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Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014

  

Battlefield Hardline Beta Extended One Week

Afteropening access to the Battlefield Hardline beta, EA DICE announces they are extending the beta for an additional week. Here's word from The Battlefield Blog:

The team at Visceral Games would like to thank those that have participated in the Battlefield Hardline closed beta. We’ve seen some incredible feats demonstrated on the virtual streets of LA – everything from massive breach charge explosions and intense heists to criminals riding shotgun and cops banding together to protect vaults. All of your time spent in game and feedback shared with us will help shape Battlefield Hardline over the coming months.

It is with excitement that we announce the Battlefield Hardline beta will continue for an additional week, ending on Thursday, June 26th at 12:00PM PST.

Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics Return to Steam

Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics are now once again available on Steam individually or bundled in the Fallout Classics pack. Their return as was promised when the RPG series was removed earlier this year, and while the games also disappeared from GOG.com, they have not returned to that service. The Bethesda Blog has details on the rerelease:

  • All three games have Steam Cloud enabled for save games.
  • Fallout 1 & Fallout 2 can be launched in either default or classic versions. Default allows for high resolutions and Classic is the original, unmodified release.
  • Fallout Tactics is unmodified. Multiplayer works with direct connect.
  • While Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 can run on Windows 8, Fallout Tactics is not Windows 8 compatible.

Watch Dog Patch Plans

The Ubisoft forums have details on plans to patch Watch Dogs for all platforms, saying the patch for the Windows edition of the open-world action game "in the coming days" (thanks HARDOCP). Here are the details:


MAJOR GAME FIXES

  • Automatically reconstructed corrupted save files which prevented loading to go further than 90%. Some collectibles may remain unrecoverable.
  • Fixed the issue preventing players from using hacks in game.

GAMEPLAY FIXES

  • Fixed several mission-breaking bugs.
  • Fixed minor mission and item-related issues.
  • Fixed the issue that caused the empty weapon-wheel.

MULTIPLAYER FIXES

  • Fixed several minor respawn issues.
  • Fixed some connection and session joining issues.

PC SPECIFIC FIXES

  • Fixed graphical glitches on Low & Medium settings.
  • Fixed some crashes on SLI configurations.
  • Implemented several performance improvements.
  • Implemented a few control improvements.
  • Fixed issues causing infinite messaging and timing-out when trying to access the Online Shop from the Extras Menu while Uplay is set to Offline mode.
  • Fixed issues connecting to a Multiplayer game.
  • Implemented several mouse modifications.
  • Fixed “Drinking Game” control issue where wrong information was displayed when played with a gamepad.
  • Fixed “Chess Game” control issue.
  • Fixed bug where the invasion setting was never saved.
  • Fixed graphical issues during cut scenes and cinematics.
  • Fixed several graphical and texture bugs.
  • Removed Vista OS check to prevent false positives.
  • Added game version in main menu.

Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter

Fez and not Fez II designer Phil Fish trolled YouTube gameplay video creators on Twitter today before deleting the tweets and his entire account in the aftermath of his comments. GameInformer.com shows the comments as they originally stood, one reading "if you generate money from putting my content on your channel, you owe me money. simple as that," and the other saying: "add [sic] revenue should be shared with developers. this should be built into youtube. anything else is basically piracy." This Is Phil Fish (NSFW) is a new video that coincidentally just came out a couple of days ago using Mr. Fish as a case study in Internet celebrity. If you are interested, there is a transcript on this page.

It Came from E3 2014, Part 13

On Sale

  • Aliens: Colonial Marines on Steam. Save 75%.

Evening Interviews

Evening Patches

Op Ed

Smart Speak - That Whole Early Access Thing.
So following the E3 2014 announcement that we were going to be releasing Line Of Defense via Steam Early Access, a bunch of folks – as is typical of the glorious Internet – have taken upon themselves to once again rave, rant and otherwise behave badly. Because they can.
...
If you don’t like and/or support something, don’t buy it. Period. End of story. Why fret over it? Do you really think that someone, other than your like minded buddies, rely on YOU for their buying decision, let alone what they define as “fun”? That’s the height of arrogance. And trust me on this, I know all about arrogance.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: A 60-Year-Old Grandpa Playing 'Modern Warfare' (NSFW). Thanks nin.

