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Valve today announced the fifth set of games and software to make it through the Steam Greenlight program.

“Over 70 titles have advanced through Steam Greenlight and been offered Steam distribution agreements since Greenlight launched in August of last year.

The latest software titles:

  • Black Ink
  • Driver Fusion

The latest games:

  • Anodyne
  • Distance
  • Evoland
  • Huntsman:The Orphanage
  • Kingdom Rush
  • Legends of Dawn
  • Organ Trail: Director’s Cut
  • Receiver
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013
  • War Thunder

These titles will be released independently in the months ahead (as they are varying stages of completion).

Steam Greenlight is a new platform feature that enlists the community’s help in selecting some of the next games to be released on Steam. Launched on August 30, 2012, Greenlight allows developers and publishers to post information and media about their game in an effort to convince Community members that their game should be released on Steam.”


Bohemia Interactive today announced plans for Arma 3, which includes an open alpha test that will begin next Tuesday, March 5th.

“The Alpha will feature a limited amount of playable and sandbox content, receive regular updates and remain accessible until Arma 3’s Beta starts – which is expected in the second quarter of this year. The full and final version of Arma 3 is scheduled for release in Q3 2013.

Featured in the Arma 3 Alpha are four showcase missions (Infantry, Vehicles, SCUBA and Helicopter), a limited subset of weapons and vehicles, two multiplayer scenarios, the powerful scenario editor and modding support. The 20 km² island of Stratis, which is positioned right off the coast from Arma 3’s main destination ‘Altis’ (270 km²), will form the backdrop of the Arma 3 Alpha.

To participate in the Alpha, people can purchase the Arma 3 Alpha (24.99 EUR/19.99 GBP/32.99 USD) or Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition (39.99 EUR/34.99 GBP/49.99 USD) on Steam. Extras in the Digital Deluxe Edition include a digital soundtrack*, digital maps*, digital tactical guide*, and a Steam Gift of Arma: Cold War Assault (formerly known as Operation Flashpoint™: Cold War Crisis). Both versions include access to the Arma 3 Beta plus a digital copy of the complete game upon release. The price of each edition will increase once the Arma 3 Beta and final game become available.

Those who would like to sponsor development further, also have the option to purchase the Arma 3 Supporter Edition (69.99 EUR/59.99 GBP/91.99 USD) from Store.bistudio.com. Besides the additional Arma development support, this edition ships with all the extras from the digital deluxe edition, a Steam Gift of Arma X, all future Arma 3 DLCs, a special forums medal and the opportunity to have their names featured in the game’s credits. The full overview of editions, and their conditions, can be found on Arma 3’s new website.

Last but not least, Bohemia Interactive also intends to release a free, limited version of the Alpha, named Arma 3 Alpha Lite. The Alpha Lite will be available one week after the initial Alpha release, on Thursday March 14th, and does not include a multiplayer component and modding support. Access to the Alpha Lite is invite-only and can be obtained from people who have purchased the Arma 3 Alpha. Invites will also be randomly distributed via the Arma 3 social channels and as giveaways by selected media outlets. The Arma 3 Alpha Lite expires on June 15, does not provide access to the Arma 3 Beta and does not include a copy of the final game.

The Arma 3 Alpha will be available on Steam next Tuesday March 5th, 2013. For more information on the Alpha, be sure to visit the brand new Arma 3 website at www.arma3.com


The list of new PC game releases, Blu-ray releases and movies opening the wee of February 25th, 2013.

