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Friday, Nov 30, 2007 Saint Andrew's Day

BioShock Content Coming

The Cult of Rapture reports that a PC patch will be released for BioShock next week, as well as new downloadable content for the Xbox 360 edition that will be included in the PC patch:
Many of you have been asking me about the status of the BioShock PC Patch and Xbox 360 Title Update, and I have some good news for you.

Both the BioShock PC Patch and the 360 Title Update will be available next week. In additon to these fixes, we will be releasing downloadable content free on both Xbox Live and for the PC, with the DLC bundled into the PC Patch. A full list of bug fixes and everything included in the DLC will be put up on the Cult of Rapture when the downloads become available.

Hellgate: London Patch Plans

The Hellgate: London Website has word that Patch 0.7 for Flagship's action/RPG is in the works and should be heading to the test center next week, where the version 0.6 update is currently being vetted. Word is: "We have a nice list of fixes in this patch, including improvements to memory usage, UI changes, and general skill updates. Also included will be a number of really cool subscriber items and quests that should please many old D2 fans. We’ll detail this content, as well as the bug fixes, when the patch goes live."

GameSpot Follow-up

Joystiq offers brief comments from GameSpot to speculation that a lukewarm review of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men triggered the firing of longtime editor Jeff Gerstmann (story). The statement does not actually speak directly to this case, as they say "it is CNET Networks' policy not to comment on the status of its employees, current of [sic] former." They do, however, defend their editorial integrity in a more general sense, saying: "For over a decade, Gamespot and the many members of its editorial team have produced thousands of unbiased reviews that have been a valuable resource for the gaming community. At CNET Networks, we stand behind the editorial content that our teams produce on a daily basis."

Tomb Raider: Underworld Trademarked

Eidos trademarks Tomb Raider: Underworld on GameSpot digs up some trademark information that may indicate the title of the next Tomb Raider game. Based on the noteworthy physique of heroine Lara Croft, I keep seeing this title as Tomb Raider: Underwire.

BF2 Point of Existence 2 Client

The Point of Existence Website now offers the promised new version 2.1 of Point of Existence 2, the Battlefield 2 modification. Presumable some servers are online already, as the dedicated server for the mod was released yesterday (story).

The Late Show

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm
    Two new trailers from Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm show off more of the upcoming expansion for Relic's Warhammer RTS game. The clips can be found on Gamer's Hell.
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
    A new trailer from Frontlines: Fuel of War shows off the vehicles in Kaos Studios' upcoming military first-person shooter. The trailer is available from AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.
  • Aion: The Tower of Eternity
    As noted here, new videos are now online for Aion: The Tower of Eternity, showing off the elemental powers of the Spiritmaster class in NCsoft's upcoming MMORPG. The movies are on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Evening Gatherings & Competitions

etc., etc.

Into the Black

R.I.P.: Evel Knievel, legendary daredevil, dies.

End of Week Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Media: Ted and Anna get Engaged. Who has two thumbs and is touched? This guy!
Biggest guitar evar. Glad we have that settled.
Dance Vader.

The Stranger MP Demo

A playable demo for The Stranger allows you to sample of multiplayer play in Fireglow's RTS/RPG with strangers. The single-player aspect of the game can be checked out via a recently released updated solo demo (story), while the new 222 MB multiplayer demo can be found on AtomicGamer,, FanGaming, FileFront, FileShack, and Gamer's Hell.

Harvey Smith "Resigns"

Shacknews has word that designer Harvey Smith is no longer at Midway Austin. At first it was unclear whether this parting of the ways occurred before or after his recent statements blasting the production of BlackSite: Area 51 (story), but a subsequent follow-up indicates he was indeed still with Midway when he criticized his own game, but that a Midway executive (originally mistakenly indentified by Shacknews as CTO Michael Weilbacher in a reference that has since been corrected) allegedly referred to Smith's outburst as "his public resignation."

GameSpot Editor Fired Over Review?

Primotech reports the firing of Jeff Gerstmann, long-time GameSpot editor, saying sources close to the situation indicate this due to his tepid review of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men for Xbox 360, pointing out Eidos had invested in a prominent advertising campaign on the site. The article points out this Penny Arcade comic offering a typically searing take on the situation, along with another indication this unconfirmed story is making the rounds. A later update on DESTRUCTOID reports the departure of GameSpot editor Tim Tracy though it's not clear if or how this may relate to the situation described above.

SunAge Dawns Online

For those looking to work on their tannage, GamersGate now offers online sales of SunAge, the RTS game that recently hit store shelves in parts of Europe. This offers access to Vertex4's strategy game for gamers in territories like North America, Germany, and France, where the game will not hit stores until next year. Update: The game is also available from

The Club Website

The Club Website, dedicated to Bizarre Creations' upcoming action/shooter, though like any good club, entrance is restricted to those over 18 years old (or those capable of an effective forgery using the drop down menu). Information and media are on tap to show off the game and its cast of characters.

Evochron Renegades Patch

The Evochron Renegades Website offers a new patch to update this freeform space combat game to version 1.128. Word is: "This update is considered required to retain multiplayer compatibility as it is not compatible with version 1.088 or earlier. The installer also works as an updating program for older versions of the game."

Eschalon Book I Patch

Another new patch for Eschalon Book I is available to update the adventure game to version 1.03. The new patch is available on the Basilisk Games Website, where they also note the releases of the Mac and Linux editions of the game are nearing. The change list for the patch is here, and the download is mirrored on FileFront and Gamer's Hell.

New 2K Studio

A Gamasutra Job Listing (since edited) indicates 2K games is opening a new studio on the west coast with BioShock devs in a scoop widely ripped off from Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars, where there are indications that team members may be a bit weary of working with Ken Levine.

Morning Screenshots

Friday Game Reviews

Friday Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Last Day of November? I'm still getting used to it being 2007! Remember, the internet is the answer to the age-old question of "where does the time go?"

Timely Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Story: Bicycles That Carry Powerful Beats, and Even a Rider or Two. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Working Graveyard Shift May Up Cancer Risk.
Media: Deer dodges Cop car.
Seinfeld Don't try and fix your chest hair with a razor.
Freakanomics: helping society and stopping car theft.
Teh Funny: UserFriendly.
HijiNKS ENSUE. Thanks Digg.
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