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Another week, another batch of the internet's best gaming deals on offer, faithfully gathered up by yours truly. While the internet may currently be aflame from one too many hot takes on Nintendo's new cardboard toys, we've got everything from laptops to PS4 Pros to look at here. Shall we get started?

As usual, we've got deals that'll work in the UK, deals that'll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let's get started.

UK & US Deals carmageddon_free GOG has not only gone and added the last two games in the Carmageddon series to its vault - Carmageddon TDR 2000 and Carmageddon: Max Damage - but the former is available completely free for a limited time. Snap it up while you can, and you can still pick up the remaining games in the series with 75% discounts each.

Carmageddon TDR 2000 for free from GOG

humble_winters This coming week signals the end of Humble's Winter Sale, so consider this one last recommendation for you to go over and check out some of the thousands of deals on offer from those folks. As of this weekend, there's a batch of new offers from Square Enix, Sega, WB Games, and more.

INDEX

SECTION 1 EUROGAMER NETWORK LIMITED PROFILE

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2018

SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2018

SECTION 1 EUROGAMER NETWORK LIMITED PROFILE

1.1 ACTIVITIES

Eurogamer Network Limited develops gamer-focused Websites and events. The company offers video game reviews, news, previews, forums, and videos. It also provides EGTV shows, digital foundries, and game release dates. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Brighton, United Kingdom.

1.2 SUMMARY

Website: http://www.eurogamer.net

Industry: Software and Technology Servic

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2018

January 10: Eurogamer Network Limited: Old-school WW2 shooter Battalion 1944 launches in Early Access next month

Developer Bulkhead Interactive has announce that its old-school WW2 shooter, Battalion 1944, will launch in Steam Early Access on Thursday, February 1st.

Battalion 1944 first emerged back in 2016 when Derby-based Bulkhead Interactive - the studio behind Pneuma: Breath of Life, and the well-received first-person puzzler The Turing Test - launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of the project.

Its World War 2-flavoured first-person multiplayer focus, and the studio's stated aim to recreate the kind of action seen in early shooters like Call of Duty 2, clearly struck a chord with backers; the game reached its Pound100,000 target in less than three days. Battalion 1944's success came well before either Battlefront or Call of Duty had announced their return to classic "boots on the ground"-style action, but Bulkhead's dedication to the bygone age of shooters goes much further than that.

Speaking to Eurogamer last year, director Joe Brammer explained that the studio isn't merely looking to mimic a classic style of play, it's attempting to replicate the specific movement quirks and oddities that gave early shooters their distinctive flow.

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Prior to Battalion 1944's Early Access launch on February 1st, BulkhePrior to Battalion 1944's Early Access launch on February 1st, Bulkhead will hold a limited-access beta. Kickstarter or Humble Bundle backers will automatically gain access to the beta, which runs from Friday January 19th through to Sunday January 21st, and everyone else can register for a chance to participate.

Last month, Bulkhead and Battalion 1944 publisher Square Enix announced that the game will only cost Pound11.99 / $14.99 USD when it launches in Steam Early Access next month.

SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2018

January 20: Eurogamer Network Limited : The wait was worth it for Ethan Carter on Xbox One

While the mystery buried within The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is certainly intriguing, from our perspective, it's the journey of its developer that is most fascinating. First released in 2014 on the PC, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has undergone several surgeries on its way to this new release on Xbox One. In porting the game to PS4 years ago, its developer, Warsaw-based The Astronauts, completely overhauled the game by porting it from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal 4.

In its updated state, the team worked hard to translate its gorgeous but static global illumination and photogrammetry-based assets and the results speak for themselves. Ethan Carter retains its stylizsd, pseudo-realistic appearance while introducing new Unreal 4 specific features to the mix. We were impressed with the revised version of the game back in 2015 and in 2018, it's surprising just how beautifully it holds up. With forests and structures stretching out as far as the eye can see, Ethan Carter remains as gorgeous as ever.

On Xbox One, the game offers a handful of new features designed to welcome new players to its world. Further refined visuals are combined with an impressive range of support for Xbox One X, along with a new free-roam mode.

