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Thursday, Sep 12, 2013

  

Metro: Last Light Developer Pack Next Week

A new Developer Blog #3 for Metro: Last Light tells us that new Developer Pack DLC for 4A Games' first-person shooter sequel is coming on September 17th. The describe the Spiders' Lair solo mission it includes along with a reworking of their internal "gun table" that's now a shooting range complete with marksmanship challenges. They also tease how the pack will offer a brand new weapon, and conclude with word on the fourth and final DLC pack that will follow at some point after:

Our next piece of DLC is the ‘Chronicles Pack’ – after our more experimental forays into new gameplay experiences with the Faction, Tower and Developer Packs, this final DLC most closely resembles the Metro campaign experience as you take controls of Pavel, Anna, and Khan and Ulman as we tie up some unanswered questions away from Artyom’s quest. We’ll take a look at it in more detail in our next and final blog!

Ships Ahoy - Card Hunter

Card Hunter is now live, offering a new browser-based virtual card-based strategy game. Card Hunter is free-to-play, and there is also a basic edition with a bunch of in-game items. Here's word on the game's strong pedigree: "Created in collaboration with legendary Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield, Card Hunter is Irrational Games co-founder Jonathan Chey’s first game since BioShock. Its unique mix of card collecting, board gaming and fantasy role-playing is set to reinvigorate the collectible card gaming scene."

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Free Weekend

A free weekend is now underway for Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Steam, where the game is also on sale for 25% off. The free weekend runs until some point Sunday.

BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket Sales

Blizzard now offers sales of virtual tickets to BlizzCon 2013, to allow those interested in their November gaming convention to attend from the comfort of their own homes:

The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will give you live online HD coverage of the event, taking place Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. You’ll get access to both days of the show via two exclusive channels, including the developer panels, exclusive interviews, community contests, and the closing ceremony, along with on-demand replays and DVR functionality. Note that Virtual Ticket coverage will be available in English language only, so keep that in mind before you purchase.

Bonus Loot

Since we know everyone likes epic loot, anyone who orders a Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive in-game goodies for World of Warcraft®, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ (details coming soon).

You’ll also get access to an exclusive, limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show.* This special pre-BlizzCon sale is scheduled to take place over a 5-day period in the weeks leading up to the show, and will be followed by a public sale offering a more limited selection of items. We’ll have more details on the pre-sale in the coming weeks.

Free WCS and Warcraft eSports Tournament Streams

Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch plenty of BlizzCon action online for free. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments—including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational—will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com and the official WCS website.

For more information on the Virtual Ticket, check out the Virtual Ticket page or read the FAQ.

Titanfall Trailer

This trailer shows off multiplayer play from Titanfall and offers an accompanying interview with Respawn about what playing their upcoming mech combat game will be like. Continue here to read the full story.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Trailer

A new trailer from Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, offers a look at the upcoming stealth sequel narrated by associate producer Sylvain Trottier. Today we learn more about the various systems used to depict the ocean, the weather, ship boarding, fully dynamic 3D foliage, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Dread War Next Month

The Star Wars: The Old Republic website has details on a new version 2.4 patch that will go live on October 1st, and the new Dread War multiplayer mode. They also now offer the game's first expansion as part of their free-to-play component: "Players can look forward to many gameplay additions including Game Update 2.4: The Dread War coming out on October 1, which will introduce new 4v4 Player-vs-Player (PvP) Warzone Arenas into the game. And starting today, new and previous subscribers who join or re-join the fight as a subscriber, will automatically receive the game’s first Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel for free*."

On Sale

GameStop Coupon: 25% off digital games.

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Ships Ahoy - Arma III

The Arma 3 website announces that Arma III has deployed, and Bohemia Interactive's military shooter sequel is now available worldwide as either a standard edition or as a Digital Deluxe edition. The game is available at retail and via digital distribution through Steam directly, or through the BIS Store, which fulfils through Steam anyway. The launch trailer shows off gameplay, and here's word:

OUT NOW - Available in digital and physical retail stores worldwide, Bohemia Interactive is proud to announce today’s much-anticipated release of Arma 3. The brand new launch trailer introduces players to the authentic, diverse and open combat in Arma 3’s massive military sandbox.

