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Age of Mythology Extended Out Now
As reported recently, an updated version of Age of Mythology has been in the pipeline. The game became available on the Steam Store yesterday for the princely sum of £22.99 (or £67.99 for a 4-pack). That does appear to be quite expensive for a makeover to a game from a decade ago.


CoD: Advanced Warfare
Activision have released details of the next instalment in the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is being developed by Sledgehammer Games (the developers behind MW3), and is due to hit the streets on 4th November 2014. Further details of the game, plus the reveal about Kevin Spacey's involvement, can be found on Shacknews


Wolfenstein: The New Order
The game that started it all 22 years ago, Wolfenstein, is back again courtesy of Bethesda. This time the story is set in the 1960's with the Nazis having won WWII. You can find plenty of videos, screenshots and articles covering BJ Blazkowicz's latest exploits on Shacknews


BobLAN 2014.1 Dates
After a gap of nearly 2 years, the dates for the next BobLAN have been announced. The LAN will take place from Thursday 5th June until Sunday 8th June. The usual LAN Party page and Forums Topic are up and available for use.


Age of Mythology Extended
Following on from the recent makeover given to Age of Empires II, it is Age of Mythology that's next to receive the treatment. An article on Eurogamer lists the PC requirements for the release which is due this May. There is also a short trailer showing the graphical enhancements and features of the game.

One of the key elements could be the Steam Workshop integration, which would mean easy access to community maps - great for LAN party use!


Steam Machines
Valve have released more details on their console offerings, known as Steam Machine. There will be at least 12 designs to choose from, varying greatly in price and spec.

The consoles will run SteamOS, which sits on top of Linux. It will also come with a bespoke Steam controller, optimised for the types of games hosted on Steam.

Here is the current list of manufacturors who will be building the first generation of Steam Machines:
  • Alienware
  • Alternate
  • CyberPowerPC
  • Digital Storm
  • Falcon NW
  • GigaByte
  • iBuyPower
  • Maingear
  • Materiel.net
  • Next Spa
  • Origin PC
  • Scan
  • Webhallen
  • Zotac
Full details can be found at Steampowered.com


CS:GO Gameplay Changes
A few changes were made to CS:GO gameplay earlier this week, particularly in relation to sound effects:
  • Changed C4 planting sounds - when planting the bomb, it plays an initialization sound that everyone can hear, but ONLY the player planting will hear the code typing sounds. This makes fake planting possible (similar to fake diffusing as a CT).
  • All items now follow the same pick up sound rules (grenades, C4, weapons, defuse kits, etc):
    • If a player picks up an item while running, it plays a pickup sound that everyone can hear.
    • If a player picks up an item while moving silently, it plays a subtle pickup sound to ONLY the player picking it up.

You can read the full change list on Steam News


Call of Duty: Ghosts
The latest game in the Call of Duty franchise became available for sale from midnight last night. This instalment has been developed by Infinity Ward, and early reviews point to some major changes in gameplay over previous versions.

I could go on to list them all here, but I think it would be best to simply point at a comprehensive review: IGN CoD: Ghosts Review

From a DFC perspective, the multiplayer and matchmaking experience should be smoother, and the co-op mode sounds to have much improved AI for your team mates and enemy bots. One to look forward to I think :)


Steam Family Sharing
Valve are due to start the beta of a new system which allows up to 10 authorised computers (eg those of family members) to borrow games you own in your library. Only one instance of a game can be played at a time, so this system can't be used to share the game for a multiplayer session.

It would be great for single player campaign games though, as once you have completed the game, you could let a family member have a go for no extra charge (including any DLC you may have purchased).

For more details, including how DLC, region restrictions and cheating are handled, see the Steam Family Sharing page on the Steam site.


CS:GO Chicken Changes
I was trawling back through the CS:GO update list, and spotted this one from a week ago:

Chicken changes based on pro feedback:
  • Reduced chicken sounds dBs and volume.
  • Reduced idle clucking rate.
  • Reduced range that scares chickens when running.
Read full details of this and other changes on Steam News:



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