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Friday, Sep 07, 2012

  

End of Nations Beta Event

A third closed beta event is now underway in End of Nations, and will run through the weekend for this upcoming MMORTS game. It's not too late to participate, as the beta page is still accepting signups. Here's word:

Trion Worlds today kicked off the third highly-anticipated closed beta event for End of Nations™, the upcoming free-to-play online military strategy game. The event went live at 12:01am EST last night and will conclude Sunday, September 9 at 11:59pm EST, and this time around the development team will be debuting Elite Companies – pre-configured armies that can be purchased and are built to serve a specific purpose.

Elite Companies will be available for both Shadow Revolution commanders and Liberation Front commanders and can be summoned into combat just like other units earned by players over time. Join us this weekend for the End of Nations third closed beta event and experience a true free-to-play, premium, MMORTS!

Guild Wars 2 Password Attacks

Ars Technica has an unconfirmed report that ArenaNet has been experiencing attempts at unauthorized access to Guild Wars 2 accounts. These differ from the typical such attacks as they are reportedly the result of a breach at an unnamed Guild Wars fan-site, and that the perpetrators are now trying the username and password combinations from the site to take advantage of users who also use them for their game account. They include the obvious warning that this is not a good idea.

NPD August Sales Figures

PCMag.com has more on NPD Groups August report of retail video game and hardware sales in the U.S. Following word earlier this week of a mysterious drop in player totals, the full report indicates sales figures continue to decline, though it seems obvious that they are still struggling to capture how much of the market is no longer represented by retail: "Total U.S. retail sales of new video game systems, software, and accessories hit $515.6 million during the month, down from $647.2 million a year ago, according to the NPD Group. Adding in used, rental, and digital-format sales, NPD estimated that consumers spent a total of $989 million on gaming in August."

Mass Effect 3 Event Underway

The BioWare Blog announces Operation: VIGILANCE is now in full effect for Mass Effect 3:

Operation: VIGILANCE (September 7th-9th)

Unexpected attacks have taken out several squads and damaged vital Alliance equipment. We will deploy drones to repair damage and investigate the nature of these attacks.

Squad Goal: Complete up to and including wave 10 on any difficulty without using a consumable (medi-gel, ammo, Ops pack or Cobra missile launcher).

Allied Goal: Complete 250,000 escort missions on any difficulty.

Special Circumstance: None

Squad Goal Success: All individual players awarded a Commendation Pack Allied Goal Success: All players awarded a Victory Pack

Just Cause 2 MP Mod Beta Event

The Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Website has a timer counting down the just under eight hours remaining before the launch of a 48 hour beta event for the Just Cause 2 multiplayer modification. The pared-down page links to this tweet explaining: "48 hour weekend test starting Saturday [6PM AEST] [4AM EDT] [1AM PDT] [10AM CET] [8AM GMT]." Thanks VG247 via PCGamesN.

Drox Operative Beta Patches

A new pair of beta patches for Drox Operative are now available on the patches page for Soldak Entertainment's upcoming action/RPG. The change log details what's new in the Windows and OS X patches, and the description we received say simply: "This patch makes the races more distinct and fixes a bunch of small things."

Op Ed

Kotaku - You Shouldn't Have To Be Middle Class or Rich To Make Video Games.
For now, Valve says that Greenlight will continue to evolve. Fantastic. But it's not just Greenlight that needs to change. So, too, does the attitude surrounding who should be making games. Some people do it for the love, and so yes, they're going to keep going at it even though they might not make much of any money. So to tell a developer that they might want to reconsider their passion just because they're not rolling in cash is heartbreaking. They deserve to be here just as much as anyone else, and there's no shortage of things trying to keep them out.

