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Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 Happy Birthday Qtest

  

Driftmoon This Week; Launch Trailer

Instant Kingdom now offers a launch trailer for Driftmoon while announcing that Tuesday will see the release of this adventure/role-playing game from indie developer Instant Kingdom, a husband-and-wife team from Finland (thanks Acleacius via RPG Watch). Here's word on the game:

The beautiful, enchanted world of Driftmoon trembles in the shadow of a forgotten evil, for the dark King Ixal is again gathering his forces. The last hope of an enchanted world lies in an unlikely alliance: a hyperactive firefly, a queen panther with a whale-sized ego, and a fellow who's lost all but his bones. They'll take you on a journey like no other, full of amazing adventures, and fearsome foes.

ROAM Kickstarter Ends Today

The Kickstarter for ROAM will end in a few hours, so your last chance nears to take it hip to hip and rocket through the wilderness. This procedurally generated online co-op action game has already collected more than double its initial funding goal, and the project is just a few thousand dollars shy of its final stretch goal, which, in addition to "substantially improving the quality of the game," will also trigger additional backer rewards. Thanks nin.

After Reset Announced

The After Reset website reveals development of After Reset, a Unity-engine project described as "a classic post-apocalyptic role-playing game" (thanks No Mutants Allowed). They offers some concept art and the following premise:

Planet Earth. 132 years after the "Reset," the thermonuclear apocalypse which ended human civilization. Around one third of the globe is covered by "Yellow Zones," where the ruins of cities are covered with radioactive dust. In these areas, Anarchist "Survivor" groups have taken control, and uncontaminated food and drinking water are valued at parity with human life. Another third of the Earth is in the agony of the "Red Zones," the epicenters of the deadly anomalies which arose as a result of a nuclear chain reaction in the atmosphere, and the morphing of the planet. The majority of terrestrial organisms are not capable of surviving in the "Red Zones," which makes it a perfect home for mutants and "guests" from deep space. The planet is unrecognizable and empty…

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's accounting of the 10 bestselling games on Steam for the week:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
  2. BioShock Infinite
  3. Arma II: Combined Operations
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  5. Tomb Raider
  6. Brutal Legend
  7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  8. Torchlight II
  9. Resident Evil 6
  10. Garry's Mod

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Patched

The Activision Community Forum has details on a new patch recently deployed in the Windows edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The new version offers multiplayer improvements recently added to the console editions of the military shooter sequel, and there are also patch notes for a bigger update from a couple of days prior that clear up a large list of multiplayer issues. Here are the patch notes:

February 22, 2013 Update for Multiplayer

  • Improvements to the Matchmaking System.
  • Replaced ping bars with ping numbers.
  • Players can set maximum ping in the matchmaking search preferences.

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Sunday Q&As

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Previews

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Enermax ELC 120 Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

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Out of the Blue

The Academy Awards will be handed out tonight. As always, MrsBlue and I are at a disadvantage when it comes to the Oscars, since we usually only see movies after they come to cable/satellite. We did see two of the current flicks though, so based on what we know, we are picking Lincoln and Django Unchained to sweep the awards. This may be iffy when it comes to things like best animated short, but you have to stick with what you know. If you are looking for guidance from someone who knows more about this than me... well, I guess you could ask about anyone, but specifically, our old comrade loonyboi has once again posted his own picks, which are actually well-informed in general, not just in comparison with my ignorance.

R.I.P.: CEO Paul McIlhenny at co. that makes Tabasco dies.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Gang Blast 2.
Links: Spider-Man 1967 cartoon online. Thanks Cutter.
Science: Temporary Tattoos Could Make Electronic Telepathy, Telekinesis Possible. Thanks HARDOCP.
Media: Unexpected RUDE hitchhikers!. ROFL.
The Joy of ASCII with Bob Ross. Happy asterisks.
Harlem Shake Brady Bunch. Thanks reddit.

