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Saturday, Jun 13, 2009

Flock! Patched

Steam News announces a new patch for Flock! that's now automatically available via Steam for the flocking platformer. The new version adds a new campaign, level editor tweaks, and a new creature to flock; a bunny, which comes with burrowing tunnels, and of course, a giant carrot.

Obsidian's Unannounced Game

The Feargus Urquhart Interview on GameBanshee talks with the Obsidian Entertainment CEO about the past, present and future. They talk about his days at Interplay, a little on the KOTOR series, Neverwinter Nights 2, Bethesda's Fallout 3, and more. Along the way he reveals they are developing an unannounced project:
We have been working on another title for the last four months that we can't talk about yet. It's going really well though and the team is really excited. It's using our own internal engine so we are really able to do things our way based upon everything we've learned about making RPGs in the past ten to fifteen years. Don't take that as a silent slam on Unreal - it's not. Our engine, like Unreal, is a tool and different jobs can be done better with tools that are made for them. There are things that our engine may never do as well as Unreal, but likewise there are things that our engine will do that will be better than Unreal.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Q&A

The MMO Gamer's Star Wars: The Old Republic Q&A chats with James Ohlen and Daniel Erickson of BioWare about Star Wars: The Old Republic. The extensive conversation follows the E3 presentation for the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG, covering a wide range of topics like heroic storytelling, progress on internal alpha testing, branching conversations, the inclusion of some signature BioWare role-playing, combat, creating story endpoints, and more.

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Out of the Blue

I think the insight I sought into the birdfeeder owner versus squirrel conflict has finally struck. I always understood this to be the homeowner declaring war on the squirrels, but it is now becoming apparent to me that it is the reverse. I got tired of watching the squirrels sit in a tree emptying the feeder, so I trimmed the branch tip that afforded this access. I was feeling pretty proud of what I assumed was a quick victory over the squirrels, since after that I did not see any of them on the feeder. That was before MrsBlue informed me that they had chewed a hole through the top of the bin where I was storing the bag of bird feed, and they were now stealing it right from the source. As I said, I get it now, it's the squirrels who have declared war on me, rather than vice versa.

Links of War: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Starcom. Thanks Jay is Games.
Casual Space.
Links: 8-Bit Schlock!
11 of the Worst Virtual Jobs in Video Games. Thanks Digg.
Epicurious Differs with Zagat Survey's Fast-Food Findings.
Stories: Boy Hit by Meteorite Traveling at 30,000 MPH. Want to know more? Thanks theAntiELVIS.
Homeowner Says Crews Demolished Wrong House.
Nuclear disaster averted by dirty laundry. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Can dogs really look 'guilty'?
Frogs Species Discovered Living In Elephant Dung.
Auctions: Scary washing machine. Thanks Sumo.
Media: Facebook Status-Off.
Meet the Fail Spy.
Follow-ups: 'Earl' won't move to TBS. Thanks Matthias.
Shuttle Endeavour grounded by hydrogen leak.
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