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Friday, Jan 31, 2020

Hockey Manager 20|20 Released

Hockey Manager 20|20 is now available on Steam, offering the chance to face off in netmin games' simulation of running an ice hockey team. Check out this trailer and read on for all the details:
Lead your favourite club in America and Europe, control the financial aspects of your team, train the players, and manage transfers, sponsors and merchandising.

Hockey Manager 20|20 includes 3D action-packed presentations with full control of your own team in real time. Transfers with the Community can be easily executed via the Steam Workshop.

Hockey Manager 20|20 features an editor so you can create any team in the world, including players, jerseys, sponsors and referees. Additionally, it contains the official licenses of the French and Spanish ice hockey leagues.
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Vampire's Fall: Origins Released

Vampire's Fall: Origins is now available on Steam, bringing this take on the classic role-playing game to Windows after its debut as a mobile game. The Steam version brings some improvements, as shown in the game's Official Trailer. Here's a description of what to expect:
For countless years the villagers of Vamp’Ire have enjoyed a life of peace and happiness. But now, rumors are spreading about a wielder of dark magic - a Witchmaster. Fearing the rumors to be true, the village musters a militia to prepare for the worst. You are a recruit enrolling to defend the village. Little do you know, fate has something special in store for you…

A tribute to classic RPGs. Made with passion, by old-school gamers.

Vampire’s Fall: Origins is a 2D open-world RPG with tactical combat. Create your character, choose your bloodline and venture out into the world. Will you wreck havoc in the land, or be the hero people are longing for?
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GRID Season 2 Next Month

This announcement has details on Season 2 of GRID, which will come to the racing game on Steam on February 12th. Word is this comes alongside new DLC: "GRID’s next slate of post-launch content takes things up a gear, with Season 2 and the Track Day Supercars pack, launching February 12 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Six new cars, built for both beauty and speed, drop into GRID, alongside another Career mode expansion and the addition of a world-renowned circuit. Ultimate Edition players receive the full slate of content, and there’s plenty of additions that are free for all players, too." Here are details on the career expansion:
Finally, Season 2 brings a further expansion to Career mode, with an extra 33 events using the Red Bull Ring and four Track Day Supercars. Ultimate Edition players can find the events in the new tab, from the Career menu. Experience our hand-picked selection of races, with two new threads, fresh Showdown events, and the latest Ravenwest Motorsport challenge.

As always, with a new season for GRID comes more technical improvements and community-requested additions. The headline in this area for Season 2 is the option to extend the length of races in Career mode - full details on this addition, available for all players, is on the Codemasters Forums. This follows the recent free addition of Session Search to Multiplayer - a public lobbies system that allows players to search and enter sessions created by others.

Sound like enough to Get Your Heart Racing? Be a GRID Ultimate Edition player to receive not just all of Season 2 and the Track Day Supercars, but all Season 1 – Hot Hatch Showdown content, and any future additions to GRID. The Track Day Supercars pack, consisting of the four exclusive cars and 33 Career events, will also be available to purchase separately on the Steam store.

Gamedev Beatdown Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo of Gamedev Beatdown, a Windows turn-based combat game that's expected to enter Early Access in April. Here's word on all the ass-kicking you never knew was part of a game developer's life:
Play as a member of a team, making some hard and some not so hard decisions. If you win, your choices get implemented. Lose, and your game and studio might head in a direction you did not sign up for.

Work your way up from arcade-style games to full-fledged AAA releases. Once you start your journey as an Indie developer, move to new studio locations and hire the right people as you work your way up in the industry. There's a lot to handle, but you've got this. It was your dream, after all.
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Evening Interviews

Op Ed

  • GamesIndustry.biz - Can Alyx pull VR out of its niche?
    "However, it's still important to bear in mind that this remains a tiny, niche market relative to the console, PC or mobile device markets. Even for the best-selling VR headsets, a stellar quarter globally pales in comparison to the weekly sales of something like Switch or PS4 in a single decently performing territory, let alone the gigantic figures posted week after week for devices like the iPhone. I point this out not to bash the VR market, but because it's a reality; VR remains a niche within a niche, and that's a big part of the commercial equation developers and publishers have to grapple with when deciding where it sits in their plans."

New Wizards of the Coast Studio Headed BioWare Vets

The Archetype Entertainment Website is now online, unveiling details on this new game studio formed by Wizards of the Coast (thanks Polygon). This being headed up by designer James Ohlen, whose partnership with the Dungeons Dragons and Magic: The Gathering publisher was revealed last April. James is joined by fellow BioWare veteran Chad Robertson, who will serve as General Manager. Here is the new studio's mission statement saying their first project is a sci-fi RPG:
OUR GOAL IS TO CREATE THE GREATEST STORY-DRIVEN ROLEPLAYING GAMES IN THE WORLD.
Archetype Entertainment is a game development studio in Austin, Texas led by industry veterans from BioWare and other AAA studios. Founded in 2019, Archetype is an autonomous division of Wizards of the Coast. We are assembling a world-class team to build a multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe.

