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Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 Independence Day (Iceland)

  

Princess Bride Game Tomorrow

Inconceivable! The Princess Bride Website has word that this game based on the fractured film fairy tale is due for release tomorrow. There's a new gameplay trailer on the game's blog, and word is: "The Princess Bride Game combines spectacular animation with the best of casual, narrative and adventure games. Help Princess Buttercup and Westley manage life on the farm, outsmart Vizzini in Battle Of The Wits, use teamwork to survive The Fire Swamp, find hidden objects with Miracle Max, and collect inventory to storm the castle. The game, rated E for everyone, features original cast voices from Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright Penn and Wallace Shawn. "

Call of Duty Trailer This Week

Microsoft announces the debut trailer for Call of Duty: World at War will show up on Xbox LIVE Marketplace June 21-22. On a related note, Spike TV announces GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley (GTTV) will "unveil an exclusive first look at in-game footage" from the next Call of Duty game as well, though it's not clear if this is the same clip as on Xbox LIVE. They say the show will air "Friday night, June 20th, at 1:00am ET/PT in HD." Not to confuse things, but that actually means early Saturday morning June 21st at 1:00am ET/PT.

Meet the TF2 Sniper

The Team Fortress 2 Meet the Sniper Movie is now online, offering words of wisdom from the sniper to his mates on the career prospects of being an assassin.

Evening Q&As

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Op Ed

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Tech Bits

Mobilization

Metaverse

Safety Dance

Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Stardock's Impulse Launches

Brad's Impulse Launch Review offers an overview of Impulse, Stardock's newly launched replacement for Stardock Central. The program offers a set of functions similar to Valve's Steam, including an online store, game patches, social networking features, and more. Impulse Driven is the web home to the program, and this press release announces Stardock is currently working with companies like Epic Games, THQ, AVG, iolo, Gas Powered Games, Hothead Games, Ironclad Games, Meridian4, and more to bring their products to the platform, and Hothead announces Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is now available on Impulse.

Diablo II Patch

Blizzplanet has word that a new patch for Diablo II is now automatically available when logging into Battle.net. The patch for the vintage action/RPG removes the game's CD check, and kicks off the promised ladder reset.

Supreme Ruler 2020 Ships, Patch Released

Paradox Interactive announces that Supreme Ruler 2020 is shipping in North America, and that the first patch for Battlegoat Studios' strategy sequel is also now available. A playable demo for the game was released last week (story), and the patch can be found on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Strategy Informer. Here's the announcement:

New York, USA (June 17, 2008) Paradox Interactive would like to remind the budding leaders of the world, that – Supreme Ruler 2020 - from Battlegoat Studios is shipping to stores across North America from today.

Set in the fast approaching world of tomorrow, this geo-political simulator invites gamers to take the helm of, one of the world's nation-states. Assume direct control or assign priorities to your AI controlled cabinet, in order to:

        • Administer the domestic economy
        • Foster international relations
        • Establish foreign trade
        • Conduct research advancement programs
        • Manage military arms

Join the fractured 'Global Village' in the ultimate race to become the Supreme Ruler.

Spore Creature Creator Released

As announced here, the promised PC and Mac editions of the Spore creature creator are now available as both retail releases and free trial versions to pave the way for the release of EA Maxis' evolution game in September. The full versions and free trials can be found on the Get Spore Website, and there's a FAQ with details on the release. Downloads of the PC trial version are mirrored on ActionTrip, AusGamers, ComputerGames.ro, FanGaming, FileFront, FileShack, Gamer's Hell, and Strategy Informer. Here's the announcement:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prepare to test the limits of your imagination! Maxis, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS - News) studio, today released the Spore™ Creature Creator, an introduction to the highly-anticipated and groundbreaking video game, Spore™ which will ship worldwide this September.

