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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008

  

Lineage II Updated

The Lineage II Website announces the launch of the second part of the Gracia update for NCsoft's PvP MMORPG sequel. This press release has word on the update, which speeds up player progression, among other things. The announcement also has word that the Lineage II 4th Anniversary Edition is now on sale.

Global Agenda Movie

Hi-Rez Studios has released a new movie trailer from Global Agenda, the upcoming MMOG with the agenda of using the Unreal 3 engine for an espionage-themed, mission-based action/MMORPG. The clip can be found on AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and MyGameTrailers.

Need for Speed Undercover 370Z Movies

Electronic Arts and Nissan announce that Nissan's redesigned 2009 370Z will make its debut virtually in Need for Speed Undercover next month, in advance of the real life debut of the sports car, which is schedule for early next year. Two clips showing off the game's version of the 370Z are online, there's a "sizzle" trailer on AtomicGamer, ComputerGames.ro, Gamer's Hell, and MyGameTrailers; and a "mission" trailer on AtomicGamer, ComputerGames.ro, and Gamer's Hell.

Evening Previews

  • Call of Duty: World at War on GameSpy and IGN.
  • City of Heroes on Ten Ton Hammer. Issue 13 Dev Journal - Designing New Missions.
  • Tomb Raider Underworld on GameSpot.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King on Eurogamer.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Tech Bits

Mobilization

Metaverse

Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

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The Elder Scrolls V in 2010?

Bethesda pencils in new Elder Scrolls title for 2010 on GamesIndustry.biz has a quote from Paul Oughton of Bethesda Softworks, who answers a question about Wii development by volunteering information about the next installment The Elder Scrolls RPG series, saying it will potentially released in 2010: "At the moment we've got Fallout 3 for this year and potentially there's a new Elder Scrolls title in 2010. At the moment we're not that interested in the Wii. We're going to stick to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. We'll continue to pursue three or four titles a year and go for big titles."

Fallout 3 (and Far Cry 2) DRM Follow-up

In a Q&A a month ago about Fallout 3, Bethesda's Pete Hines made a vague, but reassuring statement about the DRM in the RPG sequel, saying: "Pretty similar to what we did for Oblivion, which was--we basically don't do any--we do the mildest form possible. I actually don't know if I even want to get into what it is that we exactly do, but we try to be really noninvasive when it comes to that stuff." Now an update on Reclaim your Game indicates that this has turned out to be an exaggeration at best, saying the game ships with SecuROM version 7.36.0006, and notes the Bethesda Game Studios Forums have posts from many users unable to install Fallout 3, who are apparently being told by customer service reps that they need to uninstall any third-party CD-writing software to be able to run the game. There's another forum post for those who have SecuROM issues with workaround instructions and a pointer to the SecuROM Website where there's a replacement launcher for Fallout 3, as well as a replacement launcher for Far Cry 2. Thanks Mike Martinez and Negative Gamer.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patches

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky can be updated thanks to new version 1.5.06 patches for GSC Game World's first-person shooter prequel. There is a patch for the retail edition, which can be found on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls. There is also a patch for digitally distributed versions on AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls. The new version includes balance tweaks, bug fixes, and adds DirectX 10.1 support, for which ATI released a hotfix earlier today.

Mount & Blade Patch

A new patch is now available for Mount & Blade to update Taleworlds Entertainment's action/RPG to version 1.010. The patch addresses compatibility problems with the latest ATI catalyst drivers, solves start-up issues under Vista, "significantly" improves performance, fixes bugs, and more. The patch, which can be applied to either the English or German editions of the game, is available on the Paradox Interactive Website, and is mirrored on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Red Alert 3 Patches

The EA FTP Server now offers patches to update the various language editions of Red Alert 3 to version 1.1. According to the English patch notes: "This patch for Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 makes improvements to the multiplayer game invite system, which should cause invitations to cooperative and competitive matches to work more reliably." Thanks Mike Martinez and Voodoo Extreme. Update: The full patch downloads are now on the Red Alert 3 Website (thanks The Patches Scrolls).

