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Thursday, Aug 23, 2012

  

Steamships Ahoy - Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

Steam News announces the release of Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition. the PC version of FromSoftware's action/RPG. Word is:

Prepare for a new, mysterious story, centered around the the world of Lodran, but most of all, prepare to die. You will face countless murderous traps, countless darkly grotesque mobs and several gargantuan, supremely powerful demons and dragons bosses. You must learn from death to persist through this unforgiving world. And you aren’t alone.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will include an untold chapter in the world of Lordran where the player must stop the spread of darkness at all costs by facing and defeating the Dark Knight Artorias.

Sleeping Dogs Demo

The Sleeping Dogs page on Steam now offers a playable demo for this action/adventure from United Front Games. There aren't any details on the demo, but according to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, it "will let you play with the martial arts, street running, and rooftop jumping, then leaps ahead to a later level when you’re given a gun." Thanks nin.

Might & Magic Heroes VI DLC & Gold Edition Next Month

Ubisoft announces the Danse Macabre Adventure Pack for Might & Magic Heroes VI coming next month to the strategy sequel, to be accompanied by a new Gold Edition of the game that will include the new DLC along with the previously released pack. Here are some screenshots, and here's word:

Today, Ubisoft® announced that the second adventure pack for the universally acclaimed Might & Magic® Heroes® VI as well as a gold edition, including the game and the two adventure packs, will be made available for Windows® PC on September 28, 2012.

Developed by Limbic Entertainment GmbH in Germany, Might & Magic Heroes VI Danse Macabre Adventure Pack offers over 10-hours of epic adventure. The banished Might & Magic villain, the Great Lich Sandro, suddenly reappears with a vengeance to take on the world of Ashan and his dragon gods. This Adventure Pack also features an artifact set, a unique building, new heroes and an original pet.

Continue here to read the full story.

I Am Alive PC Edition Lives

I am alive, declares the PC edition of I Am Alive, as Ubisoft announces the on again/off again Windows version of the post-apocalyptic action/adventure is on again, and is scheduled for release on September 13th. Word is this will have some PC enhancements, and preordering the game will get customers a free copy of Bloody Good Time:

Today, Ubisoft announced that I Am Alive, a believable post-apocalyptic action-adventure game, will be made available on September, 13 2012 for Windows® PC.

I Am Alive follows an everyman's journey to find his wife and daughter, who were lost during the "Event." A year later, he finds Haventon, his hometown, in shambles. Buildings are destroyed, toxic ash fills the streets and society has been torn, causing inhabitants to take all necessary actions to survive. In I Am Alive, players will be challenged by both the environment and the enemies. Stamina and resource management are key when being exposed to deadly atmospheres and scaling enormous buildings in search of supplies. The unique combat system requires players to utilize intimidation - cowards are easily swayed with an empty gun, while other enemies will put players to the test.

I Am Alive will launch on the PC with higher resolutions and sharper graphics. Along with the visual upgrades, gamers will have two new modes available to them. The "Easy" mode which will allow infinite retries and a smoother introduction to I Am Alive, and the "Replay" mode will permit players to revisit previously completed levels to uncover more secrets and hidden objects.

I Am Alive will be available for $14.99 on Ubishop, Steam and other digital retailers.

If players pre-order the game, they will get the Ubisoft game Bloody Good Time for free. For more information on this offer please visit: http://shop.ubi.com/IAmAlive

For more information on I Am Alive, please visit: http://iamalive-game.ubi.com/iamalive/en-us/index.aspx

38 Studios Assets & IP To Be Sold

The Turn to 10 Website has word that the receiver in the 38 Studios bankruptcy case plans on selling all the company's physical assets at auction, saying "Idealistically [sic] we're talking several months." He grants that it may take longer as he is furiously cramming to learn what he needs to about the value of the IP with the help of an unnamed former employee of the former developer, as the report states: "Land said he's learning more about video games and the value of computer software. He said he's even hired a former 38 Studios worker to help create the platform to possibly sell some of the intellectual property." Thanks Jim.

On Sale

  • Inversion (Steam Code) on Amazon.com. Save 75%. Thanks nin.
  • Just Cause 2 on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Mirror's Edge on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier on Steam. Save 33%.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Broken Sword Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter campaign is underway for Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse Adventure, a new installment in Revolution Software's Broken Sword series coming to Windows, OS X, and mobiles next year. A couple of months ago Revolution's Charles Cecil said an announcement was near, which is now confirmed to be the first new game in this adventure series since 2006. There's a trailer where Cecil and animated protagonist George Stobbart pitch the project, which is returning to the hand-drawn 2D roots of the series. Here's the announcement:

Revolution Software today unveils the first details of the latest game in the phenomenal Broken Sword series – and invites fans to join the adventure from the very beginning by supporting the project through the Kickstarter crowd-funding site. Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse will be the fifth title in the much-loved series, reuniting George Stobbart and Nico Collard for their most explosive adventure yet.

The game will be available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android in early 2013 – but fans can begin their adventure now by making a pledge on Kickstarter.

For $15, a digital copy of the game will be made available on release, along with a host of bonus material. Additional rewards are available at higher tiers with the opportunity to own original Broken Sword artwork, signed game design documents, personalised drawings from the art team, personalised messages from the game’s actors, a mention in the game, a fine array of merchandise clothing and even an invitation to the project wrap party in one of the game’s exotic locations.

Continue here to read the full story.

