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Monday, Oct 19, 2009


Borderlands Midnight Madness & Trailers

Gearbox announces 1300 GameStop locations will be open at midnight tonight/tomorrow to sell the console editions of Borderlands as soon as they go on sale. They've already announced locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth where Gearbox employees will be in attendance, and this forum post is where you can find other stores where they are burning some midnight oil to serve your immediate gratification needs. In other Borderlands news, Gametrailers now offers a bunch of new media from the role-playing shooter: The Opening Cinematic and some gameplay clips: Skagzilla, Co-Op Shootout, Headstone Mine, Lost Cave, and Windmill Camp.

Diablo III Mana Replacement Plans & Q&A

Blizzard tweets from their Diablo account to solicit thoughts on their plan to replace mana in Diablo III with class-specific resources: "We're looking to give each class in Diablo III a unique resource system, instead of everyone using mana. Thoughts?" Also, there's a Diablo III Q&A on Hellforge talking with Leonard Boyarsky about quests, plans for post-release content, NPCs, locations, and more.

East India Company Privateer Preorders

Paradox Interactive announces that preorders are now underway for East India Company Privateer, the upcoming expansion for East India Company, the naval RTS game. They say they should be underway on all the major distribution portals, but as of now, it is only available on GamersGate. Word is: "East India Company: Privateer requires the original game East India Company, which is now available at 50% off for a limited time with the purchase of Privateer at most digital download portals. The expansion East India Company: Privateer will be exclusively available for digital download at all major digital download portals for a suggested retail price of €9.99 and $9.99."

Console Classix

The Console Classix Website is a subscription site offering a way to play thousands of classic console games on your PC legally using the original ROMs. A free trial is available, and word is: "This classic game library includes nearly every game ever released for 10 different systems: Sega Genesis, NES, Super Nintendo, ColecoVision, Atari 2600, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. Additionally, with the improved user interface it is even easier to browse for your favorite games and the overall experience is more seamless than previous versions."

Impulse Top 10

Fairytale Fights Trailer

A new Fairytale Fights trailer on features a little gameplay, but is mostly a live action romp where porn star Ron Jeremy plays thespian and tries to get a couple of maidens to act lesbian. No really.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Popping the Question in Super Mario World - Dawwwww. Thanks Mike Martinez.

Ships Ahoy - Strike Fighters 2 Israel

Third Wire Productions announces the release of Strike Fighters 2 Israel, saying the latest installment in their combat flight simulator series is DRM-free, and for sale via digital distribution in their Online Store. They say: "The game is a stand-alone product and does not require Strike Fighters 2 to play, but if you already have Strike Fighters 2, Strike Fighters 2 Vietnam, Strike Fighters 2 Europe, the games are merged to make all the stock aircraft available." Here's a bit on the game itself: "An updated version of Wings Over Israel, a jet combat game set in 1967-1982 Middle East conflicts. Fly the Mirage IIICJ Shahak, Nesher, Kfir, A-4 Ahit, F-4 Kurnass, F-15 Baz, and F-16 Netz!" Thanks Jim.

On Torchlight & the Torchlight MMOG

The Torchlight Interview, Part I and Part II on Crispy Gamer talk with Max "Power" Shaefer, Jason "Boom Boom" Beck and Travis "Bickle" Baldtree of Runic Games about Torchlight, their upcoming action/RPG, as well as plans to follow it up with an MMOG. They discuss specifics in Torchlight, rehash the demise of Flagship Studios, and get some details about the MMOG that will follow, which will probably have "Torchlight" in the title somewhere, and will execute many of the ideas they were working on for Mythos when Flagship sank.

D&D Surface Demo

There's a Surfacescapes Demo Walkthrough on Vimeo showing a proof of concept developed by Carnegie Mellon University showing Dungeons & Dragons being played on one of those Microsoft surface dealies that are destroying newscasts everywhere. The clip shows how the interface works for players and game masters, and the result is fairly nerdgasmic. Thanks Slashdot.

FIFA Manager 10 Demo

The FIFA Manager 10 Website now has the release of a playable demo for FIFA Manager 10, the latest installment in the association football/soccer series. The demo is available here (direct link) and it is mirrored on AtomicGamer, FanGaming, and Gamer's Hell. Here's word:

In the demo which is released today, you can play half a season in one of the top leagues from England, Germany, France, Italy, Poland and Spain. The respective save games can be continued with the final version.

The demo of FIFA MANAGER 10 contains all the available match modes of the full game such as the 3D match, text mode, videotext and instant results. You can try out the improved 3D match engine featuring your manager on the sideline and the new user interface with resolutions up to 1920*1200.

In order to minimize the download size, the FIFA MANAGER 10 Demo waives 3D player faces, 3D commentary as well as the free online mode which is included in FIFA MANAGER 10´s full game for the first time.

Machinarium & Demo Now Available

Amanita Design (Samorost and Samorost2) announce the availability of Machinarium, their first full-scale game project. There's a web-based three level playable demo of the point-and-click puzzle/adventure game on the Machinarium Website, where the game is also available for purchase via digital distribution. The Windows edition is also for sale on Direct2Drive, Impulse, and Steam, and the Mac edition is being sold on Direct2Drive.

