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Alice O'Connor

1 day ago

Feature: WELL?

What are we all playing this weekend?

Remember remember, the nineteenth of January, with gunfire, treason, and- hang on, this must be a misprint in my 'On This Day...' cat calendar. Let's see. Ah! Wikipedia says January 19th, 1986 saw the release of the first IBM PC virus. Sadly that's not in The Malware Museum and Wikipedia doesn't list a catchy song to commemorate the event so I guess we're about done…

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2 days ago

Bungie look towards Destiny’s “bright future” post-Activision

While we still don't know what Bungie plan to do differently with Destiny now they've wrested their MMOFPS series out the clutches out Activision, franchise director Luke Smith has muttered cryptically about seeing "a bright future, with roots in a memorable past." He drops a few references that have some fans dreaming real big about what might come, but it's still all hazy. In the…

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Atlas admin account hijacked to conjure whales, planes, and tanks

Some scurrilous hornswaggler yesterday gained access to an Atlas admin account with dominion over the piratical survival sandbox's North American PvP servers and used it to, in the words of developers Grapeshot Games, "cause some devastation." This appears to have included summoning a great many sea beasties as well as, ah, driving around in World War 2 tanks and raining warplanes from the skies. To…

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3 days ago

Drop into Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout with free trial week

If you're plum tuckered out from Plunkbat and find Fortnite too Plunklite but still want to battle in a royale way, you might fancy a crack at Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout. Activision today launched a week-long free trial of Cod Blops 4's battle royale mode and only that. Everyone is invited to try what all the kids are calling Blopout from today…

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Epic fix security hole able to get into accounts from clicking a link

A now-fixed security hole in the account system of Fortnite devs Epic Games could let scoundrels log in as other folks and even buy things, just by getting them to click on a dodgy link. Unlike many phishing schemes, this worked by hijacking the user's authentication token - not even needing to trick them into entering their username and password. Epic say they've now fixed…

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4 days ago

Riot Games declare new company values, continue to miss the point

Riot Games have unveiled a new set of company values, intending to look forward to a bright and friendly future following last year's public dissection of their garbage workplace culture of harrassment and exclusion. The League Of Legends developers say the manifesto they wrote in 2012 "served us well for many years, but didn't evolve along with us." What they continue to miss is that…

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Hitman devs IÖ open new studiö in Malmö

IO Interactive, the Danish mob behind Hitman and Kane & Lynch (look, I still swear K&L2 is interesting), today announced they've opened a new studio in Malmö, Sweden. Given that there were ditched by former owners Square Enix and faced an uncertain future only 20 months ago, before going independent, this is a pleasing turnaround. I am glad they're apparently doing well enough to expand,…

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Tech Support: Error Unknown lets you ask people to turn it off then on again

What if tech support helpline jobs weren't a crushingly unhappy grind for poor pay but a gateway to a world of intrigue? You can catch a glimpse of that in the Tech Support: Error Unknown free demo released today. It's one of those games where your whole view is presented as a computer desktop--Uplikes, as the genre is known far and wide in honour of…

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New Humble Bundle offers Gang Beasts, Gnog, and… Everything

An eclectic mix of decent games including local multiplayer sillyfighter Gang Beasts, head-spinning puzzler Gnog, and everything simulator Everything are bagged up together in the latest Humble Bundle at a good price. The Humble Double Fine Presents Bundle is its name, gathering games Double Fine published rather than ones they've made themselves. They have an unusual eye like few other 'indie' publishing labels, though they…

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5 days ago

American Truck Simulator seems off to Washington next

It looks like the next American Truck Simulator expansion will go even deeper into the lands I long for, into the trees and mountains of Washington state. WA! Land of Twin Peaks. WA! Birthplace of riot grrrl. WA! Home of Frasier Crane. WA! Where Valve are. WA! With that nice Twitter account saying if Mount Rainier is visible from Seattle. WA! Where rain is good.…

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Warhammer 40,000: Gladius unleashes Tyranids in new DLC

