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Friday, Jun 10, 2011

  

RAGE Delayed

RAGE has suffered a bit of a delay, as the game's official website for now reflects a new October 4, 2011 release date for id Software's upcoming first-person shooter on all platforms. The game was previously expected in the U.S. on September 13th, and in Europe on September 16th, so the presumably the new European date is October 7th. The delay is so-far unannounced, so it is unexplained.

Steam/Facebook Linking

Steam News announces you can now be BFFs with Steam on Facebook:

Now it is easier than ever to find your friends on Steam. Just link your Facebook profile with Steam and see your friends who have done the same. Don't worry, we won't post anything to your Facebook wall without your approval.

Click here to link your profiles and get started.

Linking your accounts will also raise your maximum friend count in Steam to 300.

Battlefield 3 ShakyCam

This clip and this clip offer a total of 14 minutes of footage of players enjoying hands-on time with Battlefield 3 at E3. The clip includes some ShakyCam views of action on the screen and interviews with the players to get firsthand impressions, including points of interest like thoughts of an expert pilot on the jets. Thanks Ant via CrunchGear.

Far Cry 3 E3 Presentation

This trailer (NSFW) offers the E3 presentation for Far Cry 3, the first-person shooter sequel in development at Ubisoft Montreal. The clip is narrated by producer Dan Hay, who offers all the thrills of attending the show without the bathroom lines and journalist aroma. Dan describes the game's storyline, setting, and the "scary cast of characters" players will encounter. Along the way we get to see an extended cinematic leading to gameplay (which was pretty obviously played on a console), showing the option of choosing to be stealthy, or to take a more direct approach. Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Features Trailer

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Website offers a new E3 trailer showing off game features in BioWare's upcoming Star Wars MMORPG. On display are: Cinematic Storytelling, Heroic Combat, Companion characters, Personal Starships, Space Battles, A Galaxy of Worlds, Vehicles, the Galactic Trade Network, Social Hubs, Crew Skills, Flashpoints, PvP Warzones, and Operations.

Operation Flashpoint: Red River Patch

The Operation Flashpoint: Red River Website announces the release of a new patch for Codemasters' military shooter sequel (thanks Voodoo Extreme). The change list for the Windows patch follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Minecraft Patch Plans

Part of the Post E3 information dump on The Word of Notch has word from the Minecraft creator on plans for the upcoming beta of the sandbox game:

We are working on Minecraft Beta 1.7, which I’m referring to as the “adventure update”. We’re keeping the details secret so people can get surprises. The idea with this update is to flesh out the game a bit, making it reward exploration and combat more. Assuming we like them in play testing, pistons are coming in 1.7.
[…]
We’re starting the modding support on a small scale with 1.7. We’ll be giving the source code out to a very VERY small group of people before the release of 1.7. We’ll use those experiences to work out the final details, then we’ll get the modding api out as soon as possible after 1.7 has been released.

Quote of the Day

"Gaikai as well as OnLive, they're pioneers in that [area]. But I also think that [current cloud gaming solutions] can be dangerous in a way, from a business perspective," Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli told Gamasutra at E3. "...I have concerns about the way it's approached, but I think cloud gaming is the future, inevitably."

It Came from E3 2011, Part 8

New Via Digital Distribution

Games

  • Crusader: No Remorse on GOG.com.
  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri on GOG.com.
  • STORM: Frontline Nation on Steam.

Patches

On Sale

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Cities in Motion on GamersGate. Save 30%.
  • Darkspore (4-pack) on GamersGate. Save 25%.
  • Dragon Age: Origins Awakening on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Dragon Age: Origins Awakening (Mac) on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Gothic II: Night of the Raven on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Gothic III Forsaken Gods on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Spore Complete Pack on GamersGate. Save 40%.
  • STORM: Frontline Nation on Steam. Save 10%.
  • Strategy First Catalog on GOG.com. Save 50%.
  • Trainz Simulator 12 on Impulse. Save 10%.
  • Zuma's Revenge! on Steam. Save 50%.
    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Greatest Prank Nintendo Ever Pulled. Thanks Ant.

Saint's Row: The Third in November

A Saints Row: The Third "Power CG" Trailer we missed when it was released last week on the Saints Row Videos Page offers a November 15, 2011 release date for the open world action sequel. This fits with the most recent news we had on the game, which said it would be out for this year's holiday season. On a related note, we also have some new Saints Row: The Third screenshots.

Battlezone II Patch

The Battlezone II Website offers another unofficial beta patch for the action/strategy sequel created by Nathan Mates and Ken Miller, two of the game's original programmers who have continued to offer support over the years. The new patch brings the game to public beta version 1.3.6.1, reducing lag/warp in multiplayer games and offering various other fixes and optimizations.

Codemasters Hacked

We've received reports from several readers about a note they received from Codemasters about a hacking incident, which has Codemasters.com offline until further notice. In many cases they have reason to believe personal details have been compromised, but not payment information. The entirety of the message follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Molyneux on Fable Kinect Demo "Horrendous Mistake"

Official Xbox 360 Magazine has a video of Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux discussing the E3 showing of Fable: The Journey, admitting this was another of his errors in judgment speaking with the press. Aided by a wall acting as a whiteboard (but unfortunately not by a separate microphone), he explains that the upcoming installment in the series is not a rail shooter, in spite of looking like just that during the show: "My name is Peter Molyneux, and I made a horrendous mistake on the press demo, on the press briefing demo, of taking out the navigation allowing players to move. I'll just state on record now, Fable: The Journey is definitely not on rails. All these journalists [gestures at scribbles on the wall] have signed the wall and agree with me..." Thanks MCV.

It Came from E3 2011, Part 7

Morning Previews

Morning Screenshots

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

I'm very psyched for this weekend, as MrsBlue picked up a beautiful prime steak for the grill. As you may know, one of the reasons steakhouse steaks are better than those made at home is that it's difficult to find meat above choice grade at the local market, so this will be a treat.

R.I.P.: Leonard Stern, Mad Libs creator and TV writer, dies at 88. A very [adjective] [noun].

Prime Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Hazmat.
Metal Slug - Zombies Return.
Links: Dr Pepper marketing #fail - "I ♥ DP" shirts on street team. Thanks Devicer.
This summer. Thanks Neatorama.
Snap, Crackle, and Pop.
Science: New genetic mutations trigger many cases of autism.
Media: Mortal Kombat vs. Oregon Trail.
Follow-up: NASA Mars mission walking a tightrope to launch this year.



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