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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014


Firefall Launches

The Firefall website announces that Firefall is out of beta, marking the official launch of this free-to-play MMO shooter, offering a launch trailer to celebrate the news with a look at the game. Here's the news of the release:

We are excited to announce that the beta tag is gone and Firefall is now officially launched and available to play for free! This day has been a long time coming and we couldn’t be happier to finally be sharing Firefall with the world. However, just because we’re no longer in beta doesn’t mean that we no longer need your feedback. This is only the beginning of the journey, and only together can we make Firefall the game we all know it can be!

If you don’t already have the game installed, you can find a link to download it here.

New players should make sure to check out our updated New User Guide for information about some of the game’s basic systems.

Continue here to read the full story.

Trials Fusion: Riders of the Rustlands Released

Ubisoft now offers Riders of the Rustlands, for Trials Fusion, the first of six planned DLC packs for the racing game, adding new tracks, challenges, editor objects, and achievements. This is available separately, or as part of a Season Pass. Here are the details on the contents:

In Riders of the Rustlands, players will meet the forgotten people that live just outside the boundaries of Trials Fusion. Ignored by the government and left to their own devices, these rogues are forced to use, build and scavenge what they can to make a living. Rival camps have sprung up in the battle for resources and once-thriving facilities have been reduced to wastelands. Drastically visually different from the gleaming cities in Trials Fusion, the Rustlands give players a new playground to explore as they learn more about these outcasts.

Ten new tracks have been added, consisting of six Classic Trials tracks, two Supercross tracks, one Skill Game, and one FMX track. In addition, there are 18 new Track Challenges, including secret locations and more hidden squirrels to uncover. Track editors also have dozens of new obstacles at their disposal including wrecked vehicles and the warehouses featured in the Rustlands to help create the track of their dreams.

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth Released for All

The Battlefield Blog announces the Dragon's Teeth expansion for Battlefield 4 is now available to all owners of the military shooter sequel, following an exclusivity period for premium subscribers. Here's word on the new maps and new content it offers:

Get ready to fight in dense Asian Pacific cities as today Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth is rolling out for all Battlefield 4 players. Take part in epic urban battles across four new maps including:

  • Pearl Market: Wage war within the bustling alleyways and upon the rooftops of the marketplace
  • Propaganda: Fight amongst massive despotic monuments in the grey concrete battleground
  • Lumphini Garden: Cruise with fast-moving PWC’s on the canals in the pristine park to get the upper hand
  • Sunken Dragon: Battle between modern high rises as you wreak havoc in a floating restaurant or drain the lake opening up for a frontal vehicle assault

In addition to four new maps, player’s will get five new weapons including the Ballistic Shield. Dragon’s Teeth also introduces a Battle Pickup, the R.A.W.R, a heavily armed remotely operated ground vehicle armed with a machine gun and grenade launcher, as well as a new game mode called Chain Link. Bringing another layer of depth and strategy, Chain Link is a twist on Conquest where teams need to act fast and link together capture points to ensure victory.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Collector's Editions; Trailer

A new campaign story trailer from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare introduces the role of the military industrial complex in the upcoming installment in the military shooter series. Word is: "With nations brought to their knees by a global terrorist attack, the world turns to Atlas, the largest private military company on the planet. Power, though, changes everything." Also, Activision announces details on three different collector's editions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, an Atlas Pro Edition, an Atlas Limited Edition, and an Atlas Digital Pro Edition, the first two of which are now available for preorder. This involves a dizzying combination of options, so feel free to study the details in chunks:

  • Inspired by the Atlas Corporation, the leading Private Military Corporation (PMC) in 2054 and lead by the influential Jonathan Irons, the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Limited Edition features an extensive array of both digital and physical content, including a bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, a collectible SteelBook™, the Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack, a collection of digital content that includes an Atlas-themed exoskeleton, Atlas-themed weaponry, and more. (SRP $79.99)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition is the ultimate package, including everything available in the Atlas Limited Edition version (bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, the collectible SteelBook™, the Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack), as well as the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass featuring four action-packed DLC Map Packs*, each delivering a collection of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer content and more (SRP $119.99)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Digital Pro Edition is perfect for fans that prefer to access all of their content digitally. The Atlas Digital Pro Edition includes all of the same bold digital content as the Atlas Pro Edition, including the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack. Also included with this version is the Atlas Digital Edition Personalization Pack, with more details to be revealed soon. (SRP $99.99)

All three versions include the following:

Continue here to read the full story.

