Steam's Discovery update is making things worse for some indie developers

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Steam's Discovery update is making things worse for some indie developers

Valve released a Steam update last week that aimed to show people more relevant games and fewer that were already popular. It claimed the changes would result in a more diverse selection of games appearing in the the Recommendation Feed and elsewhere. The impact of the changes isn't immediately obvious when looking at Steam, and some developers claim that it's having the opposite effect. 

Save $100 bucks on an AMD Ryzen 7 processor with this deal on Amazon

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Save $100 bucks on an AMD Ryzen 7 processor with this deal on Amazon

Good deals on the best CPUs for gaming can be hard to come by, but not today. Right now Amazon has AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X CPU on sale for $219.99 (that's 33 percent off). This solid processor from AMD's previous generation of CPUs still packs some serious power. We called it "better than its predecessors in every way". 8 cores and 16 threads give the 2700X an unlocked speed of 4.3 GHz, and the included Wraith Prism LED cooler ensures you'll keep the 2700X cool while still pushing out those high clock speeds.

The Surge 2 gets gloriously gory in its latest trailer

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The Surge 2 gets gloriously gory in its latest trailer

The Surge 2, a game where you kill people and steal their limbs, is a little on the violent side, it turns out. Deck13 and Focus Home Interactive have put together a new trailer to highlight just how violent, slowing the action down to really let you enjoy the flying limbs and spurts of blood. Lovely stuff. 

Hack the '80s internet in free hacking adventure Wardialler

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Hack the '80s internet in free hacking adventure Wardialler

Hacking—films and TV inform me—is what happens when edgy, punky young people type endless code into computers, while never once using a mouse, or stopping to think about what exactly they're typing. Hacking—Wardialler informs me—is actually a much more thoughtful process, basically akin to detective work, but on The Net. You're allowed to give your fingers a rest now and again, and you even get to use a mouse! But you'll probably still be arrested at the end of it.

Minecraft attracts more than 112 million players per month

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Minecraft attracts more than 112 million players per month

There's this game called Minecraft and it's really popular. According to Minecraft studio head Helen Chiang, over 112 million people play it per month. That's a third of the population of the United States, and the Australian population is a sixth of that figure. If you had 112 million donuts, and divided them up between 10,000 ibises, each ibis would have 112,000 donuts each. That's too many donuts by anyone's measure.

Six-year-old indie FPS Receiver gets updated

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Six-year-old indie FPS Receiver gets updated

Remember Receiver? The indie first-person shooter from 2013 where you have to reload your pistol in realistic, step-by-step detail? Out of nowhere it just got an update, six years after it was first created for a seven-day FPS challenge.

Every Cyberpunk 2077 quest will be handcrafted

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Every Cyberpunk 2077 quest will be handcrafted

Plenty of massive open world RPG games have procedurally generated quests: Skyrim and Fallout 4 are most notable, thanks to Bethesda Softworks' Radiant AI tech. But it's fairly common for loot-oriented games like Diablo and The Division to have them too. Cyberpunk 2077, on the other hand, definitely will not have them.