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Sunday, Mar 31, 2013

  

Deus Ex: Human Defiance Reveal Tomorrow

The mystery of Deus Ex: Human Defiance that began when a trademark was discovered for that title should be solved tomorrow, as the Deus Ex Facebook page say a reveal nears: "Yes, the rumors are true: World's first look at Deus Ex: Human Defiance TOMORROW!" Shortly after the trademark was discovered, it was speculated this is a film title, but now we should know soon enough. Thanks nin.

Hardware Debut Trailer

This trailer offers a first look at Hardware, an upcoming sci-fi RTS game from Blackbird Interactive, a developer formed by Rob Cunningham, Aaron Kambeitz, and other veterans of Relic's development of Homeworld. Here's word on the game: "Long March Industries (LMI) is a ruthless interstellar megacorporation that owns all rights to LM-27, a mysterious and hostile desert planet littered with the buried wrecks of ancient starships. LMI oversees a galactic gold-rush as prospectors and fortune seekers converge on LM-27 in search of the untold riches buried in its burning sands. In this persistent multiplayer game, players command a fleet of massive vehicles as they explore, salvage and fight for fortune and survival in the world’s first planetary-scale social strategy game." In an interview earlier this year on Rock, Paper, Shotgun it was mentioned the closed beta for the game would begin this month. Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's list of this week's best-selling games:

  1. BioShock Infinite
  2. Arma III
  3. BioShock Infinite Season Pass
  4. Defiance
  5. Grand Theft Auto Complete Pack
  6. Hitman Absolution
  7. Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City
  8. Kerbal Space Program
  9. Just Cause 2
  10. Age of Empires II HD Edition

Op Ed

VC&G - Kotaku's Emulation Fear Mongering. Thanks Ant.
Piracy, if left unchecked, would definitely hurt publishers. But it's not unchecked. It's illegal. Isn't that enough? Let people do what they want with open platforms. Let the law be the law, and let the people decide if it's in their best interest to respect it or break it.

You could always put people in straightjackets if you didn't want them to break any laws, but it wouldn't allow them to be free, would it? DRM is a digital straightjacket, and a "walled garden" is a fancy name for a comfortable prison. If a company like Ouya is brave enough to let their console be used for whatever purpose, that should be commended, not discouraged.

P.S. Fix the DMCA

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Out of the Blue

Happy Easter to all who are celebrating. And there's cause for celebration anyway, as Game of Thrones returns tonight, which is more than welcome. Seems Spartacus skipped an episode this week for the holiday, but GoT seems to be facing this head on.

Eggy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Ball Brothers.
Science: What attracts people to violent movies?
The Pill Makes Women Prefer Less Masculine Faces.
Images: Astronomy Picture of the Day. Thanks brother19.
When US money was nice to look at.
Media: All the swearing from Game of Thrones. NSFW.
German Shepherd Has A Peanut Butter Feast. Thanks Vincero.
Kung Fu Grandpa in Parking Lot.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
Brevity.



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