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DayZ's producer addresses community concerns about the game's development

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Ah, DayZ. In many respects it's the architect for modern survival gaming, and, in many other respects, we still have no idea what its final form will even be. Neither the Arma 2 mod nor the standalone early access release are in a finished state, and that's led to some concern within its community. Brian Hicks, producer for DayZ, recently addressed these concerns in a forum thread titled, "has anyone else lost faith in DayZ?"


Noct is a top-down survival horror game, now on Kickstarter

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If we can learn anything from popular culture, it's that the total collapse of society isn't going to be all fun and games. It does inspire fun and games, though. In a world where people will literally bring an abundance of unhealthy food to your house for money, there's something appealing about pretending to be in a desperate and harrowing battle for your life. Hence Noct, a top-down survival horror that depicts a decaying world filled with eldritch terrors—but does so in a particularly stylish and unusual way.


Battlefield 4 anti-cheating measures detailed

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Battlefield anti-cheat administrator Sabina af Jochnick has detailed the ways DICE is combating the scourge of exploit hungry players. While it's known that Battlefield 4 uses the FairFight anti-cheat software to monitor and flag unusual activities by players (also used by Titanfall), the software is not responsible for enforcing the rules. Jochnick says the studio needs to take a more hands-on approach when it comes to punishments, and that the community can play a role in swatting cheaters.


Starbound studio announces Wayward Tide, a co-op puzzle game about pirates

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Few people will complain there are too many pirate games. Frankly, there are not enough. Starbound studio Chucklefish is doing its bit for the under-represented criminals with the announcement of Wayward Tide, a top-down cooperative puzzler with an aesthetic which will please anyone who has sunk countless hours into Starbound.


Spec Ops: The Line lead narrative designer leaves 2K Games

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Spec Ops: The Line was a stock standard third-person cover shooter on the outside, but on the inside it was a bracing meditation on military games which prompted whole book long dissections. So it's sad to hear that Walt Williams, the game's lead narrative designer, yesterday announced his departure from 2k Games after nine years with the publisher.


Warlock: Master of the Arcane is (briefly) free during the Humble Store End of Summer Sale

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The Humble Store End of Summer Sale is currently underway and they've got some pretty solid deals on, like Batman: Arkham Asylum for a fiver, or The Wolf Among Us for ten. But what's of particular interest at the moment is Warlock: Master of the Arcane, which until 10 am PDT on September 9 you can pick up for the price of absolutely nothing.


Resident Evil 5, Dead Rising 2 dropping Games for Windows Live in favor of Steamworks

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I don't know about you, but I'm at the point now that when I hear about games transitioning away from Games for Windows Live, my immediate reaction is surprise that there are still games out there using Games for Windows Live. But there are, among them the popular Capcom titles Resident Evil 5 and Dead Rising 2—but not for much longer.


The best CS:GO tips I've received from angry teammates

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Playing a competitive online game means being subjected to a certain amount of unsolicited criticism. I think you receive a bit more of it in CS:GO, though, because your dead teammates form a kind of peanut gallery who can talk to you from beyond the grave. Being the last one alive as four other players hover over your digital shoulder is a quintessential CS experience.

I’ve been that digital shoulder hundreds of times, struggling to clutch while a person I’ve never met tells me which gun I should grab to retake Nuke’s A bombsite, or chastises me for using a grenade in a one-on-one situation. It’s annoying, but I’m actually grateful for a lot of the harsh feedback that’s been handed to me in these moments because it’s shaken me out of some bad habits.


Divinity: Original Sin studio says it wouldn't "be correct" to crowdfund its next game

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Divinity: Original Sin is a really good game, thanks in no small part to the 19,541 people who threw nearly a million bucks at it on Kickstarter. Yet in spite of that success, and the resulting establishment of Larian as a reliable place for your crowdfunding cash, studio boss Swen Vincke says it probably won't go back to Kickstarter for its next game.

Sims 4 developer warns there won't be a Sims 5 if this one doesn't sell

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Good games get sequels and bad games get dropped. It's a fairly simple sort of math, although not necessarily the most consistent, as demonstrated by my ongoing wait for Arx Fatalis 2. Even so, it's rare that a developer is as blunt as Sims 4 Producer Grant "SimGuruGrant" Rodiek was when he said that if you ever want a new Sims game, you better buy the one that just came out.


