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Saturday, Jun 07, 2014

  

Abatron Announced

W3 Studios announces Abatron, a science fiction-themed real-time strategy/first-person shooter hybrid coming to Windows, OS X, and Linux using Valve's Source engine. They offer this trailer showing off the concept and gameplay to spur support for the game's Steam Greenlight campaign. Here's word on what to expect:

Shrapnel and flames pierce and singe your armor; your eyes are blinded by the destruction of your defensive tower. As ground forces are dwindled & slaughtered, you discover new technology enabling long range bombardment. You decisively spend resources to create new SIEGE, GROUND, and AERIAL units. While your enemy advances on the front lines, your flanking maneuver with starships goes unnoticed. Immediately, you switch to FIRST-PERSON-MODE. Now is the time to bring vengeance and rain death upon your enemy!

Abatron is space warfare on steroids. Blurring the lines between Real-Time-Strategy and First-Person-Shooter, Abatron is the next evolution of hybrid game-play. Create armies, then switch to FPS and play any unit at anytime! Truly, get into the battle and turn the tide of war.

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Pinball RPG Rollers of the Realm Announced

ATLUS announces Rollers of the Realm, a game that will put the wizard in pinball wizard by combining a pinball simulation with a fantasy-themed role-playing game. This is planned for release for Windows, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita this holiday season, and in the meantime, the game's official website offers screenshots and details to help us understand how this will work. Here's more on that from the announcement:

In the game, static pinball tables are replaced by dynamic locations with objectives, secrets, and multiple areas. Along with the standard bumpers are AI-controlled enemies, who can attack and do damage to the pinball flippers. And the familiar shiny silver pinballs? Those become playable characters, each with different attributes, special abilities and even physics. The story opens up through an epic six chapters, where players will have to master the strengths and weaknesses of each character ball.

Along with compelling backstories and personal agendas that get revealed through main story progress, characters come to life in voice-acted cinematics and dialog scenes. New characters with new abilities can be unlocked and can browse the realm's item shop. Upgrades bestow enchantments and special abilities that will be needed to topple some of the game's tougher bosses.

Steamships Ahoy - Super Toy Cars

Eclipse Games announces the release of Super Toy Cars on Steam for Windows and OS X, saying the scaled-down racing game is 25% off for its first week out of Early Access. They provide the following outline of improvements since Early Access began in February:

  • Improved gameplay: Drifting system has been tuned and improved, and gamepad controls have been redefined, as well as rumble functionality added for Xbox controllers.
  • Improved graphics: New weather effects, new paintjobs for all the vehicles, improved illumination, night tracks,...
  • Level Editor: The Track Editor has been improved and extended, so that now you're given more options and it's easier to create and share tracks with other players.
  • New Achievements: There are now 30 achievements to unlock, many of them suggested by the community.
  • Mac version: The game now supports Windows and Mac.

Star Citizen Patched

The Roberts Space Industries Project Status page has details on a new patch that's now live in the early access version of Star Citizen, updating the Early Access version of the space combat game to version 12.1 (thanks Robert). This contains a number of bug fixes, and temporarily upgrades everyone's hangar to allow them to vote on the two TNGS finalist ships today. Here's word:

Star Citizen Patch 12.1

  • Today’s patch adds the Freelancer variants to the Hangar and gives backers a first look at the two TNGS finalist ships! Vote for your favorite during the live TNGS broadcast, Saturday, June 7th at 3 PM PST.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Your Hangar has temporarily been updated to Deluxe to display the TNGS finalists. The ships will be removed and your normal Hangar returned after the finale.

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On Sale

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup

Op Ed

Gatherings & Competitions

Saturday Interviews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ADATA Premier Pro 128GB SDXC UHS I Class 3 Memory Card on TweakTown.
  • be quiet! Pure Wings 2 & Silent Wings 2 Case Fans on Neoseeker.
  • Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid-I on LAN OC.
  • Intel Core i7-4790K - Devil's Canyon on PC Perspective.
  • Kingston MobileLite G3 on APH Networks.
  • NZXT Sentry 3 5.4-inch Touch Screen Fan Controller on TweakTown.
  • SteelSeries RIVAL Optical Gaming Mouse on Nikk Tech.
  • XFX R9 280 Black OC Edition Graphics Card on Hardware Heaven.

etc.

Out of the Blue

I have another day of rural ground keeping slated for today, having barely recovered from last week's efforts. I will be a bit better prepared this time, however, as I have a towel (Douglas Adams would approve) for cooling, and will adopt the fashion-forward look of tucking my pants into my socks to stave off the ticks. Here's hoping this can make the ordeal suck less this time.

Sucky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Retro Unicorn Attack.
Bazooki-Pocalypse.
Ice Cream Racing.
Link: A Klingon is currently commander of the International Space Station.
Stories: Dunkin’ patron goes for coffee, saves employees. Thanks reddit.
Calvin & Hobbes' Bill Watterson Returned to Comics - In Secret!
Science: I Was Promised Flying Cars. Thanks j.c.f.
Senate’s NASA budget bill may hamper commercial spacecraft makers. Already hampers NASA.
Images: Photographs from a cockpit at 35,000 feet. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Media: Hear 'Game of Thrones' intro played on an '80s game console. Thanks Capella.
Lightning Strikes Moving Truck in Incredible Video.
Insane Himalayas Bus Ride - not for the faint hearted. Thanks The Flying Penguin.



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