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Sunday, Jan 29, 2012

  

Maxis' AAA Game Plans

Gamasutra has a job listing from Maxis, indicating the EA-owned studio has a new AAA project in the works. Word is: "Maxis is seeking an experienced Graphics Engineer to join our team in Emeryville, CA. In this role, you will be working with a highly talented and experienced team on an upcoming triple-A simulation style game." There are no further hints about the nature of the game, but the listing also includes a platform list: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Online Multiplayer, Mac OS X, Windows. Thanks supererogatory.

PixelJunk Eden on Steam Next Week

Q-Games is bringing PixelJunk Eden to Steam next week, reports Kotaku, saying the $9.99 Windows version of the game will include the Encore DLC, and the game's full 17-song soundtrack will also be available for $5.99. They also say a bundle of both is being offered with a 20%-off early bird discount, but the game is not listed on Steam yet, and it's not clear how one would take advantage of that offer.

BioShock Infinite Interview

There's an interview on PC Gamer talking with Ken Levine of Irrational Games in a discussion about BioShock Infinite that originally appeared in print in PC Gamer UK issue 233. The Topics include the how rescuing Elizabeth ties into the game's main story, getting players to care about their companion, their E3 demonstration of the game, scripted elements, and more.

Minecraft Interview

An interview on Gamasutra talks with Jens "Jeb" Bergensten of Mojang about his new role as lead developer on Minecraft, the indie sensation that everyone digs so much. The discuss mod support, additional content, incremental updates, when the game will be done, the possibility of open-sourcing parts of the game, and more.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's report of the ten bestselling titles on Steam for the week:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. From Dust
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  5. Evochron Mercenary
  6. Anno 2070
  7. F.E.A.R. 3
  8. Terraria
  9. Saints Row: The Third
  10. Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai

Sunday Previews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ASUS P8H67-M Evo Intel H67 Express Motherboard on PCSTATS.com.
  • Corsair Carbide 500R Arctic White Edition Case on Mad Shrimps.
  • NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case on Real World Labs.
  • Zotac ZBOX ID-80 Plus HTPC Case on t-break.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Last night we noticed a problem in the basement, as there's one of those nasty sinks down there for cleaning paintbrushes and such that seems to have blown a gasket, as it was gushing water even with the faucets closed. Poking around revealed that there was no cutoff valve for this sink anywhere to be found, so it just had to run all night. We have the plumber down there right now, who confirmed I was correct that the cutoff is missing, so he's in the process of adding one as well as fixing the busted faucet. Thank goodness this happened on a Sunday, otherwise we wouldn't be getting to pay double for the repairs.

R.I.P.: Ian Abercrombie Passes Away At Age 77. Thanks Ant.

Wet Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 4.
Guru of Time Ep. 2 Games.
Links: Angry Birds On Thin Ice Game.
Science: BMW Self Driving Car: Carmaker Shows Off Hands-Free Car On Autobahn.
Berkeley energy lab plans big expansion.
10 Science Holidays to Get Your Geek On. Thanks Neatorama.
Media: The Best Game Of Tennis Ever? Thanks reddit.
Auction: Einstein letters about Nazis to be auctioned in US.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.



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