Pixel Boost: Tachyon: The Fringe at 2560x1440

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Twice a month, Pixel Boost guides you through the hacks, tricks, and mods you'll need to run a classic PC game on Windows 7/8. Each guide comes with a free side of hi-res screenshots from the LPC celebrating the graphics of PC gaming's past. This week: Cracking wise on the outskirts of space.

Elite Dangerous, Star Citizen. While space sim diehards are fighting over which modern sim is the one true king, Pixel Boost turns its eyes back to one of the greats of the past: Novalogic’s Tachyon: The Fringe. Bruce Campbell stars as sassy pilot Jake Logan, hanging out on the fringes of space and getting in all kinds of interstellar dogfights. Tachyon showed up on PC in 2000, right as the space sim genre peaked and started drifting into a black hole of obscurity, with a branching storyline and multiplayer that still lives today. The game is also easy to play at high resolutions on modern Windows. If you bought a flight stick for modern space sims, time to put it to use with a classic.

PAX 10 Humble Flash Bundle offers indie consolation for gamers who can't make the show

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PAX Prime switches on tomorrow, and it promises to be a good time for all. But if you're one of the unfortunate souls who can't make it, here's the next best thing: The PAX 10 Humble Flash Bundle!


Why you should use Darkadia to show off your game collection

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Steam makes it easy to collect games, but as a tool for maintaining a collection it suffers from a few shortcomings. It's not much use for cataloging Infocom classics, say, or that Splinter Cell special edition that came in a metal lunchbox, and some die-hard collectors—people who'll pass on a game because the packaging is just a little too banged up—may not consider "owning" a game on Steam the same as having it parked in a place of pride on a shelf.

That's where Darkadia comes in. It's a website that simplifies the process of organizing and tracking videogame collections with a substantial degree of control and detail. Darkadia also makes it easy to show off collections to other gamers around the world: I've got 170 digital boxes arranged in glorious rows on my Darkadia shelves—not the entirety of my collection, but a solid start—and man, they look good.


CCP Games closes San Francisco office, loses two key executives

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EVE Online studio CCP Games has announced the closure of its San Francisco office as part of an effort to "merge and streamline" its operations following the decision to cancel the development of the World of Darkness MMO. Perhaps more significantly, it has also lost the services of its chief financial officer and chief marketing officer.

Assassin's Creed: Unity delayed, now planned for mid-November

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Wait, has Tom's pile of jumpers shifted slightly? Is Ben's amputated hand pointing at a different angle? Has... actually I don't know who owns the plastic crab, but I'm sure the plastic crab has moved. Aha, there's a note wedged between my magazine stack—a secret communiqué left by an unseeable agent. It says: "Assassin's Creed: Unity delayed. New release date is November 13th."


Three Lane Highway: the seven stages of Techies

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The patch could be here tomorrow. Maybe? Hopefully. By the time you read this you'll probably know more than I do. Valve have promised Techies by the end of August; Valve have promised a lot of things. Anything - and literally nothing - is possible.

It'll probably be tomorrow. If it is, we'll finally begin the process of accepting Techies into the game. Techies, the argument goes, are going to change how pub Dota is played forever. All Pick is going to become a (literal) minefield. The old ways will be gone. It seems appropriate that a hero with a reputation for griefing should attract a seven-stage process of its own.


League of Legends' next champion revealed, is partial to sand

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It's only a few weeks after the release of Gnar, and Riot are again announcing a new Champion for League of Legends. Azir is his name; or, more formally, the King Emperor of the Sands. They've run-down his play style in a detailed new profile.


Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer will be supported "far beyond Mass Effect 3"

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More news about Dragon Age: Inquisition's recently announced co-op multiplayer, and, once again, it comes in direct response to Mass Effect 3's similar mode. Previously, we learned that DA:I won't tie single-player progress to multiplayer performance—a source of relief to any anti-social player still having nightmares about their 'War Score'. Now, it seems, Bioware has plans to support this mode long past the point at which they abandoned space warfare.


Miegakure trailer explains how to walk through walls using the 4th Dimension

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Yup. This is... well... it's an example of the systems underlying the game Miegakure. I definitely understand it all.

What do you mean explain it? Um... Just watch the video.


