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Alice O'Connor

7 days ago

Anthem buffs some loot drop rates, plans to improve more

BioWare have now officially and intentionally improved loot drop rates in certain Anthem activities, following weeks of griping from players that the looter-shooter is too stingy with the goodies. BioWare had previously unintentionally buffed loot rates twice, at which points players seemed a lot happier grinding for gear, then both times BioWare stepped in to say "Oh whoops that was a bug, sorry, we've fixed…

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1 week ago

Feature: WELL?

What are we all playing this weekend?

Yeah yeah it's not officially spring until Wednesday but there are enough buds on trees and enough sunny mornings that I'm calling it. Happy first weekend of spring, everyone. Let's all go outside. I've got a swimming road trip planned with pals this weekend, dipping into rivers and falls across Perth and Kinross. Glorious sunshine, thunderstorms, and hail are all forecast, so it'll surely be…

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Destiny 2 experimenting with story choices and consequences

Some interesting new bits trickled into Destiny 2 as the new season of paid Annual Pass content really starts rolling, including a quest where we get to pick sides - a tiny hint of a possible future with branching stories. While the consequences are minor right now, Bungie do tease that it "may impact future content." I'm up for that. 'Invitations of the Nine' quests…

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Factory Town is a cute little production line game

"The twenty-tensies truly were a golden age for games about optimising production lines," future generations will say under their infrared-heated geodesic domes. "The way was paved by games like Infinifactory and Factorio, smoothing the way for a flood of followers," one elder recalls. "Why, one month saw the launch of not only Satisfactory and Production Line but Factory Town too." "What's Factory Town?" asks one…

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No Man’s Sky: Beyond update to expand multiplayer

Sandbox spacetourism survival sim No Man's Sky will expand again with another honking great free update this summer, developers Hello Games announced today. No Man's Sky: Beyond, they call it. While details are still shrouded in the mists of marketing schedules, Hello do say they plan to expand the multiplayer with "a radical new social and multiplayer experience." The teaser trailer announcing all this shows…

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Epic Games deny Store software spying accusations

If you jacked into the world wide whisperhell at a certain time yesterday, you might have come away with the impression that the Epic Games Store software was spying on you for China. Gamingchair detectives prodding at the Epic Games Launcher recently discovered that the client scans your Steam account, investigates what other software is running on your PC, does something with Internet browser root…

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Two Point Hospital headcrab pandemic heralds trial weekend

A calamitous crossing of worlds has occurred in Two Point Hospital, the spiritual successor to Bullfrog's Theme Hospital, with Half-Life headcrabs glomping onto heads and all manner of decorative doodads from Sega PC games scattering around hospitals. If you've not yet played the wacky hospital management sim, hey, you're invited to try the whole thing for free this weekend on Steam. The trial weekend has…

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Battlefield V starts Firestorm battle royale on March 25

What happens if you fall into a burning ring of fire? It's a given that you'll fall down, down, down while the flames climb higher and that doubtless burns, burns, burns. What many don't expect is that you'll then lark about on a big red tractor with your pals and blast other firefools to pieces with some serious artillery. That's how it'll go in Firestorm,…

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2 weeks ago

Path Of Exile’s first official convention is ExileCon, this November

If you hadn't yet twigged that free-to-play action-RPG Path Of Exile is pretty chuffing popular, developers Grinding Gear Games have made it clear. They've announced ExileCon, an official two-day fan convention dedicated to clicking on monsters until they burst in a shower of bloody gold. Running November 16-17, it'll be a big love-in for folks who attend and bring some big announcements for distant viewers…

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Left 4 Dead creators announce Back 4 Blood

Turtle Rock Studios, the mob who created Left 4 Dead, are revisiting their cooperative zombie-shooting days in Back 4 Blood, a name which seems a clear a statement of intent. Expect to shoot a load of zombies together with your pals, though Turtle Rock are keen to stress that they want Back 4 Blood to be more than just Left 4 Dead with a new…

