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Evolve Alpha Signups

This tweet from Turtle Rock community manager Jess Damerst shows how to sign up for the Evolve Alpha if you are interested in checking out the upcoming co-op shooter from Turtle Rock Studios. This includes an image showing this requires a Steam account and is limited to North America at this time. If you are interested you should hurry, as they say they hope to have the participation list confirmed by tomorrow. Thanks nin via Joystiq.

Ships Ahoy - Z

GOG.com now offers the release of the just revealed remake of Z, the real-time strategy game released in 1996 by Bitmap Brothers. They are offering a 20% discount for the first week, making this a $5.59 purchase. The game will also appear today on Steam, where it says it should unlock in approximately 10 hours. Here's word on the game from GOG:

With Z, fans of this classic strategy title are in for a real treat! Everything is in here from the terrific comedy cut scenes to the frantic game play, making this the definitive version of Z. Under the command of General Zod, it is your job to take control of chain smoking, foul-mouthed, abusive, alcoholic robot-grunts, whose main purpose is to battle it out on different planets of the universe. That is, if they're not currently crashing the ship they're on! Advance through the landscape and take over abandoned factories and radar sites which will help you produce more vehicles and weapons to aid your army to victory. This is not a drill, soldier! Every decision counts, and if you screw up, you will be punished for it. General Zod is ready to rumble and makes no bones about it! Z is simply the fastest, funniest, most frantic, feature-packed action-strategy game you'll play this century!

InSomnia Tech Demo

A Kickstarter update for InSomnia offers a playable tech demo for this dieselpunk RPG from Studio MONO, celebrating it reaching the halfway mark towards its crowdfunding goals in just 10 days (a subsequent update provides additional download links for the demo). The do offer some warnings, however: "This is work in progress after all :) Most animations, sound effects, even the character's 3D model will be greatly improved on the final build. Also, you should expect a few bugs and maybe even crashes - we still need to do a lot of work on optimization."

Meridian: New World Demo

Publisher Headup and one-man studio Elder Games announce a third phase of Steam Early Access is now underway for Meridian: New World, adding new features and content to this upcoming RTS/RPG hybrid. Two new missions are included in the new update, along with bug fixes, a level cap increase, and access to the map editor in the Standard Edition for creative types to try their hands at map-making. Finally, a new playable demo is now available, which offers the content from the game's first Early Access phase. The demo is available through Steam or the Meridian website.

BF4 Dragon's Teeth This Month?

A tweet from Origin touts a 20% discount on Battlefield 4 Premium, noting that one of the perks of subscribing is a two-week headstart on the upcoming Dragon's Teeth DLC for the military shooter sequel. According to MP1st, however, this tweet was edited after originally specifying July 15th as when to expect this first crack at the DLC. If this is accurate, then the general release of the pack should come around July 29th.

The Witcher Adventure Game Closed Beta

GOG.com announces that closed beta testing is now underway for The Witcher Adventure Game, the upcoming Windows and OS X game based on the board game based on CD Projekt RED's RPG series. Here's word on testing, and how to possibly participate:

Participants of the closed beta program will be among the first to help test and refine some of the multiplayer components of our upcoming GOG Galaxy service. The number of beta access codes we'll send out today will be limited, and the recepients will be picked among the users who have pre-ordered The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on GOG.com (each selected participant will be getting a set of two keys: one for them and one to give away to a friend). With the distribution of next batches of invitations planned as the event advances, players interested in joining the tests can still navigate to GOG.com/Galaxy and sign up for a chance to participate.

Limit Theory Delayed

A new Development Update video #18 for Limit Theory outlines the latest progress in developing this procedural space simulation (thanks JDreyer). In the clip Josh Parnell says he is working on gameplay, as most of the work on the game's engine is now complete. While that is all positive, the clip also reveals the game is being delayed, and is now expected early next year, rather than the middle of this one. A post on Kickstarter has further details:

Definitely my least favorite part of this month, but I'm afraid we can't put off talking about the release date anymore. As you can probably see, LT still has a ways to go before being finished, and with the slated release date of mid-2014 upon us, it simply doesn't seem that it's going to happen.

