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15 Next Fest Demos That Will Have You Begging For More

Image: Black Mermaid / Wildboy Studio / Zelart / AlbluneHope you got a breather from the hours of trailers for upcoming games during last week’s game conferences because Steam Next Fest is now upon us. It’s a week-long event in which Steam users can play demos and watch previews for upcoming games, chat with developers,…

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A collage of Nitro Kid, Moonscars, There Is No Light, and The Spirit and the Mouse's playable characters.

Image: Black Mermaid / Wildboy Studio / Zelart / Alblune

Hope you got a breather from the hours of trailers for upcoming games during last week’s game conferences because Steam Next Fest is now upon us. It’s a week-long event in which Steam users can play demos and watch previews for upcoming games, chat with developers, and give feedback on new titles. The demos will only be available to play during the week of the event, which runs from June 13 to June 20.

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While I was able to write about every single game demo during last October’s Steam Next Fest, Valve has a seemingly bottomless catalog of demos for you to explore this time around. Here’s a quick round-up of games I found intriguing that might suit your fancy during this month’s Steam Next Fest.


Arto

Arto, developed by OrionGames, is a picturesque action-RPG in which you paint your way through diverse environments while duking it out with monstrous creatures and enemies. In between upgrading weapons and fine-tuning your skills in art-based combat, you’ll unearth the mystery hidden within Arto’s color-splashed world. Arto is slated to release on December 1.

Brewmaster: Beer Brewing Simulator

Brewmaster: Beer Brewing Simulator, developed by Auroch Digital, entails exactly what its name implies: You’re making your own brewskies, bud. In this chill sim you’ll customize your own brewery, concoct recipes for your liquid libations, and label and bottle your delicious suds for shipment. If you’re particularly fond of one of your recipes, you can share it with your friends via the Steam Workshop.

The Cub

The Cub, made by Demagog Studio, the developer behind Wasteland Golf, is a post-apocalyptic platformer, or “Limbolike,” as Kotaku staff writer Ari Notis described it. You play as a child parkouring for their life through abandoned cityscapes and overgrown forests, fleeing hostile animals and returning Mars colonists who are hunting them down in search for the secret behind their immunity to Earth’s harmful climate.

Cursed to Golf

Cursed to Golf, developed by Chuhai Labs, is a roguelite sports game that assigns you the unenviable task of returning to the world of the living after escaping a dungeon-like afterlife of purgatorial golfing. While keeping track of rudimentary details like par count, you’ll also have to overcome otherworldly hazards like spike traps, exploding boxes, and space-bending teleporters.

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The Fridge Is Red

The Fridge Is Red, developed by 5WORD Team, is an episodic first-person psychological horror game in which you sit in a chair and try to keep an eye on the creepy objects and unsettling people that occupy the liminal space around you. Be warned: Failure to do so can result in a horrific failstate in which your character gets eaten alive by a refrigerator, which is almost poetic if you think about it.

Goodbye World

Goodbye World, developed by YO FUJII, is an atmospheric puzzle platformer that casts you as two aspiring female developers named Kanii and Kumade as they navigate the debilitating landscape of game development. Throughout the 13 chapters of their story you’ll help the pair try to get their first game off the ground while working part-time jobs to fund their passion project and stay afloat. Although Goodbye World’s story is soul-crushingly meta, its soft pixelated art style finds a way to be warm and charming. Ganbatte, Kanii and Kumade.

Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim

Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim, developed by Squiddershins, is a dating sim where you’re a kaiju looking for love. You play as a Gigachu, who goes on dates with six other hopelessly romantic kaiju, vocalizing what you seek in a mate while also dishing out mutual destruction on humanity’s most beloved landmarks. Kaichu is expected to land later this summer.

Last Time I Saw You

Last Time I Saw You, developed by Maboroshi Artworks, is a coming-of-age love story set in Japan in the ‘80s. You play as a teenager named Ayumi as he wanders through the melancholy countryside in search of the mysterious girl he saw in his dreams, who may have also put a curse upon his town. You know the type.

Metal: Hellsinger

Metal: Hellsinger, developed by The Outsiders, is a rhythmic first-person shooter where you play as a half-human half-demon hellbent on destroying demons. If that premise doesn’t sound hardcore enough for you, you’ll be slaying hordes of demons while listening to a soundtrack featureing songs from metal icons like System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, and Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmayluk. Metal: Hellsinger is coming out on September 15.