PC games:

  • 99 Levels to Hell
  • BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Brutal Legend
  • Driftmoon
  • Expeditions: Conquistador
  • MUD: FIM Motocross World Championship
  • Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army

Movies opening this week:

  • 21 and Over
  • A Place at the Table (limited)
  • Hava Nagila: The Movie (limited)
  • Jack the Giant Slayer
  • I, Me aur Main (limited)
  • Leonie (limited)
  • Phantom
  • Stoker
  • The End of Love (limited)
  • The Last Exorcism Part II
  • The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone

Blu-ray releases:

  • 500 MPH Storm
  • A New Life
  • A Simple Life
  • Africa
  • Border Run
  • Chasing Mavericks
  • Chronicle of a Summer (Criterion Collection)
  • Company of Heroes
  • Diary of a Chambermaid
  • Dukas: Ariane Et Barbe-Bleue
  • Girls Against Boys
  • Holy Motors
  • Joshua Tree
  • Lady for a Night
  • Monsieur Gangster
  • Oasis of the Zombies: Remastered Ed.
  • Plain Clothes
  • Raven That Refused to Sing
  • Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion Collection)
  • Scooby-Doo: Mask of the Blue Falcon
  • She Devil
  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
  • Strangers in the Night
  • The Master
  • The Red Menace
  • WWE: Royal Rumble 2013
  • Zombie Lake: Remastered Ed.

Arcen Games today announced the launch of A Valley Without Wind 2 on Steam, which is available for both PC and Mac.

“Valley 2 combines an old school platform adventure with a robust turn-based strategy portion. Though the game is a sequel to our 2012 release A Valley Without Wind, it’s more of a spiritual successor. We took everything that we learned while making the first game (plus many new ideas) and focused it all into a new, tightened experience — giving the graphics an update to boot.

For a variety of reasons, we’ve also chosen to give Valley 2 to all those who purchased the first game for free, and those purchasing Valley 2 will also get a copy of the original. The titles are, and will remain, bundled together on Steam and elsewhere.”


Paradox Interactive today anounced the release of Impire, the strategy game by Cyanide Studios Montreal.

“Impire tells the Impudent tale of Baal-Abaddon, an Impatient and Impulsive demon Imprisoned in an Impractical Imp body by the Impotent and Impaired sorcerer, Oscar van Fairweather. The situation is Imperfect, but not Impossible; Baal will have to Improvise to Impress allies, Impede and Impale raiding parties of Impolite heroes, and Improve his Impish body to reclaim his Imperial throne. Okay, we’re done.

Carve out your Impire with crafting and lair construction, assemble your minions into strategic squads, and venture into nearby lands to commit acts of unspeakable evil. ”


Valve today announced the release of the Steam client for Linux and a new sale, with discounts from 50-75% on 50 Linux games, to celebrate the release. The client is available to download from the Ubuntu Software Center and it appears that a 32-bit and 64-bit version are available.

The Steam client is now available to download for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. Ubuntu is the most popular distribution of Linux used by millions of people globally and known for its well-designed, easy-to-use customer experience.

“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers,” said David Pitkin, Director of Consumer Applications at Canonical. “We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.”

“We’re huge fans of Linux. It’s like the indie OS-a perfect home for our indie game,” said Alen Ladavac, CTO of Croteam, creator of the Serious Sam franchise of games. “And who better to lead the charge into Linux gaming than Valve? With Steam distribution on Windows, Mac OS, and now Linux, plus the buy-once, play-anywhere promise of Steam Play, our games are available to everyone, regardless what type of computer they’re running. That’s huge.”

Team Fortress 2, the Free to Play game, is also now available on Steam for Linux. For a limited time, Steam users who play the game on Linux will automatically receive a free, exclusive in-game item: Tux, the Linux mascot, can be carried by any of the game’s classes and traded between players. Additional Valve titles available on Steam for Linux include Half-Life, Counter-Strike 1.6, and Counter-Strike: Source.

In addition to games, the Steam for Linux client includes Big Picture, the new mode of Steam designed for use with a TV and game controller. With Steam for Linux and Big Picture mode, Valve anticipates a growing number of gamers will use Steam in the living room.”


The list of new PC game releases, Blu-ray releases, and movies opening the week of February 11th, 2013.

