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Friday, Jan 17, 2014

  

Games for Windows LIVE Deathwatch

Joystiq has details on the gradual demise of Games for Windows LIVE, following up on the report last year that the reviled DRM would be going away for good this year. Though the blurb about the closure was quickly deleted, they show that a good number of games have now dropped GFWL, and there are more that still plan to. Thanks nin.

Slitherine's Games Go Multiplatform

Slitherine announces that Pandora: First Contact is now being distributed as a multiplatform game, with the Windows, OS X, and Linux editions of the 4X strategy game will all be included in one DRM-free package going forward. This will apply to all games distributed by Slitherine in the future, as word is: "This also marks an evolution in Slitherine’s distribution. In the future all multi-platform games (PC/Mac/Linux) will have a single download or disk containing all formats, allowing players to download and play the games on all operating systems they own." Those who already purchased Pandora can contact Slitherine support to get access to download the game for additional platforms.

Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures No Longer Being Sold

Telltale Games recently removed Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures from their online store, as they explain in a post on their forums: "Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures has been withdrawn from sale on digital distribution platforms due to the expiration of our digital distribution agreement with Aardman Studios. We currently do not have any plans to renew this agreement at this time." That post does offer instructions on how to install or reinstall the game for those who already purchased it from Steam, their store, or Xbox LIVE, though for iOS, they direct users to iTunes support, saying: "The decision to restore the app may be at their discretion." Thanks nin via Joystiq.

Rambo the Video Game Trailer

A new trailer from Rambo the Video Game shows gameplay from the upcoming movie tie-in. Some movement-free shooting is featured and in what seems like trolling, they highlight some quicktime events. Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

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Into the Black

Core Online Closed

Core Online website has the minimalist announcement that "Core Online is discontinued," revealing an end to Square Enix's beta online game portal. They refer those with further questions about this to this support page where there's an indication that this actually shut down a couple of months ago: "Core®Online was released as an experiment to see what demand there would be for HD games played via the browser. However, due to limited commercial take-up of this initiative, Core®Online closed on Friday 29th November 2013." They also say there are no plans to reopen the and that users with unexpired memberships as of the closing should have received full refunds for their most recent payments. Thanks VideoGamer.

Valve Not Making Retail VR Headsets

Valve is not currently planning on bringing virtual reality hardware to retail, in spite Oculus Rift's Palmer Luckey reported comment that "Valve's VR tech is the best virtual reality demo in the world right now." There's word on this on Rock, Paper, Shotgun from the Steam Developer Days, where Valve revealed it will work with third-party developers on hardware, revealing they already collaborated with Oculus Rift on the improved Crystal Cove headsets they recently showed off. Valve's Michael Abrash did not rule out Valve eventually creating its own commercial VR glasses down the road, and he predicts that high quality VR headsets should be widely available within two years or less.

Call of Cthulhu - The Video Game Revealed

Focus Home Interactive tweets about the release of Call of Cthulhu - The video game screenshots (concept art, actually), revealing plans for a new game based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, saying the images are the "very first production arts for Call of Cthulhu - the video game by Frogwares (PC and Next-Gen Consoles)." There are no further details on this for now. Thanks Eurogamer.

Star Wars 1313 TM Lapses

The United Stated Patent and Trademark Office listing for Star Wars 1313 reveals that Disney and LucasArts have allowed the trademark for Star Wars 1313 to lapse, declining to renew it after it expired at the end of last year (thanks Player Attack). The game was "on hold" even before it was announced that LucasArts would cease internal game development, but many were still hoping this Boba Fett game would eventually be completed. Word is the TM was "Abandoned because no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued."

WoW to Add Level-up Purchases

A Warlords of Draenor "scouting report" on the World of Warcraft website has more on the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, and what it adds. This includes discussion of the level 90 cap this will bring, and keeping with recent indications also has word they are experimenting with allowing players to purchase level 90 upgrades for their characters:

We’ve also heard feedback from players that they’d be interested in boosting multiple characters to 90, including alts they play with friends on other factions and realms. We’ve been evaluating ways to make that possible without having players go through roundabout methods (such as purchasing multiple boxes and performing multiple character transfers), and in the near future we’ll be testing out a feature that gives you the option to purchase a character upgrade directly. We’ll have more information to share later—including details on our character-upgrade plans for Asian regions where players don’t buy expansion boxes—but you’ll start seeing pieces of the process soon on the PTR, so keep an eye out.

Incognita Renamed Invisible, Inc.; New Alpha Trailer

Incognitagame.com now redirects to invisibleincgame.com, as Klei Entertainment announces the turn-based espionage game they were developing under the name Incognita has been renamed Invisible, Inc., apparently having received the memo about Latin being a dead language (thanks Polygon). Word is: "After some focus testing, Invisible, Inc. was better received than the old "Incognita". Our focus of the design does not change in that it will still be a game of turn based tactical espionage." A new alpha gameplay trailer already reflects the name change, and those interested in "early alpha access" can preorder the game and get in on the action. Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

Ars Technica - Analysis: Why SteamOS probably won’t cause a PC gaming revolution.
Anyone looking to buy a SteamOS box this year is going to find it nearly impossible to avoid one major downside when compared to a Windows machine: the library of games that are playable natively on SteamOS is much smaller than that for Windows and will likely remain so for the forseeable future. It's not a small difference, either—Steam's online store currently lists 486 games that run on Linux compared to 2,483 that work on Windows. The 75 percent of the Steam library that doesn't run on Linux includes an overwhelming majority of the titles on Steam's top sellers list as well as a number of big name titles that most any potential SteamOS customer is going to want to play.

Morning Interviews

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Out of the Blue

I have an appointment today to finally talk to a doctor about my shoulder, which I injured years ago as a young weekend warrior. It's been something I've been able to live with, but in recent months it has started to bother me more-and-more, to the point where something needs to be done. I'm hoping this will not involve surgery, but I'm more than 99% convinced it will, so my more realistic hope is that it won't be especially complicated.

One-Armed Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Davey Jones TD.
Dead Paradise 3.
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Media: Mega Wicker Man.
17 Photos You Need to Look at to Understand.
How To Explain Your Farts.
Follow-up: Google Glass driver Abadie has case dropped.



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