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Monday, Dec 22, 2014




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ROTT TTURNS TTWENTTY

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the shareware release of Rise of the Triad, Apogee's first-person shooter designed by Tom Hall. Former 3D Realms/Apogee webmaster/community manager Joe Siegler was one of the developers on ROTT, and he has posted a retrospective on his blog discussing the game in amazing detail, covering its history, the development team, insider anecdotes from its development, the recent ROTT remake, and more. The piece also includes behind-the-scenes photos, a video of unused capture sessions, and a tender homage to former 3D Realms programmer William Scarboro, who died in 2002. For those interested, the original Rise of the Triad is still available on GOG.com.

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track is not taking a holiday today, as they are back with their weekly summaries of game sales activity in the United Kingdom. Football Manager 2014 continues to kick ass and take names from the number one spot on the PC entertainment top 30, where the top five remains unchanged from last week. The big mover is The Crew, which pulls in at number six after sitting in the 12 spot last week. On the all platforms chart, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare lands at number one after swapping places with FIFA 15. Assassin's Creed Unity jumps from 10 to five while The Crew ends up at number six after being number 11 last week. Here's their summary of the action:

‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ (+33%) becomes the 5th Call of Duty game to claim the coveted Christmas No1 with a well-timed promotion on the PS4 version helping it leapfrog ‘FIFA 15’ (+8%).

Last year ‘FIFA 14’ pulled off a similar trick, sneaking ahead of ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’at the last minute to claim the festive top spot and it appears that Activision Blizzard were set on exacting revenge in 2014. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ (+16%) holds on to No3 while the PS4 version remains the top selling game for an individual format this week.

‘Far Cry 4’ (+17%) is also a non-mover at No4, meaning it is Ubisoft’s top selling game over the festive week, despite a 97% surge in sales of ‘Assassin’s Creed: Unity’ pushing it up from No10 to No5 as well as a huge price promotion on Ubisoft’s ‘The Crew’ boosting sales by 92% and propelling it from No11 to No6. The average selling price of the PS4 version of ‘The Crew’ is down around £15 from last week. ‘Destiny’ (+32%) climbs two places to No7, while the Xbox version of Minecraft (+14%) remains ahead of the Playstation edition (+10%), both down one place to No’s 8 and 9 respectively. ‘Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham’ (-11%) slips 5 places to No10 to round off the Christmas Top 10.

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  • Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 800W Power Supply Unit on Nikk Tech.
  • Kingston HyperX Savage 1866MHz 16GB DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit on Futurelooks.
  • SanDisk 64GB Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD on Pure Overclock.
  • Xigmatek Aquila Case on pcGameware.

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Out of the Blue

Well the onset of winter saw a light dusting of snow around here, more of a token to the change of seasons than anything (if it was a movie, it would have seemed like CGI). There was actually a little snow/frost on the ground this morning, but the forecasts suggest the chances of a white Christmas are practically null in these parts.

Also, happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating. I meant to mention this already, but luckily an eight-day holiday provides plenty of margin for error, as the festival of lights runs until sundown Wednesday.

Dusted Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Cryo Mayhem.
Galactic Clicker.
Story: 'MythBusters' returns with new vibe, casting changes. Thanks HARDOCP.
Media: Star Wars Music Christmas Lights Show 2014.
A Porno by Tim Burton. Thanks HuffPo.
P.T. [PART 2] - SILENT HILLS (Teens React- Gaming).


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Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

Star Citizen Arena Commander Version 1.0 Released

 The Roberts Space Industries website announces the release of version 1.0 of the Arena Commander module for Star Citizen, news accompanied by the release of a new Arena Commander manual and sales of some new ships for Cloud Imperium's space combat game. Here's word on what this means:

As you know, the team has been working very hard to release Arena Commander today and we’re especially excited to publish this patch before our Holiday break. We would have ideally liked another 4-5 days of internal stress testing and polish but with everyone looking forward to some well-earned time off I didn’t want to eat into people’s break. That said, being cognizant of the fact that the upcoming holidays are a time when everyone (myself included) looks forward to playing their favorite games we wanted to make sure that we released Arena Commander 1.0 for all our backers to enjoy over the holidays. With that in mind, I’ve opted to push today’s build of Arena Commander 1.0 to all of our backers today. So please, enjoy this significant update, give us your feedback, and we’ll come back in the New Year ready to continue polishing Arena Commander and developing the BDSSE!

