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Sunday, May 28, 2006


Atlantis V Announced

Adventure Gamers has the announcement of a project codenamed Atlantis V, the fifth installment in this point-and-click adventure series from Atlantis Interactive Entertainment slated for release in October. The story has a link to a trailer from the game, which can also be found on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying. Here's a bit:

This first-person, point and click, adventure is set in the 1930s and casts the player as Howard Brooks, a young engineer. Invited aboard the famous Hindenburg, he loses consciousness and wakes up to find himself mysteriously alone in the airship. Taking control of the zeppelin, he will travel across the world, exploring locales such as the Empire state building in New York, a palace in India, and a Mesopotamian temple, on the trail of one Miss Sullivan, a famous archaeologist - and, hopefully, discovering how Atlantis ties into all this in the process.

Jagged Farm Announced

GFI announces a new RTS game (thanks Frans) is the press release revealing development of Jagged Farm, an RTS game centered around a group of pigs who decide to revolt. The announcement features the game's E3 trailer, and the newly launched product section offers the first screenshots.

Dear Diaries - Halo 2 Vista Content

  • Halo 2 (thanks Ant and Digg) has answers from Bungie about PC plans for Halo 2, describing some content the Vista version will offer that will not be present in the 360 version: "Add to that the fact that we will have new maps built specifically for the Vista version and a map editor, and cross-platform matchmaking becomes even more complex and less realistic."
  • Hero Online
    MMORPG.COM's Hero Online Introduction is a journal purportedly from the Hero Online development team, discussing the upcoming westernization of this MMORPG.
  • MadMinute Games
    Tacticular Cancer's MadMinute Games Developer Diary hears from Norb Timpko who discusses the ups and downs of life as a small independent developer.

Site Seeing

The FlatOut 2 UK Website is live as another home to BugBear's upcoming racing sequel. The site includes the trailer, screenshots, info, a tattooed chick, and more. Thanks Frans.

Galactic Civilizations II Beta Patch

The Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords Website (thanks Frans) offers a new beta 1 version 1.2 patch for Stardock's space strategy sequel. The new version contains significant changes, including modification support. As a beta, however, they iterate that the patch will have some "rough edges." They expect to release another beta next week preceding a final version 1.2 patch.

Sunday Matinee

The Shadow of Aten Website now offers two new engine demo clips and a pair of character animations from Silicon Garage Arts' upcoming "Egyptian chronicles of Allan Scott." Thanks Frans.

Sunday Previews

Sunday Screenshots

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Safety Dance

New DungeonDoom

The Dungeondoom Website offers a new version 8.1 of this modification that offers fantasy RPG gameplay using the DOOM 3 engine. The new version offers Vanilla DOOM 3 support, improved wilderness, a new Ironmaiden monster, and more.

Op Ed

Sunday Game Reviews

Sunday Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Hope it's as nice by you as it is here today!

Sunny Links! Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
Play: Maui Wowee.
Links: Hand-decorated World of Warcraft Easter eggs.
Stories: Dentist seeks divorce -- after his death.
'Dead' Climber's Survival Impugns Mount Everest Ethics (registration required).
Science!: Chicken and egg debate unscrambled.
Mars robots to get smart upgrade.
Media: Hyphen-Nation.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

No Brakes: X Racing Announced

The Exotypos Homepage (thanks Frans) reveals development of No Brakes: X Racing, an independently developed arcade racing game offering support for advanced graphics features like pixel shaders 2.0 and HDR lighting. Here's a bit:

No Brakes: X Racing is an arcade racing game. All classes of cars from old RWD to modern sportcars. There are highway tracks with springboard, bridges and other barriers. Each car has its own physics model so have to get physical experience of driving each of them to win the race. Modern physics model with oversteer&understeer; the side-slip; some elements of driving strategy.

Ships Ahoy - Euro Rush for Berlin

Deep Silver has word in German that Rush for Berlin is rushing to stores in Berlin as well as elsewhere in Germany, while indicates Stormregion's World War II RTS game is likewise now available in the U.K. Thanks Frans.

