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Here is how anyone can get The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition for free

If you have an EA Origin account then you can now get The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition for free, as part of a recent policy change by the game publisher. This news comes just a week after EA's initial plans to offer a free digital version of this Sims collection to all users who previously purchased The Sims 2, as the company will no longer offer content updates for the sequel and its expansions. EA changed this policy, however, as not everybody who purchased the original title was able to redeem their copy of the Ultimate Edition. Now the game is available for all current and future Origin account holders. If you don't already have an account, you can sign up for one online and still download the release. It's a limited time offer, however, that's set to expire on July 31. The Ultimate...
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Indigenous groups seek games company to tell endangered stories

Inspired by media interest in a game about Alaska Natives, indigenous groups around the world are seeking ways to bring their own cultures to video games. E-Line Media, Upper One Games and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council are putting the finishing touches to Never Alone, a game that draws heavily on the Inupiat culture of rural Alaska. Following heavy publicity for the game, including NPR and the Los Angeles Times, other groups that represent indigenous communities are looking to tell their stories through games. Both E-Line and CITC have set up a new operation called World Games that will release games based on cultures that have hitherto struggled to find a voice. Interest has so far come from Hawaii, Azerbaijan and Siberia. "It's really resonating to the point where other...
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Unturned - Overview video

Do you like games like Rust or DayZ? How about Minecraft or Minecraft? What if someone mashed them together and gave the result away for free? Then you'd have Unturned. Early Access for the Windows PC game hit Steam earlier this month, but there's already a ton to do in this zombie, survival, permadeath, blocky world. My 13-year-old son Tristan and I spent the weekend adventuring, exploring, killing zombies, tripping and dying, but mostly dying, in Unturned. Today we both hopped into the game to give you a quick sense of how it works, what it looks like and why it is so very fun to play.
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Far Cry 4 avoids the 'white savior dudebro' pitfall

In some ways, Far Cry 4 is a product of Far Cry 3's missteps."We don't create our games in a vacuum," C.J. Kershner, one of the script writers for the game, told me at a recent PlayStation event. "We were aware of the discussions happening about Far Cry 3. People identified some problems." What sort of impact did that have on Far Cry 4, I asked. "Our protagonist is not the white savior, not the dudebro," Kershner said. "He's not coming back to his hometown to help. "Your basic objective is to fulfill your mother's last wishes, to scatter her ashes in her home country." And that was one of the things that interested Kershner in the game. "The thing that drew me most to the project was that the basic objective was human, very relatable," he said. "That feeling was sort of driven home...
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Unforgiving, sophisticated and vast: Three deaths in The Long Dark

Over the years I've spent, by conservative estimates, around 400 hours in the post apocalyptic world of DayZ. When I first heard about The Long Dark, a survival game set in the Canadian wilderness, I was doubtful that a single player game could be as gripping as one filled with dozens of crazed monsters out for blood, let alone one without zombies. But after just a little more than one hour with the game last night I'm singing a different tune. And my song is lost amid the howling winds of a massive, empty and utterly deadly world. These are my first three lives in The Long Dark. One The only thing I can see is the breath in front of my face and a half dozen tall pine trees around me. There must be a full moon, but the diffuse light is having trouble making it through the low...
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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris launches Dec. 9

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the sequel to isometric action-adventure game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC Dec. 9, IGN reports. In Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Lara and her rival Carter are cursed after breaking into an ancient temple. Along with demigods Isis and Horus, they set out to defeat the evil Set and break their bad luck. In a step up from the previous game, Temple of Osiris will feature co-op play for up to four people. The game's predecessor was released in 2010. Unlike other Tomb Raider games, it focuses heavily on multiplayer gameplay. Players compete for loot while working together to solve puzzles and smack down enemies. Crystal Dynamics announced Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris at E3...
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Launching Civilization: Beyond Earth

Launching Civilization: Beyond Earth By Russ Pitts @russpitts Share Tweet Lying on its side, it's longer than three 18-wheelers and as tall as a three-story house. It's broken into sections: the F1 rocket engines, the first stage, the second stage, the third stage and then the command module and escape tower — the parts people recognize. The Apollo parts. The parts that took men to the moon. Eleven-year-old Will Miller stands next to the bell of the F1, the broad business end of the rocket engine. The part that breathes fire. He looks up at the engine bell, then at the relatively tiny command module. He thinks about how much power it takes to send such a small object into space, and how, back here on the ground, there are people who made that powerful rocket,...
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Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King gameplay video - 40 minutes of pain

After finishing a playthrough or two of Dark Souls 2's original content, your character was probably approaching demigod-esque levels of power. That might be enough for you up in Drangleic, but in Crown of the Sunken King, the game's first piece of DLC, you might find yourself totally eating it more frequently than you're used to. Check out the gameplay video above to watch our first 40 minutes playing the new content, and bask in the schadenfreude of our misery.
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Dwarf Fortress will crush your CPU because creating history is hard

