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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2008

Jack Thompson versus Disbarment

Former crusading attorney Jack Thompson will not appeal his disbarment (story) in the Supreme Court of Florida, but rather is making a federal case out of his involuntary retirement from the legal profession by taking the matter to a US District Court, reports Kotaku. They have the text of Thompson's emergency motion, which makes a couple of accusations towards The Florida Bar Board of Governors, mentioning their "perversion of the entire lawyer discipline process," and "obstruction of justice." Thanks Dagok.

Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods in November

A new Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods trailer shows off the upcoming RPG expansion, offering glimpses of combat and exploration. The clip concludes by narrowing the game's Q4 2008 release date (story) to November. The clip is posted on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and MyGameTrailers.

Far Cry 2 Interview

The Far Cry 2 Interview on Boomtown chats with Gaetan Richard, the multiplayer producer for Far Cry 2. The focus of the conversation is multiplayer play, and while this took place after checking out the 360 edition, most of the answers relate to each of the three target platforms for the multiplayer shooter sequel. Included in the conversation is a discussion of the included map editor and how distribution of user-made maps will work.

World of Warcraft- Wrath of the Lich King Interview

World of Warcraft- Wrath of the Lich King Interview on AusGamers talks with J. Allen Brack and Tom Chilton of Blizzard about the upcoming WoW expansion. Topics include gameplay and the chances that the expansion will attract an expanded audience, and an Australian-oriented question about the possibility of a dedicated Oceanic server, which they say Blizzard is considering.

LEGO Universe Interview

LEGO Universe Already in Some Gamers' Hands on Kotaku talks about NetDevil's upcoming LEGO MMORPG with producer Ryan Seabury in a video interview. They discuss progress on the game, and Ryan says the game is already in the hands of some players who are testing out their ability to make their own creations.

More Steam Offerings

Steam announces this online distribution service is now offering sales of LEGO Batman: The Videogame, the recently released brixillated platformer, and City Life 2008, Monte Cristo's new city builder. For the next week or so City Life 2008 is being offered for 10% more, and also, "Customers who own Steam versions of City Life or City Life Deluxe will be automatically be upgraded to City Life 2008 for free." They also announce they are offering Gravitron 2, a retro-themed arcade game for $4.99. Thanks Dagok.


Evening Previews

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Thanks Mike Martinez.

Into the Black

This 2008 Election Coverage Video unveils my secret political aspirations. Thanks Ant!

Steam Ships Ahoy - Hinterland

Steam News has word that Tilted Mill Entertainment's strategy/RPG Hinterland is now available via Steam. Word is: "Loot, level and build with fast paced RPG combat and strategic base building!" The Tilted Mill Entertainment Website has more: "In Hinterland you lead a diverse cast of characters to establish a small haven in the wild backcountry of a fantasy kingdom, then carefully select certain individuals to leave their comfortable homes and join your party on expeditions of exploration and conquest in the surrounding lands. There you’ll encounter hostile enemies, and fight to secure much needed resources to expand your settlement - iron to make weapons, a mystic tome to entice a great mage to join you, or perhaps just magic oats! Success means fame, fortune and prosperity – failure means starvation and disgrace. Games can be as short as forty five minutes or as long as five or six hours, depending on your choice of difficulty, game length, map reveal, resource availability, presence of raiders, and other customizable options, as well as which of the fifteen character classes you choose to play, from Knight or Elf Ranger, to Architect or Entrepreneur."

Tiberium Cancelled

Electronic Arts suspends work on 'Tiberium' game has word that Tiberium has become a high profile victim of EA's re-emphasis on creating quality games, as the first-person shooter based on the Command & Conquer series has been cancelled outright. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the end to all work on 'Tiberium,' effective immediately," is a quote from EA's Mike Verdu, who goes on to offer the general reasoning: "The game had fundamental design challenges from the start." Word is the cancellation of the game, which had about a year to go before release following a recently announced delay (story), will cost some developers their jobs, though how many are not specified.

Ships Ahoy - Silent Hill: Homecoming

Konami announces that Silent Hill: Homecoming is now available in US stores for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, saying the Windows edition is also available for online purchase via Steam, though that seems to be premature, as it cannot be found there at this time. Here's a bit on the story for the latest installment in the survival/horror series: "Silent Hill: Homecoming takes players deeper into the tormented history of the town and reveals the evil that surrounds Toluca Lake. The story follows Alex Shepherd, who returns to his hometown of Shepherd's Glen to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his brother. On his quest, Alex discovers eerie occurrences taking place around town. As Alex, players investigate the mystery behind his nightmares and maintain his grip on reality, unraveling a tale that takes him from his childhood home to the fog-shrouded streets of Silent Hill. In the end, Alex must face the darkest horrors of his soul to confront the evil that has taken his brother."

War Plan Pacific Preorders

Shrapnel Games is now accepting preorders of War Plan Pacific, offering a $6.50 discount off the $39.95 list price for those who purchase KE Studios' World War II grand strategy game before the end of October. The game is currently expected to ship on November 20.

