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Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012

  

Star Citizen Passes $3.5M

The Roberts Space Industries Website announces Star Citizen has surpassed $3.5 million in funding, saying this makes the upcoming space simulation the second most successful crowd-funded game to date. They offer details on the three major unlocks this threshold triggers, while ambitiously setting their sites on the remaining $700K they need to raise to take the crown for highest crowd-funding total for a game ever.

Two for One FORGE Next Month

Dark Vale Games announces that FORGE will be released on December 4th via digital distribution, and that all customers will receive two copies of the third-person shooter with their purchases, a sure way to help boost the population of a multiplayer-only game. "Several months ago, we promised the PC gaming world a unique proposition: an incredible AAA-quality multiplayer fantasy game at an amazing indie price, and that’s just what we’ve delivered," said Tim Alvis, COO/CTO of Dark Vale Games. "As players of some of the best multiplayer PC games ourselves, we understand that these titles are all about the community. That’s why we’re offering the best of both worlds – a great price point and a free copy that purchasers can give to their guild- or clan-mate or anyone else they would like to have fighting by their side. The more people we have playing FORGE, the more fun it will be. We truly believe that and we’re putting our money where our mouth is to prove it." They celebrate the news with a new trailer showing gameplay from the beta. Continue here to read the full story.

Next Call of Duty Tidbits?

Siliconera has purported details on the next installment in the Call of Duty series, saying their source for this information is the same one who provided reliable advance information on Sleeping Dogs back when it was True Crime: Hong Kong. There's nothing that spoilery or earth-shattering revealed, just plot points based on dialog recording for Ben Burke, a character in the game who is "a battle hardened veteran in his mid-thirties with a nihilistic point of view."

Crysis 3 Trailer

This trailer offers a preview of single-player play in Crysis 3, Crytek's upcoming first-person shooter sequel. Word is: "The unnatural power of the Nanodome has transformed the train yards of New York City into a grassland teeming with wild vegetation & opposing CELL artillery. Prophet and Psycho must venture through the heavily guarded Field to meet up with the rebel insurgency. Prophet's use of the Nanosuit and alien weapons will be critical to to [sic] get through the sandbox of the Fields level -- but how will you choose to play Crysis 3?" Thanks VG247. Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website has an updated list of server-side hotfixes applied to Blizzard's MMORPG since the release of the new version 5.0.5 patch (thanks Ant). A majority of the changes center around dungeons and raids.

Hardy to Star in Splinter Cell Movie

Splinter Cell movie has a star, as Variety reports that Tom Hardy has signed on to play Sam Fisher, the stealthy bane of many terrorists' existence. The project also has a writer, Eric Warren Singer ("The International"), but neither a studio nor director yet.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer

Rockstar Games now offers the promised second trailer from Grand Theft Auto V, an NSFW look at the game's take on urban renewal, friendly strangers offering directions, borrowing a buddy's car, domestic bliss, youthful hijinks, modern slang, puppies, skydiving, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

Origin Accounts Hijacked?

Eurogamer reports that account holders on EA's Origin service are receiving emails confirming they have successfully changed passwords and/or email accounts, in spite have not making any such request. They say this has affected one of their own, Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter, and point to a thread on NeoGAF with similar stories. They also show an indication this may be originating from somewhere in Russia, and say they have contacted EA for a response.

Ships Ahoy - Port Royale 3: Dawn of Pirates

Kalypso Media now offers new Dawn of Pirates DLC for the Windows edition of Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants, the seafaring simulation. Here's word on the new campaign and game mode this introduces:

Dawn of Pirates offers you a whole new single-player campaign in which you get to stir up trouble in the Caribbean -- as a pirate. Your aim in this DLC is to become the most notorious pirate in the Caribbean by raiding and plundering unsuspecting cities and poorly guarded convoys on the high seas. A new pirate-themed campaign offer players the chance to enjoy Port Royale 3 from the view of one of their most challenging foes! Arrr matey, what are you waiting for? Set sail!

