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Friday, May 28, 2010

  

Call of Duty: Black Ops Details

The Call of Duty Forums have some information from previews for Call of Duty: Black Ops that are now on WePlayCoD, That's What She Said, and BASHandSlash.com (thanks joao). From these articles about the upcoming military shooter it seems that the game will include dedicated server support as well as the ability for players to go prone and lean. One thing that still seems up in the air is the question of whether the game will include mod tools, as the developers at Treyarch would not commit to this. Also, there's an interview with Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia and community manager Josh Olin on IncGamers as both a video and a text transcript.

New Global Agenda Weapons Detailed

A new Video Dev Blog on the YouTube discusses the Epic Weapons to be added to Global Agenda in the upcoming "Sandstorm" patch for Hi-Rez Studios' MMO spy-fi shooter. The clip shows off the weapons and features commentary from the developers on how these will work, which Global Agenda owners can experience first-hand, since they are live on the test server. The diary also mentions other additions in the upcoming update, including a new achievement and badge system, the ability to inspect other players, DirectX 10 support, and two brand new maps. In conclusion, a reminder is offered that the Global Agenda Free Trial is still available.

StarCraft II Beta Extended

The StarCraft II Website announces the first phase of closed beta testing of StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty will continue until June 7, instead of concluding on May 31 as was originally planned, saying this is "in order to prepare for the final phase of beta testing." Word is: "After this date, the beta test will be unavailable for several weeks while we make some hardware and software configuration changes for the final phase of the beta test and the release of the game. We plan to bring the beta test back online for a couple of weeks prior to the game's launch to complete our testing. We’ll have more details to share about when this final phase will begin at a later date."

Din's Curse Patches

The Din's Curse Patches Page now offers the full version 1.001 patch for the Windows and Mac editions of Soldak Entertainment's action/RPG. For those who enjoy living on the edge, they also offer a new beta version 1.002 Din's Curse patch for each platform. Their Changes Page offers patch notes for both new versions.

Pole Position 2010 Patch

New patches are now available for Pole Position 2010, updating Kalypso Media's recently released racing management simulation (pole-playing game?) to version 1.10. There are separate patches for the English and German editions of the game, the English patch can be found on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls, while the German patch is available on The Patches Scrolls. The English change log follows. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

A new TimeGate Studios Store is online, offering the Kohan RTS series, including a three-game bundle.

  • Capcom Collection on Impulse. Save 44%.
  • Dark Void on GFW Games on Demand. Save 75%. Thanks TheWeaponeer.
  • Dragon Age Origins Bundle on Impulse. Save 40%.
  • Gratuitous Space Battles Complete on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Hearts of Iron Mega Bundle on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Hegemony - Philip of Macedon on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Mass Effect Bundle on Impulse. Save 33%.
  • Need for Speed Bundle on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Prince of Persia on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Section 8 on DirectDrive. Save 50%.

    Still on sale (previously reported)
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Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

etc., etc.

  • Hacking a Ferrari. An interview segment from several years ago about John Carmack's gearhead days. Thanks Jacek Fedoryñski…

Into the Black

R.I.P.: Former child star Gary Coleman dies at 42. Thanks Neutronbeam.

New Left 4 Dead 2 Mutation

A new patch for Left 4 Dead 2 is now automatically available, announces Steam news. Among the changes in the new version is this week's new mutation, called Last Man on Earth, which is detailed in a new update on the Left 4 Dead Blog. In addition to offering the chance to date some girls who have stated this as a condition for getting together, here's more on what being the "last man on earth" offers those looking to tap into their inner Omega Man: "You will become legend to the infected as the last human left. You are the only Survivor left in the world. No split screen help. No Survivor bots. But don't worry you aren't entirely alone. While there are no common Infected, Special Infected will hunt you down and become close, close friends with you." Since this is a single player mutation, and they cannot offer the chance to play it with the developers (conveniently allowing for them to relax over the holiday weekend), they are requesting submissions to the YouTube of your best 60 second effort. That blog post also has the results of the favorite special infected poll, separated by PC and Xbox 360, saying: "The only thing we are sure of is that people love the Hunter." This week's poll asks about your favorite campaign. The complete L4D2 patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Team Fortress 2 & Shattered Horizon Patched

A new automatic patch for Team Fortress 2 is now available via Steam, offering a single fix for the teamplay shooter. The new version fixes the community submitted deathnotice icons for the community submitted weapons. There is another new automatic patch for Shattered Horizon, the multiplayer shooter from Futuremark Game Studio. It is not specified what the new version entails, they call this a "minor update," which "fixes a few rare bugs that can cause the game to crash."

Shogun 2: Total War Revealed?

A since-removed post on Turkish website Oyungezer, if accurate, reveals that Shogun 2: Total War is the new installment in the Total War series being teased by a countdown on the Totalwar.com (which currently reads 1744). Before its deletion, the post indicated they had an E3 appointment to be shown Shogun 2: Total War by SEGA Europe, reports Kotaku. The original Shogun: Total War was released in 2000, kicking off this series of large-scale, military real-time tactics games. Update: A purported copy of the press release announcing the game is posted on Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Updates, Video

A pair of new updates to the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website offer new details on the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG in development at BioWare and LucasArts. One note points to a profile of Companion Characters, explaining how sidekicks like Chewie, R2D2, and Jabba's "cackling monkey lizard." The other highlights an article on the Juggernaut and the Marauder, two Advanced Classes for the Sith Warrior, which are also featured in a new Sith Warrior video. Tying the two updates together, they also have a Vette biography that profiles one of the companions for the Sith Warrior.

