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Friday, Jun 05, 2009

  

On Battle.net 2.0 Fee Speculation

A post by Blizzard Community Manager Kevin 'Karune' Yu to the Battle.net Forums comments about speculation about subscription fees for the new Battle.net (thanks StarcraftWire.net). While he doesn't come out and say there will be no fees associated with the service, he does say it will be free to purchasers of StarCraft II: "When a player buys the StarCraft II box at retail, they will have the ability to play on the new Battle.net for free. For those listening to the latest Activision Blizzard conference call, Mike Morhaime also mentions it there as well."

Elven Legacy: Ranger Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Elven Legacy: Ranger, an upcoming expansion for Elven Legacy, the fantasy-themed wargame from Russian developer 1C: Ino-CO. The original Elven Legacy will be required to play the expansion, which is slated for release via digital distribution in the third quarter of this year for $9.99/Ä9.99. Elven Legacy: Ranger will include 16 new missions, three new heroes, five unique artifacts, and a dozen new spells, and here's a bit more:

Ranger Cornelius possesses a holy spear that can apply special powers to his attacks. In Elven Legacy, each unit's operation could only be performed once per turn - one move and one attack. Ranger Cornelius can now use special attributes of his sacred spear without losing his turn. For example, he can activate a paralysing stroke and then throw the spear at the enemy. The enemy unit will not only suffer damage from the attack, but they will also be unable to move during the enemyís turn.

The order of completing the missions will now affect future events in the game. There will be only one final ending, but there are several ways to reach the finale.

Dante's Inferno Protest Faked

According to the Associated Press, the protest at E3 over the Dante's Inferno game was cooked up by a viral marketing agency working for Electronic Arts, who hired actors to play a religious group feigning outrage at the game's glorification of damnation.

Stalin vs. Martians Patched, Price Cut Planned

Mezmer Games announces a new version is now available for Stalin vs. Martians, and you can update the offbeat real-time strategy game through your digital distributer. They also announce a permanent price cut on the game to $9.99, which will take effect on Sunday, which is their way of saying you shouldn't buy it today or tomorrow. Here are some of the changes in the new version:

- Historical inevitability radius is bigger now.
- Minimized crashes with Stalin Falcons + the y always bomb the target.
- Cursor fixed, more bright now.
- The game is less complicated in levels 2,3 and 5.
- First attack in mission 2 starts earlier.
- Additional forces in mission 7.

ARMA II Flash Game

There's an ARMA 2 Flash Game on the official website for Bohemia Interactive Studios' upcoming military shooter sequel. Word is a couple of players who excel at this Flash game will earn free copies of the full game when it's released: "In a further nod to its dedicated community, Bohemia Interactive have announced a competition. For each of the following 5 weeks, the two flash game players with the highest score will win a free copy of ARMA II via digital download!"

The Godfather III In Doubt

"We're not going to do another one" is the quote on the Los Angeles Times (thanks Develop) from Frank Gibeau about a third The Godfather game, with the EA Games President adding:" the bloom is really off the rose for licensed games." The report indicates that The Godfather II sold fewer than a quarter-million units last month after the original mafia movie tie-in sold more than 4 million copies. On the other hand, the article quotes a Paramount spokesperson saying: "Plans for the next Godfather game have not been decided."

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Happy Donut Day, an unofficial event here in the U.S. that's the first Friday in June. This commemoration has its roots in the Great Depression harking back to the Salvation Army during World War I. As a result, free donuts (I prefer the "doughnuts" spelling myself) can be found in some places: At Dunkin' Donuts you have to buy a beverage while apparently Krispy Kreme is giving them away with no strings attached. I also see the offer at a chain I don't know called LaMar's, who also celebrate the occasion with Donut Trivia. For those in other countries, don't take this lying down, we need some protests to turn this into World Donut Day!

Oh, and if fried dough strikes you as too unhealthy for your lifestyle, then today is also apparently National Running Day.

Doughy Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen - Battle for the Allspark V2.
The Horde 2.
Shopping Street.
Links: Wish List- 14 Directors and the Video Games They Should Adapt. Thanks Digg.
Project Panzerbox- A Tribute to Wolfenstein.
Dexter Bobble Head is as Freaky as the Real Thing. Thanks Eran.
Stories: Gay Penguins Raise Chick Together in German Zoo. Thanks the AntiELVIS.
Ruling allowing Taser use to get DNA may be nationís first. Thanks Gizmodo.
Science: Ha-Ha! Ape Study Traces Evolution of Laughter. Laugh it up, fuzzball.
FDA Approves Drug for Dogs' Cancer.
Images: Conan's new set looks like Super Mario. Thanks Digg.
Media: Han Solo, P.I. Thanks Neatorama.
Hitler - Left 4 Dead 2. You know there's hate when they pull this one out.
Lego Wii.
Follow-up: Circus chief to be space tourist.



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