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Moonscars

Moonscars, developed by Black Mermaid, is a pixel-art metroidvania in which you play as a warrior made of flesh and clay named Grey Irma, who’s battling her way through the bowels of the earth in search of her maker and the truth behind her existence. Throughout Moonscar’s side-scrolling, nonlinear world you’ll battle hordes of fearsome generals, corrupted monstrosities, and turncoat allies who seek your destruction. Moonscars is set to release later this summer.

Nitro Kid

Nitro Kid, developed by Wildboy Studios, is a roguelike deck builder in which you’re a kung-fu master straight out of the ‘80s. Building a deck of kung-fu action martial arts moves in grid-based combat areas, your quest is to save kids with special abilities from an evil mega corporation based in Miami, all while bumping to 30 fresh synthwave tracks.

Power Chord

 Power Chord, developed by Big Blue Bubble, is another deck-building roguelite, this one inspired by genre notables Slay the Spire and Darkest Dungeon. Instead of dishing out kung-fu action, you’ll be doling out devious licks from your guitar as you and a team of musicians battle demonic gangs in a rock ‘n’ roll battle of the bands.

There Is No Light

There Is No Light, developed by Zelart, is a dungeon-crawling Souls-like action-RPG where you’re a forsaken hero who rejects his god and battles hordes of monsters in search of his kidnapped son. There Is No Light looks to focus on fast-paced action, stunning-looking pixel art, and Lovecraftian monsters, including the great Cthulhu himself. It’s due in September.

Signalis

Signalis, developed by rose-engine, is a pixel-art sci-fi survival horror game inspired by the works of Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, and Hideaki Anno. (Imagine that trio on a road trip together…) You play as Elster, an android who awakens from cryostasis in an abandoned spaceship on an off-world planet. Your goal is to help Elster find her lost partner as well as her “lost dreams” while she fights off horrific aliens in the narrow corridors of the derelict spaceship. Signalis is coming out on October 27.

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The Spirit and the Mouse

The Spirit and the Mouse, developed by Alblune, is a puzzle-platformer that has you playing as a cute electric mouse “with a big heart”—and not owned by Nintendo—named Lila, as she tirelessly restores electricity in the quiet French town of Sainte-et-Claire.


There you have it, 15 out of the more than 1,000 demos you can check out during Steam Next Fest. If any of these games caught your eye or if you’re brave enough to venture further into Valve’s catalog of games, be sure to follow and wishlist them to stay abreast of their release dates. It’s an easy way for you to keep track of when these games will come out and it’ll help boost their visibility so your fellow gamer can flag down games that caught your eye as well.

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How long do Valorant’s Acts last? Answered

Image via Riot Acts in Valorant are akin to seasons in games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Destiny 2. Every Act introduces new content to the game, such as agents or maps, alongside an Act-exclusive battle pass featuring 55 tiers of cosmetics to unlock. However, you’ll need to ensure you finish your battle pass before…

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Acts in Valorant are akin to seasons in games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Destiny 2. Every Act introduces new content to the game, such as agents or maps, alongside an Act-exclusive battle pass featuring 55 tiers of cosmetics to unlock. However, you’ll need to ensure you finish your battle pass before an Act ends if you want to reap all of its rewards. But how long do Acts last?

How long are Valorant’s Acts?

Valorant’s Acts tend to last around two months each, give or take a few weeks. Looking at Valorant’s past Acts, most have typically ended roughly two months after launch, with some clocking in at just under two months. Additionally, some Acts — such as Ignition Act 3 — have lasted for about three months, so there’s always a possibility that an Act might be a bit longer than expected.

Related: All Valorant Episode 5 Act 1 Battle Pass content: skins, tiers, and rewards

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Like most other popular online games, you will not be able to redeem battle pass rewards for a particular Act after the Act ends. If you’re considering purchasing Valorant’s battle pass, it’s always worth checking how long an Act has been out to evaluate if you’ll have enough time to unlock the current Act’s rewards before it comes to an end. However, other content introduced in an Act, like agents and maps, will carry over into the next Act.

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You’ll work through battle pass tiers by leveling up. If you’re looking to level up quickly, we recommend you pay close attention to your daily and weekly missions, which both reward you with a good deal of XP.

Some of the cosmetics you’ll unlock from an Act’s battle pass can be quite stylish. If you’re looking to flaunt your fashion on the battlefield, check out our coverage on the best Operator and Spectre skins.

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Man gets early morning shock as car crashes into his house

GEORGE TOWN: A homeowner in Penang got a shock on Saturday (June 25) morning when a car rammed into his home at about 7am. “I heard a bang outside and rushed out. I saw that a car had crashed into the front of my house and the empty house next door that had been used…

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GEORGE TOWN: A homeowner in Penang got a shock on Saturday (June 25) morning when a car rammed into his home at about 7am.

