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Wednesday, Dec 02, 2020

Sam & Max Save the World Released

The Freelance Police are back in action, as Sam & Max Save the World is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering a remastered anthology of the first season of Telltale's episodic series starring Steve Purcell's classic characters. Owners of the original game from either store are entitled to a 50% discount on the remake between now and the end of the month. A previously released trailer shows off the game's new graphics and this FAQ has all the details. Here's a bit:
Join canine detective Sam and his hyperkinetic rabbity-thing sidekick Max to solve a baffling mind-control mystery. Upgrades to this 2007 point-and-click classic include higher quality graphics and sound, dynamic lighting and lip sync, widescreen and gamepad support, five new musical tracks, and a number of tweaks to make the aesthetic and overall experience smoother and more enjoyable by 2020 standards.
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Project Wingman Takes Off

Project Wingman is now available for Windows on Steam, offering the chance to ride into the danger zone in this aerial combat action game from Sector D2. The game supports virtual reality headsets, but VR is not required. Here's the Launch Trailer and here's the flight plan:
Project Wingman is a combat flight action game with an emphasis on polished and refined gameplay, true-to-its-roots inspirations, and an engaging single player experience. Perfect for those who aren't looking for a simulator experience, with the ease of pick up and play, all the way to those who want a fast-paced challenging flight action game.

Dogfight, strike, and fly through combat zones based off an alternate history of Earth. Either over the cold waters of the Bering Strait, attacking tanks in the brutal environments of Yellowstone magma fields, or diving through the Redwoods to strike targets of opportunity in the Pacific Northwest, across the oceans, above the scarred lands of the world, this war will take you from exotic battlefield to exotic battlefield, all while going up against odds way above your pay grade.
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The Division 2 Season 4 Plans

Ubisoft News has details on Title Update 12 for Tom Clancy's The Division 2, which will kick off Season 4 for the action/RPG sequel. This will come on December 12th bringing updates for the base game as well as some special features for owners of the Warlords of New York expansion. Specific changes for expansion owners include the return of Faye Lau and improvements to The Summit. Here's an overview:
The Division 2 is bringing back a familiar face for Season 4. Faye Lau, former Division commander and current Rogue Agent, is the Prime Target of a new Manhunt, and that’s just the start of what’s in store when Title Update 12 comes to The Division 2 on December 8. All Division 2 players can expect to see new weapons, gear, and quality-of-life improvements, and Warlords of New York expansion players can also look forward to updates to The Summit and the events of Season 4.

Empire of Sin Update and DLC Plans

A tweet from Brenda Romero discusses Romero Games' plans for updates for Empire of Sin, their just-released gangster game. They will be seeking redemption for some of the sins the release suffers from and releasing DLC as well. Here's the confessional:
Thank you so much for playing Empire of Sin! We're so excited to finally to let you loose on the streets of Chicago and look forward to hearing all about your criminal empires and exploits going forth. But first, I would like to take a moment and talk about what the future holds. It's two things mainly.

First, we have some updates coming your way. We are dedicated to making this game as great as it can be and that's why the feedback we've been getting from you is so important to us. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be working on delivering patches to improve your experience with the game.

Second, it's no surprise that there will be DLC coming down the road! You're going places and meeting new people. I can share much more than that of the moment, but we think you'll enjoy it.

From the entire team, thank you so much for your support of this game.

Ponpu Released

Ponpu is now available for Windows on Steam, offering an action game inspired by Bomberman. This is shown off in the Launch Trailer. Here's what to eggspect:
Inspired by the classic gameplay of Bomberman, Ponpu takes the concept in a new direction, adding new mechanics and features while packaging it in super-slick, hand-drawn graphics.

Play through the epic single-player campaign where you’ll face off against some of the coolest boss fights you’ve ever seen, in a race to defeat the almighty Duck-God and to stop him from resetting the universe.
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Imperiums: Greek Wars Gets Free Troy DLC

Imperiums: Troy is now available on Steam, offering a new free DLC for Imperiums: Greek Wars, Kube Games' historical strategy game. This comes along with a new version 1.1.0 update for the game. This post has details on the patch, saying the most significant change is a major change to the game's AI. Here are some details on the DLC:
This DLC for Imperiums: Greek Wars, is inspired by the legendary accounts of Homer and the story of love, hurt pride, greed, and personal courage that has immortalized the heroes of this epic. Yet, more than just military excellence will be needed to achieve the goals you’ve brought to Troy. You will need to face the destiny that the goddesses of Fate, have assigned and that no mortal hero can avoid.

