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Monday, Jul 06, 2009

Demigod Hotfix

Impulse announces the availability of a new hotfix for version 1.1 of Demigod, the action/strategy game from Gas Powered Games:
Stardock Entertainment and Gas Powered Games have released a hotfix for version 1.1 of their action/strategy game, Demigod today. Available now via Impulse to all registered customers, the hotfix resolves: a crash bug while purchasing skills/items while dead, a fix for choosing the Random demigod option in multiplayer games, and a fix for favor items not being saved between matches.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patches

As noted on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Website, new patches are now available to update GSC Game World's irradiated shooter prequel to version 1.5.10. There are a multitude of patches, depending on the language of your copy of the game, and whether it is the boxed retail edition or a digitally distributed edition. The patches are located in their downloads area, and are mirrored on The Patches Scrolls, who found this news, as well as on AtomicGamer.

Ubisoft Toronto Planned

Ubisoft planning Toronto studio has news that Ubisoft is planning to take off, to the great white north, take off, it's a beauty way to go (thanks Dave). Here's word on the incentives involved:
TORONTO -- French interactive game maker Ubisoft on Monday unveiled plans to open a Toronto development studio, with the Ontario provincial government pitching in $226 million over 10 years to create 800 jobs.

The move follows the Ontario provincial government in May announcing it will invest $20.5 million into the Starz Animation Toronto 3D cartoon studio over the next five years to create and retain high-tech jobs locally.

In its latest digital industry investment, Ontario will help Ubisoft open its fourth Canadian studio in Toronto, alongside existing facilities in Montreal and Quebec City, where the game maker employs about 2,000 people, and another in Vancouver opened this year.

As part of its agreement with the Ontario government, Ubisoft will invest another $500 million in the new Toronto studio over the next decade, after the facility opens its doors in late 2009. Ubisoft Toronto will be overseen by Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal, the game maker's flagship development studio.

BioWare on Casual/Mature Games

BioWare: Mature industry can drop violence from games is a quote from this morning's BioWare interview. It seems they are not talking about hardcore gamers here, it sounds more like they are talking about expanding to a more casual audience. Specifically Dr. Greg says: "I think once we've got the breadth of audience available to us, there could be really good opportunities created by different people coming to games that are story-driven."

Section 8 Movie

A new movie from Section 8 is now available, offering a bunch of gameplay from TimeGate's upcoming first-person shooter. Mechs, jetpacks, and things going boom are all the order of the day, and the clip showing them off is available on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, and Gamer's Hell.

Operation Flashpoint.: Dragon Rising Movie

The Operation Flashpoint.: Dragon Rising Website now features a new movie from the upcoming military shooter sequel. The clip is called "fear and anticipation," in which we "Witness the ruthless precision of the US Special Forces and feel the fear of impending battle."

Evening Previews

  • Metro 2033 on SKOAR. Thanks Mike Martinez.

Into the Black

Link of the Evening: Saving Private Remi. Thanks Morris.

R.I.P.: Robert McNamara Dies. Thanks Mike Martinez.

LucasArts Classic Rereleases

LucasArts has made the big announcement they promised, revealing plans to re-release some of their classic adventure games via digital distribution on Steam. The first batch of games is to be released on Wednesday; here's word:
In this first round of releases, ten fan-favorite LucasArts PC games will be made available Wednesday, July 8 on Steam®, Valve Corporation's delivery and management platform for the PC. Scheduled for release are classic adventure titles like LOOM and The Dig and hit action games including Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Republic Commando.

The complete list of games to be released on July 8 via Steam includes:

Armed and Dangerous™
Indiana Jones® and the Fate of Atlantis
Indiana Jones® and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
Star Wars Battlefront® II
Star Wars Republic Commando®
Star Wars Starfighter™
The Dig®
Thrillville®: Off the Rails™

“This effort is going to make it possible to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to LucasArts’ classic games,” said Darrell Rodriguez, president of LucasArts. “It also gives more people a chance to play our games by making them available long after they’ve disappeared from store shelves. We hope our fans are as excited as we are about our plans and we can’t wait to share what’s coming next. This is just the beginning.”

This series of launches continues LucasArts’ new mission to revitalize its deep portfolio of beloved gaming franchises.

DiRT 2 Delayed for DirectX 11

Codemasters announces the Games For Windows LIVE edition of Colin McRae: DiRT 2 is delayed until December 2009, explaining the game will support DirectX 11 out of the box. Word is:
With the introduction of Microsoft Windows 7, DirectX 11 will be made available both as part of the operating system and as a downloadable update to Windows Vista. Codemasters intends to immediately take advantage of DirectX 11 features that add to the realism of the racing environment. Hardware tessellation will further improve the appearance of water and other surfaces as well as crowd animations.

The shader performance of Shader Model 5.0 (SM 5.0) will aid in creating an even richer 3D experience, enhancing key image quality parameters such as depth of field, ambient occlusion and shadows. These DirectX 11 features, and many others, will add the horsepower needed to improve performance.

Football Manager Live Trials

This Football Manager Live Website offers a limited number of free playable trials of Football Manager Live, the MMO sports game. There are currently about 2200 copies left, so if you're interested, you should hurry. Thanks VG247.

Advance Left 4 Dead 2 Demo for Preorders

A report we missed last week on Official Xbox 360 Magazine indicates the release of Left 4 Dead 2 in November will be preceded by a playable demo (thanks Kotaku). "With Left 4 Dead in particular we've found that word of mouth really is the strongest thing," is how they quote Valve's Doug Lombardi. "With Left 4 Dead 2 we plan to do a demo before the game comes out that'll have multiplayer in it. And hopefully we can continue the free weekends with the full game post-launch." According to Joystiq, Lombardi tells them there will be advance access to the demo for customers who preorder the multiplayer zombie game through participating retailers or Steam.

On the WoW Business Model

Blizzard's Tom Chilton on the future of WoW on discusses the future of World of Warcraft (thanks Joystiq). They ask about the business model for Blizzard's MMORPG, and Tom does not rule out the possibility that the game could eventually evolve to use a subscription-free model with microtransaction support, though this would be way down the road:
I certainly think it's possible that we could do some kind of micro-transaction stuff. Whether or not World of Warcraft ever goes the direction of, I guess like Anarchy Online has gone the direction of going free-to-play with micro-transactions. Whether we ever shift to a free-to-play model is really too hard to say at this point. Anything I say now could easily five years from now end up seeming like, oh my gosh, that was an incredibly dumb thing to say, how naive!

BioWare Interviews

Doctors On Call on talks with doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk about the state of the game industry and what's up at BioWare. Here's a bit on what they see doing with Project Natal: "It could, yeah. I think it applies very much to an emotionally-engaging narrative and a story-driven game. Fulfilling characterisation more completely in games is I guess a way to achieve that. So it's something we'd be interested in exploring. We haven't made any announcements or anything, but it's an intriguing technology that I think we'd want to see more of and see what we could do with it."

Morning Previews

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

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Play: Scramball 2. Thanks UserFriendly.
Links: Strange Patriotism- The American Flag's Weirdest Moments On Film.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. Thanks Slashdot (Most Ridiculous Car on the Planet?).
Science: Shrinking sheep? Ewe’ve got to be kidding me. Thanks Neutronbeam.
NASA Hedges Their Bets On Return To Moon.
Images: Wiener designs. Thanks Neatorama.
The home theatre surround sound system.
Media: Twitter Cops. NSFW.
The Axis of Awesome 4 Chords. NSFW.
Target Women With Sarah Haskins- Women in the Media Videos.
The Funnies: xkcd - Cutting Edge.
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