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Monday, Apr 13, 2009

  

Demigod Early

Demigod is early announces the Impulse Website has word that GameStop apparently broke the street date for Demigod last week, and so the game is now live and can now be purchased on Impulse, though it still won't be in stores until tomorrow. This resulted in folks from Stardock having to rush into work on a holiday weekend to turn on and configure the game's multiplayer matchmaking servers. The post also points out this will be an interesting test case for their theories that "intrusive, obnoxious copy protection will result in more sales than we lose from people who don’t want to mess with it," as the game carries no DRM:

Imagine if Demigod had shipped with some nasty retail copy protection and got released early. Someone “cracks” it but doesn’t do a good job and the game ends up crashing randomly or something. Most people would just assume the game was buggy and that would likely cause more lost sales than the initial piracy did.

The good news, however, is that we’ll get to actually see the effects of piracy. Since we know Demigod is an outstanding game with a wide appeal with equal retail and digital distribution to other titles that came out this year with similar demographics we can see how well it sells compared to them.

PCGA: Activision Out, SecuROM In

The Our Members Page on the PC Gaming Alliance Website now has two recent changes worth noting to the membership of this nonprofit corporation "whose mission is to promote PC gaming worldwide." One is the departure of cofounding member Activision, and on this departure (and apparently others) Kotaku got a response from the PCGA saying: "a few members have decided they cannot justify the budget (membership and staff) required to maintain an active role in the PC Gaming Alliance at this time." Also, Big Download notes the addition of a mysterious new member called Sony DADC. This mystery is solved by clicking the link which leads to the SecuROM Website, so the purveyors of the widely reviled DRM solution are in at the PCGA, but one of the world's largest third-party publishers is out.

Take-Two Buyout Rumors Return

Barron's Online revives rumors of a possible buyout of Take-Two Interactive, following last year's soap opera involving Electronic Arts. They don't name potential suitors, but say the company's share price is up over the past two trading sessions based on "renewed takeover chatter." Thanks GamePolitics.

Dawn of War II Patch

As noted on the Dawn Of War 2 Community Website, a new version 1.21 update for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is now automatically available via Steam. Steam News has all the details on the new version, which includes a new Team Battle Map as well as a number of balance changes and bug fixes.

More Steam Patches

Steam News has word that a new update is automatically available for Merchants of Brooklyn with a number of bug-fixes. They also announce a small update is now available for Harvest: Massive Encounter.

Titan Online Beta Nears

The Titan Online Website has word that open beta testing for this MMORPG will begin on April 28, which should be the last character wipe for this upcoming MMORPG that features martial arts and robots. Word is:

Some of the new contents for this Grand Open Beta are unique field items and armor set packages which are never-before-seen in Titan Online. There will also be support for larger resolution playback upto 1600x1200 and wide.

In oder to maintain balance and fairness, everyone will start from the very beginning. However, there are no plans to wipe any accounts from Grand Open Beta on.

Please join our Grand Open Beta on the April 28th and hope to see you in the game!

Webcarzz now Vector City Racers

The Vector City Racers Website is the new home to the casual MMO racing game formerly known as Webcarzz. They say the game's new title "is intended to better represent the Company’s casual MMO/virtual world." It also has the added benefit of not completely sucking like Webcarzz did, so it's also got that going for it.

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Tech Bits

Safety Dance

Legal Briefs

Metaverse

Mobilization

Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Command & Conquer Patch

A new version 1.06 of the Command & Conquer Gold Project is now available, offering an unofficial update for the original Command & Conquer from back in (checks calendar) 1995. Word is: "This version includes several program bug fixes, graphics updates, mission fixes and new features, like the advanced options in conquer.ini, and a 1024x768 high resolution mode accessible through CCSetup.exe." This is a user-created update, and is to be used at your own risk. Thanks Ant and Planet Command & Conquer.

Op Ed

WoW Insider - Activision/Blizzard is not Blizzard. By ex-employee Michael Sacco. Thanks Kxmode.
"You can choose to believe these answers or not, that I was fed a corporate line or that I was unaware of things going on in offices on floors higher than mine. This is your prerogative. Just remember that I no longer have a vested interest in defending Blizzard or lying to back them up."

Negative Gamer - Things We Hate About Gaming- Innovation and Change. Thanks Slashdot.
"There seems to be this invisible pressure to create something that is highly 'intuitive' and incorporates the highest level of innovation that we have ever seen. The problem is that the 'newest' ideas put into games are either gimmicky, terrible in execution, or blatantly ripping off another title. On the other hand there are series that feel the need to completely revamp a game that played perfectly fine before into something completely new that falls flat on its face."

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 14: Do Game Developers Need to Grow Up?
"Is the game industry in a state of arrested development? We present our take on Heather Chaplin's incendiary GDC presentation. Plus, the proliferation of co-op, the viability of OnLive, and lessons learned from Leisure Suit Larry. With Chi Kong Lui, Mike Bracken, David Stone, and Tim Spaeth."

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

We were talking with a neighbor for a bit yesterday as she was hiding eggs in her yard for kiddies to hunt. This made me recall Easter egg hunts in my youth, where my mom learned to inventory the eggs when she hid them around the house after an incident one year involving a hidden egg that was not found until it well after it became a spoiled mess. This got me to wondering why my mother, who was an exceptionally smart person, never thought to hide the eggs in the backyard, though maybe its for the best, as our version of the game had a bit of additional drama.

Hidden Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Collider.
Links: Sculpting a Helmet - The Master Chief Project.
Stories: Church Unveils Lego Jesus Statue for Easter. Thanks theAntiELVIS.
Survivors of deadly Italian quake mark somber Easter.
Woody Harrelson claims he mistook photographer for zombie. Thanks Devicer.
Science: Veteran osprey lays Easter egg. Thanks Digg.
Media: X-Men Origins- Wolverine Leaked Footage.
MADtv e-harmony parody.
Britain's Got Talent 2009 Susan Boyle 47 Year Old Singer. Thanks Neatorama.



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