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Monday, Nov 28, 2011

  

Legend of Grimrock Beta, Delay

The Legend of Grimrock Blog announces Legend of Grimrock is now in beta testing, quickly quashing hopes of those eager to try Almost Human Games' upcoming dungeon crawler by adding: "at this point we are not looking for additional beta testers." They also offer a new beta trailer and word that the game will not be released this year as they had planned:

Secondly, many of you have been asking if we’re on time for launch at the end of this year. Looking at the game we have now we could do it but that wouldn’t be the best game we can deliver. We want to make this game really shine so that’s why we have decided to push the release to early next year. With the extra time we can hopefully fix all the bugs, make the level flow better, tweak item attributes to perfection and adjust the balance to be just right. These are the things that really matter to us, and hopefully to you as a player too! We are not ready to give an exact release date yet, because when we give a date we want to keep the promise too. But don’t worry, we won’t take too long! :)

Continue here to read the full story.

Skyrim Patch Wednesday

The Bethesda Blog has patch notes for a new version 1.2 patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, saying the PS3 edition is live, and the ETA to update the Windows and Xbox 360 editions of Bethesda's RPG sequel is Wednesday. Here are the patch notes Continue here to read the full story.

Rainbow 6 Patriots Details; Art

Ubisoft sends some concept art for Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Patriots, the next installment in the series of tactical shooters featuring the Team Rainbow special operatives. The art is accompanied by the following new feature list: Continue here to read the full story.

Nuclear Dawn Free Weekend Plans

InterWave Studios announces a Nuclear Dawn free extended weekend is coming to Steam where the game will be gratis from December 1-5, with an accompanying sale to make it available at a 40% discount. They announce new features being added to the strategy/shooter hybrid just in time for the occasion:

  • Training Modes for RTS and FPS: Training was just videos, but now they are playable. Train on basic and advanced game mechanics, and unlock the Commander Graduate achievement to give yourself priority tickets to the commander chair.
  • New Weapon Unlock: As a special token, receive an exclusive sidearm unlock, the P-900. Only available to players who purchase the game before Sunday 1PM Pacific Time.
  • Career Stats Page: New in-game menu. Monitor upcoming unlocks, achievements, customize your equipped optional extras and track battle stats.
  • All-New Stealth Saboteur Kit: Take stealth gameplay to structures with this new loadout that includes sticky grenades.
  • Earn Double XP All Weekend.

New Via Digital Distribution

On Sale

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Bang Bang Racing Announced

Hungarian developer Digital Reality announces Bang Bang Racing, a "family-friendly" racing game coming "soon" to Windows PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade, and PlayStation Network. Here's a trailer here are some screenshots, and here's word:

Bang Bang Racing is the complete racing experience – speed your way along every course while fine-tuning your technical driving skills. The intuitive control system and the exciting tracks provide endless fun for every member of the family. Be fast, be furious and be one step ahead of your competitors by finding shortcuts, repairing your car in the pit lane, dominating your opponents from the top-down view and more!

Continue here to read the full story.

"Canon" Indy Jones Facebook Game Tomorrow

A new Indiana Jones prequel is coming in the form of a Zynga Facebook game, rather than a movie, reports Kotaku. In what sounds like something out of a South Park parody, they say the game known as Adventure World will be renamed Indiana Jones Adventure World following the addition of Indy-themed content, and the story is to be canon. Word is the new game goes live tomorrow, but the new content will roll out over several weeks. Kotaku offers a write-up on the original Adventure World, saying it "seemed like an Indiana Jones riff from the start," and that it "is different from other Zynga games because it is story-driven and plays a little more similarly to a classic action-adventure video game than a simple farm or city-management game, letting the player control a main character who uses whips and machetes to cut through jungle, fight snakes, deactivate traps and help local people, while questing for rare treasure." As for the business model, they note: "Like the other major Zynga games, it entices people to click and play for a few minutes per session before waiting to earn more energy to keep playing—or by paying for that energy to keep playing immediately." A subsequent story offers video of the game. Thanks nin.

Mad Max Game & Brendan McNamara's Whore Of The Orient

Financial Review reveals the next game from Team Bondi founder Brendan McNamara is called Whore Of The Orient, as they report that Mad Max director George Miller has acquired film rights to the project (thanks MCV). Here's word on the game and the Mad Max: Fury Road game:

Which is why, after resisting the impulse for years, and watching imitators clean up, Miller is now finally going to make Mad Max, the game. Backed by Warner Bros, the game version of Fury Road was to be made in Sweden, until Miller saw what Team Bondi could do. He has also acquired the rights to Team Bondi founder Brendan McNamara’s next game, Whore Of The Orient.