Join the greatest warriors on the plains of Troy – this time you will decide how the story ends.

I Am Your President: Prologue

I Am Your President: Prologue is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a free sample of this upcoming game that simulates the job that's often described as the most powerful in the world. Here's a trailer with a look at the prologue along with an outline of what this entails:
We would like to introduce I Am Your President: Prologue - a FREE narrative rogulike serving as a prequel to the full game, in which you take a role of the President of the United States of course! Discover the origins of the story and play as the protagonist’s predecessor. It's also worth adding that there is no similar game in the world! It's unique mix of strategy and narrative roguelike.

The game begins in a time, when you, as a President of the United States, are starting to think about the election's winning. Make good decisions, answer wisely during press conferences and watch out for the public opinion. Even the smallest thing may help you in being reelected! The game is heavily inspired by the real-world events, discusses them or even ventures into satire!
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BROK the InvestiGator Prologue

COWCAT announces BROK the InvestiGator, a Windows action/adventure featuring puzzles and brawling coming to GOG.com and Steam. The game features cartoony graphics that you can see in this Beta Trailer. But you can also experience this firsthand, as there's a playable prologue that you can pick up from either GOG.com or Steam that offers the first of the game's six chapters. Here's more on the game:
"Brok" is a narrative-driven game that blends action and investigation in never-before-seen ways. Will you use your brain... or your brawn?

In a futuristic "light cyberpunk" world where animals have replaced humans, privileged citizens live under a dome protected from the ambient pollution while others struggle to make a living outside of its protective dome.

Brok, private detective and former boxer, lives with Graff, the son of his deceased wife. Although he could never elucidate the nature behind her accident, recent events may shed some light on an even more tragic outcome... one that may be linked to their own existence.
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Cyberpunk 2077 Photo Mode Trailer

Get ready for your close-up, as a new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 shows off the Photo Mode in CD PROJEKT RED's imminent action/RPG. There's not much accompanying explanation, but the game is due a week from tomorrow, so we'll be able to experience this firsthand soon enough. Here's word:
Strike a pose and capture your favourite moments in Night City with #Cyberpunk2077 Photo Mode! See it in action in our newest video.
Ready? Say cheese! 📸
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Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond Multiplayer Trailer

A new trailer shows off gameplay from Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. This virtual reality installment in the first-person shooter series is due next week, and the clip offers a first look at multiplayer play. Here's the description of the clip:
In addition to Above and Beyond’s single player campaign, you can hone your skills and teamwork in five robust multiplayer modes on sites across Europe. Master the distinctive handling and reloading of a host of WWII weapons and test yourself against human and AI opponents in high-tempo 12 player matches. With cross-play supported across Oculus and Steam, you can even challenge your friends on other VR platforms. Ready to show the world what you’ve got?

The Modes:

  • Mad Bomber: Score big points with bomb kills and bomb defusals.
  • Domination: Large area zone control.
  • Team Deathmatch: Classic squad-based action. Most kills win!
  • Deathmatch: Every soldier for themselves.
  • Blast Radius: King of the Hill with an explosive twist! Rule the ring with a rocket launcher.

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New NVIDIA Drivers

NVIDIA now offers new version 457.51 WHQL-certified Windows drivers for their GeForce graphics cards. The patch notes for these are quite brief, as they just list the addition of support for the new GPUs they are selling as of today:
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Includes support for the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU

Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 5

Following the record setting Season 4 finale for Fortnite, Epic now offers details on Zero Point, Chapter 2 - Season 5 for the battle royale/survival shooter. Here's the summary of the new season they are shouting about:
THE HUNT IS ON
THE ZERO POINT IS EXPOSED, BUT NO ONE ESCAPES THE LOOP, NOT ON YOUR WATCH. JOIN AGENT JONES AND THE GREATEST HUNTERS FROM ACROSS REALITIES LIKE THE MANDALORIAN IN A CHAOTIC BATTLE THAT WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE ISLAND...

