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Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013

  

Borderlands 2 Ultimate Upgrade Pack 2 Released

Gearbox Software announces the Borderlands 2 Ultimate Upgrade Pack 2 is now available, further boosting the level cap in Gearbox's shooter/RPG sequel. Here's word:

Today's an exciting day for Borderlands 2 with the Ultimate Upgrade Pack 2: Digistruct Peak Challenge (containing 11 additional levels for characters to gain, more skill points, the challenging new Raid on Digistruct Peak map, and more) out now on Xbox 360, Steam and hitting PlayStation 3 with the next PlayStation Store update!

Details on the level cap increase, new content and latest software update can be found below:

    Raising the Borderlands 2 Level Cap
    Borderlands 2 Update Notes

Don't forget there's more to come for Borderlands 2 with forthcoming Headhunter Packs! The first, T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest, arrives in October packing a new uniquely-themed area, story-driven missions, giant boss fight and more unlockable character customizations with additional Headhunter Packs on the way!

Steamships Ahoy - Rayman Legends

Steam News announces the release of the Windows edition of Rayman Legends, which is also available as a recently released demo. They say:

When Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies discover a mysterious tent filled with captivating paintings, they are suddenly transported to a series of mythical new worlds!

Join them as they run, jump, and slap their way through each world to get home, save the day, and discover the secrets of the legendary paintings!

Steamships Ahoy - Metro: Last Light - Tower Pack

The Metro: Last Light - Tower Pack is now available on Steam, offering more content for Metro: Last Light, 4A Games' first-person shooter, which is on sale in celebration. According to the announcement:

Fight your way up through a heavily guarded tower stronghold. Each level is increasingly difficult- Can you make it to the top? Compare your time and other stats against your friends with the added leaderboard functionality and try again.

Note: This purchasable item is included in the Metro: Last Light Season Pass.

Mighty No. 9 Kickstarted

The Kickstarter for Mighty No. 9 has blown past its $900K funding goal just a couple of days after launching, and is already hurtling toward the $1.5 million stretch goal for this Mega Man-inspired project. Two goals have already been triggered, and the game will have two more stages than originally proposed and OS X and Linux versions will come as well as the Windows edition. The next goal is a game plus mode, and there are several mystery goals leading up to the $2.5 million plateau that will prompt console ports.

Ships Ahoy - Franchise Hockey Manager

Franchise Hockey Manager is now available from OOTP Developments for Windows and OS X, offering the chance to general manage your own virtual hockey team. "We've learned a lot about developing sports management games after 14 versions of Out of the Park Baseball, so we felt it was time to apply those lessons to a new game," said OOTP co-founder Markus Heinsohn. "What better way to do that than with hockey?" Here's the announcement:

OOTP Developments today released Franchise Hockey Manager 2014, which steps into the current hockey management game void by offering the most comprehensive GM experience on the market. FHM 2014 features 19 leagues from around the world, along with historical NHL play as far back as 1947 and the entire WHA history from 1971 to 1979.

On Sale

Evening Interviews

Op Ed

Elizabeth Sampat - Quit Fucking Going To PAX Already, What Is Wrong With You?
And today, on stage at PAX, Mike publicly stated the one fucking thing that PA ever did right— removing the Dickwolves merchandise— was a mistake. And the crowd went wild, and the men who own PA with him agreed soberly, and that is the convention that everyone says is best and most inclusive. A place where the owners can say “We should have continued to profit off of the suffering of others” in the biggest auditorium the convention offered and the crowd went wild.

NewStatesman - Penny Arcade reopens the "dickwolves" controversy.
Today, that excuse is not available. These ideas have been mainstreamed to the extent that Krahulik and Holkins cannot get away with pretending that it's only a vocal minority who see problems with using rape as a punchline which don't extend to problems with using murder in the same way. But the last three years have not seen the pair toning down the rhetoric. From Holkins writing about the "censorship" of criticising a game's exaggerated female characters to Krahulik being dismissive of trans people (leading to a $20,000 donation to the Trevor project), there have been no end of sub-dickwolves controversies, causing one prominent indie developer to pull out of their shows entirely. The Financial Post's Daniel Kaszor summed them up in an article titled "Penny Arcade needs to fix its Krahulik problem".