Features of the Dawn of Pirates DLC:

  • A new pirate-themed campaign with adjusted interface and gameplay
  • Ironman-mode challenges you to play through the campaign without save-points
  • An online ranking-system with a global high-score-list for Normal as well as Ironman modes

Miner Wars 2081 This Month, MMO Testing Nears

An official release date for Miner Wars 2081 is now posted on the Miner Wars Website, where they say the six degrees of freedom shooter is expected on November 28th through Steam, GameStop, Gamersgate, Desura, and www.minerwars.com. The story, taking the form of a note to journalists, also offers new logos, videos, and art from the game. Those interested in the game but not interested in waiting can prepurchase the game and start playing the beta right now. Looking to the future, on their FAQ they say the MMO version of the game to follow will begin public beta testing sometime this quarter.

Grand Theft Auto V Hype Gearing Up

With a new Grand Theft Auto V trailer due momentarily, Rockstar Games points way to coverage of the game from various outlets that have been able to play it (don't tell Robert Florence). They point to a Guardian preview as well as GTA V Week on IGN where they gush: "One thing’s for sure, the most exciting aspect of GTA V is not just the way it promises to shake up the open-world genre, but also the freedom and flexibility it promises… Grand Theft Auto V could be the benchmark by which all other games – not just open-world games – will be judged against." Also, GamesIndustry International has word from writer Dan Houser on how the best games come at the end of a console's lifecycle.

Ubisoft Pitching CliffyB?

Cliff Bleszinski tweets about a gift from Ubisoft that implies they are interested in ending Epic's former design director unemployment: "Hotel called my room. A package for me? Inside? A fully charged phone with one # programmed and the Ubisoft logo on the backdrop. Now what?" Seems the answer would be to call the number, but maybe this is a trick question. It's nice to hear that Ubisoft is doing well enough that they've replaced business cards with working cell phones. Thanks VG247.

The Secret World Issue #4 Details

This trailer unveils some of the secrets in an upcoming update #4 for The Secret World, which developer Funcom says is the "biggest update yet" for their conspiracy-themed MMOG. The trailer is narrated by Game Director Joel Bylos who introduces new content and gameplay mechanics in the update, which is titled Big Trouble in the Big Apple. Word is: "He will reveal many of the features you can enjoy in Issue #4: such as the Raid in New York, a big boost to PvP, the Albion Theatre, a new Auxiliary Weapon – the Chainsaw, a new set of Missions, Reticule Combat and much much more." Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Consolidation

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ADATA XPG Xtreme Series 2x8GB DDR3-2133MHz CL10 Memory on ocaholic.
  • Corsair Neutron GTX 480GB SSD on HARDOCP.
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WiFi on Overclockers Club.
  • Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition on PCMag.com.
  • MSI GEFORCE GTX 660 HAWK 2GB Video Card on TweakTown.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Graphics Card on eTeknix.
  • Patriot Gauntlet 320 on APH Networks.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II Android Superphone on MEGATech.
  • Sapphire HD 7770 FleX Video Card on TechwareLabs.
  • Sharkoon X-Tatic Pro Gaming Headset on TweakTown.

Out of the Blue

Following the power cutting on and off with the recent storms, I decided it was finally time to replace my UPS, as its battery had reached the point where my machine would go to sleep after even slight power dips. I found a big 1500VA unit at Best Buy for $139, and while it turned out it was mismarked, they agreed to charge me that instead of the proper $209 since it was their mistake. Nice, right? We then stopped on our way home at Marshalls to see what sort of bargains they had there and I found a Le Creuset crock for holding spoons and such for all of $12.99, but the blue one I wanted had no price tag. I told them the price up front, but they insisted on a price check, and ended up charging me the $7.99 listed on a cheaper crock. So it seems yesterday I was surrounded by some sort of magic forty-something percent discount field... Too bad I wasn't in a position to buy some resalable commodity and profit wildly from this.

Discount Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Evilgeddon: Spooky Max.
Links: I am Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and How to destroy angels. AMA. Thanks nin.
Stories: Janeane Garofalo Unwittingly Married for 20 Years.
Airlines Face Acute Shortage of Pilots. Thanks Slashdot.
Don't Even Think of Eating at Guy Fieri's New Times Square Restaurant.
Science: Rare complete solar eclipse captured on film in Australia.
Man in coma uses his thoughts to tell doctors, 'I'm not in pain'.
Images: Ollie the Gamer. Thanks Morris.
The eyeball in this guy's sink is one of the best optical illusions we've seen in ages.
Media: Disney Princess Leia - Star Wars Disney Princesses.
World War Z with Pee-wee Voices and PEE WEEs Big Inception.
All Time 10s: Common Science Myths. Incorrect corrections? I know #3 is false.



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