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Wednesday, Dec 05, 2007 International Ninja Day

Free Daikatana

GameTap has word they are going to make you their… well, that they are offering the chance to play Daikatana for free through the end of this year. To accompany the free play, they have posted a Daikatana Retrospective that looks at the storied history of this first-person shooter from John Romero and ION Storm, robot frog-induced warts and all.

More GameSpot on "Gerstmanngate"

GameSpot on Gerstmann offers an internal Q&A about the firing of editor Jeff Gerstmann in an incident they refer to themselves as "Gerstmanngate." The article looks to answer lingering questions over the action and reassure readers that it is not a negative reflection on their editorial integrity. While still unable to go into detail on why Jeff was fired, they attempt to explain the reasons for pulling and reposting both the text and video versions of his review, how Eidos reacted, the reasons the Kane & Lynch skin and ads were removed from the site, and how they are attempting to restore the credibility this incident has cost them, all the while maintaining that neither the lukewarm review nor advertiser pressure triggered the firing. Not done yet, they promise a webcast on the topic tomorrow.

Kane & Lynch Spin Follow-up

The Flash intro on the Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Website has been revised, and while it still offers quotes from previews, rather than reviews of the game, the quotes are no longer preceded by the five stars they were decorated with originally (story), which created the incorrect impression the game had received perfect review scores from GameInformer and GameSpy. Thanks Mike Martinez and Kotaku.

Unreal Tournament 3 Beta Patch Changes

BeyondUnreal offers a change log for the third beta version of Patch 1 for Unreal Tournament 3, Epic's just-released shooter sequel. The beta patch is apparently already running on some servers as it has been released via private channels.

EVE Online: Trinity Launches - Update (WARNING!)

The EVE Online Website announces the deployment of the new Trinity update for CCP's MMORPG, adding new features including an overhaul to the game's graphics engine. The site offers manual downloads of client patches, along with information on the update, but not much more for the time being, as it is locked down in an "extended downtime" mode to help roll out the patch. The Trinity Page is still live, however, offering details on the free expansion. Update: The EVE Insider Forums offer a dire warning that Windows XP users who updated the "Classic" client to the "Premium" client, using the content upgrade run the risk of hosing their Windows installation. The update shows how to see if your system has been impacted by this and offers possible solutions (presuming you haven't rebooted already), and says they are working on a solution for this.

World in Conflict Map Next Week

Massive Entertainment announces plans to release another free map for World in Conflict early next week. The multiplayer map for the real-time strategy game is titled Countryside, and there's a screenshot on IGN.

Site Seeing

The Official Penumbra Website is online, dedicated to Penumbra: Black Plague, the upcoming conclusion to Frictional Games' horror/adventure series. The site offers screenshots, a new trailer, and the first in a series of developer diaries chronicling the project. Also, a newly launched Ageod's American Civil War Website is live a home to AGEOD’s American Civil War: 1861-1865 – The Blue and the Gray, the upcoming military strategy game for which the title may or may not fit on the box.

Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory Movie

A new movie is now available showing off Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory, the upcoming World War II strategy sequel from Fireglow Games. Word is: "In this trailer you will see that the famous proverb 'the best defence is offence' is not always right. Allied forces attack Germans in the beginning but German stands and then counterattack and capture an enemy strategic point." The clip can be found on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Evening Previews

Into the Black

Happy Hanukkah! Woops, forgot that last night.

Second Night Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Raft Wars. Thanks Jason.
Link of the Evening: Konami Arcade Cabinet.
Stories: Holy smoke! Police find cannabis in nunnery. Thanks brother19.
If Led Zeppelin reunites, will they play Stairway to Heaven?
Mafia Boss Swallows Secrets Before Dying. Thanks brother19.
Auction: Ensemble Studios Complete Collection Signed. In support of Child's Play.
Images: Cassini Favorite Image Contest 2007. Thanks Jim.
Media: Experience the Best in Gaming 3D Graphics. Thanks Digg.
Giant XBOX 360.
Amazing Finnish Dorm Room Tetris in Video.

Tabula Rasa: Too Many Testers

Gamasutra offers some reflections from Richard (Lord/General British) Garriott at the 2007 Independent Game Conference after the Destination Games/NCsoft designer was asked about the marketing of Tabula Rasa. While he feels the marketing (which he describes as a "black art") was "fine," he reserves some criticism for himself and the development team, saying something that hurt the game was the invitation of too many beta testers before the game was fun enough to be worth playing. Garriott commends the Guild Wars team for how well they handled their own testing, but has this to say about testing Tabula Rasa:
“We burned out some quantity of our beta-testers when the game wasn’t yet fun," he said, adding, "As we’ve begun to sell the game, the people who hadn’t participated in the beta became our fast early-adopters.”

He continued, “And the people who did participate in the beta, we’ve had to go back to and say ‘look, look, we promise: we know it wasn’t fun two months ago, but we fixed all that. Really, come try it again.’ We’ve had to go out and develop free programs to invite those people back for free before they go buy it. So the beta process, which we used to think of as a QA process, is really a marketing process.”

New Eschalon: Book I Demo

A new demo for Eschalon: Book I is now available, offering a sample of Basilisk Games' role-playing game updated through the most recent version 1.04 of the game. In addition to tweaks and bug-fixes the new demo includes two new maps adding over two hours of additional gameplay. The 67 MB download is available on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and PixelRage.

Unreal Tournament 3 Music Q&A

The Unreal Tournament 3 Q&A on Music 4 Games offers some sound thinking about Epic's shooter sequel by chatting with audio director Mike Larson and composers Rom Di Prisco, Jesper Kyd, and Kevin Riepl. Each participant offers reflection on his participation in the creation of the game's soundtrack.

Theatre of War Movie

As noted here, a new video is now available showing off the upcoming "uber" patch for Theatre of War, focusing on the "newly re-engineered" map editor the patch will include, though the patch will also offer scads of additional gameplay content. The clip can be found on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Wednesday Game Reviews

Wednesday Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Another sure sign of the changing seasons comes from my own mind, as I'm starting to get the bug to make some chili, which only happens after a bit of cold weather. Time to start looking for some habanero peppers and a side of beef!

Beefy Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Link of the Morning: The Guild. Gamer sitcom.
Science: Ethanol E85 fuel loses cost-benefit test to diesel. Thanks jimnms.
Study Shows Why the Flu Likes Winter.
For Sleepy Drivers, Coffee vs. Napping.
Media: GTA IV - Boxart Timelapse.
(second) Luckiest man alive.
Newscasters Do Story on Butt Implants.
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