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Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011

  

Analyst: Blizzard's Titan to be a "Casual" MMOG

Gamasutra has an analyst's report (Adobe Acrobat format) from Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia saying Blizzard's mystery-shrouded Titan MMOG is a "casual" game that's expected some time in 2013. The source of this insight is not clear.

Blurry Respawn Tease

The Respawn Entertainment Website now has a very blurry screenshot as a tease of what's to come from this startup founded by former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella. Our best guess at this point is this is some sort of optometry simulation. Thanks IGN.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine PC System Requirements

The Space Marine Forums offer the official Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Windows system requirements, which include a Steam account. The minimum and recommended stats follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Scrolls Will Launch Minecraft Style

Gamasutra has details from Gamelab 2011 in Barcelona, Spain on how Mojang's upcoming Scrolls will have a staggered rollout similar to the way Minecraft is creeping out bit-by-bit:

"With our new game, Scrolls, we'll follow the same formula as Minecraft," said Kaplan. "That means we'll release the game very early," at the minimal playable state.

He said this means something different for every game, of course, but people will be able to pay for it, play it, and give feedback from a very early stage. This also means frequent updates, he said, which need to be properly communicated to players, because community involvement is one of the most important elements of Minecraft.

Gone Gold - Dungeons of Dredmor

Gaslamp Games announces Dungeons of Dredmor will be released for Windows and OS X through Steam on July 13th for the "exceptional" price of $4.99 USD (thanks John). Here's word on this classic roguelike dungeon crawler:

Step into the Dungeons of Dredmor and embrace your destiny. Face monsters the likes of which the world has never seen – the terrifying Swarmies, the undulating Thrusties, and the menacing Brax the Salesdemon. Find treasures like gold, magical weapons and armour, and lutefisk. Worship at the alter of Inconsequentia, the Goddess of Pointless Sidequests. Discover the power that can be had by wielding a bizarre armament of devastating weaponry such as the Interdimensional Axe, the Plastic Ring, and the Invisible Shield (if you can remember where you left it). Wield shoes decorated by the Dwarven Glittersmiths, all of whom have now committed suicide because of their shame, and embrace the joys of destroying giant moustache-wielding brick demons with a mace decorated with tawdry, delicious bacon. While you’re at it, be prepared to die. A lot. In hideous, screaming pain that makes you throw your keyboard out the window.

Men of War: Assault Squad Patch

The Men of War: Assault Squad Website now offers a new patch to update Best Way's World War II strategy sequel to version 1.95.5. Their link to the change list is currently broken, but here's the overview: "update features the "Day of Victory" gamemode for MP DLC maps, adds support for upcoming skirmish DLC and a wide range of new weapon models together with several gameplay improvements." The Steam version will update automatically, and the manual patch for other versions is here and mirrored on The Patches Scrolls.

Modern Warfare 3 Interview

An interview on AusGamers.com with Glen Schofield is available in both video form and as a text transcript, offering an E3 discussion of Modern Warfare 3, the next installment in the Call of Duty series of military shooters. On the topic of competing with Battlefield 3, he describes how their engine will give them a competitive advantage on consoles, but he does not allow himself to be pinned down on PC features like dedicated server support, saying they "haven’t even made decisions internally" about how this will be handled.

Crusader Kings II Video Diary

This trailer offers a new video developer diary from Crusader Kings II, introducing the character database from the strategy/RPG sequel. This "peek into the world of medieval Europe" is conducted by game designer Chris King, who offers insights into how the character database differs from the one in the first game.

Op Ed

GameFront - Videogames Are Protected By the First Amendment, but They Were Always Art.
One thing I have a problem with is the near-desperate way in which several industry peers have quoted Justice Antonin Scalia, who proved himself surprisingly savvy in this whole debate. He led the majority 7-2 destruction of the Videogame Law and it is incredibly cheering to see him display intelligent and informed opinions as he eviscerates the flimsy work of Yee and his cohorts. However — and this happens every time somebody who isn’t a gamer supports games — gamers have taken Scalia’s words as validation. Sentiments like, “Videogames are now officially legitimate” and “We’re art now” could be found all over Twitter yesterday, and I feel that if you REALLY want games to be “legitimate”, there’s one thing to do — stop saying it!

New Via Digital Distribution

Games

  • Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland on Steam.

