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Sunday, Jan 12, 2020

The Last Cube Announced

Finish developer Improx Games announces The Last Cube, a puzzle game planned for Windows, Linux, macOS, and consoles. This does not yet carry a release date, but it does have a Steam Listing you can wishlist if you want to keep informed when it does. It also has a an official website which offers an Announcement Teaser Trailer showing off gameplay. Word is you will play as a plucky little cube on a solo adventure without the help of a test subject or any such thing:
You, the Last Cube, were awakened for a purpose: to save this peculiar world from collapsing by solving puzzle tracks left by your ancestors. The Last Cube is a three-dimensional puzzle game with incredible innovative mechanics.

In The Last Cube you play as a sentient, metallic cube, lost in a strange world full of mysteries and dozens of secrets to find. Venture through six unique areas of the cube-world and overcome three-dimensional brain-teasers. Collect stickers on the cube's sides and use their distinct abilities to progress through levels with atmospheric environments. The Last Cube features over 100 unique puzzles, 6 beautiful areas and over 8 hours of gameplay content.
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Steam Top 10

Here's the latest list from Valve of last week's 10 (eight) bestselling titles on Steam:

  1. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  2. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Digital Deluxe
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  6. MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
  7. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  8. STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order
  9. ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV
  10. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Out of the Blue

Happy belated birthday to Ant! I forgot this yesterday, so my apologies. There are a lot of folks who have taken the trouble to send in a lot of links to include here over the years, but Ant is arguably the single biggest contributor. He's been sending in items of possible interest for more than 20 years now (a quick sloppy search his first contribution goes back to June 1999 at the very latest). Thanks for all the help over all these years, Ant, and apologies for forgetting your birthday!

Belated Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Links: Enjoy "iCthulhu," a free Lovecraftian cyberpunk webcomic.
Adult Cream Pie coming to McDonald’s Japan. Are we not doing phrasing anymore?
Inside the ‘Secret Service of Hollywood’ That Guards Stars Like Post Malone and Jennifer Lopez.
Stories: Mystery Underwater Device Lost By U.S. Navy.
'Like sending bees to war'- the deadly truth behind your almond-milk obsession. Thanks RedEye9.
As they fret about cyberattacks from Iran, Texas officials also say homegrown ‘incels’ pose threat. Thanks Acleacius.
Science: The medications that change who we are. Thanks Max.
Negativity Can Ruin Relationships. Thanks Max.
Media: Golden Retriever Puppies Launch Cuteness Attack on Toddler.
HOW TO FUNK IN TWO MINUTES.
OATS STUDIOS PRESENTS – MIGRANTS.
Follow-up: Patrick Stewart Didn't Want To Reprise Captain Picard In A Post-Brexit World.
The Funnies: Arcade Rage.

Saturday, Jan 11, 2020

XO Early Access

XO is available in Early Access on Steam, offering a strategic space fleet defense game for Windows, Linux, and macOS. This was released last month following a crowdfunding campaign in 2015, so thanks JDreyer for bringing this up. This is like a blast from the past, as the graphics are all vector-based, as shown off in this trailer. Here's word on the game:
XO is a relentless strategic fleet defense game blending real-time with pause, political intrigue and a punishing drive to survive.

Take command of the last battleship, gather a fleet and try to unite five hostile factions in a desperate bid to save humanity from an enemy that cannot be defeated.

Rescue survivors when you can, persuade ships to join your fleet if you can -- and force ships to join when you must.

Over 30 different ship types giving you many ways to configure your fleet.

Over 400 unique and challenging events in a procedural universe to maximize replayability.

Original soundtrack by Jim Guthrie
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GameAssistant Plans

This Steam Listing is for an upcoming project called GameAssistant, which bills itself as "The Tool For Every Gamer." This is planned for release on March 2nd, with the promise of automating tweaking supported games, saying it "automates games tweaking: disable startup videos, set modern resolutions, enable or disable VSync, override FOV, increase visual quality, disable effects, fix crashes, poor performance and other issues." Here's more on the plan:
GameAssistant: The Tool For Every Gamer is a unique program that automates games tweaking.

It allows, depending on game, to:

  • disable startup videos
  • set modern resolutions
  • set windowed mode
  • enable anti-aliasing
  • enable or disable VSync
  • set 120 Hz / 144 Hz refresh rate of FPS limit
  • override FOV
  • increase visual quality (more detailed shadows, max anisotropic filtering)
  • disable some effects (depth of field, bloom, motion blur, chromatic aberration)
  • enable or disable mouse smoothing and acceleration
  • fix crashes, poor performance and other issues
  • enable cheats

All changes can be reverted.

Additionally some hints will be given along with cheats and link to walkthrough.

Out of the Blue

Looking forward to more NFL playoff football. In today's matchups I find myself in conflict with myself. This is because the Titans have won my heart with their plucky play style, but they are playing the Ravens, who I picked to win the Super Bowl in our pool. I'm not sure if that makes this a no-win scenario or a no-lose scenario, so I guess I'll just root for a good game.

Obituary: Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Arab world's longest-serving ruler, dies aged 79.

Win-Win Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Play: Economical.
Links: William Gibson: ‘I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was.'
Myth Busting 'Blind As A Bat' And 'Memory Of A Goldfish.' Thanks RedEye9.
Cashmere country: the perils of making the world's finest fabric. Thanks RedEye9.
Stories: The FDA Announces Two More Antacid Recalls Due to Cancer Risk.
Science: Cuttlefish 3D glasses study had surprising results.
Americans' Body Temperature Has Been Dropping Since the 19th Century, Study Finds.
Images: Artist Creates Amazing Food Carving That Looks Too Good to Eat.
Media: Comedians paint along with Bob Ross to raise money for charity — The Bob Ross Challenge.
BIRDS OF PREY – Official Trailer 2.
Saskatchewan Farm Trucks.
Auction: Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Drove in ‘Bullitt’ Sells for $3.4 Million at Auction.
Follow-ups: Fired Boeing C.E.O. Muilenburg Will Get More Than $60 Million.
Origin of mystery humming noises heard around the world, uncovered.