Free Magrunner: Dark Pulse on GOG.com

The GOG.com Summer Sale is now offering Magrunner: Dark Pulse as a completely free download for the next 24 hours, part of a flurry of activity as they kick the sale into high gear. Here's the deal on the deal:

If there's any gaming store bold (or crazy) enough to make Cthulhu their unofficial Summer Sale mascot, it must be GOG.com! Magrunner: Dark Pulse, a stunning first-person physics-based puzzle game is available for free, for 24 hours, until June 19 12:59PM GMT. Following a seemingly-crazy, but not unlikely storyline in which a Social Network company grows to be a global mega-corporation, goes into scientific research field, accidentally summons the Great Old Ones, this phenomenal title answers the question: "what would happen if H.P. Lovecraft was thinking with portals". GOG.com and Frogwares made sure the stars are aligned, and are ready to take all gamers on this incredible trip for the price of $0.00.

To match the epic proportions of this Great Old Giveaway, GOG.com has prepared 30 excellent bundle deals on some of the greatest classic and indie titles in their catalog. All of them will be available simultaneously, up to 90% off, for 24 hours until June 19 12:59PM GMT. To make things even more interesting, the store will also offer 30 Flash Deals at any given moment, with new offers coming to replace the ending ones every hour.

Get Magrunner: Dark Pulse for FREE, pick and choose out of 30 Game Bundles up to 90% off, and fish out your favorites from the rushing stream of Flash Deals, from Wednesday, June 18, at 1:00PM GMT until Thursday, June 19, at 12:59PM GMT, only on GOG.com!

Deus Ex Universe Online Hint?

There's a job opening listed on the Eidos Montreal website for an Online Programmer, a job that will "Work with the design team and wider programming team to implement online game features," though what game this is for is not listed. At least not now, but according to NowGamer this posting originally went up with the heading "Online Programmer on Deus Ex: Universe." Details are still scant on this project, so this is the first indication that the continuation of the cyberpunk RPG series will include multiplayer support, though the use of the word "universe" in the title seems to indicate that as well. The job listing calls for someone to create "a suite of tools for running a live game," who can "work in a multi-platforms development environment," and has "good knowledge of the Xbox live, PSN and Steam API."

Alien Isolation About 15 Hours

There's an Angry Interview on YouTube where a surprisingly cheerful Angry Joe interviews likewise sanguine Gary Napper about Alien Isolation, Creative Assembly's upcoming survival/horror game based on the hit-and-miss movie series (thanks CVG). Along the way, Gary discusses how long we should expect the game to run:

The game's actually about 15 hours long. Because we've got so much to do with the narrative, all the different mechanics of the alien, on top of that we have the other threats about the station, we've got this big long story that folds out. And it's also a bit like a Metroidvania game where you've got a linear story where you go through but you can also go back and explore areas you've been to. So you can go back to areas and find new things, use things you found to explore and open up new areas. So it feels very much like you're unlocking the station it's a real place you can go through. So there's a lot to do in the world.

But the difficult thing is nailing a time because people can play for absolutely ages without even seeing the alien because they're being really careful and being really stealthy: they've done nothing to call him down or there have been no explosions that he has come to investigate. Those people can get through it fairly quickly. Then you have other people (laughs at Joe shouting "speedrunners!"), but because of the systematic AI, there could be humans there, there might not, you could be stuck for quite a while trying to figure out a situation it's very hard to do it.

Continue here to read the full story.

Battlefield Hardline PC Beta Instant Access

The Battlefield Blog announces EA DICE is now offering instant access to the PC beta testing of Battlefield Hardline, the upcoming police-themed installment in the Battlefield series of first-person shooters. The last time they offered instant access to the beta, it was not really instant, but hopefully they are prepared for what they are promising this time. Here's word on how this works, and the rewards it carries:

Rack your 9mm and take to the streets – PC players now have instant access to the Battlefield Hardline Beta.