NEW HUNTING GROUNDS
NEW HUNTERS MEANS NEW LOCATIONS FROM BEYOND THE LOOP. BATTLE FOR HONOR IN AN ANCIENT ARENA, SHARPEN YOUR SURVIVAL SKILLS IN THE JUNGLE, AND EXPLORE THE SHIFTING CRYSTALLINE SANDS FLOWING FROM THE EXPOSED ZERO POINT.
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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Digital Game Sales Figures

SuperData has published a new report analyzing worldwide digital game sales between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Noting that games market is on track for record revenues for the full year, they report that this means the impact of the season's big weekend is now lower than it was before. They do note that PC Games are an exception, however, saying sales are up 6% over the same period last year. Here's a bit:
Spending on PC games during the weekend was up 6% year-over-year, but this was more than offset by a 13% decline in console earnings. Unmet demand for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S likely depressed spending on digital console games. The current console transition is more seamless than past ones, with both console families allowing players to purchase a game on an older device and upgrade to the new-gen version at a later point. However, some gamers appear to be waiting to get a new console before starting recent major titles. In order to experience the whole game in the best possible way, they are holding off on purchasing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions entirely.

Another factor in the decline is the rapid growth of subscription services like Xbox Game Pass, whose October 2020 user numbers were up 216% year-over-year. These Netflix-style services provide access to a large library of games at a fixed monthly price, and gamers do not have an incentive to seek out Black Friday deals on older titles they can already play through their monthly subscription.

Forge and Fight! Release and Free Weekend

Forge and Fight! has graduated from Early Access, and Flamebait Games' weapon crafting/combat game is now in full release for Windows on Steam. To celebrate they're making the game playable for free for the next four days. You can see the how the game puts the player in the role of both blacksmith and gladiator in the Release Trailer and there are more details on the game and what's changed since Early Access in the announcement:
The battle of winter has commenced! Step into the shoes of a blacksmith gladiator and choose from a wide variety of weapon parts to forge the most insane weapon to inflict mass destruction on your adversaries and enter the arena. Featuring a variety of different play arenas, a slew of weapon parts and hours of replayability from online multiplayer to the open-ended Sandbox Mode, Forge and Fight! lets your imagination run wild as you send your enemies flying before you like ragdolls. The new revamped matchmaking system makes match wait times a thing of the past, so the only thing you need to do is forge your weapon and then kick some ass!
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The Longest Road on Earth Next Year

Publisher Raw Fury announces they will be publishing The Longest Road on Earth, an adventure game in development at Brainwash Gang after a successful Kickstarter they conducted last year. The game is coming next year to Steam, where it's now available for wishlisting. The Announcement Trailer shows off the game's distinctive monochromatic pixel art graphics. Here's more:
Raw Fury has announced that it has partnered with the developers at Brainwash Gang to publish their emotionally evocative new title, The Longest Road on Earth. Set to an original soundtrack that is tailor-made to the wistful narrative, TLROE has limited gameplay mechanics to avoid tarnishing the experience, and no punishing fail-states. Players of all ages, levels of ability, and backgrounds can be whisked away by a heartrending soundtrack as they experience stunning pixel-art animation and explore a stress-free world with simple controls.

Play through four chapters that capture the essence of everyday life and leisurely consider moments in time that are both meaningful and mundane. Take time to experience the beauty in the small things like blowing cottony dandelion seeds, collecting seashells, and riding a bike. Meet a collection of characters, each with their own poignant, dialog-free stories.
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Out of the Blue

