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Everybody panic: Steam is different

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Steam: Blue, Da Ba Dee.

Help. The Steam beta client is an altered beast today, in a hundred small ways. It’s disorientating, as if somebody has changed the colour of all our toothbrushes, or relocated the cereal cupboard an inch to the left. Let’s try and get our bearings, shall we?

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Skull Skill Studios has created a tower defense - and offense - game with fun mechanics and an eye-popping style. The Indie Mine tries out the beta version.

Twitch

Twitch CEO on video muting: "We wouldn't do this if I thought there was a better way"

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Twitch: unusually quiet this week.

Twitchy-twitchy-twitch, goes the skin under Emmett Shear’s eyes. The Twitch CEO has spent much of the last day personally soothing streamers and viewers on Reddit, who want to know the site’s new audio recognition tech is going to get better, or get gone.

“We wouldn't do this if I thought there was a better way,” said Shear. “Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, there isn’t.”

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Football Manager 2015 release set for November; buy now for beta access

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Football Manager 2015: happy man simulator.

Don’t tell our Fraser about this, yeah? He’s convinced the decline of pre-orders is good for everyone, and that’s great in principle. But Sega will let us play Football Manager 2015 two weeks early if we buy it now. And really, how much is football going to change in the next three months? Unless they introduce a new rule that makes it okay to go over the lines so long as you kick the ball back in straight away. But it’ll probably be fine.

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The game is afoot: Sherlock Holmes - Crimes & Punishments arriving on September 30th

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Crimes & Punishments out on September 30th

It’s almost time to dust off the deer stalker and long-suffering moustachioed companion, because Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is nearly upon us. Originally slated for late September, developer Frogwares and publisher Focus Interactive have narrowed that down to a launch date: September 30th.

The announcement is accompanied by a release date trailer, giving the long-running adventure series a distinctly cinematic edge that it hasn’t had before. 

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BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson flies the coop

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Casey Hudson leaves BioWare

Casey Hudson, whose 16 years at BioWare saw him going from technical artist on MDK 2 to project director on Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect series. Today he announces his departure from the RPG developer after deciding to “hit the reset button.” 

He’s not an android, but he is taking a break, leaving BioWare to get some perspective, figuring out what he wants to do.

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War is cheap in Battlefield 4: it's free for a week and on sale

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Battlefield 4 free

Battlefield 4 has really struggled to shake off its terrible launch. Even after countless patches and updates, it’s still got that reputation. If you’ve been put off snatching it over fears that it remains broken, then now might be the time to find out if it’s improved. EA is offering up the game for free, for a week. That’s from now until August 14th. 

You can download it from Origin and play the core game and it’s multiplayer without dropping a penny

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Twitch

Ask Twitch CEO anything, unless it's about being bought by Google

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Twitch AMA

Twitch twisted a lot of knickers yesterday when it announced, completely out of the blue, that all third-party audio in VODs would be muted in 30 minute blocks. Immediately users started to predict the death of the platform and wondering if this had anything to do by Twitch’s rumoured acquisition by Google. 

So it’s damage control time. CEO Emmett Shear has taken to Reddit, where he’s been doing an AM(almost)A. “We cannot comment on acquisition rumors, but ask me anything else and I’m happy to answer,” he said. He has answered questions about Audible Magic, though.

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Space banditry: Tom Francis shows off Heat Signature

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Heat Signature trailer

Tom Francis’ Gunpoint is utterly brilliant; the smartest game about hacking and rewiring - sorry Watch Dogs - that ever was. So there are plenty of reasons for his new project, Heat Signature, to worm its way into the part of your mind that you’ve saved for intriguing upcoming games. 

Francis has put together a video showing off the stuff you can get up to in this space game, which mostly involves breaking into other people’s procedurally generated spaceships and being a bit naughty. At this stage, it looks a bit basic at the surface level, but the 11 minute video reveals that it’s rife with elegant systems. 

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Earth gets caught between Apokolips and New Genesis in DC Universe Online's Halls of Power DLC

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DC Universe Online Halls of Power DLC

The Jack Kirby-created New Gods have come to DC Universe Online. The residents of Apokolips and New Genesis are looking for a pick me up in the form of power from the relics of ancient deities. And they’ll be fighting each other - along with their hero and villain allies - to get that power, as they are wont to do.

 

Halls of Power Part I launched today, and you can take a gander at some of the scraps you could get into below.

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Shadow Realms

BioWare's third Shadow Realms teaser is called Impact; you'll see why

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Shadow Realms in the daylight.

Young Chosen Ones are entered into a lottery of ways to discover they’re in possession of powers beyond their understanding. If they’re lucky, they’ll land a blown lightbulb or harmless bit of unintentional snake-charming. If they’re not, they’ll reduce the family home to rubble.

The subject of today’s teaser for BioWare’s Shadow Realms project is an unlucky young lady.

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Firefall PC review

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Firefall has one of the worst openings of any MMO I’ve played.

It should be an opportunity to show Firefall’s ambition: an open world action game in which you, a jetpack and a rocket launcher fend off waves of bugs and aliens.

But all Firefall’s opening does is shove your face right up against grubby textures, shoddy animations, and invisible walls. Your first two hours with it will see you retreading ground completing repetitive fetch quests for characterless NPCs in a world that does nothing to excite the eye.

You have to wade through that swill of a beginning to understand Firefall’s potential.

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