PC games:

Movies opening this week:

  • A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (limited)
  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Escape from Planet Earth
  • Like Someone in Love (limited)
  • No (limited)
  • Safe Haven

Blu-ray releases:

  • Bully
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • Dolphin Tale
  • Dracula vs. Frankenstein
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • GoldenEye
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • House of Whipcord: Remastered Ed.
  • Life Stories
  • Mimesis
  • Nurse Jackie: Season Four
  • Octopussy
  • Rise of the Zombies
  • Schizo: Remastered Ed.
  • Silent Hill: Revelation
  • Skyfall
  • Spy Who Loved Me
  • The Comeback: Remastered Ed.
  • The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Collection)
  • The Living Daylights
  • The Man with the Iron Fists
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Sessions
  • Thieves
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Weeds: Season Eight
  • You Only Live Twice

At the DICE Summit this morning Gabe Newewll and director J.J. Abrams revealed plans to collaborate on upcoming projects, which could potentially include Portal and Half-Life movies.

Via Ars Technica:

“Following a wide-ranging onstage talk reprising the kind of private discussions Newell says movie and TV people have all the time, he announced that it was “time to do more than talking.”

Abrams jumped in to mention an “idea for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on.”

Newell took the mic again, saying, “We’re also interested in working with you guys on movies. We’re going to see if we can make a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”

The above announcement came after a good-natured talk about the different ways movies and games tell stories.”

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Electronic Arts today announced that Dead Space 3 has been shipped to North American stores and is also available via its Origin service.

“Dead Space 3 takes players to the edge of the psyche on a suspense-filled expedition to uncover the secret of the Necromorph infestation and unravel the mystery behind the mysterious Markers. For the first time in the franchise, players can choose to experience this alone or with a friend using the fully integrated drop-in/drop-out co-op feature. In co-op, players take on the role of Sergeant John Carver – a merciless soldier who lost his family to the Necromorph infestation – as they unlock story details, side missions and gameplay mechanics that only he can uncover. Dead Space 3 also introduces a hostile new planet called Tau Volantis that pits players against deadly, subzero conditions and highly-evolved enemies including new Necromorphs and gigantic boss creatures. Using the all-new weapon crafting system, players can scavenge for parts and build devastating new weapons to defeat any enemies that stand in their way.”


The list of new PC game releases, Blu-ray releases, and movies opening the week of February 4th, 2013.

PC games:

Movies opening this week:

  • Identity Thief
  • Lore (limited)
  • Side Effects
  • Top Gun (3D)

Blu-ray releases:

  • A Late Quartet
  • Alex Cross
  • Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes
  • Cabaret
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever
  • Deadfall
  • Flight
  • Here Comes the Boom
  • House of Cards Trilogy (UK)
  • Laura
  • Life of Riley
  • Little White Lies
  • Peter Pan
  • Side by Side
  • So Undercover
  • Star Is Born
  • The Ballad of Narayama (Criterion Collection)
  • The Coalition
  • The Road To Red Rocks
  • Tour de France 2012: British Invasion
  • Toys in the Attic
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets A Job: The Play
  • Yelling to the Sky

Paradox Interactive today announced Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, a new expansion in the strategy series that’s scheduled to be released in Q2 of this year.

“The forthcoming expansion, titled Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, will add a number of widely requested features to the game, including the ability to play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, expanding empires through war, pillaging, and ruthless brutality. Players will also be able to begin their in-game reign as far back as the year 867 AD, making The Old Gods officially the Paradox title that spans the longest period in history.

In the year 867 the Old Gods were still mighty. In England, the Raven Banner flew as the Great Heathen Army pillaged its way across the land, deposing kings and establishing the Danelaw. In the East, Rurik founded the state of Russia, and in the forests and steppes of central Europe, pagan tribes were on the move…

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods lets players step into the boots of a pagan chieftain, approaching the brutal backstabbing world of Crusader Kings through invasion, adventure, and holy war.

The expansion features: 

  • Religious Turmoil:Restore the Old Gods to prominence through sacrifice and divination, or force the pagans to convert through new missionary missions.
  • Earlier start: 200 years of more gameplay with the special 867 AD bookmark.
  • Rebels With a Cause: Rebels are no longer faceless rabble, but led by defined characters with specific agendas.
  • Adventurers: Watch as landless younger sons and charismatic warriors raise armies.
  • Pillage and Prosper: Loot provinces and burn cities to the ground – lest your warlike people grow angry during extended peacetime!
  • Heathens: Convert them or play as them and survive, reforming your faith to stand the test of time.
  • Prepared Invasions: Declare your intent to invade a rich target, and watch adventurers and opportunists flock to your banner.
  • Unholy UI: A new pagan interface is available alongside all-new events, decisions, and units.

