Deep Rock Galactic makes light itself your most important resources

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Deep Rock Galactic makes light itself your most important resources

Deep Rock Galactic is an early access game on Windows PC and Xbox One that stars a group of dwarves who have to work together to mine certain materials out of the ground. It’s dark and dangerous down there, and the developers at Ghost Ship Games made a wise decision when creating this game: They made light one of your most precious resources.

Not that it’s pitch-black in the mines, as that would have been too difficult for the player. There are some ambient sources of light in the environment — including enemies, in some cases — but it’s never enough to see the minerals you need to mine or the fossils you need to collect. Sometimes you’re just stuck looking for the brown dirt patches on the wall that mean you can mine through to the next area. And all of that requires the use of light sources you throw into the environment, each of which has a limited lifespan.

Nintendo Switch eShop gets cult favorites you might have missed

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Nintendo Switch eShop gets cult favorites you might have missed

You may not be familiar with many of the names in this week’s Nintendo eShop, but now’s a great time to get acquainted with them. While the update is headlined by titles like another entry in the Scribblenauts series, the surprise release of Outlast and the return of Fear Effect, it’s the more niche ports that most demand your attention.

Out today is Subsurface Circular, which Bithell Games launched on Steam last year with little warning. It’s an interactive short story that depends on dialogue-based puzzles, as you explore a mysterious world in which robots live among humans. It’s a marked change from Volume, Bithell Games’ stylish stealth adventure from 2015, but Subsurface Circular is just as worth a playthrough.

Fantastic Jason Voorhees prank probably isn’t as funny to divers

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Fantastic Jason Voorhees prank probably isn’t as funny to divers

There are good practical jokes, and then there are legendary practical jokes. This one definitely falls into the latter category.

Someone created an accurate-looking statue of Jason Voorhees, the “hero” of the Friday the 13th films, and hid it underwater at a popular dive sight in Minnesota. The result has to be one of the best scares divers are ever going to find, although I’m not sure how much fun it would be if you didn’t expect to see the statue. The effect is pretty terrifying in action, and you can check it out in the video above.

Her Story creator’s WarGames reboot launches March 14

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Her Story creator’s WarGames reboot launches March 14

#WarGames, the interactive video series from Her Story creator Sam Barlow, will launch March 14. The six-episode series is coming to iOS and Steam, and can be played online at Vudu.com and HelloEko.com, Eko and MGM announced today. #WarGames will also come to Xbox One at a later, unannounced date.

Barlow’s take on WarGames, the 1983 film about a high school student who unwittingly hacks into a U.S. military supercomputer while searching for new video games to play, is described as “a tale of hacktivism, modern-day espionage and military intrigue.” Viewers will experience the story of #WarGames from the point of view of Kelly, a hacker seeking justice for her family.

Harry Potter RPG has spell-casting, magical duels and old friends

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Harry Potter RPG has spell-casting, magical duels and old friends

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the upcoming role-playing game based on the beloved media franchise, will arrive on iOS and Android later this spring. In the lead-up to its release, developer Jam City has released our first detailed look at what to expect from the first Harry Potter game to let players live out their own Hogwarts careers.

The teaser above takes fans through the paces of average life at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from the all-important, house-defining Sorting Hat ceremony — during which players will have more say over where they end up than the average Hogwarts student — to learning how to use that wand for more than just potion-crafting.

Judge forbids student from violent games after social media shooting threat

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Judge forbids student from violent games after social media shooting threat

A 16-year-old high school student has been ordered not to play violent video games after he made a school-shooting threat on social media.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the unnamed minor was arrested after he responded with irritation to the recent intense debate about guns and school safety, following the murder of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Deep Rock Galactic is the best new co-op shooter on Steam and Xbox One

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Deep Rock Galactic is the best new co-op shooter on Steam and Xbox One

Deep Rock Galactic launched today onto the Steam Early Access platform and Xbox Game Preview. It’s a four-player cooperative shooter, and after just a few hours with the game today it’s pushing all the right buttons. From the four unique classes to the dizzying traversal system to pitch-perfect voiceover, this game is the complete package.

In Deep Rock players take on the role of cranky space dwarves employed by an intergalactic mining company. Players select a mission, and then hop into a drop pod with a rocket on one end and a massive drilling auger on the other. From there it’s a quick trip to the jump-off point, deep within the bowels of an asteroid infested with alien arachnids.

Duke Nukem’s 22-year-old engine is powering a game today

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Duke Nukem’s 22-year-old engine is powering a game today

3D Realms — yes, that shop behind Duke Nukem, until it was sold to Gearbox Software — will publish an “old-school first-person shooter” called Ion Maiden in the fall, billing it as a sequel to Bombshell, the 2015 top-down shooter. The game is available on Steam Early Access now.

What’s most notable is the game is being developed on an engine more than 20 years old and branded as a throwback, accounting for the pixelated visuals and previous-previous-previous gen animations. Ion Maiden is being developed in the Build Engine, the technology that powered 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D and 1997’s Shadow Warrior.

David Lynch will help you learn to type in this new game

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David Lynch will help you learn to type in this new game

Learning to type is an important life lesson, and who better to teach you the proper way to glide across a keyboard than noted technophile David Lynch?

David Lynch Teaches Typing is a new game from Rhino Stew Productions, a company that makes experimental narratives and is led by Luke Palmer. The game uses Lynch’s imposing visage to help people learn to type. Players will learn to use the home row, upper row, lower row and number pad areas of the keyboard properly.

BioShock, Dishonored alumni bringing The Blackout Club to consoles in 2019

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BioShock, Dishonored alumni bringing The Blackout Club to consoles in 2019

Several developers credited on well known AAA-console titles such as the BioShock and Dishonored series have formed a new studio and will launch The Blackout Club, billed as a “cooperative paranormal horror mystery,” for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox one early next year.

Question is the name of their studio and today it released a trailer introducing The Blackout Club. The game is set in a small town where the teenage cast have been experiencing blackouts, some of them for very long times. After one of their group goes missing and the grownups don’t seem to care, the kids begin their own investigation.