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Sunday, Sep 01, 2013

  

Mega Man-Inspired Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter is already halfway to raising the $900K it seeks to develop Mighty No. 9, a PC game that looks a lot like Mega Man from the early art (thanks nin). This is no coincidence, as they describe this game as "Classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, an all-star team of veteran Mega Man devs...and YOU!" They say the Windows edition will include gamepad support and will be released both on Steam as well as DRM-free digital distribution. Word is: "Other platforms, including home consoles, Mac, and Linux, are a high priority, but only if we can afford them via stretch goals. Should we reach those goals, anyone funding the project will be allowed to choose which version of the game they would like to receive. The estimated release date is spring 2015." Here's more:

You play as Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures the world over to go berserk. Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages (or more, via stretch goals) you can tackle in any order you choose, using weapons and abilities stolen from your enemies to take down your fellow Mighty Number robots and confront the final evil that threatens the planet!

Bugbear's Next Car Game

Developer Bugbear announces their next car demolition game, which they are calling Next Car Game for the moment, saying this will come to PCs via digital distribution next year. They are not exactly crowd-funding this project, but they are accepting preorders, saying once they've sold 10,000 copies of the game they will release a sneak peak version of the game. Here's word on this "pre-alpha" release will help shape development of the game:

Then, later this year, we're going to release the early access, a pre-Alpha build for all pre-order customers. This is a much more complete version, but still very much in the making.

So not only do you have a chance to join the fun right away and get access to exclusive content, you also get a chance to help shaping the game into something YOU want to play. Make no mistake about it, this game is being developed for you Ė donít miss out on the chance to say your word! Want a specific game mode? Donít think your favorite car model is included? Letís hear it!

On Star Citizen's $17M Haul

Roberts Space Industries has a letter from Chairman Chris Roberts offering thanks to backers who have now pledged $17 million to fund Star Citizen, the upcoming Wing Commander-inspired space game. This includes word on their $19 million stretch goal:

I would like to extend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you! We just hit $17 million at slightly past 12am PST August 31 2013 Ė less than seven days after we hit $16M!!! The power of this community is simply amazing!

We still have a ways to go before we have achieved the goal of being completely community funded but based on our current trajectory weíre going to make it Ė maybe even by the end of this year! Which will be another amazing milestone that will have been set by this community. The enthusiasm and support the development team and I have felt is amazing and makes us even more determined to make the best damn space sim ever! (BDSSE!)

The $17 million mark unlocks a special ship upgrade pack for every pledger who has donated prior to this point. An engine modifier will be added to your account shortly and in the near future you should be able to see it in your hangar! You also unlocked an additional flyable ship class in the finished game: the massive battlecruiser!

This accomplishment means that itís time to reveal the $19 million stretch goals. Without further ado:

$19 million

  • Know your foe with a Janeís Fighting Ships style manual free in PDF form to all pledgers.
  • Manage Space Stations Ė Players will compete to own and operate a limited number of space stations across the galaxy.
  • RSI Museum will air monthly, with a new game featured each time!

Steam Top 10

Here's the list of the 10 top-selling games on Steam for the past week. Well, it's usually games, though this list includes a productivity app. Good news for Valve? Bad news for PC gamers? The chance to include three question marks in one post? You decide:

  1. Total War: ROME II
  2. PAYDAY 2
  3. Saints Row IV
  4. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist
  5. You Need a Budget
  6. Sid Meier's Civilization V Brave New World
  7. Castlevania: Lords of Shadows - Ultimate Edition
  8. Prison Architect
  9. Game Dev Tycoon
  10. Arma III Beta

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  • Club3D HD 7790 royalKing Poker Series 1GB Graphics Card on eTeknix.
  • XFX Pro 650W Core Edition Non Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.

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Out of the Blue

Thanks for the happy birthday wishes for Hudson the wonder dog. I plan on firing up the man-stove today, so I'll make her and the Gunnar-man something special for the occasion. I've also got some spare ribs to make, which is daunting, because the first time I tried to make ribs it was spare ribs, and they were awful. Since then I have had lots of success both grilling and smoking the far more forgiving loin ribs, so I have worked my nerve up to trying these again. I have some baby backs to do as well, which has actually helped make this scarier, because when I Googled "baby back versus spare rib cooking time" one of the links I turned up said there is an old saying among pitmasters is that the way to cook perfect spare ribs is to pit them on at the same time as a rack of baby backs, and when the baby backs are completely dried out, the spare ribs will be perfect. As I say, a little daunting. Wish me luck!

Ribbed Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Gravitum.
Links: Luckiest man alive miraculously survives insane landslide. Thanks nin.
Stories: A Fresh Sound: Whole Foods Starts Selling Records.
Images: Blue screen of death. Thanks reddit.
Media: Inside the World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park.
The largest caliber rifle ever produced. .905 caliber. Related clip.
My Sister Gets Her First Tattoo.



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