I had an experience yesterday that recalls a frustrating story related to my first PC. That happened when I installed an 80286 accelerator card into my 8088-based XT back in the day. This "turbo" XT was capable of running at 8 MHz, and the accelerator would sometimes lock up when it tried to boot into that blistering speed, requiring a reset to get it to properly run at 4.77 MHz. I continued to use this PC for a few years after the upgrade, and when it was time to junk it, I took apart the innards. Only then did I notice the 80286 card had a jumper that would have allowed it to run at 8 MHz. You can imagine my irritation when I realized I was missing out on added performance for years. This brings us to yesterday, when I installed a program tastefully named Blue Stacks that allows PCs to run Android apps. The installer informed me that the program would perform better if I turned on CPU virtualization. So I headed off to my BIOS to enable it. While there I noticed a setting called "Limit CPUID Maximum" that was also turned off. There was an explanation that this should be off for Windows XP, so I turned it on. I was pretty shocked when I booted the machine after those changes and found that this had cleared up an annoying bit of input lag I have experienced since my "upgrade" to Windows 10. I don't think I changed anything else, but it feels like I must have, because what I read about those settings does not seem to explain the performance improvements I've seen. This doesn't seem to be a factor in games, so that's sort of the good news that I haven't been missing out all this time along with the bad news that I'm not getting a free performance upgrade. The other good news is that I discovered this before this PC hit end of life like my 286 card and that I never noticed the lag I'm discussing under Windows 7. This machine is actually over seven years old now(!), but it still handles all the games I play. And now that the bit of lag is gone from my desktop apps I don't have any real reason to upgrade yet. Maybe this outlook will change when Cyberpunk 2077 hits. I'll just have to see.

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Empire of Sin Released

Empire of Sin is now available for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch, offering a new strategy game from Romero Games set in Chicago during the early days of organized crime of the prohibition era. The Windows edition is available on Steam. Cast your peepers on the Release Trailer and we'll follow with some details, even though everyone know what happens to snitches:
This character-driven, noir-inspired game puts players smack dab in the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20s, all while working behind the scenes in the gritty underbelly of organized crime. It’s up to you to hustle, charm and intimidate your way to the top of the pile and do whatever it takes to stay there. Empire of Sin’s gameplay is structured around three pillars:

  • Roleplay: Choose one of fourteen unique bosses based on fictional and real-world gangsters, then set out to build and manage your criminal empire in Chicago’s infamous Prohibition era. Go to the mattresses as Al Capone or Goldie Garneau and send the rest of Chicago’s underworld to sleep with the fishes!
  • Empire Management: Build your Empire of Sin and run Chicago’s underworld economy with business savvy, brutality or city-wide notoriety. Strategically manage your establishments such as speakeasies, supply chains, casinos and more.
  • Turn-Based Combat: Assemble a killer gang from Empire of Sin’s more than fifty recruitable gangsters and slug it out in turn-based combat to defend and expand your territory – or send a message to opposing gangs.

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Standalone Red Dead Online Released

The new standalone version of Red Dead Online is now available as promised, allowing you to cowboy up in the multiplayer version of Red Dead Redemption 2 without buying the base game. This is available on Steam, carrying the promised 75% discount that's good until February 15, 2021. This page has a video, and here are more details:
Step into the vibrant, ever-evolving world of Red Dead Online and experience life across frontier America.

Forge your own path as you battle lawmen, outlaw gangs and ferocious wild animals to build a life on the American frontier. Build a camp, ride solo or form a posse and explore everything from the snowy mountains in the North to the swamps of the South, from remote outposts to busy farms and bustling towns. Chase down bounties, hunt, fish and trade, search for exotic treasures, run your own underground Moonshine distillery, or become a Naturalist to learn the secrets of the animal kingdom and much more in a world of astounding depth and detail.

Join millions of fellow players in the American West, and experience a world now packed with years’ worth of new features, gameplay and additional enhancements.

Includes Red Dead Online. Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode must be purchased separately.

Twin Mirror Released

Twin Mirror is now available, offering a narrative adventure for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and the PC edition can be picked up on the Epic Games Store. Here's a Launch Trailer with a look, and we can reflect on the details below:
Following the tragic death of his best friend, Sam Higgs decides to pay him one last tribute and comes back to Basswood, his childhood town. It quickly becomes obvious that this little West Virginian city holds numerous dark secrets. The former investigative journalist employs his unique deductive skills to uncover the mysteries surrounding the city and its inhabitants. Confronted with his past, Sam is torn between his quest for truth and his desire to reconnect with his loved ones. Who can he really trust?
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Dead Cells Sells 3.5M, Announces New DLC

Motion Twin and Evil Empire announce Fatal Falls, new DLC for Dead Cells that is expected early next year. They promise this will "introduce a significant amount of new content" for the indie action game despite the USD$4.99 price tag for the add-on. They also reveal the game has sold over 3.5 million copies since it first launched into Early Access three years ago. This update on Steam has screenshots and details on the add-on, while this video provides a look. Here's a summary:
Two entirely new biomes, The Fractured Shrines and The Undying Shores, as well as a new boss are parallels to the ‘Stilt Village’, ‘Clock Tower’ and ‘Time Keeper’ areas and their alternate paths. These additions will provide significant new options for fans looking for middle-run exploration and are brimming with new ways to succumb to a terribly painful death. The update is also dropping a cache of new weapons, details of which will be revealed soon.

