Mondo Museum is a museum management game with Sims-like building tools

The management sim genre has already covered a wide array of businesses, but there’s still room for more. Mondo Museum, as the title suggests, is all about curating a collection of historical artifacts and pleasing the people browsing your exhibitions. It’s also got a nifty-looking set of building tools that look straight out of one of the best management games on PC. Seriously, maybe it’s just the arched window designs a deep brown wooden doors, but those tools are taking me straight back to the early days of the Sims. Mondo Museum puts a big emphasis on creative building, with options to switch out the floors, wallpaper, and decor in each room – and you’ll be able to share your museums on the Steam Workshop. Those rooms will be populated by exhibits of your choice, ranging from dinosaur fossils to space artifacts. You’ll hire staff members like researchers, conservators, and docents (yes I had to look these up) to make sure your displays are well maintained and your guests are taken care of, and you’ll unlock access to new items as your museum grows in popularity.

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Contest: Build, explore, and battle with a Steam copy of Trailmakers

Today’s contest features Steam copies of creation game Trailmakers. Games where you can create your own fun sound great on paper, but whew I’m the least creative person on Earth. Arts and crafts were always a disaster for me, and without the instruction manual a box of LEGO is totally worthless to me. I’m ok with words, I guess, but the visual arts elude me. If you’re into that sort of thing, though, Trailmakers just hit a huge milestone, and we’ve got some Steam keys to give away! Build to your heart’s content. Think of me while you do it. Trailmakers Read some […]

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Runescape players push back on microtransactions after someone spent £50,000 in-game

Nothing has changed in Runescape, and for many members of the community, that’s the problem. The UK DCMS’s report on loot boxes last week also discussed other types of in-game monetisation, and one section of the committee’s findings mentioned a person who had built up £50,000 (around $62,000 USD) from Runescape purchases – which has ignited a fresh meltdown over the game’s aggressive microtransactions. It’s difficult to find a post on the Runescape subreddit from the past week which isn’t about microtransactions, and developer Jagex has yet to make an official response. A number of players interviewed by Kotaku about the state of the game put the complaints in more concrete terms. “Outrage over microtransactions in Runescape isn’t a new thing,” one player says, “there is just an overwhelming sense of ‘this company really doesn’t care about us’ when they keep, keep pushing these promotions after many years of being told to stop, or at least tone down, without any signs of interest from Jagex.”

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Bans and cease and desist letters are coming for Rainbow Six Siege DDoS attackers

If you’ve had a rough time playing Rainbow Six Siege over the past few weeks, you’re not alone. Ubisoft’s tactical shooter has been the target of an extended array of denial of service attacks since the launch of Ember Rise, and today Ubisoft has detailed some specific steps the company will be taking in the wake of these continued service disruptions. Ban waves are coming for players who have been identified as the “worst offenders” behind the attacks, according to Ubisoft’s announcement. These bans will start next week and “continue as needed,” targeting offending players across both PCs and consoles. The developers say they have “assessed our options” on legal action against the offenders, and will soon issue cease and desist notices to anyone hosting DDoS services. In the meantime, the developers are reducing server load in an effort to mitigate the effect of the attacks. Servers previously hosted three matches apiece, and will now only host one. Penalties for leaving matches early will also be temporarily disabled until legitimate players are no longer getting kicked from games.

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Borderlands porn searches are up 13,000% this week

Yes, fans of looting and shooting are thirsty for Borderlands porn. Now that Gearbox’s latest entry in the series is upon us, porn searches around the series have surged by 12,905%. Yes, that’s not a typo – Borderlands 3 has inspired a nearly thirteen-thousand percent increase in interest in related porn. (You won’t find any Borderlands 3 shift codes that way, friends.) That makes Borderlands the biggest gaming porn search going right now – five times bigger than Fortnite and three times bigger than Overwatch, according to data from Pornhub Insights. (That link is safe for work, but do mind your browser history.) The data covers the last five days – ever since the Borderlands 3 release date on September 13 – and accounts for over one million individual Borderlands searches. The most popular search was ‘borderlands 3,’ followed – probably unsurprisingly – by ‘borderlands moxxi.’ The remainder of the search term list is probably what you’d expect, too. ‘Hentai,’ ‘futa,’ ‘cosplay,’ ‘sfm,’ and a variety of Borderlands character names – including Tiny Tina, which is the one thing I’ll call out here as being gross and terrible. She’s 13, guys, come on.

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