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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013

  

GTA Online Microtransactions Confirmed

Rockstar Games offers more details on Grand Theft Auto Online, confirming along the way recent indications the game will include cash microtransactions. The post explains the various activities that will be present upon launch of the online arm of Grand Theft Auto V, including open world crimes, jobs, races, sports, and more, while warning there will also be bugs and other growing pains to be worked out after the launch. Rockstar also outlines other content and activities to be added along the way via free updates, including co-op heist missions, CTF, and a content creator.

Ships Ahoy - Splinter Cell Blacklist Homeland DLC

Ubisoft announces the Homeland DLC pack is now available for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, imbuing the stealth/action sequel with new missions, weapons, and more. Here's word on what this includes:

New Co-op Missions

  • Billionaire’s Yacht Co-op map – In this story-related mission, infiltrate a rogue billionaire’s yacht the day after a decadent party in the Coral Sea solo or with a friend.
  • Dead Coast Co-op map - Take out a terrorist cell in a remote part of the Middle East in single player or co-op mode.

Weapons, Gear and More

  • Crossbow with sleeping gas bolts - When armed with the stealthy crossbow and sleeping gas bolts, enemies will be snoozing before they even know what hit them.
  • Upper Echelon Suit – This suit offers better protection against fire power and blends into the shadows.
  • 4E Eclipse Suit - This suit allows Sam to carry more gadgets and offers premium protection.
  • Gold, Amber and White goggles - Mix up Sam’s iconic goggles with Gold, Amber or White lights.
  • Exclusive Mercs and Spy Skin

España 1936 Announced

Ageod announces España 1936, a new strategy game set during the Spanish Civil War, the conflict that immediately preceded World War II. The game's official website is online, offering details, screenshots, and a release date of "Coming Soon." Here's a bit on the setting: "It is 18th of July 1936. The Spanish army has risen in arms against the democratically elected government. Elements of the army together with militias will defend the Republic from this military coup. Outside influences are also at play and the Axis powers will help the Nationalist Rebels, while the USSR will assist the Republicans. A civil war has begun but it is also a proxy war between two super powers. Sons of the same motherland, two factions vie for power. Only one will survive."

South Park: The Stick of Truth PC Release Date Not Announced

Ubisoft, South Park Digital Studios, and Obsidian Entertainment announce South Park: The Stick of Truth will be released in the U.K. on December 13th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and the game's official website says the North American release will come on December 10th. As for PCs, there is less certainty, as they say: "The Windows PC release date will be shared at a later time." They celebrate the news with a new "Destiny" trailer from the game. Continue here to read the full story.

THIEF Preorder Bonus Trailer

Square Enix and Eidos Montreal announce The Bank Heist for the upcoming THIEF reboot, a preorder bonus in-game mission that's an homage to the Bank mission in Thief II: The Metal Age. They offer this trailer showing off the mission and provide the following details:

THE BANK HEIST
As the Master Thief, infiltrate the City’s most secure location, Stonemarket First Bank, to steal a coveted family heirloom called the Star of Auldale. To this day, this heavily guarded and treacherous place remains impregnable, but that’s about to change…

  • A challenging mission that will put your thieving skills to the test.
  • Outsmart security measures found exclusively in this mission
  • Search for the Bank’s unique loot and many other secrets
  • A true homage to the Bank mission in Thief II: The Metal Age.

THE BANK HEIST will be available for THIEF pre-orders made ahead of the February 25, 2014 launch.

Continue here to read the full story.

Batman: Arkham Origins Preorder Bonus Trailer

WBIE offers a new trailer showing off the Deathstroke Challenge Pack, a preorder bonus for Batman: Arkham Origins, the upcoming stealth/action superhero prequel. Here's the skinny: "Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released an action-packed video for Batman ™: Arkham Origins featuring gameplay from the playable Deathstroke challenge pack, including a sneak peak at the “100-to-1” gameplay mode. The Deathstroke challenge pack, available to those who preorder the game for PlayStation®3 system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system or Windows PC, includes a fully playable Deathstroke character, two exclusive challenge maps and three unique Deathstroke character skins." Continue here to read the full story.

Unreal Engine 4 Trailer

A new installment in Epic's Inside Unreal video series is now available, offering another look at the visuals in Unreal Engine 4, their next game engine. They say: "Today we’re releasing a new video focusing on Character Aesthetics to explain how our artists took advantage of UE4’s new layered material system and physically-based shading model to define the look of characters in the Infiltrator real-time demonstration." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

GOG.com 5th Birthday Trivia- Round One.

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Is Disney making a movie about Nikola Tesla? Thanks nin.

Steam Machines Announced

The second announcement of Valve's promised three announcements is live, following news of plans for SteamOS with details on Steam Machines, a "powerful new category of living-room hardware" they say is "on the horizon." Join the hardware beta now. Choose the model right for you in 2014. They describe plans for a variety of such machines coming from several partners to account for differing needs, and outline a Valve Prototype, saying they are shipping 300 of these free to Steam users to test. They outline how to qualify as a tester and also have a FAQ covering the topic. The FAQ indicates that some games will use "in-home streaming," saying Steam Machines can play: "The nearly 3,000 games on Steam. Hundreds already running natively on the SteamOS, with more to come. The rest will work seamlessly via in-home streaming." Here's word on testing:

While these products are still in development, we need your help. As always, we believe the best way to ensure that the right products are getting made is to let people try them out and then make changes as we go. We have designed a high-performance prototype that’s optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam. Of course, it’s also completely upgradable and open.

This year we’re shipping just 300 of these boxes to Steam users, free of charge, for testing. You can make yourself eligible to get one. How? Read on!

Nihilumbra & Demo Released

Today is the release date for Nihilumbra, and BeautiFun Games' iOS puzzle/platformer is now also available for Windows, OS X, and Linux. Word is: "The version that is being released is the remastered edition of a proved successful iOS title. With its catching atmosphere, its mature storyline and its innovative mechanics it has managed to be one of Apple's best game of 2012, amongst other recognitions. With a glowing average of 5 star reviews, Nihilumbra has definitely taken a place in the hearts of iPhone and iPad users." There is a Steam Greenlight campaign for the game, and they promise a Steam key for all customers should it be approved. This page has the list of where the game is sold, and for those who want to try before they buy, this page offers a demo, which is playable in a browser thanks to the Unity Web Player.

Unconfirmed Grand Theft Auto V PC Listing Shows March Date

Norwegian e-tailer Komplett.no now lists a Windows edition of Grand Theft Auto V, in spite of the fact that no PC version of the open-world action sequel has yet been announced. This is not preventing them from offering a release date, which reads March 19, 2014. They even seem to be accepting preorders for the price of 399.00 NOK (~US$66.00), and a Google translation also shows the following incomprehensible footnote: "The funding comes in addition £ 45 in bank charges and $ 295 in entry fee per customer. Credit Purchase price: £ 1,274. Full Sale Terms and yield. Upon purchase of more products, credit price will be lower." Thanks NowGamer.

The Inner World Story Trailer

Here's another new trailer from The Inner World, highlighting the story from Headup Games' upcoming point-and-click adventure. The game is due for release on GOG.com and Steam on Friday, and they say they will be announcing details soon on plans for a universal iOS edition of the game. Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Two days past our DNS SNAFU, here's hoping the remaining readers unable to access this site are now able to see it again, since the TTL on that entry was 48 hours. This cleared up more quickly for most, but a some emails and tweets indicate that the problem persisted for some. Sorry about that.

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Archaeological technology- Rapid diggers.
New Real-World Study Adds Meat To Algae Biofuel Muscle.
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