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Saturday, Nov 13, 2021

Rockstar Games Launcher Returns; GTA Trilogy Does Not

Rockstar Support tweets that the Rockstar Games Launcher is back online, allowing players to once again launch games that require it. These games do not, however, include the new Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, as work continues on the problems that messed everything up in the first place. Word is "unintentionally" released files are being removed. Believe it or not, there are indications that these may actually include the hot coffee sex scenes from 2005 that originally resulted in lawsuits and payouts. Here's word:
The Rockstar Games Launcher is now online, but GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is unavailable to play or purchase as we remove files unintentionally included in these versions. We're sorry for the disruption and hope to have correct ones up soon.

Call of Duty Cheaters May Receive Franchise-Wide PermaBans

Call of Duty Blog has a progress report on efforts at combating cheaters in Call of Duty: Vanguard using Activision's new RICOCHET anti-cheat system. This covers the launch of the new installment in the military shooter series as well as the upcoming updates to Call of Duty: Warzone, the free-to-play battle royale. The post also outlines security enforcement policy changes that could result in cheaters being permanently banned from the entire Call of Duty franchise:
Extreme or repeated violations of the security policy – such as in-game cheating – may result in a permanent suspension of all accounts. Additionally, any attempt to hide, disguise, or obfuscate your identity or the identity of your hardware devices may also result in a permanent suspension.

Permanent suspensions for security infractions may now apply franchise wide, including Call of Duty: Vanguard as well as any past, present, and future titles in the Call of Duty franchise.

Four Free Weekend Games

Looking for something different to play this weekend? Steam has you covered with four games you can try for free all weekend (thanks SteamDB via Ant). Each one is also on sale if any or all of these samples succeed in getting you to make one or more purchases. The four games are Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (85% off), Barotrauma (75% off), Football, Tactics & Glory (75% off), and Horizon Chase Turbo (40% off). Here are the four corresponding descriptions:
Civilization VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a civilization that will stand the test of time. Play as one of 20 historical leaders including Roosevelt (America) and Victoria (England).

Barotrauma is a 2D co-op submarine simulator – in space, with survival horror elements. Steer your submarine, give orders, fight monsters, fix leaks, operate machinery, man the guns and craft items, and stay alert: danger in Barotrauma doesn’t announce itself!

XCOM meets Football Manager. Develop your club, earn experience in turn-based matches, learn new skills, achieve new classes, upgrade your facilities, buy and sell footballers, grow your youth academy, make difficult choices. It's a deep strategy game that respects your time.

Horizon Chase Turbo is a racing game inspired by the great hits of the 80's and 90's: Out Run, Lotus Turbo Challenge, Top Gear (SNES), Rush, among others. Each curve and each lap in Horizon Chase Turbo recreates classic arcade gameplay and offers you unbound speed limits of fun. Full throttle on and enjoy!

Out of the Blue

Things got a little exciting here at the BlueTower yesterday when MrsBlue called me up to see that a car with flashing lights was at our neighbors' townhouse. I explained the blue lights were for the volunteer fire department. As we watched, a state trooper pulled up. He was followed by an ambulance and a couple of EMTs. What was weird was for all this action, there was a decided lack of urgency. There was a lot of milling about and discussions with a woman we didn't recognize on the porch. It was hard to figure out the cause of such an odd response, but it eventually became clear. The woman was grandma, who was babysitting. The crisis was that she ended up locked outside for some reason. Normally this would be a locksmith call, but a child locked alone inside is a different story, so this was all to ensure a happy outcome. It didn't take long for them to spring the kid, and the payoff was their adorable dog running around to all the responders to thank them for their help. All's well that ends well.

Locked-out Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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