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Friday, Jun 13, 2014

  

Serious Sam 2 Replaces GameSpy with Steamworks

Steam News has word that Serious Sam 2 is now using Steamworks for multiplayer support, replacing the no-longer-supported GameSpy middleware. The first-person shooter sequel is currently coincidentally on sale for 75% off. Here's word on the Steamworks transition and what else this does:

This update eliminates the need for Gamespy since the service has been announced to be officially closed on May 31st of this year.

The update also includes:
- fixed problems with FOV on widescreen resolutions,
- fixed wrong rendering of Uzi weapon in first person.

GOG.com Summer Sale

The GOG.com 2014 Summer Sale is now underway, offering all sorts of discounts, and no sorts of DRM. Here's the deal on all the deals:

The DRM-free retailer set to deliver daily multiple game bundles and more than 200 flash deals, all up to 90% off, featuring all-time favorite gaming classics and sensational indie titles; and loads of surprise flash giveaways. The GOG.com Summer Sale kicks off today.

With rising temperatures and increasing risk of sunstroke, GOG.com have decided to give gamers a reason to rest in the shade for a while: It's time for the 2014 DRM-Free Summer Sale! Offering a variety of lightning-fast deals for games like Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure, Don't Starve, and Wizardry 8; as well as daily bundles on Ubisoft classics, Hasbro Dungeons and Dragons RPGs, Bullfrog classic titles, adventure games of all ages, and so much more. They'll even have more than a few giveaways sprinkled into the mix for good measure. On the first day gamers can take advantage of fantastic deals on titles like Kentucky Route Zero, Divinity: Dragon Commander, and Luftrausers.

With a flood of rapidly-changing deals gamers will need to check back often. Make sure you don’t miss out on the best that GOG.com Summer Sale 2014 has to offer!

Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer

The E3 "Stand Together" trailer from Dragon Age: Inquisition highlights the relationships in the next installment in EA's action/RPG series. Word is: "It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition. Bonds will form - and some will break - as the campaign for truth takes its toll." Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2014, Part 7

On Sale

  • Platformines on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Space Run on Steam. Save 25%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Evening Interviews

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

Into the Black

Link of the Day: BatDad Returns Just In Time For Father's Day. Thanks nin.

BF Early Access Possible

Karl Magnus Troedsson talks about the possibility of offering future games in the Battlefield series as Early Access titles, reports GameInformer.com after chatting with the DICE general manager at E3. Arguably this is adding a name to how the series has always been created, as Battlefield games have traditionally shipped with a fair share of bugs. Here's word:

Throughout the conversation, Troedsson referenced an increased desire to involve the community in the development process. "We have nothing to announce, but we are having discussions when it comes to [early access]," Troedsson told us. "It comes not from a business perspective, but more from a perspective of if it would help us have a stable launch of the game."

Conversations haven't yet progressed to involve price point, and if DICE were to do it, players would be involved in the conversation about whether to proceed. "We would ask our players in a controlled way," Troedsson says. "We probably wouldn't open the floodgates for everyone, but we might do it for geographical territories or people who bought the last game. Yes, it is something we are considering, not from a business standpoint, but from one of creating quality in our products."

THQ TM to Return

Nordic Games announces the THQ brand will live on, as they have purchased the name of the defunct publisher, and will publish future titles under the brand in the grand tradition of other revived monikers like Atari and Westinghouse. "It was kind of surprise to some industry veterans and players that we were the winner of the auction of the THQ titles," explains Nordic General Manager Klemens Kruezer to Polygon. "The challenging fact is nobody has ever heard about Nordic Games before [the THQ auction]. There were so many articles with the headlines ‘Who the f**k is Nordic Games?’ We said, okay they were right." This transition has already begun, as the THQ Facebook page has an update from Nordic about the return of the MX vs. ATV series.

Star Citizen E3 Presentation; (Lack of) OS X Clarification

A video of the E3 2014 stage demo for Star Citizen is up on GameSpot where Chris Roberts presents Cloud Imperium Games' upcoming crowd-funded space combat game as it's being seen at the trade show. A post to the RSI Community Forums notes that the specs that show up at the 7:38 mark are incorrect, as there are no plans for a Mac OS X edition of the game. Developer Ben Lesnick clarifies: "Linux yes. Mac/OSX not at the time," and speculates: "(I think that Gamespot must have pulled that from the WIkipedia, which is seems to be perennially incorrect about this.)" Platform clarifications aside, the video offers almost 20 minutes on the game, showing what's currently playable. Continue here to read the full story.

