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Valve's former economist is Greece's new finance minister

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Valve's former economist is Greece's new finance minister

In 2011 Valve president Gabe Newell recruited economics professor Yanis Varoufakis to oversee the markets for virtual goods in Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, and Dota 2. Now Varoufakis has taken the role of finance minister in Greece's new government, and the fate of the Eurozone may be in his hands.

Anti-austerity party Syriza swept to power in Greece at a snap election in the weekend, after campaigning to renegotiate the terms of bailout loans from Germany and other European lenders which have crippled the country's economy.

Newell contacted Varoufakis three years ago after realising that the problems Valve was seeing with a shared currency across its virtual economies were analogous to Greece's situation with the Euro: “This is Germany and Greece,” Newell wrote, as he proposed that the economist might take a consulting role with Valve to help the software developer understand these issues. “Rather than continuing to run an emulator of you in my head, I thought I’d check to see if we couldn’t get the real you interested in what we are doing.”

Varoufakis almost deleted the email after reading just the first line, thinking it another business proposal from a “crackpot”, but he read on and became intrigued by the offer.

In a blog post after he joined Valve, the economist wrote that he had been hired “to forge narratives and empirical knowledge that (a) transcend the border separating the 'real' from the digital economies, and (b) bring together lessons from the political economy of our gamers' economies and from studying Valve's very special (and fascinating) internal management structure.”

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Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4

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Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4

Brian Fargo has announced plans for a sequel to The Bard's Tale 3 some 27 years after the game was released.

Fargo and inXile will seek the funds to develop The Bard's Tale 4 through Kickstarter.

In 2004, inXile released a comedic action adventure spin on the series called The Bard's Tale. Fargo said The Bard's Tale 4 would return to the series' roots, and would be "a proper sequel to the trilogy".

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Dragon's Dogma Online announced, but a western release is unlikely

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Dragon's Dogma Online announced, but a western release is unlikely

Capcom has announced that it is developing a Dragon's Dogma MMO, but has also stated it has no plans game to release it in the West.

Dragon's Dogma Online was revealed in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (translated by Siliconera, Gematsu, and NeoGAF). It will be a free-to-play action-RPG for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.

Online supports up to 100 players per lobby, and parties of up to four players and pawns can tackle its quests. Raids support up to eight.

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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected for PS4 recalled throughout Australia

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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected for PS4 recalled throughout Australia

A nationwide product recall has been issued for Saints Row 4: Re-Elected on PlayStation 4.

According to a statement issued to press, the version of the game sold in Australia over the weekend was incorrectly classified.

"Unfortunately over the weekend, it has come to light that the PlayStation 4 retail release of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has a serious manufacturing issue and a nationwide recall is now underway in Australia," reads the statement.

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Is a remaster of PS2 adventure Fahrenheit coming to Steam?

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A remaster of PS2 adventure Fahrenheit is coming to Steam – rumour

A remaster of David Cage's 2005 adventure Fahrenheit (AKA Indigo Prophecy) is allegedly coming to PC and Mac this month.

Eurogamer spotted a since-removed Amazon entry for the game, titled Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered.

The release date was stated as January 29, and the price was US$10 for a Steam key for the uncut (European) version.

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Sarkeesian to create new series examining masculinity in games

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Sarkeesian to create new series examining masculinity in games

Feminist critic and gaming gadfly Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans to create a new series that explores masculinity in video games.

Sarkeesian made the announcement in non-profit Feminist Frequency's first annual report.

In addition to producing new episodes of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Sarkeesian and company will produce a new miniseries that presents "examples of positive female characters in video games", and a series that explores "the representation of men and masculinity in video games."

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Dying Light box copies delayed, Be the Zombie mode free

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Dying Light box copies delayed, Be the Zombie mode free

Dying Light’s Be the Zombie mode will now be made available to all players for free, Techland has announced.

The mode, which allows a player to control certain zombies in the game and attack others online, was originally a pre-order-only bonus.

However, Techland has announced that physical copies of Dying Light have been delayed a month in regions outside of North America, and so by way of apology, it will gift the mode to everyone for free.

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Don't oversell HoloLens, warns Molyneux

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Don't oversell HoloLens, warns Molyneux

Game designer and former Microsoft insider Peter Molyneux has warned the company not to overpromise on what its holographic headset can deliver.

