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Tuesday, Mar 14, 2023 Happy π day!

Try Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II MP This Weekend

If you have an itchy trigger finger from a desire to try Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II multiplayer, do we have good news for you! The chance to get in on the action for free will begin on Thursday and run through the weekend. The Call of Duty Blog has all the details. Here's a quick overview:
During a Free Access period between this Thursday, March 16 through March 20, new players can deploy to the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Season 02 Reloaded map and other locations, as well as check out the Special Ops Raid Episode 01.

The Free Access period will feature a selection of Multiplayer and Special Ops experiences, including the brand-new Himmelmatt Expo map that launches tomorrow with Season 02 Reloaded and fan-favorite Shipment, along with four additional maps and a variety of game modes.

Stellaris: First Contact Story Pack Launches

The First Contact Story Pack is now available on,* Steam, and the Xbox Store, adding new content to Stellaris, Paradox Interactive's sci-fi 4X strategy game. A Release Trailer is here to show off this chance to emulate Zefram Cochrane. Here's a Captain's Log outlining what this brings to the game:
Broken Shackles: You didn’t take to the stars; you were taken to the stars as an alien captive! Now, you and your fellow prisoners have overtaken the ship and found yourselves banding together to survive and thrive as a diverse new community. Can you rise to greatness from this humble origin… and will your former captors take notice?

Payback: No one would have believed your world was being watched keenly by intelligences greater than your own — until they invaded. But you did not go quietly into the night! Your civilization has repelled a would-be conqueror from space, and with sudden access to their advanced technology, you’re about to discover just what else is out there beyond the stars!
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Hell of an Office Early Access

Early Access is now underway on Steam for Hell of an Office, a 3D speedrunning platform set in the hell of an office that's set in Hell! The goal is to escape this especially hellish nine-to-five, armed only with your trusty stapler (which, sadly, is not red). Check out the Early Access Launch Trailer for a look, and read on for more:
Many corporations create toxic work environments, but that’s nothing compared to the CEO that is the literal devil. And if stakes weren’t high enough, a quickly rising floor of lava surrounding flammable walls of paperwork puts the “dead” in deadline. Storm into 40 office-based levels throughout the Ten Circles of Hell with the help of an ability granting stapler from the office mascot, Mr. Stapley. Rocket jump, air dash, and fire flaming staples to chase the frantic dream of escaping the HellO Corporation.

Avoid spike-covered walls, blistering lazer beams, and infinitely-spinning saw blades, among other dangerous obstacles made to keep all employees from clocking out. Create customized routes through levels thanks to versatile and addictive level design in the ever long chase for Diamond Rank times, top spots on the leaderboards, and of course, bragging rights.
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Vernal Edge Springs Forth

The Vernal Equinox may still be about a week off, but Vernal Edge is available right now on the Epic Games Store,,* and Steam, offering a metroidvania from Hello Penguin Team and PID Games. Here's a trailer showing off gameplay and the game's retro flair. Here are some edgy details:
Years ago, the land took to the sky, becoming a mysterious series of floating islands, where the power-hungry Church of Aloe now rules with an iron fist.

Enter Vernal. A young woman bent on finding her estranged father. With the help of some abnormal martial prowess and an amnesiac automaton named Chervil, She'll need to make her way across this mysterious land if she wants to satisfy her need for revenge, and the truth.

Take control of Vernal in this beautiful pixel art Metroidvania. Unravel the secrets of her past and the mysteries of Haricot as you battle your way through this broken kingdom.
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System Shock Delayed to May

You may or may not be shocked to hear that Nightdive Studios has announced a delay to System Shock, its remake of the classic 1994 FPS action/RPG. Just a couple of months ago we were told to expect this in March, but that turns out to have been a couple of months off. Word is the game's launch is now expected on May 30th:
The wait is (almost) over. The PC edition of System Shock – the fully fledged remake of the groundbreaking original from 1994 – will go on sale on Tuesday 30 May this year.

We had hoped to bring the game to market by the end of March, but that turned out to be just beyond our reach; we are after all merely human (unlike Shodan!)

The System Shock remake combines the cult gameplay of the iconic original game with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled interface and all-new sounds and music. From never before seen enemies and quality of life gameplay tweaks, to a revamped hacking system and visceral new combat options featuring a brutal dismemberment system, the System Shock remake welcomes players new and old back to Citadel Station and the arms of the delightfully villainous SHODAN.
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New GeForce Drivers

NVIDIA now offers new version 531.29 WHQL-certified Windows GeForce drivers for its GeForce graphics cards. Word is these fix some bugs and add DLSS 3 support for Atomic Heart and THE FINALS closed beta:
This new Game Ready Driver provides the best gaming experience for the latest new titles supporting NVIDIA DLSS 3 technology including Atomic Heart and the closed Beta of THE FINALS.

