King Pins is a micro-RTS inspired by Age of Empires

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King Pins is a micro-RTS inspired by Age of Empires

Game development collective Sokpop's latest is a $3 real-time strategy game with a neat concept: Boiling down the Age of Empires-style RTS to its absolute basics. The result is King Pins, a micro-RTS that forces you to quickly figure out a detailed economic strategy while reacting to your opponents' maneuvers. The object of a match is simple: Kill the enemy's king unit before they kill yours.

Among Us developers are trying to prevent a hack from disrupting games

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Among Us developers are trying to prevent a hack from disrupting games

For several days now, players of Among Us have been regularly encountering a hack that fills lobbies with bots who spam the same message repeatedly, despawns everything leaving players in a black room, and finally disconnects them from the game. The messages have had various versions of similar text, typically telling players to subscribe to the hacker's YouTube channel "or else we will kill your device", followed by a link to either their Discord or Twitter, signing off "Trump 2020".

The Dungeon Experience is a fantasy theme park run by a mudcrab

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The Dungeon Experience is a fantasy theme park run by a mudcrab

Here's the pitch for in-development indie game The Dungeon Experience: A level-one common crab like you probably killed five of in your first hour of Skyrim becomes an entrepreneur and builds an adventure holiday destination. It's a first-person guided tour through a dungeon where the NPCs are all played by out-of-work theme park actors and the only refreshment available is "crab juice". Things may not all be as they appear.

Mortal Shell's free update has pumpkin hats and black metal by Rotting Christ

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Mortal Shell's free update has pumpkin hats and black metal by Rotting Christ

Action RPG Mortal Shell has a new free update, called Rotting Autumn, which has a bunch of new looks for the game's titular shells, a new quest, an extensive photo mode, and also an entire alternate set of soundtracks for the bosses by Greek death metal band Rotting Christ. The new soundtracks are optional, but those who've already played the game once will probably enjoy the new stuff alongside their variously and artistically remade shells. I'm a particularly big fan of this skinless look:

Deleting or deactivating your Facebook does the same to your Oculus account

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Deleting or deactivating your Facebook does the same to your Oculus account

Facebook does not want you to stop using Facebook, it seems, because if you deactivate your account for a little break you'll also lose access to your Oculus Profile. Perhaps worse, if you delete your Facebook account you'll also delete your app purchases and achievements. "You will no longer be able to return any apps," says Facebook, "and will lose any existing store credits." So buyer beware: If you purchase an Oculus Quest 2 you'll need a Facebook account, and that account will have to be active at all times and, presumably, in good standing if you want to use your Quest 2. 

Sekiro's free game of the year update drops this week

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Sekiro's free game of the year update drops this week

Much-beloved ninja action game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice gets its big, free game of the year edition update this week. The update adds a boss-rush styled boss challenge mode, unlockable character skins, and player recordings. This free update comes about a year and a half after From Software's most recent creation released, and was first announced earlier this year. The Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice game of the year update will be free to all owners, and it will release on October 29th.

Valorant skin pricing: 'The type of content that we make isn't meant to be cheap'

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Valorant skin pricing: 'The type of content that we make isn't meant to be cheap'

Valorant skins are expensive. Take, for instance, the Elderflame set, released in July, which costs roughly $100 for the full collection of five, and then even more to level them up with additional eye candy and effects by spending a separate currency. The more recent Nebula collection is a little cheaper, but not much: It'll set you back $70 if you want the whole thing. That's more than the launch-day cost of a new game from a major studio.