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Monday, Feb 16, 2009


TF2 & DoD: Source Patched

Steam News has word that new updates are now automatically available for Team Fortress 2 and Day of Defeat: Source. The new version of TF2 tweaks sticky bombs, moves the unlockable system to their new backend, tweaks some variables and more. The Day of Defeat: Source update closes off some client exploit; fixes that have likewise been applied to TF2.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Consolidation



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Into the Black

Watchmen Next Month

The Watchmen: The End is Nigh Website now reveals the release date for the upcoming superhero game. A new trailer concludes saying "Download the game March 2009," and the site is now emblazoned with 03.04.09, which directly corresponds with a countdown time that currently reads 15 days, 13 hours, and 30-some minutes as well as the planned release of the tie-in movie that same week. The site also has logos for D2D and Steam indicating how the game is to be distributed on PCs, and there is also a page that reflects upon how this game has been described as episodic, though it sounds like there will just be two episodes, as there is a non-explanation of what to expect from Part Two: "Learn more about the second installment of the Watchmen downloadable game series coming soon." Thanks Mike Martinez and Joystiq.

Battle Group Commander: Episode One Ships

Shrapnel Games announces Battle Group Commander: Episode One, kicking off a series of episodic modern warfare simulations centered on the activities of Battle Groups, a British battalion-sized formation that combines armor, infantry, artillery, and other assets into a combined arms team. The first episode is already available for digital distribution for $14.99, and here's the word:

Battle Group Commander: Episode One is designed by Gary Bezant, former member of the British Army and designer of the controversial ProSIM title, The Falklands War: 1982 (also published by Shrapnel Games). Episode One allows players to step into the boots of a Battle Group Commander (imagine that!) and fight a Soviet-style enemy in the Salisbury Plain Training Area of England (analogous to the NTC in the US). No word yet on whether steaks will also be involved.

Powered by the Air Assault Task Force engine, Battle Group Commander: Episode One gives players everything they've come to expect from a ProSIM title. Players can command units individually or by company in pausable real time. Detailed weapons modeling allowing for individual weapon destruction. Terrain that is derived from real world digital elevation mapping. Intuitive GUI. Aggressive AI that uses a variety of operational plans for great replayability. Realism and playability, the dream of every wargamer, all found in Battle Group Commander: Episode One.

Conquest! Medieval Realms Announced

Slitherine announces Conquest! Medieval Realms, planned for digital distribution next month as output of their Kameleon Project that supports small development teams. This turn-based strategy game is under construction at Illustrious Software, and the object is to conquer up to seven opposing players (either AI or humans) by defeating their armies and capturing their lands. Here's word:

Conquest ! Medieval Realms, will be packed with hours and hours of clever fun-packed, brain-bending strategy gaming.

• Conquest! is a simple game to learn, but you will need strategy, tactics and cunning if you expect to defeat all of your enemies and rule the world.
• Play as the English or the French in the Hundred Years War, or fight the Wars of the Roses.
• Play games with up to 8 human players across a LAN or the internet.
• Try your skill against 5 levels of AI in the campaign or skirmish modes.
• Randomly generated maps give you billions of potential battlefields to fight on.
• Use the included editors to create your own maps and campaigns

Work at Gearbox

The Gearbox Software Website outlines some new job openings the developer is looking to fill at its Plano, TX-based offices. They have a number of positions, all presented with this explanation: "Gearbox Software is an award winning studio that prides itself on having one of the most generous compensation and benefits packages in the industry. The company strives to create a work culture and environment that is conducive to creating the best videogames in the industry. Gearbox Software's objectives are to create the best game, using the latest technologies while fostering a happy and creative environment."

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  • Yankee Air Pirate 2 on SimHQ.

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Out of the Blue

Amid all the recent notes about birthdays, I failed to acknowledge the 10th birthday of Blammo, as the database underling the site here launched on February 13, 1999. Thanks to some smart programming by furn and some smart upkeep by Frans, our CMS, which predates the term CMS, has served quite admirably for most of that time, and if we never changed another thing, would likely keep running like a top for decades.

Blammo Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Sonic Origins.
SWAT 2 - Tactical Sniper.
Story: Air Force One is one 'spiffy ride,' Obama says. Thanks brother19.
Media: Alec Baldwin Gets X-Rated With Wii On SNL.
David after the divorce- First the dentist, now this!
Robot Chicken-Inspector Gadget.

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