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Monday, Jul 18, 2011

  

Binding of Isaac Revealed

Edmunds Dev Blog for gay nerds reveals plans for The Binding of Isaac, which will launch for Windows next month on Steam (thanks Eurogamer). This new project from half the development team of Super Meat Boy is "a roguelike shooter based on the dungeon structure of Zelda (nes). At its core it controls like Smash TV / Robotron in a randomly generated semi RPG world filled with powerups items and special abilities." Here's more:

There is not a traditional leveling system in Isaac, instead we used an item system. Every level will have a treasure room, shop, boss and other secret/special rooms that might contain unique items. Special items come in 4 sets, Usable items, Special Weapon upgrades, Passive upgrades and stat boosters. 90% of items in the game stack, so as you progress your character will change into a monstrous powerhouse not only in stats and abilities but also in appearance.

Commander: The Great War Beta Nears

Matrix Games puts out the call for beta testers who want to get in the trenches with Commander: The Great War, the World war I strategy game in development at The Lordz Games Studio. Applications are being accepted at the Slitherine Beta Website. Here's the lowdown on the game: "Commander – The Great War features a Grand Campaign covering the whole war from the invasion of Belgium on August 5, 1914 to the Armistice on the 11th of November 1918 in addition to 16 different unit types including Infantry, Cavalry, Armoured Cars and Tanks, Artillery, Railroad Guns and Armoured Trains and more!"

New X-Motor Racing

The X-Motor Racing Website now offers a new version 1.3 of this independently developed racing simulation. Owners of the registered version can update automatically, and they also offer downloads of the whole shebang, which also operates as a playable trial. The download is mirrored on Gamer's Hell, and the changelist for the new version follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Brink Patched

Steam News announces the availability of a new automatic patch for Brink, Splash Damage's first-person shooter. The extensive patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Faxion Online Team Layoffs

Layoffs have struck True Studios, developer of free-to-play MMORPG Faxion Online, reports Gamasutra, saying they've confirmed this with Don Choi, VP of UTV Ignition's online division, who tells them a "fraction" of the staff were laid off, though they also quote one of the affected staff saying that a majority of the employees at the Austin, TX-based studio were let go. Despite the layoffs, Choi says Faxion Online "will continue to run and be updated frequently."

New Via Digital Distribution

Games

  • Pride of Nations: Spanish-American War 1898 on Steam.
  • Tobe's Vertical Adventure on Steam.

Patches

  • Men of War: Assault Squad on Steam.

On Sale

The Happy Cloud is now in beta.

Gatherings & Competitions

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: "Dark Knight Rises" Teaser Trailer In HD. Thanks Ant.

More on BF3 and Steam

A note on Develop has further indications that Battlefield 3 will not be released through Steam, as speculation mounts that DICE's military shooter sequel will not appear on Valve's download service. They quote a comment from a report from financial research firm Baird based on a meeting with GameStop: "The upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam," Baird says GameStop executives told them. "Given Steam's dominance – and insistence on users downloading a Steam client application – publishers are likely to be receptive to a competitive alternative." Thanks Computer and Video Games.

Aion Summer Events Details, Version 2.6 Next Month

The Aion Website announces special summer events for NCsoft's MMORPG as they kick off the Daeva Days of Summer, including the return of the "Scorching Heat" promotion, a "Best Days Festival," special "Summer Vacation" quests, and more. This includes word on when to expect the next patch for the game, saying the version 2.6 update will go live on the PTR on July 28, and will launch on the live servers on August 3. The list of changes in version 2.6 follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Aussie MA15+/R18+ Ratings Twist

GamePron has the latest on the debate over adding an RA18+ rating to the Australian ratings system, and the surrounding controversy that seems to go back to before the release of the first videogame. According to their report, regardless of whether an adult-oriented R18+ is added to the rating system, officials in South Australia, who have long been an obstacle in the R18+ initiative, is going to scrap the intermediate MA15+ rating and replace it with the more restrictive label:

South Australia is again calling to scrap the Mature Adult distinction for video games, effectively replacing it with an R18+ rating.

Let's see how we go this week... A spokesman for the state Attorney-General, John Rau has said that – regardless of what happens at this Friday’s meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General – the South Australian government would scrap the rating. The notion was first raised in April this year, and was widely criticised, while government spokespeople claimed the media had “misunderstood” what Rau was proposing. Now though, it’s been made clear: Games rated MA15+ in other states (legally restricted to gamers 15 years and over) would instead receive R18+ ratings in South Australia (legally restricted to gamers 18 years and over).

Supreme Ruler: Cold War Trailer

This new trailer offers a look at gameplay from Supreme Ruler: Cold War, celebrating tomorrow's release of the duck-and-cover installment in this global geopolitical simulation (as Paradox Interactive opportunistically points out: "Today is the last chance to pre-order Supreme Ruler: Cold war with a 10% discount!"). Here's word on the game:

As the most powerful factions of post-world war two square up against each other, an iron curtain descends across the globe covering mankind with a blanket of distrust and fear. One by one the free nations of the world are forced to join one faction or the other. Those that stand for democracy join N.A.T.O. Those that hold the ideals of Communism side with the U.S.S.R. As crisis after crisis leads to an escalation in the proliferation of nuclear weapons, it can only be a matter of time before one side pushes 'The Button', and fulfils the terrifying promise of M.A.D – Mutually Assured Destruction.

Quoteworthy - Ubisoft on PC Ghost Recon

"We knew it was a platform we wanted to come back to. However, until recently, the retail market for PC made it difficult to invest in a big, dedicated product," says Ghost Recon Online creative director Theo Sanders. "The emergence of online business models has brought back the opportunity to produce something dedicated to PC fans, rather than just ported multiplatform content."

Morning Screenshots

  • Battlefield 3 on BF3Blog. Leaked alpha screenshots. Thanks Darren.

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Out of the Blue

As I mentioned yesterday, the ads have been temporarily removed from the front page here as we want to ensure that whatever rogue ad or ads that were showing up here get properly eradicated.

Eradicated Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: SHMUP.
Rpage Heist.
Links: Top 10 (Fake) Video Game Movie Trailers.
A Gallery of When Pixar Comes to Life.
Stories: 'Potter' takes down Batman with $168.6M weekend.
'Micro melons' 20 times smaller than regular size.
Science: New Math: The Time Indiana Tried to Change Pi to 3.2. Thanks Neatorama.
Images: Unusual Depictions of Homer Simpson.
Media: The President Hasn't Seen Rocky (with Patrick Warburton).
Kids react to Captain America Trailer.
A Skaters Dream Home.
The Funnies: What PC makers think is happening at retail.



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