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Sunday, Nov 04, 2012

  

F2P Command & Conquer Beta Early Next Year

A recent post to the Command & Conquer Blog updates us on progress on the upcoming free-to-play Command & Conquer game (thanks Ant). This includes an explanation of why they are not actually hyping this more, saying: "Weíve decided to actually let the game speak for itself, instead of starting the typical marketing noise you normally would expect. That being said, it might be a few more months before we reveal more information Ė we donít just want to tell you about the game, we want to show you." It also outlines plans for an extended beta test beginning next year:

So looking at where we are right now with our game and the ongoing service that comes with Free 2 Play games actually makes me believe that this game can become a great Command & Conquer. And we will be working together with you Ė The Fans - to make it better and better. As planned right now, the Beta will start in the first half of 2013, and will be the longest running beta phase in franchise history.

Battlefield 4 Rumors

NeoGAF translates rumors from a Chinese website called ChipHell that claims to have details on Battlefield 4 leaked from EA China, as unlikely as that sounds. The details they list seem plausible, which proves nothing, so feel free to take this with a grain of MSG. This goes so far as to include a precise release date, saying the next installment in the military shooter series is due on October 23, 2013 (though the game's beta test is only slated to commence a month before, at the earliest). Thanks Joao.

Homefront Postmortem

There's a postmortem for Homefront on Polygon taking a look back at the development of Homefront. This is more true to the term postmortem than most such articles, as it outlines how this lead to the demise of KAOS Studio, the game's developer that started off as the team behind the Desert Combat modification for Battlefield 1942. This holds no bars, as shown by the title: "How mismanagement, incompetence and pride killed THQ's Kaos Studios." This covers the difficulties the team faced after the departure of founder Frank DeLise, the economic pressure of running a studio in New York City, the Chaotic way Homefront was planned and pitched, the "endless pre-production" the project endured, an eleventh hour attempt to dial the game up to eleven, the almost miraculous way that some imported THQ talent completed the game, the difficulties of their final crunch, and more, all leading up to how the studio was eventually closed in spite of the game selling over two million copies. Thanks Joao.

Steam Top 10

Here are the 10 bestselling games on Steam for the past week according to Valve:

  1. Football Manager 2013
  2. Left 4 Dead 2
  3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  4. Natural Selection 2
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  6. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
  7. Borderlands 2
  8. The Walking Dead
  9. Dishonored
  10. Dead Island Game of the Year Edition

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Thanks Ant.

Out of the Blue

Well now that things are getting back to normal here, it's clearer to us just how badly the superstorm impacted other nearby areas as this has left a lot of families without homes, much less electricity, with wintery temperatures on the way to exacerbate things. As is often the case, seeing the power of the forces of nature can be a humbling reminder of how much of the idea that mankind has mastered our environment is an illusion.

Illusory Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Portals
Stories: Boeing Dreamliner makes U.S. debut Sunday morning. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: New York Magazine Cover Featuring Incredible Photo of Blackout in Lower Manhattan.
Media: Jimmy Kimmel - YouTube Challenge - Halloween Candy.
Most Hilarious Chili Challenge I've Ever Seen. NSFW.
Is It Possible Pop A Wheelie On A Moped With 4 Passengers?
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
Follow-up: New York Neighborhood Celebrates as Power Comes Back On.

Saturday, Nov 03, 2012

Bethesda Teases Monday Trailer

Bethesda's Twitter Feed has an image teasing plans for a new trailer Monday, saying simply just that: "Full Trailer on 11/5." It has a Skyrim look to it, and presumably we'll learn soon enough what's going on. Thanks VG247 via IGN.

WoW PTR Patch

The World of Warcraft Website now has updated patch notes for a version 5.1 patch that's now live on the Public Test Realm for Blizzard's MMORPG. The extensive notes outline the addition of new quests and other content as well as balance changes and bug fixes. Thanks Ant.

Roberts on PC Star Citizen

An interview on Ars Technica talks with Chris Roberts about Star Citizen, his upcoming space simulation. Here's part focusing on how he looks to up the ante on PC gaming in a way that consoles cannot:

The main reason, Roberts says, is memory capacity. "You canít do that much with 512MB [of RAM on a console], so that constrains a lot of your game design. If Iím building a PC game, Iím going 'Yeah, you need 4GB on your machine.' Of course youíre not going to get all 4GB because Windows is a hungry beast, but youíre getting a lot more than 512MB so it kinds of open up what you can do, what you can fit in memory at the same time, and it changes your level of ambition."

Four gigabytes of RAM might sound like a lot, but keep in mind that Star Citizen isn't set to see a final release for another two years. "Iím looking at the high-end [hardware] today being the 'Normal Gamer' level in two years time," he said. "It'll be kind of like Wing Commander used to be. If you had the extra memory, if you had the 386, it was a better experience, but you could still play it on a 286."

Roberts added that he hopes Star Citizen proves that a high-end PC is good for more than warmed-over ports of games made for the consoles. "I have a high-end gaming rig, but Iíve also got all the consoles, and if someone is making a game for a console first, and itís being ported to the PC, Iím always buying it for the console. I donít want a buggy port of a console game on my PC that doesnít really show my PC off."

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

The wee hours of tonight/tomorrow will mark the end of Daylight Saving Time in these parts, so tomorrow will be a 25 hour day. It getting dark an hour earlier may not be well timed for those in this area still without power, but on the bright side (so to speak) it seems power is being restored in more places all the time, though this is going to be small comfort to those still in the dark.

Hourly Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Iron Ladies.
Stories: Power slowly returns in NY after superstorm.
Mayor Bloomberg announces cancellation of New York City Marathon.
Science: Missing gamma rays were abducted by light from the first stars.
Exhaustive family tree for birds shows recent, rapid diversification. Thanks j.c.f.
Media: Weather Anchors Are Awesome. NSFW.
Deer plays hide-and-seek. Peek-a-boo.
Cockroach vs TV Reporter. Eww.
Follow-up: Mark Hamill Talked About Star Wars VII Back In 1983. Thanks nin/reddit.



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