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Sunday, Apr 15, 2012

  

Space Quest Creators Plan New Adventure

The Two Guys from Andromeda Website declares the return to gaming of Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy, creators of Sierra On-Line's classic Space Quest series (thanks Kotaku). They announce that following their "brief 25+ year hiatus" they are preparing to create a new space adventure, and they are making use of social media to involve the audience in the direction of the game, though interestingly, have not yet opted for the trendy Kickstarter route just yet. Loyal reader nin points out an interesting aspect of this in a Rock, Paper, Shotgun Q&A from all of five days ago where Al Lowe and Paul Trowe suggest a Crowe/Murphy reunion was unlikely, so apparently the rapid pace of change in the world of game development even extends to dealing with a 35 year-old intellectual property.

Rune Revival?

A Rune Facebook Page is online to celebrate Human Head's hack-and-slash game of large men with huge axes to grind. It offers art and other assets from the original, and a post suggesting a sequel, saying: "We are considering a sequel to the cult hit classic Rune!" A year ago Human Head was announced to be working on Prey 2, but unconfirmed rumors surfaced a couple of weeks ago that this shooter sequel is cancelled. Thanks Voodoo Extreme.

Shadowrun Returns $1M Milestone

The Kickstarter Page for Shadowrun Returns celebrates the $1,000,000 in pledges Harebrained Schemes' upcoming Shadowrun revival has attracted. This results in this trailer explaining how these funds will be used to add more elements to the game, and outlining their next goal, saying if they reach the $1.5 million mark they will construct a "backer's only exclusive mission" as a "little reward." The clip concludes saying they have "some pretty twisted ideas" of what to do if they receive even more funding (as if "more elements" wasn't twisted enough). Interestingly, some of the comments express unhappiness at the prospect of exclusive content for backers.

Steam Top 10

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

  1. Legend of Grimrock
  2. Wargame: European Escalation
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. Max Payne 3
  5. Sins of A Solar Empire: Rebellion
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  7. Might & Magic Heroes VI
  8. Sniper Elite
  9. Age of Empires Online
  10. Left 4 Dead 2

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Out of the Blue

As I thought, I did not do any grilling yesterday. I did, however, find a way to turn my prohibition from the deck into a positive, by proclaiming the area where I cook to be the sovereign state of Manstovia, where I have sole authority. This declaration proved successful, at which point I ambitiously annexed the neighboring territory of Hammock-land, which seems a natural extension of my new monarchy, and this land-grab was also successful. My eastward progression will have to end there, as Hammock-land borders on Hudson's territory, and she's guarded it far too well for nearly a dozen years now to take it away from her. But I am satisfied: I still may not be able to cook on the deck, but it's good to be the king.

Royal Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Amigo Pancho 2.
Under Neath.
Snowball: excellent and addictive Flash pinball.
Links: Medical Reviews of House. Thanks Boing Boing.
Stories: Nolan Talks "Knight" IMAX, 3D & Film.
Science: Physicist Uses Math to Beat Traffic Ticket. Thanks Neatorama.
Images: My favorite Hulk.
Media: Battlefield 5 on Google Glasses.
It's Too Heavy. And the Oscar goes to...
This is How You Load a Dishwasher.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
Brevity.



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