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Thursday, Oct 12, 2023 National Gumbo Day (USA)

Get Blazing Sails and Q.U.B.E. for Free

The snagging window is open on the Epic Games Store to pick up its latest giveaways. Between now and next Thursday at 11:00 am EDT, everyone is entitled to free copies of Blazing Sails and Q.U.B.E. ULTIMATE BUNDLE for Windows. As usual, these will be permanent additions to your library if you act before the next games go live, which are revealed to be The Evil Within and Eternal Threads. If free isn't enough of a sales pitch, you can read on for more on today's freebies:
Fight for survival in Blazing Sails, a fast-paced pirate PvP game! Create your own unique pirate and ship. Band together with other players to command your mighty vessel! Explore different game-modes, maps, weapons, ship types and more while eliminating other crews in epic battles on land and sea!

Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary is the ultimate celebration of the decade-old original, bringing refined visuals, completely redesigned and revised gameplay sections, and a whole new chapter to the award-winning, brain-twisting first-person puzzler.

Tropico 6 Going Viral Breaks Out

Kalypso Media and Realmforge Studios announce Going Viral is now available for the Windows edition of Tropico 6, the island dictator sequel. This revels in pandemic fun of PPE and vaccine controversy by introducing four virulent diseases to the game along with the race to find cures and challenge of dealing with your freaked-out populace. This can be found on the Epic Games Store and Steam, and it will spread to the console versions by the end of this month, whether or not you sing Happy Birthday while washing your hands. Here's the launch trailer and more:
Join El Presidente, as he delves into the world of pandemics and the chaos of political maneuvering as he aims to conquer or capitalize on four new diseases disrupting the daily life of loyal Tropicans. The Going Viral DLC introduces the new “Panic” mechanic which measures the Tropican’s reactions to these diseases. With this insight into their level of panic, will you raise the alarm to exploit the fear of your citizens or keep the population calm in the face of a potentially deadly threat?

With the addition of these new viruses, some afflicted residents will experience severe harm, while others will only experience mild symptoms. As the fearless leader, you will pull the strings to keep the pandemic in check with nine new buildings and 16 new edicts. Build the Colossal Hospital to increase your medical capacities and place medical checkpoints to find infected individuals. Fight the plague in style with the new outfit option for El Presidente - the Plague Mask Accessory. You will be perfectly prepared for any and all destruction this pandemic brings to Tropico.
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River City: Rival Showdown

River City: Rival Showdown is now available for Windows on Steam as well as for PlayStation 4 and Switch, offering a remastered version of 2016's River City: Rival Showdown, which is a remastered version of 1989's River City Ransom. The shouty Game Introduction Trailer takes a look at the result. Word is:
The 1989 retro classic River City Ransom has muscled up and doubled down on modern innovation!
Tightened controls, improved backgrounds, and even online play -- this version has it all and more!
Throw in a 2D fighting game mode to the mix, and River City has never been more action-packed!
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ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS 8 Remake Revealed

An Official Website is now live for ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS 8 Remake, revealing KOEI TECMO's turn-based strategy game is returning to PC and console after more than 20 years (thanks Gematsu via Dan). The original was released in Japan in 2001 and in North America in 2003, and the remake is expected early next year. The Steam Listing is live and here's a Teaser Trailer with Japanese narration and English subtitles. Read on for more:
Theater of war, infinite drama.
A masterpiece of historical simulation "ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS 8" is revived after 20 years.
This version includes an improved "Play as All Officers" feature, which allows players to play as any officer in the world of the Three Kingdoms.
The game is also packed with additional elements that bring the officers to life, such as "Destiny," which can dramatically change the course of events; "Tales," which offer a variety of stories to choose from; and new battles where the officers' emotions will affect the outcome.
Combining 2D and 3D technologies, the game features both new and nostalgic visual effects, as well as many new officer portraits drawn specifically for this titile.
Enjoy the greatest military drama in the Three Kingdoms series, with the largest number of officers and scenarios!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Enjoy some gumbo today to celebrate National Gumbo Day. Better late than never. Can't really get gumbo in New York, but I'm not a seafood guy anyway.

Obituary: Ken Lally, video game actor, passed away at age 52.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Beta Weekend

Blizzard announces that the second beta weekend for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III gets underway today, giving PC gamers a chance to check out the upcoming military shooter sequel. Preorder customers will be eligible to start playing at 1:00 pm EDT today, and the beta will open to all on Saturday. The announcement on Steam mirrors the news, and points to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Beta FAQ for more info (or tries to, the redirect code is broken). Here are some details and system specs:
PC players can download the Beta from Steam or Battle.net. Those who preorder digitally do not need a Beta code to participate; you’re automatically registered to participate in the Early Access period. If you purchased Modern Warfare III through a participating retailer, you should have received a Beta code printed on the retail receipt or sent via email on an online receipt.

