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Monday, Jan 07, 2013

  

Dead Rising 3 Rising?

Jeremie Passerin's LinkedIn Page lists Dead Rising 3 as one of the items in the Blur Studio rigging supervisor's résumé. There are no details about a new installment in Capcom's survival/horror series other than that Jeremie worked on a "game cinematic" as a rigger at some point last year. Thanks nin via Joystiq/All Games Beta.

THQ Asset Auction January 22nd

The promised update on Distressed Debt Investing has the latest on efforts to liquidate the intellectual property assets of bankrupt THQ following questions that emerged last week about the proceedings. The latest is that properties will be sold off at auction individually on January 22nd, contradicting previous indications they would be sold as a bundle.

World of Warcraft 5.2 Trailer

The World of Warcraft Website now offers a teaser trailer showing off the upcoming version 5.2 "Thunder King" update for World of Warcraft. Word is: "We’ve prepared a glimpse of the environments and denizens coming in the 5.2 patch, which is now available on the PTR. Stay tuned for more development updates in the weeks ahead." Continue here to read the full story.

On The Walking Dead Sales

Wall Street Journal talks with Telltale CEO Dan Connors about their episodic game based on The Walking Dead. He tells them more than 8.5 million episodes have been purchased, leading them to estimate this generating about $40 million, which is undoubtedly high, as it's based on the single episode price and does not account for discounts. Interestingly, he says about a quarter of the sales for the game were for iOS, showing the rapid growth of Apple's devices as gaming platforms. Thanks GameSpot.

inSANE Talks Continue

The Toronto Sun talks with director Guillermo del Toro about his Pacific Rim trailer and how he sought Valve's permission for the movie's homage to Portal's GlaDOS. The also ask about inSANE, his planned horror game trilogy that was cancelled this past summer. In November

word emerged that the project still lives, and here's the latest from del Toro on its status: "We are in talks with a very, very big company. I can’t say who, but it’s one of the big ones. They really responded to the game, they responded to what we were trying," he told the paper. "Some of the devices of the game I need to update, because now I’ve seen them in other games that just came out. That always happens. But the principle we’re trying to do with the game is to make it a really immersive narrative experience. It’s still a really challenging proposal." Thanks Joystiq.

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Horrible Job Interview. Thanks Ant.

On Standalone DayZ DelayZ

The DayZ Blog has an update on the planned standalone game based on the popular Day Z modification for Arma II, Bohemia Interactive's military first-person shooter. Admitting defeat of the original plan to release the game before the end of 2012, the update discusses what they still have to work on before the game is done, saying they will release a closed test for 500-1000 testers "imminently," noting this "will be focused purely on architecture, not the game design." They say following the test they will reschedule the game's release. Thanks MajorD.

NVIDIA Portable Announced

NVIDIA unveils Project Shield, a handheld android gaming device powered by a 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU/Quad-core A15 CPU. This will include support for playing PC games on NVIDIA-powered systems as well, as outlined on this page:

Project SHIELD gives you the power to wirelessly access your GeForce® GTX-powered computer from the comfort of your couch. Play your favorite PC games, including great titles from Steam, on a full-size game controller with ultra-low latency thanks to Project SHIELD's game-speed Wi-Fi and the fast performance of GeForce GTX 600 GPUs.

NVIDIA's Cloud Gaming

NVIDIA announces NVIDIA GRID, their own entry into the cloud computing area, saying they are "building on a unique legacy in gaming graphics and graphic performance to lead the way" in this area pioneered by Gaikai and OnLive. This page has further details, claiming their implementation will allow more concurrent users per server, lower latency, and better game content. Here's an overview: "NVIDIA GRID leverages some of this same technology to render and stream games from the cloud, with thousands of engineers dedicated to creating the ultimate system for service operators. Think of it as a gaming supercomputer in the cloud, built by NVIDIA."

Blizzard Linux Plans?

Blizzard Entertainment will release an official Ubuntu port of one of "at least one" of their games this year reports Phoronix. This report on plans for Linux support is unconfirmed, though the author of the report says this was learned from "a reliable source at the company," and that this was "backed up by additional proof." They say this internal port will be an attempt to gauge the commercial potential for supporting the operating system. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track offers a redesigned listing of the 20 bestselling full-price PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending January 5. The new boss is the same as the old boss, as the chart remained unsurprisingly static through the holidays. The all-platforms top 40 is similarly familiar. And remember, a déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

I see a lot of criticism of the Redskins for sending RG3 out to play in the playoffs yesterday after reinjuring his knee. It's easy to Monday morning quarterback, but Mike Shanahan deserves a break from the hammering he's taking over this. I mean it's not like he send a blind guy out on the football field where he'd be unable to defend himself. You save something that drastic for the Super Bowl.

Drastic Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Enola: Prelude.
Links: 5 Video Games That Would Make Fantastic Ballets.
Stories: Cat used in Brazil prison smuggling try. Thanks brother19.
Media: Lego Portal. Thanks Reddit.
How much pain a man can endure just to see some boobs?
12 Kids That Have Way More Guts Than You Do.
The Funnies: Dilbert.

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013

Steam Linux Stats - Linux Console This Year?

The December 2012 Steam Hardware & Software Survey is online, offering an updated profile of the rigs being used by customers of Valve's online service. The interesting thing to note this time around is how 0.8% of the respondents are using Ubuntu in the first hardware survey since Valve added beta Linux support (thanks Ant via Slashdot). On a related note, NeoGAF has a translation of a German-language article saying that Valve engineer Ben Krasnow told conference attendees that Valve plans to "present" (according to the translation) a Linux based console system in 2013. Presuming this is accurate, it does not seem clear if this means they plan on releasing it or just demonstrating it. Thanks Joao.

New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers

The GeForce Website now offers new version 310.90 WHQL-certified drivers for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. The new drivers include a security update as well as performance improvements for GTX 690 accelerators. Thanks Charles.

Deus Ex Design Documents

An article on Eurogamer.net called the "The deleted scenes of Deus Ex," examines Warren Spector's original design documents for Deus Ex, ION Storm's cyberpunk action/RPG. The look at various changes the project took from the original outline, leading lead writer Sheldon Pacotti to say "Warren once commented that in the beginning he envisioned the game as X-Files but he somehow ended up with James Bond." They also note the original working title of Deus Ex was Majestic Revelations, which might seem like a classic now had it stuck, but sounds pretty awful.

Steam Top 10

Valve offers the following list of the 10 bestselling games on Steam for the past week:

  1. Far Cry 3
  2. Torchlight II
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. THQ Collection
  5. Borderlands 2
  6. Max Payne 3
  7. Age of Empires III Complete
  8. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
  9. Arma II Combined Operations
  10. Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Well my daring selections in yesterday's NFL playoff games were as bad as they were bold... I would have jumped off the Vikings if I'd have known they were playing someone who makes Christian Ponder look like Peyton Manning, but since there are no rules for making picks here, I decided changing was against them. Here's hoping for a good day today to get me back to .500.

Daring Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Railroad Shunting Puzzle 2.
Water Buboy.
Links: Emergency Compliment.
Stories: An Update On Peter David's Health And How To Help With His Medical Costs.
Ailing 'Star Trek' Fan Who Got To See 'Into Darkness' Dies. Thanks nin.
Images: We’ve come so far.
Media: I Trust You.
Who Did It?
Piano Duet for Two Cats. Play them off!
The Funnies: FoxTrot.



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