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Friday, Feb 08, 2008 Safer Internet Day

Sins of a Solar Empire Patch

The Sins of a Solar Empire Website announces the release of the promised version 1.02 patch for Ironclad Game's space strategy offering. The update is available via Stardock Central or automatically from within the game.

Steam Client Beta

As noted on the Steam Forums, a new beta Steam client is available to test an updated interface and other improvements for Valve's online service (thanks Voodoo Extreme). To access the beta, select File -> Settings and on the Account tab choose "Steam Client Candidate" in the Beta participation section.

New Qtracker

Qtracker version 4.71 is now available, offering an updated edition of this online game server browser. Word is: "This version adds support for the Enemy Territory: Quake Wars extended server query which adds the following player data: experience, kills, deaths, and team. The Half-Life 2 rule packet parser has been updated for the new packet format used in Team Fortress 2 and other modifications, this fixes the rule/value swapping bug."

Help Wanted

The Splash Damage Jobs Page outlines job openings as the London-based developer of Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars seeks to double its staff for an unannounced upcoming multi-platform game. Their search for art, programming, and design help extends to the upcoming GDC, so those looking to make an appointment there should mail a résumé to gdc@splashdamage.com. Also, the Battlefield Website indicated Digital Illusions CE is seeking an In-game Advertising Specialist and a Virtual Item Store Manager, positions that sound like they are related to Battlefield Heroes.

Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Trailer

The Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Website features a new Special Edition of Battlecast Prime that features footage from the upcoming Kane's Wrath expansion for the real-time strategy sequel. Thanks Gamer's Hell.

Evening Q&As

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Shadowgrounds Survivor Demos

Two playable demos are now available for Shadowgrounds Survivor, providing an English or a German sample of Frozenbyte's recently released shooter follow-up. The English demo is a trial version allowing 30 minutes of free play before you are faced with the choice of buying the full game or living a life devoid of "the all-out alien slaughtering spin off/sequel to the highly-acclaimed, award-winning hit Shadowgrounds." The 1.0 GB trial is on the Meridian 4 Website and mirrored on ComputerGames.ro, FanGaming, and Gamer's Hell. The German demo includes two levels and one survivor level for a 587 MB download, which is available on 4players.de, DemoNews.de, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

Terrorist Takedown 2 Demo

The Terrorist Takedown 2 Website now offers a playable demo for this first-person shooter that puts the player in the role of a US Nave SEAL on counterterrorism operations. The demo for the Jupiter EX (F.E.A.R.) engine game features an introductory cinematic and one mission to demonstrate the game's Havok physics and advanced AI. The download is mirrored on ComputerGames.ro, FanGaming, and Gamer's Hell.

EU Ships Ahoy - Conflict: Denied Ops

Eidos announces Conflict: Denied Ops is now available in European stores for PCs and consoles, and is also available for online purchase at GamersGate (the game's release in North American stores is planned for February 12). For those who want to try before they buy, a multilanguage playable demo of Pivotal Games' co-op shooter was released a couple of weeks ago (story). Here's a description of the game: "Conflict: Denied Ops features two agents from the Special Activities Division, Graves and Lang, on a mission to prevent a third-world dictatorship from gaining nuclear weapons; a mission which will take them across three continents and pit them against the ambitious, powerful and dangerous men who control the nuclear arms smuggling trade."

Ships Ahoy - Speedball 2 – Tournament

Ascaron Entertainment announces the release of Speedball 2 – Tournament, Kylotonn Entertainment's remake of The Bitmap Brothers' extreme sports sim:
Speedball 2 – Tournament, the ferocious and extreme sports game for PC, is available in stores today. In a violent future, two heavily armoured teams fight a vicious battle for possession of a steel ball. Take control of a brutal squad of athletes and punch your way through the opposition, pounding players to the ground as you go, using any malicious tactics to win the game.

