provides the opportunity to "meet the cast" of The Showdown Effect
, the upcoming action game from Magicka developer Arrowhead Game Studios. Here's a rundown on the showdown: "In a combination dev-diary/preview/feature/explosion video, fans can meet Dutch McClone, a time-traveling Austrian searching for his identity; Lance Koboldski, a grizzled cop with only one day until retirement; Hailey Skye, a plucky girl genius who'll stop at nothing to uncover her father's killer; and Shur Foo, a gentleman who seems to believe there's no problem you can't solve by punching it." Continue here to read the full story
This Kickstarter Campaign
seeks funding for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
, a stylized action/RPG from American McGee's Spicy horse Studios. A crowdsourcing effort from an established developer is no longer unusual, but there's another twist here, in that this game is actually already complete, and set to enter open beta testing this month, and the kickstart is to fund improvements. The major features they list that would be added if they raise $200,000 include tablet versions, co-op support, equipment crafting, and improved community support. You can find a gameplay trailer on the Akaneiro: Demon Hunters Website
, which is also where to sign up for the beta.
can no longer be found for sale online from Steam
or the Activision Download Store
, and previous James Bond games 007 Blood Stone
and Quantum of Solace
contacted Activision for comment for some time ago, but no statement about this mystery has been released. Thanks Neogamr
- FIFA Soccer 13 on Gamefly. Save 50%.
Steam News announces
that this weekend will be an encore for their 2012 Holiday Sale, where they will reprise some of the best deals offered during the annual extravaganza. The encore weekend kicks off at 1:00 pm EST tomorrow and will run through 1:00 pm EST on Monday. They also announce
the daily deals for day sixteen of the sale:
THQ's recently announced
one-two punch of declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy while arranging a sale to a "stalking horse bidder" for a Section 363 sale has hit a snag, as Gamasutra reports
investors have raised objections
to the plan. The complaint focuses on how this seems to protect THQ management jobs, but not their investments. The investors aren't the only ones with raised eyebrows over this, as Distressed Debt Investing
notes the U.S. Trustee overseeing the THQ bankruptcy has also filed an objection to the proceedings, noting problems with the accelerated timing of asset sales and excessive fee/expense reimbursements.
The War Z Forums
reveal that the embattled
survival/horror shooter has been the subject of a denial of service attacks, though there's no word if these are being ironically facilitated through zombie computers. There are several updates showing the measures taken to address this, but the ultimate conclusion is that none of these worked, and they are now seeking help from Valve with this. Thanks MCV
An outfit called the Citadel Investment Group has increased its investment
in Take-Two Interactive, and now owns a six percent stake in the publisher/developer, reports GameSpot
by way of The Motley Fool
. They discuss how this investment relies on the fortunes of the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto V
has details on a browser-based RPG being tested in Japan that includes a mashup of Final Fantasy monsters. There is no word on whether there are plans to bring this to the west as well.
2K Games announces BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition
, an upcoming package that will bundle BioShock
, BioShock 2
, and the add-ons for each waterlogged shooter, as well as an exclusive "collectible" sticker pack for the upcoming BioShock: Infinite
. PC gamers and those outside of North America are being left on the sidelines for this, as this page
shows that this is coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on January 14th, but is not coming to PCs, though they do say the console bundles will be released in other territories "at a later date."
Reason.com - 38 Studios: Curt Schilling's Crony Capitalism Debacle.
Former Gov. Carcieri hoped 38 Studios would be the cornerstone of a new video game tech hub in Rhode Island. Instead, the fallout from the collapse and squandered taxpayer dollars will make the state unlikely to cut any more of what WPRI's Ted Nesi describes as "special, one-off deals with individual companies...picked by a certain group of people in state government."
Last week concluded the NFL regular season, I'm sad to say the Giants will be home watching the playoffs on TV with the rest of us. Here are our week 17 results: Blue 14-2, Mag 13-3 (fixed, sorry), Batman 12-4 (also fixed, and I'm assuming Batman's second pick of the Texans was the Titans), Creston 11-5, Verno and Jivaro 10-6, and Cutter 7-9. Extra props to Batman as the only prognosticator who saw the Bucs beating the Falcons in Atlanta.
I'm running a little behind to tally the regular season results right now, so for the meantime, here are my playoff picks. As much as I've been trying to convince myself this is a terrible idea, I'm going to pick the visiting team in each game.
has word on permanent bans that have been handed out in Guild Wars 2
for users taking advantage of a way of exploiting snowflakes during their Wintersday event. They point to the Guild Wars 2 Forum
for details on this, but we can only find the relevant post on the latter, while VG247
points the way to this post
with more on the topic. In the post on the GW2 Forum
there is also a promise of a long-term roadmap for ArenaNet's MMORPG. Here's what they are saying for now:
To set expectations accordingly, the January release will be a relatively small release that sets the table for the stories and features we plan to roll out with the Feb/March releases and beyond. Also, there will be no new race, profession, or new region with these larger Feb/March releases. One of our major goals with these releases is making our existing world as strong as possible, ensuring there are reasons to go to all the locations in the world we’ve already built, and strengthening the core game we’ve provided. In saying this will be an expansions worth of stuff in these releases, we’re talking about the number of new features that will be rolled out across PvE, WvW, and PvP in early 2013, which usually you’d only find in an expansion for a traditional MMORPG.
a Kickstarter campaign
for 3 Step Studio, planned as a free suite of tools for the development of video games with no programming experience. The Torque engine developers seek a half-million dollars for this, and here is part of the pitch:
The 3 Step Studio suite includes free genre-specific templates and tools that help aspiring game designers create and share their game for iPad, iPhone, Windows and Mac in three easy steps: Select a template, customize the game play and art – or upload your art to ‘make it your own’, and then publish the results for others to play. The basic tools and templates will be available for free to use, with advanced tools, templates and additional content available through micro-transactions.
