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Friday, Jul 19, 2013

  

Wasteland 2 Beta in October; Release Delayed

A Kickstarter update for Wasteland 2 has word from inXile entertainment leader Brian Fargo on progress on their crowd-funded RPG sequel, indicating it has suffered a bit of an overfunding-caused delay, though unlike the similarly delayed Broken Age, he notes they are working well within their larger-than-expected budget. He says they expect to have a feature-complete version within the next month, saying this is about six weeks after he would have hoped, and that they plan to begin beta testing in October, and will set a new release date after that. Here's word:

You have helped make this game a reality and you will be with us to the end in shaping the final piece through your comments. The best moments in a reactive RPG come during this phase, which provides for touches and details that could have never all been captured in the upfront design. The beta testing will be critical to help us hone in on finalizing a game that can become a classic. And with your help and input we will release the game when it’s ready.

Thanks to this new crowd sourced model of game production we have the luxury of working on a game that won’t be rushed out the door. Under the old process we would often have either retail or a publisher pressuring us to ship a game before we were happy with it. Or the more draconian measure of being sued or having the game handed to another developer to finish, (yes those clauses are fairly common) if we wanted to spend more time polishing our little gem… fortunately we have NONE of this.

Once the beta testing begins in October and once we have enough feedback from testing, we can evaluate where we’re at and set a new release date. By that stage, over ten thousand of our backers will have gotten to play the game with us. In the end, quality comes before everything and fortunately the backers have been in line with us to make sure we get it right.

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures in October

NAMCO BANDAI announces an October 29th release date for PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures, the return of the hyperactive little pill-popper:

We are pleased to announce that NAMCO BANDAI Games’ beloved yellow chomping hero will be making his revamped and boisterous return to gaming in PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures on October 29th, 2013 the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Wii U™ System and STEAM; while the Nintendo 3DS™ version will be available on November 26th, 2013.

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures is a bustling and bonkers world of action, adventures and wackiness featuring the Pacster and his teenage friends working together to free Pac World from the threat of Betrayus and the netherworld ghosts. After the summer premiere of the TV animation series on Disney XD, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures quickly claimed top TV rankings as the #1 daily show among Boys ages 6-11 on Disney XD. Against this demographic, the show also became the #4 daily show in the U.S. and the only Disney XD daily show in the Top 6.

On Sale

In defence of the Steam sale - GamesIndustry International.

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Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: How to- Make a Levitating Star Wars Death Star. Thanks Homer and Dan.

New Borderlands 2 DLC Announcement Tomorrow

Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford tweets that tomorrow is when they will be announcing the new DLC for Borderlands 2 they recently teased. We love mocking announcements of announcements, but this was simply a reply to a twitter follower asking a direct question about their plans. Presumably this announcement is taking place at this weekend's PAX Australia gathering.

Dota 2 for OS X and Linux Released

Steam News has details on a new automatic update for Dota 2 that adds Mac OS X and Linux support to the MOBA game. There are other changes in the patch, but here's the portion concerning the new OS support:

Dota 2 is now available for Mac OS X and Linux.

Dota 2 Mac OS X Minimum System Requirements:
Mac OS X Lion 10.7
4GB RAM
8GB Hard drive space
nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher

Dota 2 Linux Minimum System Requirements:
Ubuntu 12.04
Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
4GB RAM
8GB Hard Drive Space,
nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
OpenAL Compatible Sound Card

Organic Panic Kickstarter

Here's a Kickstarter for a project called Organic Panic, a puzzle platformer that's looking for $40K for a final push after five years in development to lead to its initial release for Windows and Xbox 360 (with other platforms to follow). The game will feature destructible environments, "reactive liquids," and an in-game level editor, leading them to describe this as "the hypothetical lovechild of Worms and Little Big Planet." They say they plan on showing the game next month at PAX Prime.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

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

My efforts at adding barbequing to my grilling repertoire continue apace, as I managed to hold a 225° temperature for a rack of ribs for five hours, to great result. This was a batch of baby backs, though that would have suited the slow-cooking demands of spare ribs, which I will probably try next. I'm working my way up to one day attempting a port shoulder, so this was another baby (back) step towards that goal.

R.I.P.: Schoep. :(

Spare Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Lonely King.
Symbiosis Greenland.
Stories: Barbie fights for her life.
Detroit files largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S history.
Science: Meet ATLAS. Video.
New Study Shows That Dogs Use Color Vision After All. Thanks Brandon.
Images: Nobody Has Room to Judge! Thanks nin.
Media: The Dos and Don'ts of Cosplaying While Black. NSFW. Thanks nin.
New York Versus Texas.
Dog happy to see her human companion return. These always get me.
Corgi Dexter's First Pool (Original). Thanks nin.



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