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Valve gives up on Artifact setting it free with Artifact Classic and Artifact Foundry
5 March 2021 at 2:04 pm UTC

On the funding model, I compare to Magic. You walk into a brick and mortar store never having played Magic before. An employee says, "Hey, give it a shot," and hands you a free demo deck (30 cards). You get a good idea how the game works at its basic level. Maybe you want more now, so you buy a starter deck. You get bored of your options there, so you start buying booster packs, etc.

I don't see anything wrong with selling a digital card game product the same way. Where you can go wrong is: no demo mode to try it out, or unfair advantage for those who buy more cards. It's hard to balance, yes, but the people who have more cards should ideally just have more variety and those with fewer cards should still be able to win. I never played Artifact, so I don't know what the paid cards situation was like, but I know Valve failed giving a free taste.

Godot Engine team grows with another developer now working on rendering
2 March 2021 at 2:10 pm UTC Likes: 1

As I'm an infant starting to learn how to make games, this news is very exciting!

I'm also learning how to use Unity Engine.

Linux Mint want to remind you to run updates
28 February 2021 at 3:28 pm UTC

Turns out I have set up Mint for someone inexperienced. I believe I'm remembering correctly that I turned on automatic security updates. It's worth checking out next time I'm over there. I also don't remember what release they're on. It's been a while now... but I'm thinking it's 19.x

Terraria for Google Stadia is surprisingly back on and going through certification
28 February 2021 at 2:37 pm UTC Likes: 2

I'm not surprised to see this news at all, however I'm actually a little disappointed. How can you continue to work with a company that controls all your assets and is unreachable? I don't get it.

WW2 Co-op FPS Projekt Z shows off more impressive progress
21 February 2021 at 5:34 am UTC

I got tired of WW2 games a long time ago. Zombies are boring to me too. BUT I am dying for a good shooter on Linux with good graphics that I can play with my friends, be it co-op or team-based multiplayer. Remember Rainbow Six? SWAT 4? Insurgency (old now)? The Battlefield series? Games like that are still weak in the Linux market. This Projekt Z wouldn't be interesting to me if I had more choices, but since I don't, I'll be watching for its release.

Valve & Netflix teamed up for a Dota anime series
21 February 2021 at 4:55 am UTC

Quoting: Salvatos
Quoting: NezchanWow.

All the characters they could have picked, there's what, 120 of them? Almost all with amazing, visually impressive designs and costumes, flashy abilities and compelling backstories, and this is what they picked? A generic looking human warrior whose outfit is mainly brown?

Gonna have to agree on this. Plus their one-liner synopsis is the most non-descript and cliché I’ve seen in a long time. "Warrior dude wants to be a hero, unexpectedly teams up with princess who is more than she appears, gets more than he bargained for." I’ll go out on a limb and guess that the dragons he used to fight aren’t as evil as he thought, the princess has a quirky pet for comedic relief and, I don’t know, the order he works for is actually behind the scourge somehow.
You must play Fire Emblem games.

About the OP, I will watch it if it's still on Netflix when The Witcher season 2 is out (because that's when I'll subscribe again).

Viking strategy game Northgard releases the free Expeditions expansion
21 February 2021 at 4:51 am UTC

I like this game but my friend and I are stuck. We have failed about three times on a certain level that is pretty early on. The first co-op level? Hopefully we get the gumption to look up some hints and try again, otherwise I fear it will collect a lot of digital dust, and that would be disappointing.

Terraria for Stadia cancelled, due to Google locking the developer out
13 February 2021 at 4:14 pm UTC Likes: 1

The Terraria story really broke my trust in how Google handles their accounts, and so being a pro-privacy person is not the only reason I will avoid Google anymore. I deleted nearly all my YouTube videos the other day going back ten years and I am going to find a new domain registrar. After that, I will have no accounts with them that hold value.

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