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Monday, Aug 13, 2007

BioShock Artbook

The Cult of Rapture now offers downloads of a BioShock artbook as your choice of a low resolution 15 MB download or as a high resolution 75 MB file. The Adobe Acrobat-format book is printable, showing off concept art from Irrational's imminent first-person shooter. The book does contain some spoilers, though, as this bit warns: "The one thing I’d recommend is skipping over Ken’s foreword until after you’ve played the game, as it holds some spoilers you might want to keep secret your first playthrough is complete."

Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword Patch

A new patch for Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword updates the turn-based strategy expansion to version 3.03. The 81 MB download is available on the Firaxis Games Website (thanks Jim) and mirrored on 3D Downloads, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Codename Panzers: Cold War Website

The official Codename Panzers: Cold War Website is live, though most of the Flash website is still "coming soon" at this point.

Shadowgrounds Survivor Trailer

Frozenbyte offers a new trailer for Shadowgrounds Survivor, their action/shooter sequel. Word from publisher Meridian4 is: "The trailer should show you just what the game has in store for you; new playable characters, new enemies, new battles… and that’s just a glimpse!" The download is available on the Shadowgrounds Website and mirrors can be found on 3D Downloads, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Gears of War Q&A

The Gears of War Q&A on 1Up talks with Cliff Bleszinski and Rod Fergusson of Epic Games about the upcoming PC edition of Gears of War. They discuss the pros and cons of cut scenes, Gears of War's narrative, their reliance on the "Y" button, co-op, scripting, and more.

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Game Guidance

Wikia Unveils Gamers' Guide. Thanks Mike Martinez.

Into the Black

R.I.P.: Mike Wierigno Passes Away.

Artistic Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play!: Thor Towers. Thanks Jason.
Link of the Evening: Heavy Metal Scrap Metal Big Daddy.
Stories:
Poor judgment edition
Woman Buys Fake Cocaine, Calls Cops to Help Her Get Refund. Thanks Crimsonpaw.
Man Arrested After Crashing New $400,000 Lamborghini. Thanks Eye 4N Eye.
Tattoo Remorse New Ink Easily Erasable.
Science!: Things Fall Apart, but Some Big Old Things Don’t (registration required).
Media: Paging Dr. Darwin.
Follow-ups: Blind driver caught again.

BioShock PC Demo Update

The Cult of Rapture has the promised (story) update on plans for the PC demo for BioShock (thanks BobtheCkroach). The apologetic post expresses regrets for failing a simultaneous release with the 360 demo (story), but expresses confidence in a PC release by the end of the month:
After the appearance of the BioShock Demo on Xbox 360™ last night, I’m sure many of you PC fans wondered, “What about us?”

Here’s the deal.

A BioShock PC Demo IS coming. We tried as hard as humanly possible to get it out to you guys simultaneously with the 360 demo, but we needed to make sure that it was perfect -- that all drivers were ready, and that the game looked great on a huge variety of computers.

Currently, the PC demo in its final stages of testing and approval. We are pushing to get it out to you as soon as possible. It will be out during the month of August, and everyone is working at full capacity to deliver it to you before the game hits store shelves on August 21st. I will also let you know as soon as I have an exact date for the demo's release, so please stay tuned.

I cannot express enough how sorry I am for the wait. Thank you for understanding and your patience. Just remember -- only eight days left till you get your hands on the full game.

I’ll let you know where to get the demo as soon as it becomes available.

New ATI Catalyst Drivers

The ATI Website now offers new version 7.8 Catalyst reference drivers for ATI accelerators running under Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux. The update adds performance improvements, enhanced ATI Overdrive support for the ATI Radeon HD 2600 series and ATI Radeon HD 2400 series, and more.

GRAW 2 Patch

This forum thread offers the change notes for a new patch for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfigher, bringing the military shooter sequel to version 1.03. Bug fixes are the order of the day in the update, which can be downloaded from 3D Downloads, ActionTrip, FileFront, GameDaily, Gamer's Hell, Strategy Informer, and The Patches Scrolls.

BioShock PC Demo Nears

Upon the release of the Xbox 360 BioShock demo (story), The Cult of Rapture (thanks Ray Marden) has word that the PC edition of the demo is to be expected "later this month." An official announcement about the PC demo is expected sometime today:
For those of you who are looking for a BioShock demo on the PC, it is in the works and will be out later this month. I'll give you more details about it tomorrow.

