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2 years ago

2017 Steam Award winners include PUBG, Cuphead & Witcher

We've already seen which games sold best on Steam last year, but a perhaps more meaningful insight into movin' and a-shakin' in PC-land is the games that people feel warmest and snuggliest about. To that end, Valve have announced the winners of the 2017 Steam Awards, a fully community-voted affair which names the most-loved games across categories including best post-launch support, most player agency, exceeding…

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Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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Feature: The rule of Rust

Nasty, brutish and short – Rust and the state of nature

Facepunch’s violent, vile Rust isn’t an obvious starting place to learn about philosophy. You might explore virtue ethics with the Ultima series, or free will with Bioshock, or concepts of self and moral worth with Soma. Even when looking at political philosophy, you’d perhaps be more inclined to stop by the totalitarian bureaucracy of Paper’s Please, or Crusader Kings II’s massive variety of governmental forms,…

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Rust gets spoOoOoky with Halloween frights

Halloween's timing is a bit weird this year, with the preceding weekend taking the bloodsoaked brunt of the fiendish frenzy, but video games still remember and will still be here for us. Rust is already a game where nude fiends ritually sacrifice each other, making it unsettling at the best of times, but now it's proper spooky too. The early access survival sandbox's latest update…

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Rust introduces sitting down and frozen lakes

Rust [official site] now has the ability to let players sit in chairs. I feel like, despite my own lack of Rust experience, sitting in chairs is not a core part of the Rust survival game experience. I was kind of hoping that the game was taking an unexpected detour into the ancient sport of trying out furniture while a sales assistant hovers nearby but…

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Feature: The end of the world for real

Rust: still a game of singular brutality, even 4 years on

Thunk. Thunk. Thunk. I cannot see the source of the dull, relentless sound, but my ears tell me is that it is close by. My chest anxiously thumps its own tattoo in reply, and I have to stamp down an illogical fear that the beating of my hideous heart is a telltale to my own location. Birds do not thunk. Boars do not thunk. Deer…

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Gleaming! Rust overhauls recoil and inaccuracy

Sandbox survive 'em up Rust [official site] has launch a sizeable update reworking how gun recoil and inaccuracy work. It should now feel more like a traditional first-person shooter, developers Facepunch Studios say. Thursday's early access update also fancied up parts of the map Hapis Island, making them a lot more interesting, and added a new one-way drop box for players to easily dunk items.…

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3 years ago

Feature: No 2017 games included

Steam Charts: Normal Parameters

Cor blimey, it's only the weekly Steam Charts! As always, these are based on the accumulated sales on Steam over the previous week, not what's doing best for itself at this exact moment in time. A nice number one this week, but a rather old-fashioned top ten otherwise - with one unexpected aberration. N.B. there is NO VENGABUS this week. Repeat NO VENGA BUS. It'll…

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Steam Charts: From France to San Francisco

Alec is away this week, following the Vengaboys around on tour. Or, if they're not currently touring, just visiting places they've been, taking photos and placing them inside his scrapbook alongside some brief reflections. That means it falls to me to tell you which ten games were the best selling on Steam in the past week, and there are some pleasant games inside.

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4 years ago

Rust Adds Female Model, Randomly Assigned To Players

The nude murderisland of Rust [official site] has welcomed women to its bloody shores, adding a female player model in last week's update. Yes, they too are beautiful slapheads. It's not a choice, mind. As Rust did before with penis length and race, each player's in-game sex is decided randomly - and permanently. Some players are not too thrilled with this, but developers Facepunch say…

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Feature: Rust is hell.

Premature Evaluation: Rust

Every Monday, Rob Zacny gathers the raw materials of Early Access and attempts to survive against a world of crazed, screaming unfinished games. This week, he visits the ultra-popular survival game. As I died screaming between a wolf's jaws, collapsing in the snow that dusts the top of the mountains while listening to it gnaw through virtual flesh, I had a realization: survival games are…

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Rust Concepts Include Eerie Aloof NPC Scientists

I like strange characters who largely ignore players, following their own unknowable agendas until you cause problems. Skyrim's giants who'd rather scare you off but will eventually knock you into the clouds. The Borg in Star Trek: Elite Force who don't even consider you a threat at first. Despairing Hollows in Dark Souls. That sort of thing. I do hope that Rust [official site] will…

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Anonymiser: Rust Adds Anti-Stream Sniping Option

Livestreaming has lead to a few interesting changes in how people play games together. Some games let Twitch viewers trigger in-game problems and shocks for the player to deal with, we play Dark Souls by committee, and, of course, some use it for cheating and griefing - whether that's watching an opponent's livestream in an RTS to see their side, trying to jump into matchmaking…

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It’s Avive! VR-Focused Garry’s Mod Sequel Confirmed

VR almost certainly needs a killer app if it's to spread beyond monied game-fans. Facebook have probably got something up their sleeves for that there Oculus Rift, but as for the Vive, I do wonder if Garry Newman's talk of a VR-focused follow-up to his monster-selling Garry's Mod [official site] could be the mega-toy it needs.

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Lubed: Rust Tackles Its Creaky Gunplay

"This game's murdering sucks" is a common complaint amongst murdergame enthusiast, but what does that even mean? Virtual murder is a system of many tiny parts, covering animations, timings, kinaesthetics, damage, balance, effects, sounds, and, you know, murder - basic murdering. Sometimes a few small changes can make all the difference. Rust [official site] developers Facepunch have taken a look at complaints of "how badly…

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Rust Update: Female Models, Steam Inventory Items

Female character models are now available in Rust [official site] (but only for server admins during the testing phase). When the models do go fully live it won't be as a "pick your avatar" option. Instead you'll have a male or female avatar permanently assigned to your Steam ID. It's the same deal with how race (or at least skin tone) is assigned in the…

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Flame On: Rust’s Candle Hats

Only in Rust’s [official site] dark wasteland would you ignore the obvious practical and safety issues of wearing a lit candle on your head.  Which, I suppose, is what makes Rust's dark wasteland so appealing. Stand up straight; the last thing you want is hot wax dripping down your face. This exercise in masochistic torture is just one of the many new additions to Rust,…

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5 years ago

Virtual Physical Pool: More On Rust Devs’ Arcade Sim

Running an arcade was a brief childhood dream of mine, mostly because I wanted free play on multiplayer tank battle FPS Tokyo Wars. Then I got a new PC and Quake and, well, here we are. Rust and Garry's Mod makers Facepunch Studios announced last year that they were working on a multiplayer virtual arcade that'd let folks lark about in player-design arcades full of…

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