BioShock 2 Patch

A manual version of a new BioShock 2 patch is now available, updating the waterlogged shooter sequel with a a number of changes and fixes. The new version is intended to be automatic, and this patch seems to have been created by a third-party, which may explain why it is being variously reported as version 1.03, 1.003, 1.004, and 1.0.04, so it may be advisable to go the automatic route if possible. That said, this download can be found on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying.

Splinter Cell: Conviction Patch

A new patch for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction updates the stealth/action sequel to version 1.03. The change list contains a single entry, which is the addition of voice chat. The download is available from ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, FilePlanet,, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying.

Alien Breed: Impact Demo and Pre-Purchases

Steam News announces they are offering a 10% discount on pre-purchases of Alien Breed: Impact before next week's release of the new installment in this science fiction arcade-shooter series. They also offer playable demo of the game to see if this appeals to you. Here's the description of the game: "Alien Breed™ Impact is an explosive science fiction arcade-shooter that resurrects a much revered franchise with an epic story, swarms of highly intelligent alien enemies, high-impact weapons, highly detailed and rich environments; all implemented with superb technology in a state-of-the-art gaming experience. In addition to the thrilling single-player campaign mode, the game also offers a relentless, action-packed, online two-player co-operative battle mode."

Splinter Cell Conviction: Insurgency Pack Released

Steam News announces the release of the Insurgency Pack DLC for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction. Word is: "The Insurgency Pack delivers additional content for the Deniable Ops mode that can be played solo or co-cooperatively. Hunt down the remaining Black Arrow insurgents across new locations in San Francisco, a New Orleans cemetery, a Portland Prison and a hidden research complex in Salt Lake City. The threat is not over; Black Arrow is still out there - watching."

New Driver Reveal at E3

Ubisoft plans to reveal the next installment in the Driver series of automotive action games at E3 2010, reports MCV. The show will take place from June 15-17 in Los Angeles, CA, but the reveal is expected on June 14 at Ubisoft's opening press conference, and will be part of an Ubi lineup for the show that will include Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Shaun White Skateboarding, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, "and several unannounced titles." Ubisoft owns a trademark for Driver: The Recruit and recently registered the domain driversanfranciscogame.com.

FIFA Online Beta Opens

The FIFA Online Forums announce that the beta test for FIFA Online is now open to all, though at is moment the FIFA Online Website say: "To fix some critical issues servers have been brought offline for emergency maintenance, and we are trying to solve the issues as fast as we can." They say the open beta will continue 24/7 for the foreseeable future with the exception of scheduled maintenance, they are actively looking into allowing player to keep their progression at the end of beta.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Safety Dance

Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Just a couple of days ago nin said we were about due for a coffee story, which provoked the fates, though this wasn't one of my better incidents, as no lifeboats or fire extinguishers were involved. You may recall I weaned myself off my severe coffee addiction, but have since begun allowing myself a single cup a day. I've been using a fairly cheap Cuisinart coffee grinder since my Kitchen Aid grinder bought the farm, and over the course of time, it has become more and more temperamental, whirring along on nothing and requiring me to hit it and shake it repeatedly to get beans into the grinding zone. This morning it stopped responding at all to this delicate and subtle procedure, so I took it apart again (I'd done this a couple of times to see what was going on). This time I figured out the problem, as there is a feeder tube leading from the bean hopper and I realized that this had developed a thick layer of packed coffee grounds and the tube was easily less than half its original size: a sort of coffee atherosclerosis. After clearing that the grinder worked like new, making me feel pretty stupid for spending so much time over the last year beating on something that just needed a simple cleaning (I am just a caveman, and know nothing of your modern ways). And I have to tip my hat to this little Cuisinart for continuing to work after all the grinding (I had to run it through about five full cycles to get a batch of grounds) and physical abuse.

R.I.P.: John W. Finn, 100, Dies - Received Pearl Harbor Medal. Thanks Mike Martinez.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: City of Zombies and Ninjas.
Fantasy Online. Flash MMOG. Thanks J S.
Endless War Defense.
Links: The Origins of 10 Nicknames. Thanks Neatorama.
Top 10 Reasons Being a Fat Guy Is Awesome. Thanks Digg.
The Most Infuriating Death Screens In Video Game History.
Stories: German Millionaire Dieter Bock Chokes To Death On Food From Own Restaurant.
Steve Eisman's Next Big Short: For-Profit Colleges.
Michelangelo's Secret Message in the Sistine Chapel. Paging Tom Hanks.
Science: US predicts busy hurricane season.
Brush teeth to 'prevent' heart disease.
College students who eat cheap instant foods are at risk for chronic diseases.
Images: "Yes, this is an actual PC Game Screenshot". Thanks Digg.
Amazing cake decorating by Karen Portaleo.
Predator Impression. "You're one ugly (MF)."
Media: KOTOR the Movie part II - Veil of the Dark Side. Thanks Digg.
Ozzy Osbourne Scares People At Madame Tussauds.
Incredible Nintendo Stop Motion.
Azureus Rising: Ninja Cyborg.
Follow-ups: Wall Street's War.
X51A Waverider Breaks Record For Hypersonic Flight.
BP wants Houston judge with oil ties to hear spill cases.



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