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Monday, Sep 24, 2012

  

Alea Jacta Est Released

The AGEOD Shop now offers online sales of Alea Jacta Est, the Roman Empire strategy game with a title that translates as "The Die is Cast." The game is also coming soon to Matrix Games and it is the subject of a Steam Greenlight campaign. Here's the description:

Now you can replay five episodes from Rome's tumultuous history of Civil Wars. "Alea Jacta Est" is now available for all armchair commanders who believe that they know how Pompey could have saved the Republic or how the provincial upstart Vespasian could have been kept from the imperial purple.

Alea Jacta Est is the latest historical wargame from French wargame developer AGEOD, the makers of the critically acclaimed "Birth of America" and popular "American Civil War". Review codes are available for any interested critic who wants to try their hand at a classic turn-based game with five challenging scenarios ranging from the decline of Rome's republic to the squabbling of generals in the early Empire.

Steamships Ahoy - Colour Bind

The Colour Bind Website announces this physics game based on colored (or coloured, if you prefer) gravity, is now available on Steam, and on sale for 20% off for the first week of release. Here's a description of what to expect: "Imagine a world where Newton's Laws of Gravity are connected to Picasso's Laws of Colour. In Finn Morgan's devilish spin on the traditional physics-platform genre, the colour of objects is tied to the push and pull of gravity. You must manipluate switches and break through obstacles in ways that will make you question whether what goes up must, indeed, come down." A Colour Bind Competition is also underway, promising "actual trophies" for the winners. Finally, here's the launch trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Telepath Tactics Likely Delayed

Sinisterdesign.net offers a new September 2012 update for Telepath Tactics, keeping us up with development of this upcoming multiplayer game based on Telepath RPG. The post outlines a couple of setbacks and an increased focus on enhancing the game's single-player component which have resulted in a probable change to the game's planned release date, as word is: "I mention all of this to presage the following: it is becoming obvious to me that a Winter 2012 release is most likely not going to happen. If I had decided to scrap the requirement for smooth, detailed character animations and kept the game’s scope narrowly focused on multiplayer, it might have been possible, but I want something grand. The price of grandiosity, it seems, is waiting." We're told the game is probably going to be released at some point in 2013.

Might and Magic: Heroes VI Patch

Accompanying today's announcement of Might & Magic: Heroes VI Gold Edition comes word on Steam of a new patch for the RTS sequel, which paves the way for the imminent Danse Macabre adventure pack among other things. There are also manual versions of the various language editions of the patch, which can be downloaded from AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls.

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Link of the Day: Ferret Hides TV Remote. An eternal mystery solved. Even if we don't know it, we apparently all own ferrets. Thanks Ant.

Might & Magic: Heroes VI Gold Edition This Week

The Might & Magic Website announces the Might & Magic Heroes 6 Gold Edition, which will be released this Thursday, along with the Danse Macabre Adventure Pack for Might & Magic: Heroes VI (thanks Gamer's Hell). This will bundle Danse Macabre and the enhanced edition of the latest installment in the Might & Magic real-time strategy series along with the previously released Pirates of the Savage Sea adventure pack. This trailer shows off the Gold Edition. Continue here to read the full story.

Assassin's Creed III Video Overload

Computer and Video Games offers gameplay videos from what they call a "monster 3-hour playthrough" of Assassin's Creed III. Not to be out-excessed, IGN offers their own "ton" of videos from Ubisoft's stealth/assassination sequel. Reading our minds before our lips could even ask why, IGN explains: "at the end of the day we know you kind of just want to watch a bunch of footage and drool over it." The gang at VG247 apparently didn't get the memo, as their video clocks in at a modest nine-and-a-half minutes, though of course you always have the option to loop it and watch for three hours.

Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package In November

THQ and Volition announce Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, coming this November, offering a complete bundle of Saints Row: The Third and all the post-release content for the open-world action sequel, down to the last weaponized sex toy. Here's word:

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Volition, Inc. today announced Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package will be available for purchase in North America on November 6, 2012, and internationally on November 9, 2012 for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation Network and Windows PC for the suggested retail price of $49.99.