Assassin's Creed Unity Trailer

The UbiBlog now offers a new trailer from Assassin's Creed Unity introducing Elise, another of the characters in the upcoming installment in the stealth/action series. As they explain, Elise will also be featured in an upcoming novel tie in. Here's the story:

This new trailer for Assassin’s Creed Unity shows Arno racing against time through a dense and chaotic central Paris in order to prevent the beheading of Elise, a character central to Assassin’s Creed Unity’s story. As an independent young noblewoman, Elise is determined to secure her place in the Templar dynasty amidst the chaos of the French Revolution. Her quest leads her to cross paths with Arno and establish an unlikely bond with him.

Elise will also be featured in a new paperback, also titled “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” by Oliver Bowden from Penguin Random House. The story examines an era when the divide between the rich and poor is at its most extreme, and a nation is tearing itself apart. Told from Elise’s perspective, “Assassin’s Creed Unity” follows her and Arno as they are drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and Templars. In a world with dangers more deadly than they could ever have imagined, they must fight to avenge all they have lost. “Assassin’s Creed Unity” builds on Bowden’s past Assassin’s Creed novels with millions sold to-date.

Continue here to read the full story.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer

A new trailer from Dragon Age: Inquisition takes a look at combat from EA's upcoming action/RPG sequel. Here is their outline of the clip: "Join us for an in-depth look at the multi-faceted combat system of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Learn how to command the battle with a demonstration of both real-time action and the strategic tactical camera." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Op Ed

Polygon - The days of owning games are coming to an end.
What EA is offering in this case is ephemeral, just like the games we buy digitally through Sony and Microsoft and install directly on our hard drives. One day the servers will go down, and the games will be gone. The hardware will die. The companies will stop supporting these services and they'll cease to host games. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. The digital coupons for content and games are a great deal for this generation, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking we're buying anything lasting.

We may complain about this in the comments, but the reality of the situation is that this is the future we've built. We support this new age of limited ownership, of products that exist at the pleasure of the publishers and developers. We spend money on games and services, we prop up the minimum viable products that we like and support their ongoing development. We talk about convenience when we buy digitally, and we worry about things like pre-loading so we can play the moment the game is out, but we're ultimately discussing impermanence.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Abrams better not screw this up. Thanks Ant.

Pixel Piracy Sets Sail Thursday

A Steam community announcement has word that Pixel Piracy will be officially released on Steam on Thursday at 1:00 pm EDT, less than one year after development began on the open world pirate game (thanks Batman). They say Valve has informed them that that the game is one of the first and quickest to actually leave the early access stage, after a little over six months with that status. Alexander Poysky explains that two hundred thousand players are participating in the early access, and express gratitude in explaining the game's success has meant to the two-person development team, and hints at plans for the future:

It's so rewarding to see that our little motto of "do things in a correct fashion without ever abusing or taking advantage of anyone." has worked so well, and we hope to prove that the Early Access system works.

Vitali and I both do this for a living now. We were able to leave our respective jobs, to help our families, to do what we love most in life, all thanks to you.

You are the ones who support our endeavours, you are the ones who help us march along and get the job done. You put your money where your faith in us was, and we are making due on that faith by finishing the game.

I want to take this opportunity to explain that launch and 1.0 DOES NOT mean we will stop updating the title! Mikko will come to work the day directly after, just as any other day, and keep on plugging away. I will continue to think up new things to add to the game and business will go on as usual. Expect to see many new and exciting things soon in the world of Pixel Piracy!

It's been an amazing, thrilling, fun, insane, and spectacularly rewarding ride, and I want to let you all know that the Pixel universe isn't just going to stop at Pixel Piracy... what the future brings... only we know ;).

Expect something big soon!

New GeForce WHQL Drivers

The GeForce website now offers new GeForce 340.52 WHQL Windows Drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards. Along with the usual assortment of improvements and fixes, the new drivers also support the GameStream streaming features of the new NVIDIA SHIELD tablets that are available as of today in the U.S. These are also the optimal drivers for Metro: Redux and the Chinese release of Final Fantasy XIV (and here's a shout out to all our Chinese readers!). The drivers should be delivered automatically to those using the GeForce Experience.

