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Sunday, Jan 13, 2013

  

Free StarCraft II Name Changes

The StarCraft II Website has an apology to players from Blizzard over their failure to live up to a promise for a paid service to allow name changes in StarCraft II, saying as a result of delays in rolling this out, they have added a free name change to everyone's account in the RTS sequel. Word is: "We’re planning to offer another free name change to all players when the new Clans feature goes live in the next couple of months, so don’t worry about removing your clan tag from your character name with this one. We will alert you to that when the time comes." There's no word in how much it is costing them to go through the vast expense of changing character names for nothing.

On Assassin's Creed III Tech

An article on FX Guide from last month discusses some of the technical wizardry behind Assassin's Creed III, discussing how modern video games are now capable of rendering scenes in real time that Thanks Ant via would have been beyond Hollywood not too long ago. This focuses on rendering oceans, saying: "In feature films just a decade ago, rendering oceans was reason enough to seek an Oscar." The article starts as an overview, but as it progresses, it gets steadily more technical. Thanks Richard W.

Steam Top 10

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

  1. Arma II: Combined Operations
  2. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. Borderland 2
  5. Far Cry 3
  6. Torchlight II
  7. Counter-Strike Global Offensive
  8. Spec Ops: The Line
  9. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

One home team and one road team won yesterday, just like I picked it, but I was still 0-2 in what's turning out to be a remarkably unimpressive attempt at predicting the NFL playoffs. The games were wonderfully competitive though, living up to the cliché that the divisional round is the best week of football of the season. Here's hoping today's games are equally entertaining.

R.I.P.: Eugene Patterson, 89, voice on civil rights, dies.
R.I.P.: World's oldest woman dies at 115.

Entertaining Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Steppin' Stones.
Links: This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Stories: Fla. 'python challenge' draws about 800 hunters. Thanks brother19.
Images: May cause seizures.
Media: Science is Pretty Freaking Awesome!.
Awesome Double Donuts: Guy Drifts Two BMWs Simultaneously.
The Funnies: When your house is burning down, you should brush your teeth - The Oatmeal.
EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - The K is for Krave.
The thing about tablets…
Follow-up: Family blames US attorneys for death of Aaron Swartz.
Haiti quietly marks 3rd anniversary of quake.



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