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Saturday, Nov 09, 2013

  

The Banner Saga in January

The Banner Saga has an official launch date, as developer Stoic reveals through Kickstarter that their Viking-themed tactical RPG is coming to Windows and OS X in January 14, 2014 (thanks Joystiq). Actually, the release date goes unmentioned in the update, it is tucked away in this new trailer. Here's a bit on the news:

I'd love to give you an update on everything going on at this point. We finally feel comfortable with giving a release date for one very big reason: we are essentially content complete. This means the game is playable from front to back, the combats are in place, the characters are all hooked up and every conversation throughout the game is ready to go. In essence: we're almost done with the game. This is a huge milestone because we've been working nearly every waking hour since Factions released to get to this point.

Continue here to read the full story.

Steamships Ahoy - Adventure Park

Adventure Park is now available for Windows PCs through Steam, offering developer b-Alive's take on designing your own simulated theme-park. The game is on sale for the next week for 20% off the regular price, and here's a bit on what it will allow you to experience: "Create your own theme park just the way you want it. Let your imagination run wild! Attract visitors to your park with all kinds of different and unusual attractions. Your revenue and the reactions of your visitors help you to expand your park and make it even more attractive. Turn your park into the best and most exciting theme park of all time!"

Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars OS X Beta

Mac OS X gamers interested in beta testing a Mac edition of Fantasy Kommander: Eukarion Wars should head over to the Slitherine website and register their interest. There are details about the game on its product page, and here's a brief description: "The gameplay is based on a traditional hex map, with a wide variety of terrain and units available. You will select, move, fight, and analyze units on the Battlefield or in the HeadQuarters (HQ) using a simple point-and-click system."

King Voxel Kickstarter Features Playable Demo

King Voxel is a The Legend of Zelda-inspired game that's currently seeking at least $20,000 through Kickstarter for completion. The game is the brainchild of a two-person development team, and using the flexibility of voxels it will include a world generator. There's a gameplay video as well as a playable demo which shows the game in its alpha form. Here's the description of the project from its Steam Greenlight page:

King Voxel is an exciting new action adventure game that is deep into development. It was inspired by the best action adventure games of the past like “Adventure” on the Atari 2600, and “The Legend of Zelda” on the NES. The key innovations of this game are the unique cell shaded voxel graphics and random quest generation allowing for essentially infinite replay value! The focus of this game is on gameplay. Combat and exploration are the key components of this game. You won’t find flashy videos here!

Shocker: WoW Not Going F2P

Though it seems readily apparent that Blizzard still has around 7.6 million reasons to continue charging for World of Warcraft subscriptions, Eurogamer has verified that they do not plan on walking away from all that money any time soon to jump on the free-to-play bandwagon that WoW's success helped force upon almost every other MMORPG on the market. "We didn't make the game to be free-to-play," production director J Allen Brack said. "We would have to rework the game pretty significantly in order to make it free-to-play. It's not something we're currently considering." And though the game's still-enormous player count has slipped over the years, he indicates they are still creating as much new content for the game as ever. "We'll continue to invest heavily in World of Warcraft to deliver frequent, high-quality content to our players, he explains. "But in terms of the content and developing, we have more resources focused on developing content for World of Warcraft than ever before. So we expect to continue having a long and happy life."

Gatherings & Competitions

Saturday Interviews

Saturday Previews

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Adventure Mode on IncGamers.

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • CM Storm Pulse R Headset on RBMODS.
  • Cougar PowerX 550 W Power Supply Unit on Tech ARP.
  • Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition 3GB Graphics Card on eTeknix and ocaholic
  • Intel Core i5-3570K vs Core i5-2500K Gaming-Performance on ocaholic.
  • NuForce S3-BT High-Fidelity Bluetooth Speakers on Nikk Tech.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti on Bjorn3D.com.
  • ROCCAT Ryos MK on Vortez.

etc.

Out of the Blue

My brother and I decided to forestall our trip to clean up the leaves at our dad's old place, as it seems too many of them are still clinging to the trees for us to make it be our only such trip of the year. This will come at a cost, as it will probably be a lot colder there in a couple of weeks when we finally get to this, but I'll try not to think of this while I'm cozy inside today.

Cozy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Pocket Ninja.
Asslevania - Symphony of the Butt.
Science: Monkeys Use Minds to Control Avatar Arms. Thanks Slashdot.
Snap to attention- Polymers that react and move to light.
Media: South Park On Cable Companies.
Police Force Man to 14-hour Anal Cavity Search.
How Animals See The World.
The Funnies: Call of Duty: Ghosts.



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