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Monday, Dec 03, 2012

  

Steam Big Picture Mode Launches

Steam News Announces the new Big Picture mode is now available, permitting easier access to Steam games on televisions. They kick this off with a celebration sale where you can "save big on Steam's controller-friendliest games." Here's word:

Access to the complete Steam store is included, as is the Steam Community. Big Picture is available worldwide in over twenty languages, including German, French, Russian, Korean, and Portuguese.

Gamers’ existing games are all available in Big Picture. In addition to having the complete library of Steam games, each user's cloud files, Steam Workshop content, account information and preferences will be accessible automatically in the new mode.

Steam gamers may easily experience Big Picture on their televisions by connecting their PC or Mac, typically with a single HDMI cable. Big Picture also includes a new web browser designed for televisions and game controllers. It is accessible from anywhere within the Big Picture UI, and even while playing Steam games on a TV. It supports Big Picture's new method of typing with a gamepad, which is useful for entering URLs, filling out forms, chatting, and other functions.

Planescape: Torment Successor Plans

A post on Colin McComb's Blog follows on the designer's reunion with fellow veterans of Planescape: Torment development working on Wasteland 2 with some detail on how he would envision a return to the Planescape: Torment setting. Eurogamer has a follow up on this saying that this has resulted in plans for a successor to the beloved RPG, though this would be of the spiritual, rather than official variety (though it looks like it will be named Torment), as discussions with Wizards of the Coast have not left them optimistic about a sanctioned sequel using the AD&D property. The project is proceeding in very early preproduction with Chris Avellone's blessing, but without his direct participation, as he is currently heavily involved in Project: Eternity. "The Project: Eternity Kickstarter took them in a different direction than a direct successor. I told Chris that I would not work on a Torment successor without his approval. We talked about it for a bit, and he told me that he was entirely comfortable with me moving forward on a Torment game without him, and he gave me his explicit blessing to do it," he told them. "Right now he's incredibly involved with Project: Eternity, and I do not want to distract him from a project that is incredibly important to his company. With that said, I would be happy - no, wait, overjoyed - to have him on board in any capacity whatsoever."

Steamships Ahoy - Karateka

Steam News announces the launch of Karateka, a modernized remake of this martial arts game from Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner. Word is: "A karate-wrapped love story set in feudal Japan, Karateka will delight both nostalgic fans and new players as they fight to save the lovely Mariko from the evil warlord Akuma and reunite her with her True Love." The game is on sale for the first week, and there is an update on jordanmechner.com titled "Making and Remaking Karateka."

Skyrim Dragonborn DLC "Early Next Year"

The Bethesda Blog tells us to expect the Windows edition of the Dragonborn DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim "early next year," along with the PS3 edition, while the add-on will launch for Xbox 360 tomorrow. They say: "And we’re still not done – we look forward to sharing more Skyrim news next year!"

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Captain Planet Is Still A Dick.

Crysis 3 Specs

The Crysis 3 Website now offers system specifications for Crysis 3, the next installment in Crytek's shooter series (thanks VG247). They outline the typical minimum and recommended systems for playing the game, as well as a "hi-performance" spec for the ultimate experience: Continue here to read the full story.

Sir, You Are Being Funded

The Kickstarter for Sir, You Are Being Hunted has concluded, and Big Robot has secured more than double its £40,000 funding goal for this unusual survival shooter project, though they fell short of the £100,000 they set as a goal to trigger the addition of character creation and customization, but say they will try to provide some aspects of that since they came so close. They also announce that all this means their release date may slip: "With plans to add a lot more content via stretch goals, it's sensible for us to say that the current July 2013 release goal might be subject to some slippage. We're still aiming for that date, of course, and we'll keep you guys aprised [sic] of any changes. That early-access test date will come as early as we can possibly manage." Thanks nin.

