Tech Support: Error Unknown lets you ask people to turn it off then on again

What if tech support helpline jobs weren’t a crushingly unhappy grind for poor pay but a gateway to a world of intrigue? You can catch a glimpse of that in the Tech Support: Error Unknown free demo released today. It’s one of those games where your whole view is presented as a computer desktop–Uplikes, as the genre is known far and wide in honour of Uplink–and we play with a variety in-game applications and scripted responses to resolve customers’ issues to their satisfaction. Here we are, starting a new job…

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Dirty Bomb’s free design document is full of FPS engineering insight

Free-to-play team shooter Dirty Bomb never drew the crowds it deserved. Slightly wonky business model aside (now no longer an issue – the game is proper-free now), it was fast, satisfying and skilful stuff. Not surprising, as developers Splash Damage are as veteran as they come – they’re the crew behind the excellent Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory back in 2003, and several iterations on the formula since. They’ve got a lot to teach, and have released their original design document for the game (formerly exclusive to Kickstarter backers) free for all.…

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Fortnite weapons guide (V9.10) – Fortnite guns, weapon stats, best weapon in Fortnite Season 9

Fortnite’s weapons roster has never been given much time to settle down throughout its history, but Season 9 has taken this to new levels. Not only have we seen two new weapons and the vaulting of some old classics, but now we’ve got the old Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle to discuss for the first time in about 3 seasons. What better time, we thought, to go back over our Fortnite weapons guide and repopulate it with all the latest information. The below words are packed with tonnes of up-to-date weapon stats…

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Fortnite Shotguns guide (V9.00) – Fortnite Shotgun tips, Fortnite’s best Shotgun, how to win Shotgun fights

Season 9 of Fortnite is here at last, and nowhere is it felt more keenly than our trusty roster of Shotguns. In a stunning turn of events, the Pump Shotgun, the fan-favourite weapon for several season now, has been vaulted and replaced by the new fast-firing and startlingly accurate Combat Shotgun. So what do we do now? Our Fortnite Shotguns guide will take you through the different types of shotguns in Season 9 and how they compare to one another, before giving you some focused, practical tips and tactics on…

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Atlas rains whales, again

Pirates have once again proven themselves incapable of civil behaviour, as salty early access survival sandbox Atlas has been hit by ne’er-do-wells dropping terrible whales and other oddities all over the world – for the second time in a week. While Thursday’s whale of a time was down to a “compromised” admin account, according to developers Grapeshot Games, Sunday’s cetacearama was down to “a technical exploit” they say they’ve now closed. Once again, Grapeshot took all the official servers temporarily offline and rolled back the North American PvP servers to…

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Digital storytellers, dinosaurs and newsroom bots: Seeds has them all

“Make something that makes something”, goes the tagline for Procjam. It’s an annual game(ish) jam that invites designers to come up with a procedurally generated something – but those projects aren’t the only wonders it spawns. Every year also sees a new edition of Seeds, a companion zine where participants are invited to explain what they’ve done. It’s also open to essays on any AI-related topic, and 2018’s crop was strong. Seeds is edited by Dann Sullivan and RPS contributor Jupiter Hadley, and the 2018 edition includes 42 contributions. It’s…

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Fortnite Storm guide (V8.00) – Fortnite Storm Eye, Storm stats, Storm tips and tricks

The Fortnite Storm is one of the battle royale’s key ingredients, forcing players into each other’s paths as they struggle to stay within the ever-shrinking Safe Zone and remain standing at the end of the match. Anyone who’s played even a little bit of Fortnite is likely to have a general familiarity with the Storm’s slow conquest across the map, but actually the Storm’s inner workings are more complex and interesting than you might expect. Our fully updated V8.00 Fortnite Storm guide will walk you through everything you need to…

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Fortnite Snipers guide (V9.10) – Fortnite Sniper tips, Sniper aiming guide, Fortnite’s best Sniper Rifle

There’s nothing quite so satisfying in Fortnite as landing a good headshot on a moving enemy from afar with a sniper rifle. But for so many players, it happens far too infrequently, because snipers are fickle guns which require great accuracy and timing to use well. Well, our Fortnite Snipers guide is here to change that. Updated for v9.10 of Fortnite, we’ve got all the latest tips and tricks on how to use every kind of Sniper Rifle effectively and reliably, at any range and under any circumstances, from the…

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Priceless Play – 19 January

Before I started my PhD, I was an Inbox Zero kind of person. I used labels. Folders. Conditional filtering! These days, I might as well have a permanent out-of-office message. This isn’t to say that I never read my e-mails, but rather that they get filed into a section of my brain which I have deemed, “Later.” Within the distant confines of Later, I promise myself that when the “right time comes round for it,” I’ll remember whatever e-mail or Tweet or Instagram post I was looking for, and I’ll…

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Go for a tranquil sail in the appropriately-named Becalm

It has, as usual, been a long week, but don’t worry – Becalm is here to provide the perfect pick me up. This gentle cruise simulator doesn’t ask for anything but for you to take in the beautiful surroundings, and maybe snap a picture or two if you’d like. Even the trailer is a blessing, giving just a taste of the serenity: I’ve had Becalm on my itch.io ‘to play’ list for a while, probably since Kat Brewster called attention to it in their Priceless Play column, and I really…

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