I would like to stress that today’s release of Arena Commander 1.0 is a beginning, not an ending. This milestone does not denote the completion of Arena Commander, it kicks off an even more significant phase of its development. With this update, we’ve added a significant number of ships, items, missiles, and systems which means more interconnected systems, more servers to stress and more bugs to squash. These future changes won’t be limited to fixing technical glitches and balance issues.

Some elements, like the initial Avenger and Cutlass, will be converted to the new modular ship component system, but we wanted long-waiting owners to get an early look at their ships. So I encourage you to experience everything we’ve added to Arena Commander 1.0, but also to know that much, much more is in the works!

GSC Game World Back in Business

A Q&A on GamesIndustry.biz we missed last week talks to Valentine Yeltyshev, who informs them that GSC Game World is back in operation, following a period where the Ukrainian developer was closed (thanks GameSpot). They learn the story behind the studios fall and rise, and get word that they are working on an "old-fashioned, full price game," though they don't offer any details on what it is about. They get the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developer's take on West Games' claim to a pedigree from the original game:

"I don't really know enough about them, but the story is quite funny. These guys were basically promoting themselves as being the STALKER team, that they were working on STALKER, but that's not true. When we were working on STALKER 2, we were also planning on releasing a browser game based on STALKER so we could keep the audience engaged until released.

"That project was never finished. There were mistakes. But the guys at West Games, that was the STALKER project they were working on - a flash game. So when they promoted themselves as having worked on STALKER, I was quite surprised. We would definitely win the legal action against them, but we won't start it. They used a lot of the ideas from STALKER... I don't know what they were thinking, starting that. I haven't heard from them for quite a while."

Sims 4 Game Pack Next Month

The Sims website announces plans to release a game pack called The Outdoor Retreat for The Sims 4 next month, adding the chance to enjoy the great outdoors in the lifestyle simulation (thanks SlashGear via HARDOCP). This might raise the question "what is a game pack," but they are a step ahead of us, providing a handy explanation embedding within the announcement:

I have been working with members of The Sims 4 team on something fun. I am excited to share it with you all, as I know it’s going to allow you to tell even more unique and wonderful stories with your Sims.

Two words. Game Pack. What is a Game Pack you ask? Game Packs are unique to The Sims 4. Our first Game Pack - The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat - will be coming out in January 2015, but before we talk about that, let’s talk about what a Game Pack is.

About nine years ago, during The Sims 2 days, we introduced Stuff Packs to The Sims franchise to change up the way you could customize your Sim stories. Stuff Packs were focused on a specific theme and included clothing, hairstyles, furniture and décor.

For The Sims 4, we wanted to continue that tradition while giving you even MORE opportunities to craft the stories you want, since a Game Pack provides new gameplay features, new objects and new clothing based around one central theme. Being able to expand your gameplay through a Game Pack allows us to give you some of the things you’ve been asking for and it’s something we are really excited about.

So, what can you expect from the first Game Pack in early 2015? Well, you’re going to take your Sims to Granite Falls to visit and explore an all-new destination. The woods are packed with gameplay possibilities. Campfire songs, weenie roasts and bear costumes, oh my!

So there’s a little tasty news to chew on, keep an eye out for more!

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's list of the sale-influence bestselling games on Steam for last week:

  1. Dark Souls II
  2. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
  3. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  4. Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  6. Don't Starve Forever Frontier Pack
  7. Total War: ROME II
  8. Space Engineers
  9. Sid Meier's Civilization V: The Complete Edition
  10. Metal Gear Rising: Revenegeance

Resident Evil Revelations 2 Opening Cinematic

CapCom Unity now offers the opening cinematic from Resident Evil Revelations 2, the upcoming survival/horror sequel. Here's what they have to say about this:

You've seen trailers featuring Claire, Moira, Barry and Natalia, but now you can watch the game's actual opening! This is how we greet our heroines before they're abducted by... mysterious masked men. They wake up on a prison island with little information, no weapons and no clear way home.

Continue here to read the full story.

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  • Addonics Sapphire Write Protect Storage Enclosure on TweakTown.
  • Kingston HyperX Savage HX324C11SRK2-16 2x8GB on APH Networks.

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Out of the Blue

Off to a late start here today as this morning somehow involved a grocery shopping session that seemed to be impossible to escape. Happy winter, as today marks the Solstice in the northern hemisphere! Happy summer to those down under, and here's hoping the surfing is good. On the bright side (pun intended), I'm looking forward more daylight as the days go on... sundown at 4:30 pm is a total bummer.

Sunny Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Siege Hero: Pirate Pillage.
Pre-Civilization: Bronze Age.
Media: Paul Stanley's Never Aired Folgers Coffee Commercial. Wow. Thanks nin.
Get Off The Phone Song.
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