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Sunday, Dec 30, 2012

  

Dune II Web Revival

Dune 2 Online offers a web-based version of Dune II, the seminal real-time strategy game based on the classic science fiction franchise. As noted on Joystiq, this is an authentic port, which makes it considerably less easy or user friendly than a more modern RTS game. Thanks Prosthetic Knowledge/GameInformer.

Steam Top 10

The following is Valve's accounting of the 10 bestselling games on Steam for this past week:

  1. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. Borderlands 2
  5. Far Cry 3
  6. Arma II: Combined Operation
  7. THQ Collection
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  9. Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package
  10. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Screenshots

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

  • Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 DS1 Mid-Tower Case on Test Freaks.
  • Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan on eTeknix.
  • Sony Xperia TX on t-break.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy birthday to Stan Lee, who turned 90 the other day (thanks Ant via Slashdot). I've been carrying on as a true believer and member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society since as long as I can remember, so here's hats off to Stan the man. Excelsior!

R.I.P.: Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome.

MMMS Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Arranje That Games.
Potty Racers 4.
Stories: 17 Million-Dollar Ideas On Kickstarter. Thanks nin.
Science: First 'Alien Earth' Will Be Found in 2013. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: Throne of Games.
Retro Arcade Photographs Photos.
Media: Plane crashes near freeway.
Gag Reel - Star Trek "The Next Generation" Season 2.
Cajun Goes Looking For His Owner - (Adorable "Pooch Cam").
Fly & slide squirrel. Rodent superhero.
The Funnies: Ctrl+Alt+Del - Team effort (2012-12-28).
Follow-up: Apple To Change Earth's Geography To Repair Software Glitch.

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012

Tomb Raider Multiplayer

A tweet from Crystal Dynamics confirms multiplayer support in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, following a leak (thanks GameSpot). Here's word:

OK, so after all the speculation..yes it's true. http://www.oxmonline.com/our-next-issue-tomb-raider-gets-multiplayer … Check out @OXM for all the info on @tombraider's new multiplayer

Op Ed

The Tech Report - Improving the PC as a gaming platform: the hardware.
The new spec would clearly involve some compromises, since you can't simply step up and demand that every new computer feature a Radeon 7970, 32GB of RAM, and a six-core CPU with Hyperthingamabobs. However, let's take a page from our own System Guide's Econobox. MPC-HD could set the bar at, say, a Radeon 7770 graphics card ($120 or so) and a Core i3-3220 processor (around $130). Those components provide solid gaming performance at 1080p in the vast majority of titles, even with anti-aliasing enabled. They would be a perfectly reasonable baseline to aim for—one that provides many times the horsepower of current-generations consoles.

Setting a baseline would make life easier for developers, as well. Let's imagine MPC-HD has multiple levels, and when publishing your game, you can simply state that the minimum requirement is MPC-HD Level 1. That's easy for developers to code for, easy for buyers to follow, and easy for manufacturers to advertise and profit from. One can only wish.

On Sale

  • Assassin's Creed Franchise on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Assorted Indie Adventures on GOG.com. Save 50-75%.
  • Bioshock Franchise Pack on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Elder Scrolls Franchise on Steam. Save 50-75%.
  • Galactic Civilizations Complete Pack on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Grand Theft Auto Franchise on Steam.
  • Just Cause 2 on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Left 4 Dead Bundle on Steam. Save 75%.
  • LIMBO on Steam. Save 75%.
  • PAYDAY The Heist on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Witcher Franchise on Steam. Save 75%.

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

  • AMD Radeon HD 8790M Video Card on Legit Reviews.
  • Antec ISK110 VESA Mini-ITX Desktop on techPowerUp.
  • Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid VGA Cooler on AnandTech.
  • Asustor AS-602T 2-Bay NAS on Test Freaks.
  • Corsair Carbide Series 200R Mid-Tower Comptact ATX Chassis on eTeknix.
  • iFrogz Boost Plus Near-Field Audio Amplifying Speaker on Nikk Tech.
  • Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2400 32GB Memory Kit on Hardware Heaven.
  • OCZ Agility 4 256GB on APH Networks.
  • OCZ Vector 256GB SSD on eTeknix.

etc.

Out of the Blue

I got together last night with some buddies to close out the year with a little carousing. Of course things got out of hand quickly, and we had a hefty tab to refill the bars we cleaned out and repair the windows we kept throwing bikers through, but what can you do? As the old saying goes, you can't make an omelet without killing a few chefs. Here's hoping your end-of-year celebrations are equally exaggerated. :)

Celebratory Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: One Click Ninja.
Stories: First the Fiscal Cliff, Now the Dairy Cliff.
Norwegian Earns Internet Stardom and an N.F.L. Tryout to Boot. Thanks j.c.f.
Science: Roboy, the robot 'boy' set to be born in nine months. Thanks Acleacius.
The Most Amazing Science Images of the Year. Thanks HARDOCP.
Images: The Next Bond.
Media: It's a Bird!...It's a Plane! Yep, It's a Plane.
Funny YouTube Comments of 2012.
Catzilla.
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: "Mockingbird Lane" Officially Dead At NBC.



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