 1,100 L-COIN and its contents include the Premium Plus pass and 25 Level Up Pass, as well as rewards for mission completion which include Chicken Medals, Skins, Silver Bullets, BP, XP and Emote.

LITE PASS: Free, is a new season pass, available to all players free of charge and includes completable missions that award in-game items as players level up. For players wanting more, they can purchase the LITE PASS: Premium and LITE PASS: Premium Plus which gives them the option to unlock even more missions and rewards.

New in-game currency
Two new in-game currencies are now available; Silver Bullet, obtained by players dissembling their costume/in-game items, which can be used to purchase items off the Silver Bullet and Chicken Medal Stores. The more players exchange in-game items for Silver Bullets to then transfer for a Chicken Medal, this can then purchase items from LITE PASS: Premium.

PUBG LITE has language support for: English, Turkish, Portuguese (BR), Portuguese (PT), Spanish (LA), Spanish (ES), Russian, German, French and Polish.

Games and World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. This effort to overcome the stigma associated with mental health issues urges those suffering them to seek help, which is a great mission. Take This is a charity looking to "shine light on mental health challenges in games industry and community. This group's supporters include the ESA, Xbox, an Valve. Also, Safe in Our World is a charity centered on mental health and video games. This one is brand new, and we don't know about how it will operate, but here's hoping they're up to the challenges of this worthy cause. They offer a video to promote Fractured Minds, a game coming soon to Steam, described as "an immersive artistic short game, exploring anxiety and mental health issues." A share of the game's profits will support the charity. Take This also offers the following list of games they feel offer "well-portrayed" mental health themes:

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Blizzard Hong Kong Backlash Continues

Here's more on the blowback being suffered by Blizzard after they banned the Hearthstone tournament winner for using their competition as a platform to voice support for protesters in Hong Kong. Hearthstone commentator Brian Kibler announces that barring changes, he will have no involvement with the Hearthstone Grandmasters Tournament going forward: "That kind of appeasement is simply not something I can in good conscience be associated with. When I learned about the ruling, I reached out to Blizzard and informed them that I no longer feel comfortable casting the Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon. I will not be a smiling face on camera that tacitly endorses this decision. Unless something changes, I will have no involvement in Grandmasters moving forward" (thanks Rock Paper Shotgun). Also, BBC News reports that players attempting to lodge their own protests over all this are being thwarted, as "Users say they get error messages when they try to erase their accounts." Amid charges this is deliberate, Blizzard Customer Support tweets that it's actually a technical issue they are working on fixing:
There's an issue affecting the site which our engineers are currently addressing. I don't have an ETA for the resolution, but it's a priority for us to have this resolved, and I expected it to be before too much longer. Apologies, and thank you for your patience. ^AX

Steam Adding Online Support to Local Multiplayer Games

Valve has informed developers that they are working on a method for adding online multiplayer support to games with local multiplayer functionality. This was done privately, but Ars Technica notes that Valve's letter on the topic is posted on the Unity Forums. Word is this will require the addition of no online features or servers, and should launch in beta form on October 21st. Interestingly, since this emulates local multiplayer, only the host needs to own the game being played. Here's the FAQ on the topic:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
When is the Remote Play Together Beta launching?

The beta will launch the week of October 21. All users of the Steam Beta client will be able to access this feature.
What games will be included in the beta?
All games tagged with local co-op, local multiplayer, or split-screen will be included.
Do all players need to own the game in order to play it using Remote Play Together?
Remote Play Together is designed to re-create the experience of playing a game with a friend at your PC. Only the host needs to own the game to start a Remote Play Together session with their friends.
Does this mean anyone can play my game without buying it?
Similar to visiting a friend’s home to play a game, Remote Play Together is designed for small groups of Steam friends to enjoy games together. In order to play a game using Remote Play Together, a host must own the game and manually send an invite to each friend to play. When a game is exited, the remote play session is terminated. We don’t believe it’s feasible to use Remote Play Together to avoid purchasing games on Steam entirely, and like other promotional tools and features, we believe the additional exposure and fun players have will lead to additional revenue and player growth.
Can I opt-out of the beta?
Yes, though we would encourage you to try things out in the beta. If you prefer not to participate, let us know by emailing the Steam team at SteamPublish@valvesoftware.com.
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3629-RIAV-1617#whatisit

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Out of the Blue

Thanks for the well-wishing on yesterday's 23rd anniversary of the launch of this site, as well as the feedback on our responsive design plans. For another anniversary, happy birthday DOOM II! We've previously noted that today is when the first-person shooter sequel was released back in 1994, which would make it the shooter sequel's 25th anniversary. Frans points out there is a bit of confusion over this on The Doom Wiki, where they say the game may have first appeared on European store shelves on September 30th, but it sounds like there's no way to be certain about this. Whenever it was, happy birthday to this game that is one of the reasons this site first popped up in mid-1995 before moving to its own domain a little more than a year later. If you are planning on playing to celebrate the occasion, feel free to refer back to Blue's Doom Deathmatch Guide from back in the day.

DOOMed Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Cipher.
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Science: Astronomers Track Mysterious Second Interstellar Comet to Its Home System.
Diet And Depression: What You Eat Can Help Improve Mood, New Study Finds. Thanks RedEye9.
Sea 'Boiling' with Methane Discovered in Siberia- 'No One Has Ever Recorded Anything like This Before'. Thanks Acleacius.
Media: Aaron Paul's 2-minute 'Breaking Bad' recap is the only one you need.
Disastrous gender reveal turns into dark ascension.
Divers give small octopus a new home.
Follow-up: American pushes back expected return of Boeing Max — for the sixth time.
Toys ‘R’ Us relaunches its website, where online sales are powered by Target. Thanks LinkedIn.
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