Valve announces the Team Fortress 2
automatically available via Steam
, and the extended free-play weekend and a
50% -off sale for the teamplay shooter are now underway:
Spy/Sniper Update is now available via Steam. To celebrate the launch and give
players a chance to try the new content, Valve is hosting an extended TF2 Free
Weekend. In addition, the game is being offered at 50% off its regular price on
Steam. Both the sale and Free Weekend are on now. For more information, please
on how to replace defective
copies of Terminator Salvation
(thanks Bill). Word is:
In order to get a replacement copy of the Retail
boxed PC version of Terminator Salvation, please contact our toll free number.
They will coordinate the replacement and make sure everyone that was affected by
the defective disc is taken care of. Again we apologize for any inconvenience
that end users may have suffered do to this issue. We are committed to resolving
everyone’s issue in a timely manner.
Company of Heroes Website
has an overview of the upcoming version 2.600
patch for Relic's World War II RTS game. They say the update is primarily to
address bugs, but it will offer a new map to Tales of Valor's
: "We are introducing a new map for Panzerkrieg along
with a fix for the free defensive infantry bug. Some balance changes will also
be incorporated for the Panzerkrieg tanks."
The Overlord II
has a couple of new gameplay movies from Overlord II, the
action/adventure sequel that's due for release next month. There's a new
"creature crush" trailer (beer goggles?) and a second developer diary with
Triumph Studios talking more about the game.
reports that Warner Bros. is making a $33 million bid to acquire assets of foundering game publisher developer Midway. This follows
their earlier report
that Warner Bros. had interest in Midway, and
they say U.S. Bankruptcy court is considering a deal that would net Warner Bros.
the Mortal Kombat
series and Midway’s Chicago and Seattle studios. The
deal would not, however, include the TNA
series, nor would Midway's
Newcastle or San Diego studios be included.
GameStop is offering PROTOTYPE
preorder bonuses for those who commit to
the open-world action game before its release for PC and consoles next month.
Full details on the offer are on
, and here's word: "Reserve Prototype and receive the GameStop
exclusive Critical Hints Map with Biohazard Tube container and Alex Mercer
figurine. Available for online and in-store customers while supplies last.
Warning this figurine is so awesome that we can't ship it to criminals because
of its potential to be used as a weapon."
The Depths of Peril
has new patches to update the Windows or MacOS editions of
Depths of Peril
, Soldak Entertainment's action/RPG. They offer this warning:
"They will NOT work with the Reflexive (also known as gamecentersolution),
Arcade Town, TotalGaming.net/Impulse, Gamer's Gate, Mac Game Store, or Steam
versions of the game. If you aren't sure which version you have click
outlines all the bug fixes and balance changes in the new version.
is now offering sales of the Commander - Europe at War Gold
edition, which adds a new Fast Play mode with six additional campaigns and "a
slew of other improvements and fixes since the original release" to the World
War II grand strategy game. Word is: "This brings the PC version of the game to
the same level as the recent releases for the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP." Owners
of the original Commander - Europe at War are entitled to a free upgrade, all
they need to do is install the version 1.12 patch found
on this page
to go for the gold.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - The Extraordinary Saga Of Left Behind.
So what is the reality of the games? Well, it’s true that you can kill
people. However, to do so loses you morality, and lose it all and you lose
the game. The suggestion apparently made during its original release that
you were slaughtering unbelievers were wholly untrue. There’s definitely a
moral consequence to harmful behaviour, and murder is condemned. However,
regarding the claim that there’s no converting - I can’t see how this could
possibly be argued. The core point of the game is to recruit believers to
your army. You either win people over to your side, or you don’t. You
convince them to join you by playing music at them, by evangelising to them.
Once they’re with you, you need to have them pray regularly or they go back
to their sinful ways. Just how exactly can the claim be made that this is
not conversion? And brilliantly - by far my favourite thing about the game -
if you have your troops spend too long in the vicinity of heathens playing
their rock music, they lose their faiths too. Convert them and they’ll shed
their black gothic clothing and put on a nice pullover instead!
Wired.com - All That Gore Gets in the Way of Gameplay.
To find out, they conducted several experiments and surveys. In one
experiment, they had people play two versions of Half-Life 2 — one “low
violence,” the other “high violence.” In the high-violence version, players
duked it out with their opponents, using firearms and causing mass death; in
the low-violence once, Half-Life 2 became more like a game of tag, so that
when a player “shot” her opponents they just floated “into the air serenely
before they appeared to evaporate,” as the researchers describe it. The
scientists also conducted surveys, asking more than 1,000 players to
identify what elements of their favorite games gave them the most enjoyment.
I haven't been able to find any locally yet, but WalterEgo brought me some of
that throwback Mountain Dew made with real sugar when he visited, as I am not a
fan of high-fructose corn syrup. I don't drink that much soda anymore, but I
want to purchase as much of this as possible to support the real sugar movement.
The Mountain Dew is noticeably different with the sugar, and while there is also
throwback Pepsi, that's, well, Pepsi. What I really want is some Coca Cola using
real sugar, just like when I was a ki... err, I mean like my parents say they
used to have in the old days.