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Saturday, Mar 30, 2013

  

MechWarrior Online Payment Concerns

An article on Polygon says that MechWarrior Online will leave the open beta testing stage late this summer, and discusses planned changes for the official launch version of the mech combat MMOG, including an entirely revamped version 2 of their user interface (thanks Augur). This also includes Community Warfare, which they call the "big daddy" feature of the game, offering an overarching metagame in the form of faction gameplay. In discussing the three types of players who participate in their game, Piranha Games creative director Bryan Ekman discusses how this may involve a mandatory charge for what they call "Merc Corps" players who team with your friends in the ostensibly free-to-play game. "We're looking at possibly charging a one-time setup fee," Ekman said. "This is just to make sure there's not a flood of one-player corps. We really want people who participate in this to be as engaged as possible. And we'll probably require them to have a premium time account, as a kind of dedication level." This has lead to some unhappy discussions on the MWO Forums, and has inspired a moderator to jump in and explain that although they know weekends are active times for their players (the game is currently running a double-XP weekend), the holiday weekend means there won't be an official response to the concerns players have raised about this for a couple of days:

Your Community Representatives are here to advocate on behalf of your concerns and suggestions. We've noticed a recent increase in discussion regarding an article released that implies that users will have to "Pay to play together." [Your words, not our's.]*

We want you to know that we sympathize with the variety of concerns generated by this article, and it we're doing our best as your Community Representatives to gather your feedback.

Long weekend: Please note that both our developers (PGI) and publisher (IGP) are located in Canada, where we are currently enjoying a longer weekend than normal (statutory holiday). Obviously we acknowledge that MechWarrior Online is enjoyed prominently in these off-hours, but we appreciate your patience in receiving a response from our developers until they have returned from their short break.

Hotline Miami Sequel Set in the '90s

An upcoming sequel to Hotline Miami will take the series into the early 1990s, and will mark a definitive end of the series, Dennaton Games' Jonatan Söderström tells Joystiq. Apparently the two-person development team intended to be onto a different project with a new IP by now, but just couldn't quit their throwback franchise just yet. Beyond the changed time setting, they say of the sequel: "The gameplay will stray in a few different directions, with parallel plots built around the first game, and more attention on emotional experiences."

Saturday Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion (Intel X79) Motherboard on TweakTown.
  • Cooler Master HAF XB Chassis on eTeknix.
  • ICY DOCK ICYRaid Dual-Bay USB 3 Enclosure MB662U3-2S on Hardware Heaven.
  • Patriot Memory EP Series 64GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card on TweakTown.
  • Slappa Black Rubber Sole Netbook or Tablet Case on Testfreaks.
  • Sony Xperia ZL 5-Inch 1080p Android Smartphone on MEGATechNews.
  • Tt eSPORTS Chao Dracco Headphones on Bjorn3D.com.
  • Xigmatek XAF Series F1255 120mm Fan on eTeknix.

Out of the Blue

Well it didn't work out last weekend, but it's 56°F (13°C) out there today, and I have a pound of ground beef that's going to be a pair of hamburgers by sundown. Today is opening day in Manstovia.

R.I.P.: Phil Ramone, Grammy-winning producer, dead at 72. Least crazy of all the not-related musical Ramones.

Opening Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Heroes Empire.
Links: KISS/Hello Kitty TV show in development.
Stories: Good Samaritan leaps onto subway tracks to save man.
Science: New quest to study 'living fossil' coelacanth.
The Story of a Man Who Faked Insanity.
Media: Little girl 5 years playing with 14 German shepherds. We should all be so safe.
Mostly Inappropriate Animal Behavior
You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve?
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: Risk of autism is not increased by 'too many vaccines too soon,' study shows.



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