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Ultima Online Turns 20

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Ultima Online, Richard "Lord British" Garriot's seminal MMORPG. We confirmed this in the Wikipedia after seeing a note about it on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. RPS has a good retrospective on this, pointing to a couple of other looks back, and recalling fun moments, like the time in the beta were Lord British as assassinated. I still recall my own glorious UO accomplishments. I think I killed a rat once, and amassed a pretty good cache of stale bread... I wonder if I could rejoin and reclaim my legacy?

Steam Top 10

Here's this week's list of last week's bestselling titles on Steam:

  2. Divinity: Original Sin 2
  3. Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn Story Pack
  4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  5. Total War: WARHAMMER II
  6. Stellaris
  7. NBA 2K18 - Pre-order
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Stellaris: UtopiaDead by Daylight

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Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

It's football Sunday, but I just need to celebrate the news that the New York Knicks are trading Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They acquired the star forward in exchange for most of their starting lineup 2011, and the rest, as they say, is history. Crappy, petulant, also-ran history. The Knicks are on an addition by subtraction roll, as they also recently jettisoned Phil Jackson, but I don't expect the team to be better until they find a way to trade James Dolan to the Thunder as well. At least we are closing this latest dreadful chapter of the team's history. The end of an error, so to speak. Bye bye Melo... looking forward to the stories of the harmony and good vibes you bring to your new team.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Warzone Mercenaries.
Links: Firefly: Nathan Fillion celebrates 15th anniversary. Thanks Chuckz.
Science: Nasa facility honors African American woman who plotted key space missions.
Robot In China Successfully Performs Dental Surgery On Living Person.
Is beaming down in Star Trek a death sentence? Thanks Neutronbeam.
Media: WowCraft Ep 39 Winning Streaking.
Relax and Pet Your Dog.
Drone Flight of the Year.
The Funnies: Math Hipsters - FoxTrot.

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Saturday, Sep 23, 2017

Overwatch Free Weekend Underway

The previously announced free weekend is now underway for Overwatch, Blizzard's multiplayer first-person shooter. Here's a reminder of all this entails:

Attention, recruits! If you haven't already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of the heroes of Overwatch, now's your chance.

From September 22–25, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!

For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options.

Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard, Sony Entertainment, or Xbox Live account that you played on.

For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!

RUINER Boss Trailer

A new trailer from RUINER shows off boss bounties from this cyberpunk shooter that's due for release on Tuesday. The clip shows off four bosses like a boss (the bit about "adamantium claws" seems oddly familiar). Here's word:

Heavy Cyborg
Still in production. One of NagaShiwa Corps’ first and most successful designs. Different models are fashioned after different animals, armed with all kinds of killing tools, from adamantium claws to grenades; the mythical Minotaur being the favorite. Slow and crude but strong as hell, heavy cyborgs can rip you a new one.

Like most of the brainwashed Triad troops, not much is known about his origin. He goes by many aliases, but is listed as Shadow on INTERPOL’s latest terrorist watch list. No one younger has been accused of committing more murders. Currently, he is wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Captain Bogdan
War criminal wanted for civilian mass executions during the 2054 Balkan Uprising. His augments are antiques, but still frighteningly effective. Also wanted for armed robbery, aggravated assault, and extortion.

An enormous, sentient machine, Mother powers Heaven’s sprawling security network. She can assume control of almost any device or machine in any environment she’s connected to. She’s developed a particularly ruthless, even sadistic personality that makes her frighteningly effective. She likes subjecting her adversaries to sick games before their final execution. Her power is absolute.

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Ironsight Aims Westward

Publisher gamigo announces plans for an English-language version of Ironsight, saying they are bringing this Windows multiplayer first-person shooter to the west from South Korea early next year. The Ironsight website is online, and you should head over if you are interested in signing up for closed beta testing in November. Here's an announcement trailer showing off high-tech gameplay in the near future. Here are some details:

Global publisher gamigo AG is thrilled to announce today the upcoming English-language release of the multiplayer online Windows PC shooter Ironsight, developed by South Korea’s Wiple Games. Publisher gamigo AG has proudly acquired the publishing rights for the South Korean fan-favorite Ironsight and aims to deliver the game’s intense and realistic next-gen first-person-shooter experience to western audiences in early 2018 for Windows PC. Ahead of its official launch, gamers can sign-up for the November Ironsight closed beta at www.ironsightgame.com, the game’s official website.

Ironsight is set in 2025, as war rages over Earth’s last remaining natural resources between armed forces and private military companies (PMCs) equipped with cutting-edge weapons and drone systems. As the democratization of the Middle East progressed, western governments joined forces to establish the North Atlantic Forces (NAF) to secure the territory’s resources and rebuild North America and Western Europe. In direct response, eastern nations formed the Energy Development Enterprise Network (EDEN), enlisting PMCs to protect Middle Eastern resource-gathering facilities. This bitter struggle for power ignites a worldwide conflict the likes mankind has never seen.

“Ironsight immediately won us over with its compelling, high-quality core shooter gameplay, delivering tremendous polish and refinement, and we are delighted to work with Wiple Games to bring this enticing free-to-play title to western audiences,” said Jens Knauber, COO of gamigo AG. “The addition of Ironsight to our portfolio demonstrates our deep commitment to core gaming and further broadens the gamigo group’s global publishing lineup.”

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Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Well you wouldn't know it is now autumn by the weather around here. Yesterday was warm, but today is going to be hot, and the forecast calls for it to approach 90ºF tomorrow. I'm not complaining, though, as it will be cold soon enough, so I'll just schvitz and bear it.

Schvitzy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Ping Pong Chaos.
Links: Laser Socks — a sweaty game pointing toward the future of computing.
Stories: College student spent 60 hours in cave before rescue, licked walls for water.
7Up gets a new ingredient in Mexico—meth.
Science: Dogs Recognize Themselves in Test Based on Smell, Not Sight. Thanks j.c.f.
Media: HORIZON ZERO DAWN (Teens React- Gaming).
1000W Laser Rust-Paint Cleaning.
Harvesting lumber with modern technology. No lasers?


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