Updated: Mar 03, 2024 12:16 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Sunday, Mar 03, 2024

Bit Reactor Still Developing Star Wars Strategy Game

Following the cancellation of Respawn's Star Wars first-person shooter, developer Bit Reactor reacts with a post about the status of its Star Wars strategy game, since it was first announced at the same time as Respawn's game. Word is despite the disturbance in the Force, the strategy game remains on track:
Last week was difficult for the industry, and more so because of our strong relationships within the other teams at Respawn.
But for those asking, we are still hard at work, and our game was unaffected by last week's news.

New Steam User Record

Steam Charts shows that Steam hit a new concurrent user record today. This reports that as of 9:00 am EST today, 34,634,254 users were simultaneously logged into the service, though not necessarily playing games. The most played game on Steam today is Counter-Strike 2, which had 1,497,245 concurrent users.

Out of the Blue

Last night we escaped the Blue Tower for an outing to celebrate a friend's birthday. This was more than an hour away, and we almost cancelled after being hit by a driving rainstorm right as we set out. But it calmed down to the point where we no longer felt unsafe, so we soldiered on, and we're very happy we did since it was a lot of fun. The gathering was at a restaurant, and while the volume of the music was probably more appropriate for a younger generation, it made for a lively event. And while we didn't dance, we got to spend time with some of our favorite people, which doesn't happen nearly often enough. This infrequency came up, and we vowed to try and fight that trend by getting together more often. Last night was a good start, so hopefully we can build on that.

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Saturday, Mar 02, 2024

TRIBES 3: Rivals Early Access This Month

An Early Access Announcement/FAQ for TRIBES 3: Rivals reveals the new installment in the venerable first-person shooter series will launch into Early Access on Steam on March 12th. Looking ahead, word is it "may release on the Epic Game Store, PlayStation, and Xbox at a later time," and "may support cross console play in the future." The game listing has system requirements and the FAQ includes details, including this explanation of pricing: "The base edition of TRIBES 3: Rivals will be available for $17.99 on Steam for a limited time, as part of the game’s early access launch. This is a 10% discount off the full game price of $19.99! Premium editions of the TRIBES 3 game will also be available which include additional cosmetics, at a higher price." There's also a reassurance that this will still be approachable for players new to the franchise: "Absolutely! TRIBES 3 has a lot in common with most first person shooters, and skiing and jetpacking can be learned quickly. We also offer in-game tutorials so you can easily practice, and our community is always happy to give tips and advice to new players." Here's the previously released Early Access Announcement Trailer along with an overview of the game:
TRIBES 3: Rivals is a team-based first person shooter that elevates the genre with jetpacks, skiing, and class-based warfare.

Players ski, jetpack, battle, and race to capture the enemy team’s flag, all while ferociously defending their own. Players can choose from unique classes to customize their abilities, perks, and weapon loadouts, while moving across epic terrains from snow covered peaks to haunting deserts. Teamwork, tactics, high speed, and intense combat reign supreme in this rebirth of the world’s fastest shooter.
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Out of the Blue

I've been enjoying the Big Bear Bald Eagle Live Nest Cam on and off since RedEye9 pointed to it. And by on and off, I mean sometimes watching the nesting can provoke more anxiety than pleasure. Where eagles soar also applies to where eagles nest, and while it's difficult to estimate the height of the nest, it's easy to tell it is way, way up there. So at times the winds buffeting the nest seem apocalyptic. Today that's punctuated by rain and snow, and it's startling to see how calm Jackie (the mom) remains through the maelstrom, nesting on her eggs like someone on a comfy living room couch. But there's a potential payoff for whatever tension this involves, as the littles are expected to pip out of their eggs any time now, which should be a sight to see.

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