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Trials Rising is currently free until 2pm UTC+1 on Friday 18th December 2020 via Ubisoft Connect PC. All you need to do is head over to this page on the Ubisoft website, sign in with your Ubisoft account, then claim your free copy of Trials Rising.

In Trials Rising, the player controls a rider on a physics-based motorcycle from the start of the level to the end while navigating a number of obstacles. The game features obstacle courses set in various parts of the world such as the Eiffel Tower and Mount Everest, and players can compete against each other in both local and online multiplayer.

Prison Architect is a top-down 2D construction and management simulation where the player has been hired by the CEO of a for-profit prison company to take control of building and running a prison. The player's role is of both architect and governor with sandbox micromanagement themes, where he is responsible for managing various aspects of their prison including building facilities, connecting utilities, and managing staff.

If that sounds interesting then you can currently obtain a free copy of Prison Architect on GoG. Simply head over to GoG, log in to your account and claim Prison Architect for free from their homepage.

At the time of posting you have the next 66 hours to claim a free copy of Prison Architect.
Total Annihilation is a real-time strategy game developed by Cavedog Entertainment and published by GT Interactive in 1997

The game is set in the far future in the midst of a galactic war, with battles taking place on the surface of planets and moons. The efforts of the player are centered on constructing a defensive base and an offensive force, and conquering opponents. The player is also concerned with gathering resources, reconnaissance and stealth, and evaluation of units and terrain. Battles take place against AI in a story-driven campaign, with the option of playing against other players in a skirmish mode.

Currently Total Annihilation along with its two expansion packs, The Core Contingency and Battle Tactics is free to download on Good Old Game (GoG) for the next two days.

In my opinion certainly a classic game worth checking out. I actually own the big box version of this game and still have it somewhere to this day, of course a digital copy is much more convenient in 2020.

Myself and Nimrod used to play this game over dial up internet in the late 90s. If you ever enjoyed Red Alert or Age of Empires, this is probably another game you would also enjoy.

Download: Total Annihilation: Commander Pack on GoG

Grand Theft Auto V is current been offered for free on the Epic Games Store. If you claim the game during the next week you can keep it for free permanently. It's also worth noting that this is the game's Premium Edition, which includes $1,000,000 of bonus cash for GTA Online.

The Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition includes the complete GTAV story, Grand Theft Auto Online and all existing gameplay upgrades and content. You’ll also get the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack, the fastest way to jumpstart your criminal empire in GTA Online.

Download: Grand Theft Auto V on the Epic Games Store

If you are a fan of the Lego games then it might interest you to know that Lego Ninjago can currently be downloaded for free on the Xbox One.

About Lego Ninjago:

Find your inner ninja with the all-new LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game! Play as your favorite ninjas to defend Ninjago from the evil Lord Garmadon. Master the art of Ninjagility by wall-running and high-jumping, and battle foes to rank up and upgrade the ninja's combat skills.

Download: Claim your free copy of Lego Ninjago on the Microsoft Store

Today we have an unexpected trip down memory lane, which all started when @jessenic sent a screenshot on WhatsApp of an old hard drive he found used when developing the Mac version of the Digiex Minecraft Launcher, a launcher which was very popular back in the day before Minecraft Java Edition had any sort of official launcher allowing you to select the version you wish to play.

By chance I asked Jessenic if he had a backup of the first Minecraft world from the original Digiex server, it turns out he did! This server started around October / November 2010 on an old Mac Mini that lived on a shelf in @Nimrod 's bedroom. This was the alpha edition of Minecraft.

Jessenic sent the world over to me and I managed to load it in the latest version of Minecraft Java Edition. Jessenic was also exploring the world, so we decided to explore it together and I uploaded it to an idle Minecraft instance I had on a server hosting Pixelmon for some friends.

I never really played Minecraft much back then, however did play on the Digiex server for a short while. Remembering the bridge system connecting peoples houses / creations well. The first thing I ever built on Minecraft was still there, a little seaside house, with a shark trap by the sea outside it. Little did I know at the time Minecraft did not have sharks in it.

As this world was hosted online for near enough two years I was impressed to see how much people had developed it over time, Jessenic gave me a tour of many of the major builds that had taken place in that time, which does make me wish I’d played Minecraft a bit more back then.

From looking at the map data it seems exactly 840 played on this world over the two years it was online, pretty impressive!

For anyone who might still be lurking on Digiex from the Minecraft days, or for anyone curious on what people were doing 10 years ago on Minecraft Alpha I will leave this server online for a while and opened it up to the public.

You can connect using Minecraft Java edition 1.15.2 (current latest) by adding: minecraft.digiex.net as a server.

The server from back in the day did look to have a few mods installed to allow warping to several areas that were built up over the years. Unfortunately these do not work, so I’ve simply changed the spawn area to the one originally used when the server first started out.