The Age of Empires Online Blog
announces that Ensemble is ceasing the development of new content for the multiplayer RTS game, though there is a small amount of new stuff still in the pipeline that they will complete before shutting off the tap. They stress that nothing else is changing, and that the game will continue to operate as before, and will be fully supported. They explain the reason for the change in a brief FAQ: "Because creating top-tier content, as we have been for the last year and a half, is very expensive—too expensive to maintain for long, as it turns out. We can no longer afford to keep creating it. AOEO already has a very large amount of high-quality, hand-crafted entertainment, and adding more is no longer cost-effective." Thanks Massively
1Reason - In The Base Case by Kim Swift (thanks GamesIndustry International)
So, I have a secret wish. Whenever I’m in the public eye, whether it’s doing PR or giving a talk – and this is going to sound amazingly corny — I hope that there’s a little girl out there that sees me and thinks to herself, “Oh look! Girls make games too.” I say this because this problem isn’t going to change on a dime. A grown adult isn’t going to change their mind about their inherent beliefs or their personality because someone gave them the stink eye (or an Internet reaming).
Link of the Day: FAILs of 2012
. Thanks nin.
A post on All Games Beta
shows tweets from Evolve PR dude Tom Ohle revealing his excitement over a Cyberpunk 2077
trailer, saying this look at CD Projekt RED's upcoming cyberpunk RPG will be released for all to see 'next weekish.' As far as we can see, there are no longer the tweets in the feed
corresponding to what they posted, but there is a conversation
that refers to a trailer using nearly the same "Next week. Ish" phrase, which suggests the AGB story may be based tweets that were deleted after this became news. Ish. Thanks VG247
Trion Worlds announces a weekend beta event for Defiance
to run from January 18-20 in their upcoming open world MMO first-person shooter. The event, which they call "Advanced Mission Beta 1," will include full access to the tutorial along with the following content: "the expansive terraformed terrain of Mt. Tam, the Waterfront competitive multiplayer map, and the fierce Shadow War open world competitive multiplayer and Arkfall massive co-op boss battles." Those hoping to participate should sign up on the viral Von Bach Industries Website
The World of Warcraft Website announces
version 5.2 patch for World of Warcraft
is now live on the Public Test Realm for the MMORPG. They offer a series of notes on the new version, though they warn that these are not final. Here's an overview: "By logging in you can help us test a massive new raid dungeon, a multi-faceted new quest hub, Pet Battle improvements, new world bosses, significant class balance changes, brand new pets and mounts, assorted bug fixes, and more." On a related note, VG247
notes a post on WoW Serbia
pointing to a trailer
showing "Defense of the Alehouse" to feature some sort of MOBA gameplay, which they suggest will also be part of this version 5.2 patch, though this is just speculation at this point. Continue here to read the full story
The Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Product Page
now reflects a new March 12th release date for this CryENGINE 3 stealth shooter sequel. The game was originally due
last year before being delayed
until the middle of this month. No reason for the setback is offered. Thanks Videogamer.com
has an explanation of the origins of the new trailer
for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
. It turns out the clip uses in-game footage from an IGN feature
on the upcoming shooter. Hand-wringing over having been fooled ensues, but as they note, the footage is genuine. Thanks VG247
The Humble Bundle Website
shows that sales of Humble Indie Bundle 7 have concluded, raking in over two and a half million dollars: "Humble Indie Bundle 7 is over, with 395,940 bundles sold for a total of $2,650,507.68. Type in your email address below and be among the first to know about our future projects!"
The Paintball Website
has a recently released patch for Digital Paint: Paintball 2
, the standalone paintball shooter that started off as a Quake II
modification. The last we heard of this was over five years ago
, but a build 36 was released in September and a newer build 37 came out at the end of November. They want to celebrate this with a reunion for players on Saturday, going full on old-school by organizing on IRC.
The Sven Co-op Website
offers a new version 4.7 that was released on Christmas for this Half-Life
modification as support for this old-school shooter mod continues into a third decade (or second century if you want more drama, or second millennium if you want full-on hype). They say they are not running out of steam, as plans for version 5.0 are already on the boards, which they say will represent a "major stepping stone for the mod." Here's word on the new release: "This release includes fixes and improvements to Half-Life co-op, Opposing Force co-op, They Hunger Co-op, etc., as well as Linux server support, new and updated maps, new features, fixes etc."
Wall Street Journal - The Year Video Games Became Art.
2012 was an important year for video games. Prime examples of the form were curated for the first time by museums such as the Smithsonian, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Museum of Modern Art—with the MoMA even going so far as to add video games to its permanent collection. This is not to say that videogames were not art beforehand, or even to accept that “art” is the best term to use in describing video games. Video games are still, on some level, “ones and zeroes.” And they always will be. But it’s nonetheless culturally significant that a curator from an institution as hallowed as the MoMA finally said that they are also “ones and zeroes that get to form whole spatial structures and whole experiences.”
Well, the cautious part of my cautious optimism about our car turned out to be more accurate than the optimism part, as it refused to start after having a couple of days to drain the battery. It spent the night at the mechanic: He found a problem with a dome light that stayed on when the door was closed, but he's not sure that's the entirety of the problem (and I'm pretty sure he's right that it isn't), so he's taking some more time to suss it out.
R.I.P.: Patti Page, R.I.P.