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013

Bugbear's Next Car Game Announced

Bugbear Entertainment announces their next car game, saying "demolition derby is set to return in a big way" in a game they say will come to "the PC and yet to be announced platforms" and promising more news soon (thanks Charlie). In the meatime they have launched a new website at NextCarGame.com as home to the project, offering newsletter signups, a teaser trailer, and word that the developer of the FlatOut series is bowing to the will of the people in returning to its roots, saying: "This time we're going back to our roots - just like all of our fans have been asking us to do!" They also state the trailer's realistic and considerable carnage are all created using in-game footage. Here's word:

Best known for our critically acclaimed, multi-million selling “FlatOut” series (FlatOut, FlatOut 2, FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage), team Bugbear is going to deliver the definitive demolition derby racing game.

We’re doing it because nobody else seems capable of delivering the kind of game our fans have been asking from us every week. We feel that there hasn’t been a proper demolition derby game in years. It’s about time they got an answer.

We’re calling it just our next car game for now. It’s coming for the PC and yet to be announced platforms. More news soon.

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Guns of Icarus Online Linux Version

We mentioned the current Steam sale on Guns of Icarus Online last night, but failed to mention that this is in part to celebrate the release of a Linux edition of the strategic airship shooter. Word is: "Guns of Icarus Online is the first co-operative airship combat game mixing together first-person shooter action with team-based strategy. Up to four people will crew a ship, taking on one of the key roles of Captain, Gunner, or Engineer joining a team and fighting against other ships above the post-apocalyptic waste. In Guns of Icarus Online, it will take teamwork and tactics to dominate the skies."

BioShock Infinite GMG Pre-order Bonuses [Updated]

Greenman Gaming announces their own BioShock Infinite Steam pre-purchase unlocks besides those mentioned yesterday by stacking a couple of additional bonuses on top of the pile by offering their own alternate set of preorder bonuses for Irrational's shooter sequel. They are selling Steam keys, so but the original Steam don't bonuses apply (currently the original BioShock). Instead, GMG will add the original BioShock as well as your choice of the following games to your order: Spec Ops: The Line, Civilization V, BioShock 2, The Darkness 2, or Mafia 2. Thanks DEALZON. Update: Cleared up out initial misunderstanding that the GMG bonuses stack with the Steam bonuses, rather than replace them. Apologies for the error and any confusion.

GTA4 Social Club Multiplayer Event Underway

Rockstar Games announces a Grand Theft Auto IV Social Club Multiplayer Event is now underway:

Today, Saturday February 23rd we'll be hosting our scheduled GTAIV Multiplayer session as part of the Winter Calendar of events. It's time for residents of Liberty City to batten down the hatches as the Social Club community rolls into town for a session of street racing and all out mayhem in Grand Theft Auto IV multiplayer. Join us from 11am-2pm EST / 4pm-7pm GMT, to play along with our devs and watch the action unfold on the double live stream over at the Social Club Multiplayer Events page. We'll also have a giveaway to win one of 10 deluxe Grand Theft Auto Prize Packs, each including a pair of GTAV t-shirts, GTAIV license plate, and select gear from the Vice City 10th Anniversary Collection. We'll also host a bonus live chat and stream at twitch.tv/rockstargames.

We're kicking things off in original GTAIV multiplayer for the first hour, before moving on to The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony for the second and third hours, respectively. Feel free to add the dev accounts below to your friends list and we'll try to get in a round with as many of you as possible. However, do remember that we clear our friends lists right at the start of the event, so your best bet is to wait until then to add us.

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

I have all the ingredients, so I'm going to take a crack at making that Bolognese sauce again, now that I have a better idea of what I want to accomplish. The good news is that even if it turns out to be terrible, the sauce cooking away for a couple of hours will be like an awesome meat-scented air-freshener. Hey, don't steal that idea, I think I just came up with something, though it probably shouldn't be used in the vicinity of bears...

Fresh Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Shopping Cart Defense.
Science: Flu shot doing poor job of protecting older people. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: Secure documents.
Media: Ask Archer. NSFW.
Google Glass Lampooned By Conan O'Brien.
Auction: Original art for 1973 Spider-Man cover has current high bid of $268, 875.



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