RIVE Announced

Indie developer Two Tribes announces RIVE, a "metal wrecking, robot hacking" 2D shooter/platformer coming to Windows and consoles which is the first project for the studio since restructuring as a three-person team. They plan on revealing more next month at Gamescom, and in the meantime offer this trailer, these screenshots, and this description:

Announcing a new game is always a major event, but since it's the first game since the Two Tribes reboot, this one is extra special for us. We've been working feverishly with our new base team of just three people to be able to announce RIVE to the world.

So what did we make!? We call it RIVE and we describe it as 'the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter'. It's a 2D shooter / platformer with old school gaming values in a decidedly new school execution. During the game's intense 360 degree shooting and platforming action, players learn to alter the behavior of their robotic enemies by collecting and uploading hacks.

Continue here to read the full story.

Sims 2 Ultimate Collection and SecuROM

Some digging by the DRM detectives at Reclaim Your Game uncovers the presense of SecuROM copy protection in the version of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection currently being offered for free by EA. They have noted no problems specific to this, saying it looks like an unscrubbed version of the original release, but they put out the word for those who don't want the unpopular DRM on their systems. For those who have already installed the game, they offer instructions on how to remove all traces of SecuROM after uninstalling it. Thanks Player Attack.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Antec ISK 600 Mini ITX Case on Nikk Tech.
  • Enermax Liqtech 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler on HARDOCP.
  • Harman Kardon BDS 880 Home Theater System on Testfreaks.
  • IN WIN S-Frame Open-Air Chassis on TweakTown.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Convertible on PC Perspective.
  • LUXA2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker with Wireless Charging Station on TweakTown.
  • QNAP TS-451 Bay Trail NAS on AnandTech.
  • Rearth Ringke Fusion Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 on Testfreaks.
  • Samsung 845DC EVO SSD 960 Gigabyte on ocaholic.
  • Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon R9 280X OC Edition on ocaholic.
  • Seasonic Platinum P-1200 Netzteil on Technic3D. German.
  • Streacom FC8 EVO on Vortez.
  • Thecus N2310 2-Bay NAS Server on Bigbruin.com.
  • Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Gaming Headset on Techgage.
  • XTracGear Carbonic, Ripper and Ripper XXL Mouse Pads on TweakTown.
  • XTracGear Carbonic Mouse Pad on Benchmark Reviews.

Out of the Blue

Happy birthday Professor Irwin Corey, as the "world's foremost authority" turns 100 today. I would have bet he would be about 120 by now. Anyway, this man ran for president on the Playboy ticket, accepted a National Book Award for Thomas Pynchon, is mentioned in a Robert Heinlein novel, and was married to the same woman for 70 years! Here's to the next 100, professor!

Professorial Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Theft Super Cars.
Donutosaur.
Zombie Riot.
Stories: Why Golfers Buy Hole In One Insurance. Thanks Boing Boing.
Welcome to Williston, North Dakota: America's new gold rush city. Thanks Digg.
Science: Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind- Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers. Thanks nin.
Images: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster Has an Unfortunate 9/11 Reference.
Media: This Guy Duct-Taped A Go-Pro To His Car Tire. Thanks nin (and Dramamine).
Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool Movie Test Footage Is Heartbreakingly Perfect. Thanks nin.
Adam Savage Incognito at Comic-Con 2014.

Established 1995. Over three-quarters of a billion visitors since 1997.

Monday, Jul 28, 2014

Breach & Clear: Deadline Announced

Publisher Gun Media and developer Mighty Rabbit Studios announce Breach & Clear: Deadline, a tactical action sequel coming to Windows, Linux, and OS X as an early access release this autumn. There's not much to see yet at the Breach & Clear: Deadline website, but we have some screenshots and an announcement with details to explain how this differs from the original Breach & Clear, which was primarily a mobile title. Here's word:

Hitting Steam Early Access for PC, Linux and Mac this fall for $19.99, Breach & Clear: DEADline adds real-time strategy elements to the tactical combat action fans loved from the original, and mixes up a radical array of enemy types to test combat skills to the limit. As the commander of an elite Special Forces squad, players will venture far into the sprawling urban expanse of Harbor City to uncover the source of the infectious parasitic worms turning average citizens into horrifying monsters.

