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What’s your comfort game when you’re sick?

I’ll be honest, friends: I’m thick with cold and I’d like this day to end. Maybe you can help me make that happen. Once I’m done here, I’m going to crawl under a blanket and play something comforting that will distract me until bedtime. So I’m here to ask: what’s your comfort gaming for when you’re sick? Read more

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Overgrowth developer felt he “had no choice” in filing antitrust suit against Valve

Last month, Wolfire Games – developers of bunny kung-fu game Overgrowth – filed an antitrust suit against Valve. In the suit, Wolfire Games and two other plaintiffs allege that Valve have employed “anti-competitive practices” to “protect its market dominance.” In a new blog post published May 6th, Wolfire Games co-founder David Rosen writes that he felt he had “no choice” in bringing the suit, after Valve told him “that they would remove Overgrowth from Steam if I allowed it to be sold at a lower price anywhere.” Read more

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IGF’s 2021 nominees announced, mostly correct

Videogame awards are good for three things: they encourage people to continue creating new work; they direct attention towards particular pebbles among the otherwise amorphous landslide of new game releases; and they give bystanders like me something of mercifully little consequence to gripe about when nominations don’t align with our personal tastes. I’m sad to report that the Independent Games Festival has delivered only two out of three in 2021. The nominations for this year’s IGF Awards were announced yesterday, but they have left me little to gripe about. Read more

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Be a burly lion pirate when RPG card battler Cross Blitz launches this year

It sure feels like deck-based games are having a moment right now, and if that’s something you’re into maybe spare one of your moments to look at Cross Blitz. The developers of this RPG card-battle game say it’s inspired by the likes of Dragon Quest and Slay The Spire, among other games. Oh and it’s got concerningly burly lion pirates too, which might be another thing folks are into. The developers have just announced Cross Blitz with a new trailer and are planning an early access launch later in 2021. Read more

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The cheapest places to find Resident Evil Village for PC, in the US and UK

Resident Evil Village is the talk of the town, and you may well be wondering where the cheapest place to pick it up is. We’ve scoured every legitimate key-totin’ outfit in the land to find out – on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US, the cheapest place we’ve found for the PC version is Newegg, where you can pick up a digital copy of the game for $50. (An Xbox Series X/S version is also available at the same price.) The game also comes with two pre-order bonuses, even though you’re sneakily purchasing it post-release: the Mr. Raccoon…

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Yakuza series turn-based battles are here to stay, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio say

Yakuza series developers Ryu Ga Gotoku revealed a sequel to their spinoff series Judgement today. The announcement came and went without any mention of a PC release though, alas. It did produce an interesting detail about the future of the Yakuza series. After turning the traditionally beat ’em up brawler games on their head by switching to turn-based combat in Yakuza: Like A Dragon, RGG say that the series will continue in that style while the Judgement series carries the action game banner. Intriguing! Read more

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Say No! More was way better for my wellness than company-sponsored mindfulness

Welcome to spring/summer 2021, the year in which this endless hell enters its Thunderdome mode. We all stagger from our caves, blinking in the harsh daylight, to batter each other for the chance to order a pint and drink it in a freezing beer garden going “Yeah, it’s not actually that cold today, is it?” If you’re anything like me you’ll have already prepared by making knuckle dusters out of empty spaghetti hoop tins been getting loads of emails about wellness and mindfullness. I’ve been getting them from my hairdresser. I’ve been getting them from cheese companies that I signed…

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Resident Evil Village: the best settings to improve your PC’s performance

Resident Evil Village is finally here, continuing the story of Ethan Winters from Resident Evil 7 as he finds himself trapped in a bleak, wintry landscape full of tall vampire ladies, snarling wolf boys and more horrible nasties than you can shake an Umbrella-shaped stick at. It’s also one of the best-looking PC games of the year by my reckoning, especially if you happen to own a ray tracing-capable graphics card. It runs supremely well, but it can start to chug a bit if you exceed your graphics card’s memory limit. To help you get the best performance in Resident…

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Have You Played… Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy?

