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Alice O'Connor

1 week ago

Visit Minecraft’s theme park map to celebrate its 10th birthday

As part of Minecraft's tenth birthday celebrations, Mojang have commissioned a virtual theme park celebrating the build 'em up. It's available as a free map for all players. Exhibitions include a sculpture garden of monsters in a glasshouse, demonstrations of redstone-powered doohickeys, museums, galleries, Easter eggs... it seems real fancy. A season of festivities for a mere tenth anniversary might seem churlish but hell, Minecraft…

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Apex Legends fixes faulty servers, planning to punish piggybackers

Y'know that weird problem where Apex Legends matches would sometimes start out in slow-motion? That should now be fixed, or at least a lot better, as developers Respawn Entertainment say they found some servers had faulty hardware that wasn't detected by normal checks and have removed them. Their state of the game update chat on Friday night also mentioned other performance fixes in the pipeline…

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Snake meets Bus Simulator in Snakeybus

If you enjoy the gentle pleasure of bussing passengers around European cities but sometimes wish your bus could drift, jump, and grow hundreds of segments long as it winds past the Eiffel Tower and through the grounds of the Louvre, do have a look at Snakeybus. It is, as its name suggests, Snake-y with a bus. Collect passengers from bus stops, deliver them to destinations,…

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2 weeks ago

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What are we all playing this weekend?

The weather has fooled me. I've been so busy thinking we're in an endless winter that I didn't see May coming. Now it's May, which means it's almost June. Which means it's almost E3. Where did that come from. I should race everyone to book time off after E3 to recover from working stupid hours on Los Angeles time from Scotland. Agh. As tiring as…

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Starbreeze might not last another year unless fortunes improve

Starbreeze Studios don't have enough funds to keep going for the next 12 months and may run out of cold hard cash by mid-year, they warned shareholders this week. The company behind Payday and Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons have been in financial trouble for a while, and took a big hit last year when zombie FPS Overkill's The Walking Dead flopped so hard…

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Monster Hunter: World’s Iceborne expansion coming to PC this winter

Encouraging LARPing, Capcom have announced that Monster Hunter: World's icy Iceborne expansion won't arrive on PC until we're already wrapped up in scarves and mittens, coming our way this winter after a console debut in September. Yes, it is unfortunate that our version is still lagging behind, but isn't it fitting to be exploring an icy island while huddling around your PC for warmth? That's…

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Life Is Strange 2 episode 3 now rumbling in the redwoods

Life becomes odder than ever in the third episode of Life Is Strange 2, released today. Our lads are still on the lam, reaching the redwood forests of California and--uh oh!--you know who's found in forests: hippies. And me. Often me. But it's hippies they're hooking up with this time as they continue to trek cross-country and, y'know, come to terms with puberty and superpowers…

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 brings more mobster melodrama to PC today

Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed dads that'd been away. Haven't changed, had much to say, but man I still think them cats are crazy. My dads are back in town, you see, now that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is out on PC. Mobster-with-a-heart-of-gold Kazuma Kiryu will once again roam around Tokyo and Osaka in this brawler-RPG sequel, becoming a father figure to total…

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Monster Hunter: World’s Witcher crossover is finally on PC

Ol' Geralt has gone tumbling through another magical portal, this time travelling from the world of The Witcher 3 to Monster Hunter: World. The crossover event lets us play as Geralt to track and murder a Witcher monster, the leshen treeman, with his usual Witching ways. Do so and you can get his armour and sword, plus a gruesome outfit for your Palico catfriend. A…

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Sega buy Two Point Hospital studio

Sega have snapped up another PC strategy studio, today announcing they've bought Two Point Hospital developers Two Point Studios. They haven't stated the English studio's price, but I trust payment was made in the form of a giant novelty cheque. Sega note that Two Point have "several" unannounced projects in the pipeline, in a dry business-y way, while the studio themselves just shouted on Twitter…

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Destiny 2 has added another secret quest for a fancy gun

A new secret mission snuck into Destiny 2 with last night's update, leading to the kind of reward those good-time Guardians prize above all: an Exotic-class weapon powered by things we know are forbidden for very good reasons but can't resist because they make nice noises and lights. In the case of Outbreak Perfected, the new kinetic pulse rifle, it can shoot self-replicating nanites to…

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Claptrap voice actor hits back in Borderlands pay scrap

Claptrap voice actor David Eddings is not returning to voice the irritating robot in Borderlands 3, and the reasons behind this have become a point of public contention/disagreement/agitation between Eddings and Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford on Twitter. That's how private business dealings go these days. Eddings spoke unfunny jokes for the robot at Gearbox, where his main job was in business development, but he…

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Over 150 Riot Games employees walked out to protest forced arbitration

Around 150-200 Riot Games employees walked out from the League Of Legends developers' Los Angeles studio yesterday, reports say, to protest the company contracts blocking lawsuits. Riot recently tried to shut down two sexual discrimination lawsuits by pointing out employee contracts waive the right to court claims, being forced to settle disputes through arbitration. That's a private process which is known to benefit employers more…

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Quick! Kathy Rain is free on Steam for a few more hours

Quick! Hurry! You have until 6pm today (10am Pacific) to grab Kathy Rain for free for keepsies. To celebrate the third birthday of the mystery-solving adventure game, publishers Raw Fury yesterday launched a wee giveaway. We were on holiday then but NOW we're back and NOW you should grab it NOW because Kathy Rain is pretty deece and it's free NOW and I am done…

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3 weeks ago

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What are we all playing this weekend?

Monday is the belated May Day holiday here in the UK, so we won't be back in full force until Tuesday. We'll be busy dancing around the maypole, drinking real ale, and feeling slightly afraid of Morris dancers. You hey-nonny-nonny near me and I'll kick those bells up your arse. What are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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Sonic the Hedgehog’s movie look getting a makeover

Sonic the Hedgehog is to get a redesign for his Hollywood movie, director Jeff Fowler has said following reactions this week to the first trailer. Seems he and Paramount have made the terrible mistake of listening to the Internet. Oh sure, I was there, slapping out cyberposts about my FASCINATION with the sapphire snuffler's horrifying human teeth but what anthropomorphic animal isn't eerie? Aren't all…

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Riot Games to end forced arbitration in sexual harrassment and assault claims – for new staff

Future Riot Games employees will be able to opt out of forced arbitration to pursue "individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims" against the company, the League Of Legends developers have announced. Riot have faced accusations of widespread workplace harrassment and discrimination over the past year, of building a culture which protected perpetrators. Two female employees are currently trying to sue the company for discrimination,…

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World Of Goo free on Epic Games Store right now

I whoo, you whoo, we all whoo for World Of Goo. Following the recent update that brought a "gentle remastering" making it play nice on modern systems, 2D Boy's modern-day classic puzzler is now free for keepsies on the Epic Games Store if you grab it within the next fortnight. That's not a pun. While I think of World Of Goo as one of those…

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Swords Of Ditto overhauls oh so much in Mormo’s Curse update

Charming roguelikelike The Swords Of Ditto today launched a big ol' free update, Mormo's Curse, adding and reworking heaps of stuff. You'll find new areas, new enemies, new items, performance improvements, bug fixes, and big changes to the overall structure of the game. Our former John (RPS in peace) liked a lot of the game's elements in our Swords Of Ditto review but wasn't sure…

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