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Sunday, Apr 08, 2012

  

Epic Making PC Exclusive Game

"We might be working on a PC-only title," said Epic's Mike Capps during a PAX East panel, reports Joystiq, saying Cliff Bleszinski followed this more concretely, saying: "Let me say that again: we are working on a PC game." After the panel Capps confirmed to them that this project is underway and that they currently plan on it being a PC exclusive, but no other details were offered.

Battlefield 3: Close Encounters Footage

BF3Blog has a video shot off a monitor at PAX East showing off gameplay in the upcoming Close Encounters DLC for Battlefield 3, the military shooter sequel. The clip shows off the claustrophobic indoor combat the new DLC will add. Continue here to read the full story.

Alter Ego Demo

The Alter Ego Page on the Just Adventure Shop now offers a playable trial version of this horror-themed point-and-click adventure. There are no details explaining the contents of the demo or what limitations it may carry. The download is mirrored on Gamer's Hell.

Chris Avellone Wasteland 2 Interview

An interview on Rock, Paper, Shotgun talks with Obsidian's Chris Avellone about Wasteland 2, InXile's upcoming RPG sequel that Obsidian is helping develop thanks to a successful kickstart. He discusses how this was planned, what he understands of their role in the project at this time, his feelings about crowdsourcing and giving fans a say in game development, people's nostalgia about Black Isle, and more.

Steam to 10

Valve offers the following report of the 10 bestselling titles for the week on Steam:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. Age of Empires Online
  3. Blur
  4. Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
  5. Magic 2012 Gold Bundle
  6. Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai
  7. Trine 2
  8. Counter-Strike: Source
  9. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  10. X Superbox

Sunday Screenshots

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy Easter Sunday to all who are celebrating!

We had a lovely dinner with the family last night. Today we celebrate Easter in a non-traditional manner with a cookout. I appreciate Cutter's suggestion that the most appropriate way to break in the grill would be with steaks, but they aren't the ideal choice for a gathering that will involve four people who don't eat red meat (one of whom may be reluctant about that situation to boot), so we have a simple menu of chicken wings & breasts and hamburgers accompanied by a salad and some potatoes and grilled veggies, with a nice fresh pineapple to grill for desert. Okay, I just made myself hungry.

R.I.P.: Veteran newsman Mike Wallace dead at 93.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Tremor Hatch.
New World.
Stories: Gravy-wrestling model hit in the face with monkey wrench after finding friend having sex on her sofa. Thanks nin via Digg.
How Las Vegas missed out on a life-sized Starship Enterprise. Thanks nin.
Science: Self-sculpting sand robots are under development at MIT.
Images: Straight From the Store to the Grill.
Media: The Incredibles in 4 minutes. As performed by sock puppets.
Titanic Sinking CGI Time Lapse.
The Funnies: Dilbert.

Saturday, Apr 07, 2012

PC Dark Souls for August?

NeoGAF reports that the latest issue of German print gaming magazine PC Action confirms long-standing rumors of plans for a PC edition of Dark Souls, saying it is expected this August. This also states the PC edition of the action/RPG will have some new bosses, but will otherwise be identical to the console editions. PC Action's new issue tease has no indications the magazine offers any such announcement, but and image of the cover seems to confirm the news. Thanks VG247.

Starlight Inception Kickstart

This Kickstarter from Escape Hatch Entertainment seeks to fund Starlight Inception, "a space combat experience with modern elements of strategy and tactics." Escape Hatch is headed up by Garry Gaber, formerly of LucasArts, and the post contains quotes verifying his long-standing passion for this type of game:

Our goal is to create a descendant of the space combat genre - it's a game about flying space fighters, bombers and other spacecraft, but it's also about managing the ship's power usage between shields and stealth generators, engines, and weapons. Plus, as you get further in the game, you amass quite an arsenal to pick from for missions. The game's art style is photoreal and gritty - you'll feel like you're in the middle of a big battle amongst the planets, moons and asteroids, making decisions that affect your life and the life of your wingmen, whether human or autonomous drones.