Like much of the collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Dwarf Fortress is a baffling, inscrutable mess. But with proper interpretation, even the most intimidating forms can provide for moments of admiration. Polygon sat down with one of the creators of Dwarf Fortress, Tarn Adams, to talk about his work. We wanted to take just a piece of the whole — world creation — and unpack it. To make it digestible. And in the process we found a whole new respect for the game. The opening cinematic of Dwarf Fortress. I met a traveller Dwarf Fortress has been made over the last decade by Tarn and his brother Zach. Version .40 was just released a few weeks ago and the focus of the game is, as it has always been, enabling players to lead a small colony of dwarves in building a fortress. But...
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Batman: Arkham Knight DLC to include a Red Hood story mission (update)

Batman: Arkham Knight may feature an add-on story mission starring the violent vigilante Red Hood, according to allegedly leaked GameStop promotional materials posted by Batman News. The above picture — in addition to the previously-announced playable Harley Quinn DLC — mentions the Red Hood Story Pack, in which players can "play as the ruthless vigilante." The picture also notes the pack is pre-order bonus and exclusive to GameStop. Yesterday afternoon, GameStop tweeted a blurry image of what looks like the Red Hood character shown in the above materials. The tweet mentions an announcement connected to the image and a "big game" coming today, July 23. In Batman lore, the Red Hood's identity has frequently changed, but one of his first incarnations was as the Joker's original form in...
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Kickstarter suspends Ex-STALKER devs' Areal campaign, West Games turns to direct funding

Areal, the game pitched as a colorful, open-world post-apocalyptic adventure from "senior ex-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers," found success on Kickstarter, but now the project has been suspended and all pledges have been canceled. According to a message sent to Kickstarter backers today, "A review of the project uncovered evidence that it broke Kickstarter's rules." Now the developer has turned to direct funding through its own website in an effort to finance Areal. The suspension of Areal's Kickstarter hit with less than 48 hours to go in its fundraising campaign. The developer, West Games, had raised nearly $65,000, well beyond its original $50,000 fundraising goal. Kickstarter doesn't disclose why it suspends campaigns, but said it will take such action if campaigns misrepresent or...
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The Crew beta gameplay video - From Detroit to Seattle

Earlier this week, Ubisoft's open-world driving game The Crew entered its closed beta testing phase, giving a few drivers access to the game's enormous, America-shaped playground. Check out the video above to see some of our experiences in action, including car shopping, customization, dynamic challenges and a few of the game's story-based missions. For more context on what you're seeing, check out our half-hour Overview on the game below, in which we take a road trip from Detroit to St. Louis in the very realistic span of about ten minutes.
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Find out which experimental games excite Korean devs

Note: A few frames of the above video are not suitable for work. A group of Korean game developers were inspired by GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop to host their own curated games exhibition. The festival, called Out of Index, opened for submissions June 22nd and just a short month later the games were demonstrated at a small party in South Korea. "People say ‘There is nothing new under the sun,'" reads OOI's mission statement. "Does that mean there wouldn't be any new grammar [of gameplay] then? No! "We would like to inspire new energy to the Korean game industry through various experimentation [sic]." The showcase featured 14 games, including Western games like David OReilly's Mountain. Check out the video for the highlights. You can find information, including videos, about...
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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Arachnid Quarter - Overview video

Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas single-player expansion has been a long time coming, but it's finally here! To celebrate the new content and the new cards, I invited fellow card game nerd Griffin McElroy to check out the freshly-launched Arachnid Quarter. We face down each of the new AI-controlled bosses on Normal mode, marvel at their crazy abilities and make all sorts of hilarious mistakes. Griffin and I will be back checking out each new wing of Curse of Naxxramas as they go live over the coming weeks.
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Heroes of the Storm's newest character plucked from World of Warcraft's comic

The latest hero to join Blizzard's upcoming "hero brawler" Heroes of the Storm is Rehgar Earthfury, an Orc shaman heralding from World of Warcraft's comic book series. Blizzard shared a new video today showing comic character (and action figure) Rehgar in action. He will be primarily useful as a support character, with high survivability and utility and with his damage dealing and complexity in the middle range for Heroes' fighters. His main abilities are Bloodlust — a move that will temporarily boost his and his allies' attack and movement speeds — and Ancestral Healing — an ability that can heal one or multiple allies at once. Rehgar's unique hero trait is Ghost Wolf, which allows him to turn into a fast-moving wolf ghost to chase down opponents or quickly flee a battle. He will...
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Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015

Battlefield Hardline has been delayed to early 2015, Electronic Arts announced today, saying that the development teams want to spend more time developing the game to ultimately deliver a better product. "Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves," Karl Magnus Troedsson, DICE vice president and group GM, wrote on the Battlefield blog. "Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We've been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you. "This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and...
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