January 20: Eurogamer Network Limited : Speedrunning Mario has transformed the way I play games

We all know about Usain Bolt and his ludicrous speed over 100 metres. He currently holds the record with 9.58 seconds. Paula Radcliffe set the fastest women's marathon at 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds. In sports, world records mean acclaim and the chance to be recognised as the best in the business. But human obsession over world records isn't limited to the track or the sportsfield. Tony Glover is a name you won't likely be aware of unless you're into horticultural endeavours; he holds the record for growing the world's heaviest onion at 8.5kg. You maybe haven't heard of Silvio Sabba, an Italian man who aims to hold as many records as possible. He currently has around 70 titles to his name, including most clothes pegs attached to his face in one minute (51), most AA batteries held in one hand (48) and most CDs balanced on one finger (255).

Video games are no stranger to the setting and breaking of records - there's even a yearly book dedicated to the achievements of the industry. And there's one facet of games that shines particularly brightly here - speedrunning. Eurogamer reports on speedrunning fairly regularly, and it's not hard to see why. A speedrunner attempts to finish a video game in the fastest time possible.

January 20: Eurogamer Network Limited : Jelly Deals roundup: Monster Hunter PS4 Pro, Nintendo Labo, Oxenfree and more

Another week, another batch of the internet's best gaming deals on offer, faithfully gathered up by yours truly. While the internet may currently be aflame from one too many hot takes on Nintendo's new cardboard toys, we've got everything from laptops to PS4 Pros to look at here. Shall we get started?

As usual, we've got deals that'll work in the UK, deals that'll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let's get started.

UK & US Deals carmageddon_free GOG has not only gone and added the last two games in the Carmageddon series to its vault - Carmageddon TDR 2000 and Carmageddon: Max Damage - but the former is available completely free for a limited time. Snap it up while you can, and you can still pick up the remaining games in the series with 75% discounts each.

Carmageddon TDR 2000 for free from GOG

humble_winters This coming week signals the end of Humble's Winter Sale, so consider this one last recommendation for you to go over and check out some of the thousands of deals on offer from those folks. As of this weekend, there's a batch of new offers from Square Enix, Sega, WB Games, and more.

Source: Company Website

January 19: Eurogamer Network Limited : Jelly Deals: Nintendo Labo pre-orders are now live

Nintendo's brand-new, somewhat divisive but generally quite fun-looking cardboard gaming endeavour Nintendo Labo is set to land for Nintendo Switch owners this April. As of this morning, you can get your pre-orders in at a couple of different places.

All three of the Labo kits are live at the moment; heading over to Amazon UK will let you place an order for the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 1 Variety Kit for Pound59.99, the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 2 Robot Kit for Pound69.99 and the Nintendo Labo customisation set for Pound8.99.

Nintendo_Labo Besides the fact that I adore that Nintendo is calling these 'Toy-Cons', the part that makes me the most excited is that the customisation set gives us officially Nintendo-branded masking tape. This company has made so much stuff over the years and, finally, we've made it to stationery.

The Variety Kit, Robot Kit and Customisation set are available from GAME as well, for the same prices, though curiously not on Nintendo's UK store at this moment.

If you're over in the US, only the Variety Kit ($69.99) and Robot Kit ($79.99) are available at present.

Source: Company Website

January 19: Eurogamer Network Limited : Bungie apologises again after another bad week for Destiny 2

Another week in Destiny 2, another set of dramas.

1 This week's kerfuffle concerns the game's returned Faction Rally event and, once again, a perceived lack of rewards.

Fan criticism has centred around an unexplained cooldown system which locks players out of rewards when obtained too frequently - ie. simply by playing at a normal pace.

The discovery sparked outrage among Destiny fans still smarting over a another hidden cooldown system found in the past. And the whole thing wasn't helped by Bungie having promised only last week that it had turned over a new leaf of transparency to try and settle its salty community.

Now, in a new blog post, Bungie has acknowledged the hidden cooldown and admitted it was "too disruptive".

The developer has also apologised for not explaining how only certain items would be available in the event's loot pool - it previously showed off a full set of gear ostensibly up for grabs, but this will instead be drip-fed over the coming months.

Explaining the hidden cooldown, Bungie community manager Cozmo said:

"There was an issue in the previous Faction Rallies where players were earning hundreds of Faction Tokens per hour without firing a single shot. In the recent December 12 update, Faction Token rewards were added to an existing system that was locking players out from Lost Sector Rewards. We have heard player feedback that this solution was too disruptive. We're looking at a change that won't make players feel forced to run to and from a single chest for hours while also not placing a hard stop on enjoying Lost Sectors. We want to ensure that every time you open a chest there is loot inside. We'll share more details on this before the next Faction Rallies."

