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Friday, Apr 27, 2012

  

NVIDIA Crowbar Tease

Maximum PC offers the image of a crowbar they received as a promotion for an NVIDIA GeForce LAN/Gaming Festival in Shanghai tomorrow, showing the bar to be emblazoned with the following: "For use in case of zombies or..." This leads to speculation about what might be announced, including comments about the possibility this is Half-Life related, though this small pry bar looks more like an HEV suit shoehorn than Gordon Freeman's melee weapon of choice. They say what this means should be revealed around 11:00 pm EDT tomorrow. Thanks Techie714.

Arrowhead Moving On

Strategy Informer has quotes about the future of Arrowhead Game Studios from cofounder Emil Englund, who speaks of their need to separate from Magicka. "Honestly this is really just a break from Magicka," he says of plans for The Showdown Effect. "The one thing really new that we had to do was something completely different from Magicka, and we kinda assumed that this won’t really do as well as Magicka." He also speaks of another unannounced project: "We really want to move on and do other things non-Magicka, we have a third un-announced project in fact that we really want to work on and we’re really excited about it."

Skyrim DLC Hints?

A post on the Bethesda Softworks Forums discusses indications said to be present in the new patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that seem to reveal some of the content for the first DLC for the RPG sequel, which is expected to be announced as soon as next week. The patch includes mention of Crossbows, Snow Elves, a Snow Elf prince, additional vampire feeding animations, and more. Thanks Blend Games.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: A Portal turret goes skydiving! Thanks Ant. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Vivendi Denies Break-up Rumors

Rumors that emerged this week that Vivendi is considering a major reorganization/break up were widespread enough that the company has come out and denied the reports. Here's their reaction to speculation that they would spin off their music and game (Activision Blizzard) divisions into a separate company:

"Vivendi learned with stupefaction of the claims made by Bloomberg in a story published tonight about its strategy," a Vivendi spokesman said. "Vivendi vigorously denies all the assertions in the story, which are unfounded and based on anonymous sources."

Warlock - Master of the Arcane Demo

A playable demo for Warlock - Master of the Arcane is now available, offering the chance to sample this turn-based strategy game in advance of its release on May 8th. The demo is available on the game's Steam page, and if you are too reticent to download the demo, this recent live stream shows off the game. Here's what's included in the demo:

  • The game tutorial
  • One world map to conquer
  • The playable Great mage, Miralbus the Hat of Humans
  • Two Great Mages to battle against
  • The save/load function are disabled in the demo.

TERA Headstarts Today and Tomorrow

The TERA Website and the TERA Europe Website are each counting down the days to the official launch of this action-oriented MMORPG. This also means the game's headstart programs are getting underway this weekend, allowing those who've preordered the game the chance to get going in the game world. This page has details on the European headstart which gets underway today, and this page explains the North American headstart, which begins tomorrow.

Dungeon Defenders DLC Part III

The staged release of the Lost Eternia Shards DLC on Steam for Dungeon Defenders continues with part III of the pack. Word is: "Available now on PC and coming soon to consoles, Part III takes place in the underwater ruins of Aquanos, a fallen metropolis deep in the ocean. Do your part to help the young defenders recover the yellow Eternia Shard in hopes of saving Eternia’s heroes!"

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Out of the Blue

All the excitement of our possibly moving (and of course the NFL draft) will have to take a back seat today, as MrsBlue and I are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary. We'll probably spread the celebration out over the weekend as we enjoy the fact that we still enjoy being married, which is, sad to say, more than a lot of people can say after so long.

Lengthy Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: A.R.C.S.
Links: Impressive Homemade Star Trek Phaser.
Stories: Futurama's seventh season will debut on June 20.
Fringe gets a fifth and final season. Thanks nin.
Images: People Invites You to Gawk at Zooey Deschanel Without Makeup.
Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago gritty New York City. Thanks nin via Dubious Quality.
Media: Rage Quit - Trials Evolution. NSFW. Thanks jimnms.
Kitty and Louise.
OMG Trains!!!
The Funnies: Funny Tweets.

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012

Nexon Bids on EA: Report

Bloomberg has a video report on the possibility that Nexon is preparing to make a bid to purchase Electronic Arts. Here is what the report says: "Shares of game make Electronic Arts are trading up more than six percent right now according to a South Korean newspaper. The online gaming company Nexon Japan has contacted EA about making an offer." The report states they do not now how EA would respond, and Eurogamer has a response from Nexon saying its "policy is to never comment on rumors."

Anno 2070 Domination Beta

The Ubisoft Forums have word that beta testing is now underway for a new domination mode for Anno 2070, and open to all owners of the strategy sequel (thanks Gamer's Hell). This FAQ has all the details, and here's a bit on the new mode:

In the domination mode two teams with up to 5 members are fighting for the highest score. You will get points for solving continuous singleplayer missions with an increasing level of difficulty: Alone or in coop. If you achieve more points than the opposing team in a mission, you automatically win this mission and gain access to other missions with different tasks.

The domination mode works asynchronously, which means that you do not have to be online simultaneously. Your progress is automatically transmitted to the server, as soon as you save or solve a mission successful. For example you can play one hour, leave the game afterwards and then re-enter it at any time. In the meantime your team members will be able to use the saved game to continue.

