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Blaseball is closing down and some staff are being laid off

Blaseball, the supernatural baseball browser-based betting league that became a brief social phenomena in 2020, is closing down. Its developers The Game Band announced the news yesterday, writing that the cost of running the game, “literally and metaphorically, is too high.” An undisclosed number of staff are also being laid off. Read more

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These are your 25 favourite space games of all time

Earlier this month, we asked you to vote for your favourite space games of all time, and man alive did you lot come out swinging for this. Hundreds and hundreds of votes have been beamed in over the last few weeks, resulting in an overwhelming favourite that was (no word of a lie) several thousand points ahead of its nearest rival. Not hundreds. Thousands. When you see it, you’ll probably go, ‘Of course, of course that’s number one!’ but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Come and find out what other games made the cut as we count down your…

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Can bad games have good sequels?

In contrast to Hollywood, videogames usually improve with every iteration. The Best Games Ever Show Episode 54 Welcome to the Best Games Ever show Episode 54: the best game that’s a sequel to a bad game. Because we live in a meritocracy, rubbish things never get sequels. Except we don’t live in a meritocracy, we live in hell, and therefore rubbish things often get nine sequels and a spin-off TV show while good things are busy getting rejected in board rooms. Such is life. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing, because every now and then, sequels far outstrip their…

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Indiescovery Episode 11: Our favourite indie games of 2023 so far

Somehow it’s June already, which means it’s time for the Indiescovery crew to suppress our existential dread at the fleetingness of existence and take a look at our favourite indie games from the first (almost) half of 2023! Don’t worry, we very quickly realise that June has such a slammed line-up we can probably give it a best-games episode all of its own to make up for the fact that we tackled this topic a bit early. Listen and subscribe via your podcast provider of choice! Find us on RSS feed, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Amazon Music,…

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Pokemon Go Community Day unleashes dragon-sized adventure on June 10

Evolve Axew into Fraxure and the rather cool Haxorus next week. Cutie Patootie Axew heads up the next Pokemon Go Community Day, and you can catch oodles of them next weekend on June 10. The Dragon-type Tusk Pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a shiny. If you evolve Axew into its first evolution Fraxure into the final form Haxorus during the event or up to five hours afterward, the Pokemon will know the Charged Attack Breaking Swipe. Breaking Swipe will provide 50 power and is guaranteed to lower the opponent’s…

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Sons Of The Forest’s latest update adds hard mode

Sons Of The Forest is about crash-landing on a remote island described as a “cannibal-infested hellscape.” If you’ve played the early access survival game and thought, “Hellscape? More like swellscape,” then Patch 06 might be for you. Released yesterday, it adds a “first pass of hard survival” mode, alongside cooking improvements and the ability to craft custom effigies. Lovely. Read more

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Minecraft’s Trails & Tales update brings the fan-voted sniffer mob and more on June 7th

Minecraft’s next big update is called Trails & Tales. We already knew about most of the new features coming with the 1.20 update, but now we’ve also learned the release date: June 7th. The additions to the perennial voxel favourite include a pretty cherry blossom biome, an archaeology feature, adorable rideable camels, and the fan-voted sniffer mob. Developer Mojang announced the date in their Minecraft Monthly video series. Read more

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Metal Gear Solid Δ looks pretty goofy written down, but which games have worse titles?

What’s in a name? Loads, actually. The Best Games Ever Show Episode 53 Welcome to the Best Games Ever show Episode 53: the best game with a terrible name. The video game industry has a long and legendary history of awful names. Several developers have spent literally millions of dollars on otherwise excellent games just to slap the most staggeringly awful title on the final product. Boring names are common enough, with tepid words like War, Quest or Royale thrown in there more as a tone setter than anything remotely interesting. Then there’s the wild stuff! Metal Gear Rising: Revengence…

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PlayStation Showcase round up – all the game announcements and trailers you may have missed

Sony aired its PlayStation Showcase this evening, and all sorts of announcements were made. You already know about the bigs ones: Bungie’s Marathon, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Alan Wake 2’s release date, the big gameplay trailer for Spider-Man 2, Metal Gear Solid Delta, Dragons Dogma 2, Ghostrunner 2, and others. But there were announcements made for other games too. That’s where this round-up comes in. Welcome to Fairgames – your chance to rob the rich and rebalance the scales. One of the titles was Fairgames from Haven Studios. The PvP competitive heist experience features emergent sandbox gameplay, and it is coming…

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Build comfy marble runs in this free indie prototype

I’ve lost countless seconds, minutes, maybe even hours to those TikTok videos showing off ludicrous marble runs. Strangers decorate their houses with mini slopes and sliding paths, they record their marbles rolling down these elaborate courses, and then they’re posted online for strangers like me to mindlessly enjoy. I’ve now spent the last few nights building my own marble runs – not in real life, because I’m too lazy for the cleanup after – in Zen Marbles, a free playable prototype, out now. Read more

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Prison Architect teases 3D sequel as it receives its final update

Prison Architect has received “the Sunset Update”, which developers Double Eleven say is “focused on improving the player experience as much as possible.” That’s because it’s their last update to the prison simulator originally created by Introversion Software. The update was also released alongside a trailer thanking fans for supporting the game, which also seemingly teases a 3D sequel. Read more

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Dead by Daylight ventures to space with a terrifying new threat

Prepare for spaceborne horror in June. The next chapter of Dead by Daylight introduces sci-fi horror to the action horror game with a new map and Killer on the loose. The next chapter takes place on a mysterious planet housing the remnants of an ancient civilization. Titled, End Transmission, the map is a unique biome with menacing flora, and within it lurks The Singularity. Here’s a look at End Transmission, the next Chapter to Dead by Daylight. This monstrous being restructured of organic matter and machine parts seeks to assimilate all organic life and become the perfect life form. An…

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Supermassive Games crafting an intense single-player Dead by Daylight experience

Survive the nightmare alone. Supermassive Games has another horror title in the works, and it’s a single-player game based in Behaviour Interactive’s Dead by Daylight universe. The interactive story game from the studio behind Until Dawn, The Dark Pictures Anthology, and The Quarry will offer players an “intense narrative experience.” Dead by Daylight has been around for seven years, and there’s more in store for the IP ahead. With the game, you can expect life-or-death choices set within the backdrop of Dead by Daylight. More information on this project will be revealed later this year. The game is just one…

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Gingers? In video games? Who allowed this?

It’s a mutation. It’s a very groovy mutation. The Best Games Ever Show Episode 52 Welcome to the Best Games Ever show Episode 52: the best game with a ginger protagonist. Cal Kestis of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is just the latest in a long line of Gaming Redheads, an esteemed group that includes such celebrated characters as Official Femshep, Joanna Dark, and what’s-her-face out of Heavenly Sword. And it makes me swell with pride to see this proud tradition continuing. Listen. I’m not even a proper ginger, but my beard has the reddish hue of muddled European stock, and…

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The Rally Point: Songs Of Syx works at every scale by encouraging natural growth

It’s difficult not to start out by namedropping Dwarf Fortress. Songs Of Syx will compare to probably every colony sim you’ve played, in fact, but it feels like a fundamentally different game conceptually. The usual parts are there. Chop some trees, chip some stones, and chep some crops to get your pioneers’ basic needs met, then get to expanding. But Syx isn’t interested in testing you or manufacturing drama. It’s not about surviving, not about building a happy little colony. It’s about how growth changes not just the scale, but the nature of a settlement. Despite similarities with its influences,…