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Monday, Jan 24, 2022

Steam Adding Dynamic Cloud Sync

A post on Steam outlines a new Dynamic Cloud Sync feature being added to Steam to more readily accommodate a future where gamers are playing on a portable Steam Deck and a desktop PC. This will allow players to resume playing on a PC where they left off on a Steam Deck, even if they've just suspended the game. This will be free, but requires developer implementation. Here's how it works:
We anticipate that users will frequently suspend their Steam Deck without exiting the game, as is common with other hand-held gaming devices. With Dynamic Cloud Sync, if they then choose to play on another device (whether a PC or another Steam Deck), their progress will be there waiting for them.

With Dynamic Cloud Sync, Steam will automatically upload all modified save game data to the cloud prior to the device entering sleep mode. Users can then resume their game on any PC, laptop or other device. Steam will also automatically download any save game changes when users return to their Steam Deck and wake up the device.

Hidden Deep Early Access

Steam now features Early Access to Hidden Deep, a sci-fi action game from developer Cogwheel Software and publisher Daedalic Entertainment. The solo developer of this side-scroller cites Aliens, The Thing, and Half-Life as inspirations. Here's an Early Access Launch Trailer and here's more:
Hidden Deep is a 2D action & exploration sci-fi thriller set in a mining and research facility – more than a mile under the ocean floor.

A group of researchers detected strange anomalies of unknown nature and organized an expedition to examine the mysterious phenomenon. Suddenly, after 681 days, contact with the researchers breaks off. You are the leader of the second team: Go down there, find out what happened, rescue anybody who is alive.

Control your team members directly or by giving orders. Accomplish your mission by coordinating different tasks. Explore the sub oceanic caves by using specialized equipment: grappling hooks, scanners, drones and heavy machinery are all part of your arsenal.
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Void Slayer Released

Void Slayer is now available for on Steam, offering a rapid-fire arena shooter where the twist is the arena itself is your health. This is also available as part of the Void Slayer Bundle which also includes SUCCUBUS. A quick look at gameplay can be found in the Launch Trailer. Here's a fuller explanation:
Void Slayer is a unique arena shooter where each hit taken will claim some of your fighting space. Avoid it with the help of double jump and dash. Dispose of your enemies by using two different attacks - one for each hand. Keep your eye on nightmarish obelisk structures - they serve as passageway for your foes. Destroying them will not only close the portal, but also reward you with powerful gems which will upgrade your attacks. Survive as long as you can and compare your scores with other players - find out, who is the true Void Slayer

Nameless Gods stripped you of your mortality. Your unyielding soul was cast into the void, and only thanks to your immense will, you suspended yourself above it. But the fight has only begun. Hordes of misshapen creatures will try to knock you down into the mindless abyss. How long will you survive?
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Gone Gold - ELDEN RING

Taipei Game Show 2022 video for ELDEN RING is a presentation with a cinematic look at FromSoftware's upcoming action/RPG along with an in-house interview (thanks Gematsu). Word is: "Hear from producer, Yasuhiro Kitao, about the game mechanics, and find out his answers to some of your burning questions." Those burning questions cover gameplay, working with George RR Martin, and more. The conversation concludes with news that while a day-one patch is in the works, development is complete on the game. This makes if officially gold, and puts it on track for its most recent release date of February 25th. Here's word:
Elden ring was originally slated for release in January of this year, and it has been pushed back once to February. But please be assured, the title will be ready for sale on February 25th. The master version has already been submitted, and right now, the team is working on a day one patch to make sure everything in the game is just so.
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Dark Souls Offline for Fixes

Speaking of FromSoftware, this tweet confirms the Dark Souls vulnerability reported yesterday and says PvP servers will be kept offline until things are cleared up:
PvP servers for Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls: Remastered have been temporarily deactivated to allow the team to investigate recent reports of an issue with online services.
Servers for Dark Souls: PtDE will join them shortly.

We apologize for this inconvenience. New Year Sale

A New Year Sale is now underway on, offering discounts of up to 90% on thousands of games. This includes a couple of new additions, as the store now features DRM-free editions of two additional games. Here's word:
Kick off the year with dynamism, long-term strategy and out of this world relationships: take up XCOM®: Chimera Squad (-65%)! It brings a daring new direction to the series, faster gameplay and a cast of aliens and humans trying to live in harmony. Dare to dream big and make it, in Gas Station Simulator (-25%), a mix of building-sim and management that fueled a burning passion in the heart of its fans. For dream-like experiences, contemplate life in The Silent Age, bring light to darkness in Night Lights and balance action with puzzles in Avencast, three new games from Meridian4.

Many games have that mythical feel to them… Those older or absolute classics that you have always heard about. And a slow start to 2022 is the time to finally get to know them! As GOG is the place where they thrive, don’t shy away, let a Flash Deal motivate you: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is -85% off for 48H. For more games that made history, put the Famous Classics collection, up to -89%, to good use. If you having a hard time, escape further than the last frontier or get cosy thanks to the Unforgettable journeys collection, up to -90%. But if January makes you feel motivated, try something new in the Great Titles & Great Discounts collection, the best titles from their respective genre starting at -65%

Trigon: Space Story Demo

Trigon: Space Story is a space game in development at two-person studio for release later this year. As seen in the Announcement Trailer, this is inspired in part by FTL, though a little more attention has been paid to the artwork in this one. You can check this out now, as there's a playable demo on Steam. Would you like to know more?
Trigon: Space Story places players in the captain’s seat of a fully upgradable starship, where they must manage everything from weapon systems and engines to the day-to-day tasks of the ship’s crew. The procedurally generated universe offers plenty of scope for exploration over four chapters of the story campaign, with nine sectors each containing 10+ individual systems. With dangerous space anomalies, roving gangs of space pirates, and a complex web of intergalactic politics to navigate, players will need to strategize each approach with myriad factors to consider. Outfit each ship with more than 70 different weapons and play from the perspectives of four highly unique species, each with their own quirks and advantages. The procedurally generated roguelike universe provides a new adventure every run and will force players to truly learn the meaning of “Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.”
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Out of the Blue

Man, I spoke too soon in expressing my excitement about Saturday's NFL playoff games, as yesterday's topped them. I'm sure there's some recency bias here, but I'm having a tough time thinking the Bills/Chiefs game wasn't the most exciting game in league history. I saw it all with my own eyes, but I'm still having trouble believing it.

Obituary: Don Wilson of the Ventures dies at age 88. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Obituary: Jean-Jacques Savin disappears on solo rowing voyage across Atlantic (may require registration or subscription).

Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.


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