Ravaged Kickstart

A new Kickstarter campaign is underway for Ravaged, 2DawnGames' recently announced vehicular first-person shooter (thanks Gamer's Hell). The game has been in development for some time, so they are seeking a $15,000 kickstart to finalize marketing and publishing materials for Steam, finish producing a game trailer, set up beta testing equipment, as well as to develop more vehicles/weapons and add other finishing touches. Supporters will get access to the game's beta on Steam. Here's word:

As video game developers we often get pulled into the land of publishers. While its good to have someone backing your game, it also tends to focus games towards trends, numbers and executive goals. This has sucked the life out of most games and killed off many good studios.

Well here is your chance to be part of a game where the fun is the focus. To do this, we are going to need your help to put the finishing touches on the game, join our beta and help us get the word out.

Grimrock Editor Plans

The Legend of Grimrock Website has some of Almost Human's impressions of the impressions reviewers are offering for their new dungeon crawler. They also offer a status report on adding level editing capabilities to the game:

Also, a bit of development related news: we have started working on the level editing capabilities. There’s not much to report yet since the whole thing is still pretty much undergoing some planning and early prototyping but we should be on the right track. Anyways the current plan is to release the editor in stages: initially the editor will be rather simple but more advanced features and scripting capabilities will be added in incrementally in later releases. That way you can get your hands on the editor more quickly and we can get useful feedback from you already in the early stages.

Arma III Animations Trailer

The Arma III Website has an update from Bohemia Interactive Studios on the animations in their upcoming military shooter sequel, describing how they are using three optical motion capture systems, including high-end Raptor-4 cameras from Motion Analysis Corp (thanks Slippery_Jim). They offer an interview with Zdeněk Vespalec, talking with the game's animation lead, and offer this trailer showing how this all looks in the game. Continue here to read the full story.

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Interview

An interview on Neogamr talks with Beamdog's Trent Oster for some general background on the upcoming Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition. They discuss how Beamdog is doing as a distributor, lessons learned from creating MDK2 HD, the reasons for the Baldur's Gate revamp, how it will compete with original versions of the RPG still on sale, planned improvements, and more.

The Secret World Interview

An interview on Ten Ton Hammer chats with Joel Bylos and Ragnar Tornquist of Funcom to attempt to uncover some secrets of The Secret World, the upcoming conspiratorial MMORPG. They discuss the game's unusual theme and gameplay, what sort of play styles are supported, and the game's whole air of mystery, and how this will not be spoiled through casual Google searches.

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
  • ASUS Rampage IV Formula Motherboard on Bjorn3D.com.
  • Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset & Vengeance C70 PC Case on pcGameware.
  • ECS Z77H2-AX Motherboard on Hardware Secrets.
  • Enermax ETD-T60-TB CPU Cooler on HardwareLook.
  • Monmount LCD-1930 Triple LCD Monitor Stand on Legit Reviews.
  • Sapphire 7970 OC Graphics Card on PureOC.

etc.

Out of the Blue

I have my new man-stove all assembled and broken in, though it's sadly still on the lawn, as MrsBlue remains adamant that putting a grill on the deck would be as safe as flying the Hindenburg through, well something really fiery to make a good Hindenburgh analogy. The assembly was pretty straightforward, and I only had two pieces left over when I was done... Naturally they were part of the casters underneath, so I had to find a way to jack the whole thing up to add them on, but it all worked out. We have a family gathering today, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow for my first real meal on it.

Gathering of Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3.
Stories: "Captain 2" Sets Date.
Images: Those pumps were fast as lightning.
Goggie Slumber Party.
Media: Call of Duty: Teenage Girl Edition.
Chuck Norris vs Tetris.
2012 And You: Surviving The Coming Mayan Apocalypse. NSFW.
Hermit Crab in a LEGO Shell.
The Funnies: Dilbert.
Brevity.
Easter Gift Cartoon - Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers. Thanks Glen.



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