Fatal Falls marks the second paid DLC drop for the 2018 GOTY winning Dead Cells. The developers have kept a steady flow of content on tap for its loyal community across all platforms for the past 30 months with the first paid DLC, The Bad Seed, dropping earlier this year for the same price of $4.99.
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Heroes of the Storm Adds Hero, Fights Smurfing

The new patch is now live in Heroes of the Storm, and you can read all about what this adds to Blizzard's MOBA in the patch notes. The main draw of the update is the addition of Hogger, a new hero that's discussed in detail in this article. There are other aspects of the patch, including the removal of the latest Nexus Anomaly, balance changes, and bug fixes. There's also a change to Storm League queuing, as rampant smurfing long ago ruined the competitive scene for many players. As of now, Storm League matchmaking for grouped players will now be based on the MMR (ELO) of the highest ranked player:
When queued as a party, Storm League now looks for matches based solely on the highest player's MMR.

Developer Comment: While we know that this isn't a 'silver bullet' fix for all types of account smurfing, it should help make trying to climb the leaderboard feel more fair for both parties and individuals.

Q3 AIB Report

If you are happy with the $USD$2750 you spent yesterday on Jon Peddie Research's Q3 GPU Report, break out your checkbook again, as their report on the Q3 add-in board market carries the same hefty price tag. For us cheapskates, there is a free summary with some details. Word is: "AIB sales have been more robust than usual. That has been due to a couple of factors. One is the continued growth in gaming. The other is the outfitting of home offices due to COVID. There may have been some sales to crypto-miners too." Here's a bit more, where they note AMD's rise compared to last quarter and NVIDIA's increases over last year:
The add-in board market increased in Q3'20 from last quarter, and AMD gained market share. Over $4.2 billion of AIBs shipped in the quarter.

Quarter-to-quarter graphics add-in board shipments increased significantly by 13.4% and increased by 9.1% year-to-year.

The market shares for the desktop discrete GPU suppliers shifted in the quarter. AMD market share increased from last quarter, Nvidia increased its position from the previous year.

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Chronos: Before the Ashes Released

Chronos: Before the Ashes is now available for Windows on Steam as well as for consoles, supplying a prequel to Remnant: From the Ashes, Gunfire Games' action/RPG. The original game required virtual reality, but the new one is for the 2D monitors of our ancestors. The Release Trailer shows off some gameplay, and here are the details:
In Chronos: Before the Ashes, you will face a vast labyrinth full of challenges and get in touch with a unique mechanic: When your hero dies - and he will, of that we’re sure ;) - he will come back a year older. Throughout the course of the game, the hero will get older and older. As we all know, at a young age it's easier to use strength and agility to your advantage. But wisdom comes only with age, kids! In Chronos: Before the Ashes, as your character ages,
it becomes easier for him to enhance his magical abilities.
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New AMD Drivers

AMD Support now features new version 20.11.3 Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition drivers for running their graphics cards under Windows. As seen in the release notes, these include support for Immortals: Fenyx Rising and Vulkan Ray Tracing Extensions:
Support For

  • Immortals: Fenyx Rising™
  • Vulkan® Ray Tracing Extensions

Added Vulkan® Support

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DOOM Eternal Update Adds Master Level Mode

Steam now offers update 4 for DOOM Eternal, id Software's demonic first-person shooter sequel. This adds a bunch of new content, including a new Master Level mode as well as a new Master Level. This post on Steam has a new trailer showing off Super Gore Nest, the new Master Level. It also explains further what to expect, including a holiday event called Gift Wrap and Tear that gets underway next week. Here's a small portion of the lengthy patch notes:
Update 4 for DOOM Eternal and DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part One is now live and features a free new Master Level and Master Level mode, as well as brand new content for live events like the Gift Wrap and Tear holiday themed event that kicks off on December 10th. Update 4 also includes improvements to max resolution while running in backwards compatibility mode on Xbox Series X and S, some key bug fixes and other improvements.

