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Battlefield 3 players generate 1 TB of data daily

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The next time you ram a jeep riddled with C4 explosives into a hulking tank in Battlefield 3, you'll now know you've added a few extra bytes to the colossal 1 TB data-horde EA collects daily from the multiplayer FPS. As VentureBeat reports, the publisher tracks over 50 telemetry events for each player in every match, according to a Morgan Stanley Technology Conference presentation by Chief Technology Officer Rajat Taneja.


Black Snow co-op mod: because it's better to flee the darkness with a friend

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Forget for a moment about debating what happens to horror's impact whenever another player enters the scene. When you open a murkily lit doorway framing a pitch-black hallway seething with malevolent abominations of shadow, you'll want someone close by to cling to...or a giant, stuffed teddy bear. The Black Snow mod for Half-Life 2 is sadly bear-less, but its new co-op mod-in-a-mod revisits the atmospheric creepiness with up to four players and up to four pairs of pants ready for wetting.


Left 4 Dead 2 official servers add Helm's Deep Reborn map to rotation

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For Rohan! Valve's Left 4 Dead team writes that Left 4 Dead 2 servers now run Team Chivalry and SeriouS Samurai's LOTR-inspired Survival mode map by default for players who subscribe to the map's Workshop entry. It's a celebratory move for a recent dedicated server fix and the ongoing beta for the Extended Mutation System, but c'mon—do you really need a reason to defend a massive stone fortress against waves of Saruman's mightiest undead?


Team Fortress 2, CS: Source migrating to SteamPipe delivery - here's what you need to do

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Whenever you download and install a game on Steam, the files rest neatly on your hard drive like a well-pressed stack of laundry for quick access and organization of custom mod files. Some older Source games creak along on an older format from an earlier age in Steam's saga, but in a new FAQ, Valve says it's converting the guts of these games to use the SteamPipe content delivery system for faster load times and an updated file layout.


The best CS:GO custom maps

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As I hoped, CS:GO’s appearance on Steam Workshop eased the map drought irking Global Offensive players since launch. About 700 Defusal, Hostage Rescue, Deathmatch, Arms Race, and other maps now populate Steam Workshop, and all are available for easy download (and auto-updating) through Steam. I’ve played a bunch of them with our community over the past week.


GameStop saw Battlefield 4, apparently

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Although the appearance of a beta page last June confirmed the existence of Battlefield 4, we haven't seen nary a lens-flared screenshot or gun render from EA since then. Someone else has, though: GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines tweeted that he's seen the game.


The Dead Linger, then eat you in this indie survival horror game

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DayZ underscores the danger humanity presents in a zombie apocalypse, but Sandswept Studio's The Dead Linger wants to remind everyone that walking corpses are still Very Scary Things. Where and how you bump into the undead plays an important role in tossing a little panic into your adventures, and the game's most recent major update for its alpha testers includes a perfect venue for thrillseeking survivalists: the claustrophobia-causing cell rows of a pitch-black prison.


Blade Symphony trailer shows dueling, slash-dancing swordsmen

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What's slash dancing, you ask? It's my term for the act of spinning on one's back and head like a rug-burning dervish as you swing a sword up, down, upside-down, and everywhere else in Puny Human's Blade Symphony. Symphony's one-on-one affairs of honor are stylized, third-person measures of agility and timing reminiscent of the PS1's Bushido Blade and old-school lightsaber fencing in Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.


Chivalry: Medieval Warfare low-grav combat is loud, hilarious

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When assaulting a keep in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, a throaty battle cry is appropriate—it keeps the adrenaline pumping as you cut down your foes. When flailing at plated footmen sailing through the air because of a low-gravity server modification, yelling takes on a whole different, comedic purpose. See (and hear) for yourself in this video.


