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Saturday, Mar 31, 2012

  

Gods & Heroes Changes

A Gods & Heroes State of the Republic post on the Gods and Heroes Website describes Heatwave Interactive's struggle to keep this "underfunded" MMOG in operation, with the game's associate producer saying it "did not perform at launch and has never even come close to paying for the cost of bringing it to market, much less the cost of keeping a team developing it for nine-months," adding: "To be honest, Iíve driven the company to the brink several times in an effort to keep the team together and to keep Gods and Heroes operating" (thanks The RPG Reporter). As a result, the game's development team is moving to other projects, and the dropping of subscription fees continues. Here's a bit:

To be honest, Iíve driven the company to the brink several times in an effort to keep the team together and to keep Gods and Heroes operating. However, at the end of 2011, it was clear that we would either have to let the team go, or find another way to keep them around. So, in order to keep the game alive and have a real chance at getting the free 2 play effort funded, weíve reassigned the majority of the development team to new projects and made the service free for everyone.

The game will have to remain in this state until we find further funding. I hope my honesty and transparency about what has been going on with G&H communicates our commitment and belief in the project.

The State of the Republic may be weak, but its will is strong.

Grim Dawn Status Report; Release Plans

There's a State of the Game Address on the Grim Dawn Forums with a status report on Crate Entertainment's upcoming action/RPG (thanks The RPG Reporter). This includes a point-by-point assessment of various game systems, as well as an outlook on the game's release schedule. At this point they say they are "not far off" from a "minimalist" alpha release which will offer three to four hours of gameplay in a small chunk of the world, replayable up to level 30, adding this "will take 6-8 months to complete with our current resources." The hope is to follow the alpha with content-complete beta (think Minecraft or Path of Exile) four to six months after that, but at this point they don't have enough information on how all that will progress to offer an estimate of when the game will see its final release.

The Pets of Torchlight II

An update to the Torchlight II Website discusses the expanded role of pets in Runic Games' upcoming action/RPG sequel (thanks VG247). This includes a trailer, screenshots, and details on the pets' attributes. Continue here to read the full story.

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Asus RT-N56U Router on t-break.
  • BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Gaming Case on The SSD Review.
  • Enermax ETD-T60-VD CPU-KŁhler on Technic3D. In German.
  • Nextivity Cel-Fi RS2 3G Coverage Booster on eTeknix.
  • NEXUS Prominent R Midi Tower Case on Nikk Tech.
  • Samsung 830 Series SATA 3 512GB SSD on The SSD Review.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Hey, it's Earth Hour today! Like the old joke about children's day it could be argued that every hour should be earth hour. I'm pretty sympathetic to the concept on many levels, but I think I'm with John Carmack on this one: "Iím going to turn on every damn light in protest of Earth Hour. Lighting the darkness is fundamental to humanity's climb." Maybe Earth Hour would be a good time to celebrate World Backup Day (thanks HARDOCP)?

Earthly Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Orange Gravity Level Pack.
Links: Webcamtears. Thanks Boing Boing.
From The Rolling Stones To Black Sabbath- Album Covers With Hidden Images. Thanks Devicer.
Suzanne Ciani: music of Atari, pinball, and Star Wars Disco.
Stories: Dead snake bites man. Thanks Neatorama.
Science: The Social Psychology of Flatulence. Thanks Boing Boing.
Tooth Tattoos Will Tell When You're Ill. Thanks Neatorama.
Media: Official Liquid-Plumr Double Impact Commercial. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
All Boobs - Photo Prank.



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