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Friday, Aug 19, 2011

  

Might & Magic Heroes VI Demo

The Might & Magic Heroes VI Website offers a new playable demo for the latest installment in the Might & Magic series of turn-based strategy games. The demo offers three different campaigns, a tutorial, a solo map, and a multiplayer hotseat campaign. The download is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell and Worthplaying. The outline of what the demo includes follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Launch Sales Limited; Huttball Introduced

GameInformer reports on plans to limit the number of copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic sold upon the game's launch: "According to the representative speaking at this demo, EA and BioWare made the choice to limit the number of copies of the game available for purchase in order to assure a smooth launch. It's fairly common for popular MMOs to suffer from long wait times and server crashes for the first few months after launch because of the stress put on servers. EA says it would rather make sure the experience is quality for the first gamers to get in than to sell as many copies as possible but ensure a subpar experience for everyone." How many copies they will sell is not specified. On a related note, the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website has a new trailer from BioWare's upcoming MMORPG introducing the sport of Huttball. Here's word on this in-game sport: "A new event has captured the hearts and minds of the citizens on the Smuggler’s Moon of Nar Shaddaa. Known as “Huttball,” two teams clash for the amusement of the masses and to win favor with the famed Giradda the Hutt in this new video that highlights just one of the Player-vs-Player (PvP) Warzones in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!"

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch

A new unofficial patch is now available for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, continuing the community support for this action/RPG since the demise of Troika, its developer. The new patch is referred to as a beta version 7.7, and as always, it can be found on what's supposed to be its exclusive home at The Patches Scrolls, where they have patch notes describing what it does, which are reproduced below. Continue here to read the full story.

WildStar Gameplay Footage

Following the cinematic trailer that accompanied the announcement of WildStar comes a new video with over eight minutes of actual gameplay footage from this sci-fi MMORPG in development at Carbine Studios. The clip is available for download from Gamer's Hell, and there's a streaming version on the YouTube (thanks Rock, Paper, Shotgun), where there's also this video interview in which Chad Moore answers questions about the game, describing it as "Firefly meets Indiana Jones." The embedded version of the gameplay footage follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Valve: Counter-Strike Global Offensive Cross-Platform Play "Our Goal

A new video interview on PC Games.de talks with Valve honcho Gabe Newell about DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike Global Offensive during Gamescom. At around the 15:00 mark they ask if Counter-Strike Global Offensive will support cross-platform gaming like Portal 2 does between PC and PS3, and he explains that this is their goal:

That's certainly our goal. We never want to create these 'islands of players.' You have to be sensitive to control differences, and make sure you're accommodating that, but, you know, our view is players should be able to play as part of a community on whatever device they can. You know, sometimes there are contractual, or other issues that make that hard, where somebody, a platform holder doesn't want you to do that for whatever reason, but that's always out preference. is to let customers play and be part of the larger community.

The Baconing Looms

Hothead Games announces the release schedule for The Baconing, saying their latest comedic action/RPG starring DeathSpank will hit PCs and consoles by the end of this month, with the Windows and OS X editions due on August 31 through Steam. Here's word:

Hothead Games is also very excited to announce that The Baconing will also be available to both Windows PC and Mac users at the same time as their console gaming friends as the game readies for an end of August launch of the game on Steam and the Mac App Store. A pre-order discount of 20% is now available for Steam users who purchase the game ahead of the 31st August release date. Please visit from 11am Pacific time and 7pm UK time. For more information visit the game page http://store.steampowered.com/app/18070/

Mike Inglehart, Producer on The Baconing is excited to bring this platform and pricing news.

“We wanted to make The Baconing available to as many gamers as possible as we don’t want anybody to miss out on this unique adventure. In particular, we wanted to make sure gamers on Windows PC and Mac were able to download the title at the same time as console gamers. This rarely happens for digital distributed products, but at Hothead we felt it was important to give everyone simultaneous access to our best game yet.”

