There's a Valve interview on VG247
talking with Valve's Chet Faliszek about life at Valve, and what they are up to, including a discussion of VR tech
. On a related note, GamesIndustry International
has a response from Chet to yesterday's rumor
that Nexon was bidding to acquire Valve, to which he responds: "There's no thoughts about that - everyone likes working there, we like working together we like the culture we have and the way it works because of all the parts of it. We're not changing any of that, we're pretty happy. We're doing OK." When asked if he could explicitly deny the rumor, he responded: "Yeah!"
The Washington Post
has word that the U.S. Attorney's office in Rhode Island has stated there will be no federal charges following "a narrow and focused review of 38 Studios to see if any federal laws were broken, including bank fraud" in relation to the studio's financing and closure. They also note that the Rhode Island State Police are continuing to investigate whether any state laws were violated and that the state Economic Development Corp. has also hired a law firm to "investigate whether anyone might be held financially liable for the deal."
now offers The Oktoberfest Bundle, a collection of six games to be had on the cheap. Here's word on the contents:
- Hector: Badge of Carnage Trilogy (from The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games and co-creator Straandlooper)
- Adventures of Shuggy
- Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble
- The Witch's Yarn
- The Network
Wastelands Interactive announces plans for free DLC for Strategic War in Europe
offering alternate history scenarios beginning in 1945. There is no release date yet for the DLC, which will be free besides requiring the original game. Here's word:
The new DLC, labeled Strategic War in Europe: 1945 is adds several features to the game, but primarily focuses on a new Post-War 1945 'What-If' scenario between the Allies and USSR with other minor communist countries joining the fight.
- Post War 1945 'What-If' Scenario
- New Campaign that spans three years of gameplay
- Nuclear Weapons
- Monthly Turns
- Focused Land Battles between Red & White Star
- Dozens of Choices designed to push the 'What-If' situation on this war front.
Will Allies be able to achieve what Napoleon once did? The conquering of Moscow? Will the Reds be able to reach the Atlantic coast?
Will Patton beat Zhukov's? Will Stalin rule all of Europe?
The Wasteland Chronicles
has a new blog entry written by Brian Fargo about Wasteland 2
, inXile Entertainment's upcoming RPG sequel (thanks Cutter). He apologized for the lack of communication, saying he's been focused on the game's script, going on to explain why getting this done early in development is so essential:
I have been very focused on getting the first pass at all the writing complete by October. The thing that is most critical in creating a deep and re-playable experience is for us to have plenty of iteration time on the game. There is simply no substitute for allowing plenty of time for us to play the game over and over thus allowing us to hone in on the things that people are going try in the world. A wonderfully written script is not valuable if it is delivered too far into the development process. This game is going to be much deeper than most people realize and I will go out on a limb to say it is nearly impossible for two people to have the same experience playing through the game as there are so many nuanced decisions. The caliber of writing is very impressive and for those who wanted an M rated experience… you will be more than satisfied. We don’t pull any punches on the subject matters of a dark post apocalyptic world. My attitude is that if you going into a genre that has expectations then GO THERE.. all the way. It is for the same reasons I tend to love all the great shows and writing that I find on Showtime and HBO and find myself turned off by the material on network television. I don’t like to see pandering to a mass audience for my TV shows and I certainly won’t allow this game to soften up a rough world.
now offers new version 0.922 beta patches for the Windows and OS X editions of Drox Operative
, Soldak Entertainment's upcoming action/RPG. Word is: "This patch allows you to see the race's technology and as usual fixes a bunch of small things." Complete details are in this change list
- The Binding of Isaac on Steam. Save 75%.
- Cortex Command on Steam. Save 10%.
- Square Enix Squad on GOG.com. Save 60%.
- Total War Weekend on Steam. Save 25%.
looks to raise capital for development of Nexus 2: The Gods Awaken
, a sequel to the space-based real-time tactics game Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
. The developer for the project is Most Wanted Entertainment, which was formed by members of Mithis Entertainment, the now-defunct developer of the original game, and their goal is $650K to create the sequel. Here's word:
The creators of the original game now have a unique proposal for you… to participate in the development, by pledging funds that will allow us to begin production of the next instalment in the Nexus story.
Our vision is clear: we have a full design for a truly worthy successor to the original game, one which will take forward the story of mankind’s expeditions to the hostile reaches of interstellar space, and bring it up to date with state-of-the-art visuals and even richer gameplay.
