Updated: Oct 24, 2021 11:43 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Sunday, Oct 24, 2021

PAYDAY 3 Setting and Cast Detailed

A 10th Anniversary Live Stream for PAYDAY features the developers at OVERKILL Software discussing the a decade of the heist series. This includes a look forward as well as a look back, offering some details on the upcoming PAYDAY 3. The official PAYDAY Website is home to the anniversary festivities. Word is PAYDAY 3 is set in New York City years after the gang's retirement following PAYDAY 2. It will feature the return of Hoxton, Dallas, Chains, and Wolf, because just when they think they're out, they pull them back in. A new element will be the attention their exploits will attract, as a brazen life of crime will get noticed by the media as well as law enforcement (apparently shooting 600 police officers during a getaway will now make headlines). PAYDAY 3 is currently expected for release in 2023. Continue here to read the full story.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition Specs

The system requirements for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition are now listed on the Rockstar Store. Fortunately it seems that the life of crime players will lead in the three included games will not have to begin with the theft of new PC components:
System Requirements
MINIMUM
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-6600K / AMD FX-6300
Memory: 8GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
Disk: 45GB

RECOMMENDED
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-2700K / AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Memory: 16GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB / AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB
Disk: 45GB

Sunday Crowdfunding

Op Ed

  • PC Gamer - Call of Duty marketing finds a new level of tastelessness.
    "A pair of photojournalists were given "special camera-like portals [to enter] into the game engine itself," where they captured images just as they would if they were photographing a real conflict. Naturally, they also raved about how realistic the experience was: "As photographers, this is what conflict looks like," war journalist Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini said afterward. The resulting video of the two photographers at work (above) is as dramatic and over-egged as any Call of Duty trailer."

Sunday Metaverse

Out of the Blue

It's impossible to figure out if Curb Your Enthusiasm has some sort of actual schedule, or if they just shoot as season and air it whenever the impulse strikes. If impulse is the answer, then it has once again struck, as a new season premieres tonight. I'm trying to get over the shock that this will be the show's eleventh season. This means that Curb has already had more seasons than Seinfeld! And while the longer seasons of network TV and bygone times means that Seinfeld is still ahead in number of episodes, even that's closer than I would have guess. Heading into tonight there have been 100 episodes of Curb, while there are 180 episodes of Seinfeld.

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Saturday, Oct 23, 2021

Sword of the Stars: The Pit 2 Early Access

Early Access to Sword of the Stars: The Pit 2 is now underway on Steam. This Windows game from Kerberos Productions revisits the turn-based roguelike gameplay of the original while taking the plunge into 3D. This recent Coming Soon trailer cranks up The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets and takes a look at gameplay. Here's the pitch:
Kerberos Productions has launched Sword of the Stars: The Pit 2 - a sequel to Sword of the Stars: The Pit, the science fiction Roguelike which many players still list among the best of the genre - into Early Access today.

In beta, The Pit 2 has moved from 2D to a full and vibrant 3D environment. Instantly clear to players will be new features, such as mini-bosses, and player advancements such as the ability to break down items into components which can then be re-used to craft different items. Alongside the perspective shift which allows for full camera control, and the more flexible approach to crafting, players get a preview of the variety of weapons, armors, and scavenged items that Kerberos fans have come to expect from the original game and its DLC.
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Phobos - Subhuman Demo

A playable demo is now available on Steam, for Phobos - Subhuman, an action/adventure from Underdog Virtual. This involves a quest to learn the fate of a mission to the red planet (DOOM players could have warned them about Phobos). But unlike the movie Mission to Mars, this apparently largely takes place on Earth. Here's the game's timeline:
2026...
During the first manned mission to Mars a group of Astronauts visit the small moon of Phobos, one of the two Martian Satellites, where they mysteriously disappear without a trace. No one has any indication of what happened, except the all powerful A.I. named G.O.D. (Growth Operations Defence), keeper of all the missions data.

2047...
In a very different, brutal, post war world, plagued by famines, global warming, radioactivity as well as social discrimination, the daughter of one of the missing Astronauts is called to solve the mystery and uncover truths that will shake the foundations of modern social structures...

Overwatch Free Battletag Changes

To accompany the name change of one of the Overwatch heroes, Blizzard announces all players are entitled to a free Battletag name change for a limited time. Here's what to do if you too have skeletons in your closet you'd like to bury:
As we introduce a new name, you might have the desire to do the same. Starting 22 October, 2021 and continuing through 5 November, 2021, all players will be offered a free BattleTag name change. This applies to anyone who does not currently have a free name change available. Existing name changes will not stack for future use.

Players can request a name change through this form. You will receive a notification once your request has been processed. Please allow up to four weeks for processing.

Haunted Chocolatier Revealed

This trailer shows off a first look at gameplay from Haunted Chocolatier, the upcoming game from Stardew Valley creator ConcernedApe (thanks IGN). Familiarly, it features pixel art, serene music, and much chill. Word is: "This is the next game that I'm making, but It's not going to be ready for a while still." For more we're directed to ConcernedApe's Haunted Chocolatier Website, where word is:
In Stardew Valley, the focus was more humble: living off the land, growing food, and connecting to the people and nature around you. However, with my next game, I wanted to explore more fantastical possibilities… experiences that take you beyond the ordinary. That’s where magical haunted ghost chocolate comes in.

Chocolate represents that which is delightful. The haunted castle represents the allure of the unknown. The ghosts represent the imprint of the past. All of these things are important. However, don’t think for a moment that, because this game features ghosts in a haunted castle, it is an evil or negative game. On the contrary, I intend for this game to be positive, uplifting and life-affirming. However, if Stardew Valley mostly channeled the energy of the sun, Haunted Chocolatier channels the energy of the moon. Both are vital.
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Out of the Blue

MrsBlue and I experienced an unexpected and quite awesome nature treat on a walk. We strolled down to the little man-made beach by the lake as part of our usual circuit. As we walked on the sand I spotted what was clearly a very large bird skimming along above the water. It neared and started to climb and veer a bit more in our direction. And before we knew it, we were looking directly up at a magnificent bald eagle that wasn't more than 20 feet above our heads. It's almost like it saw us and decided to give us the thrill of our lives. Whether or not it was actually intentional, it certainly succeeded in doing just that.

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