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Feature: Carry me hmm

Elite Dangerous needs to make its fleet carriers worthwhile

Elite Dangerous finished a second beta test for its new fleet carriers this week. The giant player-owned ships are scheduled to appear in the main game sometime in June.I've been ruminating on it for a while now, and much as I like the idea, the reality so far has been distinctly underwhelming.

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Fallout 76’s jolly Fasnacht robot parade is back on

The Fallout 76 clown car continued its strange journey this week, as the recently semi-redeemed MMO stumbled over another technical hitch.The popular in-game event Fasnacht Day was expected to start on Monday, but was quickly stalled by a bug. Players reacted with great frustration as the event was taken down, depriving everyone of an hourly semi-charming, semi-creepy masked robot march. Bethesda report that all is…

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1 day ago

“Skyrim Grandma” cuts back on videos

"Skyrim Grandma" Shirley Curry has drastically cut back on her videos for the sake of her health and enjoyment of the game.The 84 year old started sharing her Skyrim games in 2015, and her warm, joyful videos made her famous enough to get her own mod, and even a role in the next Elder Scrolls game. She's racked up over 800,000 subscribers on YouTube, but…

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6 days ago

Feature: You were caught sneaking

Oblivion character imprisoned for 617 years

Oblivion was, of course, the story of how an anonymous prisoner happened to meet the Emperor minutes before his assassination, and went on to fulfill an ancient prophecy by being locked up for over 600 years.What? That's the story according to the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Page Twitter account, which twote last night about a character they put in jail for 225,000 days.

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You can remote-control a real person in the Faroe Islands

Ever wanted to remote control a person?Well now you can, through series of remote tours currently being conducted by the tourist board of the Faroe Islands. You don't even need an account. Just show up at their website and click on the little controller, and they'll walk around while you see what they do. I saw the process for myself last night. Is it cute?…

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7 days ago

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Eve Online’s Triglavian invasion finale kicks off today

Space conniving sim Eve Online will round off celebrations for its 17th birthday by bringing an end to the Invasion update with a massive invasion.Newbie void villains, the Triglavians, have been vaguely menacing players for almost a year, but they're about to arrive in force, starting a war with regular space that players can join on either side. The outcome of all this will depend…

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Bee management sim Hive Time gets even better with new update

I watched Hive Time's development last year with barely restrained joy, but then it came out on the same day as the election and, well. Things happen, you know?It is a delightful little game about building a hive of bees, and I am entirely covered in bruises from kicking myself for putting off writing about it for so long. But happily, it's just been updated,…

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1 week ago

Feature: Be kind

Have You Played… Kind Words?

On my first night playing Kind Words, I sent out a paper aeroplane telling the helpers not to stay up all night. Not to worry about the people who might need them while they’re asleep. We know this. We all know this. It doesn’t make it any easier.Kind Words might be the most important game ever made. It might also be the most timely.

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Feature: Feeling jumpy

I enjoy the glorious sound of jumping in Elite Dangerous

BEEEUUUUUHHHH. That's my impression of a battlecruiser jumping in to ruin, or make everyone's day, depending on its mood. For the next eight days, Elite Dangerous's fleet carriers are here in temporary form for its ongoing beta. I have not, frankly, been doing anything exciting, because I am like that. I've been enjoying the jumps, though.

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2 weeks ago

Fallout 76 roadmap promises a combat overhaul and the Brotherhood of Steel for this year

Bethesda have released their remaining 2020 plans for scrap-hoarding MMO Fallout 76. Over the next 6 months they'll follow up the success of the Wastelanders update and its influx of NPCs by introducing a seasonal system featuring new missions, daily events, and a "major rebalancing of combat and rewards".

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Brilliant action-RPG sandbox Drox Operative is getting a sequel

Here's some good news. Novel action-RPG purveyors Soldak have announced that they're releasing Drox Operative 2 into Steam Early Access on Wednesday the 27th of May. Drox Operative was a spacefaring sibling to fantasy stabfest Din's Curse, one of the best RPGs to this day. Personally, I prefer Drox. You pilot an immensely powerful ship around a random galaxy, changing the course of history for…

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ATOM RPG Trudograd is about a third of a game – but a great third

The heavily Fallout-inspired ATOM RPG has been on my "play more" list for almost a year, since I enjoyed a few hours of it but was distracted by something else. It is my fault. I am very distractable. Happily its developers, AtomTeam, have just released a standalone expansion called Trudograd. It entered Steam Early Access on Monday (or you can get it on GOG, if…

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Watch not-Keanu rampage in this Cyberpunk 2077 fan film trailer

Fans of the not yet released neon enthusiast sim Cyberpunk 2077 have put together a lot of projects while waiting for its September release. The latest is fan film called Phoenix Program, a story set in the same world and even using some of the game's characters. A teaser trailer was released on Saturday.Featuring a group of experienced cosplayers, headlined by Ben "Maul Cosplay" Bergmann…

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3 weeks ago

Fly Elite Dangerous fleet carriers in beta from Monday

The gigantic space exploration MMO Elite Dangerous is holding a beta to test its new fleet carriers from Monday 11th May up until the 26th.Carriers are, as you'd expect, massive capital ships (the largest available to players) capable of accommodating up to 16 smaller ships, and selectively allowing other people to dock and do business. Or, more funly, shutting them out just to be petty.

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Fallout 76 players donate thousands to help kind roleplayer

Fallout 76 fans have come together to return a player's kindness after he was struck by a house fire in his real life home. Brent Fairchild is better known as his character "CJ Martin", a doctor who wanders the wasteland giving food and medicine to needy strangers. His generosity has inspired many players to help out, first in game, and now during his offline moment…

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Feature: Every dog has his DayZ

Deadside players will commiserate over a dead dog and then stab you

I forgot the name of Deadside within seconds of closing it. Even looking at its store page raises... not alarm bells, exactly, but some negative assumptions. It looks a lot like a lot of other, not very good games fighting for a place in the ultra-hostile, grim Eastern European PvP shooter leagues.But what is it really? Well. It's DayZ again.

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1 month ago

Feature: Electric sheepdog

Cloudpunk review

Cloudpunk could have been a lot of things, many of them disappointing. It could have taken itself far too seriously. It could have been far too lightweight or by-the-numbers. It could have been a miserably realistic sisyphean chore. If I wanted to be cruel, I'd say it could have been a lot more than it is, too. But that's not because I think it's not…

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