Free New Master Level - Super Gore Nest

  • An entirely new combat experience, built from the ground up, meant to challenge the player beyond anything seen in the base campaign
  • Environmental hazards and conditions keep the player on their toes and change the way they think about approaching combat
  • All new rewards like player icons, nameplates, and cosmetics all earnable though completing Super Gore Nest Master Level in different difficulties and modes

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Worms Rumble Wriggles Out

Worms Rumble is now available for Windows and consoles, offering the first-ever real-time installment in the Worms series. This arena-based game includes 32-player multiplayer with cross-platform play. You can see the game in action in the Launch Trailer, pick up the PC edition on Steam, and read on for more details:
Team17 is today launching the latest entry in the Worms franchise, Worms Rumble, for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC, bringing fast-paced, real-time action to the award-winning series for the very first time. Today’s launch debuts with three maps: Missile Mall, Portal Park, and Transforming Towers, with free additional content and updates set for release over the coming weeks and months. This opening salvo of content delivers three modes: Deathmatch (which also allows players to queue as a party with their friends) and solo & team-based variants of battle royale (Last Worm Standing and Last Squad Standing) in matches containing up to 32 players.
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GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Release Tomorrow, Reviews Today

NVIDIA announces their new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards will become available tomorrow. They offer this article discussing the new cards, saying they are faster than an RTX 2080 Super, despite starting at a USD$399 price point. A new video introduces the new GPU and we also have a roundup of reviews:

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Mediatonic Turns 15; Celebrates 11M Fall Guy Sales

Mediatonic announces Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has now sold 11 million units, just a couple of weeks after revealing that their battle royale platformer passed the 10 million mark. This comes in the developer's announcement that they are celebrating their 15th anniversary, a journey that started with two developers creating flash games and leading to this point where they have 271 employees and this best-selling game. They include this video marking the occasion, tough I'd advise avoiding this for those subject to seizures. Here's part of their commemoration of the news:
Mediatonic’s 15th birthday - in numbers

  • Developed over 130 games
  • Mediatonic started with just 2 people, grew to 25 in 2008, 50 in 2012. In 2020, there’s 271 team mates
  • Mediatonic’s first ever game, Snowman Savage, got 2 million viral hits in 2005
  • 2008’s Amateur Surgeon sliced its way to 100 million plays
  • Mobile title Yahtzee with Buddies grossed 500 million dollars (lifetime)
  • 2020’s Fall Guys sold over 11 million copies on PC and became the most downloaded PS Plus game of all time
  • 545,275,737 Fall Guys were eliminated this September
  • 113 million hours of Fall Guys were consumed by Twitch viewers this August
  • In 2019, Mediatonic consumed 3,055,299 coffee beans
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Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds Released

Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds is now available on Steam, offering a team-based multiplayer shooter. As can be inferred from the title, this is a virtual reality game that requires an Index, Vive, Rift, or Windows Mixed Reality HMD. Take a gander at the launch trailer for a look at gameplay. Here are some details, including word on a launch tournament:
In celebration of its official launch, players will also be able to join a a multi-week Leaderboard Challenge event in Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds once the game is live on both Steam and Oculus, where the top five winners will be rewarded with prizes, including a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card from NVIDIA, an Oculus Quest 2, Amazon gift cards, and game swag.

Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds is a team-based multiplayer shooter that pits two sides against each other in intense PvP game modes, with a unique PvE twist. Set in an abandoned military base in Antarctica, each team will need to gear up and set out to dominate the opposing team while protecting themselves from terrifying biomechanical creatures.
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Out of the Blue

Well December has rolled around, so it's time to make a decision about my Movember mustache. MrsBlue criticized it at first, so I assumed it would just be coming off, but she seems to have softened on it as it's grown in. She's given recent indications that maybe it should stay, and even opened up to the possibility I grow a beard to keep it company. I don't really have a preference, so I laid out the options for her, and told her I would go with her verdict. So basically my mustache is on death row, awaiting a call from the governor.

Today is also GivingTuesday, which is a worthy cause any year, but amidst a global pandemic, is likely more vital than ever.

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