“With all the amazing and over-the-top DLC Volition created, the Full Package now stands as the definitive edition of Saints Row: The Third. For anyone that has yet to play this one-of-a-kind game, it’s time to strap it on.” The premiere edition of Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package includes the award-winning, critically-acclaimed, almost universally lauded Saints Row: The Third; the three downloadable mission packs Genkibowl VII, Gangstas In Space, and The Trouble With Clones; and more than 30 bonus DLC items from such hits as the Shark Attack pack, Witches & Wieners pack, Special Operations pack, and the Genki Girl Vehicle pack. With every weapon, every vehicle, and every outfit ever created for Saints Row: The Third, players will go over the top, off the reservation, and to places where no decent game should go.

“The fans have asked for it, and with the Full Package, we are happy to deliver,” said Kevin Kraff, Vice President, Global Brand Management for THQ. “With all the amazing and over-the-top DLC Volition created, the Full Package now stands as the definitive edition of Saints Row: The Third. For anyone that has yet to play this one-of-a-kind game, it’s time to strap it on.”

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Demo

Steam's XCOM: Enemy Unknown Page is now accepting pre-purchases of Firaxis' upcoming continuation of the X-COM series of counter-UFO strategy games, which includes an unusual program that offers customers increasing levels of rewards as more of them commit in advance of the game's release next month. The page also now offers a demo of the game playable through Steam. This announcement has more details on pre-purchase incentives and a special edition of the game at some retailers, as well as the following explanation of what to expect from the demo:

Gamers who download the demo will be guided through two levels of the single-player tutorial campaign, experiencing the combat controls and effective tactics for defending humanity against the alien threat. The two tutorial missions will also introduce players to the XCOM base, where soldier training and researching alien technology takes place, and offers a chance to experience the tactical and strategic layers of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The XCOM: Enemy Unknown playable demo will be available soon for console gamers.

War of the Roses and A Game of Dwarves Next Month

Paradox Interactive sends along a release schedule, confirming a September 26th release for Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour, and saying both War of the Roses and A Game of Dwarves are expected next month. Here's word:

War of the Roses
An ambitious and gritty 3rd person multiplayer action game, War of the Roses seeks to put large teams of players into the muddied mail boots of medieval soldiers, allowing them to unlock a wealth of persistent elements as a 1,500lb mounted knight, nimble archer, cunning footmen or anything in between.

Release date: October 2nd, 2012

A Game of Dwarves
Can you dig it? A classic management game with a fantasy twist, A Game of Dwarves gives gamers the tricky task of overseeing and expanding an underground colony of industrious, treasure-hoarding dwarves deep down underground. With all sorts of ancient caverns and forgotten creatures beneath your feet, only one question remains: Will you delve too greedily, and too deep?

Release date: October 23rd, 2012

Beneath a Steel Sky Sequel Confirmed

Though the just-completed successful Kickstarter for Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse Adventure did not hit the funding milestone that would trigger a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky, Tony Warriner of Revolution Software tells Develop their Kickstarter experience has inspired them to begin work on the follow up anyway, and full development will commence after the release of their just-funded project: "We're delighted by the recent level of interest in a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky and are currently discussing design ideas for this project which we plan to go into development following the release of Broken Sword - The Serpent's Curse," he explains. "We're deeply touched that our Steel Sky fans are as enthusiastic today as they were when the original game released in 1994."

The Secret World's New Game Director

Funcom announces Joel Bylos has taken up the reins as Game Director of The Secret World, their conspiratorial MMORPG. The game suffered recent layoffs which included the game's lead designer, and this post from Ragnar Tørnquist explains Joel's role in the operation as well as how Ragnar is stepping down as the game's senior producer to focus on his role as creative director. "Being given the opportunity to lead the game into a bold, new future is definitely a dream come true for me," says Bylos. "I am very proud of what we as a team have created with ‘The Secret World’, and it is truly a brilliant canvas that will allow us to create more groundbreaking MMO experiences for many years to come. ‘The Secret World’ is only really getting started, and with a game world that draws upon our own, real world, there is no limit to what sort of amazing stories we can tell and fantastic locations we can visit in the upcoming content updates."

U.K. Sales Charts

A new GfK Chart-Track list is online, showing the 20 bestselling full-price PC entertainment titles for the week ending September 22nd. This week sees three new entries in the top 10, as Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 debuts at number six, F1 2012 is number five, and Borderlands 2 enters the chart at number one. The all platforms chart also introduces those same three games in the same order, but on that chart they debut in the top three positions.

