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Thursday, Jun 21, 2012

  

Ships Ahoy - PC Modern Warfare 3 Collection 2

The Windows edition of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 2 is now available, offering PC owners added content for the military shooter sequel. The DLC is on GameStop PC Downloads and Steam, and here's word:

The second Modern Warfare® 3 DLC Collection launches with all-new Multiplayer/Survival Mode Maps, Special Ops Missions and the debut of Face Off maps. Totally new to the franchise, Face Off distills all the fun and intensity of multiplayer into a new breed of 1 vs. 1 and 2 vs. 2 close combat. In addition to this all-new game-play experience, Collection 2 deploys with 3 multiplayer maps and 2 Special Ops Missions, offering fans new venues to test their Multiplayer and Special Ops skills.

Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition

The Diablo III Website explains that to combat fraud, as of the new version, digitally purchased editions of Diablo III will be quarantined as the Starter Edition for up to 72 hours (thanks GameSpot). Here's word:

As of patch 1.0.3, when purchasing a digital version of Diablo III through the online store or your Battle.net Account, players are restricted to the Starter Edition for the first 72 hours (sometimes less). Players on Starter Editions have the following restrictions:

        • Act I up to the Skeleton King is available
        • Level 13 cap
        • Matchmaking available only with other Starter Edition players
        • No Auction House access (Real Money or Gold)
        • Global Play is not available. Players attempting to connect to Diablo III Starter Edition in a region other than their Battle.net Account's home region will receive Error 12. See the Global Play support article for more information.

More information regarding the Starter Edition is available here:
http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-iii-starter-edition-guest-pass

If you are still encountering the Starter Edition restrictions over 72 hours past the date of purchase, please let Customer Service know: http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/contact

33% of Gaming Kickstarters Funded

There is now a stats page on the Kickstarter showing the success rate for projects seeking funding through the site. There are interesting breakdowns by category, and these show that just over a third of all gaming projects achieve their funding goals. Thanks VG247.

Darksiders II Preorder Incentives

THQ announces preorder incentives to buy Darksiders II from shopTHQ, where they are offering free upgrades to a limited edition that will entitle players to future DLC for the upcoming action sequel, being sure to note that: "All DLC content packs will ship post launch and are new content not originally intended for the main game." The also say they still have a supply of the collector's edition that's sold out everywhere else.

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that all Darksiders® II Limited Edition pre-orders placed via shopTHQ will receive an additional two downloadable content drops as well as an exclusive set of in-game armor and free shipping.

The Darksiders® II Season Pass will entitle customers who pre-order the game via the shopTHQ to download the 2nd and 3rd DLC packs when they become available at no cost. All pre-orders will also automatically be upgraded to the Limited Edition version of the game which includes the first DLC drop, Argul’s Tomb. These DLC packs will include significant new single player content. The first drop, Argul’s Tomb, will become available roughly one month after the game ships.

On top of the DLC content packs users who pre-order via the shopTHQ will also receive a code to unlock the exclusive Maker’s Armor and Scythe set. Featuring upgraded stats and a unique design this will help players make a start on Death’s quest.

Jim Huntley, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing, commented: “We are excited to be able to reward customers who pre-order the game via shopTHQ with this great incentive. Not only will they get a unique armor set at launch, but they will also get significant free content for months to come.”

Battle Academy Patch

Matrix Games announces what they call "a hefty update" for Battle Academy in the new version 2.04 of Battle Academy, which adds a bunch of fixes and new features to the World War II strategy game. They say the most significant change is the addition of multiplayer force selection battles "to make combat between human opponents a bit more interesting." The patch is available for either Windows or OS X on this page, and here's a change list: Continue here to read the full story.

Telepath Tactics Trailer

Sinisterdesign.net offers a Telepath Tactics Pre-Alpha Teaser #5 showing off the upcoming turn-based tactics game. Word is the game will be shown off at Techweek this weekend in Chicago. Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2012, Part 25

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Cityscapes - Panoramas - Dynamic Apertures Photography. Thanks The Flying Penguin.

R.I.P.: LeRoy Neiman, Olympics and sports artist, dies aged 91. Thanks brother19.

Ships Ahoy - Quantum Conundrum

The Windows edition of Square Enix's puzzle game Quantum Conundrum is now available via digital distribution, offering the first game designed by Kim Swift since her huge success with Valve's Portal. The game is on GameStop PC Downloads and Steam, with the latter also offering a season pass that adds the soundtrack and two upcoming DLC packs. For those interested in the console versions, GameInformer reports the game will arrive on PSN on July 10th and XBLA on July 11th. Presumably an embargo just lifted, because there are hot-off-the-presses (or the internet equivalent thereof) reviews of Quantum Conundrum on Computer and Video Games, Digital Spy, GameInformer, GameSpy, IGN Video, Kotaku, PCMag.com, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, VentureBeat, The Verge, and Wired.com. There is also a snippet with Kim Swift about games as toys on Wired.com, a Kim Swift profile on IGN, and a conversation with her about the new game's present and future on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Finally, here's the description of the game:

When you, as a young boy, are dropped off to visit your uncle, you notice something’s wrong. First, he’s not there to greet you. Second, there’s the explosion that happened right as you arrived. And third, the house seems to be even weirder than you remembered it. Now, your job is to find—and ultimately rescue—your uncle, by using his newest invention, the Interdimensional Shift Device (or IDS), to switch between dimensions and solve puzzles. That sofa too heavy to move? There’s a dimension for that! Switch to Fluffy Dimension and that sofa is now light as a feather. Need to get up to a high ledge? There’s a dimension for that! Just switch to Anti-Gravity Dimension and things begin to float upward. Need to make things heavier? There’s a dimension for th—well, you get the idea. Switch dimensions in real time, work your way through the crazy complex mansion wings and rescue your uncle!

Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Next Week

The ArenaNet Blog announces plans to stress test the servers for Guild Wars 2 next Wednesday, and invites all those who have participated in previous beta events or pre-purchased the game to participate:

We were very pleased with how our servers performed during our second Beta Weekend Event, but we want to gather additional data on how they operate under load before the next one.
That’s where you come in.

All players who have pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 are invited to participate in our upcoming stress test. This four-hour test event will run on Wednesday, June 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).

We won’t wipe characters for this event, so if you played in our previous betas, you can pick up right where you left off. All we need you to do is log in and have fun—leave the stress to us!

Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners

WSJ has word that Blizzard will be offering some Diablo III owners in South Korea refunds over complaints about connectivity issues impeding play that prompted the Korean FTC to raid Blizzard's Seoul offices (thanks VG247). Here's word:

In a message posted on its website, the company said Diablo III players who are less than Level 40, about two-thirds of the way through the program can apply for a refund from June 25 to July 3.

Blizzard will also accept returns from any players less than Level 20, around a third of the way through the program within 14 days of purchase from now on.

In early June, the company set up more servers in Korea to cope with connectivity issues. To compensate users further, Blizzard said it would offer Diablo III users a 30 day free trial of another hot online game, Star Craft: Wings of Liberty.

Men of War: Assault Squad Patch Adds New Content

Digitalmindsoft sends word that the Steam edition of Men of War: Assault Squad has received a new automatic update with free new content for the World War II action/strategy hybrid. This goes with a 75% off Steam Sale on the entire series. This update is currently being prepared non-Steam editions of the game, and this change list outlines what it does in detail. Here's the short version:

  • 15 new special units for multiplayer
  • Dozens of balance and game changes
  • New HD inventory items including hats (the game is famous for pickable helmets/hats)
  • Fixes and other improvements

THQ VP Resigns

A brief blurb on Gamasutra notes that Teri Manby has resigned her post as vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer at THQ as of July 6th. The story notes the financial woes THQ has been undergoing, implying that there's a connection. Word is CFO Paul Pucino will assume the role of Chief Accounting Officer and Rose Cunningham has been promoted to vice president and corporate controller. Thanks Joao.

RIFT: Conquest Next Week

Trion announces RIFT: Conquest will launch next week, offering the ninth update for the MMORPG. Here's word on the expansion, which includes more player-requested content:

Rift™: Conquest, the 9th massive update to Trion’s hit MMORPG, launches next week. Adding a host of new features, including three-faction PvP, a new raid Sliver, and a mentoring system that allows high level Ascended to play with their low level friends, Rift: Conquest continues Trion’s commitment to ongoing improvement and integration of player-requested content.

Rift: Conquest features:

  • Conquest – Choose one of three faction groups for an all-out, cross-shard PvP war in an alternate-reality version of Stillmoor. Battle to control the Sourcestone Extractors, craft engines of war to aid your team, and build up bonuses that last beyond victory
  • Instant Adventure – Instant Adventure comes to Freemarch, Silverwood, Gloamwood, and Stonefield
  • Mentoring – Progress your character while helping your friends with low-level content
  • Barbershop – Change your appearance with a quick trip to the Stylist
  • New Sliver – Defeat Fae Lord Twyl in Primeval Feast
  • World Event – Camp out with Summerfest and participate in scavenger hunts throughout Telara

PlanetSide 2 Night Ops Trailer

Here's a trailer we missed when it was released last month, showing PlanetSide 2, SOE's upcoming MMOFPS sequel. As the "night ops" title implies, this reveals what happens in the game after the sun goes down, showing air and ground combat (thanks Cutter). Continue here to read the full story.

Heroes & Generals Trailer

The Heroes & Generals Website now offers a new trailer for the upcoming action/strategy hybrid, featuring footage from the game as well as some members of the community. Here's word on the "Come Out and Play" trailer:

Based on Heroes & Generals, the Massive Online Strategic Shooter being built by a veteran team that includes the original creators of the Hitman franchise, “Come Out to Play” is produced to entertain and inform. By splicing live action and in-game sequences together, the movie celebrates H&G’s innovative combined online first-person shooter and strategic campaign in an authentic World War II setting.

Community Stars
As a true testament to our open door development model, where developers work with Heroes & Generals players in the alpha and beta community to enhance the game, we invited some hardcore fans to join us on set for the filming of “Come Out to Play.” From near and far, these community co-stars arrived and happily joined members of our development team on the frontlines and in the strategy room for a few days of glorious make-believe war.

Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2012, Part 24

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes on gamesTM.

Hardware Reviews

etc.

  • Teach with Portals
  • provides "free content and game design tools, as well as an interactive community for exchanging lessons and experiences." Thanks Kotaku

Out of the Blue

Yeah, yesterday was pretty darned hot, and today is shaping up to be more of the same. I have to say, I remain amazed at how livable our house is with only the one air conditioner here in the attic. Just a benefit of a house built before AC even existed, when finding ways to naturally abate the heat were vital.

Vital Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Ragdoll Achievement.
Links: Video Games: An Industry in Flux [INFOGRAPHIC].
Stories: Las Vegas roulette wheel reportedly hits 19 seven straight times.
Media: 8-Bitham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The "Pre-Mortem One-Liner" Supercut. NSFW.
Top Gear Record Breaking Stunt.
Follow-up: Professor fired after expressing climate change skepticism.
Where the Hell is Matt? Dancing All Over the World AGAIN!



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