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Saturday, Oct 05, 2013

  

Half-Life 3 EU TM Removed

ValveTime.net notes the recent filing of an EU trademark for Half-Life 3 is no longer listed on the OHIM website. They go so far as to say this proves the listing was a hoax, though as far as we know, no one has concretely explained what's going on here. Thanks GameInformer.

Chaos on Deponia Free with Goodbye Deponia Preorders

Daedalic Entertainment announces those who preorder Goodbye Deponia can say hello to Chaos on Deponia, the second installment in the comedy adventure trilogy. Goodbye Deponia is due for release on October 18th, and here's word on the two different editions they are offering: "Goodbye Deponia is available in two editions on Steam: The standard edition contains the full game. The Premium Edition includes the full game as well, and additional extras, such as the game’s original soundtrack, concept art, excerpts from Daedalic’s animation workbook as well as an 'Introduction to the world of Deponia' PDF booklet."

Attractio Demo Re-release; Greenlight Campaign

The Attractio website offers the re-release of the playable demo for this FPS/puzzle hybrid in support of the game's Steam Greenlight campaign. The demo was first released in April, but required users to fill out a survey to get it, but now it is offered without any strings attached. A new trailer is also available to show off the game. Continue here to read the full story.

Total War: ROME II Beta Patch

The Total War forums reflects more of Creative Assembly's efforts at clearing up issues with the launch of Total War: ROME II, announcing the availability of the beta version of a fourth patch for the strategy sequel. They call this "far and away" the biggest update for the game so far, boasting 175 patches, saying players "should see some real changes to the game while encountering fewer technical issues." (thanks IncGamers). Here's more:

While there are a host of technical fixes, usability improvements and gameplay balances, the real headline features of this update are AI related. We’ve made a number of important changes to the way the AI approaches diplomacy, develops its technologies and upgrades its buildings. It also more carefully monitors its food VS squalor balance, and fights food shortage problems better. It’s more likely to build elite units when it has the technology, buildings and money to do so. It’s also more mindful when it’s dealing with front and flank attacks in battle, and uses its pikemen more sensibly.

Pixel Boy Trailer

This new trailer shows off the pixilated action of Pixel Boy, a frenetic top-down shooter in the works at two-man indie developer Giant Box Games. The game is coming to Windows, OS X, and Linux early next year, and here's the lowdown:

Pixel Boy is a dungeon crawling top down Action Shooter. You control Pixel Boy and enter the randomly generated dungeons of Cinnamod. There are five acts in total, each with a powerful boss at their climax. Every dungeon is filled to the brim with aggressive and deadly enemies. As Pixel Boy you will encounter swarms of giant ants, packs of snapping dogs and even lethal dungeon birds. To help Pixel Boy bear this burden there are many tools at your disposal. Various pixel powerups can be found or purchased to help Pixel Boy overcome the treacherous dungeons and tricks of Cinnamod.

Spreadshot, Shields, Splitshot, Heat seekers, Critical Strike Modifiers, Time Stoppers and much more are available. Three pixel powers can be equipped at a time and are stackable AND combinable so that Pixel Boy can find the best combination of over 6000 powers to defeat his adversaries most efficiently.

Continue here to read the full story.

Activision Publishing Suing Worlds Online

This press release announces Activision Publishing is suing Worlds Inc. and Worlds Online Inc. for patent infringement in the Central District of California. Or rather counter-sues, as Worlds Inc. already sued them for the same thing in March. If multiple suits over "patent infringement" sound to you like this is going to be inscrutable to a non-lawyer/non-techie, you are correct:

In the suit, Activision claims that Worlds has infringed, and continues to infringe, U.S. Patent No. 6,014,145 entitled “Navigation with optimum viewpoints in three-dimensional workspace interactive displays having three-dimensional objects with collision barriers” and U.S. Patent No. 5,883,628 entitled “Climability: property for objects in 3-D virtual environments.” The contested product is software distributed by Worlds called "Worlds Player."

Worlds Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc. on March 30, 2012. That lawsuit is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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Out of the Blue

It's been kind of a stressful week here at the BlueTower, as we have two geriatric relatives who are ailing: My step-grandmother, who is very much a real grandmother to me, is in the ICU with complications following heart surgery (as if heart surgery on a patient who is 90-something could be uncomplicated to start with). And Hudson the wonder dog has been mostly off her food for a week after a bout of vomiting and diarrhea we believe was caused by a round of antibiotics for a skin infection, and it doesn't take much of a hunger strike to make a skinny 13-year-old purebred dog seem to waste away. My tendency to internalize this kind of stress has now bitten me in the back, if not the backside, as I am now suffering with a backache, which is not only the first I can recall in over 10 years, but also by far the worst I've ever experienced. The good news is that both patients seem to be doing better: The doctors say our grandma is on the right track after a few setbacks, and after being taken off the pills, Hudsy is slowly starting to get her appetite back. It was only after things started looking up that my back attacked me, so I may manage to still be ailing as everyone else is recovering, which is fine by me, as it would mean that everyone else is recovering.

Stressed Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Magic Layers.
TT Racer.
Links: Hi reddit, Tom Hanks here. Ask Me Anything.
Stories: Car Fire a Test for High-Flying Tesla. Since gas cars are non-flammable.
Fox Renews The Simpsons for Season 26.
Media: BREAKING BAD Walter White Speaks - My Way.
Driving on a floating bridge. Thanks the Flying Penguin.
Voodoo Lounging. Jaguar love. Thanks reddit.



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