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Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013

  

Star Citizen Passes $33 Million

Roberts Space Industries announces Star Citizen crowd-funding is now past $33 million. Chairman Roberts describes the Anvil Carrack this unlocks in the upcoming space game, and gives a general outline of their next five goals:

For the next five stretch goals, we’d like to add an additional system to the game… and you’re going to pick the major feature! Remember: the system, like the new ships, is simply symbolic of what’s being added to Star Citizen with the additional money. Each stretch goal system represents additional artists, tools, programmers and new technologies that will make the finished project even better!

Steam Autumn Sale

The Steam Autumn Sale 2013 is now underway, and will run until December 3rd. Today's daily deals are Save 75% on Antichamber, Save 75% on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Save 75% on Left 4 Dead 2, Save 66% on Outlast, Save 50% on Prison Architect, Save 66% on Rogue Legacy, Save 80% on Sleeping Dogs, Save 75% on Terraria, and Save 75% on The Walking Dead. Word is:

There are huge savings throughout the store, with daily deals, flash sales, and discounts on thousands of games.

Add games to your Steam Wishlist and be notified when a game from your Wishlist goes on sale, or shop for games using the Steam Mobile App, available for iOS and Android.

Be sure to check www.steampowered.com every day to see new featured deals.

Guild Wars 2 MMO Migration Campaign

ArenaNet announces The Great MMO Migration, a campaign to poach players into Guild Wars 2, while leaving to the imagination the game they will be leaving for this migration. There are free copies of the free-to-play MMORPG to be won in a contest asking for videos pledging your commitment to playing, or a 40% discount on the game for those who are camera shy. Here's word:

NCSOFT and ArenaNet, developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, today announces the “Great MMO Migration” enticing new players to join the millions of gamers who’ve made Guild Wars 2 and its groundbreaking living world of Tyria; one of the most popular MMO games of all time. The program invites players to enter a video contest for a chance to win one of thousands of free copies of Guild Wars 2 being given away. Everyone in this exodus wins. NCSOFT and ArenaNet are also offering new players the biggest discount ever, with a chance to purchase the award-winning game at 40 percent off list price.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Patched

The Call of Duty forums offer patch notes for a new update live in the Windows edition of Call of Duty: Ghosts. In addition to bug fixes for the military shooter sequel, the patch re-enables NVIDIA fur and smoke DLLs for some phancy PhysX. Here are the patch notes:

Performance

  • Improved framerate performance when traversing moving platforms.
  • Improved latency for AMD graphics cards.
  • Improved performance issues caused by spamming.
  • Improved shader warming and level load performance.

Stability

  • Fixed crash in CODeSports play.
  • Fixed spawn crash for specific maps/modes.
  • Improved usability of broadcaster HUD.
  • Additional animations added for broadcaster mode.
  • Improved steam friends functionality.
  • Fixed smoke flickering and graphical corruption within blurred area of dual render scope.
  • Re-enabled fur and smoke DLLs from nVidia.

Additional Fixes

  • Fixed a variety of map specific spawn issues .
  • Fixed lobby migration closing the create a class screen.
  • Fixed not showing attachments and weapon camo for players while in private match lobby.
  • Fixed dog's extended kill not showing properly in final killcam.
  • Fixed loadouts appearing restricted if a restricted perk was selected in specialist strike package even though specialist wasn't equipped.
  • Fixed split screen UI issue that could potentially leave player in a bad state.
  • Fixed issue when selecting store from squads.
  • Fix to remember spectator team when switching to freecam in broadcaster mode.
  • Fixed issue with loading into specific maps with ghost mask equipped.

Moebius Trailer

A new story trailer from Moebius shows off the upcoming adventure game from Pinkerton Road designed by Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen. The clip lays the groundwork for the game's mystery, and shows of a surprising amount of action. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I went for my annual physical the other day, which was my first since my doctor's practice merged into a larger group. When it came time for my flu shot, I learned that this was not to be administered by the same assistant who had done it all these years, Maxine of the gentle touch, as she is apparently some form of med tech, rather than an actual nurse. Well the actual nurse was from the Nurse Ratched school: I joked she had a tough act to follow, because Maxine never hurt me. "I won't hurt you either." she replied, adding before I could take any comfort, "but the needle might." Three days later, I still feel like I was shot in the arm with a gun.

R.I.P.: Comic actor Jay Leggett dies doing what he loved best- deer hunting.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Civilizations Wars 2: Prime.
Carrot Fantasy 2 - Undersea.
Stories: "Family Guy" Death Leaves Fans Upset.
In its wild form, that funny looking turkey can fly. Though it won’t get very far. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Next Generation- Bactericidal Surface.
NASA may salvage its planet-hunter spacecraft after all.
Images: "I Ship It" a Fandom Song Parody.
Media: Streets Of Change.
Funny Scary Snowman Prank.



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