PC Building Simulator leaves early access January 29th

PC Building Simulator is set to leave early access this month after nearly a year of tuning and longer still as a free alpha. The Irregular Corporation’s sim does exactly what it says on the tin – it lets people experience the thrills of cracking open a fresh PC case, stuffing it with expensive electro-guts and hoping it doesn’t catch fire. There’s a career mode where you work your way up the ranks to tuning high-end machines, a sandbox mode, and all the virtual LED lighting strips and liquid cooling…

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 explains its three grand campaigns

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is almost here – due on January 24th – and the space-naval strategy sequel looks to be a tad bigger and more ambitious than its predecessor. In the very seriously narrated info-dump trailer below (it sounds like the man is speaking in ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME), it lays out what its new single-player side entails. While there are twelve playable factions, the story side of the game contains just three campaigns – Imperial, Necron & Tyranid – though each has their own distinct systems and…

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Fallout 76’s last surviving human NPC lives only to suffer

Have pity on Wooby, the last non-vault-dwelling human in Fallout 76‘s West Virginia. Robbed of a voice, his only reason to exist – as hinted at by the long-standing trope of similar name – is to suffer, probably as a target for weapons testing. Wooby exists in a sealed off little void packed to the brim with weapons and items, some of which aren’t technically meant to be available yet in the beleaguered pseudo-MMO. Some players have managed to weasel their way into this forbidden land, but Bethesda would rather…

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Resident Evil 2’s time-limited ‘1-shot’ demo is live

As far as bad first days at a new job go, you can’t really beat Leon Kennedy’s – go on, try the new Resident Evil 2 remake demo and tell me I’m wrong. Released somewhat later today than expected, the thirty-minute demo for the upcoming horror rework is live. It weighs in at a hefty 7.2gb download, and expands to slightly larger than that. Grab it here on Steam – you’ve got thirty minutes to play (after setting up your controls and settings), and the download disappears on January 31st. Below,…

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Gearbox legal battle with former employee becomes messy publicly

Back in November, the Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines studio Gearbox Software filed a suit against their former lawyer, Wade Callender, accusing him of “exploit[ing] Gearbox’s generosity and trust for his own personal gain.” The suit was not particularly interesting, alleging that Callender did not fully pay back a loan he borrowed to secure his house, and that he used a business credit card for personal expenses. Then, last month, Callender counter-sued, accusing Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford of “siphoning” a $12 million (£9.34m) “secretive ‘Executive Bonus,’” as well as a…

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Epic Games Store brings refund policy in line with Steam

The Epic Games Store has updated its refund policy. Now, just like on Steam, you can return a game for any reason within 14 days of purchase, providing you’ve played it for less than two hours in total. As well as updating the terms on their site, Epic’s director of publishing strategy Sergey Galyonkin (who you might know better as ‘that guy behind SteamSpy’) tweeted the announcement, where he also shed some light on a few of the store’s other frequently asked questions. Firstly, there’s the fact that you’ll still…

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Enrolment in explore-o-draw game Art Sqool starts this February

They don’t call it ‘art’ificial intelligence for nothing – at Art Sqool all of your assignments will be given and graded by an AI determined to turn every student into Picasso. The illustrious Professor Qwertz will be throwing open the doors to their academy on February 5th. You can see the announcement trailer, complete with an oh-so-catchy song, below. This is truly the only time I will be excited about re-entering education, mostly because I am intrigued by the question developer Julian Glander posed me in his email: Can you…

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Ethan Carter threw out a survive ’em up in favour of monster shooter Witchfire

Witchfire, the upcoming game from Vanishing of Ethan Carter studio The Astronauts has a fairly straightforward premise: “we just want to shoot monsters with guns.” But in a recent blog post, the developers revealed they’d previously been working on something quite different, and ultimately decided to throw out a year’s worth of work on a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic survival sim because they “liked it, but not loved it.” So why were The Astronauts making a survival simulator in the first place? “Partially, it was about jumping on the bandwagon,” they say.…

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Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition sets out tonight

Over 12,000 intrepid explorers are signed up for a months-long journey to the edge of the galaxy in Elite: Dangerous, starting today. Across 16 weeks, the player-organised Distant Worlds 2 expedition will pass through the centre of the Milky Way, stopping to build a science station to study a black hole, then carry on through to the far edge of the galaxy. The journey has quite a casual pace, giving players one week to reach each waypoint of the journey, and a number of groups are roleplaying stories and activities…

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Dota Auto Chess is like Football Manager with wizards

People have been making weird and wonderful custom Dota 2 games for years. With so much good stuff coming from outside the dota-sphere, that’s easy to forget – but not when a possible bug convinces the internet you’ve got more players than Grand Theft Auto V. That seems have happened with Dota Auto Chess, a custom game where you pit teams of increasingly powerful wizards against seven opponents. Even with that bug in mind, it’s still throbbing with players – popularity made me notice it, but quality kept me playing.…

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