Patches

On Sale

  • 5 for $5 Bundle on BuyGamesNotSocks. DRM-free indie bundle now includes six games.
  • BlazBlue on Games For Windows. Save 50%.
  • Digitanks on Desura. Save 50%.
  • Far Cry Complete Bundle on UBIShop. Save 75%.
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War on Steam. Save 75%.
  • The Incredible Machine Mega Pack on GOG.com. Save 60%.
  • Mactabilis on Desura. Save 50%.
  • Mass Effect 2 on Direct2Drive. Save 75%.
  • Sam and Max Series on Direct2Drive. Save 66%.
  • Stronghold Collection on GamersGate. Save 75%. Thanks MoreLuckThanSkill.
    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Crysis 2 Editor Released

MyCrysis now has the promised release of the Crysis 2 editor package, "which includes the all-new CryENGINE 3 Sandbox Editor, allowing you to create custom maps, mods and content for Crysis 2!" They accompany this with the relaunch of CRYMOD, Crytek's official modding community. Downloads of the editor package are mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and PC Games Forever, and here's more on what is included: "The package also includes various tools, such as FMOD Designer, Poly Bump, plugins for Maya and 3ds Max and more! We’ve also included some sample assets to help you discover the possibilities with the Crysis 2 Editor package."

Ixion Saga Revealed

Capcom is working on a PC-exclusive online game called Ixion Saga, reveals Adriasang, who learned of this from the latest issue of Famitsu magazine. There are few details, but apparently alpha testing will begin next month, and the plan is to launch the game next summer. Word is: "Ixion Saga is an eight versus eight combat game where players make use of swords, guns and magic for the battle. Players form "unions" with other players, and create a character with default types Striker, Caster and Blaster. These types respectively have sword, magic and heavy firearms as their weapons. In addition to team on team battle, it appears that the game will also have giant monsters." Thanks VG247.

I Am Alive Lives

The Australian Government Classification Database lists an MA 15+ rating for I Am Alive, Ubisoft's survival game that hasn't really been heard from since an indication more than a year ago that the game would possibly include multiplayer shortly after it was delayed for a switch to the Splinter Cell engine. The classification is dated yesterday, and suggests the game may be near. Its most recent release window is Ubisoft's 2011-2012 fiscal period, which runs from April 2011 to March 2012. Thanks MCV.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The Battle.net forums outline new hotfixes applied to the server-side of World of Warcraft since yesterday's version 4.2 patch for Blizzard's MMORPG. The list of changes in the hotfix follows. Continue here to read the full story.

More on Minecraft's Adventure Update

The Word of Notch has a "trickle" of information about the eventual version 1.8 "Adventure Update" for Minecraft, the sandbox adventure game:

The update is pretty big, and will change a lot of how Minecraft is played, focusing on making exploration and combat much more rewarding, and bringing in a bigger sense of adventure to the game.

Already implemented are new complex terrain features, at least one new mob, some interesting new combat mechanics, a new lighting engine, and some experimental new gameplay ideas. To come is more interesting farming, bigger incentives to explore, and npc villages.

Arma 3 Interview

This interview on Everyeye.it is the English version of a conversation with Ivan Buchta about Arma 3, the next installment in Bohemia Interactive Studios' upcoming military shooter sequel. Topics include the structure within the game's open world, AI improvements, their disinterest in adding a cover system, underwater combat, vehicles, weapon changes, DirectX 10/11 differences, multiplayer modes, and more.

XCOM Interview

Rock, Paper, Shotgun interviews Jonathan Pelling, asking the Creative Director at 2K Marin about XCOM, the upcoming first-person shooter based on the classic strategy series. They discuss the game's story, art style and other sensibilities. And we hereby award this Q&A the Dick Cavett Linguistic Trophy for the opening question: "More story-focused than the peripatetic original plan; is this because you’ve got people like Jordan Thomas and yourself on board and you’re trying to make use of people who are much more used to telling stories, rather than something stochastic or random?"

Xonar Audio Card Drivers

This ASUS FTP directory has new version 1794 drivers for 13 different varieties of Xonar audio cards for various operating systems. Thanks ASLayerAODsk.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Yesterday, it popped into my head that R2-D2 is not actually an android, but simply a robot, leaving me wondering why this never occurred to me before. The thing is, it's not like I was watching Star Wars or Blade Runner or anything related, it just struck me out of nowhere. I guess I'm lucky that geekiness is in favor these days, as that's painfully geeky.

Geeky Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Bazooki: A Silent Affair. Thanks Daniel.
BoozeUp.
Combat Hero Adventures.
Links: 12 Hilarious Old Baseball Cards. Thanks Boing Boing.
Cameramail. Thanks Neatorama.
Stories: San Francisco considers banning the sale of all pets — even goldfish.
The Federal Reserve Stores $1 Billion In Dollar Coins That No One Wants.
Science: The Physics of Cheating in Baseball. Thanks Boing Boing.
Images: The Art of the Brick - Blue.
Media: Female Armor Sucks. NSFW.
Neil Gaiman, Adam Savage, and Gollum: I Will Survive.
This snapping turtle can climb fences.
Auction: PopCap Charity Auction Week 3.



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