Breach & Clear: DEADline gives players full control over their entire squad, allowing them to issue orders to squadmates via the all-new Command Mode feature, allowing for greater on-the-fly decision making during enemy encounters. A variety of combat scenarios emphasizes the need for different approaches to survive the chaos. Plan and execute detailed strategies in dynamically generated situations to overcome enemies, move through the open world, and get closer to the source of the nefarious worm.

Gain experience, level up the squad’s core and tactical abilities, and take on numerous side quests in order to gain rare ammo, weapons and gear. Get in, clear the area and get closer to solving the mystery of the spreading sickness or die trying.

Borderlands Removes SecuROM; Multiplayer to Return

A Steam community announcement has word that a new patch is live in Borderlands removing the SecuROM DRM from Gearbox's first-person shooter and paving the way for Steamworks multiplayer in a future update following the shutdown of GameSpy multiplayer support (thanks BeyondUnreal). Here are the patch notes:

  • Removed SecuRom from the title and all DLC
  • Added a “Granting Tool” In the steam “Tools” section that turns a retail disc into a Steam version of Borderlands
  • “News Ticker” added to the main menu to give you updates on the Multiplayer restoration updates.
  • Imported SecuRom DLC keys into Steam, so if you bought DLC outside of Steam, activate it within Steam and get your matching content.

Falling Skies: The Game Trailer

Comic-Con 2014 teaser trailer shows off Falling Skies: The Game, the upcoming Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 tactical RPG tie-in with TNT's sci-fi series. Here's word on the game from the Little Orbit website:

Based on Falling Skies, the popular TNT sci-fi series, Falling Skies: The Game is set in a world devastated by Espheni aliens. Following the destruction of an Espheni tower at the end of season 3, the 2nd Mass stumble across the wreckage of an ambushed convoy. Among the survivors is an engineer who claims he can create a powerful weapon that may level the playing field in the fight against the Espheni invaders, but it will require the 2nd Mass to undertake several risky operations to collect all the components. What seems at first to be a routine salvage mission quickly becomes a battle for mankind’s very existence.

Continue here to read the full story.

Bedlam Delayed; Early Access Next Month

Developer RedBedlam announces Steam early access to Bedlam will begin on August 8th, which we read as a setback, since the first-person shooter was announced for full release in August, a milestone which is now scheduled for autumn. They say the early access version includes 12 levels of gameplay representing about a third of the entire game. Here's word on this project's meta-game theme and how it departs from the novel upon which it is based:

In Bedlam, players will take on the role of Heather Quinn (aka Athena), a programmer at medical scanning developer Neurosphere who finds herself transported into the world of Starfire: a nineties FPS she remembers from her teen years. Searching for an explanation and a way home, she ventures beyond Starfire to discover a vast realm of interconnected game worlds documenting the evolution of the FPS genre and of video games in general.

Bedlam is adapted from the novel by Christopher Brookmyre, but diverges from the original in this change of protagonist. The novel’s hero, Ross Baker, does feature prominently in the game, but the switch to a female lead – who is a gamer and sci-fi fan – offered a fresh and bitingly humorous new perspective upon the “gameverse” that the player will explore.

The Elder Scrolls Online Euro Megaserver Migration

The Bethesda Blog has all you need to know about the imminent European megaserver migration for The Elder Scrolls Online. Word is:

We know many of you have been looking forward to the migration, and we’re ready to share the specifics. The European megaserver migration will begin at 8:00AM EDT (1:00PM BST) on July 29th, and we anticipate that the process will be complete by 5:00PM EDT (10:00PM BST). During the migration, the European megaserver will be unavailable, but the North American megaserver, account site, and forums will not be affected.

If you have questions about the process, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few common ones. If you don’t see your question here, make sure to check out our knowledge base.

