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Now Available on Steam Early Access - Adventurer Manager

Steam News - 3 hours 30 min ago
Adventurer Manager is Now Available on Steam Early Access!

Reunite the kingdom of Adventuria and defeat the evil Illusionist Miraj by recruiting Adventurers to send on Adventures for epic loot and rewards in this RPG/Management Sim with tons of depth, randomization, and customization options!
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Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

Slashdot - 4 hours 19 min ago
the_newsbeagle writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili Interactive says it has developed a mobile game that can identify likely Alzheimer's patients just by their gameplay and game results. The game is based on a neuroscience study which showed that multitasking is one of the first brain functions to take a hit in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore the game requires players to perform two tasks at the same time."

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Now Available on Steam - Heroes of Steel Tactics RPG, 10% off!

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:37
Heroes of Steel Tactics RPG is Now Available on Steam and is 10% off!*

Heroes of Steel is a tactical RPG set in a grim post-apocalyptic fantasy world. Coordinate your party of four heroes in turn-based combat and navigate a engaging world and story.

*Offer ends April 30 at 10AM Pacific Time
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The Witcher 3</em> and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Slashdot - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:26
An anonymous reader writes "This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. 'We believe that DRM does more harm to legit gamers than good for the gaming industry, that's why the game will also be completely DRM-free,' says the game's level designer, Miles Tost. The game will build on the strengths of The Witcher 2 while attempting to broaden its scope. 'We want to combine the strong pull of closed-world RPGs story-wise, with a world where you can go anywhere and do anything you want.'"

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Now Available on Steam - Viking Brothers, 20% off!

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:13
Viking Brothers is Now Available on Steam and is 20% off!*

By the horns of your helmet, this is a Viking adventure you'll never forget! Join two brothers as they set off across a battle-scarred kingdom to drive off savages, restore their land, and search for the magic items that will breathe new life into their once magnificent realm!

*Offer ends April 30 at 10AM Pacific Time
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Daily Deal - Skullgirls, 50% Off

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:00
Today's Deal: Save 50% on Skullgirls!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time
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Red Orchestra 2 - FREE TODAY!

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:57
Red Orchestra 2 is FREE today only on Steam!*

It will be free as in, grab it now, pay no money, and it is yours to keep forever – FOR FREE!

To claim your Red Orchestra 2 gift, all you need to do is install it. If you don’t install, it goes back to its regular price and you miss out!

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad focuses on the Battle of Stalingrad and the surrounding operations, both German and Russian, from July 1942 to February 1943. The game allows the player to experience one of the most brutal battles in all of human history. Delivering unrivalled accuracy and attention to detail, along with gritty, vicious combat in multiplayer and single-player modes the game will feature everything from quick, brutal firefights to more intricate and challenging tactical modes.

*Offer ends April 24th at 10AM Pacific Time.
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Pre-Purchase Now - Bound By Flame

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:53
Bound By Flame is Now Available for Pre-Purchase on Steam and is 15% off!*

You are a mercenary possessed by a flame demon in a desperate world ravaged by seven Ice Lords and their Dead-Army.

In this RPG where all your choices lead to consequences, you will have to choose between unleashing the powers of the beast within and rejecting the demonic influence that wants to claim your humanity.

Freely develop your abilities and combat style through three skill trees: swing the heavy weapons of the Fighter, wield the sneaky dual daggers of the Ranger, or use the devastating flame spells of the Pyromancer.

Recruit companions who will live, love, hate and fight alongside you against the dreadful creatures of Vertiel, in real-time epic battles based on tactics and reaction.

The bigger the danger, the greater the temptation to draw on the demon’s power at the cost of your soul… which way will YOU choose?

“The mix of combat styles, spells, and abilities is fantastic”
IGN


*Offer ends when the game releases on May 9th, 2014
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Now Available on Steam Early Access - Conquest of Champions

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:52
Conquest of Champions is Now Available on Steam Early Access!

Conquest of Champions is the perfect blend of Collectible Card Games and tabletop tactical warfare.



Build your personal deck strategy and bring your cards to life by summoning fully animated creatures, casting devastating spells, and equipping powerful weapons. Hone your tactics against the single player campaign and then go head to head online through a variety of PVP options.



Play it now, for free!
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Now Available on Steam - Evopollution

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:35
Evopollution is Now Available on Steam!

Evopollution is a bussiness strategy game that incorporates the environment into the game.
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Now Available on Steam Early Access - Perpetuum, 10% off!

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:55
Perpetuum is Now Available on Steam Early Access and is 10% off!*

Perpetuum is a persistent, sandbox, single server, massively multiplayer sci-fi rpg (MMORPG). Control huge robots and mechs to gain access to an alien planet's resources and knowledge, amass huge wealth, or even claim part of the world for yourself using terraforming and complex infrastructure.

*Offer ends April 30 at 10AM Pacific Time
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Now Available on Steam - Jagged Alliance Gold

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:36
Jagged Alliance Gold is Now Available on Steam!

