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Saturday, Oct 06, 2012

  

Legends of Pegasus Developer Bankrupt

The Novacore Studios Website has news that the Legends of Pegasus developer has declared insolvency, and has ceased operations (thanks Slashman). The Kalypso Forums confirm this means this means an end to support for the recently released 4X strategy game, inspiring frustration in users hoping that some show-stopper bugs, some of whom are now inquiring about whether this should entitle them to refunds. Here's Kalypso's explanation of the situatuion:

Developer Novacore had to fine for bancruptcy this week. We assume there will be no further development of patches for Legends of Pegasus but cannot make any statements on the state of the bancruptcy.

It is also legally not possible for us to just hand out the source code of the game for further community development as the code also includes software that is not open source.

This situation is very unsatisfactory, for us but of course especially for you. But it is all we can say for now.

World of Warcraft Patch Plans and Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website announces a new version 5.1 patch for Mists of Pandaria will be added soon to the Public Test Realm for Blizzard's MMORPG. The accompanying notes outline plans for additional content, pet battle improvements, item upgrades, and more. On a related note, the list of Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes is updated with a very lengthy list of new fixes implemented on the server side of the game.

More Project Eternity Stretch Goals

Obsidian Community Forum and the Project Eternity Kickstarter Page outline more stretch goals for this upcoming RPG. With the project at over 200% of its $1.1 million goal, they haul out the big guns to start attracting serious money, offering exclusive in-game pets for $50 backers, a hardcover book for $250 backers, and adding players names to the game for $500. They also announce more details on their mega-dungeon goals and offer expanded answers to questions from reddit about the game's combat system. Thanks nin.

On Sale

  • Bribe the Wife Sale on Stormpowered. Save 40%.
  • The Cursed Crusade on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Dawn if War Franchise on Steam. Save 75%.
  • The Storming, Burning, Reflecting, Flaming, Sabotaging Pack on Amazon.com. Save 89%. Thanks Neutronbeam.

Gatherings & Competitions

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ADATA Premier Pro SP900 256GB SSD on TechwareLabs.
  • ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard on PC Perspective.
  • Avexir Core Series DDR3 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit on eTeknix.
  • Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced M-ITX PC Chassis on eTeknix.
  • Deepcool Neptwin CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
  • Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 (A85X) Motherboard on eTeknix.
  • Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 on Vortez.
  • Patriot “Intel Extreme Masters” Edition 2133MHz 8GB on Bjorn3D.com.
  • Prolimatech MK-26 Video Card Cooler on TweakTown.
  • Rosewill RHTS-11004 Supra-aural Headphones on techPowerUp.
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Vapor-X Video Card on Legit Reviews.
  • Silicon Power Marvel M60 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Nikk Tech.
  • Wavemaster Moody 2.1 Lautsprechersystem on Technic3D. In German.

etc.

Out of the Blue

The weatherman suggests this may be the last nice weekend of the year in these parts. I hope he's wrong, but I will try and appreciate how pleasant it is in case he's right.

Also, a forum user requests that other users here consider restricting their signatures to the actual signature, rather than also appending some form of signoff to the body of each post, as it promotes formatting problems in nested quotes. Seems like a worthwhile request, so I thought I'd pass that along for everyone's consideration.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Pocket Creature PVP.
Stories: Bees in France produce blue and green honey; beekeepers blame M&Ms. Thanks Cutter.
Customer learns security company that claims to be nationwide only operates in 8 states.
Laser strikes against airplanes now an “epidemic,” says FBI. Being an asshole is contagious.
Science: Turd-eating worms clear air around Canadian toilets.
Images: Cosplay of the Day.
Media: Neglected Ducks Get Their First Swim.
NBA Worst Flops of All Time.
Egyptian parkour style - total fail. Thanks reddit.
Follow-up: Climate change disbelievers get most column space in U.S. and UK newspapers.

Friday, Oct 05, 2012

Darkfall Online Closing When Unholy Wars Arrives

A post to the Darkfall Blog has word that Darkfall Online will be shut down upon the launch of Darkfall Unholy Wars, which was originally announced as an expansion for the MMORPG, but they now say is a separate game: "These are different games and the DFUW character system is incompatible with the old characters. These are two completely different worlds, there is a different skill acquisition system, different skills, different stats, all the way down to the story-line everything makes them incompatible." As for Darkfall Online players, they speak of commemorating characters of the old game in the new one, and make the following offer:

As far as Darkfall Online players needing to buy Darkfall Unholy Wars or not, we will keep our promise and give everyone who ever bought Darkfall Online the opportunity to get the new game just for the price of the subscription. Even though we had promised this before we decided to make a new game, it’s the least we can do for our community.

Legend of Grimrock Dungeon Editor

The Legend of Grimrock Website announces the release of the Dungeon Editor to allow the creation of new content for this dungeon crawler. The editor comes in a new version 1.31 patch that also includes some bug fixes for the game, and the manual version of the patch is mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell. This trailer from when the editor entered beta testing shows off its capabilities.

Need For Speed Most Wanted Trailer

This trailer from Need For Speed Most Wanted highlights the most wanted list in the upcoming racing action game, showing off the one-on-one events that can earn players the notoriety that accompanies being the most wanted driver in Fairhaven City. Word is: "Race, chase and explore your way to the top. Your goal is to become the Most Wanted. Win races, find new cars, beat your friends’ records, ditch the cops, wreck your rivals or explore the city: everything you do in Most Wanted earns you Speed Points, increases your Speed Level and attracts the attention of the ten Most Wanted Racers." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • Activision Greats on GOG.com. Save 60%.
  • Blades of Time on Steam. Save 40%.
  • Nethergate: Resurrection on Steam. Save 20%.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Into the Black

Loot Drop Kickstarter Interview

An interview on Gamasutra talks with Tom Hall and Brenda Brathwaite of Loot Drop about their just-announced Kickstarter for an "old school RPG." They discuss their goal of melding traditional elements like character development and investment with modern elements like advanced graphics. There's also a discussion of how the pair will be developing two different parts of the same game world, which explains why one of the Kickstarter's stretch goals is two separate games. Here's a bit on that:

Brathwaite and Hall have conceived of the game as having two distinct worlds part of the same universe and the same timeline, where one of them is fundamentally Brathwaite's and the other's is Hall's, with a bridge connecting the two.

Hall's second world is viewed as something of a sequel if the game's stretch funding goals are met. But ultimately the pair will collaborate on all aspects of development, and in Hall, Brathwaite has the ideal complement to her RPG values.

New X-Motor Racing Editor

This page offers a new version 1.39 of the XMR Editor, which allows the creation of custom cars and tracks for X-Motor Racing. There are no specifics on the new version, but here is an overview: "XMR Editor is a free tool that contains an example of the car and two examples of the tracks - one test track and one off-road track. XMR Editor allows you to create cars, tracks and add them into XMR. Also it can be used as a modding tool to import any tracks and cars from many other racing games for your own private use."

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Screenshots

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • A10-5800K vs. Core i3-3220 CPU on Hardware Secrets.
  • ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion Motherboard on ocaholic.
  • Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Motherboard on ocaholic.
  • Kingston Hyper X Predator Dual Channel 8GB 2400C11 Kit on Mad Shrimps.
  • Patriot “Intel Extreme Masters” Edition 2133MHz 8GB on Bjorn3D.com.
  • SilverStone Heligon Series HE01 Twin Tower CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
  • Toshiba MK01GRRB-R 2.5-inch 6Gb-s SAS 15,000 RPM Enterprise HDD on TweakTown.

etc.

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