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Friday, Aug 22, 2014


MMOGs Under Attack

A post on the RuneScape Forum from Jagex says they "are aware that RuneScape (as well as other games) are being targeted by attacks," saying the connectivity issues are also impacting their web services and Old School RuneScape. Also, CCP Tweets that EVE Online has suffered two recent DDoS attacks, though they follow-up saying service was restored, and apparently their current downtime is for extended maintenance. According to Develop it is "suggested" that League of Legends and Guild Wars 2 have also suffered recent attacks, but they don't say who has suggested this, though this reddit thread backs this up.

Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming

Phil Fish has quit gaming again, reports CraveOnline, saying the Fex developer has put his company and the Fez brand up for sale. They say this came after Polytron's website and Twitter account were compromised resulting in the public posting of passwords, email addresses, and PayPal information. This was originally reported as the act of 4Chan's /v/ channel, but a subsequent follow-up casts doubt on that conclusion. The Polytron website currently displays a maintenance message, and their Twitter account is suspended at this time. This is not Mr. Fish's first such conflict, as he famously cancelled Fez II a year ago, at the time saying he was "doing it to get out of games." He also deleted his personal Twitter account two months ago after making some comments about the monetization of YouTube "let's play" videos.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

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Forbes - The Truth About Video Game Journalism.
We don’t want a war. We want to report the news, share our opinions and have fun playing games. Ideally, we’d like to do so without being insulted and threatened, or asked to insult and threaten others. That’s the big scary truth of games journalism, and anyone who thinks otherwise is picking a fight with an imaginary enemy.

Evening Previews

  • Diablo III on Battle.net. Patch 2.1.0 Preview: Greater Rifts.

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Into the Black

A Fistful of Gun Announced

Publisher Devolver Digital announces A Fistful of Gun, a top-down western shooter in development at FarmerGnome for release for Windows in the spring of next year (if there's a sequel, it'd better be called For a Few Gun More). The Steam page for the game is already live, and word is the game will be playable at PAX Prime, which kicks off one week from today. Here's an old video showing off the original freeware version of this, and here's word on the game's humble origins:

Originally roaming the open range of the internet as a freeware project, A Fistful of Gun has sauntered back into town as an epic tale of vengeance set against a brilliantly colorful American frontier full of dangerous cutthroats. Select one of 11 unique playable gunslingers and seek revenge as a lone wolf or with up to eight other bandits in local and online co-op. Master the specialized controls of each character, collect gold from fallen foes to purchase upgrades, and imbibe a bit of liquid courage and unleash a tornado of lead across the dusty plains.

“A Fistful of Gun is awesome and easily the second best western game ever made,” said Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “Red Dead Redemption is still the best though. That game was incredible.”

Seldon Crisis Announced

Chaos Interactive announces Seldon Crisis, a science fiction MMORPG expected to reach the beta stage next year (a Kickstarter for this should kick off next month). Those familiar with classic sci-fi literature will recognize this term from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, and sure enough they say the game is based on an original story based on the books. This trailer from last month shows off a spacecraft named "Hari Seldon" after the seminal psychohistorian, and here's part of the announcement:

Seldon Crisis is a completely player-driven MMO. The game’s economy, politics and even the infrastructure will be in the hands of the players who are not bound by preset paths and forced linear progression. Players can earn money and increase their character level by crafting and trading goods between the many sectors of the galaxy and its stations, hunting pirates and collecting loot and bounty, or fighting other players for their equipment and cargo.

In Seldon Crisis, players also will discover an extensive variety of missions, such as combat, escort, courier and exploration, with various combinations of each. Factions in each sector – hostile, friendly or neutral – offer work for adventurous captains while the vast depths of space offer hidden missions and uncharted territories to discover.

Seldon Crisis takes full advantage of an immense and beautiful galaxy where thousands of star systems, planets, moons, nebulas, wormholes and asteroid fields are waiting to be explored and exploited, with each sector of the universe offering a unique variety of resources and procedurally generated content.

