MechWarrior 5’s DLC is delayed, but will be expanded

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MechWarrior 5’s DLC is delayed, but will be expanded

Mechwarrior 5’s first DLC will be a longer time coming than initially promised. According to developers Piranha Games the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC won’t be coming out in the first half of this year. Originally scheduled to release this month, then pushed back to June, the DLC has been pushed to a release later this year due to work from home restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a result of all these changes, it’s unlikely that we’ll be releasing the enhanced career mode DLC in the first half of this year,” said a statement posted by Piranha Games. However, the expansion’s release will include a larger amount of new content than originally planned due to the extended development time.

Sweet deals, free trials for story-driven games in Steam's LudoNarraCon sale

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Sweet deals, free trials for story-driven games in Steam's LudoNarraCon sale

LudoNarraCon is an online-only convention that takes place entirely through Steam, and there are some excellent deals and demo opportunities going down as part of it. Though it’s really focused on livestreams, panels, upcoming games and new releases, LudoNarraCon is on Steam for a reason: That’s where you can get the games. The event is based around more emotional, narrative games: Thrillers, narrative strategy, life sims, dating sims, and detective games. Games with a more sedate pace that don’t necessarily fit in a convention hall, as one of the organizers told us recently. You can check out everything going on for LudoNarraCon 2020 on this Steam page. 

New Dwarf Fortress will have graphics for its crazy randomly generated monsters

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New Dwarf Fortress will have graphics for its crazy randomly generated monsters

One of the absolute best parts of fantasy world simulation game Dwarf Fortress are the randomly generated monsters. These creatures are unique, always created from a weird list of bizarre traits and odd quirks, and some are downright bizarre. Reading the descriptions has previously been the only way to really understand them… until now. The upcoming Steam version of Dwarf Fortress will have graphics, yes, and that includes generated graphics for all the bajillion randomly generated creatures. Here are some sample Night Trolls:

Someone taught an AI to draw dicks after feeding it 25,000 doodles of penises

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Someone taught an AI to draw dicks after feeding it 25,000 doodles of penises

Back in 2016, Google wowed everyone with an artificial intelligence called Quick, Draw! that can predict what you are drawing—unless that drawing is a penis. That glaring (and presumably intentional) omission was soon rectified by Mozilla, who hired design firm Moniker to create a riff on Quick, Draw! by making an AI that could detect if you were drawing a penis and then chastise you for it.

SnowRunner will have mod support, and mods, at launch

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SnowRunner will have mod support, and mods, at launch

One of the great things about gaming on PC is the availability of niche games like SnowRunner, a sim about earning a living driving the meanest trucks in the world across the worst landscapes on the planet. Another great thing is mod support, which enables players to customize their games in all sorts of strange and interesting ways. Nearly 5,000 mods are currently available for MudRunner, the predecessor to SnowRunner, that add new vehicles, maps, materials, sounds, and more to the game.

Doom 2 cover art is hidden inside the Doom Eternal soundtrack

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Doom 2 cover art is hidden inside the Doom Eternal soundtrack

Mick Gordon's soundtrack for the 2016 Doom reboot is laden with Easter eggs. There's a creepy "Jesus loves you" backwards-tracked in it, and images of a pentagram and the number of the beast visible in spectographic visualizations. It's probably not surprising that he's done it again for the Doom Eternal soundtrack, which as redditor xXxSlavWatchxXx discovered contains an image that old-time Doom fans will find very familiar.

Malwarebytes jumps into the VPN space as more people work from home

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Malwarebytes jumps into the VPN space as more people work from home

Whenever a friend or family member comes to me with a computer issue related to malware, one of the first things I recommend is running Malwarebytes. It's effective, and highly popular in tech-savvy circles because it's effective. Now the makers of Malwarebytes are trying their hands at a virtual private network (VPN) service simply called Privacy.