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Sunday, Jul 29, 2012

  

Steam Top 10

Thanks to the DayZ Mod, three year-old shooter Arma II continues to dominate the weekly list of bestselling games on  Steam:

  1. Arma II
  2. Borderlands 2
  3. Left 4 Dead 2
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  5. Orcs Must Die! 2
  6. Borderlands Game of the Year Edition
  7. Civilization V: Gods & Kings
  8. BioShock Collection
  9. Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition
  10. Batman: Arkham City

Sunday Previews

  • Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps on StrategyCore. Developer Diary.

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ARCTIC MC101-A10 Home Entertainment Centre on Vortez.
  • Sennheiser VMX200 Bluetooth Headset on t-break.

etc.

Out of the Blue

About a week of rain is to be followed by another week of rain around here. There's an old joke about rain always coming right after you wash your car, but that can't happen to us because you aren't allowed to wash your car here because we are apparently in the midst of a drought. A really wet drought.

Wet/Dry Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Fronts - No Retreat.
Intrusion 2.
Links: The “Psycho” designer who tried to save AT&T in the ’60s.
Stories: XXX Olympics Opening Ceremony Is Most-Watched Ever As NBC Scores Ratings Gold.
Media: “Game Of Thrones” As An NBC Sitcom.
Man Cycles from China to London on a Rickshaw.
Best of Parkour and Freerunning 2012.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
EXTRALIFE – Heroic Routine.

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012

Sanctum OS X Plans

Coffee Stain Studios announces plans for a OS X edition of Sanctum, saying the Mac edition of their first-person shooter/tower defense game is due on August 13th. The Sanctum website has details on how to apply to beta test this, saying those who own the Windows edition should all be granted access "shortly." Here's word:

Sanctum has taken Steam by storm, winning the community’s vote for last week’s Community Sale. Come August 13th, Mac users will be able to get their hands on the game and experience the awesomeness that is the first FPS/tower-defense hybrid. Those who own Sanctum now will see a separate Beta version in their games list that they can download and test.

Castle Story Kickstarter

A Kickstarter Campaign for Castle Story launched last night, and this upcoming Minecraft-style voxel construction game from Sauropod Studio blew past its $80,000 goal in a matter of hours, and is now at well over the $200K mark (thanks Jean-Philippe). Here's an overview of the project:

Castle Story is a creative voxel-based strategy game in which you can build castles one brick at a time using an army of little characters called Bricktrons.

Your goal will be to explore a vast landscape full of mysteries and dangers, and defend your castle against onslaughts of hostile creatures and possibly other players.

The world of Castle Story takes place on flying islands, high above an infinite ocean. The islands are made of voxels, cubes made of various elements, which means you can dig, carve and build anything you can imagine in the landscape. Digging underground to gather resources, stacking bricks on top of each other to build a wall or even tunnelling through a mountain is all possible and even necessary to keep your Bricktrons safe.

Carefully designing your castle not only requires creativity and imagination, but thanks to pathfinding AI and physics simulations, Castle Story has layers of strategy and depth on top of an otherwise free-form sandbox experience.

SOE TMs Reign of Fear

Sony Online Entertainment LLC has trademarked the term "Reign of Fear" for "Computer game software and video game software; providing downloadable multiplayer, role playing, real time computer and video game software via an online website for entertainment purposes. This was noticed by Fusible, who add that a related domain has now been registered. Thanks VG247.

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Looks like the thunderstorms that have battered much of the country lately are still hanging around here today, and I think they are going to derail our plans. I guess that will work out for Hudson the wonder dog, as our presence will make this less miserable for her, though that's not to say she won't be miserable. Oh well.

Homey Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Detective Grimoire.
Deadly Neighbors 2.
Stories: Boyle opts for modesty as London follows Beijing’s lavish opening ceremony in austere times.
Science: Officials: Ebola breaks out in Uganda.
Images: Olympic opening ceremony- Photos from a good time in London.
How Much Does It Cost To Be Batman?
Media: Woah: Heath Ledger's Joker Was Basically Tom Waits.
My Little Pony The Fighting Game! No Really!
Squirrel Olympics 2012.
Follow-up: Dilbert.



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