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Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007

Ships Ahoy - TimeShift

Sierra and Saber Interactive offer the brief announcement that TimeShift has shipped to stores, and the PC and Xbox 360 editions of the 4D shooter are now available in the US, and that the PS3 edition is expected in a couple of weeks:
LOS ANGELES - October 30, 2007 - Sierra Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, announced that the next generation of first-person shooters, TimeShift(tm), is officially available today at retail stores nationwide for the PC and Xbox 360(tm) video game and entertainment system. The game, one of the most talked about titles of 2007, will also be available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on November 19, 2007.

Ships Ahoy - The Witcher

2007: The Year of 'The Witcher is the press release announcing The Witcher is now available in North American stores. Also, in addition to this morning's release of the game on Gamer's Gate, the game is also available for online purchase and download directly from Atari. Here's word on the game's availability:
NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News), one of the world's most recognized brands and a third-party video game publisher announced today the North American launch of The Witcher®, the first game from Polish development studio CD Projekt RED and a distinctive PC role-playing game which delivers a thrilling story in a unique fantasy universe alongside stunning tactical combat. The Witcher is a Games for Windows title, rated M for Mature and available at the suggested retail price of $49.95.

In The Witcher players take the role of Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer, who exists on the fringes of a complex society troubled by the kind of problems more commonly found on the front pages of newspapers than in a fantasy universe. Taken as a child, mutated, and trained in the arcane ways of the witchers, Geralt is a reluctant hero, who nonetheless finds himself all too frequently in the heat of battles that are not his own. His is a path he might not choose to walk, but walk it he must, guided by his head, heart, and only faithful companion - his sword.

"The Witcher is an unbelievably robust and exciting role-playing game that offers an intense world, unbelievable graphics, and an incredible story-line," said Lawrence Liberty, Producer, Atari, Inc. "Atari is eager to deliver with CD Projekt RED this outstanding game that strives to set new standards within the genre."

Based on the fictional world created by best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is set in a unique fantasy universe where real-life issues dominate a troubled society. In this world there is no right or wrong, only decisions and consequences - consequences with which the protagonist Geralt must live.

For more information about The Witcher visit www.thewitcher.com and for more details about Atari's entire product line up visit www.atari.com.

NVIDIA Beta Drivers

The NVIDIA Driver Beta Downloads page now offers new version 169.04 beta ForceWare reference derivers for GeForce accelerators. Thanks barney.

Medal of Honor: Airborne Dedicated Server

As noted on Medal of Honor Airborne Website a new dedicated server is now available for the World War II shooter sequel. Word is: "This update for Medal of Honor Airborne fixes several problems with the Dedicated Server and does not fix any Client related issues." The download is mirrored on FileFront and Gamer's Hell.

Depths of Peril Patch

Depth of Peril is now up to version 1003 thanks to a new patch that's now available for Soldak Entertainment's action/RPG. The patch can be found on FileFront and Gamer's Hell. On a related note, there's a Depths of Peril Wrap Report on RPG Vault.

TrackMania Patch

The French TrackMania Forums offer a new patch for TrackMania Original updating the racing game to version 1.52. The download is mirrored on The Patches Scrolls.

Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition Patch

A new Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition patch is now available, updating the latest installment in this old school turn-based strategy game to version 1.01. The download is available on Fileshack, Gamer's Hell, GameSpot (registration required), and Strategy Informer.

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor Beta Launches

Stardock announces beta testing for Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor is underway for those who have preordered the strategy expansion:
PLYMOUTH, Michigan – October 30, 2007 – Stardock Entertainment today announced that the beta test for the highly anticipated second expansion to Galactic Civilizations II, entitled Twilight of the Arnor, is now available for players who have pre-ordered the title at TotalGaming.net. Twilight of the Arnor will be released on December 12 for $29.95, while fans can pre-order the expansion at a special $24.95 price by visiting http://galciv2.com/Purchase.aspx.

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor includes a massive payload of new content and features requested by the series’ devout fanbase. In addition to a new campaign that ties up the Dread Lords saga, Twilight of the Arnor adds civilization-specific technology trees and planetary improvements that add even more flavor to each alien race, while greatly expanding the strategic depth of the game. A vast array of new ships, weapons, starbases and ship components will be available to players, including the devastating Terror Star, which can annihilate entire star systems. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor requires GC2: Gold Edition or GC2: Dark Avatar.

The initial Twilight of the Arnor beta test includes the following features, while others will be added in upcoming beta releases:

    • Three new technology trees to add unique flair to each galactic civilization
    • Updated AI that makes computer-controlled factions act even more like human opponents
    • Several new planetary improvements to give players more options when developing conquered planets
    • Lots of new unique starship components that allow players to create their ultimate personalized battle fleets
    • Improvements to fleet battles (how can we spin this one?)
    • Updated graphics that help to further immerse players in the game

For more information about Galactic Civilizations II and Twilight of the Arnor, visit http://www.galciv2.com.

To pre-order Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor, visit http://www.totalgaming.net.

ETQW Linux Client Update Soon

The Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars GNU/Linux FAQ has word on when to expect the Linux edition of the new version 1.2 of Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars: "There is no Linux client for 1.2 yet (count a few days), but the server packages are available."

