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Thursday, Dec 20, 2012

  

New Content Blooms in War of the Roses

Paradox Interactive announces that the the promised new content is live in War of the Roses, Fatshark's melee combat game. Also, the game is half-off right now on Steam as part of their holiday sale. This announcement from the other day has details on the new content and a trailer showing it off. Continue here to read the full story.

Free EA Expansions on GOG.com

A "Holiday Update" on GOG.com announces the addition of some free expansions to some EA games offered on the service:

A while back, we started to sell EA games--great classics such as Wing Commander, Privateer, and Alpha Centauri. A few people--just a few!--noted that we didn't have the expansions and that made them sad panda.

Well, panda, be sad no more! As a holiday gift from us to you, we're bringing everyone who bought (or buys in the future!) the expansions for Wing Commander 1 + 2, Wing Commander Privateer, and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri for you today! These expansions are free updates, so just download the new installers for each game from your account and start playing now! Note that these EA games will not be part of any Daily Deal bundle, so go ahead and pick them up now for only $2.99 each.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Walking Dumb Ways to Die. Thanks Ant.

Steam Holiday Sale

The annual holiday sale is now underway on Steam, offering a bunch of games on sale, with new additions daily, community choice voting, and flash deals to be announced along the way between now and when the event concludes on January 5th. Today's specials are Save 50-75% on the Borderlands Franchise, Save 75% on Mirror's Edge, Save 50% on the Hitman Franchise, Save 75% on the Prince of Persia Franchise, Save 33% on Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Save 75% on Wargame: European Escalation. Word is the new-and-improved sale features an easier way to see when the games you want go on sale:

The Steam Holiday Sale is on now and runs until January 5, 2012. There are huge savings throughout the store, with daily deals, flash sales, and catalog discounts. Additionally, every twelve hours there will be a chance for gamers to vote on a select game to go on sale.

This year, we've taken some of the guesswork out of when your favorite games will be on sale. You may now organize your Steam Wishlist and be notified via Steam Mobile and/or email when a game from the list goes on sale as a Daily Deal. The Steam Mobile App is available for both iOS and Android.

Complete information on all the savings, daily deals, featured publisher game packs, compilations and more may be found on www.steampowered.com.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Sequel Confirmed?

The Ubisoft Forums have an indication that Ubisoft is moving forward with another installment in the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier series of futuristic Tom Clancy shooters. A user posted a photo of a slide from an internal Ubisoft Kiev presentation saying the "'GRFS: Next' team wants to work with us," seemingly confirming a sequel. The PC edition of the first Future Soldier received lukewarm reviews, which explains the slide's mention of "difficult working conditions," but this does not prevent them from patting themselves on the back for releasing "a really great game," and the "great job" they did on the PC version's DX11, online multiplayer, and UI. Thanks Charliebrownau.

Borderlands 2 Hammerlock DLC Next Month

The Gearbox Software Facebook Page has word that the Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt DLC for Borderlands 2 will arrive on January 15th to add new content to the RPG/first-person shooter sequel. They point to this trailer on the pack, which sports the following caption: "Come out and enjoy an exciting hunt with Sir Hammerlock in the wild continent of Aegris!." Thanks nin. Continue here to read the full story.

Black Isle Fundraiser

The Black Isle Website offers a new trailer (NSFW) introducing their "Mayan Apocalypse Replacement Program," a humorous take on the humorous notion that an ancient civilization would be able to pin down the end of humankind to the precise day. This is all part of a fundraising effort for PV13, the upcoming project from the recently revived developer. The clip concludes with the developers introducing themselves and their pride in having participated in development of Fallout. The campaign differs from Kickstarters by not making any sort of commitment on how user contributions will impact development of the game, as all the backer rewards involve forum privileges. Thanks Eurogamer.

God Mode Announced

Saber Interactive (Inversion, TimeShift) announces God Mode, a third-person shooter coming to Windows and Consoles early next year. There are details about this on IGN along with an announcement trailer which includes the most excruciatingly odd voiceover we can recall in such a clip. That tone supports the quote they provide from developer Matthew Karch saying the game "doesn't take itself too seriously." Here's more:

Playing as the descendant of an ancient-God-turned-mere-mortal by Hades, you and up to three co-op mode friends (online or offline) must blast your way through the Maze of Hades and its denizens in order to avoid eternal damnation. All the while, you'll be egged on by a goofy narrator, similar to a wackier version of the "Double Kill" announcer from Halo.

