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Sunday, Jul 24, 2011

  

BF3 Preorders "Roughly Comparable" to Black Ops

Preorders of Battlefield 3 are "roughly comparable" to those of Call of Duty: Black Ops, according to analysts from Cowen & Company, reports GamesIndustry.biz (registration required) (thanks James via Bf3Blog). This seems a good omen for DICE's military shooter sequel, as Black Ops has sold more than 20 million units worldwide. Cowen & Company currently estimates Battlefield 3 will sell approximately 11 million units.

Gotham City Impostors Gameplay Trailer

In the comments for the Gotham City Impostors cinematic trailer posted the other day, cutter provided a link to a an actual gameplay trailer from the upcoming shooter that we missed when it was released last month. The clip shows off some of the game's characters and offers a look at combat. Thanks Ant.

Quoteworthy - id on Mobile Gaming

"Mobile devices are changing very quickly, some people are changing their phones every year. I think it depends on what really happens with these mobile devices, what happens on the Apple Store, how Android works and what kind of store front they have and how popular those apps become," says id Software producer Jaspm Kim (Jason Kim). "There are so many different ways that this could go and it's not totally clear to us but we put something out there and I think it's done really well for us."

DCS: A-10C Warthog Patch

The Digital Combat Simulator Website now offers a new patch for DCS: A-10C Warthog, updating the English edition of this combat flight simulator to version 1.1.0.9. The new version includes AI enhancements and improvements to their mission editor, as well as other changes and bug-fixes. The complete change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's list of the ten best-selling titles on their Steam service for the week:

  1. Sid Meier's Civilization V
  2. Fallout New Vegas: Old World Blues
  3. Terraria
  4. Dead Island
  5. GRID
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation Content Pack
  7. Left 4 Dead 2
  8. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Digital Premium Edition
  9. Counter-Strike: Source
  10. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition

On Sale

  • Hydrophobia: Prophecy on Direct2Drive. Save 60%.
  • Mr. Robot on Steam. Save 66%.
  • RIFT Digital Collector's Edition on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • RIFT Standard Edition on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Sid Meier's Railroads! on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Strategic Command: European Theater on GOG.com. Save 60%.
    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Previews

  • Minecraft on PC Gamer. Upcoming XP system and permadeath details.

Sunday Screenshots

  • Red Orchestra 2 on FPSAdmin. Two "super HOT," "eye popping" shots of server administration. Thanks Joao.

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Safety Dance

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

R.I.P.: Singer Amy Winehouse Dies at Age 27. Some just shrug, but I find this very sad, as she wasted a lot of talent. And as is widely noted, she is other addition to the unfortunate "27 Club" (thanks nin). Years ago iconoclastic baseball statistician Bill James did a study that showed that the age of 27 was the most likely point for a player to have a standout season compared with the rest of his career, and in a later study found that player's defensive skills began to decline at the age of 27, as well, suggesting this is some sort of peak age. I'm not sure that there's a connection there, but every time the spate of dead 27 year-old musicians comes up, this pops to mind.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Tiny Squad.
Robots vs Zombies.
Links: How tall are my toolbars? Apparently 106 pixels.
Comic Con: "Amazing Spider-Man".
10 Stories About Donald Trump You Won't Believe Are True.
Stories: Spielberg: Jurassic Park 4 Coming in "Two or Three Years". Thanks nin via io9/Digg.
Why does my car smell like cookies? Thanks Neatorama.
33 dead after Chinese bullet trains collide. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Great White Shark Jumps on Boat, Stressing Everyone. Thanks Digg.
Media: William Shatner Leads 3,000 People in a Great "KHAN!"
Neil deGrasse Tyson: America's fear of numbers.
Robot saves swordfish from oil rig - twice.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
Dilbert.



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