EA has updated its list of Service Updates
, revealing multiplayer servers that are hitting end-of-life (thanks Polygon
). They say such decisions are never easy, explaining: "We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage." They also announce a change for their free-to-play games, saying they will all begin using the same virtual currency called "Play4Free Funds," a name which may strike users as ironic when they pay for them. There are only a few PC titles impacted: The Sims 2
for PC/MAC and TheSims2.com will shut down on January 14, FIFA Soccer 11
for PC and consoles will conclude on January 11, and FIFA Manager 11
for PC ends on January 3.
An email from Amazon to customers who have preordered Grand Theft Auto V
says the console edition of the open world action sequel is due on March 26, 2013, reports Guru3D
, where they reproduce the mail showing a March 27th delivery date. This is unconfirmed, and historically release dates revealed by retailers have been a mixed bag in terms of accuracy, though it bears noting that that date would fit the game's previously announced
spring release window. They also say "The PC version is still scheduled a few month [sic] later," though there is no indication of where that tidbit originated. Thanks HARDOCP
an opportunity for those in the Bay area to get hands-on play on DmC: Devil May Cry
at their offices, which will include the chance to see some previously unrevealed areas in the Devil May Cry brawler. They also note that since the game will be rated M, participants must be 17 years of age or older, or be accompanied by an adult guardian.
The industrious folks at GfK Chart-Track continue to work through the holidays to keep us up to date on the bestselling games in the U.K. The full-price PC entertainment chart
has 19 of last week's 20 listings returning, with Katy Petty sneaking her sweet treats back onto the #20 spot, and Football Manager 2013
retaining the number one position. The all platforms chart
is steady too, though Far Cry 3
moved into the top spot this week.
Look at that, another New Year's Eve is upon us! Here's wishing you a good one and hoping however you celebrate turns out to be safe as well as happy. It looks like our chances of remaining safe here have been bolstered by the fates, as our car refused to start over the weekend. The battery was dead, so I jumped it, but the engine cut out when we tried to turn on the lights, so the drained battery seems to be a symptom of a more significant electrical issue. I may pick up a new battery today anyway, but it seems likely we need a repair, which is not likely to happen before Wednesday, so any going out we do between now and then will have to involve cabs and other public transportation.
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
The following is Valve's accounting of the 10 bestselling games on Steam
for this past week:
- Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Walking Dead
- Borderlands 2
- Far Cry 3
- Arma II: Combined Operation
- THQ Collection
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package
- Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Happy birthday to Stan Lee
, who turned 90 the other day (thanks Ant
). 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