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Here’s Doom running on some Minecraft sheep, sort of

First, Trey Del Bonis created a Minecraft mod called rottenplayer that changes the colour of sheep to match video input. The first demonstration was a version of an old meme called Bad Apple!! As the description for that video explains, “Bad Apple!! is a song from the Touhou game series.  It’s developed a culture of being played on things that normally aren’t made to play videos, like sheep.  A lot like how people run Doom on things that weren’t meant to run Doom, like printers.” So obviously the next step was to put a video of some actual Doom gameplay…

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Larian explains how a quality assurance bot helps test Baldur’s Gate 3

Thousands of players are currently experiencing and providing feedback on Baldur’s Gate 3 in Early Access (it’s being played by 28,268 people on Steam as I type this sentence), but before they get their chance it goes through the quality assurance team at Larian Studios. And before the humans there get to work on each new build, a bot they call the world-tester or the “Super Gamer” goes in—like a canary down a coal mine. In an interview with Polygon, a Larian rep explained this proprietary bot was first developed during development of Divinity: Original Sin. “In the early years,…

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A new trailer for the XIII remake shows off weapons and tools

XIII, a comic-book FPS from 2003 about an amnesiac who wakes up on a beach with Roman numerals tattooed on his body and a hitman out to get him, is being remade this year. The latest trailer tries hard to make a pretty ordinary selection of guns sound exciting before moving on to XIII’s selection of special tools—a grappling hook, lockpicks, and spying microphone. They make it seem more like a stealth-espionage game than a vanilla shooter, which is intriguing. Objects like bottles can apparently be used as improvised weapons too, which seems like another nice touch. The inset panels…

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Months after studio closure, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game gets an update

More than a few people probably thought that after the closure of Fantasy Flight Interactive earlier this year their sole release—The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game—was dead in the water. Not so. Publisher Asmodee Digital announced earlier this year that the digital mercenaries over at Antihero Studios would be taking over, and according to fans Antihero has been pretty communicative ever since. This week is the first major update to the game since last fall.  Antihero’s first update adds big quality of life changes, such as a mid-mission restart mechanic and a fully-functional offline play mode. Offline play…

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Stardew Valley’s next big update has split-screen co-op

Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has announced on his twitter that the game’s version 1.5 update will include split-screen local co-op for up to four players on PC, though on some other platforms it might be limited to two. Barone’s tweet was accompanied by a screenshot of split-screen play that contained a myriad of interesting new things likely to show up in Stardew soon. There’s no firm release date for Stardew Valley’s 1.5 update, but it’s likely that it will release towards the end of the year. 2019’s big update, 1.4, released near the end of November.  In Stardew…

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Crapshoot: Pyst, the parody of Myst they really called ‘Pyst’

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This time it’s the piss-take of Myst they really called Pyst. Myst, as everyone who ignores people who are wrong can tell you, is a festering boil on the gaming industry found just off to the side of adventuring’s anus on the itchiest part of point-and-click’s clammiest buttock. It landed in 1993, with its pretty graphics instantly bedazzling all who gazed on it, especially those who found a copy stuffed with their first CD drive or nestled…

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Second Extinction’s janky co-op dino shooting shows potential

In Jurassic Park, they should’ve just quickscoped the velociraptors, obviously. I’ve killed a lot of them that way, although admittedly I’m always gnashed into pulp eventually, because Second Extinction’s world is effectively overrun with infinite dinos (sometimes they just appear out of nowhere). It also doesn’t help that some of them shoot magic electricity and others burrow into the ground like sandworms. Sam Neill and Laura Dern never had to deal with that. I like that Second Extinction, which released in Early Access earlier this week, gets to the point quickly. You and your co-op pals get into drop pods,…

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Steam is holding a Digital Tabletop Fest and sale next week

Next week, the Steam Digital Tabletop Fest is mashing together videogames and the ones we used to get together to play in-person once upon a time. The five-day event features interviews, panels, play sessions, and streaming activities “that explore the fusion between physical and digital games.” Of course, the convergence of video and tabletop gaming is nothing new. Early RPGs were often direct translations of Dungeons & Dragons games, for instance, and a game literally called Tabletop Simulator has been available on Steam since 2015. (It’s actually quite good, too.) But the Tabletop Fest looks set to go deeper than…

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Cube Escape dodges the end of the Flash era with a new collection on Steam

Cube Escape is a collection of small, bizarre point-and-click puzzle adventures, heavily inspired by the Twin Peaks television series, that very loosely follows detective Dale Vandermeer as he investigates a woman’s murder. The first game in the series, Cube Escape: The Lake, debuted in 2015, and it and most of the others are Flash-based games, which is going to become a problem at the end of the year when Adobe and browser developers drop Flash support. With that deadline looming, developer Rusty Lake has put the first nine games of the series together on Steam as the Cube Escape Collection,…

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League of Legends supergroup K/DA drops their debut EP on November 6

Riot Games scored a surprise hit in 2018 with Pop/Stars, a K-Pop song released by the League of Legends pretend supergroup K/DA. Today it unveiled the last of collaborators who will be taking part in the upcoming EP followup All Out, which will feature five new tracks including the August pre-release single The Baddest. Here’s who’s in on All Out: The Baddest: (G)I-DLE, Bea Miller, WolftylaMore: Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE, Lexie Liu, Jaira Burns, SeraphineVillain: Madison Beer, Kim PetrasI’ll Show You: TWICE, Bekuh BOOM, Annika WellsDrum Go Dum: Aluna, Wolftyla, Bekuh BOOMThe Baddest didn’t really push my button the way Pop/Stars…