For more information on The Baconing please visit www.thebaconing.com

Ships Ahoy - Field of Glory Eternal Empire

Matrix Games announces the release of Field of Glory Eternal Empire for Windows and OS X to expand the strategy game Field of Glory with new content. Word is: "With the release of Eternal Empire, the Field of Glory system now boasts an impressive 124 historical battles with 1,235 different battle groups! Launching at the same time as the Eternal Empire expansion is also the comprehensive 1.6.0 update for the Field of Glory system. The update includes fixes to the engine and D.A.G. as well as a few rule tweaks." The launch price of this is $19.99 USD, and after a week it will go up to $24.99.

BF3 Themed Co-op

Battleblog #7 has details on the themed co-op campaign DICE is working on for Battlefield 3, their upcoming military shooter sequel. Here's a bit on how this works:

To survive through the co-op missions, you’ll need to stay close to your buddy. If he goes down, lend a helping hand with the new co-op “Man down!” mechanic, that lets you revive him in the heat of battle. While being down, you can still use your secondary weapon to defend yourself, while slowly crawling to a safer spot where your friend can help you without getting shot. If both of you go down, it’s game over.

You fight together. You die together. And you score together. After having cleared a co-op mission with your friend, your total combined score will be displayed via Battlelog, our suite of free social features that connect all Battlefield 3 players. Missions are designed to be shorter than single player missions, so you can easily do multiple rounds in an evening to try and beat your friends’ high score. The best score of your Friend will be displayed for each mission, so you know what to aim for.

World of Warplanes Interview

A new interview on GameSpy talks with Anton Sitnikau, producer of World of Warplanes, Wargaming.net's upcoming free-to-play MMO aerial combat game. Along the way he talks about the lessons they've learned from the launch of World of Tanks, talks about aircraft and timeframes covered, and more. He also explains the game's flight model:

"World of Warplanes will represent a mixture of arcade flyer and simulator. We'll deliberately make the controls simple, as we want our players to focus on the battle itself but not on operating the aircraft. However, behind the simplified controls and unobtrusive interface are rather deep game mechanics, that will determine the flight model and damage system."

NBA’s Greatest in NBA 2K12

2K Sports announces the full roster for of the players on the "NBA’s Greatest" team in NBA 2K12, the upcoming installment in their basketball simulation. Word is: "Each of these 15 basketball legends has been meticulously recreated with an uncanny level of detail, including period-specific depictions of their arenas, team uniforms, signature moves, and even historically accurate broadcast presentation styles in NBA 2K12. Gamers will now tap into the legacy of these legendary athletes by utilizing their signature moves, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s unstoppable skyhook, to rule the virtual hardwood." Here's the list. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I'm getting set to be on the road for part of the weekend, so I'll ask in advance for your patience for whatever disruption this causes. After heading out this afternoon it's most likely that this evening will only afford me the chance to cover any major gaming tidbits that pop up, rather than a more typical full update with the techie bits and all. I should be able to catch up on that stuff tomorrow, and Sunday's update may be on the late side, but that's not unprecedented, so I'm hoping the impact of all this will be fairly minimal.

Travelling Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Rise of the Colony.
Wonderputt. Thanks Neatorama.
Links: Zombie Wedding Cake.
Muphry’s Law. Thanks Boing Boing.
Stories: 'Vampire' arrest sparks discussion on pop culture. Thanks brother19.
Brazilian sleeps in coffin to honor his friend. Thanks brother19.
Science: Data-Crunching Guides Police Before a Crime. But what about the minority report?! Thanks j.c.f.
Bulletproof human skin made from spider silk and goat milk.
Ecstasy could treat blood cancers: researchers.
Images: Prince of Persia LEGO!
Media: Escape from City 17 Part 2.
Grandma's Photo Gag.
Hey, grandma, can you beer me while I dance with my knife? Is that painting a liger?
Follow-up: FinalCutKing After Dentist.



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