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Saturday, Jan 05, 2013

  

THQ Sale Update

Distressed Debt Investing tweets about the efforts to settle the affairs of bankrupt THQ, a process that has been called into question by investors. The feed says that five strategic buyers are in due diligence and that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is one of the companies interested in the sale. The judge is reconvening on Monday after denying a Debtor In Possession motion and telling the involved parties to work out the issues presented during yesterday's proceedings. Thanks BeefJack.

Steam Sale Encore

The Steam Website now features the promised encore of the Steam 2012 Holiday Sale. They have relisted a bunch of game sales to run for the next 48 hours.

James Bond: License Revoked?

There is an unofficial explanation for the disappearance of James Bond games from Valve's Steam service on Neogamr. According to their "unnamed but reliable sources" Activision's license to publish James Bond games expired at the end of 2012. This is surprising considering 007 Legends was released with just a couple of months to go in the year, though a rush to beat the license deadline could explain the game's poor reception which lead to the closure of developer Eurocom. This is all still unconfirmed, as Activision has yet to comment on the situation.

Firefly Universe Online

The Firefly Universe Online Facebook Page has word that this MMOG based on the cult sci-fi series has resumed development with the blessings of Fox Entertainment. They say to expect a Kickstarter campaign to support the project. Thanks Massively.

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Well, we're on take-two of our car situation after our mechanic replaced the switch that turns the dome light on and off when the driver-side door is opened and closed. He charged the battery and let it sit overnight and says it didn't lose any voltage, and it started fine today when we tried it, so maybe this was fixed that easily. It will be neat if it was, as it cost all of $65.00 (not counting a new battery) after we were concerned that we had developed one of those electrical gremlins that ends up requiring the car being replaced, which doesn't seem implausible for a ten-year-old car.

Cheap Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Central Alien Agency.
Zombie Exterminator - Level Pack.
Links: Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke. Thanks Cutter.
Stories: "Doctor Who" Gets 50th Anniversary E-Shorts. Asked for iShorts.
Atlanta airport diverted by toothbrush. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: How My Foolproof Scientific System Got Us Onto The Price Is Right. Thanks nin.
Nanoparticles reboot blood flow in brain.
Images: A very poor Avengers Christmas.
Media: Video about ESD both shocking and funny.
Every Pop Culture Reference from Tarantino Movies. NSFW.
Compressorhead Ace of Spades. Thanks HARDOCP.

Friday, Jan 04, 2013

The Showdown Effect Trailer

This trailer 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.

Akaneiro: Demon Hunters Kickstarter

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.

Bond Games MIA

007 Legends 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. VG247 contacted Activision for comment for some time ago, but no statement about this mystery has been released. Thanks Neogamr.

On Sale

  • FIFA Soccer 13 on Gamefly. Save 50%.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Steam Sale Encore This Weekend

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 Investors Call Shenanigans

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 at War

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.

Take-Two Stake Taken

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.

Square Enix Testing Brower RPG in Japan

Siliconera 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.

Console BioShock Bundle

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."

Op Ed

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."

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

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.

Visiting Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Snoring 2: Winter Edition.
Snake Squad.
Links: THE LEGO STAR WARS ORGAN. Boggling. Thanks nin via Dubious Quality.
Stories: George Lucas, Mellody Hobson Engaged. Thanks nin.
Science: Big Space: There are at least 100 billion planets in our galaxy alone.
This Robot Vomits So You Won't Have To. Thanks HARDOCP.
Finding the neuron that makes your sweater itch.
Media: The Imperial Recruiter.
All the ColecoVision Games in Fifteen Minutes.
The Many D'ohs of Homer Simpson.
The Funnies: Brevity.



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