Fixed Bugs

  • Higher CPU usage from NVIDIA Container might be observed after exiting a game [4007208]
  • Stability issues may be observed on certain laptops with GeForce GTX 10/MX250/350 series GPUs [4008527]
  • Adobe application stability issues using 531.18 [4009055][4008751]

Terminal Velocity: Boosted Edition Flies Out

Terminal Velocity: Boosted Edition is now available for Windows via the Epic Games Store,,*  and Steam as well as for Switch, with versions for other consoles to follow. This puts you behind the controls of "the most advanced, and dangerous, aircraft on the planet." At least as of 1995 when this game was originally released. Check out the Launch Trailer for a look, and read on for more:
Unlike most other flight simulators, Terminal Velocity™ is all about combat. With low inertia flight mechanics that allow players to bank, roll, and loop easily across treacherous maps and a straightforward control layout, they’ll be thrust bow-first right into the action.

To maintain their aerial superiority, they’ll have access to an arsenal of weaponry and several game-changing power-ups to conquer deadly enemy fighters in the air and on the ground. They’ll feel the ultimate power of flight as they take to the skies and soar through alien environments and show off their aerial skills through dozens of tight tunnels and underground caverns. It's all about action, speed, and destruction!
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Varney Lake Announced

Developer LCB Game Studio and publisher Chorus Worldwide announce Varney Lake, a Jim Varney-free visual novel inspired by midcentury pulp fiction and 1980s computer graphics.This will arrive on April 28th for PC via Steam, and for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Switch. The Release Date Teaser Trailer is just pan across a static image, but it does have a glorious streak of Amiga nostalgia to it. This is a follow up to last year's Mothmen 1966, which it turns out was kicking off a series. Here's a quick dip into Varney Lake:
Paranormal investigator Lou Hill can’t stop thinking about a mind-blowing case dating from the Summer of 1954. Help Lou retrace the steps of three kids’ summer vacation from decades ago, and collectively come to the truth behind their supposed encounter with a vampire. But Jimmy, and Christine, now in their 40s, may have murky memories of the time…and what really happened to Doug?

Recall the trio’s story via choice-based gameplay and explore the multiple roads of a branching interactive fiction without friction. Solve accessible, brain-tickling puzzles while learning more about the paranormal investigator himself in a dual-timeline story inspired by books with choices and branching narratives from the past. Decipher details between generations to finally close the book on a case left open for nearly 30 years.
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Miniland Adventure Prologue

Steam now features Miniland Adventure: Prologue, a sample of Miniland Adventure, which is expected to make its full launch soon. Much like ZOMBO, this promises "you can do anything you want to," so let your imagination run wild. Here's a Prologue Release Trailer which does not necessarily live up to that promise, but does show how you'll be able to create your own world. Here's the big picture:
Miniland Adventure: Prologue is now available on Steam to play for free! Prologue is just part of the gameplay that awaits you in the full game. Start with a small patch of land, that with time you can expand with biome tiles that you receive every day and create your own world!

In the game's prologue, your task is to build your world and fight against your enemies. The world doesn't generate itself - you do it, shape the world as you wish. Start with nothing, and build dream houses for goblins and yourself. Every day you receive a bunch of biome tiles, that you can place wherever you want. There are multiple biomes in the game, including different forests, deserts, grassland, snow land, savanna, highland, and more.
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Out of the Blue

Happy Pi Day! It warms one's geeky heart to see this celebration of circular logic has become so mainstream. MrsBlue and I might have considered celebrating today with a pizza pie, but the BlueTower is currently being inundated by snow. It came down all through the night and is expected to continue all day. I've seen predictions that accumulations could be as much as a foot. It will probably be less than that, but it's pretty safe to say I won't be making any pizza runs today. I hope everyone in the path of this storm is properly hunkered down.

Obituary: Former Colorado Rep. Pat Schroeder, pioneer for women’s rights, dies. Thanks RedEye9.
Obituary: 'Fosbury Flop' high jumper Dick Fosbury dies at 76.

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Monday, Mar 13, 2023

Play Battlefield 2042 for Free

Battlefield 2042 is currently free to try on Steam, kicking off the chance to sample the futuristic Windows shooter for a few days. This is part of a celebration of the game that also includes a full slate of livestreams, and this post lays out the entire schedule. If the trial has its desired effect, you'll get the game for 70% off its full price. Here's the elevator pitch on the game:
Battlefield™ 2042 is a first-person shooter that marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome in a near-future world transformed by disorder. Squad up and bring a cutting-edge arsenal into dynamically changing battlegrounds supporting 128 players, unprecedented scale, and epic destruction.