Continue here to read the full story.

Vector Thrust Early Access

Vector Thrust is now available on Steam as an early access release, though this early access is a bit late, as the game was announced for release in Q2 of this year. This alpha version of the arcade aerial combat game carries a 10% discount and this new trailer shows off gameplay and its cel shaded visuals. Word is: "Vector Thrust embraces many Steam features even at this early stage, with over 125 Achievements, Stats, Leaderboards, Controller Support and a level editor." Continue here to read the full story.

Hack Your Fiends in Watch Dogs

The Ubisoft Forums have patch notes for a new patch for Watch Dogs that's now live in North America and coming next week to the third-person phoner in Europe (thanks VG247). The new version adds replay options and drinking games to the solo campaign, and multiplayer improvements including the optional ability to hack your friends and punishment for bad actors:

Multiplayer Added Features

  • HACK YOUR FRIENDS – You can now select available friends via the grid and hack or tail them without their knowledge. This can be disabled under online options. – (ALL PLATFORMS)
  • CTOS MOBILE – Mobile players disconnecting will no longer result in the gameplay ending for the console/PC player. Console and PC players will play their match to the end and receive some Notoriety points for doing so. – (ALL PLATFORMS)
  • MULTIPLAYER BAD BEHAVIOR – Players who are frequently disconnecting from multiplayer matches will be pooled together and paired only against players with similar online behaviors. – (ALL PLATFORMS)

If you’re playing against someone else who disconnects unfairly, you will get the same amount of Notoriety as if you had won at that moment.

The disconnector will not receive any Notoriety.

NBA 2K15 System Requirements

Pre-purchases are now underway for NBA 2K15 on Steam, offering a Kevin Durant MVP bonus pack as an incentive. The page now offers system requirements for the Windows edition of the sports simulation (thanks DSOGaming). Here's word:

Minimum:
OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better
Memory: 2 or more GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 10.1 compatible (512 MB) or better
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
Sound Card: 9.0c compatible
Additional Notes: Keyboard or dual-analog gamepad

Recommended:
OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
Processor: Intel Core i7 or better
Memory: 4 or more GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11.0 compatible (2 GB) or better
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Additional Notes: Dual-analog gamepad

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Out of the Blue

It has been decided, and ESPN's Pigskin Pick'em will be the home to our NFL picking this year, and from the discussion yesterday, it sounds like we may have a second such league to compete for the best record versus the point spread. It's all for fun, and anyone should feel free to participate, so don't hesitate even if you plan on picking by uniform colors.

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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Bierzerkers Announced

The Unreal Engine website announces Bierzerkers, an Unreal 4 engine, team-based, multiplayer, melee combat game set in the Viking afterlife. The game is in development at Shield Break Studios, and while they are not set to reveal a release date, they do plan on showing the game off at PAX Prime, which kicks off next week in Seattle. Here's word:

Players will do battle using a variety of unique classes with stylized Norse visuals, arcade-inspired melee combat, and fierce online competition.

"With Bierzerkers, we're creating a unique blend of hack n' slash action inspired by our favorite melee combat games. We're throwing realism out the window and focusing on a fun and irreverent style that seeps into every aspect of the game," says Will Harris, lead designer. "In Bierzerkers, you will crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their sheep."

Dishonored Free Weekend

Dishonored on Steam is free to play this weekend until Sunday at 3:00 pm EDT. Those who enjoy the stealth/action game may be interested in the sale that coincides with the free weekend, which offers the game at a 75% discount.

48 Hours of Titanfall Free on Origin

EA announces that Titanfall has returned to their Gametime program, which will allow 48 consecutive free hours of play in the mech shooter on Origin. Here's word:

By popular demand, Titanfall has returned to Origin Game Time! If you missed it the first time around, now is your chance to check out the action-packed shooter for absolutely no cost.