PopCap Dublin Closed

EA has shut down PopCap Dublin, leaving the studio's staff of 96 out of work, reports Develop. EA made cuts at PopCap last month, and at the time said they were in the process of "exploratory consultation" to determine the future of their Dublin operation, so there were warning signs this might happen. According to the report, a spokesperson said that the displaced staff are being provided with outplacement support, and are being offered jobs in other areas at PopCap, EA, and technology partners in Ireland.

Mark of the Ninja Confirmed for Steam: No GFWL

Kotaku has a confirmation of recent indications that Mark of the Ninja is coming to Steam, saying Klei Entertainment's platformer should appear on the service within the next couple of weeks. "I'm primarily a PC person myself and I'm not okay, in any way, with this feeling like a shoddy port," lead designer Nels Anderson reassures them. "It's my intention that this is a full, proper version of the game in its own right." They also have reassurances that in spite of being published by Microsoft, this version of the game will not be saddles with the Games for Windows LIVE service. Thanks nin.

Company of Heroes 2 Preorders

The Company of Heroes 2 Website announces THQ's upcoming World War II real-time strategy sequel is now available for preorder. This page can help you locate a retailer in your region, and this press release outlines specific bonuses available to incentivize your advance commitment. Purchasing the game will also involve choosing between Standard and Collector's editions, and here's how the two versions differ:

Pre-order customers of the Standard Edition will receive special vehicle skins that feature historically-accurate patterns, as well as first access to the Company of Heroes 2 Beta when it launches! In addition to these incentives, customers who pre-order through Steam will be enrolled into the exclusive Steam Pre-Purchase Tiered Reward Program, which will deliver various unlocks as pre-orders progress. Origin pre-order customers will receive exclusive heavy vehicle skins! Finally, shopTHQ customers will get Command Pass, which delivers free bonus content for the game, such as Multiplayer Maps and exclusive members-only events.

The Digital Collector’s Edition is available for $99.99, and will include the first three single player “Content Packs” as they become available, in addition to the Command Pass, exclusive heavy tank skins, and a Veteran badge that displays on the player’s in-game profile. Digital Collector’s edition customers will also receive the original Company of Heroes base game and both of its expansion packs! Pre-order today to take advantage of these exclusive offers!

Steam Greenlight Perspectives

Joystiq has some numbers presented by Valve during a panel discussion showing how the new Steam Greenlight program is being used so far. They show a slide saying that 949,156 users have cast 9,998,476 votes for 3,195 games submitted for Greenlight consideration. 1,110 of those games have been banned either for being inappropriate or being jokes, and that there are now about 800 "Legitimate, Publicly Visible Items" remaining for consideration in addition to the 10 games that have already been approved. There's also an interesting article on Kotaku Australia written by the developer of Zafehouse: Diaries, which is currently art of the program, giving a perspective on this from the other side of the fence, describing the exciting, frightening, and "confronting" nature of the process.

Anna Launch Trailer

A launch trailer for Anna is now online, celebrating the release of the Windows edition of Dreampainters' psychological/horror adventure game (the OS X version is said to be coming "soon"). Word is: "To celebrate the launch of Anna, the horror adventure game from developers Dreampainters, Kalypso Media Digital has today released a chilling new trailer showing some of the eerie locations and brain twisting puzzles you can expect to find on your quest through the human psyche." Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Had a fine old time in our craft fair outing: And we've gotten to the point where the salsa guy recognizes us. He also had a new variety that's pretty awesome: A ghost pepper salsa, which is very tasty, but not as hot as you'd imagine from the name, and not nearly as spicy as the "stupid hot" variety he sells (and yes, I got my sticker).

Spicy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Demon Shift.
Amoebas - Clockwork Monster.
Links: NES light gun gets a laser upgrade, fulfils countless childhood dreams. Thanks HARDOCP.
Stories: Emmys 2012: 'Homeland' Wins Outstanding Drama Series.
Science: Reading and writing quantum bits on a single electron spin.
New breast cancer clues found in gene analysis.
Images: 3D printed Möbius strip of the 1st level of Mario. End to beginning to end to beginning.
Media: Not Your Parents' Book Club.
Kitten meets glass door.
Russian Army Cadets Gaga Over Gaga.
The Funnies: xkcd- Think Logically.



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