​At Archetype, we believe there will always be a place for story-driven roleplaying games that put the player at the center of an epic personal narrative with impactful choices. We are building games that represent the diversity of our audience. We also believe that game studios should empower top developers and challenge them with ambitious projects that are shaped by a strong, clearly communicated creative vision.

Throne of Lies Free Weekend

Throne of Lies The Online Game of Deceit can be played for free this weekend on Steam (thanks SteamDB via Ant). If you enjoy this social strategy game for Windows, it is on sale for 66% off (no lie!). Here's an honest description of what to expect:
Throne of Lies is a 3D online multiplayer game where 8~16 players combine their social deduction skills with over 100 abilities to root out the traitors at the table and stop their foes from taking control of the kingdom.

In a modern take on tabletop games like Werewolf/Mafia and set during a time of medieval conflict, each player is randomly assigned one of 40+ classes, ranging from the King, himself, to a hapless Fool. Most players will be loyal members of the Blue Dragon faction, but each game will feature members of either the wicked Cult or mysterious Unseen faction, along with a few Neutral characters to mix things up.

Nemo Dungeon Free Weekend

Also free to check out is Nemo Dungeon, which is free to play for the weekend on Steam (thanks SteamDB via Ant). This game is also on sale, so you can pick it up for 40% off of its normal $4.99 USD price tag. If you check this out, here's what you'll be finding:
Nemo Dungeon is a rogue-like game which you can control skillful characters with 4 unique skills. Kill your enemies, dodge their bullets, and gather various items which make you stronger.

  • Choose a character who has four unique skills.
  • Explore random-generated dungeons.
  • Fight with strong enemies and bosses.
  • Gather awesome items which make you stronger!

P1R4T3S 3arly 4ccess

Blini Games announces Early Access to P1R4T3S is now underway on Steam, offering a roguelike twin-stick shooter with throwback graphics and a 1337 throwback titl3. This is not set on the high seas, as it centers on space piracy. Here's a gameplay-free Teaser Trailer released last year, and here are some details, including the promise that an online multiplayer co-op mode will be added in the future:
Travel the galaxy in your pirate ship boarding other ships, space stations, and land bases to loot everything you encounter! Customize your ship, character, and gear! Capture cargo and ransom prisoners! And don't forget to talk like a space pirate!
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Out of the Blue

You may have noticed the Amazon banners we used to have are now missing. Yup, we were thrown out of their affiliate program again. This time the reason was: "Purchases resulting from Special Links on your Site have been for personal use, resale, or commercial use, or have been made by your friends, relatives, employees, contractors, or business relations." I told them that I am 100% baffled by how this could be the case, but they were unimpressed, and denied by appeal without further explanation. This is not the only surprising such penalty the site has suffered lately, as we also had our YouTube channel deleted by Google last year. It was explained this was due to a copyright complaint from a rights holder, I pointed out that 100% of the videos there were submitted by the publishers or developers of the games they promoted, and did not even receive a response. As someone who strives to color inside the lines at all times on an internet rife with sleazebags, scammers, and liars, these are very frustrating developments. But it does not seem there is anything else I can do about them. Oh well.

Paranoid Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Play: Bullet Force.
Artifacts by Laber.
Link: Inside Skinwalker Ranch, a Paranormal Hotbed of UFO Research. Thanks Digg.
Stories: A deadly virus is spreading from state to state and has infected 15 million Americans so far. It's influenza.
Nearly half of Americans didn’t go outside to recreate in 2018. That has the outdoor industry worried. Thanks Slashdot.
Super Bowl Ad Thanks Veterinarians Who Saved Dog's Life. Thanks RedEye9.
Science: New Nerve-Growing Method Could Help Injured Soldiers and Others.
Soap: How Much Cleaner Does It Actually Make Your Hands? Thanks Max.
Astronomers Have Caught a Star Literally Dragging Space-Time Around With It. Busted! Thanks Max.
Scientists Mix Pig and Human Genes to Create Hybrid 'Skin' That Can Help Burn Survivors. Needs moar bear. Thanks Max.
Images: An official parody from id - Doom.
Media: DOOM BABY.
NFL Animated! Mic'd Up - Super Bowl Special.
Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata” for Old Elephant. I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying!
Follow-ups: Delta to replace uniforms many employees call 'toxic.'
DOD tester’s report- F-35 is still a lemon.
Can Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus- Here's What Medical Experts Say. Thanks Max.
Desperate Chinese resort to using FRUIT as face masks. Tabloid. Thanks Max.
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.
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