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Monday, Dec 27, 2021

Steam 2021 Top Sellers

As the year comes to a close, a post on Steam takes a look at "The Best of 2021." Of course when you run a games store, the best games of the year are the ones that sell the most, and the update reflects that. There's a discussion of the top sellers for the year along with this page with the links to buy them. There are also sections that drill down into bestselling new titles by month, most played games, top Early Access graduates, top VR games, and more. Here's the explanation of the mix of new and familiar titles among this year's Platinum Sellers:
In terms of titles new to this list, 2021 was a good year for games making their debut in both the Platinum category as well as the list overall. Six games made their debuts in the Platinum category this year (New World, Valheim, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT, Apex Legends, Battlefield™ 2042, and Dead by Daylight), with more than a third of the entire list being comprised of first-time Top Seller appearances. Many of these debuts are new releases for 2021, but a handful of older titles also cracked into the top 100, thanks to continued passion from their developers and dedicated community support from players.

Meanwhile, many of the perennial leaders continued to enjoy success on Steam. Dota 2, CS:GO, and Grand Theft Auto V all remain in the Platinum category for the sixth-straight year, which comes as no surprise to the passionate fans that launched these games throughout 2021. Five-time appearances in the Platinum category include PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
A special shoutout to Destiny 2 as well, which has made the Platinum three years running since its Steam release in 2019.

On Sale

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Evening Mobilization

Get Mages of Mystralia for Free

Today's holiday giveaway from Epic Games is now live, as you can now collect Mages of Mystralia for free from the Epic Games Store. This action/adventure from indie developer Borealys Games is yours to keep as long as you hit the snag it now button before the next giveaway starts at 11:00 am EDT tomorrow. The listings on Epic's store are frequently the strong, silent type, and this one is no exception. Here's everything it has to say:
In a world of magic, your mind is your greatest weapon. Learn the ways of magic and design your own spells to fight enemies, navigate treacherous terrain, and right past wrongs in the kingdom of Mystralia.

Get X-Morph Defense for Free's Winter Sale continues on, offering bargains on thousands of games to celebrate the season (those south of the equator can feel free to call this a Summer Sale). Today the good old gamers unveil a third giveaway that's part of the festivities. Everyone with a free GOG account is now entitled to a free copy of X-Morph Defense Complete Edition as long as they claim it over the next 48 hours or so. This includes the base version of this shooter/tower defense hybrid along with four DLC packs. Here are the details:
Unique fusion of a top down shooter and tower defense strategy. You are the X-Morph - an alien species that invades Earth to harvest its resources and terraform the surface. Strategize in the build mode by carefully selecting various types of alien towers or throw yourself right into heat of the battle. Build mazes for incoming enemies in an environment that provides exceptional planning freedom. Tear down buildings and collapse bridges to support your defense or to simply indulge in a spectacle of unprecedented destruction. Possess a range of unique alien weapons and use defense strategies like you've never seen before in this genre.

Regiments Open Playtest

A playtest is now underway for Regiments, a Cold War RTS game in the works at Bird's Eye Games to be published by the revived MicroProse Software. To join you must use the "request access" button on Steam, but this is being called an open playtest, so presumably all applicants will be accepted. A new Playtest Trailer has a sneak peek at what to expect, and the announcement explains more:
In Operations, you will lead your regiment through days of grueling combat over several maps, making tough decisions and experiencing the full weight of their consequences.

Operations feature a high level of persistence. All the losses are recorded, the deployed platoons retain their positions, the engineering obstacles stay where they were emplaced. Even the wrecks and the scarred terrain remain between battles on the same map.

Each phase of combat advances the time of day - eventually, you'll have to fight at night, relying on night vision equipment or Illumination artillery rounds.
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World Nations Game Released

World Nations Game is now available on Steam, offering a free-to-play MMOG for Windows from SCLITIFY IT. Here's a Gameplay Video with developer commentary. This game is apparently many things to many people, as its listing carries the following tags: "Action, Adventure, Casual, Free to Play, Indie, Massively Multiplayer, Racing, RPG, Simulation, Strategy." The description confirms this is intentional:
World Nations Game is an online MMO game in which you can have your own virtual life. You can join a nation, buy vehicles, items, properties, open a political party, fight in international battlefields, participate in races, take part in special agent fights between agents from other countries, attack other citizens space colonies on any country map, be a nation senator or president, be part of the world congress, vote on nation issues and you can do many other activities.

Upon joining World Nations Game the player starts his life as a citizen and is assigned to a virtual country citizenship based on his choice from when joined the game. Each of these countries are named after an actual country in the real world. Once started the game a citizen also has assigned his own space colony in his country teritory that he can use to produce items and attack other citizens colonies.
Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Out of the Blue

There was a cute moment here yesterday as it almost seemed like nature was participating in the holiday celebrations. In the morning the pair of swans that rule the neighboring pond were lazing around as usual. But a little later the family of swans that live in the nearby lake chose to join them. With four newcomers, this was a near miss of the 12 days of Christmas. It's supposed to be seven swans a swimming on the seventh day of Christmas, and this was six swimming swans on the second day of Christmas, but that still seems like a win. I mean, swans are notoriously difficulty to organize. Now I guess I need to start hunting around for an indeterminate number of golden rings.

Obituary: Leading American naturalist EO Wilson, dubbed 'Darwin's heir', dies at 92.
Obituary: Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued Roe v. Wade, has died at age 76.
Obituary: 'Dallas Buyers Club' director Jean-Marc Vallée dies.

12 Days of Round-up
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