Metro 2033 Redux video: max settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

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We’ve already shown you what Metro 2033 Redux looks like when put side-by-side with the original, but the game looks so darn pretty that we wanted show it off in wonderful fullscreen. So we fed it to that benevolent giant we call the Large Pixel Collider and ran it on max settings at 2560x1440 resolution. You can also check out our review of Metro 2033 Redux here.


Warner Bros. Interactive may be readying its own Steam-like platform called WB Play

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Steam's sucess as a digital distribution platform has inspired publishers to try their own hands at it. There's Origin from EA, and uPlay from Ubisoft. Now Warner Bros. could be creating its own distribution service, and if the clues are true, it's called WB Play.


Batman: Arkham Knight release date pushed to June 2015

Andy Chalk at

Batman: Arkham Knight was originally supposed to hit the streets in 2014, but halfway through the year Warner Bros. hit the brakes and pushed it into 2015. There was speculation that it wouldn't be too deep into next year, but the proper release date was revealed today and as it turns out, that speculation was a bit off the mark.

GOG celebrates its sixth birthday with cheap games

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GOG.com is six years old, which means it's far too young for the violence and naughty swears that litter this site. In fact, it's far too young for the games that it's currently selling as part of its birthday sale. If you're not, you can enjoy up to 80% off selected titles from its history.


Titanfall's IMC Rising DLC will let you fight across a hidden bootlegging colony

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Last month, Respawn announced IMC Rising—the last of Titanfall's three DLC packs. As part of the announcement, they revealed the names of the DLC's three maps: Backwater, Zone 18 and Sandtrap. That's all fine and well, but doesn't give us much to go on. Is Zone 18 the final hole of a futuristic golf course? Is Sandtrap the sand trap of a futuristic golf course? Why is Respawn so damn obsessed with futuristic golf courses? We just don't know.

What we do know is that Backwater is set on a futuristic bootlegging colony, because Respawn has detailed the map in a new blog post. It has nothing to do with golf.


ESPN boss claims e-sports are "not a sport"

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In many ways, this year's Dota 2 International was a turning point for e-sports perception as a mainstream event. Not only did it boast the highest prize pool of any e-sports tournament, but it also found traction with North America's ESPN. The network broadcast the tournament through the streaming service ESPN3, and aired an exclusive grand final preview on cable channel ESPN2. But if you were looking to ESPN president John Skipper to validate a belief that e-sports are a sport, you're in for some disappointment.


Dark Souls completed with a Rock Band guitar

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The Dark Souls community sure are a bunch of show-offs. It's not enough to simply complete a game already infamous for its challenge; they've got to do it with additional restrictions. The favoured method is to become a "Onebro"—completing the game without once levelling up. Now, player Benjamin "Bearzly" Gwin has upped the stakes even further. He's completed the game with a Rock Band controller.


Elite: Dangerous newsletter details upcoming exploration systems

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Right now, Elite: Dangerous could effectively be renamed Space Trucking Simulator 3300. Yes, there's combat, but the beta's existing systems feel more suited to serenely travelling between the stars to profit from an incredibly basic economy. That's a consequence of the game's still-early development status, and, through Frontier's regular newsletter, they've been explaining what we can eventually expect. The latest update details interstellar exploration, and it sounds like a mighty fine career for adventurers and pirates alike.


The Sims 4 looks like the perfect home for Seinfeld and friends

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The Sims 4 and Seinfeld share one thing in common: they’re not really about anything. So it’s no surprise that one Sims player has recreated the cast and set of the ‘90s TV series in Maxis’ new simulator. The images below come courtesy of Imgur user IanRoach, and will surely please anyone with a love for things about nothing.


Yogscast give Yogventures backers free Landmark key

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Previously on the Adventures of Yogventures: game devs, Winterkewl, raise over half a million dollars in Kickstarter money to make a Yogscast-themed open world sandbox game. That game is eventually cancelled backers are understandably not happy and a game called TUG is offered as a replacement. Now: backers have received a game key for Sony Online Entertainment's Landmark as well. Yogscast have struck a deal with SOE to provide Yogventures backers with a key for Landmark's Settler Founder's Pack which gives immediate, "unrestricted" access to the closed beta and a few small digital doodads as well.