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Wednesday, Dec 31, 2008 Happy New Year's Eve


PotBS Avatar Combat Patch

The Pirates of the Burning Sea Website has word that a new version 1.11 "The Clash of Steel" patch is now live for Flying Lab Studios' seafaring MMORPG. The update offers promised revisions to the avatar combat system in Pirates of the Burning Sea, as outlined on this page. They also offer a Swashbuckling Overview to help you get in touch with your inner Errol Flynn. Thanks Massively.

Unofficial Arcanum Patch

The Codex Forums now offer a new unofficial patch for Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, updating this RPG to version 081229. This is a homebrew patch, since developer Troika Games is no longer in business, and it looks like an ongoing project, as word is: "However, keep in mind, that this project doesn't tolerate any custom content at all. No balance changes as well. We just need to polish the game." A change log outlines what's new and different, and also outlines planned future changes. Downloads of the patch are mirrored on The Patches Scrolls.

NIMF Interview

Dr. David Walsh on Video Game Addiction on GameCyte is an extensive interview with Dr. David Walsh of the National Institute for Media and the Family (NIMF), discussing their self-appointed role as media watchdog. Their NIMF-hunting yields a conversation that covers the arguable premise that games can promote violence, the implications of video game addiction, and plays who watches the watchdogs in asking about their decision to accept a $50,000 donation from the Entertainment Software Association earlier this year, and the controversy over this apparent conflict of interest. Dr. Walsh offers interesting outlooks on these topics, here's a sample of a comment about addiction: "What my hope is is that thereís not a backlash against anyone. What my hope is is that thereís a recognition that for some people, this is a problem, and we have to figure out A.) how to prevent it from happening in the first place, or B.) for those for whom it does become a problem, figure out how to help them effectively. I would not hope that, just as I donít want to condemn an alcohol industry because some people become alcoholics, just as I donít want to close down all the casinos because there are some people who become compulsive gamblers, I would hope that we wouldnít go after companies that produce video games because for some people it becomes a problem."

2008: The Year in Lists, Part 21


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Safety Dance

Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Happy New Years Eve! I don't know about where you are, but we are getting an added bonus today of a fairly substantial snowfall. This has the potential to add further hazards to what is already a dangerous time to be on the roads, so here's hoping everybody takes extra care when driving today.

Countdown Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Santa Rockstar.
Kaleidoscope for Shelda's Mom. Thanks Digg.
Links: 15 Reasons PC Gaming Beats All. Thanks Digg.
2008: The Year the Geeks Took Over.
Stories: Times Square Goes Brightly Into That New Year. Thanks Digg.
Cera Arresting "Development" Movie? Poop.
'The dog's eaten the underwear again. Thanks Digg.
Science: How to knit a brain. Thanks Zdim.
Media: Do You Remember Life Before The Segway? NSFW.
The Sky in Motion.
Dog Cheats at the Track. Good doggie.
The Funnies: xkcd.

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