“I heard a bang outside and rushed out. I saw that a car had crashed into the front of my house and the empty house next door that had been used as a welding workshop,” said 52-year-old Hasbullah Mohd Khalid.

News portal Berita Harian Online reported that Hasbullah was boiling water while his three children were in another room when the incident happened.

“I was confused for a moment when I saw the damage to the front of the house as it was just a few meters from the place where I was boiling water. It was only separated by a wooden wall,” he said to the portal.

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Hasbullah said the damage to his house was estimated at RM50,000.

He did not have time to meet the man who was driving the vehicle because he was taken away by his friend.

It is understood that the case has been handed over to the police for further action.

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Norway terror alert raised after deadly mass shooting

OSLO: The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo. Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.” He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings,…

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OSLO: The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo.

Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.”

He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings, had a “long history of violence and threats.”

Early on Saturday (June 25), the gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital’s annual Pride festival.

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Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.

While the motive was unclear, organizers of Oslo Pride cancelled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival. One of the shootings happened outside the London Pub, a bar popular with the city’s LGBTQ community, just hours before the parade was set to begin.

Police attorney Christian Hatlo said the suspect was being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, based on the number of people targeted at multiple locations.

“Our overall assessment is that there are grounds to believe that he wanted to cause grave fear in the population,” Hatlo said.

Hatlo said the suspect’s mental health was also being investigated.

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“We need to go through his medical history, if he has any. It’s not something that we’re aware of now,” he said.

The shootings happened around 1am local time, sending panicked revellers fleeing into the streets or trying to hide from the gunman.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.

“I saw a man arrive at the site with a bag. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK.

“First I thought it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.”

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Another witness, Marcus Nybakken, 46, said he was alerted to the incident by a commotion in the area.

“When I walked into Cesar’s bar there were a lot of people starting to run and there was a lot of screaming. I thought it was a fight out there, so I pulled out. But then I heard that it was a shooting and that there was someone shooting with a submachine gun,” Nybakken told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.

Police inspector Tore Soldal said two of the shooting victims died and 10 people were being treated for serious injuries, but none of them was believed to be life-threatening.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a Facebook post that “the shooting outside London Pub in Oslo tonight was a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”

He said that while the motive was unclear, the shooting had caused fear and grief in the LGBTQ community.

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“We all stand by you,” Gahr Stoere wrote.

King Harald V also offered condolences and said he and Norway’s royal family were “horrified by the night’s shooting tragedy.”

“We sympathize with all relatives and affected and send warm thoughts to all who are now scared, restless and in grief,” the Norwegian monarch said in a statement.

“We must stand together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and respect for each other. We must continue to stand up for all people to feel safe.”

Christian Bredeli, who was at the bar, told Norwegian newspaper VG that he hid on the fourth floor with a group of about 10 people until he was told it was safe to come out.

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“Many were fearing for their lives,” he said.

“On our way out we saw several injured people, so we understood that something serious had happened.”

Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running down Oslo streets in panic as shots rang out in the background.

Investigators said the suspect was known to police, as well as to Norway’s security police, but not for any major violent crimes. His criminal record included a narcotics offence and a weapons offense for carrying a knife, Hatlo said.

Hatlo said police seized two weapons after the attack: a handgun and an automatic weapon, both of which he described as “not modern” without giving details.

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He said the suspect had not made any statement to the police and was in contact with a defence lawyer.

Hatlo said it was too early to say whether the gunman specifically targeted members of the LGBTQ community.

“We have to look closer at that, we don’t know yet,” he said.

Still, police advised organizers of the Pride festival to cancel the parade Saturday.

“Oslo Pride therefore urges everyone who planned to participate or watch the parade to not show up. All events in connection with Oslo Prides are cancelled,” organizers said on the official Facebook page of the event.

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Inge Alexander Gjestvang, leader of FRI, the Norwegian organisation for sexual and gender diversity, said the shooting has shaken the Nordic country’s gay community.

“It’s tough for the queer movement to experience this,” he was quoted by TV2 as saying.

“We encourage everyone to stand together, take care of each other. We’ll be back later, proud, visible but right now it’s not the time for that.”

Norway has a relatively low crime rate but has experienced violent attacks by right-wing extremists, including one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a gunman killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that left eight dead.

In 2019, another right-wing extremist killed his stepsister and then opened fire in a mosque but was overpowered before anyone there was injured. – AP

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