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Thursday, Jun 30, 2022

The Sims 4: High School Years Next Month

EA Maxis tweets plans High School Years, an expansion pack coming to The Sims 4 on July 28th. The Sims series has tried to find fun over the years in housekeeping, starting house fires, and bathroom emergencies, but high school may present the biggest challenge yet. This is now available for preorder, and a Vibing Streamer Gear Digital Content Pack will be the reward if you do. Here's an Official Reveal Trailer, and here's more:
Experience all the ups and downs of teenage life with The Sims™ 4 High School Years Expansion Pack*, launching July 28th at 10:00am PT. Preorder or buy through September 8 and get the Vibing Streamer Gear Digital Content**! (This content will become available when the pack launches.)

Your Sims will dance the night away at prom, explore their personal style, and maybe even be asked out by their crushes! Between after-school activities, hyping outfits on Trendi, and new opportunities for pranks and mischief your teen Sims will have tons to do. They won’t have to sit on their beds and waste time on their phones. But they’ll be able to.
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Quake 4 Insider Preview

Xbox Wire invites everyone to join the Quake 4 Xbox Insider Preview (thanks Console General). This is described as "an integral part of bringing the game to Windows PC." If you're thinking that Quake 4 came to Windows PC in 2005 upon the launch of the first-person shooter sequel, you'd be 100% correct. So what's going on here is not even a little clear, though we imagine it has something to do with Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax. Here's word to see if you can make sense of what's going on:
Xbox Insiders on Windows PC are invited to preview Quake 4. Originally released in 2005, players lead the invasion of an alien planet in this epic, narrative-driven and action-packed FPS from the award-winning id Software and Raven Software.

Check out the Xbox Insider Hub on Windows PC to join the preview today! This preview is an integral part of bringing the game to Windows PC, and we are delighted that you’ll be a part of it!

Core Keeper Sells 1M

Core Keeper is apparently a keeper, as Fireshine Games announces the mining sandbox adventure has now sold over a million copies since entering Early Access in March. Here's more on this indie success story:
We’re delighted to announce that, shortly after the launch of The Sunken Sea Update - our first major content update - Core Keeper hit 1,000,000 sales. This is a momentous occasion for us as developers and for our publisher, Fireshine Games. In fact, Core Keeper previously set the record for being Fireshine Games’ fastest-selling digital game of all time by selling 100,000 copies within its first two days of Early-Access launch.

We’re truly overwhelmed by the fantastic community response that Core Keeper has had, and we’re thrilled to have hit this milestone so early on in the games’ development. Launching in Early Access has given us a unique opportunity to involve the community in major game decisions and collaborate with them on improvements and optimisations.

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Get Geneforge, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, and Iratus for Free

Another Thursday, another giveaway from the Epic Games Store. Or more, as this week is a series of freebies. As of now, everyone is entitled to free copies of Geneforge 1 - Mutagen, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, and Iratus: Lord of the Dead. You have the next seven days to make these permanent additions to your library. When next Thursday rolls around, two new freebies will arrive, which will be Ancient Enemy and Killing Floor 2. Here are summaries for today's freesome threesome:
Geneforge 1 – Mutagen is a unique, truly open-ended fantasy adventure in a strange, new world. You are one of the Shapers, wizards with the awesome power to create life. Want a tool, a trap, an army? You summon it into existence. You create mighty beasts, and they totally obey you. Usually.

We are all Outlaws… but some of us will become Legends. Faced with a merciless, unchecked state, rebels and rogues battle to claim their place among legends. To win influence with an oppressed people, rival gangs compete in daring heists to hit the wealthy where it hurts. Folk hero or gold-hungry outlaw, only the best will escape with hard-earned riches.

Iratus: Lord of the Dead is a turn-based tactical roguelike RPG set in a dark fantasy universe. Lead an army of undead to help an angry necromancer in his quest to reach the surface world and bring death to the mortal realms!

skate Beta Signups

Still Working On It is a new video from full Circle showing progress on skate, the upcoming skateboarding game. Those eager to try the game will be interested in the news that signups are now being accepted on the skate Website for those interested in future updates and the chance to get in on upcoming beta tests. The video is carefully described as an "early" look, so testing may be a ways off. The plan is summarized in the description of the new video:
We told you we’re back, and we’re still working on it - but it’s time for you to see what we’ve been up to. It’s still early, but we want to get this right and that means we want you to be a part of it.

