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Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 Anniversary of Quake's Release (1996)

  

GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble

German site GameStar.de reports (in German) that German developer Crytek is in financial trouble, and may be facing bankruptcy. Most of the story is behind a paywall, though we can see they say that the company secured additional funding in April, but there are questions about how long they will remain viable. DSOGaming summarizes more from the story in English, saying the recently released new version of CryENGINE is not selling well, that development of Ryse was catastrophic, and that there have been delays in making payroll for the 800 employee company.

MS: "We Are Continuing to Support the GFWL Service"

In reporting the removal of GFWL support from Ms. Splosion Man, GameInformer.com got a quote from Microsoft about the status of Games for Windows LIVE, which has been dropped by many games over the past year amid continuing rumors the unpopular service would be closing down. In spite of interpretations to the contrary, MS doesn't actually say they are not planning on killing GFWL, but they do say they are currently continuing to support it:

We are continuing to support the Games for Windows Live service. As previously announced, as part of the retirement of Microsoft Points the Xbox.com PC marketplace was closed. Although customers are unable to purchase new games from the marketplace or receive title updates, they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client as usual. We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead, and look forward to sharing more in the future.

Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins

A thread on Reddit from yesterday warned fellow readers to be very wary of buying the early access edition of Pixel Piracy in the on Steam summer sale (thanks Joao). This prompted a response from developer Alexander Poysky that was not only open to criticisms of the unfinished game, but included his encouragement to pirate it for a firsthand chance to gauge its worthiness. A follow-up post on the Steam community forums discusses his reasoning. "I remember not being able to buy games because I quite literally wouldn't be able to purchase that week's food if I did. That wasn't that long ago," Alexander explains. "This is a once in a lifetime chance for me, and I'd never squander it over the chance to cash a quick buck. I ALWAYS give anyone who doesn't have the economic means to purchase my game a copy, ALWAYS." He also describes just how successful this unusual approach turned out to be:

First of all, wow, holy cow! The flash sale was unexpected, but what was TRULY unexpected was the absolutely overwhelming influx of people purchasing the game.

When the sale started, I said I'd have a beer for every thousand sales we had. I'm not a drinker, so I soon regretted it.

https://twitter.com/alexpoysky/status/480061845454475264/photo/1

We stopped the game when we realized I would have VERY easily died.

Early into the Flash Sale, a post on Reddit quickly became popular. It was one that lended some VERY real and VERY acceptable criticism of whether or not one should be wary of purchasing our title.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/28np65/heads_up_be_very_wary_of_purchasing_pixel_piracy/

Not being one to shy away from criticism, and always attempting to be fair, I did not respond until AFTER the sale, at which point I simply stated my true feelings regarding the whole situation.

What I wasn't expecting was for the entire thread to show such unwaivering support. Mind you, this was a thread CRITICISING Pixel Piracy.

I never expected this much support. I never expected to do anything but make a game and hopefully provide a little bit of enjoyment for a few people, if only for the briefest of times.

Steam Top 10

The following list outlines the 10 bestselling games on Steam last week:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. PAYDAY 2
  3. DayZ
  4. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
  5. Far Cry 3
  6. The Walking Dead Season Two
  7. The Forest
  8. Spintires
  9. XCOM: Enemy Unknown The Complete Edition
  10. Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer Motherboard on pcGameware.
  • Deepcool Lucifer CPU Cooler on Nikk Tech.
  • Thecus N4560 4-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
  • XFX Radeon R9 290X Double Dissipation 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card on eTeknix.

etc.

Out of the Blue

There was a shouting match between a couple of ladies in the supermarket parking lot this morning. I couldn't quite tell what happened, but another bystander explained that this involved the accusation of a stolen wallet. Judging by how the accused seemed willing to stand there and shout about this until the accuser pulled out her phone and called the police, I'm going to guess that the accuser may have had a case. The cops showed up as we were leaving, but we will surely get to read more details about this next week in the police blotter, as this qualified as a major dust-up for our quiet little village.

And happy anniversary QUAKE. Just two years until it's 20th. Wow!

Criminal Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Laser Cannon 3: Level Pack.
Fire Element.
Link: Amelia Reincarnated. Thanks Boing Boing.
Story: Naked sunbather causes traffic chaos. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Media: Cubicles and Careers- an RPG for monsters who dream of office-jobs.
PORTAL (Honest Game Trailers).
Russian Motorcycle Band. Thanks The Flying Penguin.



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