Tropes vs Women in Video Games creator driven from her home by online threats and abuse

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The latest Tropes vs Women in Video Games video continues the analysis of the objectification of non-playable female characters—this time with an eye to exposing common traits of violence against sexualised NPCs. Depressingly, its release prompted a torrent of misogynistic abuse made against creator Anita Sarkeesian, her family and her supporters. In their attempts to prove that sexism in video gaming isn't a problem, Sarkeesian's harassers posted threats that compelled her to alert authorities and leave her home to stay with friends.


Invisible, Inc. review (Early Access)

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Alpha and Early Access reviews offer our preliminary verdicts on in-development games. We may follow up this unscored review with a final, scored review in the future. Read our full review policy for details.

Invisible, Inc. proves that the logic of stealth games fits turn-based strategy conventions very well, even if it's a little too difficult to fully enjoy right now. Its most obvious influence is X-COM, as it put me in charge of a group of spies with 72 hours to prepare for a final mission. In the time I have until then, I choose between procedurally-generated missions from a global map, weighing the time they'll take to complete and level of security against the potential rewards, and deploy my agents.

Electronic Arts hopes to hit $1 billion in DLC revenues this year

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If you've ever wondered by major game publishers seem so hung up on post-release downloadable content, consider this your answer: Electronic Arts hopes that revenues from DLC will reach $1 billion this year. That's right, one billion dollars.


Metro 2033 Redux day-one patch adds volumetric lighting to some scenes

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Metro 2033 Redux hit Steam on Tuesday, and developer 4A Games is still improving how it looks. A 1.2GB day-one patch added volumetric lighting to  a few specific scenes in the game. This isn't a dramatic overhaul of Metro 2033 Redux’s entire lighting engine: we compared the patched version of Redux to footage we’d previously captured, and noted that most scenes in the game and most light sources looked identical pre- and post-patch. The changes 4A Games have made, though, are striking.

We’ve embedded a few webm videos below to show off the differences.

Quake Live makes newbie-friendly changes in latest update, people get mad

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In advance of Quake Live's debut on Steam, the game has undergone a major update that changes some fairly fundamental aspects of play. Players may now choose which primary and secondary weapons they spawn with, visual item timers have been added and an automated form of strafe-jumping has been implemented. The changes are all intended to make the game more welcoming to newcomers, and as you might predict, not everyone is happy about them.


Chess 2: The Sequel review

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You've seen specialty chess sets before: maybe a Civil War set, where the pieces are soldiers, or a Star Wars set with Darth Vader as king. But what if the soldiers could fire their cannons and Vader could use Force powers during the game? Chess 2: The Sequel adds five new sets of chess pieces that don't just look a little different, they act a little different. With teleporting ghosts, rampaging elephants, and a few extra kings, it's the same chessboard but a new kind of war.


Gauntlet reboot delayed, but only slightly

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Remember Gauntlet? Not the arcade stand-up that made such a splash in the 1980s, but the reboot that was announced earlier this year. It was intended to be out on September 3, but that's not going to happen; fortunately, the delay is only a short one, and in the meantime there's a flashy new trailer to look at.


6 portable Windows tools for USB thumb drives

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A USB thumbdrive can be a lot of things—a backup of important photos, a quick transfer device for big files, a cheap way to give out documents. It can also be a Swiss Army knife of portable software, filled with software that runs straight off the USB drive. These tools can be useful for working with computers you can’t install your own software on, or laptops that have dropped the CD drive for a thinner chassis. Our colleagues at TechRadar have covered a variety of portable tools, and we’ve put together six we recommend below. Make your own USB Swiss Army knife.


Steam client beta update enables simultaneous game installs

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A recent update to the Steam client beta has made it a whole lot easier to install multiple games at the same time.


Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer reveals fast-paced multiplayer action

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We learned about the cooperative multiplayer element of Dragon Age: Inquisition yesterday, a real-time brawl for up to four players acting "behind the scenes" as agents of the Inquisitor. Today, thanks to the release of a new multiplayer gameplay trailer, we can actually see it in action.


de_dust2 duel: Watch a competitive CS:GO match fought entirely with knives

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CS:GO’s competitive mode is where serious, hardcore Counter-Strike players congregate to test their aim and strategic smarts in a best-of-30, five-on-five format. There’s a lot on the line: your pride, your matchmaking rank, your kill-death ratio. One does not simply agree to put down their guns and agree to 45 minutes of playful knife-fighting: it’s hard enough to wrangle the tactics of your own team, let alone negotiate a no-guns treaty with five other online strangers who want to kill you.