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Friday, Apr 27, 2012 Happy King's Day (Netherlands)

  

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.

On Sale

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Legal Briefs

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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!"

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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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.



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