Evening Q&As

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Help Wanted

"Pi Studios, an independent game development company located in Houston, TX, is currently hiring game developers for all positions. We have open code, art, animation and design slots to fill and we're looking for the best and brightest the industry has to offer."

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Patch

The promised new patch for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is now available, updating Splash Damage's teamplay first-person shooter to version 1.2. Downloads and patch notes are on the Enemy Territory QUAKE Wars Website, and the new Windows client is mirrored on FilePlanet (registration required), FileShack, Gamer's Hell, Internode Games Network, PixelRage, Strategy Informer, and The Patches Scrolls. The Windows server is available on FilePlanet (registration required) and Gamer's Hell. The full Linux server is available on Gamer's Hell, and the new "lite" Linux server is available on Gamer's Hell.

LucasArts and BioWare Team Up

Lucasarts and Bioware Corp. To Develop Ground-Breaking Interactive Entertainment Product is a press release on the newly launched Lucasartsbioware.com (thanks Shacknews) revealing a partnership between the two companies, lending further credence to rumors that BioWare is creating an MMORPG based on Knights of the Old Republic (story). For the time being that will have to remain the subject of speculation, but here is some concrete information about what they are up to:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and EDMONTON, CANADA — October 30, 2007 — LucasArts and BioWare Corp. today announced that they have entered into an agreement to create an interactive entertainment product. The product, details of which will be unveiled at a later date, will be developed and published by BioWare and LucasArts, and will push the boundaries of the gaming market by utilizing the strengths of both companies to deliver an innovative, high-quality experience.

“LucasArts has a deep commitment to developing compelling stories and characters for the unique medium of interactive entertainment, and we have been searching for a developer that shares this value. We found this in BioWare,” said Jim Ward, president of LucasArts. “Through our previous collaborations, we know that BioWare has an impressive ability to blend gripping stories with technological advancements, and we believe that our upcoming product will deliver an experience that will span the traditional boundaries of video game entertainment.”

“BioWare’s mission is to deliver the best story and character-driven games in the world, delivering powerful emotional experiences to our fans.” said Ray Muzyka, chief executive officer, BioWare Corp. Added Greg Zeschuk, president of BioWare Corp., “The collaboration with LucasArts allows us to combine our passion for creating high quality and innovative experiences with those of a company dedicated to bringing only the finest games to market.

Hornet Leader Demo & Patch

Matrix Games now offers a playable demo for Hornet Leader, offering a "short but sweet" sample of the recently released air combat game. Word from David Heath of Matrix Games is: "This demo will give any pilots still debating whether or not to take to the skies the extra encouragement to kick the tires and light the fires. The skirmish scenario included in the demo is among my favorite engagements. Prospective pilots won’t be disappointed!" On a related note, this page is serving up a new version 1.1 patch for the game, word is: "The first update for this popular turn-based tactical air combat simulator will bring a few display improvements in addition to a difficulty tweak or two. There is also a new feature which adds the ability to view loadouts/stats for individual pilots on the Initial Placement Screen."

The Witcher at the Gate

Gamer's Gate announces that The Witcher is now available for online purchase, offering the action/RPG for direct download. This is for North American customers only, and those with pretty good internet connections, at that, as the download weighs in at 3.7 GB.

ETQW Patch Today

The Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Website has word to expect the version 1.2 patch for Splash Damage's teamplay shooter at some point today, which will include some downtime for the master server:
The 1.2 Update is currently undergoing final testing and checks, and we're currently plan to release it later today. In anticipation of the update, the Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Master Server will be down for maintenance from 16:45 GMT to 17:45 GMT / 9:45 AM PST to 10:15 AM PST. You will not be able to log into your online account during this time and, once the maintenance has been completed, you will need to have updated your game to version 1.2 before you can play online again.

New UT2004 ChaosUT2

A new edition of the ChaosUT2 modification is now available, offering the latest, and what may be the final, Unreal Tournament 2004 installment of the project (thanks BeyondUnreal). The new version 3.76 is available as a full installer (3.75 was only released as a patch), and in addition to tweaks and fixes the new version also includes a new map.

Morning Legal Briefs

Tuesday Game Reviews

Tuesday Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Well we're finally getting fall weather around these parts, as the past couple of mornings have been crisp, and we actually had frost yesterday. This has me hoping that the season for whatever Hudson the wonder dog is allergic to is coming to an end. For the past couple of months she has been chewing at various spots on her legs and belly, stripping some spots completely clean of fur (hair, actually), just like she does every year around this time. This makes her look so miserable it makes it easy to root for the cold to come in and offer her some relief.

Itchy Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Stories: He's not undead, just unsober....
City lights 'longest' firecracker string.
Science!: Light activated cancer drug hope.
Doctors Test Hot Sauce for Pain Relief. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Why They Called It the Manhattan Project.
Media: The Return... of Deadly Finger!!!
The Office: Top 10 That's What She Said Moments. That's what she said!
Building An Elephant.
Follow-up: OW! for four: Armadillo catches fire.
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