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is scheduled to release in Q2 2013.”


Focus Home Interactive and Frogwares have announced Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, the next installment in the adventure series.

“The new Sherlock Holmes game Crimes and Punishments will build upon that success with important changes on the graphical side as well as the game experience side.

For the first time ever, Frogwares Studio will abandon their homemade graphics engine. The latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes will be developed on Epic’s Unreal Engine 3, allowing the series to jump far ahead of previous installments in graphical quality. Environments will be more realistic and finely detailed with dynamic lighting and shadows. Choosing this engine also lets the game benefit from many technologies like a powerful animation engine for smooth movement and animation transitions, real-time shaders and a particle system, and advanced post-processing effects.

Unlike the previous adventures of Sherlock Holmes, in Crimes and Punishments you will not be a mere spectator during the detective’s investigation. It is now your turn to truly become Sherlock Holmes and lead your own investigation–actually, your investigations, as 8 captivating cases await you! Murders, disappearances, spectacular thefts, and other investigations will bring you to the cutting edge of the detective genre and these cases will be the bread and butter of this game, written in the pure tradition of Conan Doyle’s novels. Each case offers real freedom to players, who will have to make important moral choices instead of simply enforcing justice by the book. All decisions have an influence in the game and affect your character’s reputation in addition to having realistic, sometimes unexpected, consequences. You will have to bear the weight of your choices, as Crimes and Punishments offers an exciting system of actions/consequences that forces players to think before acting by giving true depth to every decision they make.

In Crimes and Punishments, players will embody a Sherlock Holmes with a brand new look. Developers at Frogwares have abandoned the classic Sherlock Holmes inspired by the 60s Sherlock movies, replacing him with a more modern character perfectly matching the new artistic ambitions of the title. ”




A new BioShock Infinite trailer was released today, giving viewers more of a look at the upcoming next installment in the series.

“The year is 1912 and Booker DeWitt is headed to the city of Columbia. A technological marvel amongst the clouds, Columbia holds a dark secret, and with it, a mysterious girl. Upon arrival, Booker discovers that rescuing the imprisoned girl will be more difficult than he could have imagined.”


The list of new PC game releases, Blu-ray releases and movies opening the week of January 28th, 2013.

PC games:

Movies opening this week:

  • Bullet to the Head
  • Koch (limited NYC)
  • Sound City (limited)
  • Stand Up Guys (limited)
  • The Gatekeepers (limited)
  • The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (limited)
  • Warm Bodies

Blu-ray releases:

  • All Superheroes Must Die
  • Amazing Ocean
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
  • Berlin Phil in Singapore
  • Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection
  • Citadel
  • Cold Light of Day
  • Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Ed.
  • Fascination Coral Reef: Mysterious Worlds Underwater
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 3 (UK Version)
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Shorts International Presents: Oscar Winning Short Films
  • That Obscure Object of Desire
  • The Awakening
  • The Duellists
  • Top Gear Worst Car in the World Ever
  • White Zombie: Kino Classic’s Remastered Ed.

A new patch for Awesomenauts was released today, which includes various tweaks, fixes, and a new Creeper Clunk skin with the cooperation of Mojang.

“The bane of Minecraft players everywhere, the Creeper, made his way into Awesomenauts! The Creeper is famous for terrorizing everyones’ beautiful blocky castles, villas, starships and pixel art of Minecraft, especially whenever you least expect it. And now you’ll have to watch your back in Awesomenauts as well!

Fittingly, he’s a skin for Awesomenauts’ own exploding horror: Clunk. But Creeper Clunk won’t be a skin you can just buy. The only way to grab the skin is to defeat another Creeper Clunk. The development team will be online with creeper clunks in the coming days, so bring it on!

For more details, check out the site here: http://www.awesomenauts.com/Creeperclunk/


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