Bleak Faith: Forsaken/Elden Ring Animations Follow-up

A post on Steam has a follow-up to the the controversy surrounding some animations in Bleak Faith: Forsaken appearing to be identical to some in Elden Ring. This repeats a previous assertion that the animations were purchased from a third-party. Archangel Studios says it is not ignoring the possibility that this is a copyright violation, and work is underway to replace the animations in question:
“Pursuant to the Marketplace Distribution Agreement, each Marketplace seller represents and warrants to Epic that they have appropriate rights to upload their content. As with any store that hosts third-party content, however, Epic is not in a position to independently verify such rights, and Epic makes no such guarantee to purchasers of the content.”

So essentially, they state they cannot verify the copyright of the animation packages purchased through their store.

This is not satisfactory for us and so we have taken the decision to replace the assets purchased from the store over the next several days. (Some changes we included in the recent patches, and more are coming in the next few days) Certainly this has been a huge lesson for us and hopefully other indie creators out there too that assets on these storefronts seemingly cannot be purchased in good faith.
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Barotrauma Surfaces From Early Access

Barotrauma is now officially available on Steam after this 2D submarine simulator for Windows, macOS, and Linux successfully navigated through Early Access, where it's earned thousands of "very positive" reviews. This carries a 25% launch discount for everyone who decides to take the plunge over the coming week. Here's the new Full Release Trailer, and here's word on the game and its co-op support:
Barotrauma is a sci-fi submarine simulator with both a single-player campaign as well as co-op modes with support for up to 16 players, who must navigate the depths of Jupiter’s frozen moon Europa and fulfill various missions to survive. Together with their passionate and active community, developers FakeFish and Undertow Games have greatly expanded and improved the game since its early access launch in summer 2019. They completely overhauled the campaign and tutorials, added new monsters, missions and outposts, improved graphics and environments, implemented a scripted event system, and much more.

All of this was only possible thanks to the feedback and support of more than 30,000 Discord members, as well as 60,000 player-made entries on Steam Workshop. To show the team’s devotion to their players and fanbase, the developers even added a player-made submarine to the base game as part of a community competition.
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Space Cobra Game Announced

Microids and TMS announce Cobra, the video game, a working title for an upcoming game based on the Space Cobra anime spinoff of Cobra, a manga that began in 1978. This is coming to PC and consoles, but is still in the preproduction stage at this point. Word is: "the video game provides players the opportunity to step into Cobra’s shoes as the famous galactic bounty hunter, in a futuristic and colorful universe on consoles and PC." The game's title and more details are promised soon. In the meantime, here's what we know:
Created in 1978, the cult manga Cobra has fascinated many generations of fans with its complex plot known for its many twists and turns. With his legendary Psycho Gun attached to his left arm, and his iconic partnership with Lady, the notorious space pirate Cobra has captivated audiences for decades.

According to Stéphane Longeard, CEO of Microids: "We are extremely excited to work on this adaptation of Space Adventure Cobra, a legendary anime which has inspired a whole generation of fans. We are committed to respecting the universe and characters created by Buichi Terasawa, while providing an immersive gameplay experience, faithful to the spirit of the anime series. The Cobra game promises to be a great adventure for fans and gamers looking for a rich and compelling universe.”
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Beer Factory - Prologue

Beer Factory - Prologue is now available on Steam, offering the chance to sample Beer Factory, an upcoming simulation from developer AKEL and publisher PlayWay. Here's an Official Trailer showing the operation of a real beer factory owner might call a "brewery." The prologue allows you to play the first hour of the full game, so if you're interested, you'd better hop to it. Here's word:
Beer Factory - Prologue is a business simulation and management game. Take the challenge and manage your own beer factory, employees, production lines, as well as the import and export of merchandise.
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Diablo IV Open Beta Preload Details

A post from Blizzard has an update for those participating in the Diablo IV Open Beta (thanks PureDiablo). This weekend will be the promised Early Access for pre-purchase and chicken sandwich customers. Amid the new information in the post is an outline of how to predownload the beta beginning Wednesday:
Prepare yourself for the descent into Hell by downloading the Diablo IV Beta early.

  • Early Access: Early Download begins Wednesday, March 15 at 9 a.m. PDT
  • Open Beta: Early Download begins Wednesday, March 22 at 9 a.m. PDT
    • Players who have already downloaded for Early Access do not need to download again for Open Beta.