Lord of the Rings Online Update Next Week

Codemasters and Turbine announce details on Book 10 for Lord of the Rings Online, saying the next content update for the MMORPG should go live on August 21. The update also mentions the following Book 11, which will introduce player-owned housing:
Monday, 13th August (2pm GMT) – Codemasters Online and Turbine, Inc. announced the details of the second free content update for subscribers to The Lord of the Rings Online TM : Shadows of Angmar TM . Book 10: The City of the Kings continues the epic story, adds over 100 new quests, implements significant enhancements to monster play and introduces the Reputation and Bartering systems. Book 10: The City of the Kings will be available to subscribers of The Lord of the Rings Online on August 21st, 2007.

"Our first update significantly expanded the world of Middle-earth with new story arcs, quests, and exciting new kinds of gameplay," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "For Book 10 we continue the epic story and introduce a ton of new content, but we also are introducing legendary play, a completely new way to experience monster play that enables you to play as a powerful Ranger of the North or a terrible Troll."

Beginning August 21st, heroes can join the battle in Book 10: The City of the Kings, the second of many free updates to The Lord of the Rings Online.
NEW FEATURES:

„« The Epic Continues! — Amarthiel, introduced in Book 9: Shores of Evendim, has reclaimed the palantir of Carn Dûm and is now seeking to make Annúminas her new seat of power as she searches for her lost ring of power: Narchuil. The Dúnedain stands against her as the Rangers mount a last, desperate attempt to wrest the palantir from Amarthiel. Before she can find Narchuil, a most dangerous opportunity presents itself that may give the Dúnedain the advantage they need to blind the eye of Angmar.

„« Legendary Play — Once in the Ettenmoors, players can experience monster play in a completely new way by spending their Destiny Points to play as a powerful Ranger of the North or a terrible Troll to offer a strategic advantage to their allies in the battle for control of the Ettenmoors.

„« Critter Play — Friendly barnyard animals love squawking around the landscape, exploring chicken coops, hunting for worms and more! Players can now explore Middle-earth from a different – and sometimes unexpected – viewpoint as a chicken, the first of many new playable critters that will be added to the game in the future.

„« New Reputation and Bartering Systems — Book 10 introduces the Reputation and Bartering systems. The Reputation system enables players to earn positive and negative standing with different races and groups in Middle-earth based on both monster kills and quest completions. The Bartering system allows players to trade trophies earned in battle for rewards such as armor sets or mounts.

„« Over 100 New Quests — The story continues for players as they aid the Fellowship and encounter new adventures, new dungeons and over a dozen new monsters.

„« Enhanced User Interface — The game's UI is now customisable. In addition to being able to skin your UI with a unique look, Book 10 will enable players to access sliders in their 'Options' panel to scale the size of individual elements of the UI to their liking.

"We are working very hard to deliver the most content and best experiences to our subscribers and it is extremely satisfying to see such a large number of players embracing the game and joining us in Middle-earth," added Anderson. "We intend to continue our long established reputation of delivering frequent and substantial updates to our players with the release of Book 11 this autumn which will offer players the opportunity to live in their very own house in Middle-earth!"

id Software Q&A

New Quake Games and More on GAMERIOT is a Q&A with id Software's Marty Patton about what's going on at id and progress on Rage. They discuss Quake Zero, the future of Quake Arena, eSports, matchmaking, and more.

Morning Preview

Morning Mobilization

  • The Incredible Machine Website offers a mobile version of TIM, and an interactive video that allows you to play as the psychotically campy Farah McDaring.

Monday Game Reviews

Monday Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Woke up to some dog poo in the kitchen this morning. The Gunnar-man is now 2½ years old, but I'm growing resigned to the idea that he may never grow out of puppy-hood. The thing is that for some reason his "presents" make normal dookies smell like flowers, making cleanup a gag-inducing event. If he really does keep this up for the rest of his life at some point I'm going to have to pick up a gas mask or a HazMat suit or something.

R.I.P.: Merv Griffin dies at age 82. The end of the Windex killer.

Stinky Linkies! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play!: Warbears: Puzzle Mission. Thanks User Friendly.
Links of the Morning: Guide to Springfield USA.
LED Keyboard.
Science!: US slipping in life expectancy rankings.
Media: Kung Fu Fight... With Freaking Chainsaws!!
Insane driver misses his exit on the freeway.
Rapist Takes Photo Of Himself Gets Caught.
Follow-ups: Astronauts inspect shuttle damage.
Stargazers enjoy meteor spectacle.
The LOLcat of Death.
China toy boss kills self after recall
Teh Funny: xkcd.
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