Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
Customize
User Settings
Styles:
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

Archived News:

Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013

  

GRID 2 Demolition Derby Free DLC

Codemasters announces that the new Demolition Derby DLC for GRID 2 is now available for the Windows and Xbox 360 editions of the racing sequel, and will come crashing into the PS3 edition next week. Here's a trailer showing off this free DLC, and here's word:

Demolition Derby mode was one of the most requested features in feedback from the GRID 2 community and updates the original mode from GRID for GRID 2 to take advantage of the game’s superior graphics and damage engine. The free downloadable content includes the Jupiter Eagle Ray Mk 5 Demo Derby car with a range of stock liveries, plus the option to customize its livery, and the Detroit Demolition Derby Stadium where players can choose from two configurations of the track, each featuring a crossover jump to encourage contact. Demolition Derby mode can be enjoyed in single-player, split-screen and in up to twelve player online races.

This free downloadable content, which will be available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network for Xbox 360, Steam for Windows PC and PlayStation Network, follows a recent Community patch which updated the game following consultation and feedback from GRID 2 players. The full feature list, which includes a Level cap rise to 99, a new online playlist entitled ‘Hardcore’, increased in-game rewards for clean racing and, for the first time in a Codemasters Racing title, Mod Support for Windows PC players, is available at www.codiesblog.com.

Continue here to read the full story.

Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC This Month

Activision announces the Apocalypse DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will come to the Windows and PlayStation 3 editions of the military shooter sequel on September 26th. This will conclude the DLC season's pass for the game:

On September 26, the epic season of Downloadable Content (DLC) for Call of Duty®: Black Ops II culminates with the release of Apocalypse for PlayStation®3 and PC fans. The fourth and final DLC Pack from Activision and its award-winning studio Treyarch lets players dig into four thrilling and diverse multiplayer maps, as well as Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Origins - the all-new, wildly creative Zombies experience that reunites players with the original heroes going back to Call of Duty®: World at War, and closes this chapter of the Zombies story arch for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight Preorders/Beta

The Digital Combat Simulator website now offers pre-purchases of DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight, which grant access to beta testing of the next installment in the combat flight simulator series. Here's the deal:

DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight focuses on the Mi-8MTV2 – an upgraded version of one of the most widely produced helicopters in history and a combat transport and fire support veteran of countless operations around the world.
Developed by Belsimtek with help from a seasoned Mi-8 pilot, the expert team behind DCS: UH-1H Huey continues to raise the bar in flight and systems modeling.

Key Features:

  • Unmatched flight physics providing the most realistic and dynamic conventional helicopter experience on the PC
  • Accurate and highly detailed 3D interactive cockpit featuring six-degrees-of-freedom technology compatible with head-tracking devices
  • Accurate modeling of the Mi-8MTV2 instruments, weapons, engines, radios, fuel, electrical, and hydraulic systems
  • Highly detailed Mi-8MTV2 external 3D model, liveries, and weapons
  • Accurate audio environment based on custom Mi-8MTV2 sound samples

Total War: ROME II Patch Friday

Creative Assembly announces a patch for Total War: ROME II will come on Friday, saying they are "planning to tweak the balancing, AI routines and other features now that we’re getting real-time metric feedback from thousands of players." They say the patch will improve performance in the strategy sequel, but also offer tips for tweaking in the meantime:

Full patch notes will be available on Friday, but the update will address known instances of crashes due to hardware conflicts alongside several other performance fixes.

In addition, anyone experiencing graphical issues including low resolution textures, should check our support forums at http://www.totalwar.com/rome2support which contain suggestions for settings which will improve visuals in almost all cases.

There are also a variety of other fixes suggested in our support forum, please head there to find out more or report your own problem directly to the CA team who will assist you.

Watch Dogs Trailer

Here's a new trailer from Watch Dogs, featuring actual gameplay from the upcoming hacking game also known as Watch_Dogs. The clip runs almost 15 minutes, and what we see is explained via developer commentary. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • Men of War Bundle on Bundle Stars. Five games and DLC for $3.00.

