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Monday, Jan 23, 2023

All Your Base Are Belong to Steam

The Steam Base Builder Fest is now underway, kicking off a weeklong celebration of games centered around base-building and related functions. There's a related sale where many of these titles are available at a discount, as well as the last chance to get Factorio at its original price. A bunch of free-to-play games are featured as well. And of course it would not be a Steam Fest without demos, so check out this page for a listing of games you can sample. This page has a Base Builder Fest Trailer and some details:
Steam Base Builder Fest is live now, celebrating base building games of all kinds for an entire week! From now through January 30th at 10am PST, come find discounts, demos, and more on games (both current and upcoming) that emphasize building habitable spaces.

Head HERE to join in the action! While you're there, don't forget to check out the brand-new Game Profiles (available both via the sale page and the Points Shop) from some of your favorite Base Builders.
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SteamWorld Build Demo

Publisher Thunderful and internal studio The Station announce SteamWorld Build, a new installment in the series coming later this year to PC and consoles. This continues the SteamWorld tradition of supplementing the strategy of city building with exploration and exploitation of all that lies below the surface. Check out the Announcement Trailer to see if this is something you might dig. If so, there's a playable demo on and Steam to check out right now. Here's more:
In SteamWorld Build, you are the architect of a SteamWorld mining town. Break ground and raise houses for your steambot citizens, keep them fed and provide some rootin'-tootin' entertainment. You’ll also venture into the abandoned mine sitting under your town, rumoured to be filled with ancient tech that holds the key to escaping impending doom. Use the natural resources above ground and the abundant ores buried in the mine to expand your town. Stimulate new residential tiers to join the quest to dig deeper, unearth untold riches and ultimately help them to hightail it off the planet!

SteamWorld Build has been developed on PC and console simultaneously, ensuring that the game’s design, UX and UI all work just as well with a controller in hand, as they do with mouse and keyboard. The game features a user-friendly interface and mechanics designed to cater to both experienced players and newcomers to the city builder genre, further refined by three difficulty levels to choose from.
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Farworld Pioneers Demo

Another base-builder revealed today is Farworld Pioneers, a 2D side-scrolling action/adventure for Windows. This bears a resemblance to Terraria, which you can see in the previously released Official Announcement Trailer. There's also now a chance to experience this firsthand in a new playable demo on Steam. Here's word on the demo: "Try to survive the harsh alien conditions all by your lonesome or join up with a crew in the multiplayer mode. The world is yours to explore!" Here's more on the game:
Farworlder, you have travelled wearily from some far-flung corner of the galaxy, across countless light years through the black expanse of space; now you find yourself crash-landed, your ship torn apart, your body cold, your stomach hungry, and your eyes searching for your destiny. From these desperate beginnings, an open-ended sandbox awaits.

This isn’t Earth. You’ll battle changing weather conditions while trying to establish your new life. You may even have to go underground to escape blizzards, radiation storms, and more in randomly generated worlds!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: I found funny moment on Google maps! 😂😂😂. Thanks VideoSift via Ant.

WWE 2K23 Announced

2K announces WWE 2K23, the next installment in this simulation of the simulated sport of professional wrestling. Word is the new iteration will jump off the turnbuckle and land on PC via Steam and consoles on March 17th, though some editions of the game come with three days of Early Access. An Official Cover Star Reveal Trailer celebrates the depiction of WWE legend John Cena on the box. Here's word:
WWE 2K23 features several franchise advancements, including a unique new take on the 2K Showcase, the WWE 2K introduction of the fan-favorite WarGames, and expansions to several marquee game modes. In addition, fans can also look forward to a deep roster of WWE Superstars and Legends including Roman Reigns, “American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and more. Incredibly realistic graphics, animations, camera angles and lighting, plus accessible controls and a new optional pinning mechanic will add to the highly immersive experience. WWE 2K23 Deluxe Edition and Icon Edition are scheduled for worldwide release on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 via Early Access, followed by the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen on Friday, March 17, 2023.
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Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising Announced

Cygames announces Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising, saying the latest installment in this fighting game series is coming later this year to PC and PlayStation. Development is being handled by Guilty Gear studio Arc System Works. A Reveal Trailer shows off the new game's 2D Unreal engine graphics, following a concerted effort to induce seizures, and an Introducing Grand Bruise Legends shows off a new battle royale mode which looks like Fall Guys in anime cosplay. Word is the game will feature rollback netcode, crossplay between PC and PlayStation, as well as new characters, mechanics, and game modes:
Following the previous title, Arc System Works, known for its Guilty Gear franchise, and Cygames have teamed up to develop Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising. This new game maintains the high-quality presentation that the Granblue Fantasy franchise is known for and the easy-to-play game system praised by both newcomers and fighting game veterans alike in the previous Granblue Fantasy Versus title. Additionally, the game will feature many new game elements, including all-new characters, mechanics, and modes.

Furthermore, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising will utilize long-awaited rollback netcode technology for an even smoother and more responsive online play experience. The game will also support crossplay between PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, and Steam®, allowing players to engage in battle and interact cross-platform with more players for a more united player community and dynamic gameplay.
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Morning Crowdfunding

Out of the Blue

I got the all-clear on spoiling the Giants game, so I can acknowledge my disappointment that the team's season has come to an end. They exceeded even the most optimistic expectations this season, so this isn't as painful as all that. But this is a team that's won two Super Bowls by getting hot at the right time and surprising everyone, so it was hard to avoid hoping that type of lightning could strike again. Oh well, with my rooting interest ended, I can just relish in the fact that the NFL's final four are all terrific teams. So there's the prospect of some great contests in the three remaining postseason games. Congrats to the fans of the conference finalists.

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