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Xbox could recoup $7.5 billion Bethesda purchase without putting games on PlayStation, says Phil Spencer

One of the big questions that arose in the immediate aftermath of Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda—number three in our top five—was whether the studio’s future games would be released on PlayStation platforms. Keeping Fallout 5 or The Elder Scrolls 6 off of Sony consoles would mean a lot of lost game sales, but it could also have a major impact on Microsoft’s bigger plans: If you love Bethesda’s open world RPGs, and they’re only available on Xbox, it’s probably going to be a factor when it comes time to decide where to spend your money. In an interview with Kotaku,…

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Gigabyte G27Q Gaming Monitor review

On paper, the Gigabyte G27Q is rather plain Jane. It’s a flat, 27-inch display with a relatively pedestrian 144Hz refresh rate and a design that wouldn’t stand out in an office environment. But it’s actually one of the best gaming monitors I’ve had the pleasure of using this year. Not only does it have a gorgeous, vibrant panel, but it’s also HDR capable and packs plenty of useful features designed to enhance your gaming pleasure. The Gigabyte G27Q has a native resolution of 2560×1440 at the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. Tiny bezels allow the panel to shine and it’s big…

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A decade after launch, StarCraft 2 development is winding down

In the decade since it launched, StarCraft 2 has become the RTS scene. It’s just not had much competition. The RTS genre is in dire straits, but StarCraft seems to exist in a bubble where people still want to gobble up resources and fling little units at each other. Blizzard’s been able to build a successful esport around it and churn out the updates for years, but things are finally winding down.  Blizzard has announced that development on new bits and bobs like war chests and commanders has ceased. It will continued to be supported with balance fixes and season…

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Having conquered AdventureQuest 3D, Korn is now visiting World of Tanks Blitz

When I was a teenager Korn seemed very intense, but ever since the nu-metal pioneers played a live concert in AdventureQuest 3D I’ve had second thoughts. But thankfully Korn is now collaborating with a much more intense game: World of Tanks Blitz.  The video for the US group’s new single ‘Finally Free’ is set in the World of Tanks universe, and you can watch it above. As you can see, it’s heavily tank themed. It’s also laden with World of Tanks lore: a Captain is trying to make his way to Rock City in order to see Korn play, but…

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Riot defends League of Legends’ new champion and K/DA star, Seraphine

After months of social media posts about virtual influencer Seraphine, complete with teasing references to Riot’s MOBA, she was finally confirmed as the next League of Legends champion earlier this week. After all that build-up, the reaction to the announcement hasn’t been universally positive. Some players feel she’s too similar to the existing musical champion Sona, and are unhappy that her skins are locked behind a progress wall.  The long reveal began on June 26, when the Seraphine Twitter and Instagram accounts posted for the first time, sharing a simple selfie and aspirations for virtual idol grandeur. It wasn’t until…

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Cris Tales, the time-bending homage to JRPGs, is delayed to 2021

Cris Tales is a lovely-looking homage to classic JPRGs like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6 with a unique twist: You have the power to use time itself as a weapon. You can poison an enemy and then leap forward in time so they take all the damage at once, for instance, or throw an opponent into the future, immediately turning them old and weak. It all sounds quite diabolical, actually. Alas, the developers of Cris Tales cannot actually manipulate the forces of time, and so in an ironic twist the game has been delayed from a planned launch on…

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Where to drive a car through a rift portal for Fortnite week 8 challenges

Fortnite season 4 week 8 is here, and we’ve got a batch of new challenges for players looking to earn some extra XP. While the Marvel heroes all have their own Awakening Challenges, including Wolverine, the usual weekly challenges are still a viable source of XP farming to sneak in without ruining your battle royale run. As of the 14.30 update, the most peculiar challenge this week is to drive a car or truck through a rift portal on the battle royale map. That’s easier said than done, considering a ton of portals are positioned in weird locations, and many…

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Borderlands 3 is getting another season pass in November

If you’re not quite ready to toss Borderlands 3 aside yet, you’ll soon have some more excuses to shoot and loot your way through the galaxy. Season Pass 2 is coming next month, letting you get your hands on a pair of add-ons that sound like they’ll be a bit different from the more story-driven DLC like Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck.  First off, there’s Designer’s Cut, which gives each character an extra skill tree, introduces a new mode, Arms Race, and some more stuff that we’ll be hearing about on October 20, when Gearbox starts showing off the…

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Step into the future with Oculus Quest 2

Take control of a starship cockpit, walk along a deserted beach, and rock out with front row seats for your favorite band’s next big gig—all without leaving your living room. That’s what’s on offer with the power of Oculus Quest 2. A wirefree, all-in-one device, the Oculus Quest 2 features next-level hardware that puts you at the heart of unimaginable experiences, letting you step inside digital worlds that go beyond what’s possible in the real world. Worn on your head, the Oculus Quest 2 puts high resolution goggles in front of your eyes, and tracks your movement to allow you…

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I can’t tell if this sim about being an airline passenger is a horror game or just glitchy

I’ve put on my headphones and I’m listening to music I don’t really like. I’ve flipped through a magazine, filled out part of a crossword puzzle, and stared blankly at a Sudoku before turning the page. I started watching a movie, messed with the lights and air conditioning, and looked through some photos on my phone, which is plugged in to charge. Now I’m bored, which is a bad sign because the plane I’m on hasn’t even taken off yet. Amazon Prime Day deals: see all the best offers right now!In many respects, Airplane Mode is pretty realistic. This real-time…