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Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 Happy St. Patrick's Day

  

Portal 2 BAFTA's "Best Game"

BBC News has the winners of the 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) Video Games Awards, where Portal 2 took top honors:

Best game: Portal 2
GAME award (voted by public): Battlefield 3
Design: Portal 2
Action: Batman: Arkham City
Story: Portal 2
Online Multiplayer: Battlefield 3
Mobile & Handheld: Peggle HD
Game Innovation: Little Big Planet 2
Family: Little Big Planet 2
Strategy: Total War: Shogun 2
One To Watch: Tick Tock Toys
Online Browser: Monstermind
Artistic Achievement: Rayman's Origins
Sports/Fitness: Kinect Sports 2
Debut Game: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Original Music: LA Noire
Audio Achievement: Battlefield 3
Performer: Mark Hamill for Batman: Arkham City
Special award: Markus "Notch" Persson (Minecraft's creator)

Mass Effect 3 Challenge Weekend

EA announces this is an N7 Challenge weekend for Mass Effect 3, offering the chance to earn rewards in the action/RPG sequel. Here's what's happening in the Windows and Xbox 360 editions of the game between now and Monday at 8:00 am EDT:

Operation Goliath

  • Any player who is part of a squad that beats the Reaper faction on Silver difficulty or better will unlock one Commendation Pack. This means that at least one member of the squad must be extracted at the end of the mission – this will earn all squad members the reward. Each player can earn a maximum of one pack and each pack contains a random N7 Arsenal Weapon. Originally only available as single-player weapons via the N7 Collector’s Edition, these multiplayer variants will be exceptionally rare and are NOT obtainable through regular purchasable Reinforcement Packs. The Commendation Packs will contain one of the following guns at random: (1) N7 Crusader Shotgun, (2) N7 Eagle Pistol, (3) N7 Hurricane SMG and (4) N7 Valiant Sniper Rifle.
  • Destroy as many brutes as possible – if the multiplayer community kills a combined 1 MILLION brutes within the hours of the challenge, ALL players will receive a Victory Pack as a reward.

EverQuest Now Free-To-Play

The EverQuest Website has word that the previously announced free-to-play era is now underway in the seminal MMORPG. "Through 18 successful expansions and countless other game updates, EverQuest has forged its place in history amongst the MMO and online game elite," said Dave Georgeson, director of development of the EverQuest franchise. "With one of the most loyal player communities in the industry, we believe that after 13 years we need to provide them with a wide variety of ways to play the game on their terms. Players can now choose to play in a way that suits them best and continue to expand their game experience...until the next milestone birthday!" That milestone is the game's 13th anniversary, and there are special events underway to help players celebrate the occasion.

Gatherings & Competitions

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Today is Saint Patrick's Day, conveniently placed during the weekend this year for your recovery needs. What's also nice is that means fewer people will be forced to be part of the festivities if they are not so inclined. And if you are inclined, well, I hope you have ample opportunity to party until you're green in the face. Just be careful on the roads, you certainly don't want to drink and drive, nor be the victim of someone else who doesn't appreciate that fact.

Green Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Shady Tactics.
Links: Why It’s A Small World (After All) is So Annoying.
Stories: Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis Meet One Last Time. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Rising CO2 Levels Make You Gain Weight.
White Rice Linked to Type 2 Diabetes, Study Says.
Images: St. Patrick’s Day Prank.
Goats on a Tree. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
A Starbucks Coffee Shop Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen Before.
Media: NMA: St. Paddy's Special- The Wild Rover.
My So-Called Homeland. NSFW.
The Spy Who Twirled Me.
The Funnies: The Internet of Things.



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