How To Early Download Diablo IV Open Beta

  • Launch the client. If Diablo IV is not already in your Favorites bar, you can add it by clicking on the + icon. Alternatively, you can find Diablo IV by accessing the All Games page. You’ll see Diablo IV at the top of the list.
  • Once you get to the Diablo IV Game Page. Click the blue button that says Install. The game will install and once it’s available, click Play to Launch.

Showgunners in May

Publisher Shepherd Entertainment and developer Artificer announce Showgunners is coming to PC on May 2nd, offering a turn-based strategy game previously known by the title Homicidal All-Stars. Here's a Release Date Trailer. Word is: "Crush your enemies, win the crowd’s favor, and you could be the next champion in this over-the-top tribute to beloved action classics like American Gladiators, RoboCop and The Running Man." This is coming to* and Steam, but you don't have to wait to check it out, as there's a playable demo on Steam right now. Word is there's an added dimension if you have Twitch followers or follow a streamer who plays this:
Starting today, the free Showgunners Steam demo sports an exciting new feature that lets the crowd directly impact the action: Twitch mode*! Twitch streamers can invite their viewers to join the carnage, acting as showrunners and voting in real time on events they’d like to see in game across an array of maps, each varying in scope, environment, and level interactivity. Will your fans help you out in a pinch and keep the hype train rolling? Or will they choose violence and send you to your doom?!

In a future society torn apart by extreme income inequality, climate change, and civil unrest, one show has taken the masses by storm, giving desperate competitors a shot at fame and glory. But first they’ll have to survive the arena. Each live-streamed broadcast delivers a hellish new obstacle course with a unique theme, traps and challenges. As a contestant with your own score to settle, you’ll have to battle other heavily armed combatants, explore for life-saving sponsorship packages, and outwit especially devious surprises from the show’s director if you hope to become the next champ.
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Evening Patches

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Evening Multiplex

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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Oscar Isaac To Play Kurt Vonnegut.

Star Citizen Adds Persistence

A new alpha patch arrived Saturday in Star Citizen, updating the space-based everything to all people game to version 3.18. As noted, this update is called "Lasting Memories," as it adds Persistent Entity Streaming (PES) promising "real, universal persistence." Word is: "With this new tech, all physical objects moved or placed by players will be dynamically tracked on the server they were moved on and remain in their new locations." So the good news is this is further progress towards the game's ambitions. The bad news is familiar, and also relates to persistence. The crowdfunded game is now on year 11 of what was originally planned as a two-year development cycle and it's not in beta yet. Here's the Lasting Legacies Trailer and here's more:
Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) today announced the release of the Star Citizen – Alpha 3.18: Lasting Legacies update. Available now, Lasting Legacies marks a giant technical leap forward on Star Citizen’s journey to deliver real, universal persistence with the addition of Persistent Entity Streaming (PES). With this new tech, all physical objects moved or placed by players will be dynamically tracked on the server they were moved on and remain in their new locations. Players can now leave their mark for other players to find or encounter the aftermath of other players’ actions when they log in, creating one of the most immersive and “lived-in” experiences ever seen in games. PES represents the largest significant technical update in the game’s history and is a critical addition in laying the foundation for full in-game persistence and Server Meshing that will unlock a new level of immersion in the ‘verse.
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hits New CCU Peak

The CS:GO twitter thanks its followers for organizing a massive play session for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is the most played game on Steam right now according to Steam Charts. As recorded on SteamDB, the free--to-play first-person shooter hit another new all-time peak concurrent player peak this weekend of 1,420,183. It was just a month ago that the game set its previous CCU record, which was 1,320,219 players.

Last of Us, Part I PC Specs Update Includes Iron Galaxy Credit

Remember those Last of Us, Part I PC specs from last week? Well, they are so last week, as the graphic in the PlayStation.Blog Post has been changed since it was originally posted. The recommended Radeon RX 5800XT has been replaced by the Radeon RX 5700XT and the RX 7900XTX is now listed in place of the Ultra RX7900 XT. Of greater concern is the addition of the Iron Galaxy logo to credit the developer helping create the PC edition. As noted on DSOGaming, Iron Galaxy has had a hand in problematic PC ports in the past, such as Batman: Arkham Knight and the UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection. Here are the updated PC specs:

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Out of the Blue

I was so caught up in the time change yesterday I didn't really think about the Oscars last night. We see most movies at home, so we're always a year behind anyway. So the only nominees we've seen so far are Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, TAR, and ELVIS. But this also means I forgot to link to link to loonyboi's annual Oscar picks. Old comrade crushed it as usual, so hats off to him. And hats off to the winners. Competitive acting is tough... hopefully all the competitors pass their tests for performance enhancing drugs.

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