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Friday, Nov 01, 2013 All Saints' Day

  

Valve: Steam Offline Mode "Designed to be Indefinite"

A response from Valve to a thread about offline mode on Steam indicates that the way offline mode currently requires users to go online periodically to allow them to play their Steam games without being connected to the Internet is a bug, and not working as intended. He does not offer a timeframe for when this might be fixed, but clearly states the requirement to go online once your game is authenticated is a "bug" (thanks Creston). Here's word:

This is not actually true - Offline Mode is designed to be indefinite. You can't access any of Steam's online features such as friends lists or saved game synchronization, of course, but the client should allow you to run in Offline Mode for as long as you like.

That said, there are many components involved in Offline Mode, and some of them have known issues and bugs which we are continually working to improve. We're aware that it doesn't always work as flawlessly as we want it to, but please keep reporting bugs with Offline Mode. It is not broken 'by design'.

New Aaru's Awakening Demo

Lumenox Games now offers an official playable demo for Aaru's Awakening, their upcoming action/platformer, superseding the alpha demo released in the summer. They also offer a new "Domain of Dusk" trailer showing off the game, hoping these releases will inspire support for their Steam Greenlight campaign. Continue here to read the full story.

Blizzard Offers Free Blackthorne

WoW Insider has word on a freebie now available to everyone with a Battle.net account, as Blizzard is offering Blackthorne for free under the "Classic Games" heading on your Battle.net Game Downloads page. Here's word from Wikipedia on the almost 20 year-old game:

Blackthorne is set on the planet Tuul, which has existed for centuries without human knowledge. All of this time, Tuul's people have been ruled over by a single shaman who "was blessed with all knowledge". Years before the game begins, Thoros, the latest ruler, finds it near impossible to choose between his two sons as the next ruler. Believing it will solve the dilemma, he leads them to the deserts and kills himself. His body becomes two stones, light and dark, and he gives one to each boy to rule their own kingdoms respectively. The people of the lightstone form the kingdom of Androth, and the people of the darkstone form Ka'dra'suul. But while Androth respects their stone, Ka'dra'suul reject theirs, and are eventually transformed into monsters by it. In this time, a ka'dra named Sarlac seizes power. He forms an army and leads them against Androth.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Thief Trailer

A new trailer from Thief is titled "Stories from The City - Part 1 - 'Basso's Gamble'," as it offers Basso's perspective on the setting of the upcoming stealth/action sequel. They say: "The first trailer focuses on Basso, a former boxman (safe-cracker) turned fence, who uses his vast connections to The City’s underworld to organize thieving jobs for Garrett. He owns an intelligent, but bad tempered magpie called Jenivere who delivers messages for him. Garrett might consider himself a loner, but Basso is the nearest thing he has to a friend - and whether he readily admits it or not; he rather likes the fellow." Continue here to read the full story.

RuneFest Tomorrow; Old School RuneScape Free Weekend

RuneFest 3 kicks off tomorrow at 11:00 am GMT (6:00 am EDT - set your alarms), offering a celebration of all things RuneScape. Their Schedule of Events and FAQ cover all the details on this, including how to view a livestream of the festivities. On a related note, RuneScape announces they now offer players a way to share their in-game wealth with charity. Finally, this is all accompanied by a free weekend for Old School RuneScape, the retro installment in the series:

Non-members of RuneScape will be able to indulge in waves of nostalgia between now and 23:59pm on Monday 4th November, as the gates of Old School RuneScape open for free! The free access weekend enables non-members to experience the full members feature set, and coincides with the RuneFest 3 fan convention in London, the release of PvP worlds and the Halloween holiday event into Old School RuneScape.

Ghosts are abroad in Gielinor this year and if you can overcome your fear to help banish them you will be able to get your hands on the fabled black Halloween mask, the first new Halloween mask since 2002.

The launch of PvP worlds sees the most hardcore RuneScape experience to date, freeing players from their shackles to take part in PvP gameplay, everywhere and all the time, in these very special worlds.

Any progress made in Old School during the open access weekend will be saved, enabling non-members to continue their adventures where they left off, should they wish to purchase membership in the future.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

We had a great Halloween yesterday, but for the third year in a row we had weather issues, though in this case the mild drizzle that started shortly after sundown only seemed to end the festivities a little early. But we still had a great turnout, and as always the local kids were just lovely, acting very polite, with many of them showing more interest in the doggies than the candy. This is Hudson the wonder dog's holiday, and in spite of all her recent health issues, the old girl was feeling particularly well and energetic, so she had an especially great time, as she has always adored children (her first 10 weeks at the breeder were spent surrounded by foster kids). There was an incident where all the cars on the block got shaving creamed, but that's only our second such incident in 13 years so we're not going to complain (especially since the first was after MrsBlue provoked a couple of teenagers by scolding them they were too old for trick-or-treating).

Scary Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Diggy.
Symphonic Tower Defense.
Link: How to Spot the Reptilians Running the U.S. Government. Thanks Digg.
Stories: Man injured by half-tonne of falling bacon. Thanks reddit.
Daylight Saving Reform 'Could Save Lives' as UK Turns Clocks Back.
Daylight saving time ends: Does it save energy?
Science: Left and Right Tail-Wags Trigger Different Emotional Responses In Dogs. Thanks nin.
True facts about the cuttlefish.
Images: The 20 Scariest Google Street View Sightings.
Media: Point here if you're not wearing pants.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: How to Blow Up a Planet. Thanks nin.
Lazy Halloween Costume Ideas For Gamers.
Follow-up: Card Won't Make Money Off "Ender's Game".



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