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What if every part of Jurassic Park -- from the trees to the dinosaurs to Jeff Goldblum's gleaming chest -- was made of blocks? Nobody has ever asked this question, but PixArk looks to answer it. Well, minus the Jeff Goldblum part (probably).


Yesterday, Wildcard's dinosaur extravaganza Ark: Survival Evolved finally launched after two years in early access development. Things didn't get off to the smoothest of starts, however, with several unforeseen technical issues leading to the game's official servers coming online later than expected. Eventually, that issue was resolved, but players almost immediately ran into another: There simply don't appear to be enough servers to go around.


In what will probably be the first and last time I'm excited for anything involving Rabbids, the biggest release this week is comfortably the unusual cross-over between Mario and Ubisoft.

But the list of big hitters doesn't stop there: the first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm drops this week, ARK: Survival Evolved comes out of Early Access, and RedOut gets a well-deserved console release. It's a big week in games, people.


Remember when Studio Wildcard said it was going to wipe the Ark: Survival Evolved servers prior to launch, and then it said it wouldn't? Well, now it's going to wipe some of them -- and it's withdrawing customer support for surviving servers after the retail version hits August 29. Is your head spinning yet?


Looking over reviews of recent Steam sandbox hit Citadel: Forged With Fire, I was struck by a repeated refrain: Finally, reviewers cheered, a game that eschews survival "busywork" like hunger, thirst, and stamina. It's true that in many so-called survival games, survival is tedious. But survival is about more than just food and shelter, and games aren't fully exploring what could be done with the idea.


On Monday July 17th, we received an email about Ark: Survival Evolved, offering an interview with its developer Studio Wildcard to discuss a major change. Wildcard would today announce, we were told, that all official game servers would be wiped at launch, despite previously pledging that this would never happen.


Ark: Survival Evolved is getting some proper achievements on Steam in next week's big update, most of them pulled directly from the console versions. That's great, kind of. As much as I love this dinosaur-themed survival time waster, it can lack direction, and achievements can give a bit of direction to an open-ended sandbox game. But Ark's achievements are pretty blah.


Ark: Survival Evolved is a shitty game. Literally. You might think it's about dinosaurs and blowing stuff up, but no. The real star of the show is this guy: The humble poo. Let's explore all the wonderful ways poo brightens up the harsh world of this survival game.