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Monday, Sep 10, 2012

  

Steam Big Picture Beta Begins

The Steam Big Picture Page has word that the Windows beta for this new mode is now underway. "PC gaming continues to be the leading edge of entertainment, whether it's social gaming, MMOs, graphics hardware, free-to-play, or competitive gaming," said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. "With Big Picture for Steam, we are trying to do our part to give customers and developers what they want - their games, everywhere, optimized for the environment in which they are playing."

Obsidian Entertainment Tease

The Obsidian Entertainment Website has a mysterious tease with an image of a serpent eating its tail surrounding a number four. Clicking through leads to their forums where they have Project X Speculation & Discussion, so feel free to speculate and discuss to your hearts' content. Thanks VG247.

Star Supremacy Expansion This Month

Barbily Games announces that Star Supremacy will expand on September 25th following a month of testing of the new content for this MMORTS game. Word is: "The expansion update is expected to be the biggest update ever as numerous bugs and fixes have been made to improve and stabilize the game."

More Chris Roberts Game Teasing

Details on the Chris Roberts game tease discovered earlier can be found by entering the password "42" as a login to the Roberts Space Industries Website (thanks VG247/PCGamesN) as well as signups for accounts. Here's word:

Welcome!

If you’ve made it here, you probably know who I am. Maybe you have heard of Wing Commander and its sequels, or perhaps Strike Commander, Privateer or Freelancer.


If not, you’re still welcome!

I grew up making video games. I sold my first game at the age of 13 and created Wing Commander when I was 21. But 10 years ago, at the height of my career I took a break. Not because I stopped loving or playing games but because I had become frustrated with the limits of the technology at the time to realize my vision.

I decided to pursue my desire to create detailed worlds and tell sophisticated stories in film.

I always said the moment I became interested in making games again was when I was going to come back.

With the power of today’s computers and the reach of the internet I finally feel I have the tools to build the connected experience that I always dreamed of. A world that would be more satisfying and richer than any film I could work on.

With films you tell stories but with games you create worlds.

If you’ve played my games, you’ll know that’s what I love to do.

I’m here to tell you that I have been working on something for just under a year, something that embraces everything that my past games stood for but takes it to the next level.

I hope you’ll be as excited by it as I am.

My new endeavor is still in its early stages but I invite you to take the journey with me.

If you register below you’ll become an insider that will not only give you early access to the game’s website and forums, but you will also get the opportunity for rewards and privileges that no one else will get. It’s my way of showing how important your early involvement and support is.

The full announcement will be at 10am Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the 10th day of the 10th month of this year.

My name is Chris Roberts.

And if you would indulge me I would like to create a world for you.

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Into the Black

More Big Picture Details

The teasing of the new Big Picture mode that will put Steam games on your television continues, as Valve officially announces the Windows beta will begin later today. They have launched this page with details on what to expect from first-person browsing, daisy wheel typing, and more, which says a Mac beta is "coming soon" as well. Here's the announcement:

Valve announces a major update to the Steam gaming platform called Big Picture.

Steam's new Big Picture mode lets gamers access all of their favorite Steam games on a television. With the press of a button, Steam displays a new full-screen user interface optimized for readability and interaction on TV. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional game controller, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input.

Steam gamers can experience Big Picture by connecting their PC or Mac to a TV, typically with a single HDMI cable. Access to the complete Steam store is included, as is the Steam Community. In addition to their complete library of Steam games, each user's cloud files, Steam Workshop content, account information and preferences will be accessible automatically in the new mode.

Continue here to read the full story.

Chris Roberts Game Countdown?

The Roberts Space Industries Website features a timer counting down the seconds to a point about 30 days hence, and The Starport makes the case that this countdown will culminate in the reveal of a new game from Chris Roberts, as this seems to belong to Cloud Imperium Games, which Roberts' LinkedIn Profile indicates is a new "skunk works company / project" recently launched by the Wing Commander developer. The site speculates this will be something new in the vein of the Wing Commander/Freelancer/Privateer space combat universe, and they have a teaser image to support this. A slight complication is the indication that at one point this timer was to hit zero today, so it's been reset somewhere along the way. Thanks Verno.

Steam Big Picture Mode Preview; Trailer

Kotaku has a hands-on preview of the Steam Big Picture Mode, which will launch as a beta today. They discuss what this first step will and will not mean to PC and console gaming, and offer Valve's thoughts on how this may or may not lead to development of a dedicated Steam set-top box. Here's what they say to expect: "Here are the basics: this afternoon, when Big Picture goes live, you'll be able to push a button and turn Steam into an entirely new interface. It sort of looks like the dashboard on an Xbox 360, minus the advertisements and other clutter that can make that system so irritating to navigate. And it allows you to do almost everything you can do on vanilla Steam: you can buy games, browse the web, and even chat with your friends using the platform's standard in-game overlay." They also have this trailer showing what the new mode looks like. Continue here to read the full story.

New IndieFort Bundle

GamersGate has launched a third IndieFort Bundle, providing a new twist on the indie bundle concept with a build your own bundle offer, or more accurately, three such offers. They have a pool of 24 games from which to choose, and customers can pick three for USD $4.00, six for $7.00, or nine for $9.00. This promotion will run through the end of the month, but if that's not enough for you, word is: "There will also be an option to purchase all the games in the near future."

U.K. Sales Charts

As is their way, GfK Chart-Track now provides a list of the top 20 bestselling full-price PC games for the week ending September 8th. The Sims 3 Supernatural is the new number on entry on this Sims-heavy list, pushing Guild Wars 2 down to number two. The new Sims game debuts at number two on the all-platforms chart, second only to Sleeping Dogs, while Guild Wars 2 drops to number six from the top spot.

Steam Top 10

Valve's list of the ten bestselling titles on Steam for the week showed up this morning, as opposed to its usual Sunday release, offering the following list:

  1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  2. Borderlands 2
  3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  4. ARMA II Combined Operations
  5. Crysis Collection
  6. Crysis 2 Maximum Edition
  7. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
  8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard
  9. I AM Alive
  10. Sleeping Dogs

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Out of the Blue

Well, I'm suffering the opposite swing of my good fortune of having avoided catching any colds for several years, as I now have a cold for the third consecutive change of seasons (which does indeed cause a good deal of distress for Hudson the wonder dog, thanks Ant). The last one I had was this nasty lingering affair, but this one really came on strong yesterday, and I already feel better today than I did then, so I'm hoping there's reason for optimism that this one will pass more quickly.

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