Honnnnnk! American Truck Simulator Demo Rolls Out

I do like Alec’s Wot I Think of American Truck Simulator [official site], capturing the calm and gentle nature of hauling goods across the western US. It’s a mundane and repetitive game, sure, and pleasant because of that. You can now have a snifter yourself, as developers SCS Software have released a demo.

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Usborne Releases 1980s Coding Books As Free PDFs

I’d missed Usborne’s plan to turn its 1980s computing and coding books into free PDFs but the fruits of that project are now available on their website. I suspect they might offer up a nice jolt of nostalgia for this Monday morning (or you could actually build the games and play them)!

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Prepare To Die: N++ Coming To PC

N [official site], as I discovered this morning, is still a hole I’m more than happy to fall down. Along with Spelunky and ADOM, it’s one of the few games that has a permanent place on my hard drive. If you haven’t played it, you should go and do that right now. It’s free. Caution is advised, however, because N might consume you. It’s hard as nails but every time you die, you’ll recognise the error that lead to your doom.

N++ [official site] is a double-plus super upgraded version of the game, originally released on PS4. Despite some hitches in the porting process, it’s coming to PC.

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Free Loaders: Packing Heat In Latin America

I really am in Costa Rica. I am not just doing one of my 'jokes'.

Hola, amigos. This week’s edition is coming to you from San josé, Costa Rica. As some of you may know, my fearless and tenacious reporting of the Ludum Dare collective and other seditious elements of the free games community has forced me into hiding in Central America. But I will not falter. I will continue to report on these dastardly events, these subversive groups of juegistas, and these craven games, which cost exactly zero dollars. Long live the free press!

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PES 2016’s F2P MyClub Spin-off Arrives On PC

'Free to play? No way!' says the footballman. 'Wait, free to play or pay to win?'

Football was free when it first began in 1362, when youths had the right to play on the village common and would swipe a sturdy-looking head from the pikes by the gates on their way out, so why do we have to pay for virtual football now? It’s not even real!

Well, you won’t get the munch the eyes at half-time, but Pro Evolution Soccer 2016’s free-to-play spin-off has now launched on PC. PES 2016 myClub [official site] is its managerial, player-collecting sort of mode. Something. But free to play!

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted Free On Origin

Crimes.

“It’s Burnout Paradise 2,” John declared in his Wot I Think of 2012’s Need for Speed Most Wanted [official site]. “It’s Burnout Paradise: This Time There Are Cops.” I’m wondering: gosh, how ever did this game pass me by? Maybe it was speeding – ha ha!

Good news for me (and possibly you!): NFS Most Wanted is free on Origin right now.

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Free Loaders: Just Chill Out And Be A Raindrop For A Sec

Dear free loader, if you are reading this it means I am either dead or safe in an undisclosed location in the Central American countryside. Either way, I am unable to communicate. Please find enclosed several free games for your clandestine purposes. I know that we have not always seen eye to eye, free loader, but I offer you these digital goods as a gesture of good faith. If used correctly they will inspire millions. Soon we will be free from tyranny. Free from the yolk of the dollar and the Great British pound. Soon, ALL games shall be free.

Except the ones on PSN. Those will still be £59.99.

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Fractured Space Free Weekend On Steam On Now

Fractured Space [official site] is free this weekend on Steam. It’s the early access cousin of Strike Suit Zero, which was from some of the same developers, and trades that game’s nimble space fighters for gigantic capital ships. It’s World of Tanks in space.

That sure sounds like a game that ought to exist and ought be good, but I haven’t played it. Maybe you could check it out this weekend and confirm for me whether either of those things is true.

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Toot Toot! Sunless Sea’s Free Steam Weekend Now On

You doing anything nice this weekend? How about: exploring an underground ocean, discovering wonderful sights, meeting strange and terrible things, losing your mind, eating your own shipmates, and meeting a watery death? Sounds lovely, no? Quite! If you’ve not played Sunless Sea [official site] yet, perhaps not hearing our incessant murmuring about how splendid Failbetter’s roguelikelike is, then now’s your chance. The full game is free to play from now until Sunday, see (sea), and on sale (sail) too.

For those who already know the cruel seas well, Failbetter have also recently shared a short video peeking at its upcoming Zubmariner expansion.

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Dota 2’s Winter Battle Pass Brings Icy Prettiness

Valve have launched the Winter 2016 Battle Pass for Dota 2 [official site], a £5.29 virtual ticket giving you access to… new ways to get more hats for your wizards, I think? Look, I’ll be honest: I’ve played 1,498 hours of Dota 2 and I’m still confused by this. The end result is that you can get new cosmetic items by way of a great many progression tracks and statistics and gambling and… ah, go look. Basically, if you want pretty new stuff, you can get it by paying a fiver then playing a load of Dota.

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