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1C Company and Best Way announce a special offer dedicated to 65th anniversary of the Victory Day. Starting from May 11 through May 23, 2010 inclusive anyone can download Men of War game client free-of-charge, receive a temporary access key and take part in online battles in all multiplayer modes available. Get Men of War Key!

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VAC banned by a Valve employee?

A Facepunch Studios forums user claims that he was banned by a Valve Employee for using a SourceMod plugin to activate some console cvars in the game itself (if you don’t know what SourceMod is it’s basically a plugin that’s being used on 99% of Source Engine games, you can do a lot of kinky stuff if you have admin rights and proper plugins…). Anyway here’s this guy’s post: I…

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Steam for Mac already being redesigned!

Some Mac user (he’s in the Steam Mac beta program) already redesigned the interface to fit today’s Mac standards and this is what he said: However, the part I disliked about Steam on the Mac is the (understandably) less-than-native looking and feeling UI. While the entire application was recently redesigned (and re-engineered to utilize Webkit as its rendering engine), it still feels less than at home between the system apps.…

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European Space Agency likes online games!

Here’s a cool news for all the space geeks:

“Video gaming has become one of the globe’s most popular pastimes. Fans say games are often educational, their detractors answer they are anything but. Might ESA have something to learn from gaming? A new Agency study says the answer is yes.

It comes from ESA’s Technology Observatory, which is tasked with scanning non-space sectors to look for developments with potential for spin-in or joint research. The study, Online Game Technology for Space Education and System Analysis, looks at potential applications of different online game-playing technologies from the simplest content-oriented games through to Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) virtual worlds.

The study highlights a number of ways in which these technologies could benefit ESA aims: immersive environments based on these technologies could enhance collaborative working of project scientists and engineers. It was also recognised that exciting online games could prove an excellent tool for promoting space and supporting the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths.

As part of the study, a video of a potential future game environment was produced, showing future human exploration of Jupiter’s ice moon Europa.

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Robert Culp (Wallace Breen) died at the age of 79

Robert Culp died at the age of 79. The American actor played the character of Wallace Breen in "Half-Life 2". Western media informed about the death of Robert Culp, 79-year-old actor on March 24th. Culp died after he fell on a sidewalk in Los Angeles park, but police did not confirm that the collapse was the direct cause of his death. Culp had played in number of film and television…

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Switzerland Bans Violent Games

The Swiss National Council has officially enforced a law that will lead to banning of any violent video game. The ruling has not been revealed yet, but it will be confirmed once the Swiss government reveals the requirements. However, the most likeliest series of things to come will be a ban on the distribution, production, and sale of any games that are rated PEGI 16+ and PEGI 18+.    …

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Microtransactions Coming Soon To Steam

According to Voodoo Extreme 3D at IGN next month's Steam client update will introduce support for much-hated microtransactions: (…) Microtransactions Want to offer your customers a scabbard for their sword? New tires? The latest in night vision goggles? Now you can through microtransaction support in Steamworks. Your item server can now be easily integrated with Steamworks so that Steam users can buy and instantly use the items they want –…

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International Consumer Day

It was a good day yesterday. On March 15th whole Europe was celebrating the International Consumer Day. People from We Want Live managed to contact Polish Federation of Consumers. And according to them Microsoft is selling a broken/missing product on the Polish market and the Polish XboX 360 users can easily get their money back by returning their consoles to the shop. And there is a chance that you will…

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Steam: Mac support on the way?

Is Steam coming to Mac users? It seems so! Check out this thread (they found some hidden TF2, Left 4 Dead and Portal images and new Steam’s UI Mac buttons): http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1157656

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We Want Live – about to receive an answer? (THEY DID!)

There’s a hope for Polish XboX Live and Games For Windows Live. As far as I know the creators of WWL are about to receive an official statement from Microsoft head quarters in USA. Too bad Microsoft waited a month to do this… We will post more details here as soon as we know something. UPDATE: Here’s an official Microsoft statement about XboX Live sevice in Poland: Xbox is very…

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Pre-ordering on Steam? Think twice.

Some angry Steam user posted a very interesting message on the official Steam Forums. He wanted a refund for his pre-order of Aliens vs Predator game (for whatever reason, you can always refund a pre-order). But he bought the game with a discounted game Psychonauts ($2 at a time). What’s wrong you may think? Well, according to Steam Support you can’t refund only one game if you put them both…

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Steam: New S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game with cool promo

If you happen to own previous S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games (Shadow of Chernobyl or Clear Sky) on your Steam account you can get the newest (Call of Pripyat) for 9€ (or 50% less, depends on a Tier). Simply buy the game and let it check if you have older Chernobyl games on your account, if yes the new one will be working ok. However, you cannot gift Call of Pripyat with the…

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Steam grows by 205% in 2009

Steam keeps growing even though the prices are very high in Europe – people are still paying for the digital downloads (although we can’t really say if Steam is more popular in USA or Europe). Steam, now has over 25 million active users. Those 25 million users managed a peak concurrency of 2.5 million games players, racking up more than 13 billion player minutes per month. But of course, the…

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30 commercial games released for free

Fallout, King's Quest, Bonk, and more. Download the best titles that companies gave away! Here’s a quote from Games Radar: We like free stuff. That’s why we posted links to download and play 365 free games so you could have a decent game to play for every day of the year, free of charge. Unfortunately, GamesRadar has yet to wrestle the most formidable type of free games into submission so…

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Command and Conquer Classics for Free

(click on the picture to see the deal) Electronic Arts celebrate this year Valentines Day by giving away for free Command & Conquer™ Classic games. This involves the first Command & Conquer ever, Command & Conquer Tiberium Dawn Command & Conquer Red Alert 1 Command & Conquer 2 Tiberian Sun including the expansion pack Firestorm Happy Valentine Day Command & Conquer™ Classics for Free. Make sure you read the "Installation…

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The Clock Is Ticking

Microsoft has exactly 27 days, 6 hours, 14 minutes and 34 seconds while I write this. 27 days for what you say? Well you probably heard about We Want Live group. They sent a letter to Microsoft and gave them 30 days to respond to their demands for the XboX Live service in Poland (Games For Windows Live too I guess). If your country doesn’t have Live too simply go…

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GOG: Activision games available!

OK here it is – the big secret turned out to be Activision games on GOG. You can buy two games for now: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers or Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura for 6 bucks each! And more games are coming soon.

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GTA: Chinatown Wars not available worldwide

Rockstar Games just released GTA Chinatown Wars for the iPhone but it turns out that it's not available in all Apple app stores. It’s been 4 days since the most of the world can get it but still nothing in Switzerland, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan and many other countries. Most of you will probably say that “it’s only 4 days”, true, but remember what Valve CEO, Gabe Newell said few…

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