Cruise over to battlefield.com/beta, sign up to gain instant access and nab your beta perks.

Battlefield Hardline Beta Rewards

Just for signing up you’ll receive:

- Instant Access into the Battlefield Hardline beta for PC (when selecting PC as your platform)
- Weapon camo/skin in Battlefield Hardline
- Weapon sight in Battlefield Hardline
- Additional Battlefield Hardline content
- Unique dog tag in Battlefield 4

Note: The Battlefield Hardline gear will be available when the game releases on October 21, 2014. The Battlefield 4 unique dog tag will be available in the game next month.

Ultra Street Fighter IV Preorders

Capcom Unity announces prerorders are now underway for the PC edition of Ultra Street Fighter IV. Are you hyped? Or at least hype? Here's word:

Who's hype for Ultra on the PC? I know it's a little ways away, but that doesn't mean that you can't put your preorder in.

Continue on to see which of your favorite retailers are carrying the Ultra SFIV PC preorder. Some of them might even have additional deals going on if you preorder the game right now!

Check below if you can preorder Ultra at your favorite retailer. Remember, the digital upgrade for PC will be available for $14.99 whereas the full digital download will be available for $29.99.

Steam Digital Upgrade

GreenManGaming Full Digital Download

GameStop Full Digital and Digital Upgrade

and for those in the UK:

Nexway Full Digital and Digital Upgrade.

GamesPlanet Full Digital

Ships Ahoy - Hannibal: Terror of Rome

Matrix Games announces Hannibal is at the gates with the release of Hannibal: Terror of Rome, a new standalone installment in the Alea Jacta Est series of historical strategy games. You can find the game along with more details on what it entails on the AGEod website, and here's the announcement:

In this new Grand Strategy game using the AGEod engine (www.ageod.com), the players will be able to join the Roman or the Carthaginian forces and relive one of the biggest clashes of Ancient History with only one goal in mind: vying for hegemony in Mediterranean territories.

Hannibal: Terror of Rome is a true simulation that puts the players in the place of the main commanders of the Ancient World. They are in charge of building, managing, organizing and maneuvering armies, whilst taking into account the economic, military and political situation. The game is built on the renowned AGE engine and offers a comprehensive level of detail and historical accuracy.

Op Ed

Game|Life - Why Videogames Should Be Played With Friends, Not Online With Strangers.
“There’s something super addictive and super satisfying about just sitting down with your friends and having that real-world experience,” he says. “I think a lot of the times people play Cards, they have this great time and they often attribute it to the game, but it’s really just that the game was the pretext for them to sit down and have this real world interaction.”

Wilson hopes Sportsfriends will similarly act as a “Trojan horse” that gets gamers back into the living room, socializing in person, recapturing the magic of the offline games he played in his youth.

Feminist Frequency Women as Background Decoration – Tropes vs Women. Thanks Ant via Boing Boing.
In this episode we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they’re created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused.

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech BitsMorning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

The late start to spring this year has made the season surprisingly mild for us this year, as the transition from winter to summer in these parts is usually shockingly short. I realized this yesterday late in the day when it got warm enough in the BlueTower for me to contemplate turning on the air conditioner, which has not yet been fired up this year. Normally I'd be using the AC up here starting at some point in late May, but at this rate I might just make it to the start of summer before giving it, though I certainly don't plan on melting up here to prove a point.

Unmelted Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Papa's Donuteria.
Rise.
Up in the Sky.
Links: 29 Times Tumblr Raised Serious Questions About "Harry Potter".
4 Behind-the-Scenes Problems That May Kill 'Game of Thrones'.
Story: Navy pays a penny to get rid of carrier.
Science: No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment.
Media: Cersei schools Jimmy Kimmel- 'Enjoy it while it lasts'.
Honest Trailers - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Funny Dog Pitbull.
Auction: Old one-cent stamp with awesome history may fetch up to $20 million at auction.



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