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Saturday, Oct 17, 2009


More Fallout Legal Fallout

This post on an investing website and this follow-up post are from an Interplay investor, who outlines the current state of the legal tussle between Bethesda and Interplay over rights to the Fallout series. The posts, obviously a bit biased towards Interplay, describe suits and countersuits, explaining that Interplay is currently attempting to persuade the court that Bethesda's interference in their attempts to sell older Fallout games leaves their contract null and void, and that Bethesda should pay them royalties for Fallout 3, something the shareholder making the post calls an "AMAZING LEGAL SWITCHAROO." Thanks No Mutants Allowed.

Slipgate Ironworks Pink Slips

Gamasutra reports on an undetermined number of layoffs at Slipgate Ironworks, the MMOG developer formed by John Romero. "As part of our focus on reaching the widest possible audiences with breakthrough MMO entertainment, we decided to change the format of our project at Slipgate Ironworks to better achieve this aim," they were told in a statement from Slipgate parent Gazillion Entertainment. "The game we'll launch will build on the efforts to date with a smaller core team and the other Slipgate staff are already in discussions around the many open positions across our slate of projects." Kotaku has an unconfirmed estimate that as many as 50 Slipgate employees were let go.

WoW Rep Gain Tweaks Coming?

A Warcraft Tweet from Blizzard tell us the Playable Test Realm is now testing increased reputation gains (thanks Kxmode). Word is:

Rep grinds getting you down? We have plans to test out increased reputation gains on the PTR for many of the Northrend reputations.

Star Trek Online Trailer

The Star Trek Online trailer on GameVideos is part one in a series on Cryptic's upcoming Trekkie MMORPG. The narrated clip outlines the timeline and back story of the game, offering some pre-alpha footage to illustrate what's being discussed.

Gatherings & Competitions

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Out of the Blue

Man, it is some nice brisk football weather in these parts these days. Of course that's not great news for the teams still playing baseball, but I'm not sure what the MLB powers-that-be think was going to happen when you make a schedule with more than half-the World Series falling (no pun intended) in November. Brrr.

Chilly Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: Test Pilot.
Submachine 6: The Edge.
Shadez 2: Battle for Earth.
Link: The Nerdy Dozens.
Stories: Neighbors Thought Dead Man Was Halloween Display. Thanks theAntiELVIS.
Commuter Railroads Build a Secret Minute Into Train Departures (registration required).
Science: New íspider pillí camera robots offer comfortable alternative to colonoscopy. Thanks dakslf.
Images: Vincent Van Gogh Cake.
Media: Expendables Trailer. Thanks DrEnter.
Cross-country Snowboarding. Thanks Digg.
Sega Office Prank.

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