Warhammer's Tyranids would be difficult to placate in a traditional 4X strategy game. They'd always be offering you bum deals for your biomass, sending heretical missionaries to spread the good word about biomass, claiming they saw your biomass first so it's rightfully theirs, rivalling your tourism industry with such attractions as Biomass World and Eurobiomass, delivering notes sneering at your meagre biomass, and tainting your…

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My Time At Portia harvests full release today

The game which sounds like summer hols at your posh boarding school gal pal's chateau spent riding horses and investigating the secrets of the grandmother who lives in the attic but is in fact a build-o-farm 'em up, My Time At Portia, today launched properly. A bit like a 3D take on Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon and such, it's about farming and fighting and…

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Fortnite brings back glider redeploying, kinda

The ability to redeploy your glider like a flying squirrel any time you please in Fortnite Battle Royale has returned, kinda. Once an unlimited ability, it's now tied to an item you'll need to find and which only has ten charges. As someone who only dabbles in Fortnite's 50v50 madcap modes between my weeks-long matches in Ian Iannucci's Battle For Basildon, I like glider-redeploying as…

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6 days ago

Resident Evil 2 demo timer can be reset with computer wizardry

If you fancy playing the Resident Evil 2 remake's demo past its 30-minute deadline, good news: canny corpsegnawers have figured out how to reset the timer. It's a little fiddly but if you want to amble around the Raccoon Police Department HQ for longer, exploring or puzzling or popping heads, that is now an option. While the demo is still due to expire at the…

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Improbable statement disputes Unity statement disputing Improbable statement

The future of games including Worlds Adrift and Lazarus remains uncertain as Unity, the makers of the engine these use, continue to row with the makers of the multiplayer cloud server tech they rely on, Improbable's SpatialOS. Improbable claimed on Friday that they were told by someone "at the most senior level" of Unity that SpatialOS didn't breach Unity's terms and conditions, so last week's…

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7 days ago

Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition sets out tonight

Over 12,000 intrepid explorers are signed up for a months-long journey to the edge of the galaxy in Elite: Dangerous, starting today. Across 16 weeks, the player-organised Distant Worlds 2 expedition will pass through the centre of the Milky Way, stopping to build a science station to study a black hole, then carry on through to the far edge of the galaxy. The journey has…

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1 week ago

Feature: WELL?

What are we all playing this weekend?

Happy Easter, everyone! No sooner is the tinsel down than the Easter eggs are out. Friends, this year I have a hot tip to improve your spring festivities: get Reese's Peanut Butter Crème Eggs. Cadbury Creme Eggs can do one, the sickly slops. Reese's eggs have a nutty joy and, for reasons I cannot fathom, give a gentle burn to the back of the throat.…

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Unity say Improbable games don’t need to shut down after all, as Epic offer devs cash to go Unreal

Games built in Unity using Improbable's SpatialOS cloud server platform will not need to shut down, Unity's makers have stated. Improbable claimed yesterday that a recent change in the popular game creation software's rules would bar developers from using their cloud multiplayer services. This caused a big panic yesterday for developers who yesterday suddenly thought they might need to kill their games. Unity say it's…

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What Remains Of Edith Finch free on Epic Games Store right now

Fantastic first-person walk-o-story What Remains Of Edith Finch (don't call it a walking simulator) is free for keepsies right now on the Epic Games Store, and I highly recommend nabbing it. It's a beautiful and melancholic tale with a magical realist bent, exploring the lives and deaths of the family who've lived in a strange and lonely house for generations. It's one of the best…

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Cutter paid: THQ Nordic buy Outcast rights

In their continuing mission to own memories of PC gaming 1992-2006, publishers THQ Nordic are now buying the intellectual property rights to Outcast. Released in 1999 by Belgian studio Appeal then remade in 2017 as Outcast - Second Contact, Outcast is an open-world explore-o-shooter about a soldier who travels to a parallel universe to save our world then gets waylaid running errands for aliens and…

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