No Stained Steam Keys for Bundle Buyers

Stained forum post from the developers explains why they are reneging on their commitment to give Steam keys for Stained to those who purchased the game through the Indie Royale Debut 3 Bundle (thanks nin via Joystiq). The story includes the explanation that they only sold around 300 copies of the game, earning them a total of around $3,000.00. Here's a bit:

This may come as a shock to you guys, but we have decided not to distribute the keys any more to the IR bundle purchaser. The game is not selling at all and there is no hope. I think we are already doomed so we are abandoning the process of distributing the keys. We will continue to do what is required to make the living and provide support to game related questions twice a week. If you really love this game you should consider buying it on steam else I think you already had your share of enjoyment when you purchased the game via IR-Bundle for 50 cent.

So no need to send any emails, we are really sorry.

If you still have more questions & and really feel sad about this, Here is a short FAQ for you.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

On Sale

Op Ed

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Crowntakers Announced

Kasedo Games announces Crowntakers, a strategy/RPG from developer Bulwark Games coming to Windows, OS X, Linux (they actually only specify SteamOS), and tablets later this year. They offer a trailer to show off the game, and the following outline of what to expect:

Dark times are imminent: the king’s abduction throws a once peaceful land into turmoil. Being the chosen one elected by the king himself through one of your dreams, you embark on an adventurous journey to free him from the hands of the evil duke and go down in history as the kingdom’s greatest hero. But time is of the essence…

Crowntakers combines turn-based strategy with RPG elements and takes you at the behest of the crown into a medieval fantasy world full of challenging encounters and epic adventures. With its randomly generated world, Crowntakers offers a varied gaming experience every time you set out to fight evil. As a hero on a mission, you’ll have to assemble a group of brave mercenaries to take on cruel enemies like barbarians, ferocious animals or deceitful thieves. Embark on challenging quests, gather vital resources and finally banish evil from the world.

Features of Crowntakers

  • Turn-based strategy meets RPG in a beautifully created fantasy world
  • On every game start the world is rebuilt with different environments and encounters; encouraging players to try different strategies
  • More than 8 diverse and procedural environments ranging from mountain passes to shadowy castles
  • Hire 9 individual mercenaries to take on bandits, wildlife and malevolent knights on a hexagonal battlefield. Utilise the unique class skills of the archer, wizard, scout and others
  • Gather resources, level-up your companions, collect mighty equipment and craft helpful potions to survive until your quest is complete
  • Alternative endings: will you save the king before time runs out?

Continue here to read the full story.

Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust

Facepunch Studios announces Riftlight, an arcade-shooter with some RPG elements such as character levels, abilities, and talent trees. The first devblog outlines how this will work, offers some screenshots, and a video showing the game's twin-stick style gameplay, which they say will support mouse and keyboard. As noted on Eurogamer, this has inspired some outrage from gamers upset that Rust is still incomplete, as Facepunch's zombie game remains in early access. Studio head Garry Newman responds to this in a new post explaining what's going on. This is pretty lengthy, as it covers a lot of bases, so this is just an excerpt:

There were a few things that kind of irked me in the comments about Rust. A lot of people said we gave up on Rust, and aren’t updating it anymore. Rust is getting updates very regularly. We even set up a twitter account that live posts when we commit new stuff. We are very transparent about that. I fully accept that this is our fault for not communicating the experimental branch properly, but it hurts when we’re working all week on it and people don’t acknowledge that.

Secondly the whole funding thing. People aren’t going to like my views on this. Some commenters have expressed their feelings that they ‘funded’ Rust and we’re running off with the money. None of this sentence is true. We funded Rust for 1-2 years before it eventually became what it is. You bought early access to it. When you buy a pizza you aren’t funding Dominos, you’re just buying a pizza. It’s true that the sales of Rust have been insane and we have stepped up development to suit, and I think you only have to compare the experimental version to the live version to see that.

Thirdly – the people who work on Rust are working on Rust. They’re not working on prototypes. That should be very obvious by the dev-blogs we post every friday.

NeonXSZ on Steam Next Month

A new trailer is online for NeonXSZ (pronounced Neon Excesses), an independently developed 6DOF first-person shooter set in cyberspace with a Descent-meets-Tron feel. This has been available via Desura for some time now (boasting a 9.5 user rating), and now they are set to launch this next month on Steam, saying: "To avoid the recent stigma attached to Early access, the first 30 hours of the game are content complete and fine-tuned from eighteen months of alpha testing." Here's a new trailer celebrating the news and showing off some of the game's gadgets, and here's a feature list:

  • NeonXSZ recaptures the speed and responsiveness of old-school shooters like Quake and Unreal Tournament.
  • The player gets to loot and fly dozens of ships and over 850+ upgrades.
  • Openworld gameplay filled with approximately one thousand AI dudes free to travel anywhere, from four warring factions.
  • Enemies drop parts of their hulls, weapons, and installed upgrades - not random loot.
  • If you see it, you can loot it and use it.
  • The game is never the same twice.