GC- Echo Squad SE & Universal Combat CE Patches

The 3000AD Downloads Page now offers downloads of two new patches. A new version Galactic Command - Echo Squad SE patch brings this game celebrating "the lighter side of space combat" to version 2.11.03 as detailed in the version control file and a new patch for Universal Combat Collectors’ Edition to update "the final chapter in an era of niche space combat" to version 1.00.10, as detailed in this version control file.

ATI Driver Hotfixes

AMD Customer Care announces the release of new hotfixes for ATI Radeon accelerators for both Windows XP and Vista, though an accompanying note stresses that these are unsupported releases. The updates offer performance improvements for the DirectX 9 version of Far Cry 2 on CrossFire compatible systems, for the DirectX 10 version of Far Cry 2 on both single and CrossFire compatible systems, and for the DirectX 10 and DirectX 10.1 version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky on both single and CrossFire configurations at higher resolutions.

Jack Thompson Disbarment Official

GamePolitics has the follow-up on Jack Thompson's disbarment. The one-time crusading attorney has threatened to take this matter to a higher court, but they post an image of this page that indicates now that the 30-day period since the disbarment decision has passed, John Bruce Thompson is "Not Eligible to practice in Florida." Thanks Videogaming247 for this moment of schadenfreude.

Rome: Total War Free with Empire: Total War Pre-Purchase

Steam is now offering a pre-purchase bonus for Empire: Total War, offering those who buy the next installment in Creative Assembly's large-scale real-time strategy series in advance of its release can receive a free copy of the Rome: Total War Gold Edition, which can be downloaded and played immediately. Empire: Total War is currently expected for release on February 3, 2009.

Mirror's Edge Movie

DICE is showing off Mirror's Edge at the Eurogamer Expo, offering attendees the chance to jump in to a level from the upcoming acrobatic action game. Now a ShakyCam clip of the demo is online at Videogaming247, offering the chance to watch a player engaging in some leaps of Faith at the show. It's not all perfect, but as we learned in The Matrix, No one's ever made their first jump.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Update; Live Event

The Warhammer Herald announces the launch of the new version 1.04 of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, and according to the current status report, all servers should currently be down. The update will kick off "The Witching Night" live event, described in full here. Thanks Massively.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Update

Patch 3 for Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is now live, offering new features and bug-fixes for Funcom's barbaric MMORPG. Details on what's new and different can be found on the Age of Conan Europe Forums, which outline combat updates, trade-skill changes, a revamp of The Cistern dungeon, and probably most significant, the launch of the notoriety system that's the heart of the PvP consequence system. Thanks Massively.

Morning Consolidation

Ships Ahoy - Penny Arcade Adventures, Episode Two, Demo

Greenhouse Interactive now offers online sales of Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two, as Hothead's adventure/RPG is now available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Accompanying the release are playable demos for all three platforms, a batch of new screenshots, and a gameplay movie. The game's standings are also now live for stat-hounds, and here's a bit on the game: "On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is an episodic RPG-adventure game series set in the deranged 1920s universe of New Arcadia. Whether you’re a fan of the first installment or new to the series, you’ll be able to pick up and play Episode Two as a standalone experience. This time, armed with a new gardening implement and witty repartee, you rejoin Gabe and Tycho in searching for more clues and another place to live. Explore new areas, combat bigger, badder and stranger enemies, solve even more puzzles and move one step closer to unraveling the mystery hidden deep in the sinister heart of New Arcadia." Mirrors of the demo are also available, the Windows demo can be found on FanGaming and Gamer's Hell. The Mac demo is mirrored on FanGaming and Gamer's Hell. The Linux demo is mirrored on FanGaming and Gamer's Hell.

