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Thursday, Oct 02, 2008

  

KOTOR MMO Revelation Soon?

Computer and Video Games has the latest word on the long-rumored MMOG based on Knights of the Old Republic, the Star Wars RPG. They have word from UK newspaper The Daily Star, where on Saturday a reporter wrote BioWare is working on "a MMO of Knights of the Old Republic" and he was heading off to San Francisco to "file an exclusive report on the game."

Molyneux: PC Game Market "In Tatters"

VideoGamer.com has an except from a conversation with Peter Molyneux where the Lionhead designer offers a frank, but negative, assessment of the state of PC gaming: "If you look at the gamer market on PC, I'll be quite honest with you, it's in tatters. There aren't that many releases on PC. There are some high points like Crysis and what Blizzard is doing, but other than that you are restricted to The Sims and World of Warcraft, they seem to be dominating the PC side." He also expresses his own personal distaste for copy protection, though he also understands the publisher's side of that, saying: "Anything that may give them more confidence on the PC means that ultimately we as gamers will come out better off because they will invest more in the game."

Take-Two Staying Independent

Gamasutra reports that Take-Two has decided to remain independent, after indicating they would actively pursue dome sort of merger or acquisition deal after negotiations with Electronic Arts fell through (story). They quote a statement from Take-Two Board chairman Strauss Zelnick, though this does not directly address the decision to stay independent, but a follow-up quote from Take-Two CEO Ben Fede describing the strength of their position: "Our strong cash position – with no debt and an undrawn $140 million credit facility – gives us the financial flexibility to continue to do what we do best: innovate and create the great games that our customers have come to expect."

Crysis Wars Custom Map Glitch & Workaround

The Crymod Modding Portal offers a temporary solution for problems with the automatic map downloads in Crysis Wars, as users are being kicked from servers by the Crytek Anti Cheat solution. The problem is how the maps are being stored on the user end, and they have posted a workaround for server administrators running custom maps that prevents these unintended kicks. Thanks Ant.

Mac Instant Action Beta

The beta of InstantAction for the Macintosh is now online. Currently the Mac beta of the online gaming portal offers four titles, Marble Blast Online (platformer/puzzle action), Fallen Empire: Legions (FPS action), Rokkitball (futuristic sports), and ThinkTanks (tank combat). The neat thing is that Mac and PC gamers will be able to play together: "InstantAction will also allow cross platform compatibility between Mac and PC users. Players from either operating system can join the same game and battle each other. InstantAction makes challenging friends as simple as instant messaging a link, taking all the complicated matchmaking out of the process. The site offers an entirely new way to “hang out” with friends by allowing you to take your party from game to game."

WAR Chat System Revamp

The Warhammer Forums have a post from Mythic's Mark Jacobs soliciting feedback on how to improve the chat system in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, saying: "Obviously one of the things that players want us to improve is our chat system. We are currently in the process of doing a revision on it but before we go too far, I'm interested in hearing what you want to see in it." Thanks Mick.

Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir Trailer

A second trailer from Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir shows off more of the upcoming D&D RPG expansion in the works at Obsidian Entertainment. The clip can be found on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, and Gamer's Hell.

Op Ed

Evening Previews

  • Atlantica Online on RPG Vault.
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 on IGN.
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar on 1Up.

Evening Screenshots

Evening Consolidation

Evening Tech Bits

etc., etc.

Into the Black

We had a brief outage today and when things returned, things were a little broken for a while, but everything seems cleared up now. Sorry about that.

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Patches

The Sacred 2 Updates Page now offers new version 2.10 patches for several of the localized editions of Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, Ascaron Entertainment's action/RPG sequel. There are updates for the French, German, Italian, and UK editions, all of which are mirrored on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell. There's also a new character trailer from the game on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls.

Silent Hill: Homecoming PC Delay & Controls Issue

There's a thread on the Silent Hill: Homecoming Forums as well as GameSpot Forums and GameFAQs (and presumably elsewhere) about the lack of a inverted control option for your camera view (there is apparently an option to invert your aim, but not the general camera view). The 360 is mentioned in those threads, and a post on IGN indicates this is a problem for the PS3 as well (thanks Bob). Also, in spite of the fact that Konami announced the survival/horror sequel was available on Steam on Tuesday when the console editions shipped (story), the game has not yet appeared there, and now a post on the Steam Users' Forums from Valve's Mike Dunkle saying: "Silent Hill Homecoming for PC will not become available until later this month. Please stay tuned for more information."

Free Sacred Gold

GameTap announces the latest addition to their roster of free games is Sacred Gold, ASCARON Entertainment's action/RPG. For the unfamiliar, here's their description of the game: "In a fantasy world crawling with monsters, unlikely heroes emerge. Whether they quest for treasure, fame or power, these individuals brave many terrors and face down thousands of foes both above the ground and below...and unlock the secrets of a deadly conspiracy to overrun the land of Ancaria with evil. For those with the strength, untold riches await, but the fight will be long and dangerous."