Before revisiting the games I played as a youngster, I never really realised how much better a game can be when you’re co-operating with a teammate. Of course this goes for your team-based games like Warzones and Fortnites and Valheims, but in my experience, literally any game where I can get the homies involved improves the vibes tenfold. Read more

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Euro Truck Simulator 2’s photo mode is getting better

It’s been a while since I’ve booted up Euro Truck Simulator 2 and gone for a relaxing drive myself, but it remains just so delightfully wholesome. These people, they love trucks. After update 1.40 revamped the game’s lighting system back in March, developers SCS Software have been working on a revamp of the game’s photo mode. When 1.41 launches, you’ll now be able to fiddle with the time of day and the weather, so you can capture your truck looking its best. Read more

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Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition is out now as a free upgrade on PC

I’ve found that the dingy post-apocalyptic world of Metro Exodus always looked quite good, but today developers 4A Games made those visuals even better. They’ve released the Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition, expanding the FPS’s ray tracing capabilities, increasing framerates and display resolutions, among other technical upgrades. You can download the Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition right now if you’d like, but be warned: it requires a ray tracing-capable GPU at the very minimum. Read more

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Upcoming gothic fantasy roguelike Rogue Lords makes you play as a cheating devil

Rogue Lords is an upcoming gothic fantasy roguelike being developed by Cyanide Studio (the creators of Blood Bowl and Styx), and it’s set to release this year. It caught my eye when it was first announced amidst the notE3 celebrations last year, mostly due to the eerie aesthetic and cool concept art shown during publisher Nacon’s announce-a-thon stream. But today, the devs released a new gameplay trailer that’s piqued my interest once more, because it shows that players can kind of cheat to win runs. Read more

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Have You Played… Space Haven?

It’s the science fiction fan’s equivalent of “what’s the deal with airline food” to point out that nobody on Star Trek ever seems to take a dump, but it’s still an observation worth making, from time to time. Space is an offensively difficult place for humans to live, after all – if we want to survive there, there’s a dizzying number of biological needs we have to cater to. And that includes wee and poo. As unheroic as toilets might seem, it’s chilling to think how grim a space habitat would become, and how quickly, without them. I salute Space…

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Biomutant still looks slick as heck in its new action-y gameplay video

The list of lovely looking action-y games I was looking forward to this month took a big hit when Deathloop got delayed, but thank goodness action cat RPG Biomutant is still coming. I’d worry that I’ve jinxed it now, but today’s new gameplay and character creator videos have me feeling pretty confident that Expreiment 101 aren’t going to pull a last-minute emergency delay. Biomutant still looks slick as heck and it’s launching later this month. Read more

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Fantasy city builder Distant Kingdoms launches into early access

Humans have had their day in the city builder sun, so Distant Kingdoms is making way for fantasy folks such as dwarves and elves and orcs and all. Except none of them can get along, so the gods have banished them all from their homes and forced them to rebuild. No lovely castles for you until you decide to behave. Distant Kingdoms has just launched into early access with two maps and four races to choose from while it works to add a full campaign and modding support. Read more

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Have You Played… Welcome To Elk?

At first glance, Welcome To Elk looks like the bright and breezy cousin of Die Gut Fabrik’s alien soap opera Mutazione. Both feature young women travelling to a new island community for the first time, and while Elk swaps Mutazione’s balmy tropical forests for the frozen hunts of a small Arctic fishing village, each game plays out in a very similar fashion. You spend a lot of time getting to know the locals, and every now and again you’ll play a small, reasonably inconsequential mini-game to advance the story. But beneath Welcome To Elk’s cheery cartoon exterior lies a tale…

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Fortnite made over $9 billion in its first two years

The trial between Epic and Apple over app store practices is underway and previously private details of the Fortnite developer’s business are spilling. We’re not a business site and ordinarily I wouldn’t care, but ooh, it’s good goss isn’t it. For example, we now know that Fortnite made over $9 billion in its first two years of release. Read more