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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Sep 5, 2012 8:15AM PDT

An explosion of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is already filling our eyes and ears, as Blizzard sent out the first round of beta invites yesterday. Don't rush to your inbox, as you're probably not special enough to be allowed in yet, but those lucky few have already started talking about and streaming their experiences, so you can live vicariously through them. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Sep 3, 2012 6:00AM PDT

You thought the day would never come, and it still hasn't just yet, but Black Mesa now has a release date. After eight years of development, the fan remake of Half-Life in the Source engine will be released on September 14. Except it won't be quite complete; the team is working on expanding HL's reviled Xen section and plans to release it later. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 30, 2012 4:15PM PDT

Goblins are a menace. We know this because Trine 2's DLC Goblin Menace says so in its name, and next week we'll get to find out exactly why they are a menace. But they definitely are. Developer Frozenbyte today announced that it'll launch on for PC and Mac on September 6 for $7, though if you own the Collector's Edition on Steam you get to to play a bit of it right now for free. Read more

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

You've pumped all of this money into Kickstarter projects, and what do you have to show for it? Some "exclusive" desktop wallpapers, a t-shirt, perhaps even a playable alpha build, but mostly wishes and dreams. Proving these can turn into actual games, developer Subset Games today announced that its roguelike-like spaceship sim FTL, one of the first big successes of the recent Kickstarter boom, will blast off on September 14 for backers and mere consumers alike. Read more

Edmund McMillen's cult hit The Binding of Isaac is being remade by a new team courtesy of a to-be-revealed publisher. The goal is to bring the remake to consoles and PC some time next year. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 29, 2012 7:30AM PDT

Two-person studio Vlambeer has made a name for itself with tight arcade-y games like Super Crate Box, Radical Fishing and Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, and it seems set to continue that streak across PC and consoles with Luftrausers. The sequel to free 2D dogfight 'em up Luftrauser sends you into the skies in a plane of your own design to destroy oodles of enemy planes and ships, because something something they're naughty. Read more

Former OnLive employees describe former CEO Steve Perlman as hostile, refusing to work with publishers that could have greatly expanded the service's game offerings. Read more

by Jeff Mattas, shacknews.com, Aug 28, 2012 2:00PM PDT

I chat with indie developer Aaron Foster about crafting Routine, Lunar Software's upcoming survival-horror, first-person roguelike set on a desolate Moon base. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Aug 28, 2012 10:30AM PDT

The Walking Dead's third episode rolls out to PlayStation 3 customers today, and PC and Xbox 360 marketplaces tomorrow. Read more

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for August 28, 2012. Topics include: the tale of two interviews, a Wii U oopsy, and tidbits that might make you spew you coffee across the screen. Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more