Paradox Interactive announces plans for a TwitchTV
live stream on October 2nd to celebrate the launch of War of the Roses
, Fatshark's Danny DeVito-free multiplayer action game. They say: "War of the Roses is barreling onto PCs everywhere on Tuesday and soon-to-be knights can join Paradox Interactive as they count down to the title’s release on Steam. Starting at 5pm GMT / 9am PDT on October 2, Senior Producer Gordon Van Dyke will host a live stream where players can chat with him pre-launch and then challenge the good sir knight in-game upon its launch. Accompanying Van Dyke will be a slew of guests, including internet personalities Tejbz, Maven, and 2GD, who will also join the fray come launch time, and will battle it out online with those deemed worthy. Or, just by whoever finds out which server they’re on."
The Diablo III Website
has updated Public Test Realm Patch version 1.0.5 for the upcoming patch for Blizzard's action/RPG sequel. A number of additional planned changes are highlighted, including a doubling of legendary item drop rates.
Aspyr Media announces
the release of the Mac OS X edition
of Call of Duty: Black Ops
, Treyarch's military shooter sequel. This also includes the First Strike Content Pack (first-ish, in this case) with four additional multiplayer maps and the Ascension zombie experience, and the Rezurrection Content Pack is also available as a separate purchase.
Winter Wolves Games
now offers The Castle of N'mar, an expansion for Loren The Amazon Princess
, their fantasy-themed role-playing game. The expansion is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux, and requires the original game to play. A playable demo is provided, and here's a bit on the add-on: "The expansion enriches the core game by adding thrilling non-linear quests into unexplored lands, several new playable characters, and brand new quests that give more insight into existing party members. You'll want to replay the game again and again with the many new endings now available – and the harrowing choices you'll need to make to get them."
Turkish developer Vivec Entertainment announces
a delay to the release of Shadow of a Soul
, saying the Windows and OS X first-person horror game is now due in May 2013 after being originally announced
for release next month. "Ever since the first trailer of the game, 'The Room,' was released on December 20, 2012, the response from gamers has been uniformly positive and encouraging," says Ferzan K. Aygen, CEO of Vivec Entertainment. "As an indie developer, I want to create a game that is worthy of all the support I've received thus far. I've decided to postpone the release in order to fully achieve my goal of creating an intense and scary game."
An interview on The Library of Congress blog
(I know, right?) talks with David Gibson, one of the technicians involved in curating the library's growing collection of video games. He explains that their collection is benefiting from a recent change in the copyright process that requires submission of a full copy of each game, discusses the process of storing game boxes for posterity, and outlines their struggle with making the games accessible to researchers without endangering the ephemeral elements of their packaging.
from Farming Simulator 2013
opens up the garage to show off the various tractors and combines available to players in this agriculture simulation that's coming to Windows PCs next month. Word is: "All the biggest brands including Case IH, Deutz-Fahr, Lamborghini, Grimme, Amazon and many others are all featured in the game, offering players a large selection of vehicles and tools to drive and use. From tractors to harvesters, drilling machines to balers, and every other tool and vehicle imaginable, each category features a complete range of authentic machines, modeled and animated in accurate detail." Continue here to read the full story
Bitmob - Classic games don't always hold up.
No lie, some games simply don't age well. They were products of their time, and time moved on. The very first Tomb Raider revolutionized video games in several ways, and its rigid, on-the-grid puzzles and auto-aim gunfights were fun at the time. But when developer Crystal Dynamics remade it a decade later as Tomb Raider Anniversary, they upgraded the gameplay to reflect how I game now; modern designs, greater flexibility, more control. I loved playing Tomb Raider in 1997, but I couldn't go back to it now. I'd play the 2007 version instead.
I got great news from my buddy Devicer, as his cat Josie showed up yesterday after being missing for almost two weeks. Anyone who knows her wouldn't be that surprised that she was able to take care of herself out in the country on her own through heavy thunderstorms and cool autumn nights, as she is that classic tough alpha cat (she used to try to pounce on Hudson the wonder dog in hilarious Cato versus Inspector Clouseau scenarios), but she's also a 16 year-old housecat, so hope was beginning to fade with every passing day. She's by far my favorite cat in the world, so I am overjoyed that this story has a happy ending. It's just too bad she can't tell us what happened.