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Thursday, May 31, 2012

  

Star Wars 1313 Revealed

Though this GameTrailers TV Page now offers the May 18th episode of the show, Joystiq reports it briefly offered a description of tomorrow's show, which reads: "E3 begins on GTTV with the Star Wars 1313 announcement and new trailers from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Tomb Raider, Guardians of Middle-Earth, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, and Dishonored." Star Wars 1313 would then seem to be the the expected Star Wars E3 game reveal, and Joystiq points out that Boba Fett once used the alias "CT-1313," so this game may be somehow based on the enigmatic bounty hunter. They also note that that LucasArts has registered the domain StarWars1313.com. Thanks nin via Kotaku.

Dota 2 F2P & Store Details

Valve releases new details about Dota 2, confirming suspicions their upcoming MOBA game will be free-to-play, and offering details on the Dota store:

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today confirmed that Dota 2 will be free to play and announced the Dota Store in preparation for the game's release.

Upon its opening, the Dota Store will offer items created by Valve and members of the community that may be used immediately and carried over after the public launch of the game. Early Access to the game is not required to purchase items before launch. However, gamers may get into the game now by purchasing the Dota 2 Early Access Bundle of items.

"The opening of the Dota Store is a big part of our final push to launch," said IceFrog, design lead on Dota 2. "With support for the Steam Workshop, the majority of the items made available on day one were created and being sold by members of the community. By making the game Free to Play, we hope to give gamers the ability to decide how - and how much - they want to invest in the game."

Targeted for full release on the PC later this year, Dota 2 promises to take the unique blend of online RTS and RPG action that has made Dota popular with tens of millions of gamers around the world.

Later this summer Valve will host the International Dota 2 Championships 2012 in Seattle, WA.

For more information on Valve and its games, please visit www.dota2.com

Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3

The Korean Fair Trade Commission raided Blizzard's Seoul office on Monday after receiving complaints from gamers who were refused refunds over inability to play Diablo 3 during server outages surrounding the launch of the action/RPG sequel, reports the Korea Times. "We have received many complaints from Diablo 3 users," a spokesman for the FTC told the paper, though he reportedly refused to elaborate beyond admitting that Blizzard is under investigation. This doesn't sound like the outcome will live up to how dramatic this all sounds, as while the report says authorities "secured related documents and other evidence with which it will determine whether Blizzard broke the law," the potential outcome is apparently simple refunds, as the paper says: "It’s too early to see any results of the probe but some investigators expect the regulator to issue an order mandating Blizzard to provide a full refund to all unhappy customers." Thanks Forbes via Joao.

Batman: Arkham City Demo

The Batman: Arkham City on Steam Page now offers a playable demo for Rocksteady's stealth/action sequel. There's no word on what the demo includes, but it obviously requires Steam to play. Thanks Frans.

Activision and Infinity Ward Settle

Activision and Infinity Ward have settled their legal dispute, reports Ars Technica, where they point the way to this tweet from Ben Fritz which reads: "'all parties have reached a settlement in the dispute, the terms of which are strictly confidential' is the agreed upon party line quote." They also note this tweet from The Verge's Mike McWhertor says "'No comment' from Jason West and his attorney on settlement as we leave courtroom. Just a beaming smile." This litigation surrounded the departure of Infinity Ward founders West and Vince Zampella from Activision, Call of Duty bonuses, accusations of poaching, and more. Now after the suits and countersuits, it appears this matter has been settled out of court.

StarForge Demo

This trailer shows off the first playable release of StarForge, a procedurally generated indie space game. This Reddit thread introduces the project, and points the way to the StarForge Community fostering discussion of the game. There you can find links to download the first demo version and this post explaining the rough edges of their debut release and how they are being addressed going forward. Thanks Fantaz via NeoGAF.

Humble Indie Bundle V

Humble Indie Bundle V is now available, offering the chance to support charity and indie gaming while getting a bargain in the process. Here's word: "Five incredible, best-selling games. Humble Indie Bundle V features five modern masterpieces and their soundtracks. Experience the fear and paranoia of Amnesia: The Dark Descent; the intensity and impact of LIMBO; the zany characters of Psychonauts; the future-retro, audiovisual concoction of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP; and, for customers who pay more than the average price, the exquisitely crafted action-RPG, Bastion."

