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Friday, Nov 25, 2022

Get Terroir for Free

You can now collect Terroir for Windows, macOS, and Linux completely free on This is the promised second giveaway that's part of the Black Friday Sale on*. Along with a free copy of this tycoon game, the store has also begun offering "insane insomnia" deals in three-hour batches, just to keep us on our toes. Here's the news:
We hope you managed to grab the Narita Boy giveaway, as we have another free game to claim. Terroir, an atmospheric 3D tile-based tycoon game where you manage your vineyard, is free for 72 hours, till November 28th, 2 PM UTC. You can claim it via the giveaway banner on the front page.

But we do not stop at just that. To make the sale even better we're launching our insane Insomnia deals. From now on, every 3 hours there will be a new great deal on a single title, starting with Train Valley at a whopping -87%. These special offers will continue to appear for the next 54 hours, so there are 18 games to catch on amazing discounts, including Songs of Conquest, SCORN, or Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. But you need to act quickly - each offer lasts only for 3 hours and the amounts are limited.
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TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 3 Announced

RaceWard Studio announces TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 3, an upcoming new installment in this motorcycle racing simulation. This is expected to pop a wheelie and peel out on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch in May 2023. A Teaser Trailer is here to get everyone revved up about this. Here's more on this (presumably) safe way to experience "the most dangerous motorbike race in the world":
The TT Isle of Man takes place on a 60km (37 miles) circuit where riders and their overpowered bikes take incredible risks to try and win the ultimate prize: being crowned champion of the TT Isle of Man. TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 3 includes the official content of the 2022 TT (teams, bikes and courses) and offers a unique and authentic experience. Thanks to the power of the KT Engine and the team's extensive experience (already put to good use in RiMS Racing), RaceWard Studio recreates all the tension and passion of the iconic race. The realism of the TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge series is such that multiple professional riders trained on the previous game to prepare for the official race!

TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 3 features 32 different circuits, including current and historical courses, nearly 40 Superbike and Supersport motorbikes and riders, and upgraded physics. Controlling cornering and braking requires more precision than ever, and motorcycle upgrades gives players the tools they need to achieve maximum performance.
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Out of the Blue

We had a fine old time with our quiet Thanksgiving celebration. The turkey and fixings came out great. MrsBlue was disappointed with the aesthetics of our potatoes, but they were fine too. I did suffer a fail along the way, as I never managed to pick up a pumpkin pie, so one tradition went unfulfilled. I think I'll try to make up for it by searching for pies that are on sale now that turkey day is over. That makes today Black Friday, but you probably don't need any reminders about that. The good news is this annual celebration of consumerism has become a mostly online event. Nobody ever got trampled to death over the internet. Though I'm sure there's someone somewhere working on making that happen.

Blackened Round-up
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Creature Features
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Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Get STAR WARS: Squadrons for Free

STAR WARS: Squadrons is now available completely free for Windows on the Epic Games Store, as the store's latest weekly giveaway. You have until next Thursday to lock this in a tractor beam, and it will be yours to keep. At that point we'll get two more freebies, which will be Fort Triumph and RPG in a Box. Here's a briefing from Admiral Ackbar on why today's present is not a trap:
Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience STAR WARS™: Squadrons. Buckle up and feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron. Pilots who enlist will step into the cockpits of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets and fight in strategic 5v5 space battles. Modify your starfighter and adjust the composition of your squadron to suit varying playstyles and crush the opposition. Pilots will triumph as a team and complete tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.
Take control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter. Customize loadouts and cosmetics, divert power between weapons, shields, and engines, while immersing yourself in the cockpit.

War Robots: Frontiers Early Access

Developer Pixonic and publisher MY.GAMES have launched Early Access to War Robots: Frontiers, which is now underway for Windows on Steam. It will also come to consoles "at a later date." This is a multiplayer third-person shooter where you pilot one of the giant robots that are the inevitable war machines of the future. This post celebrates the news, and provides an Early Access Trailer with a lot of posturing and a brief glimpse of gameplay. You can see a lot more of the game in action in this Video Dev Diary from a couple of days ago. Here's word:
Get ready to unleash your fleet of War Robots! Engage in epic 6v6 team-based PvP battles, raze battlegrounds beyond the stars, explore a wealth of customization options, and smash through destructible environments in this new chapter in the War Robots series.

  • Robots: Jump into the action and pilot eight different hulking metal warrior Robots including Tyr, Bulgasari, Bulwark, Fury, Phantom, Ares, Lancelot, and Varangian.
  • Weapons: Shred through the opposition with ten weapons including Thunder, Shredder, Orkan, Trebuchet, Vortex, Punisher, Railgun, Scourge, Zeus, and Tusk, each delivering deadly strikes.
  • Abilities: Defend and destroy with abilities sure to cause a stir on the battlefield, including Shields, Infinite Ammo, Long Stealth, Rally, Repair, Homing Missiles, and Extra Fuel.
  • Map: Crash Site is the first map available in War Robots: Frontiers, so stomp into the fray!

Dead Island 2 Showcase Details

Publisher Deep Silver and developer Dambuster Studios follow up on the December 6th Dead Island 2 showcase that was promised amid the news of the most recent delay to the zombie-infested sequel. This post to the happiest place on Earth invites everyone to tune in at 4:00 pm EST:
Save the date, Slayers. We're rolling out the bloody red carpet for our Dead Island 2 Showcase on December 6th, 8pm GMT | 9pm CET | 1pm PT, and you're invited to watch the premiere here:

#DeadIsland #SeeYouInHELLA

Callisto Protocol Requirements

The Steam Listing for Callisto Protocol now includes system specifications for the upcoming sci-fi horror game, along with word that it will use Denuvo DRM to combat piracy (thanks DSOGaming). Here are the projected requirements to run the game:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

OS: Windows 10/11
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 580
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 75 GB available space

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10/11
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-8700 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon™ RX 5700
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 75 GB available space
Additional Notes: SSD recommended

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Out of the Blue

It's turkey day here in the U.S., so Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating the occasion. As always, here's hoping everyone has lots for which to be thankful, even if this isn't a holiday for you. I've mentioned a few discussions with MrsBlue about ways to ease our quarantine, but when push comes to shove, we're still playing it extra safe. So with regrets we're not heading off to spend the day with family. Maybe next year. In the meantime, we're not shortchanging ourselves. We picked up a 10 lb. turkey, and will have Thanksgiving dinner for two with all the fixings. And, yes, turkey salad for at least a week.

Obituary: Frederick P. Brooks Jr., Computer Design Innovator, Dies at 91.

Thankful Round-up
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