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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."

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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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