Site Seeing

The Grotesque: Heroes Hunted Website has re-launched, the updated bilingual homepage for this upcoming role-playing game has new artwork and information, though no new screenshots.

Dear Diary

Prey Weekly Update #20 on the 3D Realms Website discusses the ups and downs of moving one's offices while working on a game. The diary describes their new space and goes on to a bit about the game, including plans for a PC demo that will be fairly lengthy by today's standards.

It Came from E3 2006, Part 31

Saturday Matinee

Thanks Frans.

  • War Rock
    The Official War Rock Website has the E3 trailer from K2 Network's upcoming free online first-person shooter.
  • Dungeon Siege II: Broken World
    The Dungeon Siege II: Broken World E3 movie (direct link) offers a look at some of the features of the upcoming action/RPG expansion accompanied by commentary from Gas Powered Games designer Daniel Achterman.
  • Glory of the Roman Empire
    The Glory of the Roman Empire Website now offers the E3 movie from Haemimont Games' upcoming management game, the clip is also available on the Focus Home Interactive page.
  • NFL Head Coach
    The NFL Head Coach Theater Page now offers a new movie from the upcoming sports management game combining gameplay with real-life interview clips with coaches discussing the importance of hiring good assistant coaches.

Saturday Q&As

  • Auto Assault
    RPG Vault's Auto Assault Team Q&A #5 discusses NetDevil's MMORPG with four of its developers, asking questions about their favorite aspects of playing the game.
  • Rise of Legends
    The Tim Train Q&A (Part 2) on the Rise Of Legends Website (thanks Frans) follows up on Part 1 of the Q&A that was not noted here when originally posted. Here's a bit from Part 2 of the discussion of Big Huge Games' RTS: "The biggest challenge has definitely been balancing three radically asymmetric races. When the playstyles of a race are very different, getting everything in equilibrium can be a real challenge. Changing just one little variable can have far-reaching consequences…which is why we’re glad we’ve been playing the game for almost three years now!"
  • Rome: Total War
    Looking Back... Rome: Total War on Computer and Video Games is a Q&A on the RTS sequel with Creative Assembly's Mike Brunton and Mike Simpson: "Our philosophy was pretty simple. After Shogun and the original Medieval, we knew we had a formula for Total War that worked and proved popular and fun. We wanted to create technology that would allow us to make a bigger and better Total War experience, to move away from the Risk-style campaign map and introduce a 3D version that was linked more closely to the battles you fought in real-time."
  • SiN Episodes
    The Ritual Entertainment Website now offers a new podcast, in which Ritual audio director Zak Belica discusses the creation of the main theme for SiN Episodes: Emergence

Saturday Previews

NWN Infinite Dungeons

Neverwinter Nights Infinite Dungeons on the BioWare Store offers sales of this premium module for BioWare's D&D RPG. Here's word: "Infinite Dungeons provides randomly generated adventures for characters of every level. Play with your friends or compete against your adversaries. If you dare, you can play alone. In the end, it all comes down to one question: Are you brave enough?"

Saturday Screenshots

Thanks Frans.

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Safety Dance

New Qtracker

The Qtracker Website offers a new version 4.22 of this server browser, the update is accompanied by the following explanation: "Due to the Battlefield 2 v1.3 query protocol rollback today, a new version of Qtracker has been released which supports both old and new style query formats. This means Qtracker can now query any Battlefield 2 server regardless of it's version or query protocol version."


Op Ed

Saturday Game Reviews

Saturday Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

I'm battling one of the more despicable variants on the summer cold, which is the summer/holiday weekend cold. So far it's not so bad, just scratches and sniffles, and I've used my trusted Zicam, so hopefully not much more will come of this.

Scratchy Links! Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
Play: Digg Games.
Links: Windows Live Local. Thanks Producer.
The broken laptop i sold on ebay. Thanks Heather and Zathrus.
Stories: Lovesick swan falls in love with swan paddle boat.
The Simpsons as philosophy.
Listening to Rock and Hearing Sounds of Conservatism (registration required).
Science!: Mystery Disease Makes Peoples' Skin Crawl.
Media: Guild Wars vs World of Warcraft. Thanks complicity.

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