Right off the bat, the game, which is presented in a blocky, “Minecraft”-ish visual style (the characters are basically just collections of rectangles and squares; things are pretty, in an intentionally pixelated way), tells you explicitly how you should approach it. Plunked down in some sort of refuge for soon-to-be-deleted game characters, you are told that all is lost. This is presented not as an entirely bad thing, but rather as a chance for peace, for an escape from the endless cascade of wants that hobble and paralyze you.
Valve’s official Dota 2 blog that the MOBA title has been opened up to the entire Steam user population:
For the past several months, access to Dota 2 has been granted through a queue system that gated entry into the community. We’ve used this system to gradually increase the size of our playerbase, as we ramped up our infrastructure and improved the experience for new players. As we have recently completed a set of server management upgrades as well as released a huge number of enhancements to the new user experience, we’re going to remove all restrictions to playing Dota 2.
Valve has made their game-oriented Linux distribution, SteamOS, available for download:
SteamOS Beta is the first public release of our Linux-based operating system. The base system draws from Debian 7, code named Debian Wheezy. Our work builds on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. Most of all, it is an open Linux platform that leaves you in full control. You can take charge of your system and install new software or content that you want.
No surprises there, but still good to see.
Additionally, Steam Machines have shipped to beta testers; here’s an requisite unboxing video:
BERLIN. The Flux-State: a stable anarchy enforced by an ever-shifting coalition of megacorps, political factions, and savvy power players. A place where almost anything goes and the right connections can be the difference between success and starvation. Dangerous jobs abound and there’s no better place to earn a quick payday – provided you live long enough to spend it. For you and your team of battle-scarred runners, it’s just another day in the Free City of Berlin.
But a new threat is rising, one that could mean untold chaos and devastation. The only clue: whispers of the DRAGONFALL, a long-forgotten event from the earliest days of the Awakened world. As you find yourself drawn into a maze of veiled dangers and strange machinations, you will come face-to-face with a grim spectre of the past… and alter the course of Berlin’s future.
Shadowrun: Dragonfall will be released January 2014 for Windows, OSX, and Linux and will be free to Backers who will get the same number of Steam keys received for the original game via our Backer website. (Details about getting the DRM-free version will come in a future update.)
Dragonfall will launch at $14.99 and we’ll also release the Shadowrun Campaign Pack on the same day. The campaign pack contains the original game and the Dragonfall expansion in one package for only $24.99. We think it’s a great way to get new players into Shadowrun.
A: Steam Dev Days is a two-day game developer’s conference for video game professionals to meet in a relaxed, off the record environment and share their design and industry expertise, participate in roundtable discussions and attend lectures by industry veterans on topics ranging from game economies to VR, Linux/OpenGL, user-generated content and more. Developers will also have direct access to Valve’s Steam Team, and will be given a chance to test-drive and provide feedback on SteamOS, prototype Steam Machines and Steam Controllers.
Among the sessions will be “Getting Started with Linux Game Development” by Ryan “icculus” Gordon, so if you’re interested in developing the next generation of Linux entertainment, consider heading up to Seattle in the new year!
A typical game of King Arthur’s Gold for you may go like this: Wake up. Chop down a tree. Mine some rocks. Build a tower. Swap class to archer. Fire some arrows. Launch a fire arrow. Burn down a parapet. Smile. Jump off the tower. Grappling hook! Fire a volley of three arrows in quick Legolas-like succession, while still hanging from the walls. Swap class to knight. Get into catapult. Launch yourself from catapult. Weeeee! Hover to the map’s central lake using your shield as a glider. Meet a shark. Ride the shark across the lake. The enemy lines! Slice up an archer. Slice up a knight. Plant a mine outside the enemy’s front door. Escape! Don’t escape. You have been killed by a falling longboat.
Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham is the fifth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG , focusing on the Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
Get your bishops appointed cardinals and tap the might of the Papacy, borrow money from the Knights Templar and send troublesome relatives off to live out their days in a monastery. Sons of Abraham also introduces the Jewish religion and allows you to recreate the Kingdom of Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
The expansion for Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.
Control the Papacy through the College of Cardinals
Ask the Pope for money and favors
Play as a Jewish lord and restore the kingdom of Israel
Interact with the Holy Orders and see their influence grow
Pick sides in Islam as a rationalist Mutazili or an opposing Ashari
GamingOnLinux has an interview with Abram Jablonski of the Parallax project, a Kickstarter-funded effort to develop a strategy game with the creative guidance of Timothy Zahn (of Star Wars Expanded Universe novel fame).
There’s a new gameplay trailer for Octodad: Dadliest Catch, which shows the protagonist having a difficult time preparing for his impending nuptials:
More on the game:
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the sequel to the splash hit, Octodad! This time, our cephaloprotagonist has gotten himself in a bind between his wife’s mounting mistrust, and a disastrous trip to the local aquarium! Are you dad enough to control the titular octopus father as he strives to hide his nautical nature from his family while keeping his tangled tentacles intact?
With Soma, Frictional continues its horror focus almost in spite of itself. “The theme we wanted was ‘probing the depths of the mind,’” says Grip. Presently, the trailer shows a brain being stabbed with actual probes.
Tetrobot is the world’s most popular and reliable robot, but he’s not perfect. That’s why I, Maya, have built him a microscopic little brother, Psychobot.
Help me guide Psy through Tetrobot’s cogs and circuits: by swallowing blocks of matter and spitting them out, we can repair anything. Learn how pipes, lasers, fans and other electronic devices work, learn how to alter the chemical properties of slime, and collect all the memory blocks that you find on the way.
The owners of damaged Tetrobots all around the world rely on us because we are the only people who can repair their precious robots.
If you purchase Tetrobot & Co. this week you’ll also receive a copy of Blocks that Matter on Steam.
Can we agree that everything is better when you prefix it with “Space?”
Space Kitchen sounds like a way cooler place than just your regular terrestrial Kitchen.
SpaceDouble Fine spaceagrees with me and has spacereleased a spacealpha spaceversion of their spacespin on the base-building concept from Dwarf Fortress. You’ll note that Dwarf Fortress is an ASCII dwarf base building game. This spacegame is called Spacebase DF-9 and is considerably more spacey.