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Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

  

Haunted House & Alone in the Dark Re-Reboots This Fall

Atari announces Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House, calling these "re-imagined versions of two classic titles" coming to Windows PCs this autumn. These will both actually be re-reboots as a return to the survival/horror of Alone in the Dark was released in 2008 and there was a new Haunted House game in 2010. They are not revealing details yet, but they say both games will be among their showings at PAX Prime at the end of the month. They are also offering newsletter signups on the Haunted House website which says "Dreampainters" in the title bar and on the Alone in the Dark: Illumination website which, perhaps more illuminatingly, has a title bar caption saying "Pure FPS," suggesting a shooter focus.

Wasteland 2 Delay Confirmed

Brian Fargo tweets a new September 19th release date for Wasteland 2, confirming recent indications that inXile entertainment's RPG sequel would not be released this month as planned. Word is: "Official Wasteland 2 release date... September 19th! The 20+ year wait is soon over." Thanks Pope Viper.

Steamships Ahoy - The Golf Club

HB Studios announces The Golf Club is now available through both Steam and Xbox One, saying the PlayStation 4 version should be ready to tee off soon. Here's word on this sports simulation and its included course editor:

The Golf Club is a fully featured golfing experience where users can play against friends’ and rivals’ best rounds in turn-based/asynchronous competition modes enhanced by cloud-based technology. The game supports Tours & Tournaments, stroke play, match play, and 4-ball.

The Golf Club’s Greg Norman Course Designer allows players to build an unlimited number of golf courses, which can then be shared and played with friends online. New courses can be generated in a matter of seconds by selecting a theme, terrain features, and number of holes. Players can then enjoy a full suite of editing tools from changing the time of day to placing hazards and objects to create the ultimate golf challenge. Players can also discover new courses built by friends and the community by filtering through rank and difficulty, as well as interact with new members of The Golf Club through the Message Center.

Unreal Tournament Pre-Alpha

Epic Games now offers downloads of a playable pre-alpha build of their Unreal Tournament revival for registered users of their forums (thanks BeyondUnreal). They go to great lengths to stress this is a preliminary release fraught with bugs and placeholders, and that it is intended to inspired feedback from those interested in helping shape the multiplayer first-person shooter. The Unreal Tournament website explains:

The forum post describing how to install the UT pre-alpha playable build is only visible to signed in forum members in the Top Secret Members Only forum. Unreal Tournament is still very early in development, so the build is incomplete, buggy, full of placeholder art and therefore is not in any way representative of the ultimate vision for the game. You really shouldn't play it now! We’ve made it available to Unreal Tournament forum members so they can try the game out and offer constructive feedback on these forums, or maybe even jump in and start contributing.

Trials Fusion DLC

Steam News announces the release of Trials Fusion - Empire of the Sky, new DLC for Trials Fusion. Here's word on what this adds to the motorcycle racing game.

Go even higher with the second content pack for Trials Fusion: Empire of the sky!

Enhance your experience in the sky with:

  • 9 new tracks including six Classic Trials Tracks, one Supercross Track, one Skill Game and one FMX Track
  • 18 new Challenges including secret features, mini-games, and more
  • 5 new achievements
  • Dozens of new Track Editor objects
  • and much more!

On Sale

Op Ed

One Angry Gamer - The Sims 4 Review Copies Being Withheld Until After Release Spells A PR Disaster.
EA doesn’t need to win, though. The smart thing to do is to NOT buy the game until you can read or watch reviews from sources you trust. Avoid the pre-order gimmicks and don’t buy into any digital bonus deals until you know for certain the game is worth the price of entry.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Incredibly Fantastic Motorcycle Accident. No way. Thanks nin.

Crytek to Repair Reputation with "Really High Quality Games"

Crytek co-founder Avni Yerli discussed the damage the company's recent financial woes did to its reputation, explaining to MCV that a longer and more expensive than anticipated "transition to an online company" was the root of the problems. He says they now have a framework in place for the next couple of years, and says they can restore their good name with some good games. "I am sure it has damaged our reputation, but for Crytek it is about focusing on our core competency, which is making really high quality games," Yerli explains. "When we deliver those games we will hopefully be back on track, and people will see Crytek in the way that it deserves to be seen."

Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti

A new official trailer from Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti, an action/RPG in the works at Chinese German developer TeamMonkey. They just changed the name of the game after learning that their previous planned title Saga of Pandoria could be confused with two other games, Mists of Pandaria and Pandora Saga, causing many to assume this is also an MMORPG. The trailer shows off their recently reworked core gameplay mechanics and the game's Source-engine graphics. The plan is to release this for early access before the end of the year. Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Morning Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

I got a huge surprise automatic bill from DirecTV with an early termination fee, in spite of already establishing I would not be hit with one. I had to call and clear up the error, which they were going to be far more relaxed about remedying than they were about causing, so I crabbed until they got a sense of urgency clearing this up. It makes me feel cynical to suspect they may have been just hoping I wouldn't notice, but it does strike me that companies seem much more prone to making financial errors that favor them than ones that favor us.

R.I.P.: Don Pardo dead, longtime NBC announcer.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: WW2 Dogfight - Age of Warplane.
Dog vs Homework.
Link: Guy Walks Into a Bar - The New Yorker. Thanks reddit.
Science: Which came last—The supernova or the red giant?
Alopecia sufferers given new treatment hope with repurposed drug.
Fact or Fiction?: The Tongue Is the Strongest Muscle in the Body. Thanks Boing Boing.
Media:

If Michael Bay Directed Up.
Squirrel thwarted by Vaseline.

The Funnies: Nerds and bros are not that different.



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