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Thursday, Jan 03, 2008

Demigod Revealed

Demigod Revealed on 1UP unveils Demigod, an action/RPG/RTS hybrid in the works at Gas Powered Games said to be based on Defense of the Ancients, a widely used tournament map for Warcraft III described in this Wikipedia article. The game is briefly described like this: "For those who've never tried DotA, it concentrates on two teams trying to destroy each others' bases; though rather than managing all the units or gathering resources as in a regular RTS, players each control a single Hero unit with different powers, leveling up by killing A.I. enemies around the map." Full details, screenshots beyond the one included in the 1Up story, and developer interviews are all said to be coming in the February issue of Games For Windows magazine.

Requiem: Bloodymare Announced

Gravity Interactive announces Requiem: Bloodymare, a horror-themed MMOG due for release early this year. Here's word:
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. -- Jan. 3, 2007 -- Gravity Interactive, developer and publisher of a wide variety of online games including both casual and hardcore MMOs, is bringing the bloody horror of Requiem: Bloodymare to the United States in early 2008. The title introduces a world where the misuse of science and magic has warped the natural world into a twisted vision of death.

Set in the world of Ethegia, players take on the role of the Temperions, beings created through genetic engineering and arcane rites to engage in bloody combat with the walking nightmares stalking the land.

Using the Havok engine, Requiem: Bloodymare brings to life a visually stunning realm where fallout from generations of scientific and mystical warfare has polluted the natural world and given birth to horribly mutated monsters. The battles between players and these grotesque creatures are rendered with intense sequences of bloody and gory graphics.

“We’ve dedicated more than four years of intense development to be sure Requiem: Bloodymare really brings something unique in the MMO market.” Peter Kang, CEO, Gravity Interactive, said. “We very consciously decided when we started the project that we wanted to diversify our offering to include much more than the cute, anime inspired gameplay of our previous hits. Requiem isn’t a game for kids; this is for mature players that are looking for hardcore content that conjures up their deepest nightmares and fears.”

Requiem: Bloodymare also brings several game mechanics that set it apart from the rest of the MMO market. The time of day will be an extremely important factor for players under the Nightmare System with incredibly powerful creatures awakening to terrorize the world at night. To defeat these challenges players will be able to draw upon the DNA System and the Beast Possession System. Players will use genetic engineering to modify their DNA to obtain characteristics and abilities nature never intended. The mystic arts will enable players to possess and transform into different bestial beings with extraordinary abilities.

More information about the Requiem: Bloodymare can be found at http://www.playrequiem.com.

Evening Preview

  • Penumbra: Black Plague on IGN.

Evening Mobilization

WALL-E Announced

THQ teams up with Disney Pixar for new franchise reveals plans for games based on WALL-E, the upcoming animated film from Pixar. Word is:
WALL-E movie adaptation coming in the summer THQ has secured the licence to yet another movie title from US hit machine Disney-Pixar, in the shape of science fiction comedy WALL-E.

The video game adaptation of WALL-E will be released in conjunction with the movie this summer, on PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC and Mac, as well as wireless devices.

The film tells the story of the last robot on Earth and is set in the future. It has been directed by Andrew Stanton, the man behind Finding Nemo.

Development for the WALL–E games is being led by THQ’s internal Heavy Iron Studios.

The long-running relationship between THQ and Disney-Pixar has produced shipments of more than 35 million game units worldwide.

Morning Q&As

Morning Previews

MTA: SA Deathmatch 1.0 Development Preview

The Multi Theft Auto Website now offers a version 1.0 development preview of MTA: SA Deathmatch 1.0 Development Preview. Word is: "The key emphasis of this initial release is to get your help in making MTA the mod you want. We're not going to be taking feature requests - initially, but we're want you to help to find bugs, create game-modes, maps, resource web pages and anything else you want! We're going to remain focused on fixing bugs until we have a release that we're happy to call a final 1.0 release."

Morning Screenshots

New Empires Mod for Half-Life 2

The Empires Mod Website now offers a new version 2.1 of this Half-Life 2 modification as well as a subsequent version 2.11 hotfix patch to address an issue that could cause the game to crash. Thanks Gamer's Hell.

Thursday Game Reviews

Thursday Hardware Reviews

etc.

  • Steam announces this weekend will see a free Team Fortress 2 event in Germany only, making this sort of a Bratwurst party…
  • The history of the Atari 2600. Thanks Mike Martinez…

Out of the Blue

I have to say I'm enjoying the chili with the Scotch bonnet peppers more now than at first. The chili is often better after spending some time in the fridge, and my recipe reflects this, as chilling this seems to bring out the complex flavors of the dish. This makes it one of the few foods I know of that's not better immediately after it's freshly cooked, and while I'm sure there's a reason for this, I have no idea what it is. But regardless of why, I am now far more pleased with how my most recent batch of chili turned out.

Got the Hots! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Sonny. Thanks Jason.
Could You Pass 8th Grade Science? Yup, 88% (B+). Thanks Neatorama.
Links of the Morning: The Love Mattress.
Five Movies That Prove MPAA Ratings Are Broken. Thanks Digg.
Top 15 Amazing Coincidences. Thanks Anil.
Stories: Christian Bale To Star In The New Terminator Movie. Thanks Digg.
Nationwide 'Locksmith Swindle,' Says Better Business Bureau.
Science: The Invisible Ingredient in Every Kitchen. Thanks j.c.f.
Scientists: Era of Overwhelmed Planet Needs New Name.
Deep Impact Spacecraft Zips Past Earth.
Auction: You Bought What?! 10 Extraordinarily Peculiar eBay Purchases.
Images: Why Daddy Shouldn’t Buy Baby Clothes. Thanks Digg.
Media: Theatrical Ad for 80s video game Dig Dug.
YouTube - Perfect Date Dating Video. Thanks Mike.
How Many Times Have You Been Spanked? Busted!
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