“With the government’s support we can immediately go forward with two games,” says Mitchell. “Warner Bros is standing by, willing to do Fury Road; the incentive would bring it back here in a New York minute. It’s not immediately obvious but the potential in the video games sector is massive. Just from the statistics people are showing me, it’s a $60 billion industry fast-tracking towards $90 billion. And it’s not dominated by any particular country. Films are very expensive, so studios . . . are making drastically fewer of them, but much higher quality, and they invest in sequels, because they know that they’ve got an opening which they don’t have to buy with their marketing dollars as aggressively.

Battlefield 3 Gulf of Oman Trailer

The Battlefield Blog now offers a new Gulf of Oman Gameplay Trailer from Battlefield 3 showing off more of the upcoming Back to Karkand expansion pack for the military shooter sequel. The clip highlights new vehicles in the add-on. "I wanted to complement what we already have in the base game, plus I wanted to bring back some of the classic vehicles from Battlefield 2 that we know players loved, such as the Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing fighter jet and the desert buggy. In today’s trailer, you can also get a first glimpse of a hitherto unannounced fourth vehicle bound to strike fear into the very hearts of the enemy. See if you can spot it!", said Back to Karkand Lead Designer Niklas Fegraeus.

New NVIDIA Beta Drivers

GeForce.com now offers new beta version 290.36 drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards. Here's an overview:

The new NVIDIA GeForce 290.36 beta drivers are now available to download. Recommended for gamers diving into Batman: Arkham City, the drivers also add official support for Ambient Occlusion in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Furthermore, a Battlefield 3 fix is included to combat the random appearance of triangular artifacts, a SLI shadow bug is stamped out in Crysis 2, and Settlers 7 corruption is eliminated.

On the tech side, the 290.36 beta drivers enable NVIDIA Surround on newly-released X79 SLI-certified motherboards, and native 3D Vision DisplayPort 1.1 connections are now possible on BenQ XL2420T and BenQ XL2420TX monitors.

U.K. Charts

Here's GfK Chart-Track's Top 20 full price PC entertainment titles for the week ending November 26. This week Football Manager 2012 returns to the top spot and Batman: Arkham City enters at number four. On the all platforms chart WWE '12 enters at number six and Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call debuts at number seven.

Morning Consolidation

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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ASRock 970 Extreme4 AMD Sockel AM3+ Motherboard on OverClocked inside. In German.
  • ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard on Bjorn3D.com.
  • BlackBerry Curve 9360 Smartphone on t-break.
  • Club 3D GeForce GTX 560Ti Green Edition Graphics Card on eTeknix.
  • Corsair Carbide 500R Case on RBMODS.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified- Overclocked Graphics Card on Benchmark Reviews.
  • Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme Core i7 3690X-EE CPU on Lost Circuits and Techgage.
  • NZXT Tempest 410 Case on ProClockers.
  • Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Light Turbo 1 GB Graphics Card on techPowerUp.
  • Patriot Division 4 Viper Xtreme PC3-12800 16GB RAM Kit on TweakTown.
  • PNY GTX580 Liquid Cooled Graphics Card on Overclock3D.
  • Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual Fan Video Card Overclocked on TweakTown.
  • Seagate Momentus 7200.5 750GB Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
  • Seasonic Platinum 1000 Watt PSU on Mad Shrimps.
  • Sony BDP-S780 Blu-ray Player on TechReviewSource.
  • SteelSeries Sensei Pro Grade Laser Mouse on Mad Shrimps.

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Out of the Blue

I'm in that funny part of fighting my cold where I sound worse than I feel. I am not nearly as sick or weak as I was over the weekend, but I am a hacking coughing mess today. I'll take it, as I'm just grateful to be feeling better.

R.I.P.: Charlie Walton, inventor of RFID, passes away at 89. Thanks HARDOCP.

Coughing Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Level Editor 2.
Devils Leap.
Links: The 7 Most Elaborate Dick Moves in Online Gaming History.
The Ten Best Video Game Stunts.
The Golden God of Finland. Pix and video. Thanks Morris.
Science: Largest Tesla Coils Ever Will Recreate Natural Lightning. Thanks HARDOCP.
Images: Batman Comfy Throw Blanket With Sleeves.
This Is How Kobayashi Does Thanksgiving.
Star Wars Games Action Figures. Thanks Neatorama.
Media: The Social Network 2 Trailer.
Lab research dogs see the sun and grass for first time.
NMA: SOPA: Silicon Valley vs. Hollywood in fight against online piracy act.
The Funnies: Wizard Of Id. Thanks Daniel.
xkcd- Privacy.
Common Road Signs Cartoon - Savage Chickens.



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