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Friday, Apr 10, 2009

  

Judge Mathis Game Plans

AllHipHop.com reports on plans for Mathis "Detroit” Street Judge, a Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 third-person shooter. The game is a collaboration with director Matty Rich's recently founded Matty Rich Games (187 Ride or Die) and the television judge. The game has a first-look deal with WBIE, and the story involves a felon with one last chance to turn his life around. Here's a bit:

"I see this game as a way for young players to be part of the glamorous thug life that is so popular in Hip-Hop culture without them actually indulging in the life,” Judge Mathis explained to Yahoo.com. "Video games allow you to obtain the fulfillment of their fascination with that lifestyle without being in it. We're not going to stop the violent genre of video games like Grand Theft Auto, so instead you try to engage it in a way that allows them to obtain the fulfillment they're looking for but also give them the choice of having a mainstream, successful life."

While blockbuster games like GTA add elements of satire and pop culture references, Mathis is aiming to drive home the heavy emotional burden real life gangsters carry due to their professions.

"The main difference between our game and Grand Theft Auto is that players will have to deal with the justice system and consequences for their actions," Judge Mathis stated. "When you go to prison, you gain credibility when you come back on the streets. On the other hand, when you go to prison you can also be raped. So take your chances.”

Weekend Sales

The "On Sale" link on the Impulse Driven Store Page lists the weekend deals on Stardock's online store. This weekend they are offering deals on Restaurant Empire, Nemesis of the Roman Empire, GalCiv II - Ultimate Edition, Warlords Battlecry III, Capitalism II, and a non game, their Object Desktop. Meanwhile, the 48 Hour Madness Page on GoGamer lists a bunch of games on sale, many as low as one dollar. The weekend sale on Steam is 50% off the Peggle Complete Pack. GamersGate is offering Prey and Helldorado for 50% off.

King's Bounty: Armored Princess Videos

The King's Bounty: Armored Princess videos page now offers a pair of new movies from the upcoming RPG sequel. The clips introduce Archdemon Baal and the Great Lizard Ktahu, two of the game's bosses.

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Tech Bits

Mobilization

Metaverse

Safety Dance

Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Add-on & Sequel?

GSC Game World is apparently working on a new S.T.A.L.K.E.R. add-on called S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat as well as a full-fledged sequel to their irradiated first-person shooter. This is according to rough English translations on ClanBase and the TTLG Forums of comments made in a Russian-language chat with GSC Game World's Sergey Grigorovitch. A question asking if the April "Call of Pripyat" entry on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. calendar was an April Fools' joke was answered with the revelation that this is the name of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. add-on that they expect to release this autumn. He also apparently says they are working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. Thanks Kincaid.

New Assassin's Creed II Altair Ego

May Cover Story Revealed on the Game Informer Website shows the next print issue of the gaming magazine will focus on Assassin's Creed II. If the character in the cover art seems unfamiliar, that's because the stealthy sequel features a new player character named Ezio. Word is: "In Assassin’s Creed 2, players take on the role of Ezio, a young noble whose family was lost through rival ruling families' betrayals. In addition to the new character, players are going to get to explore a new setting: Renaissance-era Venice. What else is going on? Well, you’re going to have to pick up the May issue of Game Informer if you want the complete story on Ubisoft’s latest." There are also articles on Kotaku and ScrewAttack (thanks Chris) with information supposedly contained in that Game Informer coverage, though this is all unconfirmed at the moment.

PC Braid Ships, Demo

The Windows edition of puzzle/platformer Braid is now available, as Playgreenhouse is now offering PC owners digital distribution of Number None's indie success story. The Braid on Steam page currently says "This game will unlock in approximately 5 hours" and Impulse lists today as its release date, but the game is still listed as a preorder. Greenhouse also has a playable demo for the Windows edition, the demo is a 119 MB download, but there is no word on what it offers. The demo download is now mirrored on AtomicGamer. Update: The game is now also for sale on Impulse.

Dawn of War II Patch Monday

Dawn Of War 2 Community Website has news that the long-awaited version 1.2.1 patch for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II has passed through quality assurance, and is due to be released at noon PST (actually PDT) on Monday. They also offer screenshots of Tiber Outpost, the new six-player map the new version of the sc-fi RTS sequel will include, and the full patch notes can be found on the Dawn of War II Community Forum.

Morning Consolidation

BioShock 2 Gameplay Movie

There's a new BioShock 2 Gameplay movie on GameTrailers.com that just aired on GameTrailers TV on Spike. The two minute clip is all gameplay footage, showing the wreckage of Rapture, some glimpses of the big sister, a bit of underwater footage, as well as some combat using the rivet, the magnum rivet, and the drill. No further details about BioShock 2 were revealed, however, as the clip was the only thing about 2K Boston's submerged shooter follow-up in the program.

