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Sunday, Jun 08, 2014

  

Star Citizen Hits $45M

Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries celebrates Star Citizen passing the $45 million mark in crowd-sourced funding. Chairman Roberts discusses the Hadesian Artifact this milestone unlocks, reveals the Engine Tuning Kit won the voting for their "final 'flare' reward," and announces the Freelancer was the winner of the fan voting, and there's a new Freelancer Commercial video showing it in action. He also opens the voting for another ship to get a commercial as one of the $46 million rewards. Thanks 88fingers. Continue here to read the full story.

Minecraft versus Pay to Win Severs

The Minecraft Reddit has a thread discussing Mojang disallowing "pay to win" servers, though whatever originated the thread seems to have been removed. Rock, Paper, Shotgun explains that Mojang may rework the EULA for their open world blocks game to stop server operators from charging players for perks, offering the following quote from Mojang's Erik Broes: “You cannot make money with Minecraft without our permission… If you are on a server, your experience should be the same as every other player. We just do not want people to mix the pools of ‘paying people’ and ‘nonpaying people’.” There's also a clarification on what this does not cover from notch on Twitter: "You can charge for hosting servers, but not for gameplay features." He also says the EULA hasn't changed, because this situation has always been covered, expressing his hatred for F2P games, which is how he views servers offering "rewards for donations."

Older id Softdisk Games Open-Sourced

The Flat Rock Software GitHub Page now offers the source code for some of the first games developed by id Software, including TheCatacomb, Catacomb3D, Catacomb, and Hovertank3D. These packages are being offered for free under the GPL, though like other such releases, this covers the code, not the art assets, which will still required licensed copies (which are sold by Flat Rock). This inspired a nostalgic Tweet from John Carmack: "Thanks to Flat Rock Software and @Blzut3, the early code I wrote for Softdisk is going GPL. https://github.com/FlatRockSoft/ Turbo Pascal memories." Thanks Phoronix.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's accounting of last week's 10 bestselling games on Steam:

  1. The Forest
  2. The Stomping Land
  3. Watch Dogs
  4. Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
  5. DayZ
  6. PAYDAY 2
  7. Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
  8. Wolfenstein: The New Order
  9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  10. Rust

On Sale

  • AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Games You'll Actually Play on Origin. Save 70%.

Sunday Interviews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Kingston HyperX CLOUD Pro Gaming Headset on Nikk Tech.
  • MSI Z97 XPOWER AC on Vortez.

Out of the Blue

Managed to clear some wood and leaves yesterday without losing any blood to tick bites, much less chainsaw accidents. We definitely picked the right day to do it, too, as it's a lot hotter today than yesterday, and I was able to put that cooling towel I got to good use as it was.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Demonic Flower.
The Mind.
Stories: Robert Plant Fires Back at Jimmy Page Over Led Zeppelin Reunion.
America's Most Watched- The Top 50 Shows of the 2013-2014 TV Season.
Images: Los Santos vs. Los Angeles - Part 2. Thanks nin.
Media: Best Fails of the Week 1 June 2014.
How Not to Pull a Jeep from the Mud. NSFW.
Cardboard invisibility suit.



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