Evening Previews

  • Grand Theft Auto V on IGN. "10 Crazy, Awesome Things I Saw and Did in Grand Theft Auto Online."
  • World of Warplanes on Ten Ton Hammer.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

I forgot having committed to a last-minute invitation to a dinner commemorating Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown tonight (we don't observe the holiday, but we do observe dinner). If I'd remembered I'd have mentioned this earlier, sorry about that.

Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M

EA News has word that the recently concluded Humble Origin Bundle raised over $10 million for charity:

After two weeks online, the Humble Origin Bundle, which featured ten of our games, sold over 2.1 million copies and generated over $10.5 million in sales. Most of the funds benefitted six charities with additional optional tips going to support Humble Bundle for hosting the promotion. Consumers who purchased the bundle named their own price and then determined how to distribute their donation across the participating organizations: Human Rights Campaign, watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Red Cross, GamesAid and the American Cancer Society.

“The Humble Origin Bundle was an amazing opportunity for San Francisco AIDS Foundation,” said Robin Easterbrook, San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “We have never participated in anything like it before, and were thrilled to be able to connect our work with an amazing community of gamers. It really inspired us to think about new fundraising ideas which can make a big impact on our efforts in the community.”

"We are very grateful for the support of Humble Bundle and their customers through this collaboration," said Lin Mac Master, chief marketing and revenue officer for the American Cancer Society. "The American Cancer Society turned 100 years old this year, and efforts like this will help us make this cancer’s last century.”

Steam Hardware Survey & Linux

The Steam Hardware & Software Survey now shows the August 2013 results of Valve's polling what sort of hardware Steam users are running. As reported on GamingOnLinux (thanks Ant via Linux Today), this shows a drop in Linux use to 0.93% after being at 1.06% last month. They also note that there are results listed under "other" which likely now include smaller distros no longer listed separately, and that there's a bug report saying the survey doesn't appear for all Linux users.

Op Ed

Tiny Subversions - Some thoughts on the IGDA (or: why I quit).
Here is the problem: fiduciary responsibility as a number one priority means that the most important thing for the organization is the continued existence of the organization. This means that any action we could take as an organization that carried any sort of significant risk of us losing a chunk of members (or god forbid, our corporate sponsorships) would be immediately shot down by a majority of board members with some variation of the refrain, “My fiduciary responsibility to the organization prevents me from supporting this.” What this translated to: anyone with an agenda that promoted anything but the status quo would be heavily challenged. Even something relatively innocuous like, “Instead of pointing out bad studios to work for, let’s highlight some good studios to work for!” was cause for alarm because it would surely alienate a never-specified number of people whose memberships we couldn’t stand to lose!

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Showtime's Beat the Insiders website is finally operating, so as planned Batman set up a league that will keep track of the results for those of us matching wits at picking NFL games this season. Opening night is tomorrow night, and I'll post another reminder, but hurry if you want to participate (it's all free). Bats has been busy, as he also set up a Blue's News GTA5 Crew on the Rockstar Games Social Club, so those planning on being a friend of ours can sign up there.

Linky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Earth Taken.
Flooded Village Holland.
Links: I AMA Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from the Star Wars Saga. Ask Me Almost Anything.
Stories: Mystery mummy found in German attic.
Ohio man who held 3 women captive for nearly a decade has hanged himself. Thanks JDreyer.
Summer 2013 Box-Office Breaks Records.
Science: Quantum steps towards the Big Bang.
Hunchback King Richard III infected with worms.
Media: Game of Thrones: The Romantic Comedy.
Open A Beer With a Frisbee.
Chalk Artist Creates Stop-Motion Mario Kart Art Using Real Streets.
Follow-up: Japan to fund ice wall to contain reactor leaks.



.. .. ..

Blue's News logo