Ships Ahoy - Close Combat - Wacht am Rhein

Matrix Games announces the availability of Close Combat - Wacht am Rhein, the remake of Close Combat – Battle of the Bulge. The announcement is accompanied by a set of new screenshots, and word that a version 4.50.2 release day patch is available. Here's a bit of the game's description: "Based on Atomic Games’ award-winning Close Combat series, Close Combat - Wacht am Rhein brings together the classic top-down tactical gameplay from the original series and plenty of new features, expansions, and improvements! This remake based on Close Combat - Battle of the Bulge gives newcomers and veterans to the series alike a vastly improved and expanded version of the original experience. The Wacht am Rhein remake comes with a brand new Grand Campaign including a new strategic map with 64 gorgeous hand-drawn tactical maps, over 70 scenarios, tons of new interface and unit graphics, countless engine improvements, and much more!"

Supreme Ruler 2020: Global Crisis Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Supreme Ruler 2020: Global Crisis, an expansion for BattleGoat Studios' Supreme Ruler 2020, the geopolitical simulation to be released via Gamer's Gate later this year. Here's a bit on the expansion, which will require the original game: "At the core of the expansion pack, we created a whole new sandbox style campaign that paints a new and far more intricate portrayal of the world of 2020 based on many of the ominous events from recent real-world headlines. Anyone who’s played our game knows that the possibilities to change the underlying storyline for new play experiences are limitless. There’s always something going on in the world, thanks to human nature, that can easily escalate into a conflict."

Immortal Cities: Nile Online Launches

Tilted Mill Entertainment has launched Immortal Cities: Nile Online a historically themed, browser-based city construction game based on their Immortal Cities series. Word is: "Immortal Cities: Nile Online is a persistent browser-based empire building game set in ancient Egypt. Play with thousands of other players as you construct cities and monuments worthy of your legacy as Pharaoh! Nile Online is casually paced; it's something you can play throughout the day, minutes at a time. The game is free to play and there is nothing to download or install - within seconds you're commanding, tweaking and growing your empire from anywhere that you have access to the internet."

Dragon Age: Origins Interview

The Dragon Age: Origins interview on GameBanshee talks with Dan Tudge about BioWare's upcoming RPG, a game that Dan says is a return to their roots: "For BioWare, Dragon Age: Origins represents a return to our own origins, in this case the fantasy genre which is really what put us on the map with games like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights. We wanted to take the best elements from classic fantasy RPGs but make a dark heroic fantasy RPG that delivered a gripping story, exciting combat, and emotionally compelling moments all rolled into one spectacular next-gen experience. Dragon Age is our own IP so we have a lot of creative freedom which we’re taking full advantage of – you’re about to see a lot of things that you won’t find anywhere else."

Natural Selection 2 Interview

Unknown Worlds talks about Natural Selection 2 on Big Download talks with Charlie Cleveland of Unknown Worlds Entertainment about Natural Selection 2, the retail game being created as a sequel to Natural Selection, which was a modification for Half-Life. They discuss being an independent game developer, the game's mix of first-person shooter and real-time strategy elements, the decision to create a new in-house engine for the game, gameplay features, and more.

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Out of the Blue

I spent a good deal of yesterday morning fighting with my antivirus software, which insisted on relentlessly crashing. It's very aggravating to have something so vital become unavailable, it forced me to find another AV suite to use before I could progress (I'm waiting until I better understand what went wrong before naming guilty parties). I can remember the days when you basically didn't even need anti-virus software. I guess that's the internet equivalent of remembering when people didn't lock the doors to their houses.

Unprotected Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Numbskull. Thanks Jay is Games.
Flat Pack Frankie.
Links: My Zombie Pin-up. Thanks Strich.
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Incredible Custom Wall-E Robot.
Stories: Zep warned off 'pointless' tour.
Researchers may have found King Solomon's mines. Warning: Patrick Swayze photo.
Science: 'Full' artificial heart implant.
Images: The 6 Best Video Game Costumes for Halloween.
Media: Call of Duty: World at War - Nazi Zombie Gameplay.
The Bar that's a Ball Pit.
Rowing Fail.
Follow-ups: US space tourist remembers 'a beautiful ballet'. Presumably set to the Blue Danube Waltz.
Man's Best Friend Forever- Cloning dogs for love and profit.



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