Available today for both PC and Mac, the Spore Creature Creator is a stand-alone product and creativity toy box where players create their own unique creatures, bring them to life with entertaining animations, and share them online with friends around the world. The full version of the Spore Creature Creator will be available for $9.99 at retail stores or by visiting www.spore.com. A free trial version of the Spore Creature Creator is also available today at www.spore.com. The trial version features 25% of the creature-making parts from Spore and lets players shape, paint and play with their custom-created creatures. Creatures made in the Spore Creature Creator can also be imported into the full Spore game, allowing players to populate their own galaxies when the game ships worldwide later this year.

The Spore Creature Creator lets players create their own creatures, take them on a test drive, snap pictures, and make movies of them. Sharing pictures or videos with friends is as easy as the click of a button. Players can also share their creations with others by uploading to the Sporepedia™ at www.Spore.com. The Sporepedia is an extraordinarily vast online destination where people worldwide can search for and share Spore creations, comment on other player’s designs, check out celebrity creature creations and much more.

EA/Take-Two Deadline Extended Again

EA-Take Two deadline passes on MCV reminds us that yesterday was the second deadline for EA's takeover bid for Take-Two Interactive, which once again passed without incident. Undeterred, this press release (thanks Gamer's Hell) announces EA has extended their offer for another month, until July 18, and contrary to some indications, they have not chosen to sweeten the offer at all. Take-Two has not wasted any time in reacting, issuing this response, saying this continues to undervalue their company, as evidenced by the number of shares EA has so far collected under the offer, approximately 7.9%, more than a little short of a controlling interest.

In-Game Ad Survey

IGA Worldwide announces the results of a survey conducted by Nielson that they claim indicates consumers like in-game advertising, a surprising conclusion that's the latest example of why folks distrust statistics:

One of the most important factors confirmed by the Study is that most consumers reacted positively to in-game ads: 82 percent felt games were just as enjoyable with ads as without. In addition, there was an average 61 percent increase in consumers’ favorable opinions of products advertised in-game post-play.

“The growth of in-game advertising, both current and projected, makes it an attractive medium for brands looking to reach hard-to-reach consumers,” said Elizabeth Harz, EA’s Senior Vice President of Global Media Sales. “This study solidifies what many in the industry have known for a long time: in-game ads are effective and well-received by the gaming community.”

H.A.W.X. and amBX

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. cleared for takeoff with amBX has word that the Tom Clancy-themed aerial combat game will support the colored lighting, force-feedback, and wind effects of Phillip's amBX environmental peripherals. The article also mentions a price-drop on the amBX line, which is previewed in this article, and here's a bit from the announcement:

Tom Clancy’s HAWX uses an Enhanced Reality System to turn novice gaming aviators into the elite fighter pilots of the future, featuring weapons systems, interception trajectories, incoming missile detection, anti-crash systems, damage assessment, tactical maps and the ability for pilots to issue orders to their squadron and other units– all of which will be radically enhanced through amBX. The Philips amBX PC Gaming Peripherals range, including RGB LED lights capable of 16 million different colours, variable speed desktop fans capable of up to 5000 RPM and the variable rotation speed wrist rumble strip, will create all kinds of spectacular air combat lighting, air movement and rumble effects, taking the gameplay out of the screen and into the real world.

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

We keep wanting to grill, but have been thwarted a few times by the ever-more-regular rainstorms we are getting around here. I suppose some sort of rain shelter could be constructed over the grill, but that just seems like a recipe for disaster. Another rainy evening and the ground beef I got will have to become meatloaf instead of hamburgers.

Ground Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Elephants in Lemonade.
Stories: Top Gear Officially Coming To NBC!!
5th human foot washes up on Canada coast.
City to Experiment With Car-Free Streets.
Science: No higher death risk in long-term coffee drinking.
Bumper stickers reveal link to road rage.
Super Jump. Thanks j.c.f.
Media: Mad TV - Master Chief Comes To Dinner.
Impossible bounce--awesome baseball blooper.
Follow-up: 4 New Segway Applications. Thanks Digg.



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