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Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010

  

World of Warcraft Patched

The World of Warcraft Patch Notes show that version 4.0.3 is now live in World of Warcraft, offering "The Shattering of Azeroth," in preparation for the upcoming Cataclysm expansion for Blizzard's MMORPG. The patch also includes a boatload of balance changes, UI updates, and graphical improvements.

H.A.W.X. 2 DLC

The Official Ubisoft Online Store now offers the Open Skies Expansion Pack for Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2. According to Big Download the $9.99 pack includes three new battle missions, five new aircraft, and a pair of plane skins.

Europa Universalis 3: Heir to the Throne Patch

A new patch is now available for Europa Universalis 3: Heir to the Throne, updating Direct2Drive and Gamer's Gate editions of the strategy game to version 4.1b (the automatic Steam patch is also now available). The download is available on The Patches Scrolls and WorthPlaying. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wolves 3: Civil War Patches

Patches for Star Wolves 3: Civil War are now available to update the sci-fi real-time strategy game to version 1.12. A patch for the Starforce version and all other versions of the game except the Steam edition (which will update automatically), are available from 1C Publishing. Both patches are also mirrored on The Patches Scrolls.

Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes Patch

Steam now offers an automatic patch for Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes, the tactical role-playing game. There is also a manual version 1.1.5.0 for download on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Urban Terror HD Plans

The Urban Terror Website has word on plans for a new non-GPL version of Urban Terror as a standalone game, rather than a Quake III mod. They say they expect to release their first beta between now and Christmas. Word is: "To be able to do all that, (Urban Terror HD) is going to ship as an official Q3 licensee, forked properly from the 1.32b Quake sources. The GPL stuff we’ve made public releases of (IoUrbanTerror 4.1 and IOBumpy) will still have their sources available, but there won’t be another Q3/GPL’d Engine Urban Terror release. From the next version on out, Urban Terror will be its own standalone game with its own engine and no longer a mod. This means we can do the tech we want instead of having to keep backwards compatibility with vanilla Q3." Thanks ASLayerAODsk.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

On Sale

Steam's Give and Get Sale offers daily deals, and each day 30 customers will get the top five games on their wish lists free. On Direct2Drive 1-in-5 orders is free. Also, there are a bunch of strategy games on sale on Matrix Games. Finally, Black Friday is now underway at Amazon.com and Newegg, and GameStop plans to Open More Than 800 Stores Nationwide at Midnight for Black Friday.

  • Adam's Venture on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Alpha Protocol on GamersGate. Save 75%.
  • Alpha Protocol on Steam. Save 75%.
  • American Civil War on GamersGate. Save 70%.
  • Arsenal of Democracy: A Hearts of Iron Game on GamersGate. Save 70%.
  • Borderlands on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Clones on Direct2Drive. Save 10%.
  • Counter-Strike: Source on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Craft of Gods on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Crusader Kings Complete on GamersGate. Save 70%.
  • Curse - The Eye of Isis on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Dark Fall - Lost Souls on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Darkness Within on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Darkness Within 2: The Dark Lineage on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Deus Ex Collection on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Devil May Cry 4 on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Dracula 2 - The Last Sanctuary on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Dragon Age Origins - Ultimate Edition on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Eufloria on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Evochron Legends on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Evochron Renegades on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Hearts of Iron 3: Semper Fi on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Indie Energy Pack on Steam. Save 90%.
  • Iron Grip: Warlord on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Larva Mortus on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Laserbrain on Impulse. Save 75%.
  • LightWeight Ninja on Impulse. Save 80%.
  • Lionheart King's Crusade on GamersGate. Save 25%.
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition – Colonies Edition on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Master of Orion II on Impulse. Save 20%.
  • Medieval 2 Total War Gold Edition on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Necronomicon - The Dawning of Darkness on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Painkiller on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Painkiller Black Edition on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Painkiller Overdose on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Painkiller Pandemonium on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Painkiller: Resurrection on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Poker Simulator on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Power Of Defense: Defend Your World! on GamersGate. Save 75%.
  • Prototype on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Resident Evil 5 on Impulse. Save 67%.
  • Return To Mysterious Island on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Return to Mysterious Island 2 on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • R.U.S.E. on Steam. Save 33%.
  • Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse on Steam. Save 70%.
  • Shank on Steam. Save 33%.
  • Starpoint Gemini on GamersGate. Save 10% on preorders.
  • Still Life on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Still Life 2 on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Super Meat Boy on Direct2Drive. Save 33%.
  • Syberia 2 on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Test Drive Unlimited 2 on GamersGate. Save 20% on preorders.
  • The Great White Destroyer on GamersGate. Save 40%.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Digital Premium Edition on GamersGate. Save 10% on preorders.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Digital Premium Edition on Direct2Drive. Save 10% on preorders.
  • Torchlight on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Vizati on GamersGate. Save 55%.
  • World of Warcraft on Battle.net. Save up to 83%. Thanks Ant.
  • Wings of Prey on GamersGate. Save 40%.
  • X Superbox on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • X2: The Threat US on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • X3: Gold on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • X3: Reunion on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • X3: Terran Conflict on GamersGate. Save 60%.
  • Zombie Driver on GamersGate. Save 50%.
    Still on sale. Continue here to read the full story.

