Weekly Steam releases and PC gaming news for week ending 26th April 2013.

Due to some unexpected failures, this week started a bit late. As such there is half an hour less, so expect only a brief mention of the weeks releases. However after the fires were put out, the front was taped back on and the panic smothered; the news continues on uninterrupted.

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This is a casual game by Mobage, available for free through the Google Play Market. It’s an eight-bit style game where the goal is to travel through the various stages of the map and use your set of nine fighters to battle evil robotic invaders, and save the spiritual land of Texel. The game describes it’s self as an RPG but I have found it to be more like a trading card game.

Gameplay is very simple: you chose an area of the map, and then a stage. You ‘travel’ through the stage and fight the bad guys, collecting experience, tex coins and gems along the way. In each battle, you have the choice of selecting three of your nine fighters at a time by swiping across the grid in horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines. You only ever fight three bad guys at a time, with the exception of the Boss fights. These occur after every third stage, and predictably enough you face down a lone super-tough bad guy. Each boss battle takes away a Nux Block, which you can get as prizes to use if you don’t have enough, but will regenerate on their own after a while. The same goes for energy used in traversing the stages; while it does regenerate after a while, you can use eight-bitter plants to give you more energy to continue. These are also given as prizes for completing stages.

With regard to the trading card style of the game, as you fight your way across the map, you gather gems called Pixite and Voxite (and occasionally Smithite). These gems can be used to generate more fighters, with Pixite creating lower-level fighters than Voxite. Smithite is used to generate a single type of fighter, usually based on an event that is happening in game.

With your newly built fighters, you can then fuse them together to create more powerful fighters. Fusing together fighters of the same type is called Self Fusing, and doing this six times will result in the fighters evolving into a more powerful version of it.

Power-ups only come in the form of fusing fighters together, however you still have access to items that heal (duct tape), resurrect (G.L.U.), as well as the Eight-Bitter Plant and Nux Blocks. Mentioned above.

White it is a simple game at heart, this leads to it being very easy to pick up and very hard to put down again. My only complaint is it is very battery and network intensive. You need to have full 3G signal for it to not have connection issues.

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The above books are both set in Barcelona, around the end of the Second World War, and are part of the same series. However, unlike with many other book series, they are not dependant on each other and, but the author’s own admission, can be readout of sequence.

The Shadow of the Wind, ostensibly the first in the series, focuses around Daniel Sempere and the book he acquires at the Cemetery of Forgotten Books at a young age. It follows his life and his strange desire to find more about the author who’s book he now owns, which turns into a tragic tale of desperate men and women doing the best they can, in a world ravaged by war.

The Prisoner of Heaven, the third book in the series, starts out a week or so before Daniel Sempere’s best friend, Fermín Romero de Torres, is to get married and delves into a time, long before Daniel was born, of de Torres’s life during the war, of his time in prison and of the men he met there, specifically David Martín, an author.

Both novels have a Gothic/ noire feeling to them, and I found both books to be suffused with sadness. The writing in each is beautiful and descriptive, giving you just enough flavour of the time and place to conjure vivid images without drenching you in excessive detail and pulling you out of the story. As I mentioned before, I found both stories to be sad and tragic, something I feel partly comes from the setting. The backdrop of war and the poverty that comes after add immeasurably to the flavour of the tales and the sadness.

I highly recommend both these books, and I am endeavouring to acquire the other 2 books in this series.

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I had the idea of getting two amazing Rock DJs to do a little Rock battle over the internet however my now burned/dead/thrown out of a window crap-top had decided that it wasn’t going to be able to handle that… So instead… This happened. . . .

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Prepare to be both thrilled and very scared as we dive into gaming, comics/”Graphic Novels”, movies and of course TV series… This can only end up being the most randomist thing I’ve done on G3… so far anyways

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Well, we got bored after a meeting and decided to read some ‘creations’ from http://www.fiftyshadesgenerator.com/

This was the result…

Featuring Chaotix, darkelink, MasterQueef, Wriga, NeoThermic, DruidX, Vince_Kupo and even darkliquid.

Feel free to do whatever you want with this file; cut it, remix it, whatever. The best one might even win something.

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