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Friday, Dec 13, 2013

  

Wasteland 2 Early Access

The promised Early Access to Wasteland 2 is now available on Steam, offering the chance to buy into the beta testing of the post-apocalyptic RPG sequel. Steam News says: "Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! Join the over 70,000 Kickstarter backers and interact with the development team to help shape the ending of an already historic post-apocalyptic story. The Wasteland's hellish landscape has been waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying." The first Steam patch is now live, and here's a bit from inXile entertainment on the release:

Now, time was we could get a publisher to do the beta for us… but like the United States in 2112, those days are long gone, a windswept, radioactive memory. Like the Desert Rangers risin' from the ashes of the old world, we’re building a new community, a new reality for the world as it is: from the Kickstarter community to the Steam community, this new world only works when people are weighing in with their ideas and impressions.

We’re starting out at $59.99 and you’re going to get a lot for your money over time, including a truckload of digital extras, including:

-- A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic
-- Two digital novellas set in The Wasteland world
-- Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 OST in digital format
-- A digital concept art book

* We expect the final release price will be lower, but the free copy of Wasteland 1 and the extra goodies are exclusive to Early Access

You also are joining our indie dev team. Your participation is going to make this game better.

Ubisoft Restarted Rainbow Six: Patriots Development

IGN speaks with Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft North America, who explains Ubisoft's silence following a shakeup to the development team for Rainbow Six: Patriots. Detoc now admits they basically had to start over on the shooter sequel: "We had a core team. They had a good vision. They got started, and then the game wasn’t working. So [they had] to start again," Detoc explained. "There’s an editorial group in Ubisoft, a big group, very influential. If the game is not good enough, they say it’s not good enough. Most of the time, the team will say, ‘yeah, I know.’ But sometimes they want to continue in a direction where you say, ‘no, it’s not going to work’." He goes on to say the new console generation will benefit the final product, and he does not rule out the prospect that the Patriots name and the proposed counter-terrorism storyline may be ditched before it's all said and done.

SteamOS Beta Released

Valve has released the first public version of SteamOS, offering the promised chance to check out their game-centric Linux fork. A new SteamOS FAQ has all you need to know about this, and it seems advisable to remember their earlier warning that a comfort level with Linux is advisable before playing with this. Here's word on the origins of this:

SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called 'alchemist' and it is based on the Debian 'wheezy' (stable 7.1) distribution.
The major changes made in SteamOS are:

  • Backported eglibc 2.17 from Debian testing
  • Added various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack (Intel and AMD graphics support still being worked on)
  • Updated kernel tracking the 3.10 longterm branch (currently 3.10.11)
  • Custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay
  • Configured to auto-update from the Valve SteamOS repositories

7 Days to Die Early Access

Here's more Early Access on Steam, where 7 Days to Die is now available in beta form, offering the chance to play this "survival horde crafting game." Here's the deal: "Building on survivalist and horror themes, players in 7 Days to Die can scavenge the abandoned cities of the buildable and destructable voxel world for supplies or explore the wilderness to gather raw materials to build their own tools, weapons, traps, fortifications and shelters. In coming updates these features will be expanded upon with even more depth and a wider variety of choices to survive the increasing dangers of the world. Play alone or with friends, run your own server or join others."

Ships Ahoy - Teslagrad

Steam News announces the release of Teslagrad for Windows, OS X, and Linux, and the Windows and OS X versions are also on GOG.com. Here's the just released launch trailer, and here's word on the puzzle/platformer:

Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and thereby discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower. Gain new abilities to explore a non-linear world with more than 100 beautiful hand-drawn environments, in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe. You play as a young boy who suddenly finds himself embroiled in a long-forgotten conspiracy, involving the despotic king who has ruled the nation with an iron fist for several years. Jump into an outstanding adventure told through voiceless storytelling, writing your own part. Armed with ancient Teslamancer technology and your own ingenuity and creativity, your path lies through the decrepit Tesla Tower and beyond.

Steamships Ahoy - Stick it to The Man!

Stick it to The Man! is now available on Steam, offering a Windows edition of this platformer that's already available for PS3 and PS Vita. The game is available at a 40% discount for the next week. Here's a description from Steam news:

Meet Ray, he lives in a world where everything is made out of paper and stickers. One day he has an accident and wakes up with a giant pink spaghetti arm sticking out of his brain. This gives him awesome powers and he can suddenly change the world around him by folding it, tearing it, pulling stickers off and sticking them elsewhere!

On Sale

Evening Patches

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Rap Boat. NSFW (I think).

Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M

Startup Oculus VR is securing another $75 million in funding as they work to bring affordable Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets to the public. Wired.com reports that this round of Series B funding should close today, adding to $16 million in Series A funding raised in June and the $2.4 million raised by the project's Kickstarter for a total of over $93 million. The first units for consumers are expected next year, and according to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe they are not looking to raise any more capital between now and then: "We’re certainly planning for this to be it as far as funding until the consumer version launches."

Painkiller Hell & Damnation DLC

City Critters is now available as the seventh DLC pack for Painkiller Hell & Damnation, The Farm 51's first-person shooter sequel. This is available on Steam separately or as part of the game's DLC Bundle 2. Word is: "In the latest DLC for Painkiller Hell & Damnation, players will be able to riot in an all-new urban environment and are invited to unleash their Tarzan of doom in these concrete jungle surroundings."

Alien Isolation Screenshots?

One, two, three, four, new screenshots apparently from Alien Isolation are now available through this Twitter account. There's no word on their source, but a post on Eurogamer says they have confirmed "they are indeed in-game screenshots from Creative Assembly's new Alien game," though the mystery continues a bit, as they don't say who confirmed this. The clips show a pair of space suits, a computer monitor, a doorway, and the memorable 2D horizontal plane motion tracker.

Morning Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy Friday the 13th! I have to confess to being vaguely superstitious: I tend to avoid saying things like "look, we're not hitting any traffic" to avoid jinxing things, though I rationally know there is no causation there. On the other hand, at I times wore number 13 when I played softball, and when I was younger I owned the most awesome black cat in the world (a Bombay), so I guess I have a little cred to fall back on in this regard. Anyway, here's hoping you get lucky today.

Lucky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Gifts Pusher 2.
Deadly Road Trip.
Link: 16 Christmas Sweaters That Are Not Just Ugly But Wrong.
Story: Three Cable Nets That Had a Fantastic Year.
Media: Muhammad Ali Avoids 21 Punches in 10 Seconds.
Adam Savage's Ridiculously Awesome Remote Control Spider.
Self Defense Scam Fail - EFO Empty Force.



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