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Travis

Always outnumbered. Probably always outgunned, too.

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Here it is, the big one!

This one gives a lot of plot information that we haven't gotten before. It looks like everyone's speculations have been proven right, and a large portion of the main plot will revolve around The Institute (MIT, most likely) and their synthetic people.

Fallout 3 had a questline that introduced us to the Institute and we met a synth, and depending on our characters we helped or harmed their mission. A year or two later, people spotted some Bethesda employees taking pictures around Boston and assumed that Fallout 4 would heavily involve The Institute, and boy were they right!

It's a common sci-fi trope to have a new class of people who are mistrusted and misunderstood be a metaphor for racism, homophobia, or other prejudices, but it's common because it's powerful.

I can't wait to get my hands on this!

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Blizzard is hiring a new Senior Software Engineer for classic games. Starcraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II will be optimized for new operating systems! Unfortunately, the even older titles aren't included in the list, but these three are amazing to see.

http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/careers/posting.html?id=15000XZ

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We recently finished up another Cheerful Ghost Terraria server, and here's the bounty.

First, we did the fifth server in a normal world.
https://mega.nz/#!HNYXiIgS!VIqHgXkBRw3GDIwMkOKJY3X27QYfWM8gXZX8ELNMxUQ

Then, we created a new world to try out Expert. Unfortunately I think we were getting burnt out on Terraria by then, so you can see that not much has been done in this world, but here it is if you'd like to play with it :D
https://mega.nz/#!fcZ2ySgS!vdtrodyiSw3Z5FFTSEJ_UvFHeVlOufYKQowmQ7uUExs

But wait, there's more! For a limited time (by which I mean, however long this website exists) you can catch up on all the worlds you've missed with the Cheerful Ghost Terraria Server Megapack! If you've missed out on previous worlds, here they are in one zip file. They have all been updated to 1.3 compatibility so there shouldn't be any issues there. It's amazing to see how far we've come.
https://mega.nz/#!3I5BFCAT!BO1skXbW0aQMXGTKddSwIQsPm-cY4y-D4ArlYYzwLjs

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Finally, we get to hear how much we need to pay to upgrade our rigs for Fallout 4!

And really, it's not that bad:

Minimum
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
8 GB RAM
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

Recommended
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
8 GB RAM
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

I'm finally nearing the "minimum" on new games, but at least I got this one!

http://bethesda.net/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=100315-PerkChart&hootPostID=c7add0be85df8b54e96e976dd089d7c4#en/events/game/prepare-for-the-future-fallout-4-important-release-info/2015/10/08/35

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Andrew Spinks did an interview with PC Gamer recently and details what's to come for our favorite terrarium simulator. Even though he won't be directly involved from this point forward, as he's moving onto a new project and eventually Terraria 2, the future looks exciting.

First up, he shared that updates would come more frequently, and in smaller chunks, possibly including new mechanics and alternate biomes. This could be good or bad, depending on your preference, but it will keep the community more active for sure and add tons of replay value (as if there isn't already infinite replay value).

In addition, he said that in the future they'd like to add mod support and creative mode, but didn't confirm them as definite future additions to the game. Mod support would ensure the game could go on past what the developers want to put into the game.

When you consider that development ceased at one point, but then kicked back up with 1.2 and everything we've gotten since, it's really amazing to think that there could be this much coming in the future.

Read the full interview here: http://www.pcgamer.com/mod-support-and-more-frequent-updates-are-coming-to-terraria/

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I'm playing it again, I'm about 2 hours in. I need something else to play besides Terraria. This will be my third time starting it. Anything I should know going in? Anything you wish you knew when you started?

I'm playing as the female Shepherd and that's really helping. She's much better performed than the male Shep.

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I've been following this waiting for some news source I could properly cite before posting it, but there was a Steam exploit that messed with a lot of people, slowly trickling the last week, but coming to a head yesterday. Using a fake password recovery page, nefarious folks could get into your account and change your password, without ever sending you an email. If you had Steam Guard or Steam Mobile Authentication enabled, it would send you the email like it should, and the malicious users wouldn't get access to your account, but they WOULD lock you out of trading on your account for five days. In fact, I have no indication in my email about anyone trying to sign into my account, but I have a 5 day trade ban due to suspicious activity, so it seems I got bit myself.

It seems the biggest target was famous streamers on Twitch, but others got compromised or locked out as well.

Valve has fixed the exploit so it no longer works. It seems it was caused by some dev code being left in when moved to production.

This is a reminder that no security is perfect, humans are always the weak point, and you should always take any available security measures to protect your accounts. If you don't have Steam Guard enabled, or two-factor auth on your GMail account, etc, you're playing with fire. But even those aren't perfect. If some of the dev code in this case was related to what happens post-steam-guard, for instance, it's possible that they could have accessed accounts that use Steam Guard too. Thankfully, that didn't happen this time!

http://www.pcgamesn.com/steam-exploit-costs-some-streamers-their-accounts

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The open beta for Linux and OSX is (almost) ready to go! Steam hasn't quite caught up, it seems some people are still having trouble installing it, but it's there.

