Tetris, Star Wars and more of the week’s biggest gaming news

Do you think the first week of January is a slow week for news? Think again. 13 years Tetris The Phenom has boldly gone where no one has gone before, defeating the NES version of the classic puzzle game by reaching the “kill screen” at level 157. steam The sometimes confusing results of the annual Players’ Choice Awards announced, and The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall I got a free fan-made remix.

Bethesda’s biggest game ever is free-to-play and remastered

A character sits on a horse in a town in Daggerfall Unity, with graphics improved by a mod.

Screenshot: Dagherval unit

before Starfieldbefore Skyrimbefore Fallout 3 And amnesiaBefore your parents knew how to make you, he was there The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. It was, and remains, Bethesda’s biggest game ever, and now it’s a fan-made reconstruction of the entire vast world in Unity. It has reached version 1.0. Oh, and it’s completely free, and won’t be ruined by lawyers! This is new dagger It’s a great accomplishment, and exactly the excuse you need to return to Tamriel. -John Walker Read more

So, what’s new in Steam Awards?

There is an image of Steam Trophies next to the Red Dead Redemption 2 and Starfield logos.

picture: Valve / Rockstar Games / Bethesda / Kotaku

results Steam Awards 2023 Every year, Steam turns to the community to vote on the best games of the year across a wide range of categories. This year saw an RPG from Larian Studios Baldur’s Gate 3 Grab the game of the year, while The killer companyA cooperative first-person horror game, It received a “Better With Friends Award” for its co-op gameplay. The Last of Us Part One It got the award for Best Original Score, which seems odd since it came out in 2013, but it technically wasn’t added to Steam until 2023. – Claire Jackson Read more

A horror game studio has been shut down due to cyberattacks and poor sales

Stray Souls protagonist Daniel extends his right hand toward something that illuminates his face.

picture: Gokai studio

Just two months after the third-person action horror game Lost souls Following its release, developer Jukai Studio abruptly closed its doors, citing a myriad of issues including poor game sales and multiple cyberattacks from an unknown perpetrator. Developer It was moved to X/Twitter on December 22 To announce the sudden closure. Studio Gokai said that was part of the problem Lost soulsVery poor reception and sales, leaving the team “completely unable to sustain the company”. – Levi Winslow Read more

After three decades, someone has finally beaten Tetris on the NES

Official artwork for the NES version of Atari Games' puzzle game Tetris.

picture: Atari games

Classic puzzle game Tetris It has been around for over three decades, and in that time, there have been a lot of people It reached its various endsusually by Remove four rows of bricks at once Like digital demolition. This is a challenge in itself, but now, someone has taken on the concept of “swatting”. Tetris“To the extreme by playing an NES game so powerfully that it outright crashes, a phenomenon also known as the ‘kill screen.'” – Levi Winslow Read more

Star Citizen’s “Everything Bundle” costs $48,000

picture: RSI/Fox/Disney/Kotaku

Forever in sim development Star Citizen It may not be finished after more than a decade of development work and announcements, but it already has a lot of expensive ships you can buy and travel on. And if you want all of these ships in one big DLC ​​package, Star Citizen He has a choice for you. Just be prepared to spend more than $48,000. – Zach Zwiesen Read more

Baldur’s Gate 3 has a beautiful homage that you will see through misty eyes

Golbraith, as he appears in Baldur's Gate 3.

Screenshot: Andrea Gatta/X

And here is something unusually wonderful. via job By Rachel Quirk, Larian Studios Writer We’ve just learned about a very touching tribute to the player’s father that appears in the studio’s award-winning RPG Baldur’s Gate 3. In October 2020, a member of the Larian forums posted to thank the developer for releasing the first chapter of the game in early access, because it allowed them to enjoy one last adventure with their father, who had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. -John Walker Read more

Ubisoft quickly corrects Star Wars Outlaws release window to ‘late 2024’.

Star Wars Outlaws heroine Kay Face peeks out from behind some structures with an alien creature on her left shoulder.

Screenshot: Ubisoft Massive Entertainment/Kotaku

Star Wars Outlawsthe upcoming action-adventure game from Ubisoft that follows villain Kay Vess The Empire strikes back And Return of the Jedi, did not previously have a release date beyond the very wide “2024” window. However, a Disney Parks blog today quietly announced that it will launch in “late 2024.” This was short-lived, as Ubisoft immediately swooped in to correct the record and reconfirm the general timeframe of 2024. – Levi Winslow Read more

The MMO revived by fans has been officially licensed to continue

The image shows a group of superheroes dressed as seen in City of Heroes.

picture: NCSoft

City of heroes It was a beloved MMORPG that launched in April 2004 and lasted just over eight years. At the time, it won over a dedicated community of players who, even after the game was discontinued, continued to play the MMO via private servers that existed in a strange legal gray area. But now, the developers are behind City of heroes I gave one of the private servers the official thumbs-up to keep working. – Zach Zwiesen Read more

Baldur’s Gate 3 actors share their most flop lines

Baldur’s Gate 3 actors share their most flop lines

The second part of our interview with Baldur’s Gate 3 Actresses Devorah Wilde and Jennifer English

Baldur’s Gate 3 actors: Intimacy coordinators should be ‘industry standard’

Baldur’s Gate 3 actors: Intimacy coordinators should be ‘industry standard’

The first part of our interview with Baldur’s Gate 3 Actresses Devorah Wilde and Jennifer English

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