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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.

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