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Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012

  

QuakeCon Pre-Registration Tomorrow

The Bethesda Blog announces the lengthy pre-pre-registration period for QuakeCon 2012 is nearly over, and pre-registration for the Zenimax media game event will commence tomorrow evening. While the event remains free to general admission and BYOC attendees, they are also offering premium packages for sale which include SWAG and reserved seating. These packages will be offered on a first-come/first-served basis beginning at 8:00 pm EDT tomorrow.

Modern Warfare 3 MP Free This Weekend

Steam News announces preloads are underway for a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 free multiplayer weekend that's getting underway on Thursday in the military shooter sequel:

Activision will be hosting a Free Weekend for Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3! Pre-load the game now and be ready to play when the free weekend starts on Thursday, April 26th at 10am Pacific Time.

Click here to start pre-loading, or visit www.steamgames.com/about to install Steam.

The Free Weekend of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 will let you play the multiplayer portion of the base game.

A Valley Without Wind and Demo Released

Version 1.0 of A Valley Without Wind is now available, representing the retail release of this procedurally generated side-scrolling action game. The launch trailer shows the game off, and the A Valley Without Wind offers trial versions for either Windows or OS X, which can be unlocked to the full version. Here's a bit on the game:

A 2D sidescroller without a linear path. An action game with tactical combat and strategic planning. An adventure game that lets you free-roam a vast, procedurally-generated world. A Valley Without Wind defies genre stereotypes. Unlike other procedurally-generated games, you also get a logical progression in difficulty, plus helpful tips and checklists to guide your travels (should you need them).

Choose for yourself how to prepare to face the vastly stronger Overlord. Complete a variety of missions to earn arcane rewards, or roam the wilds to uncover secret missions and stashes of magical loot. Customize your characters with unique combinations of enchants and spells that change how you move, jump, and fight. Or rescue people and bring them back to your settlement, recruiting them to help you in return.

You choose how to play, and the world adapts around you.

Mass Effect 3 Community Demonstration

This thread on the BioWare Social Network proposes a community action they are calling "Turn it On / Turn it off For Bioware" for Mass Effect 3 players to offer "EA and Bioware immediate feedback on the importance of the Ending DLC, so they can allocate sufficient resources to make a quality product." Here's how this is to work: "We will turn ON our single player game on April 28th, during a pre-defined period to show EA/Bioware the number of passionate fans who love the series and who will continue to buy their products IF the DLC provides a satisfactory ending. We will then turn OFF our game on April 29th, and refuse to play for a pre-defined time period to give EA/Bioware a clear idea of the potential loss of custom and support they will suffer if the DLC is NOT satisfying." This event has a Facebook page and all the details can be found on Hold the Line.

On Sale

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Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Paths of Hate. Thanks Donovon.

Crysis 3 Trailer

This trailer offers the full version of the Crysis 3 announcement trailer teased late last week, showing off gameplay in the upcoming installment in Crytek's first-person shooter series. The clip shows of the game's CryENGINE visuals, the setting in a decimated New York City, and the way the game will attempt to take the arrow to the knee meme back to the future. The clip concludes with links to preorders on Origin where they are offering free bonuses of the Overkill Pack and an upgrade to the Hunter Edition, and the Crysis Website with further details. Continue here to read the full story.

Browser-Based Runes of Magic Launches

Frogster has launched a new browser-based version of Runes of Magic, offer an alternative way to access this free-to-play MMORPG. To begin with this is only offered to players in Europe, and though browser-based, it only supports the latest versions of Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome under Windows at the moment. The browser version of the game provides access to the same servers as the standalone edition.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare Spotted on Steam

Dark Side Of Gaming describes the discovery of details on Alan Wake's American Nightmare on Steam, suggesting a PC edition of the psychological thriller sequel is on the way. Thanks Eurogamer.

Diablo III Witch Doctor Trailer

This trailer profiles the Witch Doctor class in Diablo III, Blizzard's imminent action/RPG sequel (thanks Ant). The clip shows concept art and gameplay footage while an imposing voice over explains the Witch Doctor's powers to cause illness (hey, at least he makes house calls!). Continue here to read the full story.

PES 2013 Trailer

A PES 2013 Debut Trailer follows this teaser to confirm the existence of the next installment in this association football/soccer series, as sure as 2013 follows 2012 (a pretty sure thing as long as you avoid the Mayan calendar). The trailer shows things off, and provides reassurances there will ne another edition in the franchise to kick around. Thanks PC Gamer.

Morning Consolidation

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Last night it became apparent that an advertisement was running here that shouldn't have been, as it was a video that popped up, which was already too much before you even get to the fact that it automatically played audio. The good news is that while this was a slip by the ad provider, they were on top of it once I brought it to their attention, and it was apparently removed a few minutes after they were informed. Apologies if you encountered this, there should be no pop ups here, nor do we allow ads that play uninitiated sounds.

Sound Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Basket Balls - Level Pack.
Nano Kingdoms.
Links: Roosevelt The Off-Roading Dog.
Stories: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDonald's.
Dangerous booby traps found on popular Utah trail.
Soccer ball swept up by Japanese tsunami found in Alaska. Thanks Boing Boing.
Images: Check out some insane Return of the Jedi storyboards!. Thanks nin.
Media: 100 Greatest Nicolas Cage Movie Quotes. NSFW.
Donald Trump Puppet Sings Bohemian Rhapsody.
Girl swallowed by pavement in China.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: 'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock: I was 'alarmist' about climate change. Thanks Glen.



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