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by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Oct 26, 2012 10:15AM PDT

The Indie Royale Halloween bundle has launched, packaging Sam & Max Season 3, Home, Pathologic, MacGuffin's Curse, and EvilQuest. Read more

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is getting a major beta patch soon, which will allow testers to try out the new XP and leveling systems. Read more

Left 4 Dead 2 is offering a free weekend in celebration of Halloween, complete with a new achievement for current players of the game. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 24, 2012 7:30AM PDT

If you were thrilled by the recent lenghty demonstration of SimCity or the peek at its disasters, head on down to the shops now, buy a 2013 calendar, and draw a big heart around March 5. That's when Maxis's city-building sim will launch, see. It was previously slated to arrive in February. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 24, 2012 6:45AM PDT

When your game is already about killing mutated monstrosities, you really need to push the boat out for Halloween. Killing Floor has always handled events with gusto and this year is no different, with zombie hillbillies after your blood and delicious brains in a new map. The Hillbilly Horror update also adds four new weapons, and the game and its DLC are on sale t'boot. Read more

Thursday's a big day Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3. As well as launching Mac, Android and iOS editions of its retro webcomic RPG, developer Zeboyd Games is belatedly releasing the second free DLC pack on PC and Xbox 360, Lair of the Seamstress. Read more

After completing the remarkable accomplishment of its King's Quest fan-sequel The Silver Lining, Phoenix Online Studios set out to make a new adventure game of its own, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. The supernatural click 'em up's first episode will fittingly arrive just before Halloween, publisher Reverb announced yesterday, on October 30 for PC and Mac. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 22, 2012 3:30PM PDT

When Blizzard introduced the Monster Power setting to Diablo III last week in patch 1.0.5, it was hoping to make things a little more difficult for flashy heroes decked out in the finest gear seeking a challenge. Thanks to a bug, that went a little too far, and now Blizzard's dialing the damage down in Inferno difficulty to fit its original goal. Read more

The ever-interesting Jason Rohrer has revealed his latest game, a "massively-multiplayer game of burglary and home defense" by the name of The Castle Doctrine. Beyond that little nugget and a few screenshots, though, the chap behind the likes of multiplayer storytell 'em up Sleep is Death and five-minute life simulator Passage is keeping schtum about this intriguing idea. Read more

With Nitronic Rush in the past, the team is now focusing on their latest racer, Distance. Read more