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Saturday, Mar 11, 2023

Steam Next Fest Recap

There's a write-up on Steam News recapping last month's Steam Next Fest. Word is the February installment attracted 8.7 million users to check out the various livestreams and demos the fest had to offer. There's word that the number of week-long demos the fest offered totaled 675, giving everyone 11 minutes for each, as long as no time was wasted on sleeping or eating. In an acknowledgement of that crunch, this recap includes listings of the demos that received the most play and the games that were wishlisted the most during the event. Last, but not least, is the note that the Steam Next Fest: June 2023 Edition will begin on June 19th. Here's part of the recap:
The February 2023 edition of Steam Next Fest is in the books, and it was another fun week of free demos and livestreams. We host Steam Next Fest three times a year, and each one is an opportunity for players to explore hundreds of demos of games before they launch on Steam.

Cool numbers from February 2023 Steam Next Fest:

  • 8.7 million unique visitors, the highest number yet for this event.
  • 675 playable demos, which is right in line with most Next Fests.

With so many demos to explore during just a week’s time, we thought we’d show the ones that a good number of Steam users seemed to enjoy (across all genres!) as a way to share some you may have missed. So we broke out a couple of smaller lists from the games that participated with demos in Steam Next Fest: February 2023 edition.

Outlanders Out

Outlanders is now available on Steam, offering PC gamers a Windows version of this settlement building game that debuted on Apple Arcade. Here's a previously released trailer celebrating the Steam port with a look at gameplay. But there's also the chance to experience this firsthand, as there's a playable demo. Here are some outlandish, if scant, details:
Outlanders is a town-building strategy game, populated by hard-working, charming folk in search of a simpler life. Some just want to survive off the land, others want to create amazing things.

It’s up to you to use the extensive catalog of tools and buildings at your disposal to guide them towards their goals.

Outlanders are individuals. Simple folk with hopes, dreams, and desires.
Continue here to read the full story.

Saturday Crowdfunding

Saturday Safety Dance

Out of the Blue

It's been a while, so I was overdue for a coffee making problem. My electric kettle has gone tango uniform this week. So I've been heating water on the stove like it's the 20th century while trying to decide if I'll get a new one, or just get an old-fashioned teakettle and call it a day. There are so many of these for sale, and so many of them seem like junk. But worse, they share characteristics that make it hard to find one that suits me. I want one with no plastic, a water capacity of at least 1.5 liters, multiple temperature options, and a gooseneck. It's like the old saying about being able to pick two choices between fast, cheap, and good. I can find plenty of larger units with no goosenecks and plenty of gooseneck units with no plastic, even larger ones. But finding the goldilocks model that combine all four of those features has proven difficult in the past (the one that just died has a regular pour spout). If I'm getting a unit that's just going to go straight to 212° and let it cool off, I may as well just get a teakettle and do the same thing. This is the kind of situation that leads to Kickstarters. Remember this moment when I appear on Shark Tank.

Boiling Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.




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