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A Murderous Sweet-Tooth: DOTA 2′s ‘Diretide’ Event

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Of course there’s a smattering of Halloween related occurrings in games right now. We’ve contributed our part and the annual wave of eerily themed trailers has already washed over. Meanwhile, some games have even adorned mask in celebration of the festivities, ignoring the limitations of their worlds to instead play another role, one more spooky perhaps. It’s all in good fun, and it’s particularly interesting to see how open and creative some studios can be with their beloved creations. Take DOTA 2, for instance, with it’s upcoming Diretide event.

As the first seasonal event for the game, the studio is being quite generous. Along with a approprately scary makeover to the environment, players will have access to a whole new mode in which they fend off the ancient beast, Roshan, and his insatiable craving for Greevil taffy.

Two teams must band together to defeat him. While Roshan anxiously searches for Greevil taffy, the two teams must as well, collecting as much of the stuff as possible. Finally when they defeat Roshan, he will drop both essences and Greevil eggs. Combining the essences with the eggs will have some sort of result. The only way to find out what exactly is to go play. The trailer below, though short, does a lot to paint the picture.

‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ Demo Deployed on PC, Available Now

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The XCOM Enemy Unknown demo is available on Steam, and whether you’re a skeptical diehard fan of the original or a wide-eyed Internet browser who’s no idea what all the hype’s about, you should go download it and play. You may like what you find.

The demo offers two tutorial stages that will walk you through basic controls, combat strategies and even the XCOM base where soldier training and alien-technology research happens.

XCOM Enemy Unknown launches on October 9, 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

PSA: Saints Row: The Third Free-To-Play This Weekend On Steam

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Saints Row: The Third wasn’t my cup of tea, but a good many people enjoyed the over-the-top sandbox title and its crude humor, and if you haven’t had a chance to play, than you might enjoy it too. You never know – smacking NPCs around on the streets of Steelport with a giant purple dildo could be your thing. Then again, maybe it won’t be. Nevertheless, Saints Row: The Third is free-to-play this weekend on Steam. It’s a perfect opportunity to find out.

Then, once you’ve figured out where you stand, you can choose whether or not to buy it, as it’s discounted at 60% off for $13.59.

Source: Steam, Joystiq

Valve Announces First Batch of Steam Greenlight Games

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Valve launched Steam Greenlight on August 30th as a way for the community to vote on independent games to be sold through Steam. There have already been hundreds of games submitted and the first ten to make the cut have just been revealed by Valve.

The first 10 games are:

1. Black Mesa
2. Cry of Fear
3. Dream
4. Heroes & Generals
5. Kenshi
6. Mcpixel
7. No More Room in Hell
8. Project Zomboid
9. Routine
10. Towns

More titles are expected to be chosen soon and anybody can submit a game to Steam Greenlight as long as they have $100 to spare.

What’s Your Gamerscore?

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Ba-doop!

The sound provides elation and relief. Achievement Unlocked blinks on my screen like a beacon of light calling to me in the dark. I take a moment to obsessively check my newly earned achievement and my freshly upgraded score. I take a moment to relish in my reward before moving on to my next objective.

Gaming has long had milestones or rewards. Remember the days of beating an arcade or NES game in one life? Some of my greatest gaming moments pre-Xbox 360 are having my initials on the Tekken 3 machine at the old arcade I worked at for 17 of the 23 characters for best times; one of which came in at about 11 seconds. I still remember the days of Street Fighter Alpha 2 and fighting and beating Shin Akuma.

The Binding of Isaac’s Expansion Releases May 28

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The developers of The Binding of Isaac have already said that they have been working on the expansion, Wrath of the Lamb, longer than they worked on the actual game. Creator Edmund McMillen has revealed that the giant expansion will be made available on Steam on May 28.

If you are a fan of The Binding of Isaac then you better really enjoy the Wrath of the Lamb expansion, because McMillen also said that it will be the only one they release for the game. However, the size of this expansion should satisfy most gamers out there. Now go ahead and watch the new trailer for Wrath of the Lamb while you try to decide if I purposely tried to make that last sentence sound inappropriate, or if it was just an honest mistake.

 

Source: Joystiq

The Walking Dead: Episode One – A New Day Review

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Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Genre: Adventure
Platform: XBLA, PSN, Mac OS X, iOS, PC
Release Date: April 24th 2012 (A New Day)
ESRB: M- Mature

Today marked the release of the very first episode of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic series of the same name this five-part “season” follows the story of Lee Everett as he, much like everyone else in Kirkman’s world, attempts to survive the zombie apocalypse. Coming off of a couple of mediocre releases, fans were a bit concerned when it was announced that Telltale would be taking the wheel for the game. However after playing through the first episode A New Day I can honestly say that the developer has never been at their finest…

PSA: Mount & Blade Collection Only $7.50 This Weekend

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Until Monday April 23rd PC gamers can get their hands on the entire Mount & Blade collection for only $7.50 off of Steam.

Normally $30, the collection contains the original Mount & Blade, the expansion Mount & Blade: Warband, and Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword – another expansion set within the world of Nobel-Prize winning author Henry Sienkiewicz’s novel of the same name.

For those of you out there wondering what M&B actually is the series is more-or-less a combination of RPG and strategy elements. Creating a character, the player gets dropped into the fictional medieval world of Calradia and then given the freedom to go anywhere and do anything they like. The game gives you a wide enough berth to be whatever you wish from a murderous bandit, a wealthy land-owner, a fiercely loyal soldier, a traveling adventurer, or even a great general who creates, trains, and leads massive armies into battle. The game is devoid of any kind of story so its up to the player to forge their own destiny however they choose to.

PSA: Buy Condemned Heroes and Get Vietnam Free!

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1C Company’s latest installment in their popular Men of War series, Condemned Heroes, goes live on April 12th 2012. If you’re thinking about picking the game up any time soon you may want to act fast! Pre-purchasing Condemned Heroes on Steam will net you a copy of Men of War: Vietnam for absolutely no cost. Have it already? Well then feel free to make someone on your friend’s list happy by gifting it them. Any military-minded strategy gamer shouldn’t pass up this awesome $64 deal for just $30.

The Binding of Isaac Can’t Find a Home Outside of Steam

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The Binding of Isaac was quite the successful game last year when it released on Steam. The game is a roguelike game that played similarly to the classic Legend of Zelda, and it came from Edmund McMillan who was one half of the development team of Super Meat Boy. It has not made it out on any other platforms primarily because of its controversial adaption of a story from the Bible. This makes it surprising that there was legitimate consideration to put it on the 3DS. It turns out that it won’t be coming out for the system anymore because Nintendo didn’t want to deal with the controversy. McMillan sounded off via his twitter account saying, “Attention: After a long internal debate Nintendo has decided NOT to allow the Binding of Isaac on the 3ds. As many assumed the reasons were due to the games “questionable religious content”. Thank GOD Steam exists!”

It looks like Steam is the only place that Binding of Isaac will call home for now.