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Sunday, Sep 23, 2018

H1Z1 Becoming Z1 Battle Royale

Steam offers version 1.0 release notes for H1Z1, revealing that Daybreak's battle royale game has a new development team, and will soon be renamed Z1 Battle Royale (thanks PC Gamer). This will mark the end of the H1Z1 brand, as Daybreak recently announced that H1Z1 Just Survive will not survive past next month, putting an end to the survival half of the franchise. They outline details on weapon changes, matchmaking changes, and bug fixes for version 1.0  along with a new roadmap for the future. Here's more:

H1Z1 on PC will soon be known as “Z1 Battle Royale”! This release is the first major step in that transition. The newly re-formed dev team worked closely with the community to prioritize features and changes that return the game to its roots as the world’s most competitive BR Game. For the most up-to-date information on the team’s priorities, please visit https://www.z1roadmap.com/.

Steam Top 10

Here's the list of last week's bestselling titles on Steam. In an international twist, this includes 太吾绘卷, which, as you may infer from the title, is not available in English (apparently the translation is The Scroll Of Taiwu). Here's the list:

  2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  4. NieR:Automata
  5. SCUM
  6. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  7. 太吾绘卷
  8. NBA 2K19
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. FACEIT 2018 London CS:GO Major Championship Mega Bundle

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Out of the Blue

As part of our theoretical move from the BlueTower, we replaced a couple of aging appliances last year, including our microwave, which was still working, but had suffered some cosmetic mishaps along the way. Unfortunately, in the last couple of days I've realized that the new microwave has been failing. It only gets occasional use as a coffee warmer, but it has ceased to perform the warming part, so while the lights blaze and the carousel spins, this is all just an illusion of productivity. This comes approximately 366 days after we bought it, since, of course, it came with a robust one-year warranty. My impulse is to replace it with one of these new Alexa-powered dealies to experience the future (along with the anxiety that my kitchen could be hacked), as it would be cheaper than the model that broke. But since the idea is to move, we'll probably just get replace the broken one, ironically rewarding Whirlpool for selling us a hunk of junk. Maybe I should just build a MEGA Microwave (thanks Hypothermia).

MicroLinks: Thanks Ant.
Stories: Farm Pig Swims For Life To Survive Hurricane Florence Floods. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Paul Simon Closes Out Farewell Tour With Euphoric Hometown Show.
Science: Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission lands on target asteroid.
Puppies are making people sick — and it’s people’s fault. Thanks RedEye9.
The September 2018 full moon is coming this week. Here's when to see the harvest moon.
Images: Today I ate a pulled pork sandwich smoked by Dave Grohl. Thanks David.
Media: Hurricane Slayer back to fight new nemesis.
Street musician in Antwerp. Eat your heart out, Zamfir!
Dog gets stuck trying to get to the Ministry of Magic.
Follow-up: Elon Musk Just Gave The Most Revealing Look Yet at The Rocket That'll Fly to The Moon And Mars.

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Saturday, Sep 22, 2018

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy PC Plans

Capcom tweets their plans to bring Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy to PC early next year (thanks PCGamesN). This will allow the chance to do some lawyering in this series that first passed the bar on mobile devices, while finally get in on some of those sweet Phoenix Wright memes. The post includes a trailer to promote the news. Here's word:

TAKE THAT! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is coming to PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC in early 2019! Check out this trailer for a sneak peak at what to expect. More info coming soon!

On Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Prospects

Gamers are so eager for a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 that an argument is underway over whether recent translated interview comments from Rockstar said the western sequel is Absolutely Not Coming to PC or if they didn’t rule out Red Dead Redemption 2 PC version (thanks [H]ardOCP). This did not escape the notice of the fun-loving criminals over at Devolver Digital, as the publisher took to Twitter to do a little trolling about their willingness to help with a PC edition of this "cowboy game" (thanks DSOGaming). They add: "We’re based out of Texas so we are familiar with horses and chewing tobacco. Also, we own a gun. That last part isn’t threat, just that knowing about guns seems a plus for this game." To make sure at least one person spits a drink onto their monitor, they cap things off with the promise they can keep this all on the down low:

Nobody has to know, we can keep this a secret from TakeTwo. We know a person at Steam and can set you up with PC dev kits. Like this tweet if you want to talk more.

Zeus' Battlegrounds Closed Beta

A weekend closed beta test is just getting underway for Zeus' Battlegrounds, an upcoming free-to-play melee battle royale game. Those interested in getting in on the action can score a beta key can sign up on the Zeus' Battlegrounds Website. Participants will be rewarded with a special in-game item. Here's word on this limited-edition Frost Reaver Sword: "This in-game sword item is only available for 48 hours and is sure to be highly sought after since it will not be sold and can't be traded. Having it in your inventory will prove you were in closed beta and played the game before launch." Here's a video along with more on the game:

The play test will have both Solo Mode and Squad Mode available for players. Squad players must use their Steam friends list to make squads at the current time. Players will be allowed to stream, share and record the game as the NDA has been lifted.

Zeus’ Battlegrounds is a free-to-play, melee-based, 100 player Battle Royale game set in the time of Olympus and the Greek Gods. The game offers solo and squad play where you assume the role of a Demigod collecting Godlike Gear and Legendary Weapons to defeat all others and prove you are worthy of becoming a god! Zeus’ Battlegrounds will open to additional players later this month.

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Out of the Blue

Happy first Day of fall! It's actually not here yet, the autumnal equinox isn't until 9:54 pm EDT tonight. But the run up to this has been apparent for weeks as sundown has been coming earlier and earlier, to the point where are evening dog walks are in total darkness. It's been a pretty hot summer around these parts, but I'm smart enough that this does not have me pining for winter, so I'll try to appreciate the remaining mild weather while it lasts.

Autumnal Links: Thanks Ant  and RedEye9.
Play: Super Titagon.
Stories: Mean And Angry Canadian Crabs Are Wreaking Havoc On Coastal Ecosystems. Blame Canada.
Science: Get ready for a flood of new exoplanets: TESS has already spotted two. Should be named ELLIE.
Media: Full Trailer- HBO's "My Dinner with Herve."
StarCrafts Season 6 Ep 18 Deep Trouble (Part 1-3).
The Last Starfighter - Redone VFX Teaser (1984) Sci-Fi Cult Classic.
Follow-up: These Robots Run, Dance and Flip. But Are They a Business? Thanks j.c.f.
The Funnies: Dilbert.


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