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Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013

  

Activision Blizzard's Financials - WoW at 7.6M Subs

Activision Blizzard's Q3 2013 Financial Statements are online, outlining the latest profits and losses for the giant. This press release puts some of the jumble of number into words: "For the third quarter of 2013, Activision Blizzard delivered GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.05, as compared with $0.20 for the third quarter of 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, the company delivered earnings per diluted share of $0.08, as compared with $0.15 for the third quarter of 2012." There is also a note on World of Warcraft showing the MMORPG continues to lose subs, though it still enjoys an enormous user base: "As of September 30, 2013, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG, with approximately 7.6 million subscribers."

MotoGP 13: MotoGP Champions DLC

New MotoGP 13: MotoGP Champions DLC is now available for MotoGP 13 on Steam. Word is: "MotoGP™ Champions gives you the opportunity to race as, and against, legendary riders of the past, including Doohan, Schwantz, Rainey, Spencer, Gardner, Capirossi and many others. Ride their historical 2 stroke 500 CC bikes and experience all the excitement of being a Motogp™ legend."

Grim Dawn Early Access

Steam now offers Early Access to Grim Dawn, offering a 10% discount for the next week on the preliminary version of Crate Entertainment's RPG (thanks UndocumentedAlien). Here's word on the early access:

“We're still working on expanding content and features for Grim Dawn but it is already very playable and the core gameplay is fun and relatively polished. The first "Act" is currently available and most players have reported their first run taking between 8-16 hours and some have already logged over 100 hours with replays and item farming. We still have significant content to develop and some features, such as multiplayer, are not yet online. Join us as we roll out new content, features and continue to refine the gameplay experience based on your feedback.

Grim Dawn is a passion project by a small team of experienced developers. Please be aware that we do our best to maintain a stable, enjoyable experience but because the game is in active development and things are constantly changing, problems do sometimes arise. You may also find that our pace of development is not as fast as larger teams. If you're looking for a polished gameplay experience right now and / or would be upset by delayed releases or slow updates, then you'd probably be happier waiting for the final release.

Blackguards Early Access

Early Access to Blackguards is now available on Steam, offering first crack at Daedalic Entertainment's gritty RPG, three months in advance of its planned official release. They are rolling this out episodically, and have a few different ways the game can be purchased in advance. This trailer offers a look at the game, and this outline tells us what to expect: "Blackguards is a turn-based RPG with strategic combat and combines the studio's high standards of storytelling and unique characters with thrilling action and an elaborate 3D environment. Challenging quests lead the player through a dark story of doubt, treachery and loss." Continue here to read the full story.

Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore Kickstarter

The Kickstarter is underway for Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore, a single-player party-based fantasy RPG from G3 Studios, funded by Guido Henkel, whoaw résumé includes Planescape: Torment, Fallout 2, and Neverwinter Nights. Here's word on why the hope to raise at least $390,000:

“Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore” is a first-person, party-based role-playing game with a focus on the story and character development. Developed by fully independent developer and publisher G3 Studios, and spearheaded by veteran game designer/producer Guido Henkel (Planescape: Torment, Realms of Arkania Trilogy, Fallout II, etc.), the game is currently in its early stages of development and is scheduled for release in late 2014.

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Into the Black

Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround

Here are a few tidbits surrounding the just-released Call of Duty: Ghosts. There's the analysis that "mediocre" review scores won't "enormously impact" sales of the FPS (First-Person Sandler), a contention supported by word of $1 billion in day one sales. There's also the cut-scene that looks like Modern Warfare 2, which has caused some outrage, but may just be an intentional homage. Meanwhile, if you are wondering why bullets can follow you around corners, NowGamer has the explanation from executive producer Mark Rubin. Finally, reader Charliebrownau sends a tip to help with Call of Duty: Ghosts matchmaking to avoid ending up on high-ping servers. Here's a use at your own risk workaround that doesn't seem too risky:

  • Exit COD GHOST PC
  • With notepad or your fav text editor
    Open this file \Call of Duty Ghosts\players2\config_mp.cfg
    For me it was in D:\Games\steam\steamapps\common\\Call of Duty Ghosts\
  • change seta cl_maxPing "800" to seta cl_maxPing "150"
  • Exit text editor
  • Restart COD GHOST PC
  • Search for a game with lower ping , if you cant find games
    increase to 200 instead of 150

Tip: Might be a good idea to make a backup copy of the config_mp.cfg file before changing it

FPS Creator Reloaded Beta

FPS Creator Reloaded is new game creation software that's now in beta testing, offering a way to create your own first-person shooter without tons of technical expertise. This page has images and videos created with the initial beta, which is available to backers of the project, and this page has details on a new beta they plan on releasing on Friday. Word is: "FPS Creator Reloaded is designed to be very easy to use and creating a game environment with the Terrain editor is a whole lot of fun. With one click users can be running around their world in seconds. Their games come alive when they start to add 3D game objects like weapons, ammo, foliage and buildings. With drag and drop controls high quality games come alive before your eyes."

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Out of the Blue

I saw some of you grumbling about doing badly in our NFL picks this week, so I thought I'd trot out my 6-7 record to make you feel better. By dipping below .500 for the week, my alternate plan takes shape: Maybe it's time to make my picks, and then just reverse them. I need to do something... achieving the same outcome as a coin-flip would is not getting it done.

.500 Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Feudalism 3.
Qubilz.
Story: Mangold, Jackman Sinking Claws Into Another 'The Wolverine' Film. Thanks nin.
Science: Your Dog Is a Toddler. Thanks nin.
New ligament discovered- in the human knee. Thanks Digg.
Images: Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013, models in the national costume contest. Thanks nin.
Media: Archer Teaser: "Conflict Resolution".
Girl wins a $10,000 Lottery Ticket on her birthday!. She is the best sport ever.
The Funnies: xkcd: Puzzle.



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