Guild Wars 2 Launch Schedule and Client Downloads

The countdown timer on the Guild Wars 2 Website is ticking off the minute to the launch of the MMORPG sequel, showing the game's early access period will begin in under 48 hours. This post has details on how players of the original Guild Wars can claim their "Hall of Monuments" rewards in the new game. To avoid confusion of how the head start and launch will work, ArenaNet provides the following schedule:

The information below will give you specific details about times and dates based on whether you pre-purchased, pre-ordered, or are picking up a copy of the game on release day. For those players who have not pre-purchased or pre-ordered the game, Guild Wars 2 will officially launch at 0:00 AM Pacific time (GMT -7:00) on August 28th.

  • Pre-Purchase with 3-Day Headstart: Everyone who pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 will enjoy three full days of Headstart Access. The three-day Headstart Access will officially begin at 0:00 AM Pacific time (GMT -7:00) on August 25th. However, please note that in order to ensure we’re fully prepared for that fateful hour we may bring servers online up to 3 hours prior. If you’re a player committed to getting in first to grab that character name of your dreams you’ll want to be keeping an eye on things during that time period.
  • Pre-Order with 1-Day Headstart: Those who pre-ordered Guild Wars 2 will be able to participate in one day of Headstart Access. The one-day Headstart Access will begin at 0:00 AM Pacific time (GMT -7:00) on August 27th. NOTE - Pre-Order code registration is now enabled.

Download the Client today: If you’ve registered your pre-purchase or pre-order and created your Guild Wars 2 account you can go to account management today and download the client. Be sure to update the client periodically to minimize your download at launch. We look forward to seeing you in-game very soon!

Diablo III Patch Notes Errata

A post to the Diablo III Forums has some additional patch notes for the new version 1.04 patch that just went live in the action/RPG sequel. This lists a number of details and cosmetic changes included in the patch at the time, but not listed, and they say if they recall any other omissions they will make a further follow-up.

Underrail Alpha Demo

A playable demo of an alpha version of Underrail is now available on Indie DB, offering the chance to sample this old school turn-based isometric RPG in development at Stygian Software. This trailer has a look at the game, which was at one time known as Timelapse Vertigo, and here's a description: "The game is set in a distant future, when the life on the Earth’s surface has long since been made impossible and the remnants of humanity now dwell in the Underrail, a vast system of metro station-states that, it seems, are the last bastions of a fading race."

More on New Black Isle

"It really feels like getting the band back together as we're seeing opportunities not available to us before," says Interplay boss Herve Caen in a quote on Eurogamer about their plans to revive the Black Isle Studios label. "Given our unique position, expanding online and mobile platforms, and renewed interest in our proven properties, I see an incredible success potential for Black Isle Studios." In this case, "the band" will have none of its original members, but they do have the highly regarded Black Isle IPs to work with, and the story states they plan on creating AAA RPGs based on them, though it does not offer a direct quote supporting that. However this is reflected by the mission statement on the Black Isle Studios Twitter Feed, which reads: "Black Isle Studios is a division of Interplay Entertainment devoted to creating the world's best role-playing games."

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Next Month

Focus Home Interactive announces release dates for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, saying the latest installment in the mystery/adventure series will arrive in Europe on September 20th and in North America on September 25th. They celebrate the news with a few new screenshots, saying: "These new screenshots show the famous detective and his friend Doctor Watson in the midst of their investigation. In a month, you will be Sherlock Holmes, and this will be your investigation!"

PlanetSide 2 Trailer

The Jace Hall Show Ep. 7 features a new trailer from PlanetSide 2, SOE's upcoming MMOFPS sequel. This is being presented with a viral veneer, so prepare your fake outrage and be sure to rush to see this before it is "banned," since the powers-that-be can't stand anyone having any fun. Word is: "The Jace Hall team delivered what may be called the 'Nanite Ned' trailer (starring PlanetSide 2 Creative Director Matt Higby) and it's safe to say, SOE President John Smedley is not pleased. Luckily, the entire process from pitch to final trailer has been documented. Smedley has ordered the SOE team to immediately spread the word on the trailer in hopes of creating awareness of the epic failure as well as to save industry peers from making the same mistake." Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

I called the local department of public works yesterday about the malfunctioning stop signal, wanting to suggest that since the outage was in its third day, they might want to consider putting a traffic cop there during rush hour, or something prudent like that. Oddly, the guy I spoke with made it sound like they were unaware the traffic light was broken (even though I presume they were the ones to set it to blink when it went on the blink, so to speak), acting as though I was reporting it, rather than complaining about something that was already reported. I can't believe this went so long with them being unaware of it, but supporting that theory is the fact that it was repaired by the evening rush hour. Weird.

R.I.P.: Terry "Tubesteak" Tracy, the original Big Kahuna.

Weird Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Borderlands 2 demake. Thanks VG247.
Georganism 2.
Viaduct Designer.
Stories: MLB Umpire Jim Joyce Saves Life at Game With CPR.
Science: After 32,000 Years, an Ice Age Flower Blooms Again. Thanks A51Abductee.
How Scientists Stopped Klebsiella Pneumoniae: Deadly Superbug Killed 6 At NIH Clinical Center.
Ingredients for Big Black Holes Detected in Milky Way's Core. Along with creamy nougat.
Media: Honest Game Trailers: Mass Effect 3 (SPOILERS!!!).
S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, concept of the film The Avengers.
Confessions of a Disney Employee pt.2.
The Funnies: Dilbert.



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