Starting today, players who did not claim Titanfall Game Time the first time can add the game to their library and play for free for 48 hours.

The Game Time clock won't begin until you’ve launched the fully-downloaded game for the very first time. Start your download whenever you want – downloading Titanfall won't count towards your 48 hours of free time.

Legend of Grimrock 2 in Beta; iOS LoG Announced

The Legend of Grimrock website announces Legend of Grimrock 2 is officially in beta status, adding this is a closed beta, and they are not accepting applications at this time. Almost Human Games also announce plans for an iOS version of the original Legend of Grimrock for those who enjoy their role-playing on the road. They celebrate news of the LoG2 beta with a new teaser trailer from the action/RPG sequel. Here's a bit:

The game has been playable from the beginning to the end for some time now and now that we have had one complete playthrough and several cheated speed-throughs we have some idea about the length of the game. It’s looking like Grimrock 2 is going to be around 25% longer than Grimrock 1 but more testing by us and our betatesters is still needed to confirm this.

Like mentioned, all the features of the game are in, but there’s still much work to do. Our Venerable List of Things To Do is constantly getting added with new entries even as we are hammering on the things at the other end of the list. But we are fighting hard to empty the list before the launch. Btw. on top of the list we have things like memory and performance optimizations and tutorial. Below that lots and lots of smaller tweaks and fixes and then of course testing, testing and more testing…

Continue here to read the full story.

Diablo III Gold Bonus

Battle.net announces a 50% boost to gold find is now underway in Diablo III as they continue to prepare to release the "almost here" version 2.10 update for the action/RPG sequel:

Our first major content update for Reaper of Souls is almost here! In preparation for patch 2.1.0 and the new content it brings—including Seasons, Greater Rifts, and the mysterious Vault—all players who log into Diablo III this weekend will receive a +50% bonus to Gold Find.

This bonus Gold Find period begins in the Americas region tomorrow, August 22, at 12:00 a.m. PDT and ends on Tuesday, August 26, at 3:00 a.m. PDT (when maintenance begins). Please note that this buff will stack multiplicatively with existing bonuses including those provided from items and Paragon points.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut Diary

A Kickstarter update for Shadowrun Returns has a developer diary written by Andrew McIntosh of Harebrained Schemes, lead writer on the upcoming Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut. This is the first of four such diaries that will precede the release of the Director's Cut in one month, and topics cover the new content that's part of the DLC reissue, though spoilers are avoided.

The Crew Trailer

More of The Crew is on display in a new The World’s Greatest Playground video from the upcoming open world driving game. They say this is the first in an "On the Road with the Crew" series of clip that will precede the game's November release. Here's word:

The expansiveness of a map is only great if it’s filled to the edges with exciting activities and content. And in the 1,900 square miles of beautiful U.S. land, The Crew offers a variety of exciting mission types and hundreds of driving skill challenges for anyone to tackle. Take an in-depth look into how you and up to three others in your crew can take on these missions, such as making your escape from the police, tailing and chasing down your mark, and sending your target hurtling violently with well-aimed bumps and smashes. Make your presence known in our playground, and NEVER DRIVE ALONE.

Continue here to read the full story.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Video

Gameplay from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is on display in a new trailer from The Astronauts' upcoming first-person mystery game. The clip runs almost 13 minutes and features developer commentary to help us understand what's going on. Also, the game's official website now offers preorders of a special edition that includes a soundtrack and other extras, which will be offered on both Steam and GOG.com. Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

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Gatherings & Competitions

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Internet in Real-Time. Thanks ^Drag0n^.