"I did see the early versions of HoloLens and played around with a few things on it," Molyneux told GamesIndustry.biz. "It was very, very early days in the technology. It is, I have to say a magical experience, seeing these objects in the real world. The problem I think is to make it feel like it is in the real world and not projected into your eye. I think it's, for me, more exciting than even VR but it shares a similar problem as VR does and that is: what is the application going to be?"

"For me, some of the stage demos they had were magical as they were building drones on stage and you start to think back to your Kinect days and how exhausting that would be to move your arm around and tap with your fingers. And this is the problem with VR - the applications that we think are going to be great on it quite often are exhausting or very challenging. My hope is that their concept video doesn't over promise what the technology can deliver. Because the actual experience of seeing a 3D object projected into the world is a magical one.

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Grow Home is an experimental physics-based platformer from a small Ubisoft team

Grow Home is an experimental physics-based platformer from a small Ubisoft team

The latest project to emerge from Ubisoft’s passion project incubator is Grow Home, a physics-based platformer for PC.

Grow Home is being developed by an eight-person team at Driver: San Francisco studio Ubisoft Reflections, and was inspired by the likes of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wall-E.

According to Ubisoft, Grow Home is the story of BUD, a Botanical Utility Droid sent on a mission across the galaxy to seek out a new species of flora to help oxygenate his home world. He finds the perfect specimen in the Star Plant – a giant beanstalk he must climb so he can harvest its seeds.

Wednesday 28 January

Valve's former economist is Greece's new finance minister
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Valve's former economist is Greece's new finance minister
Yanis Varoufakis once oversaw Steam Market.
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Jan 2015 gameplay video
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Jan 2015 gameplay video
15 minutes of gameplay.
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Excessive Gaming Violins
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Excessive Gaming Violins
We chat with YouTube star Lindsey Stirling.
Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4
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Brian Fargo announces The Bard's Tale 4
To be Kickstarted.
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Pix the Cat – Multiplayer trailer
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Pix the Cat – Multiplayer trailer
Coming to PC soon.
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds launch trailer
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Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds launch trailer
"Sidescrolling beat 'em up with badass chibi twist."
Super Galaxy Squadron launch trailer
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Super Galaxy Squadron launch trailer
Play for charity.
Unreal Engine 4 – Unreal Paris Virtual Tour trailer
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Unreal Engine 4 – Unreal Paris Virtual Tour trailer
So real you can taste it.
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8BitMMO launch trailer
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8BitMMO launch trailer
An adventure 14 years in the making.
Professional Lumberjack 2015 announce trailer
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Professional Lumberjack 2015 announce trailer
I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay.
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Blackguards 2 – Video Guide part 1 trailer
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Blackguards 2 – Video Guide part 1 trailer
Surviving Southern Aventuria.
Magicka 2 – An Interview Without the Vampire trailer
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Magicka 2 – An Interview Without the Vampire trailer
More live-action silliness.

Tuesday 27 January

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc - Randall Higgins: KillCameraman trailer
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc - Randall Higgins: KillCameraman trailer
The guy on the other side of the camera.
Heroes of the Storm ANZ beta key giveaway
Competition
Heroes of the Storm ANZ beta key giveaway
750 invitations to be won!
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Five Nights at Freddy's 3 teaser trailer
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Five Nights at Freddy's 3 teaser trailer
Coming soon.
Homeworld Remastered Collection – Release Date trailer
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Homeworld Remastered Collection – Release Date trailer
The mothership is standing by.
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Life is Strange – Butterfly Effect dev diary
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Life is Strange – Butterfly Effect dev diary
Time rewinding explained.
Silence: The Whispered World 2 trailer
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Silence: The Whispered World 2 trailer
Coming early 2015.
Don't oversell HoloLens, warns Molyneux
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Don't oversell HoloLens, warns Molyneux
Shades of Kinect.
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Gunsport – PS4 trailer
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Gunsport – PS4 trailer
Cyberpunk volleyball with guns.
Dying Light launch trailer
Trailer
Dying Light launch trailer
Techland's latest is out this week.
Grow Home is an experimental physics-based platformer from a small Ubisoft team
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Grow Home is an experimental physics-based platformer from a small Ubisoft team
Inspired by Hitchhiker’s Guide, Wall-E.
Grow Home teaser trailer
Trailer
Grow Home teaser trailer
Another smaller game from Ubisoft.