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Sunday, Feb 10, 2013

  

Axl Rose's Activision Lawsuit Dismissed

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has dismissed what remained of Axl Rose's lawsuit against Activision over Slash and Welcome to the Jungle appearing in Guitar Hero 3, reports The San Marino Tribune. Rose objected to the way this associated Slash with Guns N' Roses, even though Slash played guitar for the band for 11 years, including on that song (most of his comments on the situation were hard to understand). An earlier portion of this suit was dismissed because Rose filed his court papers too late, which may not come as a surprise to fans who waited 15 years for the release of Chinese Democracy. Thanks TheWeaponeer.

Steam Top 10

Here are the 10 bestselling games on Valve's Steam service for the past week:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
  2. Borderlands 2
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. Anitchamber
  5. Aliens: Colonial Marines
  6. Arma II: Combined Operations
  7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  8. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  10. Far Cry 3

Rise of the Triad Podcast & Diary

A new podcast for Rise of the Triad discusses Environmental Art and Design in the upcoming shooter remake, hearing from some of the artists involved in the game's production. Podcast #3 is accompanied by Developer Blog #3 which covers the same topics, and offers some concept art as a visual aid. The main topics include the concepts behind modular environmental design, and the challenges of recreating classic ROTT maps for the modern remake. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Happy Chinese New Year! That's right, today is the first day of the Year of the Snake, though knowing myself, I'll still absent-mindedly be writing Year of the Dragon on my checks for a couple more weeks.

Traditional Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Renegade Racing.
Science: Um, What's This Weird Hunk of Metal We Just Found on Mars? Thanks HARDOCP.
Wind tops U.S. sources of new electricity generation in 2012.
Images: Lego Death Star versus Lego Alderaan. Too soon?
Media: Faces of Gaming.
Too much snow for scooter. Thanks reddit.
Driving In Russia (Week 1 - January - 2013). Thanks nin.

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013

New Wolfenstein Game?

A clue that a new installment in the Wolfenstein series of supernatural World War II shooters is underway was discovered by Polygon, making a case that the game is in the works at Machinegames, a developer acquired by ZeniMax in 2010. They report a cache of Julian Beeston's website where the composer's résumé lists "ADR Engineer, Production Sound" on a Wolfenstein project in development at Machinegames. They also note that it has already been announced that Machinegames, a Swedish developer formed by vets of Starbreeze, "is working on an unannounced project for ZeniMax publishing subsidiary, Bethesda Softworks, that is being built on id Software's revolutionary id Tech® 5 engine technology." Thanks Gamer's Hell.

Wasteland 2 Trailer

A new Kickstarter update #23 for Wasteland 2 is titled "Without Further Ado...," as it unveils the first gameplay trailer from Wasteland 2, inXile entertainment's upcoming RPG sequel (thanks Techie714 and nin). They provide a very detailed outline of what's in the clip and how it represents the current state of the project. Here's the introductory paragraph:

Without Further Ado... Update #23 · Feb. 09, 2013 · 190 comments We are very proud to provide the first gameplay video of Wasteland 2, which will allow our backers to see how far we've come and how everything is coming together. The usual way of doing things in this industry would see us create a demo specifically for displaying to the press or at game shows, but we're very glad to have been allowed the freedom to create a demo video from an actually playable area, which ensures there's no wasted code. This is a straight video capture of Development Director Chris Keenan playing the game. The only element that is not running in code is the sound effects, as it was faster to do in post, but as you will hear, there is nothing being done audio wise that isn't easily replicated in engine. In fact, we plan to have many more sound effects in the final game than what is heard here.

Op Ed

Ars Technica - Rethinking how we give out gaming’s “academy awards”.
Take the "Best Downloadable Game" award. This category might have made sense once, when downloadable games were generally the smaller, less ambitious cousins to the AAA games getting retail release. But things have changed. Two of the games in this category this year, The Walking Dead and Journey, were up for Game of the Year, proving downloadable games don't need to be set aside to get recognition anymore. And while Journey was named the best game of the year, somehow The Walking Dead was the best one you could download. Figure that one out.

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Out of the Blue

Well, we got the promised storm, and they were not exaggerating, we got well over a foot of snow. And heavy, wet snow at that, made all the worse by how the snowplows pushed a lot of it from the streets onto the sidewalk. I dug out the walk and had to take a break before clearing the car, there was that much of it. I would love a shovel that could tell you how much weight of snow you've lifted, as I estimate it must have been more than a ton today, and I'd love to know whether that's completely crazy or not.

Tons of Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Skateboard City 2.
Stories: Man's Estate Left to Actors He Never Met.
Media: Upside Down Plane Landing and Takeoff.
Horrible Histories - The Pharaoh Report.
Follow-up: Mr. Bean's Insurance Company Dropped $1.4 Million To Repair His McLaren F1. Thanks nin.



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