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Thursday, May 07, 2009 National Space Day (USA)

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAAlpa Demo

The AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! Website now offers downloads of a playable alpha demo of Dejobaan Games' upcoming base-jumping game. Word on the game is: "In AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!, you dive off of a building and rely on quick reflexes to negotiate the intricate tangle of girders that make up the City. You perform aerial stunts at terminal velocity before parachuting into the arms of your cheering fans. While other skydivers have it easy, you have to earn the adoration of the crowds by gliding within an eyelash of that glass super-skyscraper at 91 miles per hour." The alpha demo is mirrored on AaaaaAtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

On Sale

Impulse is offering weekend sales on Making History Gold Edition and Age of Booty for half off, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Bundle Pack for $10.00 off, and the Hack and Slash Bundle for 75% off at $5.00. Meanwhile, Steam is offering Defense Grid: The Awakening for 75% off until May 13. Finally, Linux Game Publishing is holding a 24-hour sale on their penguin-friendly offerings (thanks Ant and LinuxGames).

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Movie, Delay

The Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Website is serving up a new video showing off Skira, the 220 square kilometer island that will serve as a battlefield in the upcoming military shooter. The clip is mirrored on ActionTrip and Gamer's Hell. Also, though the bottom of the page with the video still says "coming in summer 2009 for major console platforms and PC," the clip reveals a delay, as it concludes saying "Autumn 2009."

Huxley Beta Signups

ijji's Huxley Website is now accepting signups from those interested in beta testing this upcoming Unreal 3-engine MMO-FPS. Registration is being accepted over the next two weeks for testing that's scheduled to run in the beginning of June. Thanks Mike Martinez and 1Up.

StarCraft II Beta Signups Follow-up

In case yesterday's story about the new StarCraft II Beta opt-in form did not inspire you to register, the World of Warcraft Website lays it out for you, and OS X Reality reports that during the Activision earnings conference call Blizzard's Mike Morhaime said testing will begin "this summer." Here's word from the site:
The StarCraft II beta-test period is coming in the months ahead! If you'd like a chance to participate, now's the time to let us know. Simply go to the "Beta Profile Settings" page in account management to go through the new beta opt-in process and upload a snapshot of your system specs. During this process, you'll also have the opportunity to opt in to future betas for other Blizzard Entertainment games. Please note that even if you've opted in to our betas previously, you'll need to complete this new process and upload your current system specs to have a chance to be invited.

For more information, see the FAQ -- or create a account to opt in now. If you have an unused beta code from BlizzCon 2008 or WWI 2008, visit this site to enter your code.

New BattleForge Maps

Two new maps for BattleForge are now available, which represent the beginning of the Renegade Campaign, the first free content pack for the collectible card-based RTS game. Here's the party line on this: "The new live campaign will have players traveling south, deep into the Wastelands where they will follow the adventures of the white Juggernaut Mo – a monster with a dry wit and a heart as big as his appetite. He searches for his only friend, the savage orc Twinaxe, while his arch enemy, the vicious Captain Blight hunts him across the Wastelands, obsessed with taking down the White Juggernaut Mo. Along their adventure, they come across the trail of the greatest treasure ever known, the stolen treasure horde of the giants. With ogre witch doctors, flying ships and one angry Juggernaut, the Renegade Campaign is filled with adventure at every turn."

Need for Speed Undercover Patch

A new patch for Need for Speed Undercover is now online to update the racing game to version The patch is available from the Need for Speed Website, and some or all of the localized patches are mirrored on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, FileFront, and The Patches Scrolls.

Space Empires V Patch

Space Empires Universe now features a new patch for the US edition of Space Empires V to bring the space combat sequel to version 1.79. The new version tweaks stealth armor, adds a self-destruct function, and fixes a couple of bugs. Mirrors can be found on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and The Patches Scrolls.

Activision Financial Results

Activision beats earnings targets on strong sales has results for Activision Blizzard's first quarter of their fiscal year, where they report net income of $189 million (14 cents a share) and earnings of $111 million (8 cents a share), though comparisons to the same period last year are not available because of the whole Blizzard acquisition dealie.

DiRT 2 Movie

The DiRT2 Website has a new movie for Colin McRae: DiRT 2, revealing some DiRTy secrets about the rally racing sequel via a studio tour. This clip can also be found on ActionTrip, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.

All Aspect Warfare Movie

A new movie from All Aspect Warfare called "Sunset Rush" shows off 18 minutes of fighting from 3000AD's upcoming open world sci-fi combat game, shown from the perspective of the Gammulan Force Recon Marine. Some new screenshots from the game are online, and the movie is posted on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.


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Thanks Mike Martinez.

Into the Black

Odd Day. Thanks Mike Martinez.

R.I.P.: Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans dies. Thanks Brad O.

Fallout 3 Broken Steel Fixed

Games for Windows LIVE is now offering a fixed Windows version of the Broken Steel DLC for Fallout 3, Bethesda Softworks' action/RPG sequel. The DLC was first released on Tuesday, but could not be properly installed at that time due to a problem that Bethesda says was caused by a Games for Windows DRM error. Thanks Will and Bill.

3D Realms Closing?

3D Realms is shutting down according to a report on Shacknews that's confirmed by a post on the 3D Realms Forums by Joe Siegler, who says: "It's not a marketing thing. It's true. I have nothing further to say at this time." 3D Realms has been otherwise silent on this topic so far, but publisher Deep Silver and newly formed Apogee are unaffected by the news, as they say: "Deep Silver and Apogee Software are not affected by the situation at 3D Realms. Development on the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned." According to Shack the closure is due to funding issues, and they have a statement from Take Two who claim to still own publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever, but that they have not been funding development of 3D Realms' flagship game.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

The good news is the rains returned, and should help my newly patched lawn, but the bad news is I had a rough night with a panicky Hudson the wonder dog, as the thunder and lightning went on for hours. This threw off my whole updating mojo, which of course would happen right when there was a big story to report. Oh well, sorry about that.

Returning Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Spewer.
Cargo Bridge.
Links: Instruction Manuals for the USS Enterprise.
Chuck Norris Protects Croatian Bakery From Burglars.
Stories: Too Fat for the Boy Scouts? New Weight Requirement Angers Some.
Hubble Repair Becomes IMAX 3D Film.
Afghanistan's only pig quarantined in flu fear.
Science: Self-Mending Concrete Bends Like Rubber, Heals Like Flesh. Tastes like chicken.
DNA test could shed light on Lincoln's last days, doctor says.
Images: 8-Bit Fatalities - a set on Flickr. Thanks Digg.
Media: Visceral Left 4 Dead.
Nerd sets new WoW power leveling record- lv 1-70 - 48 hours.
The Easy Way to Make Your Cat Fun Again.
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