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Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010

  

Section 8: Prejudice Plans

TimeGate Studios announces plans to distribute Section 8: Prejudice digitally when the shooter sequel is released in the first quarter of next year. "We’re challenging the notion of just how much quality and value we can pack into a digital download first-person shooter," says TimeGate CEO Adel Chaveleh. "Our target is very simply to be the highest quality, best value digital FPS on the market. Prejudice is a full-retail-scoped product, so I’m sure our fans will be very happy with our price-point decision."

Call of Duty: Black Ops Patched

Steam now offers a new automatic patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops, with a number of changes for the military shooter sequel. The change list, which follows, lists performance improvements, a bunch of bug-fixes, new settings, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

FIFA Manager 11 Patch

A new patch #2 for FIFA Manager 11 has a database update for the association football/soccer game, along with bug fixes and other improvements. The download is available from AtomicGamer, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying.

New GoldenEye: Source

Version 4.1 of the GoldenEye: Source mod for Half-Life 2 is now available, marking the first non-beta release of this modification based on the N64 shooter. As of the latest version, the mod offers 22 maps, 11 characters, and eight game modes.

Derek Smart Interview

An insight on indie from Alganon on Massively is an interview with Quest Online president Derek Smart about Alganon, QOL's MMORPG. Topics include the game's rocky start, claims the game is a WoW clone, patches, scenery, music, remaining independent, marketing, and more. There's also a new Quest Online Dev Blog where Derek looks back on his first year with the project.

On Sale

Virtually the entire catalogue of DRM-free good old games at GOG.com is on sale for up to 50% off through the new year, and they are adding a free copy of Tyrian 2000 to everyone's order as a virtual stocking stuffer. The Humble Indie Bundle #2 is now available (and has sold more than $600,000 worth of bundles already), offering the chance to pay what you want for a bundle of Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans, once again allowing you to give some of your contribution to charity. Two or more eligible games on the EA Store are 50% off. GamersGate has a buy four, pay for three promotion. There are a bunch of strategy games on sale on Matrix Games.

  • Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Battlefield 2 Complete Collection on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Dragon Age: Origins Awakening on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Duke Nukem 3D on Impulse. Save 66%.
  • Puzzle Quest 2 on Impulse. Save 66%.
    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Favreau Departs "Iron Man" Franchise. Thanks Ant. Bummer.

Civilization V Patched

Steam has news that a new patch is now automatically available for Sid Meier's Civilization V, offering the promised long list of changes to the turn-based strategy sequel. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Ships Ahoy - Alien Hallway

Alien Hallway is now available, offering a new single-player, action/strategy shooter from Sigma Team, creators of the Alien Shooter series. Details on the game and online sales can be found on the Sigma Team Website, where they also have this trailer showing off gameplay. Here's a bit on the game: "Here, in Sigma's adrenaline-fueled game, players measure stamina with never-ending stream of green creatures within the borders of special military mission. The rules are severe and the life of Humanity is put on the map. Control an entire army in a tough single-player campaign mode by simple mouse click. With easy approachable interface, players can go through three-dimensional battlefields destroying the enemies with superpower weapons, throwing various types of grenades, using airstrike skill, and upgrading both the base and the units. Players take serious rational decisions saving the soldiers and earning gold bonuses which are vital in an intense confrontation."

Project Blackout Open Beta

Open beta testing is now underway for Project Blackout, a free-to-play online first-person shooter from SG Interactive (formerly Ntreev USA). Here's the deal: "Project Blackout tasks players with choosing a side and joining the fight for control over the bullet-riddled country of Korogese. Whether they decide to back the heavily-funded paramilitary group Ageis Inc or choose to support the civilian militia, the Corps, in their rebellious efforts, players will have a vast array of weapons to choose from as they shoot their way through five action-packed gameplay modes."

More World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The Battle.net forums offer another update on hotfixes for World of Warcraft following the launch of the Cataclysm expansion and the related version 4.0.3a patch. The list shows a very large number of balance changes. Thanks Ant.

Elemental Patched

The Elemental: War of Magic Forums have the change log for a new version 1.1 patch for Elemental: War of Magic, saying: "We've been working very hard to get our beloved strategy game, Elemental up to its potential." Stardock says the new version of the turn-based strategy game "is an important step in that direction," and describe plans to follow this up with another new version next month. While they have already committed to giving free copies of the first two Elemental expansions to those who bought the game by the end of October 2010, they now announce they will also gift customers who buy the game by the end of this year with a free copy of the first add-on.

Op Ed

IndustryGamers - Five Reasons Why World of Warcraft Going Free-to-Play is Inevitable.
The point is that Blizzard has been looking to see how fans react to micro-transactions, and despite some initial consternation on the forums to the idea, there hasn't been a mass exodus, and Blizzard has made a lot of money from these offerings. For the decision makers, it's all about dollars and cents (or sense), and giving a F2P option would open up more players and more revenue streams in addition to their substantial subscription base... and that's why I think F2P in World of Warcraft is inevitable.

Shadowlocked - Could 'Mass Effect' be the first worthwhile videogame adaptation? Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
On paper, it’s a very video-gamey synopsis, but there is so much in Mass Effect that makes you see the potential for a movie adaptation. Characters and dialogue are excellently written, by turns hilarious, moving and in some cases exuding pure 'cool'. If given the budget it needs, Mass Effect has the potential to be the next Star Wars. That might be considered a bold statement, but it’s an assertion that I and many others would stand by wholeheartedly.

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