East India Company Delay, Specs

East India Interview #2 on Pirates Ahoy! reacquaints us with East India Company by discussing the real-time strategy game with lead designer Kim Soares. Last summer we learned the game was delayed until Q1 2009, so it is officially delayed again as of 10 days ago, but the Q&A discusses this, saying, "Due to latest developments, release date for EIC is Q3 2009. I assure you that the game will be that much better as to make up for the extra wait." The conversation also reveals the game's system requirements:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows® XP
CPU: 1,6 GHz Intel® Pentium® processor or equivalent AMD® Athlon™ processor
RAM: 1 GB (2 GB recommended for Windows® Vista™)
Video: 128 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible or better video card with pixelshader 2.0
Drive: 4X PC DVD-ROM
Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
Available Hard Disk Space: Approx. 6 GB
DirectX®: 9.0c
Other: 3-button Mouse, Keyboard and Speakers. Internet connection for multiplayer.

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows® XP / Vista™
CPU: 2,0 GHz Intel® Pentium® processor or AMD® Athlon™ processor
RAM: 2GB
Video: 512 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible or better video card with pixelshader 3.0
Drive: 4X PC DVD-ROM
Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
Available Hard Disk Space: Approx. 6 GB
DirectX®: 9.0c
Other: 3-button Mouse, Keyboard and Speakers. 1 MBps Internet connection for multiplayer.

Blood Bowl Beta Signups

The Blood Bowl Website is live as home to Cyanide's fantasy-themed sports game. The site has information and game media, as well as word that registration is underway for multiplier beta testing: "Cyanide and Focus Home Interactive are pleased to announce the opening of the registration to participate in the Blood Bowl multi-player online beta. Indeed, the beta is about to be opened! To make sure you will be one of the first to participate to it, just complete the registration form! During this multi-player online beta you will be able to trample the grass of the Human stadium by playing either the Humans or Orcs teams!"

Wolfenstein Interview

There's a Wolfenstein Interview on [OC]ModShop talking with id software community manager Peter Sokal about Raven's upcoming continuation of the World War II shooter series. The conversation covers the basics about the game engine, weapons, AI, and more, and includes the logic behind not pursuing co-op support: "Co-op was discussed, but in the end we determined that Wolfenstein is the story of B.J. Blazkowicz fighting against the Nazis and it didn’t make sense in terms of the story to have two of him running around." There are also some new Wolfenstein screenshots on Skewed & Reviewed.

No Escape Half-Life 2 Mod

Mod DB now offers version 1.0 of the No Escape modification for Half-Life 2. Word is: "We tried to make the most of the Source engine so the mod is split into 4 parts, each with a different gameplay, environment and effects. Depending on your skills the game time can range from an hour to an hour and a half. Most mods spend a lot of time on creating media but we wanted a mod that would be playable after a short period of production and we believe we made it. Hope you like it!" Thanks Ant.

Will Wright Q&A

How Fighting Robots Helped Wright Quit EA on Kotaku has some comments from Mr. Wright about his departure from EA Maxis for the funner, stupider pastures of Stupid Fun Club. Along the way he offers reassurances that he is not done with gaming, saying, "some of the coolest things I'm thinking of working on are new games," and that there will be "an almost unbroken lineage" between his past and future work.

New BF42 Eve of Destruction

A new version 1.10 of the venerable Eve of Destruction Vietnam War modification for Battlefield 1942 is now available. The update has tweaks and fixes as well as three new maps: Battle of Dien Bien Phu, Dak Pek, and Surrounded. Thanks Ant and Planet Battlefield.

Battlestations: Pacific Movie

A new trailer is now available for Battlestations: Pacific, the movie for the World War II action/strategy sequel is described thusly: "Beginning with historical news reels from the onset of World War II, this trailer smoothly transitions from real life battle footage to the life-like air and sea war sequences in the game." The clip is posted on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell.

Zeno Clash Trailer

A new trailer for Zeno Clash is now available. Here's how ACE Team describes the new clip: "In this trailer we show some of the unusual characters that the player will encounter in our bizzare [sic] world. ‘The Corwid of the free’ are a group of insane people that live in the woods, where they will develop their obsessions and manias no matter how impractical or absurd these may be." The clip can be streamed via the YouTube and can be downloaded from Gamer's Hell.

Op Ed

Al Lowe's Humor Site - Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust. Thanks Janne.
"Thank you, VU Games, for keeping me completely away from this latest disaster!"

Morning Previews

Morning Screenshots

Gatherings & Competitions

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Today is Good Friday, but I don't think you are supposed to wish a "happy" Good Friday, in spite of all that goodness, so please accept whatever wishes are appropriate to the occasion. And a good Friday it is for the superstitious as well, since this second Friday of the month falls on the 10th, so now only half the months of the year so far have had a Friday the 13th.

Good Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Zombie Hooker Nightmare. Episode 2.
Final Ninja Zero. Thanks Jay is Games.
Story: Syringe Removed From Man's Bottom After 31 Years. Thanks theAntiELVIS.
Links: Microsoft Unveils New Xbox TV Channel.
Warcraft Horde masks.
Science: Gecko-inspired dry adhesive planned for space.
The bionic body 2.0.
Media: YYYN experiment 14.
French Rally Driver Gilles Panizzi Wows the Crowd.
The Funnies: xkcd - Organic Fuel. Thanks Devicer.



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