The new Stellaris expansion lets you do an Emperor Palpatine: "I AM the Senate."

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The new Stellaris expansion lets you do an Emperor Palpatine:

Sprawling space 4x Stellaris' new expansion, Federations, lets you form a galactic community. It's an organization that spans the galaxy, and everyone is effectively a member whether they like it or not. (Except if you're space North Korea, or an empire of machine exterminators or what have you.) Anyways, the end result is basically the galactic senate chamber from the Star Wars prequel movies mixed with the real-world United Nations - various measures are tabled and discussed, with various economic impacts around the galaxy. 

Call of Duty: Warzone RPG skillshots are very satisfying to watch

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Call of Duty: Warzone RPG skillshots are very satisfying to watch

The most interesting thing happening in Battle Royales right now is Call of Duty: Warzone, and the most interesting thing in Call of Duty: Warzone is that a very large number of people are playing it and so statistically unlikely things are happening all the time, every day. That includes unlikely, or simply very hard to pull off, skillshots with rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The RPG-7 is a great primary armament because, well, there's not much else that can wipe out a whole team at once by blowing up their truck or helicopter. Please enjoy.

The Stay Inside Bundle is $20 for $160 of games

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The Stay Inside Bundle is $20 for $160 of games

Have you missed one of the biggest roguelike crazes of the past decade? Are you stuck with a bunch of time inside for some reason? Here’s a bundle of indies totaling up to about $160 for a measly $20, or to be precise, $19.96. Put together by Binding of Isaac developer Edmund McMillen and a bunch of his friends, this is a superb bargain on some good games. There’s a lot of variety here, from platformers and roguelikes to party games for Remote Play Together. The bundle is called this because it is also a good excuse to socially distance yourself from others because there’s a scary virus, etc. Anyways, video games.

The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

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The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

I'm already a hermit, so the shelter-in-place order I'm under hasn't had much of a practical effect on me, but now that I'm not allowed to go places for non-essential reasons, all I want to do is go places for non-essential reasons. Let's distract ourselves (or just me) from the effects of reverse psychology by taking a look at what happened in PC gaming this week:

Half-Life: Alyx is available for preload now

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Half-Life: Alyx is available for preload now

There's a new Half-Life game coming out in two days, on Monday, March 23. It's really happening! To prove that it's really happening and that, no, you don't need someone to pinch your cheek to wake you up from a dream, Valve has opened up preloads of Half-Life: Alyx on Steam.

A surprise message from Valve hints at the return of Artifact

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A surprise message from Valve hints at the return of Artifact

Valve's Artifact "is an intricate and rewarding card game," we said in our 80/100 review at the end of 2018. "Not only is Artifact's depth remarkable, it also doesn't come at any great loss of accessibility." Despite that, and the fact that it came from Valve, which has a pretty good track record making games, it flopped badly. Two months after release, its player count had cratered; three months later and the Artifact category on Twitch had become a wasteland of porn and memes.

Animal Crossing's Isabelle gives Doomguy high fives, shoots demons in new mod

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Animal Crossing's Isabelle gives Doomguy high fives, shoots demons in new mod

We're all cooped up and spending time away from people to slow the spread of COVID-19, but at least videogame release date timing is on our side: Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons both came out this week, and while the latter isn't a PC game, it's impossible to ignore what a perfect balance the two strike. Doom Eternal is a ferocious, cathartic demon murder simulator, and Animal Crossing is a slow burn zen garden for manageable debts. 

Tomb Raider is free on Steam, and you can keep it

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Tomb Raider is free on Steam, and you can keep it

Millions of people around the world are isolating themselves to help slow the spread of coronavirus, and Square Enix says it's been "warmed" by the effort—so much so that it's made 2013's Tomb Raider reboot free for a limited time, along with co-op spin-off Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.