Continue here to read the full story.

U.K. Sales Charts

As usual, GFK Chart-Track offers game sales statistics for last week in the U.K. All 20 titles on the PC full-price top 20 for the week ending July 26th were also on last week's list, where The Elder Scrolls Online holds onto the number one spot. Big movers include Diablo III jumping to number six from number 12 and Sniper Elite 3 dropping to number 11 from number six. On the all platforms/all prices chart Watch Dogs remains top dog for the third straight week and the sixth week altogether. Here's their (oppressive) summary of this week's activity:

The UK heatwave continues, kids are all on holiday and there’s not a console new release in sight.

The overall market drops 3% units/revenue over last week and that means week 30 is the second lowest (units) so far this year and the lowest for revenue. Ubisoft’s ‘Watch Dogs’ (+3%) completes a double hat-trick of consecutive weeks at No1 (weeks 22-24 and weeks 28-30), now just 1 week away from equalling FIFA 14’s 7 weeks at No1 this year (12 weeks at No1 since launch). The aforementioned ‘FIFA 14’ from EA remains at No2 (+5%), Microsoft’s ‘Minecraft 360 Edition’ climbs three places to No3 (+4%) and 505 Games’ ‘Sniper Elite 3’ climbs one place to No4 (-6%).

The weeks big climber is Warner’s ‘The Lego Movie Videogame’ (+41%), climbing 7 places to No5 and benefitting from the campaign surrounding the launch this week of the movie on DVD/Blu-ray (out Monday 21st July). Sony’s ‘Minecraft PS3 Edition’ is now at No6 (-3%) and has climbed one place every week for the last 4 weeks. Elsewhere in the Top 40 EA’s ‘Skate 3’ (No25 / +17%) continues a remarkable return to the Top 40 (now stretching back 17 consecutive weeks) – the last time this title graced the Top 40 was almost 2 years ago and the game itself dates back to 2010. EA also have the highest re-entry at No31 with ‘Need for Speed: Rivals’ (+44%), benefitting from some price promotion activity.

36 Minutes of Rainbow Six Siege Footage

A new trailer has appeared with about 36 minutes of gameplay footage from Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft's upcoming first-person shooter. This depicts a multiplayer mission, including game sounds and voice chat. Thanks VG247. Continue here to read the full story.

GTA4 iCEnhancer Mod Author Taking a Break

A Facebook post by the author of the iCEnhancer mod for Grand Theft Auto IV says the recently released version 3.0 will be his last such effort for some time, reacting to complaints about the mod and accusations of code theft, saying: "I'm going to release the installer and downgrader then i'm done for a while. Thanks to the people who supported me and stuff, you guys are cool. No thanks for the guys trying to bring me down constantly." Responding to reports he had quit the mod scene, he made another post to clarify: "Ummm... To answer some of you, I never said I'll stop modding because of some haters. I'm just taking a break that I really need from all of this GTA world a little..."

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

The Gunnar-man and I both survived his bath yesterday, mostly. He's actually very cooperative about bathing, considering how little practice he has, but at one point he did manage to clunk me in the face with his head, which bent the crap out of one of those little nose pieces on my glasses. I got them back in working order, but I tried to be careful, because those little wires are delicate, so I plan on stopping by the eye doctor to get these fixed properly.

R.I.P.: 'El Mariachi' star Peter Marquardt dead at 50. Also worked on some video games including Deus Ex and Wing Commander IV.

Bent Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Hero in the Ocean 2.
Rodent Racer.
Science: Dark matter makes up 80% of the Universe—but where is it all?
Media: Here's the First Mad Max Trailer, and It Will Make You a Believer. Thanks nin.
GOAT SIMULATOR (Teens React- Gaming).
Follow-up: Control restored to beleaguered sex gecko satellite. John Oliver missed the news.
Martin Pulling Back From GoT Season 5. Hanging around set another distraction.



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