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Monday, Oct 28, 2013

  

Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction Trailer Reveals Sci-Fi Mode

Here's a reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction, a 1-4 player cooperative game mode for the upcoming military shooter sequel. They describe Extinction as "a unique blend of fast-paced survival action, FPS base defense, scavenging and class leveling," and this also has sci-fi flair, as it shows soldiers fighting off waves of what look like Borderlands skags. Continue here to read the full story.

Walking Dead: The Game Season 2 Details Tomorrow

Facebook page for Walking Dead: The Game teases plans for a second season for Telltale's episodic adventure series based on the zombie series. There's not much on this for now, but they offer the URL for their The Walking Dead website and tomorrow's date, suggesting a full announcement will come at around 3:00 pm EDT. Thanks Phillip.

Battle Academy: Fortress Metz Beta Signups

The Slitherine website is now accepting signups to beta test Fortress Metz, a new expansion for Battle Academy, which is coming to the Windows, OS X, and iOS editions of the World War II strategy game as an in-app purchase. Here's word:

Metz, located in Lorraine, has been for centuries an historic garrison town. After its annexation to Germany following the Battle of France in 1940, it became a stronghold for the Third Reich and a major target for the Allied forces. Following the Normandy landings, the U.S. Third Army under the command of General George S. Patton attacked the city fortifications and, after four months of fighting, broke through and freed Metz from occupation in late 1944.

Soon you will be able to relive those days in the latest expansion of one of the most critically-acclaimed tactical wargames, Battle Academy: Fortress Metz. With new Panzer Brigades and units like the German Jagdpanzer IV/70, the Hummel, Sdkfz 234/1 armored cars and more, Fortress Metz is a must-have expansion!

Fallout 3 Turns 5

The Bethesda Blog announces today is fifth birthday of Fallout 3, their post-apocalyptic RPG sequel:

Five years ago today, Fallout 3 released in North America. To celebrate the occasion, share your favorite #Fallout3Memories with our official Twitter account for Bethesda Game Studios – @BGS_Devs.

On Sale

Evening Patches

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Into the Black

ROAM vs How to Survive

An update on Kickstarter from ROAM is called "How to Steal," as it calls out 505 Games for allegedly using their game ideas for How to Survive, and noting that prior to publishing How to Survive, 505 had been in touch with them about publishing ROAM. We have contacted 505 Games for a comment about this, but have not yet received a reply. Meanwhile, a follow-up update (thanks nin) for ROAM apologizes for making this a public dispute, and says they are moving forward with no plans to pursue this further. Finally, a third ROAM Kickstarter update from just moments ago allows that this may all be "the craziest coincidence" the ROAM developer has ever experienced. Here's a bit:

So, after this thing has blown up so big it’s been brought to my attention that on a French website "How to Survive" had existed under a different name, "Monster Island". A title being developed in France. 505 games picked up "Monster Island" and renamed it to "How to Survive". I scoured the net to find the development history behind “How to Survive” and I couldn’t find anything of it besides it being announced by 505 out of the blue in May, months after our Kickstarter campaign had ended. I don't speak French, but I did try my best to do my homework before posting a statement.

In my mind during the chain of events: 505games contacted Roam about publishing, Roam declined, 505games went and found someone to make "Roam".

What might’ve actually happened: 505games contacted Roam about publishing, Roam declined, so 505games went to Ekosoft and picked up their "Monster Island". This is fair.

Quoteworthy - Infinity Ward: Many COD Players "Aren't Gamers"

"Regardless of platform - people's gaming habits aren't going to change just because there's a new platform," he said. "We have an enormous amount of players who are more in the casual game space, but they play a lot," Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin tells IGN. "It's kind of a weird, ironic thing to say; They aren't hardcore gamers, or even gamers, but they play Call of Duty every night. And those guys are going to continue to play regardless of platform. So I think not only will we continue to engage with that existing player base, but we'll take next gen and see how far we can go with it." Thanks HARDOCP.

