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Sunday, Sep 30, 2012

  

Abe's Oddysee HD Becomes New N' Tasty!

Perhaps proving all the good games have been taken, Oddworld Inhabitants and developer Just Add Water announce Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New N' Tasty!, is the official title for their upcoming remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. Eurogamer has their explanation that the Abe's Oddysee HD title was not appropriate because it implies a sprucing up of an old game, as opposed to them "starting from nothing and rebuilding an entire game from scratch," which may slightly contradict their other point that: "We've not changed it. We've just modernised it because it's not a flip screen game any more." They offer a trailer of the game's presentation at the Eurogamer Expo, and the following explanation of the remake:

Lanning said the new 3D graphics mean JAW can take a "retro neo approach" to showing off the game world. All the FMVs from the original are now rendered in real-time using the game engine without breaks in the gameplay.

The level design and puzzles are 80-90 per cent the same as in the original. Gilray provided an example of a difference. "In the original game, the fifth screen into it, there was a sleeping Slig. When you walked into the screen he woke up. To reset it you just walked off screen and came back on screen again creeping. We don't have flip screens any more, so we've made it so he times out. Say he walks around for 10 seconds and you haven't moved, he won't have heard anything and will go back to sleep again.

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Nyrthos Trailer; Alpha Details

This trailer offers a look at gameplay footage from the alpha version of Nyrthos, an upcoming browser-based action/RPG from indie developer BeerDeer Games. The Nyrthos Website has details on the game, including an Alpha FAQ and word on alpha access for preorder customers. Here's a little on the game: "Our game also features a day / night / weather cycle that strongly impacts the game world; simply put, the night is very dark and deadly, so many actions have to be performed during the day. The cycle influences enemies, spawnable items and resources, events and other stuff. We love it!" Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website now features an updated list of hotfixes applied to the servers since the recent version 5.0.5 patch for Blizzard's MMORPG. The list is pretty extensive, covering changes to classes, creatures, items, pet battles, quests, and bug fixes.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's accounting of the 10 bestselling games on Steam for this past week:

  1. Borderlands 2
  2. Torchlight II
  3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  5. Total War: Master Collection
  6. Arma II: Combined Operations
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  8. Saints Row The Third
  9. FTL: Fater Than Light
  10. Borderlands 2 Season Pass

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Previews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

We had a fine old family outing yesterday, and the pastrami was exceptional, so a good time was had by all. It was a bit of an adventure on the roads, however, as we were confronted by a startling number of drivers who had difficulty staying even remotely in their own lane. My temptation is to blame it on cell phones, but in spite of seeing evidence that it was in some cases, it makes me feel like an old fogey to say that.

Mobile Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Kaboomz 4.
Links: Zagat: America's Best Chain Burgers, Fries, Coffee and More.
Stories: 'Carmageddon,' the sequel: So far, Los Angeles drivers staying home. Thanks nin.
Jack White abruptly ends Radio City Music Hall show, drawing wrath of New York crowd.
Webb, Garfield Set For Spidey Sequel.
Science: African mouse regenerates lost skin, cartilage and hair without scarring.
Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar-Based Batteries.
Media: Serbian Road Rage And Accidents.
Pitcher Makes an Incredible Catch.
The Carbayashi Maru Scenario.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
Brevity.
Follow-up: BP spill settlement talks stall as U.S. demands $18 billion- paper.

Saturday, Sep 29, 2012

Gone Gold - Dishonored

The Bethesda Blog announces that development is complete on Dishonored, and Arkane's stealth/assassination game will be available for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 9th in North America and October 12th in Europe. They celebrate the news with a giveaway of "an extremely limited" Overseer mask and a signed copy of the game. Here's a description from the Dishonored website:

You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the Empress. Framed for her murder and driven by revenge, you must become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card.

As you navigate a world torn apart by plague and oppressed by a government armed with strange new technologies, the truth behind your betrayal is as murky as the waters surrounding the city.

The choices you make will determine the fate of the world, but no matter what happens your old life is gone forever.

On Black Ops 2 PC Servers & Security

A post on the Call of Duty Community Website outlines details on PC online security, matchmaking and servers in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Treyarch's upcoming military shooter sequel. Here's a handy summary of key points courtesy of One Of Swords, where there's also a discussion of some of the negative backlash this has inspired:

  • All servers are dedicated servers, used for public matchmaking and league play.
  • There will be servers located around the globe.
  • You can’t rent a dedicated server; they’re just free for your use.
  • Anti-cheat is handled via VAC + Treyarch’s own proprietary tech working in tandem.
  • Treyarch has a “full-time dedicated anti-cheat team” to police the servers.
  • Server files will not be made available to the public. Treyarch runs them.
  • Mods will not be supported.

Blackspace Kickstarter

This Kickstarter seeks backers for Blackspace, an upcoming action strategy game that is a bit of an homage to the classic Asteroids arcade game, among other things. They offer a spiffy trailer that concludes with the game's motto: "Plan. Dig. Defend. Survive." Here's more:

Blackspace is a defensive action / strategy game that takes place in the not too distant future, when asteroid mining has become common. Piloting a mining craft around a unique series of asteroids, you will be establishing mining operations while defending yourself from incoming enemies who loot and destroy.

The key features in this game are a destructible spherical play surface, direct control of the environment and extensive use of physics to make the experience more organic and non-formulaic. Upgrade and modify your ship and your operations to suit your play style.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Interactive Trailer

This trailer is an interactive look at XCOM: Enemy Unknown allowing the chance to take command of a squad and see how your command decisions impact the outcome of a battle in the upcoming reimagining of the X-COM series. Word is: "This interactive demo illustrates the important choices you will make in XCOM: Enemy Unknown. In the actual game, you will control your XCOM operatives directly." Continue here to read the full story.

Torchlight II Development Video

This trailer from Runic Games offers a wild look at three years of development of Torchlight II in a compelling abstract form based on activity in their source control system. Word is: "Every piece of art, sound, or code that helped shape the game is represented somewhere in the frenzy. The music is a recently unearthed archaeological selection from the long-distant schoolboy days of a certain Runic Games employee who shall remain nameless to spare he and his cohorts the embarrassment. We welcome your speculation and evidence in the comments." Thanks IncGamers. Continue here to read the full story.

The Sims 3 Patch

The Sims 3 Website has details on a new patch for The Sims 3 to update the lifestyle simulation to version 1.39. The update can be applied automatically from within the game, and there are also a manual versions of the patch on The Patches Scrolls for Windows and OS X in various languages, and the PC editions. This forum post has details on the new version, explaining this will make the new Supernatural expansion a trifle less spooky: "We’ve also been reading your feedback and know some of you have had some issues with undesired zombie spawns if you happened to save your game during a full moon. Today we have released a Game Update that addresses this issue. Once you have this Game Update, you'll no longer need to worry about infecting save games with this issue. If your save game has already been infected by this, you will need to create a new save game. However, you can preserve your household or your house by exporting them using the Edit Town mode and importing them into a new save game."

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Not sure, but I think we're going to end up at a Brooklyn deli at some point today for some pastrami. I hope it works out, as it's been too long, and pastrami withdrawal is not a pretty sight.

Pretty Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Rogue Soul.
Stories: Experts foresaw problems with F-22; solutions rejected. Thanks Slashdot.
Navy Announces Research Vessel to be Named in Honor of Neil Armstrong. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Machine Vision Sees Into Chickens’ Futures. Frequently involves frying pans.
Telescope fights for funding. Thanks Slashdot.
DNA from maggot guts used to identify corpse in criminal case.
Media: Sesame Street- Birdwalk Empire.



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