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Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011

  

F.E.A.R. 3 Delay

The F.E.A.R. Forums have word on a delay until May for F.E.A.R. 3, the first-person shooter previously expected on March 22. VG247 has an official follow-up from Warner, who say: "The F.E.A.R. 3 launch date will now be in May 2011, as we look to deliver the best possible game for our fans."

BioShock 2 DLC Plans

The 2K Forums have word on release plans for the Protector Trials and Minerva's Den DLC for BioShock 2. There's no set release dates, but 2K Elizabeth provides their projection of when the packs will be submitted for certification: "I have an update for you! As of today, we’re tracking to submit the Protector Trials to certification at the end of January. Minerva’s Den has some more work to be done on it still and is tracking to submit to certification in the beginning of March. I’ll let you guys know when we do submit but our release date will change depending on how that process goes (which is why I don’t have a firm release date for you guys yet.) I don’t have a final patch list for you yet, either, but one item I know many of you will look forward to: we have fixed mouse sensitivity issues and many v-sync option bugs." Thanks Big Download.

Trapped Dead German Demo

Headup Games has word, in German, on the release of a playable demo for Trapped Dead, Headup's zombie-themed survival/horror real-time strategy game. This is a German-language online-only web-based demo, which can be found on this page. Here's a translation of what this is about: "The demo includes a playable single player level with three well-equipped character against which players can make a picture of the final game. The highlight of the demo: With advanced graphics engine, it runs completely in the browser, just install a small plug-in required with subsequent one-time download and automatically when enabled by the user." Thanks Gamer's Hell.

GOG.com Broken Sword Bonus

GOG.com announces the inclusion of the original version of Broken Sword as a bonus with GOG's Director’s Cut edition. Here's word: "We've joined forces with Charles Cecil to bring the 1996 version of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (a.k.a. The Circle of Blood) to GOG's catalogue. Users who purchase the high-resolution Broken Sword Director’s Cut will receive the acclaimed original as a free downloadable bonus. Anyone who has already purchased Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Director’s Cut can download the classic for free from the bonus materials."

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Four Hours Of Screen Time Shortens Lifespan. Thanks Acleacius. "Reading this article may be shortening your life." You have been warned.

Minecraft Sells 1 Million

As noted in a tweet by Markus "Notch" Persson, indie sandbox sensation Minecraft has now sold over one million copies. The Minecraft Website confirms this, saying: "So far 3171184 people have registered and 1000552 people bought the game." Thanks nin and Saether.

No S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Console Compromises

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Q&A with the Team #1 on Facebook answers some questions about GSC Game World's upcoming first-person shooter sequel. They go into detail on some gameplay elements, and start things off with reassurances for PC gamers that the Windows edition will not suffer at the hands of the game's console versions: "Since we develop primarily on PC, you won't see any compromises in the PC version. The key difference between the PC and console versions will be the beauty of graphics (meaning PC will offer more of visual effects)." Thanks PC Gamer.

New James Bond Game a Go

A note in the Deadline.com article on the next James Bond movie mentioned last night has a brief bit about game plans not noted at the time. Word is: "Yet another James Bond videogame, which also had been held up because of the uncertainty, recently got the go-ahead." There are no other details, but a rumor and video from late last year suggest Raven is or was developing a new Bond game. Thanks Computer and Video Games.

Free Champions Online This Month

The Champions Online Website reveals January 25 is the launch of the new free to play mode for the superhero MMORPG. Word is: "Champions Online: Free For All also features additional premium content for purchase. Adventure Packs, items, powers and costume pieces can be selected a la carte inside Cryptic's innovative C-Store. Additionally, current players may continue subscribing as Gold Members, while new players may also optionally upgrade to Gold status, which unlocks most of the game's content and includes extra features for a set price of $14.99 per month."

Gary Grigsby's War in the East Patch

Matrix Games now offers a new patch for Gary Grigsby's War in the East to update this turn-based strategy game to version 1.02. Here's the deal: "The new update comes with more performance tweaks that improve playability on slower systems, tighten up the game experience through sped up combat resolution and faster opening and closing of windows, about 20 bug fixes, and some scenario/data changes especially to the 1942 Campaign and Operation Blue scenario." The patch is available on their downloads page.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm LP Soundtrack

Battle.net announces the LP edition of the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm soundtrack is now available on iTunes. In addition to the 17 music tracks the new version adds artwork, liner notes, and behind-the-scenes interviews. They add that if you've already purchased the Cataclysm soundtrack you are entitled to the bonus content for free. Thanks Ant.

New Natural Selection 2 Beta

A new build 161 of the Natural Selection 2 beta is now available via Steam. Unknown Worlds has the extensive patch notes for the new version, saying extra time was spent removing bugs, and they should now be back to more frequent updates.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

It Came from CES 2011, Part 13

Morning Metaverse

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

We got dumped with more snow here in the greater New York area as a classic nor'easter worked its way through the region. Things are pretty buried out there again, but MrsBlue is working from home, so I'm putting off digging us out for the time being. This shouldn't be a problem, as it doesn't look like anyone is going anywhere out there anyway.

Buried Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Stick RPG 2.
Devils Ride.
Man in Gap.
Story: Data Proves New York City Cabs Do Disappear at 4 P.M. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Science: Green Space Blob Turns Out to be Non-Hostile.
Are photovoltaics that beat thermodynamics possible?
Images: Photography Sign FAIL.
Media: If TMZ Reporters were Self-Aware. NSFW.
8-bit Zombies in Retroland.
Goggie Catches Water Balloon Without Popping It.
Follow-up: It's Official- Ian McKellen to Return as Gandalf in 'The Hobbit'.



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