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Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010

  

QuakeCon Premium BYOC Plans

A post to the QuakeCon forum addresses some rumor and speculation by admitting that while QuakeCon will remain a free event, that there are plans to have "premium" registrations for the BYOC area, which may crowd out some free attendees. Word is: "To properly characterize the email that's been buzzing around the forums, we're going to have a premium registration option for the BYOC. At this time it's limited to a portion of the available seats, so it's impossible that the new option will 'crowd out' the free seats. I've got to wait for a press release to be finalized before I can share more details, but I promise that I will as soon as I can and it's going to be pretty cool." Thanks Big Download.

MW2 Resurgence Pack Pre-Purchase Discount

Pre-purchases of the Resurgence Pack for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are 10% off on Steam between now and the July 5 launch of the DLC. Word is: "The Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Pack will deliver five incredible new multiplayer maps. Take the action to exciting new locations, then battle across legendary landscapes from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare."

Monkey Island 2 SE Pre-Purchase Bonus

Steam is now offering pre-purchases of Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge, the upcoming revamped version of the adventure game classic. To reward users for their advance support of the game, they are offering The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition as a free bonus with your order. Those who already own the bonus game, it can be gifted to someone else.

Singularity Diaries

The Raven Software Website now features a bunch of developer diaries for Singularity, offering text, screenshots, and videos to describe development of Raven's temporal first-person shooter that's due for release at the end of this month. The overall theme of the diaries is "Creating Environmental Atmosphere with Visual Effects," and the included videos showcase scenes from the game with and without these visual effects to show what they add to the game.

Source SDK Updated

Steam News announces the release of a new version of the Source SDK. The change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Stargate Resistance Patched

Steam News announces the availability of a new automatic patch for Stargate Resistance adding new high-detail character models, new characters, and more to the third-person shooter. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2010, Part 18

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Metaverse

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Impulse Birthday Sale

Impulse announces this is the second anniversary (or close to it) of its launch as Stardock's digital distribution service. To celebrate they are offering a sale over the course of today and tomorrow where everything in their catalogue is 15% off when you use the code "Impulse-Bday" on checkout. They also announce ImpulseReactor features of the service will launch this August with the release of Elemental: War of Magic.

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 Patches

New patches are now available for Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943, updating the World War II strategy game to version 5.17. There's an English language patch on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls, and The Patches Scrolls also has patches for the German and Russian editions of the game. There are patch notes on the Paradox Interactive Forums, which are reproduced below. Continue here to read the full story.

Mac Counter-Strike: Source Released

The Mac edition of Counter-Strike: Source is now available, as promised, offering Macintosh owners the chance to play the multiplayer first-person shooter online alongside their PC-owning cousins (and owners of both systems to play on whichever they choose). As noted on Steam News, a large update is automatically available for the game to implement Mac support, also adding stats, engine updates, a whopping 144 achievements, and more. To celebrate the release, Valve is offering a two-day Counter-Strike: Source Sale where the game can be picked up at a 66% discount. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Defense Grid: The Awakening Map Pack

Steam News announces the release of the fourth and final Resurgence Map Pack for Defense Grid: The Awakening for $0.99 USD. Word is: "The final installment of the Resurgence series includes two more environments sure to challenge your tactical planning. In Kill Zone, will you construct your defenses near the spiral road in, the spiral road out, or the open platform in the middle? Perhaps all three! But you’ll need to be on your toes to deter the invaders. Overflow has numerous connected platforms that will provide countless options to turn back the enemies. Will you be able to keep the cores safe? There's only one way to find out!"

Medal of Honor Beta Status Report

The Battlefield Blog has a status report on the Medal of Honor beta now that testing of the upcoming military first-person shooter reboot is underway. They outline some known issues with the PS3 beta that will be patched within the next several days, and they have this to say about the PC beta: "We have a PC patch in the works as well, and will have more details on that in the near future. In the meantime, please know that we are aware of the existing crash issues and have heard your concerns with the front-end - and while a more PC friendly menu, toned down HUD, weapon recoil tweaks, and balancing fixes are all on the way, some of our planned responses to your feedback may not be implemented until the final release version of the game."

PC BC2 Patch Monday at Soonest

A tweet by Barrie "Bazajaytee" Tingle from yesterday has word that the recently delayed patch for the PC edition of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has hit a snag, saying: "BFBC2 Patch came back with one failure from STEAM testing. We are working to try and get a new version to them this evening. Will update more." That promised follow up came a bit later, where he says: "There will be no PC patch this week, Kalms is on the case. This pushes our release to Monday next week as long as all goes well with QA/Steam." Most recently he adds: "back in QA at the minute and looking at a possible Monday release. Fingers crossed."

Talk to Infinity Ward

A tweet by Robert "fourzerotwo" Bowling opens a direct line of communication with Infinity Ward: "You can now call or text (402) 500-0119 to give feedback, ask questions, or just leave a rant thanks to @GoogleVoice! Accessibility ftw!"

70% of Activision Profits Non-Console

There's more from Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in a semi-recent interview on WSJ.com (you can view the full article through Google Search) answering questions about the state of the game business. An interesting tidbit is where he explains their business has fewer fluctuations than in the past because of how much of their profits come from "non-console-based video games." Word is: "Today, probably 70% of our operating profit comes from non-console-based video games. So, while you might see a month-to-month change or volatility against expectations, that doesn't really get us too concerned." Gamasutra contacted Activision to clarify whether this 70% figure includes things like console DLC, and were told it does not, so that seems to represent PC and iPhone game sales, and more significantly, World of Warcraft subscriptions. Thanks joao via Computer and Video Games.

WWII Online: Battleground Europe Plans

A new version 1.31 of WWII Online: Battleground Europe has been live for a couple of weeks. This post outlines what's new in version 1.31 and this post has details on issues that remain in the new version of this military-themed MMOG that they will be addressing going forward.

Battlefield 2 Anniversary

The Official BF2 Twitter Feed reminds us that Battlefield 2 is now five years old, as the military shooter sequel was released on June 21, 2005.

It Came from E3 2010, Part 17

Morning Previews

  • Heroes of Might & Magic Online on RPGWatch.

Morning Screenshots

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Safety Dance

Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Thanks Ant.

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