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Sunday, Aug 19, 2012

  

Gone Gold - Borderlands 2

Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford tweets that Borderlands 2 is gold, following last month's word that the game was complete and on track for its release next month: "Borderlands 2 is now GOLD (360, PS3 EU, PS3 NA, Win PC)! PSN, PS3 JP + others imminent. Official statement to come when all ballots are in." VG247 notes that there is a pretty funny ESRB description for the role-playing shooter sequel:

his is a first-person shooter in which players join rebel forces to take down an oppressive corporation on the fictional planet of Pandora. As players explore open-world environments, they complete missions to gain experience and increase their characters' skills/abilities. Players use machine guns, sniper rifles, flamethrowers, explosives, and weaponized vehicles to kill human-like characters and hostile aliens in frequent combat. Firefights contain realistic gunfire/explosions; injured enemies scream and emit exaggerated splashes of blood. Various weapons result in dismembered limbs or bloody gibs. Some missions depict intense acts of violence: viewing characters getting electrocuted; shooting a man in the face; killing players' incinerating a cult member as part of a ritual sacrifice. The dialogue contains jokes/one-liners that reference sexual material (e.g., “I will hang myself from my own tombstone if in you I can't put my bone,” “If there's anything they love more than getting to second base with their sisters, it's cars,” “Bacon is for sycophants and products of incest.”); during some sequences, players can find and collect adult-themed magazines—though no actual nudity is depicted. One mission requires players to consume three alcoholic beverages from a bar before they can progress. The words “sh*t,” “p*ssies,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue, in addition to language censored by audible bleeps (e.g., “God-[bleep]-ing-dammit”).

Diablo Creator on Diablo III

An interview on IncGamers talks with David Brevik of Gazillion Entertainment about Diablo III, getting the co-founder of Blizzard North's impressions of the latest version of the series he helped originate. He offers a perspective on how the game was impacted by the loss of the company's action/RPG knowledgebase with the closure of Blizzard North and how the third game in the series more reflects the tastes and experiences of Blizzard South, and verges on schadenfreude in describing part of his mixed feelings about how it ultimately turned out: "I am also a little happy, which I hate to say, it shows that the people that were involved in Diablo really did matter, and so I am happy that it has come to light that how talented that group was and how unique and special that group was. I am hoping that, as this happens very often in the industry, you see it with Call of Duty and things like that, when the people leave the game changes and it shows how critical people are in this industry."

On Cut New Vegas Content

A lengthy post on Rusted Logic has interesting details from a user who has done extensive work to restore content to Fallout New Vegas that was cut by Obsidian during development of the action/RPG sequel. His mods to do so can be found here. The post was first written a couple of weeks ago, offering extensive details on cut content, though it was recently edited it to add a clarification that this is not intended as criticism of the developer. Thanks Acleacius.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's report of the 10 bestselling games on Steam for the week:

  1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  2. Arma II: Combined Operations
  3. Sleeping Dogs
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard
  5. Borderlands 2
  6. Darksiders II
  7. Dead Space Pack
  8. Orcs Must Die! 2
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  10. Civilization V: Gods & Kings

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Out of the Blue

We were at the supermarket checkout today when I started admiring the Coke bottles in the point-of-sale fridge, as they had it in those classic 20 oz. fluted glass bottles you don't see much anymore. Then a white sticker caught my eye, serving as a second clue that this was not just any soda. Sure enough, a closer examination revealed that this was the Mexican Coke made with real sugar that is so hard to find. I scooped up five bottles, and I will probably give in to the temptation to go back and get the couple of bottles I left behind if they are still there. It's just tough to swallow the $1.20 a bottle they are charging, as that makes this stuff more expensive than premium gasoline. On the other hand, it's rarer than gas, so maybe that's justified.

Sugar Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Meeblings Player Pack 1.
Links: The Six Supervillains of Nerd Culture.
Stories: John Lennon's killer to get seventh parole hearing this week.
Science: Egg yolk consumption almost as bad as smoking when it comes to atherosclerosis, study suggests.
Images: Best animated gif ever. Thanks reddit.
The Doctor Wields A Mass Effect Omni-Tool.
Media: Gotham Style ft. Batman (Parody of Psy's 'Gangnam Style').
The Blues Brothers ( filming location ) Belushi Aykroyd Landis 1980.
Incredible Catch at Little League World Series.



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