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Saturday, Dec 09, 2023 Quake II Released (1997)

GTFO Free Weekend

A free weekend is now underway on Steam for GTFO, the co-op first-person shooter from 10 Chambers. This is the chance to experience what's in the new Rundown 8.0 Duality update that's now live, and here's an Official Trailer showing what it adds to the horror-themed game. If the sample draws you in as intended, it's on sale for 40% off. This post is here to help new players get started, outlining a complete survival guide. Read on for the official description:
GTFO is a hardcore cooperative horror shooter that throws you from gripping suspense to explosive action in a heartbeat. Stealth, strategy, and teamwork are necessary to survive in your deadly, underground prison. Work together or die together.
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Ready or Not Leaves Early Access Next Week

VOID Interactive announces a release date for Ready or Not, saying the tactical, first-person shooter will official launch on December 13th, almost two years to the day after its Early Access launch. This will involve a "massive" version 1.0 update, and an Official 1.0 Launch Trailer illustrates the news. Here's what to expect:
Ready or Not is leaving Early Access with a massive 1.0 update, which includes a dive deep into the immersive single-player campaign – Commander Mode. The 1.0 release update significantly expands the number of missions, completely overhauls most missions from Early Access, and offers much more additional content, customizations, and quality of life improvements.
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World of Goo 2 Next Year

The World of Goo 2 Website is online, revealing plans for a sequel to gooey puzzle/platformer World of Goo. It offers the first Official Trailer with a look at gameplay, and word to expect this to launch next year. Word is that after 15 years, this is still being made by: "The same people that made the first one! 2DBOY has teamed up with Tomorrow Corporation, along with a squad of talented friends. This is the biggest game we've ever made." There are links to how to follow development and more answers in a FAQ. Here's a bit:
How did you fit so much goo into this game?
Computers have come a long way in the last 15 years!

Help! I installed something I found on the internet called worldofg002-&@%-realgame.exe and now my computer is on fire?
World of Goo 2 has not yet been released. It will come out soon, in 2024.
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New Intel Arc Drivers

Intel announces the availability of new version 31.0.101.5074 Windows drivers for Intel Arc A-Series Graphics and Intel Iris Xe Graphics. These support running games both new and old, promising enhancements for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Fortnite, and some older DirectX 11 games, most significantly Battlefield V, Dying Light 2, and Train Sim World 3. Word is:
Intel® Game On Drivers deliver the best experience for gamers playing on Intel Graphics with optimized launch-day patches and performance updates as new games release.

Enormous new worlds are revealing themselves in Fortnite and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. Venture into the unknown with Intel Arc graphics, certified for new worlds with today’s Game On drivers.

Taora - Beginning Released

Taora - Beginning is now available on Steam, offering a free preview of Taora - Survival, an open-world survival game that's coming soon to Steam. This gives everyone the chance to experience what to expect, including crafting, exploration, combat, hacking, vehicle upgrading, and more. Here's a Taora - Survival Trailer and more:
Taora is an island that is infested with zombies and hold many places to explore and loot.

You can build your base, craft and upgrade your gear, explore many unique places, loot materials or gears. You can upgrade your vehicle to suit your needs.

Upgrade you characters` skills to fit different conditions like hacking electronics, reapiring broken things, healing the wounded or fighting with zombies.
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Saturday Patches

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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday to Quake II, which was released 26 years ago today. It will be much easier to mark the anniversary of id Software's first-person shooter this year thanks to the enhanced edition was released during the summer, making it simple to enjoy the game on modern systems. Stay tuned for another big id Software anniversary tomorrow.

And speaking of celebrations, happy Hanukkah! The festival of lights began at sundown Thursday, so I failed to mention this yesterday. Earlier this year some behind-the-scenes work by Frans enhanced our events calendar that marks occasions in the date bar to handle moving targets like Thanksgiving. But it's based on the Gregorian Calendar, and can't track dates like the Lunar New Year which uses the Chinese calendar or the Jewish holidays based on the Hebrew calendar. And that's before getting into days on the Hebrew calendar running sundown to sundown, so automating this just doesn't work. Luckily an eight-night holiday leaves some margin for error. So tell your friend Veronica, drink your gin and tonica, smoke your marijuanica, and have a happy, happy, happy, happy Hanukkah.

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