For full info: http://forums.terraria.org/index.php?threads/terraria-1-3-0-7-mac-linux-open-beta.27418/

And to report bugs or provide feedback: http://forums.terraria.org/index.php?social-forums/official-terraria-mac-linux-open-beta-testing-feedback-group.690/

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In a MASSIVE update today, Aspyr has brought Knights of the Old Republic II to Mac and Linux, along with giving all versions a slew of features. It will support Steam Cloud, Achievements, and Steam Workshop mods, and the Restored Content mod will be available day 1; It comes with native widescreen support in resolutions up to 5k; and the big one... CONTROLLER SUPPORT. The keyboard/mouse controls really turned me off of these games, so it's good to see controller support, and from what I've heard the Restored Content mod makes the game infinitely better.

The game is 25% off in celebration of the new stuff.

Info here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/208580/

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has sadly passed away today at age 55 due to bile duct complications. He's had heath issues over the past few years, but his death was still a surprise, as it didn't seem this bad to anyone.

Iwata gave Nintendo some of its best years, with the Wii and DS lines, and also some rocky ones with the Game Cube and Wii U, but his dedication to the company and his contribution to the industry is obvious.

Iwata started at Nintendo in the 80s, developing games like Earthbound, before becoming the fourth president of Nintendo in 2002.

A sad day indeed.

Nintendo press release: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150713e.pdf

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OneDrop Yoyos, a high-end yoyo company out of Eugene, Oregon, is making a yoyo called The Terrarian, and it will match the look of the in-game yoyo by the same name. The Terrarian is the most badass of all the yoyos in the game, dropping from the final boss, and you can have it on your desk soon, or learn to do tricks with it. :)

https://instagram.com/p/447yvnnmb0/?taken-by=onedropyoyos

If that wasn't cool enough, check out the catalog: http://onedropyoyos.com/yoyos/

So many of the yoyos in game are OneDrop yoyos. Greg asked me in-game the other day what the little icon on most of the yoyos' tooltips was, and I had no idea, but I do now. It's the OneDrop logo!

For example, this yoyo is the one I'm currently using. It drops at a pretty high rate in the Underworld, and I think there are a few back at the home base for anyone to grab.

Real life: http://onedropyoyos.com/yoyos/cascade
In game: http://terraria.gamepedia.com/Cascade

How cool is that? Re-Logic has a nice habit of teaming up with other gaming companies for cross-promotion, but this is my favorite so far. Terraria has made me want to buy a real yoyo, so maybe I'll get one from OneDrop when the time is right. Maybe even the Terrarian if the price is right (the Cascade is well over $100, for an example of their prices, but you can get other models for $40).

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The update is rolling out on Steam!

Get hype!

1.3 brings a host of changes, which you can find here: http://forums.terraria.org/index.php?threads/1-3-changelog.20617/

We're (of course) doing a Cheerful Ghost server. Join up here and play with us! http://cheerfulghost.com/Travis/events/79/terraria-1-3-server

The server will be launching soon, hopefully when TShock updates. If that takes a while we'll roll without it at first.

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Bethesda talked for quite a while about Fallout 4 last night. The gameplay demo is embedded above. And how amazing it is!

The game starts you out before the nukes dropped. The tutorial takes place before you enter the vault. We don't know the circumstances immediately following that, but you wake up 200 years later. In Fallout lore, the nukes dropped in 2077, and Fallout 3 takes place in 2277, so this game takes place in the same year. As for whether it's a sequel or a prequel to Fallout 3, we don't know, but the speculation about Fallout 4 taking place in Boston started due to a quest line in Fallout 3 that mentions the Institute (MIT) so the two games should at least be tangentially connected, though nothing is certain.

There's going to be a companion app for iOS and Android that lets you use your Pip Boy on your mobile device while you play. The collectors edition will even come with a pip boy arm attachment for that extra level of immersion. Cosplayers rejoice!

One huge thing for me was building your settlements. It seems like a seamless process to add new structures and customize/fortify your settlement. There will be raider attacks you have to defend, and you can bring in merchants and other NPCs. Crafting weapon attachments is improved immensely over Fallout: New Vegas.

In addition, Fallout Shelter is a new game on iOS and Android and it's out now for iOS. An Android release will come later. It's kinda like the Sims meets FTL meets Progress Quest (apparently, I've never played PQ) meets XCom. You are the overseer and have to build your vault and keep your residents healthy and happy. I've played a couple hours of it and it's a fun time-waster.

There are a ton of details I didn't mention, just hitting the most interesting ones, but the video will give you all you need to know and this reddit post has you covered for all the details if you don't want to watch the game in action for some reason.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Fallout/comments/39vhog/what_we_know_summary/

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Presumably built on the new Source 2 engine that has been seen in screenshots a few times over the years, Dota 2 Reborn will bring a total interface overhaul and some new ways to play.

Not a ton of details are available yet, but for some of the interface changes you can see the beta page here: https://www.dota2.com/reborn/part1/

I'll be glad to see Source 2 in use, and can't wait for Valve to count to 3 and give us something else built with it!

Announcement post: http://blog.dota2.com/2015/06/dota-2-reborn/

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If you want some Steam hardware as soon as it's ready, whether that's a Steam Machine, controller, Steam Link, or a combination, Valve's put up their preorder page. The Link and the controller come straight from Steam, or you can get Alienware machines from Gamestop, or Syber machines straight from them.

The controller and Link are $49.99 each, or you can get them bundled. There's no cost savings there, but it's a bit of a convenience.

The Alienware Steam Machines start at $449, and Cyber's start at $499. They all look great, but the Link might be all I need. I'm still waiting to see what kind of media capabilities they'll have. If it can stream my Steam games and act as a Roku-style device, I'm set.

Hit up http://store.steampowered.com/hardware for more.

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