State-of-the-art 3D graphics enhance the brutal gameplay as the adrenaline races and your customised team of ‘speedballers’ battle with the opposition. The extreme online multiplayer action lets you face your friends, or enemies online with a chance to climb the leagues and international rankings to become the Speedball 2 champion.

Speedball 2 – Tournament: Game Features
New Multiplayer mode –
Dedicated server solution and renowned Raknet network middleware for professional online gaming (e-sports) Customise your players – Choose your player skin, team colours and tags in the profile editor or create your own logo and integrate it into the game and display it on the field
Team Selection – Choose your team carefully from male, female and cyborg characters with differing strengths and weaknesses
Game-Centre – Unique online community platform: Subscribe to worldwide rankings, leagues and events and use the match making tool to play with friends or other ranked players. Get your own webpage and add personal information, access the chat room and link to your clan’s blog
Extreme community support and action – Challenge other players on the Speedball2.com game portal’s international leagues or tournaments for friendly or ranked matches

Live news and replays – Keep up-to-date with tournaments and events and watch full game replays on the Game-Center

Download the MP3 soundtrack here:
http://www.frogster-interactive.de/downloads68!28!418,1.html

New Hornet Leader Demo

Matrix Games is offering an updated demo for Hornet Leader with the changes found in the most recent patch for the aerial combat strategy game: "This new demo will include the same Syrian air skirmish as the original demo but with all of the new features and improvements that came with the massive 1.02 update for the full version of Hornet Leader PC." The 50 MB download is available from Matrix Games.

Silverfall: Earth Awakening German & French Demos

Two localized demos for Silverfall: Earth Awakening are now available, offering those who speak German or French (or the adventurous) a sample of this expansion for Monte Cristo's action/RPG. The German demo is on the German Silverfall Website, mirrored on AtomicGamer, ComputerGames.ro, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and PixelRage. The French edition is on the French Silverfall Website, mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell.

Smash Online English Beta

The Smash Online Website is now running open beta testing of this MMO tennis game, the first of many planned translations of this game that launched in Germany late last year. Word is: "Smash Online combines the accessibility and quick fun of console sports games with the long-lasting character development and multiplayer gameplay of MMOGs. The game is completely free to play and only weights 58MB in download size."

AIAS Winners

The winners of the 11th Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Interactive Achievement Awards are online after being announced at the D.I.C.E. Summit last night. This news report focuses on three first-person shooter honorees, as BioShock, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and The Orange Box each picked up four prizes, including overall game of the year for CoD4 and computer game of the year for The Orange Box.

The Early Show

  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
    This Ubisoft FTP directory offers a new video developer diary from Rainbow Six Vegas 2 as well as a pair of new gameplay movies from the upcoming tactical shooter sequel. The clips are mirrored on FileFront and Gamer's Hell.
  • Turning Point: Fall of Liberty
    Codemasters offers a new trailer for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Spark Unlimited's alternate-history shooter. Word is: "A new level highlights video has been released which showcases the London level of the game, and the devastating effects that the long years of Nazi occupation has had on the city. The video gives a shocking glimpse of what the fate of America could be should the resistance fail!" The clip is also available on FileFront and Gamer's Hell.

Morning Q&As

Morning Previews

Morning Screenshots

Morning Metaverse

Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.

Friday Game Reviews

Friday Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Giants reward Spagnuolo after he rejects Redskins is the headline I've been hoping to see since the completion of the Super Bowl. Giants assistant coaches have a grand history of being some of the great head coaches in NFL history, inevitably for other teams, we're talking about names like Tom Landry, Bill Belicheck, and yes, Vince Lombardi. I'm hoping with this deal they've set the stage for him to eventually succeed Tom Coughlin.

Well-coached Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Treasure Seas Inc.
Story: Breach of urinal etiquette leads to assault. Thanks Neatorama.
Science!: Army tests head-aimer.
Robot glider harvests ocean heat.
Communing without nature. Thanks Jim.
Media: MIMEFREAK: Episode One. Thanks Digg.
Follow-up: Deal Has Been Reached to End Writers' Strike: Eisner.
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