Empire: Total War Movie

A new trailer from Empire: Total War shows off land battles in Creative Assembly's next installment in their epic historical real-time strategy series that's due in February, 2009. The clip is available on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Can Games Help Older Drivers?

The Associated Press reports insurance company Allstate is investigating the possibility that video games could help drivers get into fewer accidents as they pass from the 50-60 year-old range that is one of the safest driver demographics into their mid-60s when accident rates begin to climb. They are running a pilot program in Pennsylvania where they want 100,000 older drivers to play the brain training game InSight to see if it helps make them safer on the road. If successful, this could lead to a program that offers discounts on auto insurance for players of such games.

RF Online Closing

The RF Online Website has bad news for players of the North American and European edition of RF Online, CCR's Korean MMORPG. Codemasters says their efforts at negotiating an extension of their license for the game have been unsuccessful, and the game's last full day of service will be November 9, and they will be taking the North American and European servers offline on the morning (UK time) of November 10. Thanks Chris.

No PC Gears of War 2 Follow-up

Ripten follows up on a recent story from Total Video Games that quoted Epic's Cliff Bleszinski saying piracy concerns factored into their decision to not create a PC edition of Gears of War 2 (story). They contacted Mark Rein, who speaks of piracy in the context of the newly formed PC Gaming Alliance: "This issue is something we’re looking at as a group …" But in describing their reasons for eschewing the PC for the shooter sequel, he makes no mention of piracy: "The reason we decided not to develop Gears 2 for PC was so that we could focus our resources on making Gears 2 the best possible Xbox 360 game it could be rather than splitting them across multiple platforms like we did with the first one. I think Gears 2 will be a better game for it and that this was the right decision." Thanks N4G.

Warhammer Online Patched

Warhammer Online Website has details on a new version 1.01 of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning that's now live in the MMORPG. The first major update for the game includes fixes from previous smaller patches, and adds a few new features like auto-looting, pathing improvements, more reliable tab-targeting, and more. Thanks Massively.

The Sims 2: Apartment Life Patch

The first patch for The Sims 2: Apartment Life updates the eighth expansion for the lifestyle simulation sequel to version 1.16.0.187. The patch is available on TheSims2.com along with the complete patch notes, and downloads of the patch are also available from FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls.

Morning Consolidation

Savage 2 Melee Change Plans

Update on the test patch-new melee system on the Savage 2- A Tortured Soul Forum is a post about the coming patch for Savage 2 that may come out as soon as Friday, but will probably come out next week. In the meantime, S2 Games offers a detailed changelist for the melee combat system in their action/strategy sequel, including a couple of experimental features that may be tweaked or culled if they don't work out properly. There is also a follow-up post about plans for a Community & Clan Panel, described as being a feature-rich "super buddy list."

Diablo 3 Interview

The Diablo 3 Interview on AusGamers is a lengthy conversation from GC 2008 in Leipzig with Jay Wilson discussing Blizzard's upcoming action/RPG sequel. They talk about how the RPG genre has changed since way back when Diablo II was released, Diablo II features being retained for the new game, glorious loot, combating cheaters, class struggles, and still more.

Dead Space Interview

The Dead Space Q&A on Gameplanet talks with Rich Briggs about EA's sci-fi survival/horror shooter, discussing the game's lack of a HUD, environmental interactivity, their "realistic" multi-limbed enemies (we don't want to meet who the interviewer's been hanging out with), physics in outer space, PC mouse and keyboard support (and the inherent superiority thereof), and more.

WAR Interview

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Interview on Kikizo talks with Josh Drescher about Mythic's just-launch MMORPG. Topics include the Warhammer IP, the MMORPG genre, their server infrastructure, an introduction to gameplay, and, of course, Orc sex (sort of).

Morning Previews

Mobilization

Metaverse

Safety Dance

Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

  • One of the members of the GSC Game World Forums is gauging interest in a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. commemorative coin…

Out of the Blue

Okay, so thanks to Frans' efforts we now have a share link for each story that brings up a single-story view with options to email the story or send it to your choice of link aggregators, and the Articles section now has page breaks, which is obviously essential to being able to continue to make use of it over the long haul.

Long Haul Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: S.W.A.T.
Flash Physics.
Link: The 32 Best PC Games.
Stories: Owner saves dog from shark's jaws.
When Life Hands You Lemons, Race Them. Thanks j.c.f.
Fans unite in auction to save Superman's house.
Science: Scientists develop incredible thinking cap.
'Viking mouse' invasion tracked.
NASA to attempt recording of Mars sounds.
Media: Trollbane 2 Trailer.
Jim Carrey as Conan O'Brien.
Base-Jump Point Of View.
Follow-up: Pilot's license found in Calif. may be Fossett's.
The Funnies: UserFriendly.



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