New AMD/ATI Catalyst Beta - Monthly Driver Releases Ending

AMD announces the release of an AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta Driver with an advance look at the next reference drivers for ATI/AMD graphics cards. If you are wondering what happened to May's version 12.5 drivers, AMD announces they are moving away from their monthly schedule: "With the release of the Catalyst 12.6 Beta driver, AMD would also like to announce that we are moving away from our Monthly Catalyst release plan. Our goal is to ensure that every Catalyst release delivers a substantial benefit to our end users; as we have today with the release of the Catalyst 12.6a Beta. We will still continue with the Catalyst naming convention; Catalyst: Year.Month., You just won’t see a new driver every single month. We are confident that this will only benefit the end user; you’ll only need to upgrade to a new Catalyst driver, when it makes sense."

On Sale

  • Binary Domain on Get Games. Save 50%.
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  • Football Manager 2012 on Get Games. Save 750%.
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Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: A very bad dog (kleptomaniac greyhound!). Thanks nin.

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard Revealed

The Bethesda Blog now offers up a an official trailer for The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard the recently teased project that turns out to be the first DLC for Bethesda's RPG sequel. There's no news yet on a Windows edition, as word is: "Watch the official trailer for Dawnguard, the first game add-on for Skyrim. Dawnguard will be available for download for 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE this summer." Continue here to read the full story.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition & Steamworks

IGN has word that the additional content in the recently announced Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will be released for consoles as paid DLC (thanks VG247). This includes word that the game will be available on Steam, and according to Eurogamer the version sold on Steam will use the Steamworks for DRM rather than the reviled Games for Windows LIVE service, though the version sold in stores will still use GFWL.

World of Warplanes Closed Beta

The World of Warplanes Website announces that closed beta testing is now underway for Wargaming.net's upcoming MMO aerial combat game. They are accepting applications, saying that those who applied for the alpha test are already registered, and will receive priority attention. Here's a bit on the beta:

We have implemented several game control modes to suite both experienced and novice pilots. And we have also created a tutorial scenario to help newcomers get to grips with their warplanes, teaching them the nuts and bolts of basic aviation.

The game development is far from reaching its final stages. The most exciting times are ahead. We will be improving gameplay, introducing more warplanes, polishing the existing features, and adding new ones. And we hope to work with you, shoulder to shoulder, to create a truly great game.

Oil Rush Tower Defense Map Pack

A new Tower Defense Map Pack for Oil Rush is now available as the first DLC for this naval strategy game. The pack is available on the Unigine Online Store and Steam, and word is it offers "a completely new tower defense game experience, including a tower defense co-op mode. Exploit new strategies with completely new technology tree, assault and defense units." Here's a feature list: Continue here to read the full story.

Dragon Crusade Closed Beta

Dragon Crusade is a new free-to-play browser-based MMORTS game Aeria Games. Closed beta testing is now underway, and here is what they have to say about that: "Many fun events are planned for the closed beta to bestow prestigious awards like unique items and custom gear upon the most dedicated players. These events include challenges to produce the most resources, obtain the strongest equipment, and form one of the top five alliances. Even more prizes will be offered through surprise challenges that change daily!"

Gatherings & Competitions

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Morning Safety Dance

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Out of the Blue

I appreciate the thoughts on the Gunnar-man's peeing incidents (and we had a poop yesterday as a capper). I'm going to approach this from the point of view that our moving uncertainty has transferred to him a bit, and he's acting out accordingly. I will attempt to mitigate this by doubling up on the doggie's walks and see if that helps restore some of his sense of place. In the meantime I need to get some hip-waders.

Hip Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Test Subject Green.
Enigmata Stellar War.
Stories: Tech executive nabbed in scheme involving LEGO toys. Thanks Nerd Approved.
Iranian 'running man' spreads message of world peace. Thanks A51Abductee.
Images: The Coolest Mechawarrior Cat Playhouse Ever.
Media: Nerds Never Rest.
Treasure Chest Buried on the Beach - Prank.
Untethered Micro Robot Does the Hokie Pokie.
The Funnies: Diablo III: Handling The Modes.
Follow-up: SPACE TRAVEL PART 1 - Prometheus Promo Video.



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