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We are pleased to be able to share several savefiles dumped from Pokemon Gen 2 and 3 cartridges that have recently been distributed a plethora of event Pokemon directly from the Pokemon Center New York (PCNY) distribution hardware that recently surfaced. This hardware was recently obtained by the Pokemon event preservation team after surfacing in late 2019.
Hopefully it provides enough public satisfaction for everyone, while the preservation team undertakes this grand and lengthy task of hopefully enabling the software to become usable via emulation, as well as hopefully producing hardware mods for a publicly feasible physical method of distributing.

More about the Pokemon Center New York (PCNY) distributions and saves can be found in our download center post: Pokemon GEN 2 & 3 PCNY Distribution Machine Save Downloads

Be sure to send thanks to @Deoxyz for taking the time to provide this very comprehensive save file release.

Continuing the tradition of the past couple of years, its Christmas day and I’m pleased to announce we have a totally new Pokemon Gen 3 distribution to release this year, Doel Deoxys!

The Doel Deoxys was distributed at the TV Toy Museum in the Netherlands during the Pokemon Fan Days 2006 from May 25 to 28, 2006 to celebrate the release of Destiny Deoxys (Doel Deoxys). This Doel Deoxys distribution has never seen the light of day since, so needless to say we’re delighted that 13 and a half years later the Doel Deoxys distribution is preserved and available to anyone in the Pokemon community to enjoy indefinitely.

This release was made possible with significant financial contributions from the following people: ajxpk, bromario56, Deoxyz, Gridelin, InsaneNutter, Invader TAK, north13, thaleskpl, theskipster, theSlayer, UndeadxReality and YoshiMoshi which technical knowledge and insight provided by King Impoleon, fabio00 and Sabresite.

Here is a video of the Doel Deoxys Distribution in action:

Once again I’d like to personally thank everyone who has been involved with this release, it’s amazing just how many events and distributions we have managed to preserve between us as a team.

Just to make people aware this is truly the last distribution the Event Preservation team has to release, nothing else is currently in the pipeline. However, that’s not to say something doesn’t surface in 2020. So please keep a look out and make us aware of anything that surfaces in the future. Everyone is still very much interested in preserving other distributions that are out there. With what has surfaced over the last few years, anything is truly possible when it comes to Pokemon events and distributions.

So enjoy! - Pokemon Gen 3 Doel Deoxys Distribution Download

The Aurora Ticket is an item that was only obtainable at real world events, which unlocks Birth Island on Pokemon FireRed, LeafGreen and Emerald.

Since we originally obtained the Pokemon Gen 3 Aurora Ticket Distribution, for several years some private collectors who already possessed the newly public roms said that our version of the Aurora Ticket had a chunk of data erased from the hex. None of this effected the function of usage of the distribution, as it was all miscellaneous and unused data. Not long after we obtained the Doel Deoxys distribution in September 2018, we finally were able to obtain the alleged unedited Aurora Ticket rom. The data that was erased from the public copy before it came into our possession (further proof GBA devcarts are being rewritten with these) was revealed to be leftover data of the Japanese Aurora Ticket wondercard and Japanese wonder news about the event. None of this data is usable at the moment, however leftover data in distribution software is commonly found.

Some examples you may remember being Negaiboshi / Wishing Star Jirachi hidden in the Wishmaker software, or the debug/test Pokemon hidden in some of the NDS roms. One day in the future this data may amount for something to be seen or used by the public, but for now the important aspect of this being public is that the original unedited Aurora Ticket Distribution is properly preserved along with all our other unedited Pokemon Gen 3 GBA Distributions.

Download: Pokemon Aurora Ticket Untouched US...

Over the years I’ve been working with others in the Pokemon Community to preserve at least one of each Gen 3 event Pokemon and as many Gen 3 distributions as possible, it soon became apparently that the Pokemon Gen 3 event distributions been sold on GBA Development Cartridges on Ebay we’re replications / clones. I’m not using the word “fake” here as the software been sold on these development cartridges is legitimate, however it’s a copy been passed off as the original and sold for a lot of money. (€1000+ )

Our group worked out how this was been done earlier in the year, and quite honestly anyone could do this with the hardware you have at home now. Yet this information is not widely known, many perceive you need old GBA development kits with obscure hardware / software that won’t run on modern computers.

The reality is you simply need an Nintendo DS and a Flash Card.

We decided it’s best for the community if this information is out there and readily available, as its already been abused at this point so we’re only benefiting people misusing this by keeping quiet.

With that in mind today I’m we’re publishing two guides, one aimed at the Pokémon event preservation community to raise awareness and one aimed more at the console homebrew enthusiast / developer who might whish to developed their own GBA homebrew and test it on proper GBA development hardware.

Read more on the posts below:

How Pokemon GBA Distribution Cartridges Are Replicated and Sold For €1000’s

Flash / Write Official GBA Development Flash Carts With An Nintendo DS