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Friday, Jan 18, 2008

Star Trek Online Team Laid Off

GameSpot offers confirmation of rumors reported by WarCry yesterday that P2 Entertainment would be laying off the entire Star Trek Online development team, saying that the predicted pink slips arrived today. GameSpot says that P2 will continue operation as an "engine-only" company, but they have not confirmed the rumors that Cryptic Studios is to be the new developer on the Trekkie MMORPG going forward, though they have word that the game license and existing art assets for the project are being shopped around.

Painkiller: Overdose Patch

As announced here a new patch is now available for Painkiller: Overdose offering a number of changes and fixes for Mindware Studios' variant on the first-person shooter. The download is available on AtomicGamer, FanGaming, FileFront, FileShack, and Gamer's Hell.

Age of Conan Website, Movies

The Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Website has been revamped. Included on the refreshed Flash site is the CES trailer from Funcom's upcoming barbaric MMORPG as well as three short web teaser trailers.

The Chosen: Well of Souls Postmortem

The Chosen: Well of Souls Wrap Report on RPG Vault is a postmortem of Rebelmind's action/RPG penned by Rebelmind CEO Krzysztof Krawczyk. Starting at the very beginning when the game carried the working title Frater, the article describes their goals for the game, it development timeline, challenges they met along the way, what went right and wrong, how the end result was received, lessons learned for the future, and more.

Darkfall Q&A

The Darkfall Dev Journal #22 on WarCry Network offers a Q&A where associate producer Tasos Flambouras answers a selection of questions from the community about Aventurine's upcoming MMORPG.

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Hellgate: London - Stonehenge Nears

Stonehenge is coming to Hellgate: London subscribers, hopefully opening up the possibility that a Stonehenge monument is in danger of being crushed by a dwarf. Word is this first bit of premium content for Flagship's action/RPG will go live Monday:
The fight for humanity is spreading away from the streets and sewers of London and moving all the way out to the mystical areas surrounding Stonehenge – or what’s left of it. The first installment of the ongoing Hellgate Chronicles is going live for subscribers on Monday, January 21st, 2008.

Stonehenge is a huge outdoor hub accessed through a special portal in Templar Base, connecting players to several new and exciting quests. Heroes will find themselves in completely new open, outdoor wilderness areas unlike anything seen within the city limits of London, battling terrifying new demons and bosses and finding new items very distinct in their appearance. This action-packed update includes:

    • The Caste Caves – Unlock four unique dungeons, one for each caste of enemy – Beast, Necro, Spectral and Demon – to seek and destroy a powerful overlord that resides in each cave. Defeating them and collecting their heads will allow you to continue the adventure…

    • Moloch’s Lair – Only after collecting the heads from the Caste Caves will heroes be allowed entry into the lair, with a chance to defeat the legendary Moloch, one of hell’s most imposing minions who carries very unique items that can only be obtained by defeating him in combat. And because Moloch’s soul is eternal, this quest and it’s rewards can be a never-ending challenge

    • The Wild – These three mini-raid areas present players with difficult obstacles but also huge rewards with three levels that get increasingly more difficult even with the recommended full party size – you will need a small army to get through these challenges

In addition to the above, The Stonehenge Chronicles also includes many of the other updates the Hellgate: London community has been asking for, including improvements to game UI, a large number of skill balance changes, a PvP dueling arena and more.

Hellgate: London subscribers can also now pay for their subscriptions via PayPal and PayByCash. For more information on payment options and a full list of notes for this update, please visit

New ATI Linux Catalyst Drivers

ATI Catalyst 8.1 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver and the ATI Catalyst 8.1 Proprietary Linux x86_64 Display Driver are now available, offer the corresponding penguin-powered update to the recent Windows reference driver release. These release notes describe the new release. Thanks Ant.

New Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Demo

The updated demo for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is now available as the glitch that interrupted the recent release of an updated sample of the teamplay shooter was cleared up (story). The updated version 2.0 demo client is available on AtomicGamer,, FileFront, FileShack, Gamer's Hell, and PixelRage. An updated version 2.0 demo server can be found on AtomicGamer,, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and PixelRage; while a hot fix for the new demo server is on AtomicGamer,, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and PixelRage.

ETQW Update Plans

A blog update on the Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Website discusses how remaining issues in Splash Damage's teamplay shooter will be handled following the recent version 1.4 patch:
Now that 1.4 has been released, let me bring you up to speed on the issues we've found so far and what we're doing to address them.

Perhaps the most rampant problem was server crashing just a few minutes after going up. What happened there? Well, it turns out that the newly added Hot Servers feature is indirectly to blame: when more than 256 players queried the same server at the same time, it became unresponsive and disconnected everyone playing on it. The good news is that we've since isolated and fixed the underlying cause - a problem with server info requests - and have deployed a hotfix to our GSP partners. So far things are looking extremely good on that front and barring any further problems, the fix will very soon be released to the community at large.

We're also aware that ranks are not being displayed and are currently testing a fix for this. Both that as well as any other necessary fixes will make it into a smaller update that we're hoping to release in the coming weeks. We'll continue to monitor the forums closely, so if you come across any other issues, please let us know there.

Ships Ahoy - Democracy

Matrix Games announces the release of an updated edition of Democracy, the strategy game that tests the theory and practice of political campaigning. Word is:
Democracy is an intelligent and sophisticated game that will entertain you, but could also teach you a thing or two about politics as well. You may think that politics is about sticking to your principles no matter what, but in Democracy you'll quickly see just how easy it is to "compromise" those principles to keep your seat in government and how hard it is to balance the conflicting priorities of your constituents.

Democracy starts with you in the role of President (or Prime Minister) of a modern country. Choose from twelve real countries, ranging from the United States to Australia. The object of the game is to stay in power as long as possible while pursuing policies that will turn your country into your definition of a utopia.

As the game progresses, you influence your constituent groups by putting new policies into place, changing existing policies and dealing with new and unexpected dilemmas. There are dozens of different policy areas in several general categories, including Foreign Affairs, Public Services, Taxes, Transport, Welfare and so on. Different voting groups will have very different and often conflicting views as to which policies are desirable. If you make your voters mad enough, in some countries you may even face the threat of revolution or assassination, so watch your step!

Mac UFO: Alien Invasion

The UFO: Alien Invasion Website now offers the Mac edition of the new version 2.2 of this OpenSource homage to counter-UFO strategy games like X-COM. Thanks Gamer's Hell.

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Friday Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Doing some hanging with my bro, as WalterEgo stopped by. He's currently putting his years of experience as a drummer to use in Rock Band. Seems to me inviting someone over to drum is definitive proof of brotherly love.

R.I.P.: Bobby Fischer, Chess Master, Dies at 64.

Drummed Up Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Fancy Pants Adventure World 2.
Story: Writers strike sends viewers to DVDs, videogames.
Afraid of Scaffoldings? You Have Reason. Clowns, on the other hand…
Media: Buddy Rich and Jerry Lewis Drum Solo Battle 1965.
Central Park is weirder than you think.
Puppy Thinks It's A Dolphin.
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