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Sponsor SD Staff Tackling 'Tough Mudder' for Charity SpecialEffect!

Tough Mudder events are challenging. Let's face it, if an obstacle course is designed by Special Forces to be as testing as possible, it's probably not the easiest thing in the world to get through. Completely ignoring rumblings of ice-filled swimming pools, mud-filled pipes, electroshocks, trench warfare, and, of course, The Gauntlet, we decided to have a go in the name of our charity of choice, SpecialEffect.

If you haven't heard of SpecialEffect before, it's a wonderful organisation that works to make gaming accessible to people with disability, often children who'd never been able to experience a video game. We previously ran lots in the British 10K in SpecialEffect's name, and our own Paul Wedgwood also serves as Vice President of the charity.

So, this Tough Mudder thing. Nine of us are taking on the South England event this weekend, and you can support their effort by sponsoring them. Just head to our JustGiving page, pick your favourite Splasher out of the bunch, and make your donation. All proceeds go to SpecialEffect so they can continue their great work and bring games to more disabled children.

Good luck this weekend, MudSplashers, and a big huge thanks to those becoming sponsors!

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is Ten!

It's been a year since we celebrated WolfenNine, which can mean only one thing - Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is now eligible for double-digits! Say it with me:

Happy 10th birthday, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory!

Wolf's community is as active as ever, with new maps, mods, and big projects such as ETLive in active development. You continue to amaze and delight us, and your dedication and passion for the game are the reason it's still around now, an entire decade after its release. An absolute eternity in video game terms. So, a campaign-sized thanks to you, Wolfenstein community - stay awesome!

Sign-ups for Latest Quake Wars Tournament Now Open

Sign-ups are now open for the latest Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars tournament. Aptly titled GG Tournament, it's a 4 vs 4 double elimination affair, with cash and Dirty Bomb Elite Packs awaiting the winners.

Teams need to consist of at least four players, and you can enlist your squad right now via the GG Tournament website. Sign-ups close on 12 May, with the action kicking off the next day.

For a full list of rules, check out the comments. Good luck, human food/fearsome Strogg!

Paul Wedgwood: Splash Damage's F2P games 'as ethical as possible'

Free-to-play gaming and In-App Purchases have been in the news lately, with the UK’s Office of Fair Trading now investigating free-to-play games and their monetisation practices. Willard Foxton over at the Telegraph argues that parents should take more responsiblity in an editorial, which also features Splash Damage's CEO Paul Wedgwood.

Paul sheds some light on common free-to-play practices and how we're approaching the genre:

I grew up on a council estate - when I was a kid, I couldn't afford games, and if I could afford one, it had to be really good. We try to be as ethical as possible with our games. We wanted something that was great, that could be played well by putting in time and little money; something that's completely free from the start.

A lot of free to play games are over-monetised; that's partly because lots of them are developed in the far east, where people have a different view of how you should succeed at gaming. In the West, we tend to see that the person with the most skill should win, not the person with the most money.

What’s your take on the free-to-play market? Do you agree with Paul's stance?

Travel to Rio in Latest RAD Soldiers Game Update

The latest RAD Soldiers game update is now available for free in the App Store, and it's a big one! Titled Party in Rio, it whisks your soldiers away to sunny Brazil where you’ll get to explore a ton of new single player and multiplayer content.

In fact, there’s so much new stuff in this update that we’ve put together a quick video to show it all off. Watch it below:

Surf over to the WarChest blog for much more on Party in Rio and be sure to post your first impressions in the comments!

Splash Damage-mentored Dead Shark Triple Punch Win Make Something Unreal 2013!

We're enormously excited to see that our pals over at Dead Shark Triple Punch were declared winners of this year's Make Something Unreal contest with their fast-paced multiplayer shooter Epigenesis! This fantastic victory came at the end of the week-long live finals held at Birmingham's NEC as part of the Gadget Show Live. Dead Shark Triple Puch was mentored by Splash Damage and Fireteam's Steve Gaffney for the final stretch of the competition, and we're enormously proud to see them come away with a win.

Epigenesis is a fast-and-furious team shooter built around a futuristic ballsport played on floating platforms, and it's built around precision and acrobatic movement. If this intrigues you, check out the video below to see DST's Tobias Johansson show the game off to PC Games N:

Introducing the Dirty Bomb Pre/Post-Mission Readiness Kit

Let's face it, being a Mercenary in Dirty Bomb is tough. Every assignment, you're sprinting from one objective to the next while dodging air strikes, bullets and grenades, while enduring nagging vsays and fisheye FOVs. And let's not even mention the countless respawns - that can't be good for your pores.

This is why we're incredibly excited to announce the immediate availability* of Dirty Bomb Pre/Post-Mission Readiness Kit, a suite of bodily pacification and regeneration tools designed specifically for the hardworking mercenaries of irradiated, near-future dystopias.

Community Question: Upcoming Dirty Bomb Videos

Community, we've released several videos of Dirty Bomb so far, teasing the setting, showing lots of raw gameplay, and explaining the Echo analytics system underpinning the game. Work on the next video is already in full swing, and we wanted to get your input on what area you would like to see us tackle once that's done. Enter this week's Community Question:

What part of Dirty Bomb do you want to be the focus of a future video?

We've assembled a few common choices in this week's poll - you've got a single vote so be sure to pick whatever you're most interested in. If you want to see something entirely different, let us know what that is in your reply.

Sneak Peek: RAD Soldiers Balancing Changes

We've been keeping a close eye on your balancing feedback over the past few weeks, and we've also been monitoring how people are playing the game - what soldiers see combat, which ones usually stay home, and which ones have a hard time getting recruited in the first place.

We've put together a whole stack of balance changes to address a lot of what we have (or haven't) seen since the game launched. We’re now play-testing these and will roll them out in the next update.

While these tweaks are still subject to change, we wanted to give you an early look at what we've got in mind so that you can see what's coming and give us some early feedback.

Sony Confirm Splash Damage Working with Next Generation Console Technology

At last night's "See The Future" event, Sony provided an early look the next PlayStation, including specs, features, and a few of the games. Also announced was the line-up of developers supporting Sony's new console, and Splash Damage is one of them. What we're working on we can't reveal yet, but we're excited to be part of the developer community for PlayStation 4.

What are you hoping for from PlayStation 4?