Set on the Mediterranean islands of Altis (270 km²) and Stratis (20 km²), Arma 3 features 12 singleplayer showcases, 3 factions showcases, 9 multiplayer scenarios, 10 firing drill challenges, more than 20 vehicles and 40 weapons, 5 factions, the scenario editor and modding support. The post-launch campaign will be made available via free DLC episodes after release. The complete overview of content can be found here.

“We’re incredibly proud of the release of Arma 3, as well as of the unique collaboration with the people who joined for the early-access development. We experienced some significant setbacks in the past years, but the fantastic public response to the Alpha and Beta kept us going,” said Joris-Jan van ‘t Land, Project Lead on Arma 3. “Together we’ve made a game that truly meets its potential - while establishing a platform to build upon and grow even further. Our long-term commitment to Arma 3, in combination with the creative modding community and Steam Workshop, means this is just the kick off. We thank everyone for their splendid support and welcome you all to join our journey ahead.”

Continue here to read the full story.

Democracy 3 Beta Access for Preorders

Positech Games is now offering beta access to Democracy 3 to those who preorder the next installment in their strategy series based on the intricate inner workings of government. Preorders are being accepted through this site, and the beta is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux, and all customers will also get a Steam key for the final release. Here's their campaign:

Positech Games, developers of Gratuitous Space Battles, Are happy to announce that once more they are bringing Democracy to the people of the world! Democracy 3 is the third in their series of complex and deep political strategy games where the player takes on the role of President or Prime Minister, charged with the task of keeping the population happy, the economy booming and preventing society collapsing around them.

Democracy 3 is the only game of its kind. Not an election-simulation, but a government-simulation, built around a custom-programmed neural network and unique iconic user interface that represents the thousands of simulated voters, pressure groups, policies, laws and statistics that make up a detailed model of a western democracy.

As president, you decide what laws to set, which taxes to raise (or cut) which government programs to expand, introduce or cancel, whilst keeping one eye on the countdown to the next election. All political careers end in failure, and Democracy 3 is thus a game that cannot truly be won, only eventually lost.

WoW Revenue Drops 54% - Analyst

A report on SuperData Research has some speculative analysis about World of Warcraft revenue rates, saying they "believe" that Blizzard's MMORPG earned about $93 million in April, compared with $204 million seven months earlier. Saying this is partly due to the game's slow but steady subscriber loss, they say that it's to the point where the game needs to place greater emphasis on microtransactions, but a switch to a full free-to-play model "is currently too much of a jolt for WoW, and doesn’t make sense with the current metrics." Thanks ComputerAndVideoGames.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

I've been continuing to pound away at the mysterious graphics glitches on my PC. The good news is I identified one of the problems as a simple settings issue, and a clean driver install fresh settings has stopped games like Borderlands 2 from locking up cold. The somewhere in-between news is that I replaced my PSU along the way, which didn't change anything but the old one was getting on in years anyway, so if this all leads to me building a new rig, that can be part of it. The bad news is there is still definitely something wrong: In particular, the machine will still not complete a run on 3DMark without quitting with one of a variety of errors, and not being able to run a benchmark is not a crisis (or crysis) in itself, this still suggests something is wrong, and true to that, the logs show the video card is still throwing bunches of 500 and 501 errors. I'm also seeing artifacts on my desktop with whichever drivers I use, so I still have some sort of mystery here, though at least I can play games again.

R.I.P.: Manson Whitlock, Typewriter Repairman, Dies at 96. Thanks Slashdot.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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Weird World of Wonders.
Story: Breaking Bad Spin-Off: Saul Is A Go.
Images: The Custom Star Wars LEGO Minifigs of Joe Amaro.
Media: Joking Bad.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail modern trailer. Thanks Bats.
DJI Phantom - Niagara Falls. Thanks TheGlyingPenguin.
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