New UDK Beta & Unreal Engine 3 Trailer

Epic games has released this new Unreal Engine 3 2010 trailer to show off the latest advances in the visuals in their game engine, demonstrating a number of lighting and particle effects. The map in the trailer is also available, as it is a sample included in the just-released November beta for the Unreal Development Kit, which allows the creation of Unreal Engine 3 games and machinima.

Ships Ahoy - Revolution Under Siege

Matrix Games announces the release of Revolution Under Siege, a turn-based war/strategy game based on the Russian Civil War of 1917-1923 that followed the Russian Revolution. Word is: "From a ragtag group of volunteers create the powerful Red Army, using all the weaponry and equipment at your disposal: planes, tanks, armored trains, Cheka troops and the Konarmia (the famous Red Cavalry). Or, on the opposite side, gather all patriots and reform the elite divisions that shall save Holy Mother Russia. Can you succeed in crushing the Bolshevik hydra? Or will the people’s Revolution prevail? Several sides are playable: Trotsky’s Red Army, Denikin’s white counterrevolutionary forces of Southern Russia, Kolchak’s Siberians, Finnish from both sides, or the newly independent Polish troops led by Marshal Piłsudski." For those interested in a sample, a playable demo is also available.

DC Universe Online Gotham City Trailer

This trailer is a fly-through of the depiction of Gotham City in DC Universe Online, offering a bat's-eye view of this area in Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming MMORPG. Thanks Massively.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Easter Egg

This video outlines the discovery of an Easter Egg apparently buried within the mission briefings in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The result is a spoiler for those who haven't completed the game, and of course is also a spoiler for those who would like to make the discovery for themselves, though it's obscure enough that it's hard to believe it was discovered in the first place. Thanks Game Informer.

Op Ed

Morning Previews

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic on GameZone.

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Today is the annual "heaviest travel day of the year" here in the U.S., as folks go hither and yon for the Thanksgiving holiday (if you have a choice, I suggest hither, as yon has gotten too crowded). If you are hitting the road, I hope you will be safe and careful out there, and if you are flying, here's hoping your junk survives its irradiation and/or groping.

Well-Travelled Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Super Pixelknight.
Switchman.
Belial Chapter 2: Cause of Chaos.
Links: Turkey Recipes Guide- 12 Recipe Ideas For Cooking Your Turkey.
White Castle Turkey Stuffing. When you run out of McRibs. Thanks Devicer.
Enormous dice collection full of irregular and improbable polyhedra.
Stories: Report: Nuclear weapon drivers sometimes got drunk.
George the six-foot robot comes back to life after 45 years. Thanks Neatorama.
Science: Classic Thanksgiving Dessert A Turn-On, Study Says. Thanks Slashdot.
Daily pill helps prevent HIV infection in men, study reveals.
Method to erase traumatic memories may be on the horizon.
Images: All Your Video Games Are Belong To Us.
COD Black Ops: Beaker Black Ops Gamer Symbol. Thanks Joker961 via Reddit.
The Universe is Flipping Us Off.
Media: KHS - Banelings (ft. HuskyStarcraft).
Cell Phone Popcorn.
Starry symphony. Thanks Batman.
Auction: Portal Gun for sale in charity auction.
The Funnies: xkcd- Guest Week- Bill Amend (FoxTrot).



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