Natural Selection 2 dev "filled with sadness" over Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Unknown World's Natural Selection 2 has kept its horned head low throughout Aliens: Colonial Marines' pasting from critics, but in a forum post, Unknown's PR head Hugh Jeremy now says the NS2 team feels only sadness in place of its initial awe and even fear of the bigger-budget competitor.


Left 4 Dead 2 Extended Mutation System allows more complex modding, custom scripts

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The extent of Left 4 Dead 2's mods already defies description, where the trulywacky shambles alongside the horde of new weapons and campaigns. Now, Valve wants to further slash at the barrier between a modder's creativity and what's possible in-game with the Extended Mutation System, an expanded scripting toolset and the future name of my progressive rock band.


Crytek reaffirms goal for free-to-play transition within five years

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Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has been talking about the developer's "inevitable future" in the free-to-play market as far back as last June, but he's still making sure we're extra aware of the coming change. Speaking to VentureBeat, Yerli predicts it'll take Crytek around two to five years to fully transition to making "triple-A, free-to-play games for the world market."


Ratz Instagib: one click, one death in this browser-based multiplayer shooter

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Contemporary shooters offer such depth as marshmallow zombies and totally covert headwear, but sometimes it's best to sit back, unwind, and devolve with a round or two of classic deathmatch. Ratz Instagib delivers that escape in browser-based form with arena-style scrums and precise, instant-kill lasers similar to Quake's railgun.


Triumph for Tux: Half-Life, Counter-Strike get Linux support

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The Steam pages for Valve classics Half-Life and Counter-Strike have been updated with small, penguin-shaped icons. No, they aren't unsubtle emblems of a secret flightless waterfowl cabal, but they do signify newly added Linux support for both FPS games as part of Valve's compatibility push.


Chris Roberts: Star Citizen's death system creates "a sense of living history"

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Star Citizen's huge ambitions haven't faded since the upcoming space sim warped past the $6 million mark during its twin crowdfunding campaigns. In a lengthy blog post, project head Chris Roberts shares his ideas for creating a "sense of living history" through a permadeath mechanic that underscores a character's legacy.


StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm trailer previews main menu changes, social features

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Considering its hive-minded nature, it's appropriate that Blizzard wants the Zerg-flavored expansion to StarCraft II to grow and iterate on the game's community communication systems. In an overview video, Community Manager Kevin "Cloaken" Johnson walks through the expansion's simplified main menu, a couple new social-oriented features, and the previously revealed clan support.


The Castle Doctrine players will be anonymous

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Back in October, Sleep is Death creator Jason Rohrer revealed The Castle Doctrine, "a massively multiplayer game of burglary and home defense." Though the prizes you'll pilfer sit in homes owned by players, you'll never know who you're burgling or who you're getting burgled by. Speaking to RPS, Rohrer stated all thefts in Doctrine are intentionally anonymous to send a message.


War of the Roses update adds free Scottish mercenary gear, reworks armor and weapon behavior

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Paradox is taking full advantage of its permanent content team for the multiplayer medieval mosher War of the Roses. An update released yesterday furnishes the armories of the Lancaster and York ranks with a free helm and chestpiece combo modeled after the Scottish Gallowglass mecernaries.


MechWarrior Online update adds Death's Knell, nostalgic startup sequence

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Stomping right behind the Spider Mech that launched last week, the Death's Knell is a new and agile robotic warrior included in MechWarrior Online's latest update. As a bonus, a familiar-sounding startup sequence for series veterans now plays whenever you switch on your towering titan.


Half-Life 2 NeoTokyo mod uploads cyberpunk CTF to your visual receptors

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If you query your cortical data node, you'll recall NeoTokyo was chosen along with 20 other titles for Steam Greenlight's second round of approvals back in October. The mod itself has been around for much longer, originally appearing in simple deathmatch form for Unreal Tournament 2004 before transitioning to Source four years ago. That also coincidentally marks the last update for it—until today, when developer Studio Radi-8 released a fresh version out of nowhere (which is apparently becomingathing now) adding eight new maps and higher-quality weapon models.