The COVID-19 lockdown was truly the best of times and worst of times for the board game industry. Forced inside for months on end, consumer demand for board games skyrocketed while supply chain problems made getting those games harder and harder. The most popular games to come out of the pandemic are the roll-and-writes, a genre of game that lends itself well to socially distanced and even Zoom-based gameplay. That popularity was reflected at this year’s Gen Con, where the presence of these games at numerous companies’ booths suggested that we’re entering a new age of innovation for the genre.

Roll-and-writes represent a lot of opportunity for the designer since they can accommodate higher player counts, flexible asymmetry, and brand-new ways to approach co-op and competitive gameplay. , the “writing” portion of these games has shifted from pad-and-paper setups (as in games like cartographers) to laminated dry-erase mats (which most

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Sony has today added 12 new games to PlayStation Plus for subscribers to play across PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles. At the start of this month, PS Plus Essential members were able to begin downloading August’s three new titles which included Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, Yakuza: Like a Dragonand Little Nightmares. And while this lineup at a baseline level was quite strong for the month, those who are subscribed to PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium can now look to get their hands on an even larger number of games.

As of this moment, the 12 new games in question coming to PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium have become available to download. This slate is notably headline by three installments in the Yakuza series from Sega and stands as the beginning of the franchise’s full addition to PS Plus before the end of 2023.

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Vampire Survivors’ new 0.10.0 update adds a cheats menu, and after using it to unlock some things I had been stuck on, I dearly wish that more games included one.

Vampire Survivors, if you haven’t heard of it, is a delightful game about leveling up and destroying literally thousands of monsters in a single run. I’d describe it as roguelike-ish; you pick a starting character with certain attributes and a specific weapon, and you’ll level up that weapon, other weapons, and other items as you collect gems by defeating enemies. Your weapons fire automatically, so you mostly just have to worry about picking up experience and items while avoiding baddies.

The game launched in Early Access on Steam late last year, and has received regular updates that add things like new characters, weapons, power-ups, stages, and special items, though you typically have to unlock them by completing certain requirements.

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Sony has today revealed the latest slate of games that will become available for PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers later in August. In addition to continuing to make a handful of new titles free on a monthly basis, Sony is continuing to add new games to PS Plus Extra and Premium as a way of making each tier that much more enticing. And while this month’s PS Plus slate is notably lacking in retro games, the lineup as a whole is fairly strong.

Detailed on the PlayStation Blog today, Sony revealed that it will be adding 12 games in total to PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium next week on August 12th. This slate is notably headlined by the arrival of three games in the Yakuza series, which Sony previously revealed would be coming to PS Plus in full before 2022 comes to a close. In

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Russian authorities have been trying to sow the seeds of a propaganda effort at convincing residents of occupied territories that Ukraine is already divided, according to a new report from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

“Ukraine has already been divided,” the Russian occupiers said, according to the intelligence agency. “In the territory of the western regions, Polish zlotys were put into circulation, in most shops there are double price tags. There is nowhere to run from Russia. Ukraine is not what it used to be.”

The false information, which has been focused on Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia, according to the agency, is intended to inject doubt into residents of Ukraine nearly six months into the war, the intelligence agency said.

“The moves are at undermining the moral and psychological stability of the Ukrainian-minded population remaining in the city,” the agency said in a statement.

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The London-based mobile publisher Product Madness has opened applications for a new incubator program that aims to find the next free-to-play hit.

The company, best known for popular games such as Heart of Vegas and Cashman Casino, has slots open for up to ten teams in the program’s initial year, and tells it wants the incubator to be “a game-changer in the industry.”

The program, called Madness Ventures, will provide funding in three stages: one for prototyping and testing, one for a full prototype, and then for full development and global release. Developers that take part will retain creative independence, as well as full ownership of their IP.

Zvika Paluka, Product Madness

“We want to foster innovation not only internally but also externally because we believe that great ideas exist among talented game entrepreneurs,” vice president of business development and strategy Zvika Pakula told

“This incubator

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On an average day about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that’s a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we’ve gathered the best PC games (opens in new tab) you can play right now and a running list of the 2022 games (opens in new tab) that are launching this year.


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Release:‌ August 5
Developer:‌ Passion Republic Games
Launch price:‌ $35 |‌ £27.79 |‌ AU$53

Every now and then a game about giant monsters beating the crap out of each other releases, and the world joys. The latest kaiju

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Sony has confirmed the new PS Plus Extra and Premium games that will be released in August 2022. We already knew about three Yakuza games that were being added into PlayStation Plus this month, but the trio will be joined by nine more PS5 and PS4 games in Extra. Fans will be disappointed to learn there are no more games being added to the PS Plus Classics Collection this month, though.

PS Plus Extra and Premium August 2022 new games

Dead By Daylight

There will be 12 new games added to PS Plus Extra with no additional PlayStation Plus Classic games added to PS Plus Premium. The games will join the service on August 16, 2022, as predicted, and it looks like new games will be added to the PS Plus collection on the third Tuesday of every month. Some of the games are surprises, such as the aforementioned Dead By Daylight, but

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Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have new free SNES and NES games, or, more specifically, two new SNES games and one new NES game. Because these aren’t Sega Genesis games nor N64 games, these new freebies don’t require the Expansion Pack tier of the subscription service, aka the more expensive tier of the subscription service. All you need to download and enjoy the three new games is a basic ol’ Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

As for the three games, they are the following titles: Fighter’s History, Kirby’s Avalancheand Daiva Story 6: Imperial of Nirsartia. The former two are the aforementioned SNES games while the latter is the aforementioned NES game. The first of these games, Fighter’s Historywas developed and published by Data East, who first released the game in 1993 via arcade, with the NES version not coming until two years later in 1995. The second of

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Thanks to a new software development kit, Xbox Series S developers will now be able to create games that use more memory than ever before. The recent upgrade was implemented with the intention of giving developers more control over performance on the next-gen console.

US The Verge reported, this update is specifically for optimizing the Series S, which has lower memory and graphical power than the more expensive Series X. While the Series X has access to 16 GB of RAM, its smaller cousin has around 10 GB. Developers are further constrained to 8 GB, because around 2 GB of that total is used for the operating system. The recently released June Game Development Kit frees up hundreds of additional megabytes of memory. In a video explaining the updatethis additional memory “can improve graphics performance in memory constrained conditions.”

As pointed out by the Verge, developers told YouTube hardware

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