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Saturday, Nov 24, 2012

  

Minecraft for Raspberry Pi

The Mojang Website announces plans to port Minecraft to Raspberry Pi the inexpensive "credit card-sized" computer:

Soon you’ll be able to play and program with Minecraft on one of the snazzy little devices. Aron and Daniel have dedicated time to porting a version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition that comes with a revised feature set and support for multiple programming languages. We’re calling it Minecraft: Pi Edition, and it will be completely free to download.

The possibilities are massive. You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a miniscule budget. It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.

Steam Autumn Sale Day Four

Steam News announces the lineup for day four of the Steam Autumn Sale. In addition to flash deals, today they are discounting Borderlands 2, F1 2012, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Total War: SHOGUN 2, and Mark of the Ninja.

Op Ed

Cliffski's Blog - Kickstarting inequality.
Kickstarter is the absolute poster-child for inequality amongst gamers, based on income. Now I am definitely not a raging socialist, but I know a lot of gamers are, and I find it a bit weird that it doesn’t bug them that when these kickstarter games ship, not only will gamers with more money that them be swanning around with better outfits and weapons, (This already happens in F2P games), but some of the NPC’s will have the names of the ‘wealthy’ backers. Some will even have their digitized faces in the game. Elite is actually naming PLANETS after people who back the game with a lot of money.

Gamers say they hate in-game product placement and advertising. It compromises the game design for the sake of money. I agree. So why are we deciding that the best way to name our planets or design the appearance of our NPC’s is to put that part of game design up for auction? Why should gamers who are wealthy get more influence over a game that those who flip burgers for a living? The cold hard economic reality of the real world is bad enough without shoehorning it into games too.

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

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Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

I'm back in the BlueTower after a bit of running around. My bro and I spent some time in the country at my dad's old house moving massive piles of wet leaves before winter sets in. And yes, it's as fun as it sounds, which is bad news for WalterEgo, because I had to abandon him due to having plans and wanted to finish next week, but he's trying to soldier on without me. Guess he wasn't willing to leave well enough alone.

R.I.P.: Larry Hagman, ‘Dallas’ Villain With a Sweetly Sinister Smile, Dies at 81.
R.I.P.: Brash boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies in Puerto Rico.

Leaving Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Bomb It 5.
Stories: Super Bowl XLVII- Ads of 2013.
With 35mm Film Dead, Will Classic Movies Ever Look the Same Again? Thanks scorcese.fan.
Science: Cartilage made using hybrid 3D printer.
Science budget cuts will threaten Europe's recovery, say research heads.
Media: Icy Hill Hero.
This dog knows how to shake it. Owner doesn't know how to hold it.
Cat In The Machine.
Auction: Beatles demo tape, rejected by Decca, resurfaces.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: Nine arrests in Walmart protest, business still brisk. Thanks HARDOCP.
Black Friday 2012 Fights At Wal Mart Over Phones.

Friday, Nov 23, 2012

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads

The Baldur's Gate Website announces that preloads of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition are now being offered in advance of next week's release of the updated role-playing game. The news is accompanied by some screenshots and this new trailer. Here's word:

Overhaul Games is excited to announce that pre-loading for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition has begun ahead of final release on November 28th, 2012. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for PC is available exclusively through Beamdog, and can be purchased here.

If you've already purchased Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, you can either pre-load it through the Beamdog client, which can be found here, or through the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Installer which can be downloaded here.

Assassin's Creed III Patch

The Assassin's Creed III Website now offers a Thanksgiving patch to update the recently released action/stealth sequel to version 1.01. The download is mirrored on The Patches Scrolls. Update: Apparently this is the proper change list for this patch, rather than what was originally posted here. Apologies for the confusion.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website has updated its list of hotfixes applied to the servers for Blizzard's MMORPG since the release of the version 5.0.5 patch. This includes bug fixes and balance tweaks, mostly concerned with dungeons, raids, and scenarios.

CARGASM HD Released

The Intel AppUp center now offers digital sales of CARGASM HD, the updated arcade racing game. Word is: "Heralding a return of the classic arcade racer, Cargasm gives gamers a host of cars which they can enter into different races. All the race tracks are set in meticulously recreated photorealistic real-world locations such as London, Paris and Egypt."

Rush Bros. Demo

A playable demo for Rush Bros. is now available from XYLA Entertainment to help support their Steam Greenlight campaign for this throwback platformer. Here's word on the game: "Rush Bros. is a platforming racing game with a distinctly 8-bit retro look and feel, but using modern day technology to implement an amazing music mechanic that directly affects your game play based upon your own music choices."

Eurocom Layoffs

More than 200 former Eurocom employees have lost their jobs, reports GamesIndustry International, confirming that fewer than 50 employees remain at the 007 Legends developer. "We've fought to try and save as many jobs as possible, but the steep decline in demand for console games, culminating in a number of console projects falling through in the last week, left us with no option," reads an official statement from the developer. "Eurocom has retained a core staff of just under 50 employees and will be focusing mainly on mobile opportunities moving forward."

On Sale

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Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Oops, thanks to dj LiTh for pointing out I missed picking one of the games this week: For the Bills/Colts game I'll take the Colts. We had an awesome time for Thanksgiving yesterday, the food came out great, and it was wonderful spending time with our family. Today is that Black Friday that is such a treat for people who love bargains, and of course people who love crowds. I hope you are in a position to avoid this, but if it's your thing, I at least hope you can avoid being trampled.

Black Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Thanks for Playing.
Stories: Early start to US Black Friday shopping welcomed by some, not all.
Science: ADHD medication could help cut crime rates, Swedish study finds.
Media: Black Friday 2012 fights at Walmart, Target (NMA-style).
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flips himself instead of football.



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