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Monday, Jun 08, 2009 World Oceans Day

Team Fortress 2 Patched

Steam News has details on a new patch that's now automatically available for Team Fortress 2, Valve's teamplay shooter. The new version adds a "Discard" button to the item pickup panel, adds a backstab custom death animation to the Heavy, changes the Dead Ringer so it can be activated while carrying the flag, and more. The notes also include an entry about a Day of Defeat: Source server crash that's fixed.

New X-Motor Racing & Demo

The X-Motor Racing Website announces a new version 1.13 of this independently developed racing simulation, is now available, along with a new version 1.13 demo for the game. For registered owners, the new version can be acquired through the in-game update menu, while new users can download the demo from AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell. Changes since version 1.12 include physics, network code, graphics code, and replay optimizations as well as support for "all screen resolutions."

Dragon Age: Origins Q&A

The Story Thing: BioWare's David Gaider Speaks on Gamasutra is an interview with the BioWare writer about his career. They discuss how he came to be a writer in the games industry, and also one of BioWare's current projects, furthering the suggestion that Dragon Age: Origins will be the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate: "Mass Effect is great -- it's more cinematic -- whereas with Dragon Age, we're definitely going to something that's a little more traditional. There's nothing wrong with traditional. We're looking at our Baldur's Gate roots. I know they whip that out in the marketing a lot, but Baldur's Gate II was my first game. I think nothing compares to your first. For me, it was this wonderful experience where we were working with a tried and true engine, which is a great place to be because you can start creating content and test it right from the beginning."

Champions Online Interview

Champions Online exklusives Interview mit Bill Roper on GBASE is a German-language interview with Cryptic's Bill Roper about their upcoming MMORPG. English speakers fear not, as "Das Originalinterview in englischer Sprache" is also available here for your reading pleasure. They ask the Executive Producer on the project a number of questions about how the game will play and how servers will operate on the back-end. On a related noted Cryptic has released four new Champions Online screenshots.

Overlord II Movies

A new Overlord II trailer shows off the benefits of a career in Overlording in the upcoming minion-happy sequel from Triumph Studios. Word is: "A range of subjects are covered: from brightening up your dark and foreboding fortress with a few feisty maidens to making the most of your downtime after a hard day covering a range of subjects. (In a shower of molten lava or large rocks, usually.)" The clip is available on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell. There's also a third clip in this "Minionstry of Information" series on Gamer's Hell.

Evening Screenshots

WAR Changes Postponed

The Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Forums announce the postponement of the combat and career changes planned for the upcoming version 1.3 patch for Mythic's MMORPG (thanks IncGamers). According to producer Adam Gershowitz some of their planned changes turned out to be controversial, and they are being removed from the patch in order to concentrate on the new Land of the Dead zone, and they will begin testing career changes anew once the version 1.3 patch is released. Here's an excerpt:
Version 1.3 introduces numerous positive career changes, such as the ongoing Archmage / Shaman revamp, reductions in AoE effectiveness, and smaller targeted improvements to the Rune Priest, Zealot, Marauder, Magus, and White Lion careers; however, we have also found a number of changes to be controversial within the community, including the adjustments to Stat Factors, Healing Effectiveness, and concerns about the Warrior Priest and Disciple careers. Due to the complexity of the changes, it becomes very difficult to simply separate out specific items from the patch without altering other changes in unexpected ways. As a result of this, and to ensure the very best possible patch content, we have decided to split the Career balance changes out of our 1.3 patch. This will allow us to continue working with our Public Test community to further shape the upcoming career adjustments into a more stable, understandable, and fun experience for all.

Career balance changes will be removed from our PTS server starting in Phase 3 of version 1.3 testing, allowing players to focus on testing and feedback for our new Land of the Dead zone. We plan to re-open balance testing for career changes shortly after the release of our 1.3 patch so that we can continue working with the community on these changes and improvements to WAR.

The Old Republic Website Diary, Comic

A new diary on the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website is titled "Happiness is a Warm Gun," as Principal Lead Combat Designer Damion Schubert invokes The White Album in discussing creating the Trooper class in the Star Wars MMORPG. Also, as noted here the eighth issue of Threat of Peace is live, offering the latest installment in this online comic series providing the back story for the game.

Action Half-Life 2

Mod DB now offers the debut release of Action Half-Life 2, a new installment in the "Action" series of modifications that enjoyed incredible popularity back in the day. Word is: "Since it's a first release, beta, etcetera etcetera, yada yada, you know this talk: It's by no means done, polished or complete. It's rough around the edges and in various other places, but so far we've been having a massive blast playing it, and we hope you will too." Thanks Ant.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Someone asked about the name of the show I saw on D-Day, and since I looked it up for him I thought I'd share it here in case anyone else is interested. It was a special on the Smithsonian Channel (who knew they had a channel?) called Timewatch: D-Day: The True Story of Omaha, and it was a fascinating, if grim, explanation of the way the invasion of Omaha Beach unfolded.

Fascinating Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Brain Chef. Fight zombies, gameshow hosts, and copyright abuse. Thanks Boing Boing.
Barbarian Onslaught: The Secret of Steel.
Roly-Poly Cannon 2.
Story: 'Global Warming is Baloney' Signs Put the Heat on Burger King. Thanks Roger.
Images: Fail Pictures from FailBlog.org.
Media: Africa (Acapella cover). Thanks Doug.
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