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

  • Grand Theft Auto V on IGN. Thanks nin.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Space Hulk: Deathwing Announced

Focus Home Interactive announces Space Hulk: Deathwing, an upcoming first-person shooter based on the Space Hulk arm of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. The Unreal Engine 4 game is in the works at E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy developer Streum On Studio and coproduced by Cyanide, who are not revealing a release date just yet. The Space Hulk Deathwing website is online, offering a brief cinematic teaser trailer to raise anticipation for the game. Here's word:

Space Hulk®: Deathwing™ is a First-Person Shooter experience of Games Workshop’s classic Space Hulk boardgame set in the universe of Warhammer 40,000, developed on Unreal Engine 4 by Streum On Studio, the team behind E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy. Published by Focus Home Interactive and co-produced by Cyanide Studio, Space Hulk: Deathwing offers players the chance to experience a desperate battle against Genestealers in the claustrophobic tunnels of a Space Hulk, as they will gain skills, new abilities and new equipment thanks to experience earned during perilous missions.

Today, Space Hulk: Deathwing is being unveiled for the first time through a first teaser of the game: discover this video where a Deathwing Terminator, stranded in a Space Hulk, is being chased by a horde of Genestealers...

Space Hulks drift along the currents of the Warp, the immaterial dimension of Chaos. Made up of gigantic mangled asteroids, derelict ship wrecks and other spatial debris, they sometimes grow to the size of a moon and often contain treasured and ancient lost technologies. However, they are ripe with danger including infestations of the lethal Genestealers.

Players take on the role of a Space Marine from one of the most secret and most feared Space Marine Companies: the Deathwing from the Dark Angels. Strap on your Terminator armour and equip the emblematic weaponry of the Space Marines to overcome the threats awaiting you in the Space Hulk. As a Librarian, you will also master the destructive powers of the Psykers. Your skills and performance in battle grant you Fervor Points, to spend on 4 skill trees allowing you to improve your abilities, unlock new powers, access powerful relics and devastating new weapons.

Continue here to read the full story.

Steamships Ahoy - Total War: ROME II

Steam News announces that Total War: ROME II is now available, offering the latest installment in Creative Assembly's large-scale historical strategy series. Here's the deal:

Total War™: ROME II is Now Available on Steam

How far will you go for Rome?

The award-winning Total War series returns to Rome, setting a brand new quality benchmark for Strategy gaming. Become the world’s first superpower and command the Ancient world’s most incredible war machine. Dominate your enemies by military, economic and political means. Your ascension will bring both admiration and jealousy, even from your closest allies.

Will you suffer betrayal or will you be the first to turn on old friends? Will you fight to save the Republic, or plot to rule alone as Emperor?

Gearbox Livestream Subscription Plus Bonuses

Twitch is now offering subscriptions to watch the livestream of Gearbox Software's upcoming Community Day, where they will show off their wares to the public. This will incur a one-time charge of USD $19.99, which comes with several additional perks, including copies of Homeworld Classic and the upcoming Homeworld HD, Borderlands 2 SHIFT codes, and access to "an unannounced Gearbox Software title" (thanks nin). The event kicks off on September 14th, and this page has further details. Here's the summary:

Pre-order the Community Day 2013 Digital Bonus Pack today at twitch.tv/gearboxsoftware to receive exclusive access to the HD stream, Borderlands 2 SHiFT codes to unlock special in-game Community Day 2013 heads and skins, future access to a closed beta for an unannounced Gearbox Software title* plus a free game download of Homeworld HD and Homeworld Classic -- a $14.99 value**!

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

We had a pleasant Labor Day weekend at the Blue Tower, though the shock that September is already upon us is still reverberating. The rib dilemma I described turned out just okay... They could have used more time in the smoker for better tenderness, but they had good flavor, so next time they will be better. I have another rack of spare ribs in the fridge, so I'll try again soon and see what sort of improvement another hour or so of cooking helps.

Spare Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Pre-Civilization: Stone Age.
Story: Series Adaptation Of 'Westworld' From J.J. Abrams.
Images: Reality - Sad Panda Fact. Thanks reddit.
Media: Get Lucky - Mario Paint Composer - Daft Punk. Thanks reddit.
Sports Commentator Falls Off His Chair On Live TV.



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