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Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013

  

King of Fighters XIII: Steam Edition Revealed

A trailer tucked away on Steam reveals plans for King of Fighters XIII: Steam Edition, a heretofore unannounced Windows installment in SNK Playmore's fighting series. There's no further word on this for now. Thanks Joao.

Dead Island Epidemic Announced

Deep Silver announces Dead Island: Epidemic, a new MOBA based on Techland's zombie series they jokingly call a ZOMBA (Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena). The Dead Island Epidemic website is accepting newsletter signups, and they promise additional details at Gamescom. In the meantime, here's what they say:

Larkspur, Calif. – August 7, 2013 - Deep Silver today announced Dead Island: Epidemic, a new ZOMBA (Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena) game set in the ever-expanding Dead Island universe. Dead Island: Epidemic will pit three teams of players against each other in a desperate fight for survival. Dead Island: Epidemic is a Free-to-Play PC title that will feature all the trademark elements that are part of a Dead Island experience.

March of War - Shoot 'em Up

ISOTX has launched March of War - Shoot 'em Up, a shooter mini-game spin-off for March of War, their episodic multiplayer online turn-based strategy game. Here's word:

Last week saw the release of March of War’s first monthly episode “Soviet Storm” on Steam Early Access and the official website. To celebrate this milestone event, ISOTX has just launched the spin-off mini-game March of War – Shoot ‘em up, which lets players besiege the Soviet Union troops and units from an entirely different perspective. It even gives them a chance at in-game prizes, such as avatar items and unit skins, to use in their battles in the main March of War game through a leaderboard competition.

ISOTX is currently considering monthly content updates for the March of War - Shoot ‘em up mini-game, paralleling the episodic structure of March of War. The second monthly themed episode of the series, “Tropical Thunder”, is scheduled for release on September 5th 2013.

Skyward Collapse: Nihon no Mura Preorders

ARCEN Games now offers preorders of the Nihon no Mura expansion for Skyward Collapse for 10% off in advance of its release. Here's what it adds to the strategy game: "The expansion's content introduces the Japanese as the title's third playable faction, joining the fray with the base game's Norse and Greek contingents. Luminith's newest addition boasts both a very strong military as well as a very strange pantheon of active and aggressive gods. Hamlets are the expansion's other major addition -- these are non-combative, non-factional villages that can be built in the remains of the fallen towns of either faction and actually provide an entirely new method to win the game."

On Sale

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Into the Black

John Carmack Joins Oculus VR

Oculus VR announces John Carmack has joined them as Chief Technical Officer as they continue the quest towards viable consumer-level VR headsets. According to GamesIndustry International Oculus VR initially referred to him as "formerly at id Software," but they have a statement from Bethesda clarifying this is not the case, and this press release says no such thing. Bethesda tells them: "John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project. The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected." This has a certain vagueness to it, and Oculus VR's announcement states "John will be working from the new Oculus Dallas office that we’re opening soon." When pressed, Bethesda told GamesIndustry International that he "will spend time working out of Oculus as part of his role with them, but he will also continue to work at id." Kotaku notes a John Carmack tweet clarifying his priorities: "My time division is now Oculus over Id over Armadillo. Busy busy busy!" The announcement includes John's thoughts on the occasion:

"I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming – the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer’s early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It’s certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don’t even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It’s going to be awesome!”

7 Days to Die Kickstarted

The Kickstarter campaign for 7 Days to Die shows this zombie survival game proposed by The Fun Pimps Entertainment has reached its funding goals with time to spare, as there's more than a week to go in the fundraiser. They say the game is also currently number one on Steam Greenlight, but we can't find any listing of such rankings. This "open world, voxel-based, sandbox game" is nearing its first stretch goal of $250K, and they have potential rewards scaling all the way up to twice that sum.

Project Eternity Art & Screenshot

The Obsidian Forums feature a new screenshot from Project Eternity and offer a look at the concept art that served as its inspiration. The result brings on a good deal of déjà vu, as the outcome is remarkably similar (thanks Eurogamer). Normally they'd be posted here with a link to view them, but here they are without one. Feedback on whether this is better or worse is welcome.

SimCity for OS X This Month

The SimCity website now has a splash banner saying "Coming to a Mac near you August 29," leading to an order page that initially shows the old June release date before the graphics pop up with the proper release info for the OS X version, which was already delayed to this month. This leads to preorders of the Windows edition, and the OS X version is coming as a download on the 29th. Thanks Shacknews.

Chaos on Deponia for OS X Released

Daedalic Entertainment announces the release of the Mac OS X edition of Chaos on Deponia on the Mac App Store, saying the release of this comedic point & click adventure "completes the series of Daedalic’s latest Mac store releases." Here's a reminder for Mac users of what this is all about:

Chaos on Deponia turns out to be even wackier than its predecessor, and instantly puts the player under its spell. After the events on Deponia, it seems that Rufus came to his senses. He's grown prudent, amicable, kind and caring, without any intention to cause major mayhem just to further his own selfish ends. It seems he is far from chaining himself to flaming saw blades, training torpedo-dolphins or foraging through platypus nests. Or is he?

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Out of the Blue

We had the most shocking experience with Barnes & Noble, where MrsBlue has maintained a loyalty to the bookstore to the extent that she orders books online from them rather than Amazon. The dust jacket on a book she ordered arrived with a large tear, so we went to the bookstore to exchange it. When she found the one copy in the store, the pages were filthy, but the cover was intact, so I suggested we might just be able to exchange just that. That's where the "fun" started. In an effort to maximize bureaucracy and minimize customer service, the process was to actually return the book in the system, rather than just switch the covers. This meant the system wanted another 13-or-so dollars, which was the price difference between the online book and the store-bought book. As crazy as it sounds, they were unable to reconcile this (they didn't seem that concerned with trying), and were only able to accept her return for a refund so she can go buy it online again. Well guess what? Now she's ordering it from Amazon, so whatever spiteful rivalry there is between B&N online and their stores is spiting themselves. The silliest thing is this failure to take the easy path to satisfy a once-loyal customer is how the copy of the book in the store was already damaged, so they needed to return it anyway. Pitiful.

Bookish Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Zombie Crypt 3.
Sirtet.
Links: THIS Is Why Vine Was Invented. Thanks nin.
Stories: Man Saves His Dog from Sinking Yacht, Then Comes Back for Wife. Thanks nin.
Owners of killer dogs could face life in prison.
Media: Football on your Phone - Manning Brothers Music Video. Thanks Miss Awesome.
Everything Wrong With District 9.
Star Trek is much sillier when voiced by the cast of Archer.
Woodworker does crazy stop motion video of his project.
Follow-up: Conservative media’s attacks on climate science effectively erode viewers’ belief in scientists.



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