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Thursday, Feb 23, 2012

  

Medal of Honor: Warfighter Revealed

The Official XBOX Magazine Website reveals Medal of Honor: Warfighter, saying the next installment in the Medal of Honor series of military first-person shooters is the April cover story of their print magazine. This is shy of details as they promote the article, which will hit newsstands on March 6th, so its not even clear what platforms this is coming to, as only the Xbox 360 is mentioned. Thanks GameInformer, where they say this will again follow the story of Tier 1 Operators and note this is teased on the Medal of Honor Website. They also say that like its predecessor, the game is being developed by Danger Close studios, who will handle multiplayer as well (DICE developed MP on the previous MoH), and it will use Battlefield 3's Frostbite 2.0 engine.

Blizzard's Free-to-Play Plans?

Develop has a report saying it "understands" that one of Blizzard's upcoming projects is a free-to-play game. There are no further details in the report, which they attribute to a "source connected to the matter."

First PC Max Payne 3 Screenshots

Rockstar Games now offers the first screenshots from the Windows PC edition of Max Payne 3, the upcoming third-person shooter sequel. Here's word:

Launching on May 29th in North America and June 1st in Europe, the PC version of Max Payne 3 will feature gloriously increased resolution and graphical detail in both the epic story and the explosive multiplayer modes.

Today, check out the debut selection of screens from the PC release below – and look for many more to come, including as part of the first hands-on previews of Max Payne 3 hitting next week. And stay tuned for more detailed information including special graphics hardware support and enhancements – as well as system specs to be announced a bit closer to game release.

Click each image below to open it in full high-definition or view via the screens section of the official Max Payne 3 website.

BF3 Patch Notes

Battlelog now offers a list of confirmed changes for the upcoming Battlefield 3 patch, though there's no word on when the changes will go live. The list covers all three platforms, and word is that it is not complete, in spite of the incredible number of items it lists.

Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! Next Month

Matrix Games announces Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear!, a computer adaptation of an award-winning World War II board wargame. Here's a description of what to expect when the game is released late next month:

Designed and developed in cooperation with Uwe Eickert, the original designer of Conflict of Heroes, no effort has been spared to bring the outstanding Conflict of Heroes gameplay to the computer. Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! includes an AI opponent as well as full multiplayer support with an integrated forum and game lobby. To remain true to the core gameplay of the board game, the PC version is designed to be fun, fast and easy to play, though hard to master. The game design is also historically accurate and teaches and rewards platoon and company-level combined arms tactics without overwhelming the player with rules.

Containment: The Zombie Puzzler Next Week

The Containment: The Zombie Puzzler Website offers a trailer from this puzzle game. The game is currently available for the iPad, but the website announces it is also coming to Steam as of March 2nd. Continue here to read the full story.

Nuclear Dawn Patched

The Nuclear Dawn Website has details on update 6.0 that's now live in this multiplayer Source-engine game. In addition to tweaks and bug fixes, the new version is also a content update. The full change log has all the changes, and some highlights follow. Continue here to read the full story.

New Via Digital Distribution

On Sale

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Mirror's Edge on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Serious Sam Complete Pack on Steam. Save 66%.

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Into the Black

Fray Alpha Demo; Preorders

The Fray Website now offers downloads of a playable alpha demo for Fray, Brain Candy's science fiction strategy game. The demo is mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell. They are also now accepting preorders of the game, which will entitle customers to free weekly alpha builds, a discounted price, and two full copies of the game so one can be passed along to a friend.

Indie Royale's Alpha Collection #1

Indie Royale now offers Alpha Collection #1, a new bundle of flexibly priced indie games. The bundle's name comes from the alpha state of all three games, so participating entitles you to the game's in their current unfinished state, as well as to future game updates. The bundle includes Towns, 3079, and Wyv and Keep, with all three coming to Windows, OS X, and Linux, though the OS X and Linux versions of Wyv and Keep are not expected for another six months. Thanks nin.

Next MGS PC-Bound

The Konami Website offers a job listing revealing plans to bring the next Metal Gear Solid to Windows, as it calls for "Project engineers for the latest Metal Gear Solid targeted for high-end consoles and PC." If that sounds like you, there will be a chance to apply for the spot at the GDC Career Pavilion next month. Thanks Joystiq via Voodoo Extreme.