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DirectX 12 comes (partially) to Windows 7 for World Of Warcraft

Microsoft have brought some of DirectX 12's performance-improving parts to Windows 7, ending years of DX12 being exclusive to Windows 10. World Of Warcraft is the first game to benefit from DX12 features including multithreading on Windows 7, and Microsoft say they're working with several other developers to juice their games up on Windows 7 too. This isn't the full DirectX 12 package and doesn't…

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Windows 10 fixes its recent game performance bug

Microsoft have blasted out a Windows 10 patch to fix a bug which was causing poor performance in games for many people. Destiny 2 is the only game Microsoft name as an example, though it seems to have hit many more. This problem was introduced in update KB4482887, released on March 1st, and Microsoft had advised affected players to uninstall the update and wait for…

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Gearbox hint at Borderlands 3 announcement this month

It seems Gearbox Software are winding up to announce Borderlands 3, or a cooperative looter-shooter which is effectively Borderlands 3, later this month. They've posted an unsubtle tweet with an unsettling đź‘€ emoji and a cartoony, Borderlands-lookin' image saying "March 28." What about March 28? Oh, nothing. Perhaps they're simply celebrating the feast day of Saint Guntram, which is the sort of name Gearbox would…

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Dwarf Fortress digging up paid version with official graphics pack

Underground hit Dwarf Fortress will soon emerge into the daylight on Steam, which definitely would be the games store favoured by dwarves as the punchline to a joke. Dwarf Fortress 'Classic' will still be available free, as ever, but this paid version will come with an official commissioned graphics pack for players who cannot fathom the ASCII art as well as new music. Bay 12…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds designer Brendan Greene moves to new R&D team

Brendan "Plunk" Greene, the lead designer of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, is leaving the development team to head a new 'PUBG Special Projects' division at PUBG Corp. He'll still have a consulting role on the battle royale FPS, presumably suggesting people add more buckles to jackets, but his focus will very much be on the new team and their research and development into new multiplayer experiences. How…

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Lamplight City follow-up strolling into the wild wild west

The designer of Shardlight and Lamplight City will return to Lamplight's steampunk-ish alternate world in his next adventure game, with a rootin' tootin' twist. Francisco González of Grundislav Games yesterday announced Rosewater, a western click 'em up. Rosewater is set a few years after Lamplight and, clearly, is out in some dusty hinterlands rather than a bustling city. González is playing his cards close to…

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Handcrafted adventure game TrĂĽberbrook released

As an admirer of dioramas and dollhouses (I once almost cried over tiny objects in a dollhouse shop, which tragically would've seemed like an apocalyptic monsoon for the wee people), I have a soft spot for handcrafted games and so have kept an eye on TrĂĽberbrook. The adventure game is set in a German village the developers made by hand, a collection of sets and…

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Fallout 76 brewing delayed to tomorrow

If you're looking to get blasted on moonshine as an escape from the grim pointlessness of the post-apocalyptic wasteland, you'll need to wait one more day for Fallout 76 to start its 'Wild Appalachia' season of updates. This was supposed to kick off today with brewing and distilling but Bethesda have delayed the launch ever so slightly because they needed a little extra time. On…

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Fortnite rolls out human hamster balls

Delightfully daft new orb vehicles are now rolling around Fortnite Battle Royale, big hamster ball-looking rollies complete with a grappling gun to swing around. I honestly couldn't tell you if this new 'Baller' vehicle is good because I, and everyone else I saw in one, was too busy larking about to play seriously. Which is certainly enough for me. Today's update also changed the rarely-used…

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World Of Warcraft Classic to space ‘new’ content out more

Blizzard have stretched out their plans for World Of Warcraft Classic, now intending to roll out new raids and dungeons and other content updates for the vintage version of their MMORPG over six phases instead of four. They want it to better reflect the pace of original content updates, where additions slowly prepared players for the next to come rather than loads blasting out at…

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