Become a skate. insider at http://skate.game/insider for a chance to play, provide feedback and help shape the future of skate.
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Sea of Stars Next Year

A tweet from Sabotage announces the launch of Sea of Stars is being delayed until next year. This alerts us to PC plans for this turn-based RPG originally announced for Switch, and the new release window is now reflected in a Steam Listing. While the game is not expected until next year, the tweet mentions the possibility of releasing a playable slice sooner:
As we are closing in on a very big milestone the road to launch becomes clearer, and we find ourselves here with a large body of text and our logos at the bottom. Keeping in mind our two main priorities -quality of life for our team and quality of the finished game- we can now confirm that Sea of Stars will be released in 2023.

We understand waiting is a big ask, and we want to sincerely thank our community for the overwhelming support and positive vibes. In the meantime, we are looking at options to get a playable slice to out to everyone this year.
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Stuntfest - World Tour Announced

A new Steam Listing unveils plans for Stuntfest - World Tour, an action game from Pow Wow Entertainment and THQ Nordic that's coming this year. From the Announcement Trailer, it appears this will play out as a mashup of a demolition derby, American Ninja, and Jackass. Here's word on how this fulfils the dream of experiencing a unique aimed ejection mechanism:
Stuntfest - World Tour combines racing, crashing, and destruction with a unique aimed ejection mechanism. 18 players compete against each other in an elimination-based stunt show through various nerve-wrecking game modes. The goal? To shine on stage and become the winner of the festival! Characters turn into living bullets, ejected out of the vehicles, and catapulted hundreds of meters through the air. The players maintain control when maneuvering their character while hurtling over vast distances and after crashing through huge obstacles. Up in the air, the players can take advantage of quirky gadgets to reach secret shortcuts and turn the tables at the last second. And the best part: Recover after a high jump and dive back into the next vehicle on the road!

Need a break from the action? Meet up and fool around in the Stuntfest - World Tour arena, a vast festival area where you can flex your reflexes and surround yourself with other kindred stunt buddies. Use the pit in the backstage area to upgrade and customize your car or character and become the next champion of the insane Stuntshow tournament!
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Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course is Served

Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course is now available for Windows and macOS on GOG.com* and Steam as well as for consoles. This DLC adds new content to the challenging platforming of the original Cuphead, which is required. A new launch trailer shows off how the add-on follows in the stylish footsteps of its forebear. Here's word:
In Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course, stalwart brothers Cuphead and Mugman are joined by the clever, adventurous Ms. Chalice - known to fans of the original as the wise Legendary Chalice - for a rollicking adventure on a previously undiscovered Inkwell Isle! With the aid of new weapons, magical charms, and Ms. Chalice's unique abilities, players will take on a new cast of fearsome, larger than life bosses to assist the jolly Chef Saltbaker in Cuphead's final challenging quest!
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Age of Water Closed Beta Signups

Gaijin inCubator and Three Whales Studio announce Age of Water, an upcoming MMORPG that fearlessly leans into the Waterworld concept. This game set on a water-engulfed planet is set to enter closed beta testing this summer. Signups are now underway on the Age of Water Website, so if you're interested, water you waiting for? Here's a Closed Beta Trailer to help you decide if this floats your boat. Here's more on this game and how it can satisfy your thirst for adventure, and possibly recycled pee:
Age of Water takes place on a water covered Earth. Survivors live on the roofs of high-rise buildings and on the tops of other man-made islands and natural objects. Players freely roam the boundless open sea world in a motorboat or small ship, recruiting new crew members, upgrading equipment and weapons, fighting or trading, completing quests, and uncovering the mysteries of the Age of Water.

Dozens of hulls and hundreds of parts are available, from which players can assemble anything ranging from a small boat to a hefty 30 meters long vessel. Players can equip it with gear, armor, and weapons. Recruiting team members to build a crew, man the guns and cannons, complete other vital tasks is equally as important. Players can establish their own strategic naval case to hideout from enemies, to organize production, and get ready to explore the vast open sea.
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1C Entertainment Becomes Fulqrum Games

1C Entertainment has a new name, as the Polish publisher/developer announces it is now known as Fulqrum Games. When Tencent's acquisition of the company was announced, plans to change the name were first revealed, presumably to avoid confusion with previous parent 1C Company. Besides breaking spell-checkers, the new name is intended to signal to other developers that Fulqrum can be the fulcrum to help leverage projects:
This change in identity reflects a new direction in the group’s global strategy. As the name implies, the company aims to be universally recognized as the partner that any game developer can lean on to fully leverage their talent and vision, and bring the best possible gaming experiences to a worldwide audience together, thanks to innovative concepts, inventive gameplay, and original worlds that transcend the boundaries of video games.