World of Warplanes Global Alpha Takes Off

Wargaming.net announces the launch of Global Alpha testing of World of Warplanes in Europe, North America, and Russia, saying they are looking for test pilots to assist in preparing the airborne MMO shooter for release. "With the Global Alpha, we are entering a very challenging, important, and exciting phase for World of Warplanes, which will require support of a massive number of testers," said World of Warplanes producer Anton Sitnikau. "Our most important task now is to gather feedback from our test pilots and prepare a well-balanced, stable version with a large amount of vehicles and battle arenas, which we'll be able to enter the beta with." You can sign up to participate through their three localized websites for the game: North America, Europe, and Russia. Word is: "The Global Alpha phase will initially offer players more than 20 plane models and two battle arenas. The amount of content will be growing steadily, as the developers add new warplanes and maps to the roster."

Terraria Grounded

The Terraria Website has word that development the game is at an end (thanks nin via Rock, Paper, Shotgun). Here's word:

The future of Terraria has been highly debated as of late, not just with the community, but for us as well. The last year has been a crazy ride! When I started on this game, I just had a few ideas of what I thought would make a fun game. I had no idea that it would receive so much attention. I want to thank all of you for supporting us and making this game's success possible.

After a lot of internal debate, we have decided that it is time to move on. My wife and I are due to have another boy soon, and I want to spend some time getting to know him. I also want to spend the time recharging and bettering myself as both a programmer and game designer. I have learned a lot from working on Terraria and plan on using what I've learned, building upon it, and moving forward with another, even better project. However, we are still planning at least one more bug fix for Terraria.

For those that haven't already heard, Finn "Tiy" Brice has moved on to form Chucklefish and is heavily at work on an exciting new game called “Starbound”. It's looking to be a lot of fun, so make sure to check it out if you haven't already!

Thanks again for all your support, and I am very much looking forward to providing you with something much better than Terraria in the future!

DMS ♥s Steam

Digitalmindsoft now offers a love letter to Steam, saying Steam's online service helped them recoup development costs of Men of War: Assault Squad before the World War II RTS sequel's release:

We at Digitalmindsoft wanted to take a moment and thank you for creating a platform that has completely revitalized the PC gaming market and allows us to deliver exciting content to millions of players. Never before has it been so exciting and rewarding to develop games for the PC. Hit game Men of War: Assault Squad paid for its development costs during pre-order with Steam as the largest contributor! The game continues to sell and generated more than 5 times of its costs, thanks to your ability to promptly update and maintain our game. This dedication has made it possible for us to re-invest into our company, continually support our products and strive to make bigger and better games.

A marketplace can never be free of issues, but through excellent communication and response time, you've managed to find a solution to all our requests and helped us to provide the best possible experience for our players.

Therefore we are extremely excited to see Steam growing, as well as maintain its well-deserved status as a market leader and we look forward to a continued partnership as we launch future titles on your platform.

So in the name of our company and a large part of our player base, thank you so much for your great job!

Guild Wars 2 Beta FAQ

A Game FAQ on the Guild Wars 2 Website offers the promised additional details about plans to beta test ArenaNet's upcoming MMORPG sequel. They explain that being accepted into one event does not ensure entrance into others, offer details on how NDAs work, and explain that all beta data will be wiped, including character names, but that players of the original Guild Wars will have their player names reserved in the sequel.

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Out of the Blue

As spring approaches, I'm starting to make plans to up my game this year at the man stove. My grill has a side fire-box for smoking, but I don't think it's an ideal smoker at that, and obviously using it as a smoker prevents using it for grilling, so I'm looking at dedicated smokers (though the draw of a kamado-style ceramic grill is quite strong). The thing is there's such a variety of them out there to choose between, I think I should have started researching this before last spring for this one. I certainly am interested in hearing anyone's personal experiences on the topic.

Smoky Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Quantum.
Gemollection.
Stories: Seinfeld actor in critical condition after shooting himself in the head. Thanks nin.
Science: FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine. Plan all-nighter. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: Freeman's Mind- Episode 40.
Videogame Dog Park.
World's Largest Rope Swing.
Follow-up: Faster-than-light neutrino result reportedly a mistake caused by loose cable?
Humanity's water footprint: US exports the most, uses the most per capita.



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