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Earlier this month, gamers growled on message boards on the supposed death of DirectX. Microsoft soon released a clarification, saying that DirectX is not dead, though Microsoft’s wording left some people miffed.

This is as good a time as any to describe what DirectX is, why it came to be, and why you should care.

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Digital distribution of games has proven itself. There’s Impulse and GamersGate.

Of course Steam, by Valve, is the 800-lb gorilla in this space, but those with a taste outside the mainstream should take a look at Desura.

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Ever get those times after either accomplishing something really awesome or having an exhausting day at work where you want to just sit down, kick your feet up, and play a game that only requires you to do some serious arcade-style shooting? Yeah, I do too. I finally got a chance to do just that today, and I decided to see what kind of new kids were on the block in the Windows 8 App Store.

I was immediately attracted to Violet Storm, which seemed very similar to Asteroids at first glance. In a nutshell, Violet Storm is a free, neon-styled, space shoot em’ up but with more action and power up capabilities when compared to Asteroids. Let’s just say that you could easily lose a few hours playing with this jewel.

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Well, it’s been great talking about these wonderful games that I got to play at the Eurogamer Expo, but it’s time to end. There have been so many fantastic games on show that honestly I think my wallet is going to be rather thin by the end of the next couple of months.

Last, but not least, we’ve still got a couple more games to get through. Hit the break to get started.
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Welcome back, it’s part four of Appstorm’s Eurogamer Expo roundup. The next two games will probably hold a special place in my heart.

I still remember fondly back in the late 90s when one day my dad once came home with two games: Theme Hospital and Simcity 2000. They were my world, and I still love them to this day. Now, more than a decade later, another two games are trying to steal my heart: Prison Architect and Simcity.

Hit the break to find out more about these wonderful games.

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As the resident gamer on the Envato network, I tend to play a lot of games. Not just in number but also in time spent.

For example, my Steam profile will show that I’ve spent over 1850 hours in just Team Fortress 2 over the past few years! Yes, I know it’s a lot but before you start judging, keep in mind that this is over four and a half years.

Today, I’d like to know how much time you’ve spent on your favorite game. I know the answer is going to be skewed towards online FPSs and MMORPGs but I’d still like to see how much everyone else is playing. I personally know a guy who spent about 400 hours on Skyrim so I’m very prepared for surprises!

So vote away and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

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