Ships Ahoy - Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition & Free DLC

Paradox Interactive announces the release of Sword of the Stars II: Enhanced Edition, an updated edition of Kerberos Productions strategy sequel. This includes all the updates released over the past year, all the game's DLC, and End of Flesh, a new DLC pack that adds new content and an entirely new faction. The new DLC is also being offered for free to owners of Sword of the Stars II in gratitude for suffering through the game's early woes, as they say: "Paradox and Kerberos would like to thank their audience for their patience and support as they worked hard on getting Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter into its current condition." Here's a feature list:

  •  The new Loa race with a new drive for their ships – the Neutrino Pulse Gate
  • Over 25 new technologies including a new tech tree for cybernetics
  • 10 new weapons and attack systems
  • Expanded ship building options for all six original factions, including new Leviathan class ships
  • 2 new independent races to seduce or bludgeon into your imperial orbit
  • New random encounters and mission types
  • All previously released faction based DLC – the voices, the badges, the avatars, the skins...all of it

U.K. Sales Charts

An updated list on GfK Chart-Track shows us the 20 bestselling full-price PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending December 1st. Football Manager 2013 maintains its toehold on number one, while Far Cry 3 enters the chart at number two. Ubisoft's shooter sequel also debuts at number two on the all-platforms chart, where Black Ops II still holds the top spot.

Return to Return to Infinite Space

Digital Eel Announces an update to Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space after reacquiring the rights to their wacky space adventure sequel. The game is also now on sale through IndieGameStand as a pay-what-you-want deal, and those who beat the average price will get the game along with a bonus pack of user created modifications. Here's a refresher on the game:

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is a hybrid roguelike game of space adventure and starship combat set within an unexplored region of the galaxy known as the Purple Void. Each game is an instant randomly generated space opera that plays to its conclusion in one sitting. The quirky universe of Infinite Space has enough variety to surprise you each time you replay the game.

Star Citizen Interview

This YouTube video features an audio interview with Chris Roberts talking more about Star Citizen, the upcoming space simulation from Roberts Space Industries (Cloud Imperium). The interview, conducted by TotalBiscuit, runs almost 30 minutes. Thanks nin. Continue here to read the full story.

Dead Space 3 Preorders

EA announces preorder bonuses for Dead Space 3, their upcoming horror-themed shooter sequel. These are retailer-specific, so be sure to spring for two copies to cover all bases:

  • EG-900 SMG available at GameStop
    • This EarthGov-issued sub machinegun is built for urban warfare. It’s compact but deadly, sporting an internal hyper-accelerator for maximum damage.
  • Tesla Enervator available at Amazon
    • Sovereign Colonies scientists developed the “Enervator” from an overdriven focus coil to “humanely” eliminate dangerous specimens. The Enervator delivers a precision blast causing instantaneous electrocution and molecular destabilization in the target. In test subjects, death was instantaneous.

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

With the calendar now on December, I find myself with visions of chili peppers dancing through my head, as it seems time to make another batch of chili. MrsBlue recently picked me up a giant package of ghost peppers (all of an ounce, which I figure is enough to kill our entire village), so I'm over-equipped for the effort, so I'll have to exercise some judgment that I'm not used to, but I have some margin for error, as it's hard to make something too spicy for me, and MrsBlue has me beaten in this regard.

Spicy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Prince Edward.
Links: Poor Bastard Who Just Started Watching 'Lost' In For World Of Disappointment. Thanks reddit.
Top 10 Sad Truths behind The Simpsons.
Science: Spaun, the most realistic artificial human brain yet.
APA to drop “Asperger’s syndrome” from its diagnostic manual.
Images: LEGO Arrested Development.
Media: Dubstep Christmas lights full intro.
Teachers Dancing Behind Students - Other one.
Amazing Ship Transporting Ships.
Follow-up: Surprise, surprise: McAfee not captured, he's 'safe'.
Casino Royale 1954 full film. I have that on VHS somewhere. Thanks reddit.



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