It was a really, really tough call for me to decide just what to do about the release date. The obvious choice would be "late 2014." Frankly, though, I absolutely do not want to have to push again. For this reason, I've decided to play it on the safe side and opt for pushing the release to early 2015. Rather than cutting it close, I want to ensure that we have enough time to polish LT into the gem that we all know it can become!

Truly, to everyone who has backed, I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies. LT is coming along really, really well...but I'm just not going to be able to pull it out on the original timeline.

With the new release date in mind, I will be looking to launch the closed BETA near the end of 2014 for KS backers. I'm hoping it can make a nice holiday gift for those of you who were generous enough to support at that level :)

If you have further questions or concerns about this shift, please feel free to take them to the forums where we will no doubt be discussing it.

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Far Cry 4 $130 Kyrat Edition Detailed; New Trailer

The UbiBlog now offers a Far Cry 4 "Accolades Trailer" pumping up the press for pumping up the shooter sequel at this year's E3. They also announce that those who preorder the game will be automatically upgraded to the limited edition, while also offering details on an even more exclusive Kyrat Edition, saying this is what you'll get for the $129.99 this will set you back:

  • Statue of Pagan Min
  • Travel Journal
  • Propaganda Poster
  • Map of Kyrat
  • Collector’s Box
  • Hurk’s Redemption (the three single-player missions in the Limited Edition)
  • The Impaler

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer

Gearbox Software offers a new trailer from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, providing "Handsome Jack's Tips for Surviving on the Moon." Most of the five provided tips also have the added benefit of helping your opponents not survive the moon. Continue here to read the full story.

Independent Crowdfunding Roundup

On Sale

Op Ed

Ars Technica - E-sports cannot fight segregation with segregation.
The reversal of one "men-only" tourney isn't enough to save e-sports.

Gatherings & Competitions

Independent Interviews

Independent Previews

Independent Consolidation

Independent Mobilization

Independent Metaverse

Independent Tech Bits

Independent Safety Dance

Independent Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

  • Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X) GPU Cooler on Pure Overclock.
  • ASUS GTX 780 Strix 6 GB on techPowerUp.
  • Cougar MX300 Case Review - Computer Hardware on ThinkComputers.org.
  • Crucial MX100 256 GB im Test on PC-Experience. German.
  • Fractal Design Core 1500, Core 2500 und Core 3500 on Technic3D. German.
  • Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING 7 Motherboard on pcGameware.
  • Intel Core i7-4930K vs Core i7-3930K 3-way SLI Gaming-Performance on ocaholic.
  • MSI GT60 Dominator Pro Gaming Laptop on OCmodshop.com.
  • RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme 23000mAh Portable Battery Charger on TweakTown.
  • Rosewill BK-500 Bluetooth Keyboard on TechwareLabs.
  • Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower Chassis on eTeknix.
  • thinksound On1 Monitor Series HD Headphones on Nikk Tech.
  • V3 Voltair High Performance Thermoelectric CPU Cooler on TweakTown.

etc.

Out of the Blue

In the words of President Bill Pullman, "Today we celebrate our Independence Day!" Yup, it was just 238 years ago that we broke up with Great Britain (it's not you, it's us), before becoming BFFs again. Celebrations will include cookouts, fireworks, and in these parts rain, so we'll see how that turns out. The Gunnar-man is not nearly as bothered by fireworks as was our dear-departed Hudson the wonder dog, so this will be the first time in well over a decade that the explosions won't be a huge problem for us... something I still haven't gotten used to (it may be another Fourth or two to get to the point where they stop making me flinch in sympathy). So happy Independence Day to those who are celebrating, and please be careful with fireworks, alcohol, driving, and any possible combinations of the three.

Indy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Light Up the Sky.
Freefall Tournament.
Links: How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos.
The 4 Most Horrifying Recent Commercials.
Story: Police apologise for fining one-armed cyclist for riding his bike with only one arm. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Airbus submits patent application for windowless jet cockpit.
Some Stars are Totally Metal. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: 40 YEARS OF GAMING - Dan Bull. Thanks Dorkly.
Key & Peele: Mafia Hit.
The Chemistry of Fireworks.



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