Ships Ahoy - WarBirds 2103

iEntertainment Network announces the release of WarBirds 2103, the continuation of this long-running series of combat flight simulations. The new version is offered on this page, and it includes a 30 day subscription to the MMOG version of the game as well as a single-player game. They also announce plans to follow this early next year with a free version of the game to be supported by microtransactions. Here's word on the new content in the new version as well as OS X Lion support:

For Apple Macintosh players, a brand new Mountain Lion OS version, with advanced graphics is now available. Thirteen new aircraft have been added to WarBirds 2013 including the two ground attack aircraft, the Hawker Sydney Typhoon and the Ilyushin IL-2 Shturmovik. Other new simulation aircraft include a new Lancaster bomber, the tank busting Hurricane IID, and Mitchell B-25D- “Strafer” low level attack aircraft.

New features added include updated damage models on over 50 aircraft, new weapons loadouts adjusted to more exact historical options, and new fragmentation, incendiary, and tank busting weapons. IENT expects to release a FREE MicroTransaction version of WarBirds 2013 early in 2013. Players get basic aircraft and can win or purchase upgrades with microtransactions.

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Asus Radeon HD 7770 DirectCU TOP CrossFire on eTeknix.
  • CM Storm Ceres-400 gaming headset on Examiner.com.
  • Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W on Technic3D. In German.
  • Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 2x8GB DDR3-1600MHz CL9 1.35v on ocaholic and ProClockers.
  • Intel Core i7-3970X Processor Extreme Edition on iXBT Labs.
  • Lenovo Yoga 13 on TechSpot.
  • Logitech Wireless Tablet Keyboard on Technology X.
  • Patriot Gauntlet 320 Wireless Portable Drive on Legit Reviews.
  • Samsung 9-Series NP900X4C-A02 15.1-inch Ultrabook Laptop on PCSTATS.com.
  • Samsung's 840 Pro Series SSD on The Tech Report.
  • Seasonic Platinum 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply on TweakTown.
  • Xigmatek Dark Knight - Night Hawk Edition on Technic3D. In German.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Q: How many Verizon customer service reps does it take to change a phone number? A: We don't know, we haven't gone through enough of them yet. After three full working days, Verizon has still not managed to assign the right number to one of our phone lines. Here's a paraphrase of an actual conversation (an hour after I started by asking for a supervisor and getting roped into letting him try): Him: "We have to send another technician to fix this." Me: "If you had to change the number of the line I'm talking to you on, would you have to send anyone?" Him: "No." Me: "Okay, I need to speak to your supervisor." Him: "Mr. Jones will call you back in 24-48 hours." Me: "I need to speak with your disconnection department." Disconnection department: "Please give us thirty minutes and we promise to get this all taken care of." (without having to send a tech). So far they are about 18 hours over and counting on their 30 minute fix. I'd like to think they care that I am recounting their incompetence online, but it really seems like they don't really care much about anything.

Here is what I can piece together of the disorganized postings of last week's NFL picks: Verno 12-4, Creston 11-5, Mag 11-3-? (skipped a pick and selected Dolph Lundgren), Blue and Jivaro 9-7, Cutter 9-6 (skipped a pick), Rigs 8-8, and Batman 8-6 (can't find two of his picks). Here's what my dartboard came up with for this week: Falcons, Packers, Texans, Buccaneers, Redskins, Saints, Chargers, Panthers, Dolphins, Steelers, Patriots, Colts, Broncos, Giants, Bears, and Seahawks.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Berzerk Ball 2.
Science: Squeeze returns breast cancer cells to normal. Thanks Wraith.
Media: A Leap of Faith.
It's All An Illusion.
Are Cats Better DJs Than Dogs? {Scientific Evidence}.
Birds take over Walmart. Seagulls. The universal symbol of hygiene.
The Funnies: Wrong Place, Wrong Time Cartoon - Savage Chickens.



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