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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 24, 2013 6:00AM PST

Defense Grid: The Awakening developer Hidden Path may have fell short of its Kickstarter dream of funding a sequel to the tower defense, but it did raise enough money to make new DLC. That expansion, Containment, is out now on PC for $4.99, bringing eight new maps with a new story, including voicework from Firefly’s Alan Tudyk. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 22, 2013 12:01PM PST

FTL for PC is #7 in our Best of 2012. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 22, 2013 11:30AM PST

We haven't heard much from Blizzard's own entry into the Dota clone arena, Blizzard All-Stars, since the developer settled/lost its trademark dispute with Valve, but fear not, "it's still actively being worked on." That's the word from StarCraft II production director Chris Sigaty, who says it's held up while Blizzard works on bits for its business model. While Blizzard still won't formally confirm it'll be free-to-play, it's looking awfully likely. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 22, 2013 8:45AM PST

The Elder Scrolls Online beta sign-ups have opened, and the form features a status bar that grants you better odds for selection the more information you fill out. Read more

The second chapter of the StarCraft II trilogy kicks off on March 12 with the launch of SC2: Heart of the Swarm, but you can have a peek at how that starts today as Blizzard has released the opening cinematic. Kerrigan may be de-Zergified now, but is she beyond the pull of the swarm? Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 21, 2013 2:00PM PST

Thrills, chills, and gently rolling hills are coming on January 30 with the launch of dreamy explore 'em up Proteus on PC and Mac. For $9.99, the playable song will send you off on a lovely countryside stroll, playing with local flora and fauna to build a wonderful procedural soundtrack. Wear sensible shoes and bring a packed lunch. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 21, 2013 6:45AM PST

VVVVVV creator Terry Cavanagh's delightfully difficult Super Hexagon launched on Android over the weekend, after hitting iThings and PC last year. If you like rotating geometry while pounding music plays, you'll love this spin 'em up. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 21, 2013 6:00AM PST

Why are three factions at war in The Elder Scrolls Online? Because MMORPG's often use large-scale conflict to add a sense of importance to their repetitive quests. Oh no, but that's too simple. No, it's the sort of issue only a 'loremaster' can explain, and ZeniMax has deployed its lead loremaster Lawrence Schick to explain the troubles in a video developer diary. Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Jan 18, 2013 2:45PM PST

Derrick the Deathfin, lovingly described as "the world's first underwater papercraft video game" by developer Different Tuna, is swimming onto the PC and Mac. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 18, 2013 6:00AM PST

Now that Dota 2 is up to a whopping 96 characters, it's a fair bet that a good proportion of them are something of a mystery to most of its 3 million players. To help introduce you to a few more, without the fear of being stomped by people playing their best heroes, Valve added a new mode in yesterday's weekly patch that forces everyone to choose one of their least-played Doters. Read more