New WHQL GeForce Drivers

The GeForce website now offers new version 331.65 WHQL-certified drivers for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. Here's word on all the newness these bring:

The new GeForce 331.65 WHQL driver is now available to download. An essential update for all GeForce GTX users, 331.65 WHQL is the Game Ready driver for Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, and includes the Batman: Arkham Origins optimizations introduced alongside 331.58 WHQL last week. With 331.65 WHQL, you’ll receive a great gaming experience from day one with the latest driver tweaks and performance optimizations, including up to 12% extra performance in Battlefield 4.

Other titles benefit, too: Sniper Elite V2 performance increases by up to 19%, DiRT Showdown performance by up to 13%, Metro: Last Light performance by up to 9%, Sleeping Dogs performance by up to 9%, Max Payne 3 performance by up to 9%, and F1 2012 performance by up to 6%.

GeForce 331.65 WHQL also sees the introduction of GeForce Experience 1.7, which includes the long-awaited ShadowPlay Beta, an innovative gameplay recording tool that can constantly record the action with a minimal performance impact thanks to the H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series GPUs. For full details about ShadowPlay, and other new features of GeForce Experience 1.7, please check out our GeForce Experience 1.7 launch story.

U.K. Sales Charts

A new GFK Chart-Track chart shows the 20 bestselling full-price PC games in the U.K. for the week ending October 26th, showing the debut of The Sims 3: Into the Future knocks The Sims 3 out of the top spot, and Rocksmith 2014 Edition enters at number three. The all-platforms all prices chart is also new, here's word on that:

The third installment in Warner’s Batman: Arkham series debuts at No1 (as did the previous two), entitled ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ (developed in-house by WB Games Montreal) and sells almost exactly the same in week 1 as the first in the series ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ (Sep 2009, developed by Rocksteady, published by Eidos).

The defining title in terms of week 1 sales was the second in the series ‘Batman: Arkham City’ (Oct 2011 with close to double the week 1 sales of the third installment, also developed by Rocksteady, published by Warner). The all-time best-selling Batman game in the UK is ‘Lego Batman: The Videogame’ from 2008 (published by Warner, developed by Traveller’s Tales). Rockstar/Take 2’s ‘GTA V’ (-28%) drops to No2 followed at No3 by EA’s ‘FIFA 14’ (-21%) and at No4 by Activision’s ‘Skylanders Swap Force’ (-50%). 2 titles climb back in to the Top 10 this week thanks to a successful hardware promotion: Warner’s ‘Lego The Lord of the Rings’ climbs 11 places to No8 (+266%) and Mind Candy’s ‘Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed’ climbs 20 places to No9 (+350%). Ubisoft debut at No15 with ‘Rocksmith 2014 Edition’, EA debut at No18 with ‘The Sims 3: Into the Future’ and Activision debut at No27 with ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’.

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Out of the Blue

I thought I was frustrated with our football picks league before, but that's nothing compared with how upset I am with myself after yesterday. I mentioned someone sending me the picks their computer program was generating, and last week I changed one pick last week because of it, which turned out to be a winner. Well, this week the computer and I disagreed on four picks, and still being in the frame of mind that I was doing poorly, I changed three of my picks as a result: I kept the Giants to beat the Eagles, but decided to take the computer's advice on three games, changing my picks on Dallas, Atlanta, and Miami. If I'd stuck with my original choices I would have only lost on the Steelers so far, and would be 11-1, but by changing, I am 8-4. The silliest part is that I just got caught up in how the computer would do, but had those teams all won, I would not be proud since it would have been the outside help succeeding, so letting the computer influence me was sort of a lose/lose scenario. Lesson learned. And thus Mr. Loser laments.

R.I.P.: Lou Reed. Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock ’n’ Roll

Lamentable Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Ninja Miner 2.
Link: Coach seating is getting even worse.
Science: Finding out whether we’re alone in the Universe.
3 Simple Ways to Time Travel (& 3 Complicated Ones). Thanks nin via Digg.
Media: The Brutally Honest Coca-Cola Commercial You’ll Never See On TV. Thanks Cutter.
The Funnies: Video Games vs. Real Life.



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