Ancient Space Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Ancient Space, a story-driven sci-fi RTS game in development at CreativeForge Games for release for Windows and OS X this fall. An announcement trailer is online showing off some cinematics and revealing some familiar science fiction actors in the game's cast, including Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Ron Glass (Firefly), Richard Gunn (Dark Angel), and Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: First Contact). Here's what they are revealing about the game at this time:

Ancient Space is a single-player, real-time strategy title that puts the player in command of a fleet conducting a scientific mission on the edge of the known universe, charting what lies beyond in ‘The Black Zone.’ A rich and compelling story will guide the player as they build and upgrade their fleets and then survive overwhelming odds in deadly strategic missions.

Ancient Space mixes an engrossing single-player campaign story with time-honored RTS gameplay for a suspenseful experience. Mission objectives are many, varying from exploration to stealth, from assault to defense and more.

Ancient Space Features:

  • New Frontiers, Classic Gameplay: Build, maintain, upgrade, and strategically command a multitude of ships in tactical battles and missions, facing aliens, pirates, and the unknown
  • An Explosive Space Opera: A compelling story, performed by a stellar cast, follows the player as the fleet tackles questions of humanity and science in an epic single-player campaign
  • Live with Your Choices: Each mission advances the plot, and introduces new challenges to be met by choosing the right crew and the right upgrades for the job

Continue here to read the full story.

Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters Released

The Path of Exile website announces that the recently announced Forsaken Masters expansion is now live for Path of Exile, Grinding Gears' action/RPG. Also, a trailer on GameTrailers we missed last week offers a look at the hideout customization, new skill gems, and mission variations the add-on brings (thanks rist3903). Here's word on the release:

We released the Forsaken Masters expansion an hour ago and were met with an immense flood of users. For the third release in a row, the player numbers were high enough to kill our website but leave the game servers intact. Player concurrency has already broken Sacrifice of the Vaal records and is still going up! Thanks for your enthusiasm and kind words. Enjoy Forsaken Masters and remember to invite some friends to play with you. We've ordered a lot more servers to fill!

Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warplanes Adds PvE

The World of Warplanes website announces a new version 1.5 update is now live in Wargaming's aerial combat MMOG. The new version includes redesigned air-to-ground combat, 50 new achievements, one new and one reworked map, and bots to allow pilots to practice their skills in an new player-versus-environment mode. Here's word on the new PvE support:

New battle types have been on the wishlist of many veteran players for a while now, and so it is with great pleasure to announce for 1.5 a new PvE battle type called Battle Against Bots! As the name suggests, this feature will allow you to team up with other human players and chase down an air fleet of AI bots in a dedicated battle type that will follow its own unique rules and settings. This new mode will be a perfect tool for both newcomers, looking to explore the game and learn the mechanics, as well as hardened veterans, who’ll be able to discover World of Warplanes from a whole new perspective.

Steamships Ahoy - Sniper Elite 3: Save Churchill Part 2: Belly of the Beast

Steam now offers Save Churchill Part 2: Belly of the Beast, a continuation of this DLC for Sniper Elite 3, Rebellion's sharpshooting sequel. Here's word:

Save Churchill Part 2: Belly of the Beast is the intense second mission of a new three-part campaign for Sniper Elite 3.

In the outlying mountains of North Morocco a concealed facility is being used by Axis forces to create devastating new weapons of war and build an elite unit of the Führer’s most devoted soldiers.

Among them is Raubvogel, the elusive German sniper behind a plot to kill British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. You must find out what you can about the planned assassination and stop these new weapons from leaving the remote facility.

Traverse an intricate maze of lofty canyons and walkways littered with enemy encampments and testing rooms. But be cautious, the soldiers guarding the canyon are some of the most formidable that you will have ever faced, and eager to test their terrifying new weapons...

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Out of the Blue

Batman, the Commissioner of the Blue's News NFL picking league, is looking ahead to the season, and has identified a few different sites that can provide free tracking of our picks. If you are interested in participating, feel free to offer an opinion on the pros and cons of Yahoo Sports, NFL.com, ESPN, or FOX Sports so we can decide which one of those we should use. It feels early to discuss such things, but the season actually begins two weeks from today!

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