Thousands of old Flash Games have been saved from obsolescence

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Thousands of old Flash Games have been saved from obsolescence

We've known since 2017 that Adobe intends to kill off Flash at the end of 2020. Few will likely miss it, but the announcement didn't bode well for the countless Flash games that proliferated online throughout the 2000s. Others have already acknowledged and moved to preserve this facet of gaming history, but there's now a new launcher that emulates over 36,000 ye olde games - all free and individually downloadable.

Lead mutants across a dark fantasy wasteland in tactics RPG Urtuk: The Desolation

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Lead mutants across a dark fantasy wasteland in tactics RPG Urtuk: The Desolation

Urtuk: The Desolation has a solid intro: After being experimented on for ages, you break out of an evil underground laboratory and into the light of day. You then have to figure out what was done to you before it gets worse—or even kills you. It’s a tactical RPG with a grim art style, something like a cross between Battle Brothers and Darkest Dungeon. As you play through the game, expanding your party and defeating enemies, you uncover more of the story of the title character. It has some cool twists. 

Steam just broke its record player count by nearly 300k

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Steam just broke its record player count by nearly 300k

Steam’s concurrent user count passed 18.8 million earlier today, peaking at 18,801,944 according to tracker SteamDB. The previous record was 18.5 million just about two years ago on January 6th, 2018. As noted by SteamDB, this concurrent user record did not coincide with a record number of players in game, with only 5.8 million today against 7 million two years ago, about 1.2 million fewer. The previous record was boosted by the huge number of players in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s not known what caused the current peak, though the time of the peak coincides with peak playtimes for all of Steam’s top games. 

A modder is absolutely transforming Dark Souls 2 with lighting improvements

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A modder is absolutely transforming Dark Souls 2 with lighting improvements

Flames of Old is an upcoming graphics mod for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin that reworks and overhauls the game’s look, profoundly changing the game in the process. Modder Stayd is changing lighting, shaders, and map design, and the result is a striking upgrade to the game’s visuals. Stayd is inspired by the pre-release renders for the game, and wants to bring the graphics “on-par with what was shown pre-release.” They’ve showed off some pretty impressive screenshots on Twitter. Much of the lighting work changes how the game looks fundamentally, lessening the very flat tones of many environments. There are also small tweaks, like removing trees from the upper left, revealing the Shrine of Winter to add more sense of scale to the area: 

Anime action MMO Blue Protocol may get an English-language release

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Anime action MMO Blue Protocol may get an English-language release

Bandai Namco has made a job listing that hints at a possible English release for action MMO Blue Protocol. The job posting, for an English language localization manager, likely means that Bandai Namco is planning on a release in the US, UK, and Australia. While there’s no guarantee that this is the case, the job posting does ask for someone proficient in English to localize, including cultural changes, the UI, text, and cutscene voices. We’ve reached out to Bandai Namco for comment and will update if we get a response. (The job posting, here, is entirely in Japanese.)

Christophe Gans says he's directing another Silent Hill movie

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Christophe Gans says he's directing another Silent Hill movie

Director Christophe Gans recently told French website Allocine that he's working on two projects. The first is a movie based on Fatal Frame, aka Project Zero. According to Google Translate, he said, "The film will take place in Japan. I especially don't want to uproot the game from its Japanese haunted house setting." He then went on to mention a new Silent Hill movie: "The project will always be anchored in this atmosphere of a small American town, ravaged by Puritanism. I think it's time to make a new one."

Dota Underlords gets a scrappy little monster and a release date

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Dota Underlords gets a scrappy little monster and a release date

Dota Underlords is set to release from Early Access on February 25th, alongside its first battle pass, per an announcement from Valve. The update also adds the game’s fourth Underlord, Enno, the agility counterpart to the three others. The Underlords team is now going to go dark until release, polishing and finishing the game’s launch features. Speaking of launch features, we’ve got a whole one on Underlords that I wrote for you. I spoke with designers Adrian Finol, Brad Muir, and Lawrence Yang about what it’s like to work inside of Valve, the development of the game, and how they learned to stop worrying and defeat Valve time. You can find it in February’s issue of PC Gamer magazine, which is cool. (If you don’t get PC Gamer, you can subscribe here in print or digital form. It is not very expensive.)

Coffee Talk is a wholesome game about a barista for orcs and elves

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Coffee Talk is a wholesome game about a barista for orcs and elves

Sometimes you want a game that’s a warm bath, something that just washes over you and tells a simple story of an elf and a succubus who are very much in love. Or like a warm drink. Or both at the same time. So, here’s Coffee Talk, a “coffee brewing and heart-to-heart talking simulator” where you serve as barista and also therapist to the needy people of a fantasy Seattle. That is to say, your customers are Orcs and Elves and Succubi and Mermaids, among other things. They come in, they ask for a coffee, you listen to some lo-fi, jazzy beats, you give out some advice. There’s also a free demo on offer. Here’s a teaser: