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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

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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

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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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