Verne: The Shape of Fantasy Announced

Assemble Entertainment officially announces Verne: The Shape of Fantasy, a Jules Verne-inspired adventure game coming next year to Steam. This cat actually got out of the bag with the launch of a playable demo for the February Steam Next Fest. This demo remains available as a Windows and macOS sample of what to expect. Here's a new Announcement Trailer showing off the game's pixel art graphics along with some details:
Verne: The Shape of Fantasy is a narrative-driven experience based on the real-life works by Jules Verne, the author most famous for novels like Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Leveraging Verne’s one-of-a-kind storytelling and science fiction prowess, Verne: The Shape of Fantasy delivers a magical gameplay journey where players will encounter many friends, villains, and deep-sea monsters of legend.

Set in an alternate 1888, the war against the dreadful “Nation” has reached its breaking point, devastating the land of Hemera, the fantastical world created inside the mind of Jules Verne. Aboard the mighty Nautilus, Jules Verne, Captain Nemo, and the courageous crew struggle to uncover the secrets of Atlantis, the fabled utopia that faced mass destruction from the very power source Verne and his crew aim to locate: the Flame of Hephaestus.
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Ghostrunner Complete Edition Released

505 Games announces Ghostrunner Complete Edition, a new bundle of the sci-fi ninja action game and its Project_Hel prequel expansion. This is available for Windows and consoles, and you can find the PC edition on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com*, and Steam. Here's a Complete Edition Trailer and here's a complete rundown:
The Ghostrunner: Complete Edition includes everything that made Ghostrunner a smash hit at launch in 2020 and adds the refinements and post-launch content One More Level has created since then. The Project_Hel prequel DLC offers a new campaign starring a new playable character, Hel - an unstable combat android driven by seething hatred, with distinct moves that set her apart from the original protagonist Jack.

Master Ghostrunner: Complete Edition’s movement and combat in post-launch game modes. Speed through Killrun, defeating enemies along the way to add precious seconds to the timer. Overcome an onslaught of attackers with help from randomized upgrades in the roguelike Wave Mode. Assist Mode provides optionable boons like shorter ability cooldowns, slower gameplay, and an extra life. Take the perfect snapshot with Photo Mode.
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Denuvo SecureDLC Announced

Denuvo announces Denuvo SecureDLC, a new DRM product intended to defend downloadable content from piracy, even if the base game is free-to-play. Here's more on this latest product to torture both legitimate customers and pirates:
In addition to the actual game purchase, gaming revenue also comes from selling additional content and microtransaction-based purchases, presenting significant revenue generation opportunities for game developers and publishers. While selling additional content is an important revenue stream, it has become easy to bypass the existing barriers that try to secure DLCs on popular gaming platforms like Steam and Epic. By using public and easily accessible tools, players can automatically generate and install programs that access downloadable content without paying for it.

While some DLCs are offered for free, players typically must pay additional fees to unlock new content or features. They are usually extensions for a base game and can be anything from cosmetic items, new characters, weapons, and power-ups to big content updates for a game that are only included in certain versions of the game (like a collectors’ edition) or must be purchased separately.

The industry’s first secure solution can be applied to games that are free to play and rely on revenue stream entirely from DLCs, and also on games that are currently protected by the existing Denuvo Anti-Tamper product.

Out of the Blue

Today the crew finished the parking lot repaving project I mentioned yesterday. It looks great, so it appears they did a fine job. But I am concerned they build asphalt curbs in front of everyone's patch of front lawn. There are curbs like these in other places, which demonstrates how easily they are destroyed by snowplows. The lot previously had concrete parking barriers, and I can only hope they will install replacements, or some of the work they did today will start being ruined after the first snowfall.

Obituary: Sonny Barger dead at 83 - Hells Angels founder dies following cancer battle after helping start famous biker club. Article refers to them as a "gang" (in case the author goes missing). Thanks RedEye9.

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