Stronghold Crusader 2 in Beta; New Trailer

Stronghold Crusader 2 is now officially in the beta testing phase, as Firefly Studios prepares for the recently announced September 2nd release date for the siege warfare sequel. There's a new update on the game's official website with the news, along with the E3 2014 trailer "with fresh footage of the game at beta, including many of the new features that set Crusader 2 apart from the original game." Here's more on the game's beta status:

The game is essentially finished with all our core systems in place including co-op, unit abilities and dynamic events like the tornado and locust swarm. Self-publishing comes with its own set of challenges but one of the great advantages is that we can release when we are ready, when the bugs have been squashed and the game is worthy of the Crusader name. After taking the game to several public shows over the past nine months we are very happy with the game’s feel. The team has been tweaking areas of gameplay such as unit balance and castle destruction in direct response to feedback received at these shows and it has made a huge difference. Players are telling us it feels like the original Crusader in terms of moment-to-moment gameplay and just hearing that is hugely encouraging.

The whole team feels as though we have managed to make a game that expands on the original Crusader without changing what people found so enjoyable about the original. It is mission accomplished on that front and we still have time for a lengthy beta period to polish everything off before launch. Having to be so vague about our release date, at least until recently, was frustrating but we only wanted to give a specific date once we knew the game would be finished and up to the kind of standard players expect. Soon there will be a great Stronghold game available on Steam, one we can’t wait to get into the hands of players.

Continue here to read the full story.

Pool Nation FX Announced

Cherry Pop Games announces Pool Nation FX, a billiards simulation sequel coming to Windows (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this fall, promising an even ballsier way to get in touch with your inner Minnesota Fats. The game's E3 trailer is online, offering some live pool played in low-cut tops, and though this ignores the Windows edition, we are assured it is in the works. Here's a quote, which reminds me of how I was just the other day telling Dustin Hoffman how much I dislike name-dropping: "I happened to be discussing Pool with the lovely Warren Spector at an event, who said ‘everyone has a relationship with pool'." says Gemma Jessop. "This really rang true to me, and consequently sparked some kind of personal pool quest - to find out what makes pool special to you. We wanted to go above and beyond as a developer and really dig into the core of pool, and what keeps a sport like this current through the generations. Pool, Billiards, and cue sports in general are played worldwide in various ways - differing from the way you break, to the rule set you play - and we wanted to find a way to bring pool to you, the way that you want it to be played." Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

It Came from E3 2014, Part 6

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Addonics ADM2PX4 PCIe 3.0 to M.2 SSD Adapter on TweakTown.
  • ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 on ocaholic.
  • Be Quiet! PurePower 600w Power Supply on TechwareLabs.
  • CM Storm QuickFire Rapid-i Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
  • Corsair Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
  • Crucial MX100 SSD on The SSD Review.
  • Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard on TweakTown.
  • Diamond WR600NSI Dual Band 802.11n Wireless Range Extender on TweakTown.
  • GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK LGA 1150 on HARDOCP.
  • Intel Core i7-4790 (Haswell Refresh) on techPowerUp.
  • Intel Z97 Motherboard Roundup with ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI on Legit Reviews.
  • Jabra Solemate Max Portable Wireless Speaker on Nikk Tech.
  • Noctua redux Review & Noctua Industrial PPC on CPU Coolers on HCW.
  • Kingston HyperX Cloud on Vortez.
  • MSI Z97 Gaming 7 on Overclockers Club.
  • Plextor M6M 256GB mSATA SSD on PC Perspective.
  • Raidmax Scorpio V on Neoseeker.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy Friday the 13th! Here's hoping the day brings you luck. I've confessed in the past to being vaguely superstitious, though this doesn't really manifest itself as triskaidekaphobia, so this doesn't bother me... But I do wonder if this is a freak-out for any of the many E3 attendees who are heading home today, as I would think someone who doesn't like Friday the 13th would not appreciate flying for the occasion.

Lucky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Super Battle City.
Bigfoot Truck Challenge.
Duck Tub Battle.
Stories: Man buys penis enlarger, gets magnifying glass instead. Thanks Reddit.
"Grumpy Cat" Gets A Lifetime Xmas TV Movie.
Harrison Ford Injured by Millennium Falcon, Airlifted to Hospital. Thanks nin.
Science: 'Cruise Ship Virus' Sickens 20 Million Americans on Land Each Year.
Media: Reality-Based Mortal Kombat Fatality.
More Office Workers Switching To Fetal Position Desks. Thanks nin.
Follow-up: Lars Ulrich Accepts Will Ferrell and Chad Smith's Drum-Off Challenge. Thanks nin.
The Funnies: Friday the 13th- Part XVI Cartoon - Savage Chickens.
Brevity.



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