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Friday, May 03, 2013

  

Dishonored Void Walker's Arsenal DLC This Month

The Bethesda Blog has details on the Void Walker's Arsenal DLC coming to Dishonored on May 14th. This gathers together four DLC packs previously only available as preorder bonuses. Word is: "With the Void Walker’s Arsenal add-on pack, gain immediate access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Dishonored. The Acrobatic Killer Pack, Arcane Assassin Pack, Backstreet Butcher Pack and Shadow Rat Pack offer unique character bonuses, additional bone charm slots, unhidden books and bonus coins that will aid you in your pursuit of revenge. Found in the Hound Pits Pub, use these items to enhance your playthrough of Corvo’s main campaign in the original game."

Pinball FX2 on Steam Next Week

The Pinball FX2 Website announces a Windows PC edition of this pinball game is coming to Steam on May 10th as a free download (thanks nin via Kotaku). Never fear, there will still be the chance to spend money on this, even if your PC doesn't have a slot for quarters, as the release will be supported by the release of the following six table packs, which will be $9.99 each:

  • Star Wars™ Pinball
  • Marvel Pinball
  • Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue
  • Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles
  • Pinball FX2 Core Collection
  • Zen Classics

Linux Portal and Portal 2

Though it is unmentioned on Steam, Phoronix has word that the Linux editions of Portal and Portal 2 are now available, offering those with penguin-powered PCs the chance to experience the first-person puzzle games. Thanks Ant.

On Sale

Evening Patches

Evening Previews

  • Cyberpunk 2077 on IGN. Thanks Acleacius.

Evening Screenshots

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Ubisoft Sticking with South Park: The Stick of Truth

South Park: The Stick of Truth is still on track for release this calendar year for Windows and consoles, reports Videogamer.com, where they inquired with Ubisoft about the status of Obsidian Entertainment's South Park game when it failed to appear on an official release schedule. The game's planned 2012 release was derailed by issues at THQ prior to the publisher's bankruptcy, and at one point it was said that the rights to this would not be transferrable, but Ubisoft picked up the game in the THQ fire sale for a reported $3.2 million. On a related note, Obsidian is also working on an unannounced "unique next-generation game"/"unannounced next-gen console title" that CEO Feargus Urquhart tells Eurogamer "is already looking great."

Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Responses

Kotaku has a response from SEGA to the lawsuit filed against them and Gearbox over differences between how Aliens: Colonial Marines was marketed and how the first-person shooter turned out. They say they cannot comment, and then proceed to comment: "SEGA cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation," they tell the site. "But we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously." They followed this up with a comment from Gearbox, who think it is less than without merit, saying they will defend the rights of entertainers: "Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation."

Magrunner Dark Pulse Trailer

The Magrunner Facebook page links to this video which offers the first look at Magrunner Dark Pulse, 3AM's upcoming science-fiction Cthulhu game (thanks GamesHQMedia). The clip shows a couple of enemies, but these inspire cowering, not combat, and the gameplay depicted is mostly the manipulation of environmental puzzles, which looks noticeably similar to Portal, though it's not clear if the depicted cubes provide any companionship. Here's word from the description:

In the near future, in 2050, a handful of young and brilliant citizens have been chosen by Gruckezber Corporation to join the Magtech training program for space exploration. Equipped with a special glove using Gruckezberg's technology, the candidates have to solve their way through a maze of challenge rooms that get more and more challenging, by magnetically charging objects in the level that will attract or repel each other. But when an earthquake disrupts the training program, what seemed to be the chance of a lifetime for the candidates will soon become a descent into folly and cosmic horror! In this video, plunge with Dax, the hero of the game, into a future where Technology confronts the Cthulhu Mythos!

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Might & Magic Heroes VI Patches

The Ubisoft Forums announce that a new patch is now available for Might & Magic Heroes VI to update the fantasy-themed strategy sequel to version 2.1. The new version has changes and fixes to the game as well as accommodations for the newly released Shades of Darkness content. They also admit to an issue that will prevent the automatic update of the game in certain territories, and provide manual patches for users affected by this, though they add that the Steam version will update itself as expected. The manual patches are mirrored on The Patches Scrolls.

The International Tickets Next Week

The Dota 2 blog has word that a new game update is live in the MOBA game which has some changes and additions, including a new Elder Titan character. They also provide the promised details on ticket availability for the second third installment in Valve's The International tournament, warning to set your alarms, since they are all going on sale at once: "The International tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, May 7th, at 10:00am PDT. They will be sold directly through the Dota 2 Store. This year we’ll be putting all tickets up for sale at once, so set your alarm clocks."

Morning Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Screenshots

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

The war on the vines in our backyard is turning out to be an even bigger struggle than we imagined, as we continue to pull them down and yank up their roots. We have at least three different varieties, the two we think we have identified as Porcelain Vine and Virginia Creeper, and a third that's smaller, leafier, and easier to pull up, so it seems trivial by comparison. The one that's the real monster is the Porcelain Vine, which is pernicious, and can get freakishly strong. We had two tendrils running up into a maple tree which were each a pair of intertwined vines that could actually support my weight, and while I'm not the heaviest guy around, that was still disturbing, though a nice little home episode of Mythbusters to confirm that Tarzan's favored form of jungle transportation is within the realm of possibilities.

R.I.P.: Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49.

Jungle Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Caribbean Admiral.
Science: Science fact: How to keep a bottle of beer cold: Keep it dry. Thanks Slashdot.
Bipedalism is innate but also learned- Turkish family walks on four legs. Thanks nin.
Bionic Ear Created Using 3D Printing - And It's Better Than Yours. Sarah Conner?
Images: The new sign on the IT dept. door at work.
Media: 90 year old does double backflip. Nails it. Thanks reddit.
New iPhones are like New Girlfriends.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Flying Saucers Can't Spin.
The Funnies: Emergency Use Only Cartoon - Savage Chickens.



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