Why you should play For Honour (and not just because it’s free on Epic right now)

Firstly, it’s free on the Epic Store right now, and free is good. Secondly, For Honor is an axe-swinging good time for all involved, even those plummeting to their death from a comically high castle wall. It is zero pennies from today until next Friday, August 9. However, you’re only getting the base edition, so no Shaolin monks or creepy mystics for you, at least not at the start. Those are the unlockable characters. But if you scab together enough steel, the in-game currency, you can eventually muck about with those brawlers. Whether or not you get that far, you should give this brutish slice ‘em up a go. Mordhau has all the swordists in a loved-up tizzy at the minute, but I reckon For Honor is better. Let me break down why.

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Twitch say streamers breastfeeding children is a-okay

Breastfeeding is a-okay on Twitch, the livestreaming site seem to have now decided – an apparent u-turn on a recent decision to delete a clip in which a streamer fed her baby while streaming. Good. Breastfeeding in public is legal in all US states (and in the UK, and across huge swathes of the world). Given that Twitch is about so much more than watching games these days–it even has a Social Eating section, y’know–it had seemed they were taking another regressive stance. Naw, they say, the clip was deleted by a moderator reacting with uncertainty to “an incident that has not previously occurred on Twitch.” Go ahead.

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Quitting Qatab: Turn 7

Apologies. I may have misinterpreted and thus misrepresented the marketplace skirmish. It’s possible that the enemy anti-tankist on the roof at redg44 has no beef whatsoever with Stone’s snipers. He may just have a thing against hotels. He’s certainly eccentric. Having used up all his RPG-29 rockets in attacks on the Lux, the lightly wounded hotelaphobe unholsters his pistol and begins blazing away with that. Amazingly, the fusillade holes flesh as well as masonry. Stone and his two assistants are fatally plugged by the quixotic Qatabi!

(Quitting Qatab is an open-to-all game of Combat Mission: Shock Force 2 in which NATO forces are orchestrated by commenters while Qatabi units are computer controlled. Each daily turn covers one minute of action. For a scenario outline and summaries of earlier turns, click here) (more…)

Have you played… Nerf Arena Blast?

What I wouldn’t give for Nerf Arena Blast to have been released in 2019 rather than 1999. Rather than mucking about with the guns of Apex Legends, I could’ve been writing guides on the absolutely splendid maps and even splendid-er weapons of this twitchiest of twitch shooters. While others were off playing Unreal, I was bouncing around in low-gravity, weaving shots around a dozen obstacles with my Sidewinder, or blasting players into space from across the map with my super-charged Whomper.

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Razer Viper review: An ultra light ambidextrous gaming mouse

There have been quite a few new entries in my best gaming mouse list recently, from Corsair’s Ironclaw RGB and Harpoon RGB Wireless to Roccat’s Kain 120, but almost all of them have been designed with right-handed PC peeps in mind. Finally, however, we might have a new best gaming mouse contender for the lefties among you in the form of the new Razer Viper. An ambidextrous gaming mouse that’s both ultra lightweight and highly customisable, the £80 / $80 Viper finally brings some much needed competition to the Asus ROG Pugio and Steelseries Sensei 310. Here’s wot I think.

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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light have been delayed into October

Destiny 2‘s gearing up for a big year. A huge year, really. Maybe the biggest one it’s had to date. But that year of bigness will now start a little later, because Bungie are delaying Destiny 2’s free-to-play relaunch, New Light, and its next expansion, Shadowkeep. Previously due on September 17th, they’re now both lined up for October 1st. Bungie say they wanted a touch more development time and hey, they can give themselves that time now that they’re out from under Activision.

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Five cool games I played at PAX East 2019

As you may have surmised from a bunch of very non-hardware-related interviews I’ve done recently about the likes of the excellent Nowhere Prophet, Sparklite, Unrailed, the return of Super Meat Boy and what’s next for Astroneer, I was packed off to PAX East a couple of months ago. I was mostly there to host a panel about the best video game weapon of all time (the winner was the Portal Gun inside Hitman 2’s homing briefcase, in case you were wondering), but I also got to play a bunch of cool games as well. Here are five of my absolute favs.

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You can now tell Valve’s Steam Labs recommendations to ignore games you regret playing

It’s been almost a month since Valve kicked off their Steam Labs project. It must be an odd kind of lab to work in, the rare one that gets consistent funding and the boffins are free to tinker on whatever they want. What they want, it turns out, is to fill their store with even more robots. Getting them into video editing, turn them into curators.

No experiment is one and done. With one project finding success and the other standing a little shaky, Valve are shaking things up in this week’s lab update.

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Lovely medieval city builder Foundation has been updated, so let’s have a tour

Nate’s review of Oxygen Not Included made me interested to try it, and I got about ten minutes in before deciding it wasn’t for me, very politely, as if I were refusing a slice of immensely complicated fruitcake from a granny. “Look at all nice bits in it!” she is saying. “I know, I respect your talent, but I do not like those bits all together,” I sadly reply. But it’s okay because I remember there is another granny who is well into medieval reenactment and she is making me a great big chocolate sponge. That’s right, it’s time for a biannual check in on ye olde towne simulator Foundation!

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