Experience a true classic! This Gold edition includes the original Jagged Alliance plus the add-on Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games. Take a trip into retro land and learn why this is considered to be one the best turn-based games of all times. Choose your mercenaries wisely and lead them into battle against the evil Santino. Lead your troops to victory - turn by turn.
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Slashdot - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:25
An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do. After all, they've played a few games, and they know what they liked and disliked, right? How hard could it be? Well, professional game designer Liz England has summed up the difficulty of the job and the breadth of knowledge needed to do it in what she calls 'the door problem.' Quoting: 'Premise: You are making a game. Are there doors in your game? Can the player open them? Can the player open every door in the game? What tells a player a door is locked and will open, as opposed to a door that they will never open? What happens if there are two players? Does it only lock after both players pass through the door? What if the level is REALLY BIG and can't all exist at the same time?' This is just a few of the questions that need answering. She then goes through how other employees in the company respond to the issue, often complicating it. 'Network Programmer: "Do all the players need to see the door open at the same time?" Release Engineer: "You need to get your doors in by 3pm if you want them on the disk." Producer: "Do we need to give everyone those doors or can we save them for a pre-order bonus?"'"

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Now Available on Steam - RC Cars, 20% off!

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:47
RC Cars is Now Available on Steam and is 20% off!*

R.C. Cars is an exciting arcade racing game featuring the world of highly realistic toy radio controlled cars. Jump, accelerate, perform acrobatic feats in the air, and bounce on big hummocks, pits and bumps while contending with opponents for victory. Win prize money for placing in the race, purchase car upgrades and participate on further tracks!

*Offer ends April 30 at 10AM Pacific Time
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Now Available on Steam - Ascension to the Throne, 20% off!

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:46
Ascension to the Throne is Now Available on Steam and is 20% off!*

Ascension to the Throne is a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements. In a world of fantasy the hero will have to pass many tests on his way to victory. Enemies seek to stop players from regaining power and taking revenge. Gain new friends to aid you in reclaiming the throne. Become the King you were born to be - wise, brave and courageous.

*Offer ends April 30 at 10AM Pacific Time
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Now Available on Steam - UFO Aftermath, 20% off!

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:46
UFO Aftermath is Now Available on Steam and is 20% off!*

UFO: Aftermath is a 3D isometric, tactical strategy game with a rich and compelling sci fi story.

*Offer ends April 30 at 10AM Pacific Time
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Now Available on Steam - Abalone

Steam News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:40
Abalone is Now Available on Steam!

Abalone® is an adaptation of the famous multi-million selling board game!
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BioWare Announces Dragon Age Inquisition</em> For October 7th

Slashdot - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 05:14
An anonymous reader writes "Today BioWare announced a new game in its popular Dragon Age RPG series titled Inquisition. The game will follow the story of an Inquisitor trying to rally the world against the magic-laden forces spewing from rifts opening to another place. The game's creative director, Mike Laidlaw, says players will be able to watch the world descend into chaos, and then deal with the burdens of power as they rally forces in opposition. BioWare is also taking the opportunity to fix all of the things they broke in Dragon Age 2: 'Top-down tactical view is back. Playable races are back. The game seems to have more of an emphasis on challenge thanks to non-regenerative health.' The game will launch on October 7th for the PC, PS3/4, and Xbox 360/One."

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Daily Deal - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, 75% Off

Steam News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:58
Today's Deal: Save 75% on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Thursday at 10AM Pacific Time
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Steam Client Update Released

Steam News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:34
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded. The following changes are new in this update:

General
  • Added support for regional EULAs
  • Improved caching of leaderboard API requests
  • Improved handling of warnings on unrecognized links in chat
  • Fixed bug causing Windows service log message "Error: Failed to poke open firewall"
  • Fixed installing games from older retail discs
  • Fix message shown when you unblock someone
  • Improved keyboard accessibility in block/unblock success dialog
  • Fixed removing empty sub folders after game updates
  • Fixed SteamGuard UI problem preventing login in rare configurations
  • Fixed launching games dialog getting stuck in "Preparing to launch..." state
  • Fixed installed apps detecting content updates
  • Fixed inability to install games or force updates outside of the auto-update time window, if specified
  • Fixed repeated attempts to apply pending updates to a game that is currently running

Windows
  • Improved Steam overlay compatibility with 64-bit games, especially under Windows 8.1
  • Fixed a hang that occurred when opening the overlay for the second time in some games

Mac OS X
  • Improved initial startup time when launching Steam
  • Fixed crash in some newer games when launched from Steam

Linux + SteamOS
  • Updated the steam-runtime for Ubuntu 14.04 compatibility
  • Fixed potential hang when using certain UI toolkits that relied on SIGCHLD
  • Fixed a game crash occurring when more than ten processes were attached to the Steam overlay, fixing "CID The Dummy" on Linux
  • Added support for setting voice input device in Big Picture

Big Picture
  • Load correct localized eula if the language changes in the Choose Language panel
  • Fix progress % displayed for items that are queued for download
  • Fixed a bug in Web browser where big pages would be erroneously clamped
  • Fixed UI for pre-loading games
  • Added login help support for forgotten password and account name

Virtual Reality Mode
  • Added “Virtual Reality mode” to the View menu and removed the –vr command line option. This will only appear if SteamVR is installed and if a supported HMD is detected
  • Added support for switching from desktop mode to VR, then back to desktop and into Big Picture
  • Added support for detecting when an HMD has been plugged in after Steam has started
  • When running in VR mode Steam will now open only the VR window and not the normal Big Picture window
  • Moved VR mode log files under the Steam client install directory
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