Ships Ahoy - CellZenith

Faramix announces CellZenith is now available, saying: "CellZenith is now available for download! Navigate your way through our fast-paced, action-packed shooter with 35 different CELs, 30 Campaign Levels, and 4 Addicting Minigames - experiencing 1 INTENSE Game! Save the universe from imminent destruction with the REDUCED LIMITED TIME price of $14.99." The game can be purchased and downloaded from Direct2Drive or GamersGate.

Ships Ahoy - The Guild 2: Venice

GamersGate now offers online sales and downloads of The Guild 2: Venice, a standalone expansion for The Guild 2, the medieval strategy sequel. Beak out your gondola and the good cologne, as word is: "The Guild 2: Venice will show the fascinating ambience of Venice Including its small sidestreets, gondolieres and the mystical carnival, all of which promise many hours of gaming fun. Live your life in The Guild 2: Venice the way the medieval population did, by having a family, earning money and enjoying the romance of Venice. Who knows. Maybe you will meet the infamous Casanova!"

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patches

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Website now offers patches to update the downloadable and the boxed editions of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky to version 1.5.05. Word is: "This update doesn’t have any compatibility problems with the previous patch 1.5.04," and the patch notes offer details on a number of fixes in this new version of GSC Game World's first-person shooter prequel. Downloads can be found on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Website, and the retail patch is also mirrored on AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls; while the patch for downloaded versions is mirrored on AtomicGamer, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls.

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails Announced

Eidos Interactive announces Shellshock 2: Blood Trails, a first-person shooter set in the Vietnam War planned for release this holiday season for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Eidos says this is "different to any first person shooter you’ve seen before; at times it feels more like you’re in a horror movie than a game." Indeed, the game's description is more of a survival/horror game than a military-themed shooter: "At the height of the Vietnam War, a covert ops cargo plane carrying a top-secret consignment known only as ‘Whiteknight’ is lost over the deepest, uncharted jungles. Special Ops soldiers are immediately dispatched to the scene to retrieve the top secret shipment and one-by-one they disappear without a trace… until one month later, one of them suddenly walks out of the jungle." Here are the first screenshots from the game, and a gameplay movie can be found on Gamer's Hell (What's it you want to hear?)

Pirates of the Burning Sea Trial

Pirates of the Burning Sea Website is now offering 14-day free trials to new players to Flying Lab Software's nautical MMORPG. Whether you want to hoist the Jolly Roger or just shiver your timbers, you'll have two weeks to get your sea legs. No credit card is required to participate in this offer.

Frontlines Patch

A new patch for Frontlines: Fuel of War updates Kaos Studios' military-themed first-person shooter to version 1.2.0. This page has all the details on the new version, which includes a new map, a pair of new vehicles, a new weapon, and a new game mode. Downloads can be accomplished by visiting this page.

CoH Issue 13, To Be Continued

NCsoft announces a shift in plans for Issue 13 of City of Heroes/Villains, their two-headed super-powered MMORPG. Issue 13 was originally to include the mission architect feature that would allow for user-created missions, but they have decided that character creation, originally considered a "stretch" feature for the architect, is actually more of a necessity than a stretch. As a result they are pushing the architect into Issue 14 so character creation can be implemented and to allow Issue 13 to be released this fall. This page has details on Issue 13, which is now titled "Power and Responsibility" (hopefully they paid royalties to Uncle Ben's estate), while this page has preliminary details on Issue 14, titled "Architect."

Age of Conan Server Merges Coming

The Age of Conan Forums have word that server merges are in the works for Funcom's MMORPG, saying they will look to get "healthy populations" going on servers both in Europe and North America. The update, by new Game Director Craig 'Silirrion' Morrison, says they are proceeding cautiously to overcome the "complexities" involved, but that the work to make this happen has started. That same update also mentions they are almost ready to put the DirectX 10 edition of the game on the test server. Thanks Gamasutra.

Quantum of Solace Movie

A new behind-the-scenes "environments" movie from Quantum of Solace offers a look at how Treyarch is depicting sets from the James Bond movie in their upcoming game tie-in. The movie can be found on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.


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Out of the Blue

Yesterday I was startled when the BlueTower began shaking to its foundation to the beat of a pounding coming from out front. The guys working on our walk inexplicably dumped some concrete in our walkway unrelated to paving it last week, which needed to be dug out before they could do their real work. I was expecting them to do this yesterday, but what I didn't expect was that they would use a backhoe as a sledgehammer to break through the sheet of cement. And I thought the jackhammers were bad! Apparently they were done with the house-shaking part of the job just as I got out to discuss this with them, so I wasted a perfectly good tantrum. Oh well, it's good to keep in practice.

Earth-shaking Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
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Paramount Lands Next Five Marvel Films.
Super Bowl halftime show- Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce!. Maybe he'll flash a nip.
Science: Overturning Copernicus, eliminating dark energy.
Freighter destroyed over Pacific.
Media: Sliding Cats in Slow Motion.
Awesome save by... Wait a minute! Who?
Oh he's off the track!...wait...what is he doing?
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