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Thursday, Nov 22, 2012

  

Black Ops II Patch Increases FOV

The Call of Duty Forums have details on a new patch that's now live in Call of Duty: Black Ops II to address some issues with the Windows edition of the military shooter sequel (thanks Strategy Informer), including the promised FOV increase that was once considered a deal breaker. Here's the change list:

November 21, 2012 Update for Singleplayer, Multiplayer, and Zombies

  • Max FOV increased to 90
  • Fix: Horse falling through the world in Afghanistan when playing on some CPUs with 4 or more cores
  • Fix: RC-XD and the AGR sinking into the map in MP when playing on some CPUs with 4 or more cores
  • General performance improvements in SP, MP, and ZM for CPUs with 4 or more cores
  • Fix: crash when a 7th player tries to join a 6 player league lobby
  • Improved dedicated server matchmaking
  • Fix: some cases of "Connection Interrupted" in MP while loading into a match

Shadowrun Returns in May/June 2013?

A Thanksgiving Kickstarter update from Harebrained Schemes LLC offers a hearty "thank you" to supporters of Shadowrun Returns, their upcoming tactical RPG revival (thanks nin). The post is a bit of a ramble, but it does contain a potential release window for the game, as they have decided their original goal of a January release is not realistic:

As we announced a few months ago, we’ve backed off our original delivery date of January 2013. It might’ve worked for the scope of the game we originally envisioned but as our ambitions (read that “features list”) grew, so did the time we needed to deliver! Plus, we made a big move from our original top down camera to an isometric point of view and that took serious R&D time. Right now, according to our estimates, we’re looking at May or June.

We’ve spent the majority of our time getting our game engine, art pipeline and base gameplay up and running and we’ve covered a lot of ground to get a lot of systems in place. Our engineering team has been crunching off and on for months to maximize the amount of time our designers will have to create our story.

Interstellar Marines: Prologue Explanation

The Kickstarter Page for Interstellar Marines: Prologue now features a new video where a couple of the developers from Zero Point Software explain what their goals are, since it has become clear to them that the nature of their fundraiser is not clear to us (thanks John). They currently have raised under a quarter of their $600K goal with less than a week to go, so they are trying to turn up the heat on this. Here's word on the clip, which also includes some gameplay footage:

Since our Kickstarter campaign started it has been clear to us that our explanation of Prologue has been somewhat vague. So we decided to sit down in a cozy environment, with the limited time that we have, and go through the experience from A to Z, like we've never done before!

Without further ado, here's two nerds, an ambitious indie game, and a beautiful AI :)

Thanksgiving Consolidation

Thanksgiving Mobilization

Thanksgiving Metaverse

Thanksgiving Tech Bits

Thanksgiving Safety Dance

Thanksgiving Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AMD A10-5800K (Trinity) and FX-8350 (Vishera) Joint CPU on TweakTown.
  • Apple Mac Mini (Late 2012) on TechReviewSource.com.
  • ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T 32GB Tablet on The SSD Review.
  • AVEXIR AVD3S16001108G-2J 8GBx2 1600MHz Apple Memory Kit on Mad Shrimps.
  • GeIL EVO Leggera PC3-14900 16GB Dual Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown.
  • Netgear Prosafe GS724TPS 24 Port Gigabit PoE Switch on eTeknix.

etc.

Out of the Blue

It's Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so happy holiday to all who are celebrating, and best wishes to all in the hope that you have reason to be thankful even if this is not celebrated where you are. Things are well underway here in the BlueTower, as the Chex Mix is mixed and the turkey is nearing perfection even as I type these words. I'm looking forward to spending time with the family, watching some football, and lapsing into a food-induced coma. We also have thanks to express, and most appropriate to this space, thanks to all of you for your support of this site over all these years.

Speaking of football, here are last week's results: Batman 12-1 (I don't think we can give credit for posting a Thursday winner on Sunday), Cutter 12-2, Jivaro 11-2 (skipped Eagles/Skins), mag and Blue 11-3, and Creston and Verno 10-4. Here are my picks for this week: I guess we'll have to see if posting so late means we just shouldn't count the early game: Texans, Cowboys, Patriots, Seahawks, Falcons, Bengals, Steelers, Titans, Broncos, Bears, Chargers, Saints, Rams, Giants, and Panthers.

Thankful Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Humbug 2.
Soccer Balls 2.
Stories: Printer ink that's pricier than champagne.
Discovery Cancels Dirty Jobs. They should have Mike Rowe tell the crew.
Chevy Chase is leaving NBC's sitcom 'Community'. People too close to liking him again.
Media: Thanksgiving Turkey Cooked with Flashlights.
1980s Video Game Companies Factory Footage.
Wedding Photographer's Hair Catches Fire.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Pure Evil Cartoon - Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: Puerto Rican boxing champ Camacho brain dead after shooting.
Twinkies bakers say they'd rather lose jobs than take pay cuts. Thanks Cutter.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

Czech President Pleads for Jailed BiS Devs

Czech Republic president Václav Klaus has sent a letter to Greek president Karolos Papoulias to make the case for releasing Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, two employees of Bohemia Interactive Studios under arrest in Greece for espionage. Following word the pair have been denied bail the Czech president has intervened, and while this letter would be all Greek to us, Eurogamer was able to check with the Czech counterparts for a translation. While repeating he is confident the pair will be treated fairly, Mr. Klaus implies he wants the Greek president to make that confidence justified: "I want to ask you, Mr. President, to follow this unfortunate affair with special attention considering the excellent relations between our nations so this does not throw unnecessary shade onto our relationship," reads their translation. "Once again, I want to assure you that I have the utmost certainty that our accused citizens will be given all the rights in the search for justice by the Greek authorities."

Star Citizen Grace Period

The Roberts Space Industries Website follows up on the hegely successful fundraiser for Star Citizen with The Pledge, their founding document that outlines the principles they will follow in spending their millions on developing this upcoming space simulation. They also announce a grace period for those who attempted to participate in the fundraiser but were locked out in the homestretch:

In the aftermath of some of the craziest 48 hours we’ve ever experienced it’s become clear that there’s a sizable number of people that were unable to pledge, or adjust their pledges due to the difficulties with the RSI site. Many people tried repeatedly over the weekend, only for the site to crash at various points during the check out. Some people switched to Kickstarter, but there were also a large number of people that Kickstarter wasn’t an option and so they have been left high and dry. The focus of our campaign was, from day one, involving the fans and trying to give them as many options to support us as possible. The last thing we want to do is punish any of you, and so we have decided to adapt our plans and offer a grace period for all current members of the RSI community.

If you have a membership, regardless of whether you have previously purchased a tier, you will be able to pledge at the current prices through this weekend. We will keep the limited add-on ships available through that time for everyone who tried to purchase one but wasn’t able. Everything will switch to the new pricing structure on Monday November 26th

EVE Online: Retribution Details

A new EVE Online: Retribution Website is online to update players on all the changes coming next month to EVE Online: CCP's MMORPG. This offers several subsections with details on various systems.

Drox Operative Beta Patches

Soldak Entertainment now offers new patches to update the Windows and OS X editions of Drox Operative to beta version 0.932. Here's the change log and here's an overview on what this does to the sci-fi action/RPG: "This patch adds ceasefires, revamps some of the components like missile defense and ballistics, and fixes a bunch of minor issues."

Divinity: Original Sin Video

This trailer depicts an internal review meeting at Larian Studios for Divinity: Original Sin, protecting "things you are not supposed to see" by hiding them on the YouTube. Here's word on this behind-the-scenes look at this RPG sequel: "Larian Studios gives you a rare chance to step behind the scenes in a weekly review meeting for the upcoming role-playing opus, Divinity: Original Sin. Includes never-before-seen gameplay and insight into what developers talk about." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: How to get out of bed. Thanks Ant.

Peter Molyneux's God Game Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter from 22cans seeks £450,000 for Project GODUS, a "reinvention of the god game" from this studio formed by Peter Molyneux, who pioneered the genre with Populous over two decades ago (thanks Joao). They are shooting for a release in about nine months, but will use funding beyond their target to extend the development schedule. Here's word:

Populous was created over 22 years ago, and we believe that to date, nothing has come close to emulating its powerfully godlike experience. It’s this experience we aim to reimagine. GODUS blends the power, growth and scope of Populous with the detailed construction and multiplayer excitement of Dungeon Keeper and the intuitive interface and technical innovation of Black & White. The original Populous hailed from the 8-bit era but GODUS will use the most modern technology the world has to offer.

Steam Autumn Sale

The Steam Website Announces that the Steam autumn sale is now underway. This includes flash sales, indie games, and daily deals. Today's daily deals are save 75% on Age of Empires III: Complete Collection, save 66% on Darksiders II, save 50% on Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, save 66%on Terraria, save 50% on The Walking Dead, and save 33%on XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Mirror's Edge 2 in Development

Ben Cousins tweets a response to a Eurogamer article to state that Mirror's Edge 2 is in development at DICE, finally firming up long-standing rumors the parkour game is getting a sequel: "It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror's Edge 2 is in production at DICE."

Miner Wars 2081 Beta on Steam

Keen Software House announces that the Miner Wars 2081 beta is now available on Steam in advance of the launch of this 6DOF shooter next week. The beta is open to preorder customers, and they say they say the game is now able to save games to the Steam cloud and that they are in the process of adding Steam achievements as well. Steam support is available for the game regardless of where they are purchased, and here's word how to activate your copy on Valve's service:

1) Get your Steam key: http://www.minerwars.com/SteamKeys.aspx
2) Open your Steam client; go to menu; click 'Games'; then 'Activate a product on Steam'
3) Type the key and wait until the game installs
4) Enjoy Miner Wars 2081

Aliens: Colonial Marines Multiplayer Trailer

This new trailer from Aliens: Colonial Marines shows off the "Survival" multiplayer mode in Gearbox Software's upcoming sci-fi first-person shooter. Here's word on the clip, which looks like it comes from the Xbox 360 edition of the game: "Showing off the thrilling gameplay of Survivor Mode, players must work together to hold their ground against swarms of xenomorphs and fight until the last player is left." Continue here to read the full story.

Sid Meier's Civilization V Patched

Steam News announces the release of a new automatic patch for Sid Meier's Civilization V to hotfix some issues with the turn-based strategy sequel. Here is the change list: Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Look at that: Another year, another birthday for me, as much as I hate being predictable. One thing you learn about being born on this date is that it's the day before JFK's assassination, as it is always in the news around now. The other thing you learn is that the 22nd is the earliest day that can be Thanksgiving in the U.S., and this is one of those years. This isn't a big problem, and it certainly wasn't like a kid born near Christmas as I grew up, but it does mean that my celebration today will include such choice moments as cleaning bathrooms and bathing doggies to prepare for company tomorrow.

R.I.P.: Billy Scott Dead- R&B Singer Dies At 70.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Stack of Defence.
Stories: Why Trevell Coleman Charged Himself With Murder.
Former boxer 'Macho' Camacho shot in Puerto Rico.
Science: New Smell Discovered.
Media: Batman's Wheel of Fortune.
Will We Ever Run Out of New Music?
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: Kasdan, Kinberg To Pen "Star Wars" 8 & 9.



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