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Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012

  

GTA Viral Marketing

An Epsilon Program Twitter Feed has sprung up, espousing the tenets of this fictitious religion from the Grand Theft Auto series. As noted on Kotaku, the Epsilon Program Website linked in the header is registered to Rockstar Games, so some viral marketing for the GTA series is beginning. From the website: "The world is 157 years old - FACT!" Thanks nin.

Jagged Alliance: Crossfire in September

Kalypso Media USA announces a September release is planned for Jagged Alliance: Crossfire, their upcoming standalone expansion for Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, their strategy/RPG revival. The announcement includes this updated feature list:

  • Tactical combat at its finest, using the enhanced “Plan n Go” system of plotting your team's moves strategically, then executing them in nail-biting real time
  • 10 new mercenaries round out your team, completing a roster of more than 50 distinct combatants with unique skills, weaknesses and quirky personalities
  • 10 new maps set in the unforgiving, frozen countryside of the mountain nation of Khanpaa, will challenge your planning skills -- rocky mountain terrain, narrow valleys and icy cliffs will provide new cover opportunities, chokepoints and offer optimum ambush points
  • 15+ hours of gameplay across a brand new standalone campaign with a broad variety of missions
  • New weapons, enemies and equipment - supplies are scarce, and your mercenaries will have to make the most of outdated weapons, limited supplies and equipment
  • Enjoy the Jagged Alliance series as never before with vastly improved graphics, enhanced AI behavior, optional line-of-sight/fog of war, a polished interface and numerous performance and gameplay updates

Dungeons of Dredmor DLC Released

Steam News announces a new automatic update is now available for Dungeons of Dredmor, as well as the release of Conquest of the Wizardlands, a new DLC pack for the action/adventure. Here's word on what this adds to the game:

Deep within the pocket dimensions of the Wizardlands, the mighty Wizardkings plunge their hands greedily into their stashes of magical wizarding booze, desperately searching for more mana. Their time has passed, and they have faded into the drunken myths of obscurity. Some of them can still be seen on street corners, but most people just give them five zorkmids and walk away.

While the Wizardkings have faded into the hangover-fuelled mists of time, their artifacts of power corrupt the world. Powerful wizarding keys, strewn about the Dungeons of Dredmor during a grand night out, threaten the very reality of existence. Mystical wizarding graffiti, spray-painted on the walls during a particularily good party, holds the secrets of other worlds.

Quantum Conundrum DLC Released

This announcement heralds the release of The Desmond Debacle, the first DLC for Quantum Conundrum, Airtight Games' puzzle/platformer. Here's word:

Power up your Inter-Dimensional Shift Device and get ready for a brand new adventure in an unexplored wing of Quadwrangle Manor. Experience Desmond, the drinking bird, as you’ve never seen him before in even more brain twisting and complex puzzles! The Desmond Debacle provides hours of inter-dimensional puzzle solving.

Cyberpunk Q&A

The Witcher Website has an internal Q&A from CD Projekt RED about Cyberpunk, their upcoming RPG. They touch on character classes and customization. They also discuss when we'll see some screenshots and videos, but don't really make any promises.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Russian Spider-Man FAIL. Thanks Ant.

PC Hitman: Sniper Challenge Launches

IO Interactive announces the launch of a Windows PC edition of Hitman: Sniper Challenge, the "exclusive standalone pre-order sniper experience" previously only available to those who preordered the console editions of Hitman: Absolution, the upcoming stealth/action sequel. Those with preorder codes can redeem them at the Hitman: Sniper Challenge Website, which also offers leaderboards for bragging rights. "IO is fully committed to delivering a PC version of Hitman: Absolution that lives up to the high standards of our PC community," said Jon Brooke, Brand Director of the Hitman Franchise. "Hitman: Sniper Challenge will give them a first taste of what’s to come." They also announce plans to showcase the PC edition of the game in a couple of weeks at Gamescom 2012 in Cologne Germany.

The Repopulation Status Report

The Repopulation Website now features an End of July update on this upcoming MMORPG, reflecting on their first month of alpha testing. They discuss their initial focus on combat and list all the build notes from the patches for the month. They also look ahead to this month, saying they will be adding more testers to the mix along the way.

World of Tanks Patches

The European World of Tanks Website has word that a new version 7.5 update is now live in Wargaming.net's MMOTPS, while the corresponding North American website announces the game will be offline for about six hours tomorrow for this update. European users jealous of this can take comfort that they have some Clan Wars downtime today for maintenance. These release notes outline what's up with the new version.

Diablo III Armory Rumor

A new Wall Photo on the Diablo Facebook Page is being taken as a clue that the promised Armory update for Diablo III nears, as it is captioned "Coming soon to www.Diablo3.com." Diablo N has a discussion of the Easter egg this is said to contain. Thanks VG247.

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

I keep seeing ads for nonstick molds to make your own taco bowls from tortillas as if this was something that requires a specialized device. I always assumed you make one of these by baking a tortilla draped over a cylinder such as an empty can. Sure enough, if you Google this, you get a paid ad for those taco bowls, and a million results on how to easily make them for free with a can. Go figure.

Sticky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tequila Zombies 2.
Ion Swarm.
Stories: Wild West town on sale for $3.9M.
Clive's going Jurassic with DNA. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Olympic's Don't Use Starting Pistols Because Sound Is Too Slow. Thanks Devicer.
Media: Bane's Voice Before and After.
Pissed-Off Store Owners Piss on The Local Pissers.
New Skyfall US Domestic Trailer.
The Funnies: Musical Talent Cartoon - Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: 'Arrested Development'- Michael Cera On Set From Jason Bateman (PHOTOS)



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