On Sale

  • London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Point-and-Click Mix on GOG.com. Save 50%.
  • To the Moon on Steam. Save 20%.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: New Skyfall Movie Trailer. Thanks Ant.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Preorders; System Specs

2K Games and Firaxis are now offering pre-sales of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, their upcoming continuation of the strategic elements of the XCOM series of counter-UFO games. This is available through various digital distributors and includes the incentive of the Elite Soldier pack, which offers "top-of-the-line soldier customization features" they say "will only be available while supplies last" (can you exhaust a supply of digital content?). They also announce that those who pre-purchase the game through Steam have the opportunity to unlock incentives based on the number of other preorders: "If enough people pre-order XCOM: Enemy Unknown , they will unlock 3 exclusive XCOM-themed items in Team Fortress 2. If even more people pre-order, they will unlock a free copy of Firaxis’s other big title, Civilization V (and yes, you can gift it to a friend if you already own it)." Finally, with about a month to go before the game's release, they provide us with its system requirements:

Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows Vista
Software: Steam Client
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 20 GB free
Video Memory: 256 MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended Requirements:
OS: Windows 7
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 20 GB free
Video Memory: 512+ MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9000 series / ATI Radeon HD 3000 series or greater
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Additionally, VG247 has posted an E3 Gameplay Walkthrough video from the game.

G4 Makeover Coming?

Variety reports NBCUniversal is planning an "upscale" makeover for G4, their guy-centric cable network that still retains some of its original focus on video games, at least for the moment. They say the latest tweak to the networks brand will take place early next year, and their sources tell them it will take the channel "in a direction reminiscent of GQ" (insert Tom Brady joke here). Their unconfirmed report says this will involve "a more sophisticated look while remaining true to its tech and vid game roots," though many would argue that the channel strayed from those roots years ago with their previous rebranding. Thanks nin via Kotaku.

Dishonored DLC Plans

Though Dishonored is not due for release until next month, PC PowerPlay has word from executive producer Julien Roby on plans for DLC for Arkane's stealth assassination game. "Since DLC is more contained, we definitely want to try and explore more themes of the stories, the characters and the locations," he tells them. "When we did Dishonored, we wanted to build the world around the missions so that it was believable, and has a lot of elements that we don’t actually use in the game, so we definitely want to explore more of these things."

Ships Ahoy - PC I Am Alive

The PC edition of I Am Alive is now available, offering Ubisoft Shanghaï's post-apocalyptic survival/horror game. This can be found on Steam and on The Official Ubisoft Online Store, and those who buy it from Ubisoft over the next week will receive a bonus copy of Bloody Good Time for free. Here's the deal:

After having conquered hundreds of thousands of die hard survival enthusiasts and fans of dark post-apocalyptic fictions on consoles, I Am Alive, the ground breaking survival adventure game is finally coming to PC digital platforms.

I Am Alive cast the player as a lone survivor in a believable, dark and insecure post-apocalyptic world. One year after the Event, a worldwide cataclysmic event that wiped most of the human race, a man struggles for survival in a desolate city as he tries to reunite with his long lost wife and daughter.

Trine 2: Goblin Menace Released; On Sale

Trine 2: Goblin Menace is now available on Steam, offering the new DLC for Frozenbyte's platformer sequel at a 15% discount. Additionally, they have a sale where each Trine game is 75% off, with even greater savings on a bundle of the whole shebang. Here's word on the DLC:

Trine 2: Goblin Menace introduces six new skills to the Trine 2 game world and an all-new campaign, spanning six unique levels, further improving the award-winning visuals of the original Trine 2. All the new skills are also playable in the original game and provide additional fun in multiplayer for all Trine 2 players. The Goblin Menace campaign thrusts the heroic trio of Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight and Zoya the Thief into an adventure chock full of goblin villainy.

Linux Steam Beta Near? Here?

The CDR Database of tidbits found within the Steam data structures has an indication that the beta Linux client for Steam is near, if not available to some already, showing various options for a "subscription" to the beta. Thanks Joao.

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Saw my buddy Devicer for a bit yesterday and got to spend a little time with the Devicer family's beautiful puppy, Eugene, an 8 month old Great Dane. So just how big is a Great Dane when they are "little?" Well, he's tall enough to kiss my face while I'm sitting on a kitchen stool, and weighs every bit as much as I do. The projection is he'll end up about 25 pounds heavier than I am, to which I can only say I am glad he seems to really like me, as it would be pretty intimidating if he didn't.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Ninja Cannon.
Links: Catroulette.
Images: Convertible Table WIN.
Media: Dog is playing dead like a boss.
ELDERS REACT TO MARS LANDING. And BONUS.



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