January 19: Eurogamer Network Limited : Nintendo Switch's most-downloaded game in 2017 was Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley was the most-downloaded Nintendo Switch game over the whole of last year - despite only releasing in October.

The indie farming success beat Minecraft into second place - although in Nintendo's homeland of Japan, Minecraft was top.

It shows the success of a game which originally launched almost two years ago on PC, and had also been released for Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

And yet, it's not too surprising - as a gentle, Harvest Moon-like farming game which boasts hundreds of hours of gameplay, it seems a perfect fit for a Nintendo platform, and a portable device. Sonic Mania was third on the most-downloaded list, followed by Rocket League, Snipperclips and Overcooked. Shovel Knight, Fast RMX, Kamiko and Steamworld Dig 2 filled out the rest of the list.

Over in Japan, Overcooked made the list in sixth place, alongside various NeoGeo game ports and a Senran Kagura spin-off.

Source: Company Website

January 19: Eurogamer Network Limited : Twitch inks deal to broadcast exclusive content from top Disney YouTubers

Twitch has signed a deal with Disney to secure exclusive content from some of the entertainment giant's top YouTubers, including Markiplier and Jacksepticeye.

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A total of four YouTubers (with a combined total of over 44 million subscribers, no less), are involved in the deal, and each will manage their own channels on Twitch. All are part of the Disney Digital Network, formerly known as Maker Studios.

Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, Strawburry17, and LuzuGames, will livestream and create exclusive video-on-demand content for Twitch, as part of a multi-year partnership. Some of this content will debut today.

But there's no suggestion the above stars will depart YouTube entirely.

The announcement comes alongside the launch of Twitch's new Video Producer creator tools designed to somewhat shift the site's focus away from streaming, and give creators "more options, more control, and more opportunities to find viewers, grow an audience, and make a living doing what they love". While streaming will presumably remain the service's bread and butter, this new toolkit is intended to ease the creation and promotion of what it calls "produced" content. That is, video either entirely pre-recorded, or repurposed and promoted from livestreams.

To that end, Twitch creators are now able to create "Premieres", enabling them to schedule first-viewing events around an uploaded video, complete with countdown intros if required.

January 18: Eurogamer Network Limited: Nintendo Labo costs at least Pound60 in the UK

Nintendo has now given official prices to its new range of Nintendo Labo cardboard Switch accessories.

4 The basic Nintendo Labo kit costs Pound59.99, and includes the cardboard Toy-Con designs for the piano, bug, bike handlebars, doll's house and fishing rod, as well as the Switch game card with associated mini-games.

It includes 28 cardboard sheets, three reflective sheets, three sponge sheets, plus various bits of string and rubber bands.

11 The more advanced Nintendo Labo robot kit costs Pound69.99. With it you can cosplay as a giant robot in the game, which evolved from Shigeru Miyamoto's earlier Project Giant Robot concept.

This set includes 19 cardboard sheets, four cardstock sheets, a reflective sheet, plus string and fabric straps.

22 Finally, there's an Pound8.99 Nintendo Labo Customisation Set, which includes stickers, stencils and sticky tape to decorate your Toy-Con creations.

You can't actually put down any money for Labo yet, but you can register your interest via the Nintendo UK official store to get an alert when pre-orders go live.

Source: Company Website

January 18: Eurogamer Network Limited: Jelly Deals: SNES Classic Edition back in stock

The Super Nintendo Classic Edition is back in stock right now at a variety of retailers. Historically, the minute I write an article about these things they tend to disappear, so consider that fair warning.

If you head to Nintendo's official UK store, you can snap one up for Pound69.99 on its own or Pound79.99 with a UK power supply. It's worth noting here that the SNES Classic can be powered entirely by USB so you don't necessarily need that power supply.

Super_Nintendo_Classic_Edition_Europe Over at Amazon UK and GAME, however, you'll be paying that little bit extra for the system on its own. Obviously, you're better off going with Nintendo's own offering, but that all depends on stock levels and whether, by the time you're reading this, they're available anymore.

Prior to Christmas, these things had a tendency of selling out fast. However, the fact that stock is still showing up halfway through January does seem to suggest that Nintendo might just be making good on its promise that SNES Classic would be freely available for a while.

That said, if you're still after one of these things, you're going to want to snap it up as soon as humanly possible. Just in case. Over at Jelly Deals, we've got a guide to some of the best Nintendo accessories, including 8bitdo controllers which, as it turns out, work with the SNES Classi, c if you fancy buying one of the 8bitdo controller port adaptors.

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