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Friday, Jun 28, 2013

  

Star Citizen Livestream

The Roberts Space Industries website celebrates its relaunch with a 24 hour livestream sharing the latest tales from development of Star Citizen, their upcoming space game. Here's word:

Welcome to the RSI Prime Livestream event! We’re kicking off the new site launch with a 24-hour event updating you on the latest from Star Citizen’s development and celebrating our amazing fans. Chris Roberts and the team will be on hand all night to interact with fans and make some exciting announcements.

We will be broadcasting live across up to six feeds at once from the CIG Austin and CIG Los Angeles offices. You can watch the teams interact in the top conference room camera and then catch up with the specific offices in the others. Updates will be posted periodically in the Comm-Link, as will special event-specific stretch goals! Every $100,000 raised will see alternate updates unlocking new star systems or revealing the next part of a Spectrum Dispatch serial… with a surprise or two in the mix as well.

We will be selling several new products revealed during the stream and offering the limited edition shipis available previously only during the last livestream. Remember that this is to create the first full crowd funded AAA game and not to offer any special in-game advantage. No one should feel expected to back twice or to purchase anything thinking they will need it in the finished game. All the digital ships and items will be available in the game for game credits. If you’ve already pledged, the best thing you can do is to share this site with your friends… more people means a stronger community and a bigger living universe when the game is finished!

Total War: ROME II Specs & Panorama

The Creative Assembly has released a new panoramic screenshot from Total War: ROME II in positively ridiculous 30000 x 4087 resolution (I won't worry about making you feel bad if that's your monitor's native resolution). They also send along the PC specifications for the upcoming strategy sequel:

  • Minimum:
    • OS: XP/ Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor:2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 3, vertex texture fetch support).
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 35 GB HD space
    • Screen Resolution: 1024x768

  • Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor:2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater)
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024 MB DirectX 11 compatible graphics card.
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:35 GB HD space
    • Screen Resolution: 1920x1080

Arma 3 SITREP Video

Bohemia Interactive offers a new SITREP video for Arma 3, their upcoming military shooter sequel. They say: "The latest Community Guide explores the game’s new features, provides a recap of the Arma 3 Alpha, and looks at some of the most popular community-created content. The video concludes by demonstrating the new faction, vehicles, weapons, scenarios and challenges from the just-released Arma 3 Beta." Continue here to read the full story.

Saints Row IV Video

The Saints Row IV Website now offers an in-game walkthrough trailer from Volition's showing of the open world action sequel at E3. Here's word:

Senior Producer Jim Boone from Volition will show you how the leader of the Saints AKA the self-proclaimed "Patron Saint of America" encounters the alien overlord Zinyak for the first time and how he deals with an alien invasion in the White House - Saints Row style. In the second part of the video Jim presents more open world mayhem, including new weapons like the Blackhole Launcher, a move called "Death From Above" and an all-new experience by Professor Genki himself called Mind Over Murder.

Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Evening Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Penny Arcade - What You Wish For. Thanks RedEye9.

Half-Life 3 ARG Speculation Abounds

Half-Life 3 speculation continues on reddit (where are least they're having fun with it) after a previous theory was seemingly debunked and another turned out to be a joke, but they continue to work the problem. There are various interpretations of recent patches theorizing an alternate reality game is underway for the MIA shooter sequel, which would certainly fit Valve's MO if they were finally announcing Half-Life 3. It all seems a little flimsy, but one of these days an announcement will actually come, right? (No really, I'm asking.)

Satellite Reign Kickstarter

The Kickstarter is now underway for the recently teased (and leaked) Satellite Reign, a project from developer 5 Lives Studios that is indeed an homage to Syndicate Wars, described as: "A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars." Here's what they plan to do if they raise the £350,000 they seek:

Satellite Reign is a real-time, class-based strategy game. You control a team of four agents, each with distinct and unique abilities, collectively battling for control of a fully simulated, living cyberpunk city.

The game world is designed to facilitate emergent gameplay, giving you the tools and freedom to play how you want to play, so you can create strategies and scenarios that not even we had anticipated!

Customise your team with the strength to destroy your enemies head-on, or hack into their facilities to manipulate their infrastructure without them ever knowing you were even there.

Will you take down your enemies with brute-force? Covert espionage and infiltration? Or will you use propaganda to influence the citizens of the city and overthrow the controlling powers?

Satellite Reign will be released on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

March of War Underway

The March of War website and Steam now offer early access to March of War, as a "pilot episode" of ISOTX's MMOTBS game is now freely available for Windows and OS X. They say the first themed episode, "Soviet Storm," will be released in August, and monthly updates with follow, adding: "All future episodes will contain all of the previous episodic content and will be totally free." Here's part of the announcement:

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS – June 28, 2013 – Look alive soldier! Time to head to the frontline and fight for your country. ISOTX, developer and publisher of the award-winning Iron Grip-series today announces that the Pilot episode of the free-to-play episodic online multiplayer strategy game March of War is available now through Steam Early Access and the official website for PC and Mac.

The Pilot episode “World Aflame” sets the stage for the community to start writing their story in the war-torn alternate dieselpunk 1940’s world. Initially, the conflict is in its early stages, but it will quickly mature into a rapidly evolving and unpredictable conflict once players have had a chance to start interacting with the dieselpunk game world. Each battle redraws the borders, shifting the balance and changing the world. These elements keep March of War in a constant player driven flux.

With their adoption of a monthly free episodic release model, ISOTX has committed itself to releasing new episodes full of content each month, all of which will be heavily influenced and directed by the community. Players are invited to submit ideas, vote for content and interact with the ISOTX team via the VOTE4WAR page on the official website.

Game Demos vs. Sales, Part Two

Computer and Video Games quotes game designer Jesse Schell's industry keynote at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona where he cites research from industry analyst EEDAR saying an Xbox game accompanied by a demo typically sells half as many copies as a game that has no demo. This seems to be a cause for him, as it's not the first time he's gone off on this topic. This time around he says: "You mean we spent all this money making a demo and getting it out there, and it cut our sales in half? Yes, that's exactly what happened to you." Actually, it's not as simple as that, and statistical analysis rarely is. For instance, this does not account for how some recurring franchises eschew demos because they have an established audience, while smaller developers will often offer demos to attract attention to unknown games.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Well, after sawing up a shim, drilling some holes and screwing things together, I found the brace intended to hold the air conditioner in the window was not creating a stable surface in any way. I finagled with it for a bit and then tried setting the AC in a window with no brace, and it sat perfectly, storm window frame and all. So my assessment of the installation not being trivial was correct, only because I assumed it would not be, and spent a lot of effort for nothing. That aside, as it turns out, it was beyond trivial. Oh yeah, and having the ability to cool off is nice too. 20th century technology ftw!

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