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A Post-Mortem Analysis of Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

Jan 13, 2013 No Comments

Like a forgotten half-brother, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch stood in the shadow of the single-player series since it came out. Despite attempts to bring more players into the game, as of now, the community has been reduced to a few heavily modded servers. It’s time to crack open the body, let the flies spiral away, and […]

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2013 is Underway

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

The fast folks at Speed Demos Archive have kicked off their annual speedrun-o-rama marathon, yet again fighting monsters and milliseconds to fight cancer. Be sure to tune in; it’s a remarkable performance that doesn’t come often. You can catch the stream here and the game schedule here. As of this time, the runners have earned over […]

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Alone in the Dark: NightSky

Nov 06, 2012 No Comments

In the lonely dark of Hurricane Sandy, I booted up my netbook and looked for something to pass the time. What I found was a deeply ambient and evocative experience that’d been hiding in my Steam library for far too long. NightSky’s an adventure through masterfully designed environments that sets itself apart.

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New Arctic Continent, Esamir, Added to Planetside 2

Oct 07, 2012 No Comments

Just this weekend, Sony Online Entertainment updated Planetside 2. Among such treats as an afterburner for the quad-wheeler and population cap changes, Planetside 2’s second continent was added, bundling all the fun of the Himalayas and massive warfare together. The update notes described Esamir as follows: Esamir… The word itself conjures visions of cold, an […]

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Torchlight II: First Impressions

Oct 01, 2012 No Comments

At every turn, Torchlight II makes you feel like something spectacular just happened. As you’re hammering your way through an ancient crypt, you find a mace that has a chance to rain down a flurry of acid on your target. That’s cool. Using your new bludgeoning buddy, you slam your way to a level up […]

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Humble Indie Bundle 6 Arrives!

Sep 18, 2012 No Comments

The sixth Humble Indie Bundle has just dropped! Coming with Rochard, Shatter,  S.P.A.Z., Torchlight, Vessel, and Dustforce (if you beat the average,) the Humble Indie Bundle 6 is one of the strongest. In addition, the bundle includes the full soundtracks for all of the above games, aside from Vessel. As with every Humble Bundle, the […]

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Planetside 2 Player Studio Announced

Sep 10, 2012 No Comments

In a surprising twist, John Smedley has announced that Planetside 2 will allow community members to create in-game items and profit from them.  The original tweet read: “Today we are announcing SOE Player Studio where we are allowing users to make in-game items and make money from them (40%).” Most likely inspired by Steam Workshop, […]

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Gabe’s Little Elves: Four Top Modelers Talk About Steam Workshop

Aug 27, 2012 1 Comment

Having been out for almost a year, the Steam Workshop has been nothing if not a runaway success, with over 250 items added to Team Fortress 2 alone. What’s even more impressive than the number of additions, though, is their nature. Every single addition has been a user-contributed, fan-crafted item, with little-to-no intervention from Valve. […]

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The International Prelims Begin; Valve Releases Free Dota 2 Spectator Client

Aug 26, 2012 No Comments

Valve’s second Dota 2 has kicked off, and they’re pulling out all the stops to make it  one of the biggest events in MOBA history. Ingame pennants for each team, official spectating & brackets, and custom announcer lines are the tip of the iceberg. This Summer, the top sixteen Dota 2 teams in the world […]

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Do You Believe In Magic?

Aug 22, 2012 No Comments

In real life, magic is about stimulating the imagination and curiosity. It’s supposed to instill a sense of wonder and mystery. In gaming, magic is often more about particle effects and stat changes. It’s easy for developers to make a fire spell that’s a flashy reskin of a rocket launcher, but it’s only when spells […]

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