Dragon Crusade Announced

Aeria Games announces Dragon Crusade, an upcoming free-to-play browser-based MMORTS game. They are currently accepting registration for closed beta testing from those who find the following outline intriguing: "Quests challenge players to build empires of unparalleled power, battling their way through the ranks as they recruit heroes, forge alliance, and eviscerate enemies. Players choose from dynamic races such as Dark Elf, Forest Elf, Azren, Dwarf, Human, and Magi. Customizable heroes, mounts, and pets boost skills further, both in real battle and the arena. Players can build multi-city kingdoms guarded by hundreds of troops or form alliances and participate in Alliance Arena. "

Port Royale 3 Trailer

The Port Royale 3 Website offers the first gameplay trailer from Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants, the next installment in this seafaring empire-building game that's expected this summer. Word is: "The new trailer features a variety of gameplay elements from the multiplatform game; including naval battles, goods trading and more." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Skyrim Badass (and Behind the Scenes). Thanks Ant.

Free Portal 2 DLC Next Month

Valve announces plans to release Perpetual Testing Initiative on May 8th as free DLC for the Windows and OS X editions of Portal 2, the first-person puzzle sequel:

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the free Portal 2 DLC titled "Perpetual Testing Initiative" will be available for the PC and Mac on May 8th.

The "Perpetual Testing Initiative" allows players to easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles. The Initiative comes with a simplified puzzle maker that allows that creation of mind-bending puzzles without ever leaving the game.

The puzzle maker can directly publish maps to the Steam Workshop where users can browse, vote on, and select to play them. Selected puzzles will automatically be downloaded and installed inside Portal 2.

Portal 2 holds a Metacritic score of 95% and has been awarded numerous Game of Year awards. It features expansive single and cooperative multiplayer game modes.

For more information on Portal 2 and its downloadable content, please visit http://www.thinkwithportals.com.

Silent Hunter Online Announced

Ubisoft announces Silent Hunter Online, an upcoming free-to-play, browser-based multiplayer game inspired by the Silent Hunter submarine simulation series. The Silent Hunter Online Website is online, offering a promotional trailer and sign-ups to be a beta tester. Here's a bit on the game:

Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte®, the renowned studio behind popular PC game series such as The Settlers® and Anno, in collaboration with Sproing, Silent Hunter Online promises players a realistic, constantly evolving submarine simulation unlike any other. The game takes full advantage of Adobe Flash® Player 11 technology to bring stunning 3D graphics to browsers.

Silent Hunter Online sees the return of the large array of historically accurate submarines that made the franchise famous, and invites players to experience them online in new ways. At the heart of the game is “the Battle of the Atlantic”, an innovative dynamic campaign in which individual successes impact all other players through asynchronous gameplay. Also, for the first time in the Silent Hunter series, players will be able to play every mission of the campaign in co-op.

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters Trailer

Battlefield.com now offers a new trailer from Battlefield 3: Close Quarters showing more of the intense combat from the upcoming add-on for the military shooter sequel. The clip shows off destructible environments, loads of combat, and some sort of magic golden rainbow. Continue here to read the full story.

Reset Details; Trailer

The Reset Website offers details on this first-person puzzle co-op game in development at Theory Interactive (thanks Fantaz). This includes the debut trailer showing off the game's proprietary engine, where word is: "Everything you see in the trailer is straight from the in-game engine, no up-ressed textures, geometry or effects. What you see is what you will get. Except hopefully a little bit better since we're not even in alpha yet." Here's a bit on the game: "Reset is a single player co-op first person puzzle game with a strong emphasis on story and atmosphere. The unique game mechanic in Reset is the ability to travel back in time to solve puzzles co-operatively, with yourself." Continue here to read the full story.

Torchlight II Pre-Purchases Get Free Torchlight

Steam News announces that they are now offering pre-purchases of Torchlight II, and this includes the immediate gratification of a free copy of Torchlight in the meantime, offering the chance to play the first installment in Runic's action/RPG series: "Torchlight II is now available to pre-purchase on Steam! Act now and receive the original Torchlight to play right now! The award-winning action RPG is back, bigger and better than ever! Torchlight II takes you back into the quirky, fast-paced world of bloodthirsty monsters, bountiful treasures, and sinister secrets - and, once again, the fate of the world is in your hands!"

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Out of the Blue

One of the comments on my post yesterday about the possibility we would be moving hit the situation right on the head, as MrsBue's job is being relocated to Glendale, CA, one of the bazillion cities in Los Angeles County. We're still a bit overwhelmed by the prospect, as MrsBlue has lived in New York her entire adult life and I have been here since I was born, and fully planned on spending my adulthood here, should it ever arrive. But Disney is a good company to work for, and it's a tough job market, so we may just decide this will be an interesting forced adventure. And besides, it would offer the chance to investigate who is diverting the water in Echo Lake!

Adventurous Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Battle Panic.
Angel of the Battlefield.
Links: Where Do Beards Come From- [Beardographic]. Thanks Boing Boing.
Stories: Butcher Tricked Neighbors into Paying for His Wedding, Also Was the One Secretly Slashing Their Tires.
The California Taco Trail- 'How Mexican Food Conquered America'. Thanks Neatorama.
Media: Car heads down subway stairs.
Parenting level: ∞.
Dog Drools Uncontrollably for Treats. Pavlov ftw.



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