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Saturday, Aug 27, 2011

  

No GFWL for Batman: Arkham City?

It seems Batman: Arkham City will not use Games for Windows LIVE, after all, as GreenManGaming tweets: "We've just received notice from Warner's that Batman is Games for Windows but NOT a Games for Windows 'Live' title!" The box art for the stealth/action sequel was revealed in June showing the GFWL logo, suggesting the game would use Microsoft's service, like Batman: Arkham Asylum did. Thanks Eurogamer.

Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 3 Lives

Kotaku has word from the Penny Arcade Expo that Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3 will have to return its vaporware award, as a deal is in place with Zeboyd Games to produce the third installment, which will apparently "take the series in a new direction, or maybe a really old direction, with a retro 16-bit RPG look and style of play." They say this is expected sometime next year. "We originally had the idea of an NES-style RPG last year, but we couldn't find the right people to do it," said Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade. "After we saw Zeboyd's Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World, we knew we didn't have to look around anymore. Zeboyd was a perfect match." Thanks nin.

Origin EULA Amended

As noted on GameSpot, the EULA for EA's Origin service has been amended in a clear attempt to allay fears of intrusiveness inspired by launguage it previously contained. The EULA no longer says you must avoid using the service if you don't want your information to be collected, and EA has also removed the portion saying they may "use this information combined with personal information for marketing purposes and to improve our products and services. We may also share that data with our third party service providers in a form that does not personally identify you." It also no longer states that "EA reserves the right to monitor communications on the Application and disclose any information EA deems necessary." And here is some new language that's been added:

EA would never sell your personally identifiable information to anyone, nor would it ever use spyware or install spyware on users' machines. We and agents acting on our behalf do not share information that personally identifies you without your consent, except in rare instances where disclosure is required by law or to enforce EA's legal rights.

Hawken Trailer

IGN now offers the promised trailer for Hawken, Adhesive Games' upcoming mech combat game. The clip highlights the game's story, but caps off with a little combat just for good measure, noting that this is still from a prototype, and is not reflective of the finished product. It also concludes showing a logo for DJ2 Entertainment, the company that that recently picked up the game's film rights. Continue here to read the full story.

Scrolls Trailer

A new trailer for Scrolls is now available, promoting the upcoming game from Mojang. The clip is not very informative, as it's mostly shots of concept art. Thanks Kotaku (sadly their unlisted trailer is showing up on other sites with no credit).

RAGE Interview

There's an interview with Tim Willits on Rock, Paper, Shotgun talking about RAGE, their upcoming first-person shooter. They talk about the game's pacing, weapons, NPC interactions, and their plans to support the games with patches and DLC, as Tim says: "the level designers and the artists are starting to work on some DLC. But we want to hold off a bit and find out what people like."

Pirates of Black Cove Patch

Paradox Interactive announces the release of a new patch for Pirates of Black Cove to update the seafaring adventure to version 1.03. Word is: "Please note that Steam updates automatically, just start the game and it will patch to the latest version." The download is mirrored on Gamer's Hell, and the patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Trying to figure out how Dawn of War II first with Direct2Drive's RPG sale.

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

I've been poopooing the hubbub about the hurricane up until now (and everyone knows how much fun a poopooed hubbub is), but the dire warnings being issued makes me think I'm just not appreciating the gravity of the situation, as the New York City area has never been hit with a storm this severe in my lifetime. Our optimistic "rain or shine" cookout has been cancelled, so I will make some sausage and peppers in the kitchen later and try and put a dent in the beer we stocked for the event. Thanks to those of you who have expressed concern over the safety of the BlueTower and its occupants, I'm pretty confident everything will be fine. Here's hoping everyone else in the impacted area stays safe and dry.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Bank Alone - Franklin.
Frantic Frigates.
Links: 14 Video Game Deleted Scenes That Explain Everything.
Classic Video Games Reimagined With Criterion Collection Box Art.
Stories: Colo. grave digger fired for dancing on grave. Thanks brother19.
Slain Navy SEAL's Devoted Dog Remains by His Side at Funeral. Thanks brother19.
Here’s the New CG Yoda That George Lucas Added to Star Wars on Blu-ray. Thanks scorcese.fan.
Science: Brand-New Supernova Spotted Within Hours, Will Be the Most-Studied Star Explosion Ever.
Doctors Who Work With X-Rays May Be Adapting at the Cellular Level to Withstand Radiation.
PBS documentary sheds light on marijuana’s cancer-killing properties.
Follow-up: Ghostbusters 3 Hopes To Shoot This Spring, Moving Forward Without Murray. Thanks Digg.
LHC results put supersymmetry theory 'on the spot'.
Commercial Space Station Hotel Operational by 2016. Thanks HARDOCP.



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