PC Beta Specifications

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / GeForce GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon RX 480
  • Video Memory: 3 GB
  • Storage Space: SSD with 65 GB available space (25 GB with COD HQ downloaded)
  • Network: Broadband internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

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Haunted House Released

Haunted House is now available for PC and consoles, offering a horror revival from undead Atari just in time for the Halloween season. This is a modern remake of the Atari 2600 game that lays claim to the title of first survival/horror game. It retains the stealth and puzzle elements of the original while adding a roguelite element, and here's an Official Launch Trailer to show how it turned out. The Windows edition is haunting the Epic Games Store and Steam, and each store features a 20% launch discount. Here's more:
In Haunted House, players take control of Lyn Graves, the precocious niece of legendary treasure hunter Zachary Graves. Lyn visits her uncle’s mansion with her closest friends, only to find the massive house overrun with ghouls and monsters who quickly grab and spirit away her friends. In order to free her uncle and her friends, Lyn must find the shattered pieces of a magical urn and put them back together.

Through procedurally generated room layouts, shifting walls, unpredictable enemy placements, and ghostly encounters, Lyn must creep, sneak, and dash her way through hordes of ghouls and eerie ectoplasms in order to locate her friends and uncle. Each urn shard is fiercely guarded by a bone-chilling boss — Lyn must think on her feet to conquer each challenge. When she gets knocked out by a shadowy specter, she winds up back at the mansion’s entrance and must face an entirely new floor layout and enemy placement, ensuring each run is unique.
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October 2023 Steam Next Fest Demos, Part 6

  • Cats on Duty (Windows). "Cats on Duty is a purr-fect blend of RTS, tower defense, and match-3 game genres. Manage two game fields at once as well as arm and upgrade your cat towers to defeat hordes of formidable foes. Enjoy the meow-nificent battle!"
  • Gods of the Twilight (Windows). "How will you end the world? Play as Althea and Farkas as old Norse magic returns to their world of tech, and they realize they're more than human. Encounter gods, monsters, governments, corporations, and criminals... decide who to trust, and prepare for Ragnarök."
  • Lunar Lander Beyond (Windows). "Guide a roster of colorful pilots, eclectic advisors and state-of-the-art landers through a taxing series of missions. Deliver cargo, retrieve resources, and rescue stranded pilots as you navigate a mysterious universe of moons and planets."
  • One Night: Burlesque (Windows). "Step into the smoky, seductive world of the Angels Den, a luxurious burlesque club. Get into the high heels of Holly, a talented dancer graced with a unique gift of telepathy. Help her on a desperate mission to save a friend from certain doom."
  • Pioneers of Pagonia (Windows). "The city builder Pioneers of Pagonia is all about exploration, discovery, and reuniting the fantastical islands of Pagonia. Build over 40 different buildings, use more than 70 different types of goods, manage widely branched production chains, and get creative in establishing your economy."
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin (Windows). "Wage a campaign of brutal conquest in this realm-shattering real-time strategy game set in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar universe. Prepurchase the Deluxe or Ultimate Edition now to receive 3 days Early Unlock and unique Profile Customisation sets." Thanks Frans.

Earth Defense Force 6 Announced

Following an earlier indication, D3PUBLISHER officially announces Earth Defense Force 6, saying a new installment in the madcap action series will land on Steam and PlayStation 5 in (northern) spring 2024. The Announcement Trailer is here with a breaking news report from Chad Broseph (still laughing at that) and a first (completely insane) look at the game in action. Would you like to know more?
Earth Defense Force 6 picks up three years after the events of its predecessor in the year 2027. The survivors continue their efforts to rebuild against the Primers, but threats to the world’s safety remain. The Earth Defense Force (EDF) is once again called upon to protect the planet from the aggressive extraterrestrial invaders.

Key features include an all-new storyline, the return of Ranger, Air Raider, Wing Diver, and Fencer classes, alongside an enormous amount of new content, including hundreds of additional missions and weapons. Players will also be able to fight through Earth Defense Force 6 as a two-player co-op experience with split-screen or online co-op with up to four players.
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Out of the Blue

Some of you raised a concern about radon in my office after I mentioned its semi-subterranean location. We did conduct a radon test when we bought our place, and it came out fine, but that's already four years ago. It's a walkout, which may reduce the risk, but it makes a lot of sense to be wary. So I'm following the suggestion of looking into getting a radon detector to keep down here. Thanks very much for bringing this up. Better safe than sorry.

Gassy Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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