Batman: Arkham Asylum Interview

Rocksteady's Sefton Hill Unmasks Batman: Arkham Asylum on Gamasutra talks about the reception met by Batman: Arkham Asylum, the recently released superhero game. They discuss the commercial and critical reception of the game, why Batman games are hard to get right, influences from other games, storytelling, challenges they encountered, lessons learned from the project, their development focus, and more.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Interview

The Star Wars: The Old Republic interview on The MMO Gamer chats with BioWare's Blaine Christine about the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG. Topics include "interfacing" with LucasArts, what will make the game great, playing as a bad guy, morality and how you can play as a light Sith or a dark Jedi, how much of the game is combat, and why anyone will want to play as anything but a Jedi.

Dragon Age: Origins Interview

The Dragon Age: Origins Interview on Strategy Informer converses with Mark Darrah about BioWare's upcoming role-playing game. Topics are pretty general, covering things like favorite characters to play, favored romance scenarios, the length of his first play through of the game, the future of the RPG genre, working with EA, and more.

E.Y.E Delayed

Streum On Studio announces a delay to E.Y.E, their Source-engine shooter/RPG that was planned for release last spring, so this announcement is a bit belated. The E.Y.E Website also has some new screenshots and says the game now contains more than 50 technology researches, 26 artifacts, and over 120 secondary quests. As for the delay, they share the following: "E.Y.E's release is delayed to an indeterminate date - we hope before the end of the year - in order to add 3 new chapters, new enemies, new researches and new secondary missions. But before all to balance these new features the best we can." Here is a big batch of new E.Y.E screenshots.

DOOM 3 Dark Mod

The Dark Mod Website now offers a version 1.00 public beta of this medieval steampunk stealth modification for DOOM 3 that attempts to recreate the stealthy feel of the Thief series from Looking Glass Studios. Word is: "With the release of The Dark Mod: Beta 1.00, Broken Glass Studios is providing the modding community with a sophisticated editing suite. All the assets and resources necessary to build playable missions are included, plus a level editor, DarkRadiant, which has been custom designed for the needs of Dark Mod mapping."

TrackMania Forever Patch & Server

The TrackMania Forums now feature a new version 2009-10-09 dedicated server for TrackMania Forever, the latest installment in Nadeo's racing series. There is also a new "fix for the game" that was posted for testing, but has since had the "beta" designation removed since no problems have been reported. Thanks Frans.

Assassin's Creed II Movie This Month, Teaser Now

Assassin’s Creed: Lineage, the first movie prequel to Assassin's Creed II, will debut on the YouTube on October 27, reports VentureBeat where they follow up on Ubisoft's plans for movies for the stealth action sequel from Hybride Technologies, the Canadian movie effects company Ubisoft acquired last year. In the meantime, GameVideos has a 40-seconde teaser from the clip. Word is there will be three such movies totaling about 38 minutes of running time, featuring actors from the game and green-screen special effects. The majority of the article discusses the prospects of Ubisoft eventually creating full Hollywood productions, and there is talk of creating media to support their Tom Clancy property.

StarCraft II Battle Report

Italian website now offers the fourth Battle Report from StarCraft II, calling the clip "esclusivo," and it is indeed not yet on the StarCraft II Website. The clip features a match between two players on "Lost Temple," a tweaked map from the original game. The match features expert commentary rattled off in a manner that would make an auctioneer jealous.

Shattered Horizon Trailer

The Shattered Horizon Website points the way to a Shattered Horizon trailer on offering the first-in-game footage from this zero-G shooter in the works at Futuremark Games Studio. Word is: "The first trailer for Shattered Horizon to show in-game footage, this new video shows two players working together to take control of an asteroid being mined in near-Earth space. Players use rocket packs to fly freely through space and can land on any surface, surprising opponents by attacking from unexpected angles." Also, here are four new Shattered Horizon screenshots.

EV Online becomes Xeno

Evolution Vault announces a name change for EV Online to Xeno, to remove the pretty obvious confusion between this space-based MMOG and EVE Online, CCP's space-based MMOG. Word is: "The decision was taken in order to avoid potential trademark infringement and unfair redirection of organic search to the competition. We know that the success of our game is about the community and content, not the name."

Aion Halloween Event

IncGamers has details on "Harvest Revel," the Halloween event to run in Aion from October 25-31. Word is each day will feature rewards and treats, and there will also be new lore revelations in NCsoft's MMORPG.


There are some KOTOR 2 Questions on the Obsidian Forum Community answered by Chris Avellone, headed up by a spoiler warning for those who have not played the Star Wars RPG sequel. Topics include the way the Jedi are portrayed in the KOTOR series, whether the game's ending was crafted to lead to another sequel, working with LucasArts, a couple of questions about in-game advents, and some advise for new game designers. Thanks Acleacius via RPGWatch.

Op Ed - How Far Has PC Gaming Come?
Seriously, look how far we’ve come in just the last ten or twenty years – and do it because that’s the best way to see why PC gaming is so strong. We’ve been mulling the topic over in our heads since the last feature and we're convinced that, though there’s more chaff on the market than ever before and that can easily distract gamers from the shape of the overall market, the high points of PC gaming are getting progressively higher.

Gamer Limit - Why video game journalism is unlike any other field.
As a result, most, nay, all of my peers, including myself, write not only for our audience, but for each other. Behind the scenes, in the depths of Twitter, LinkedIn and other various social networks, we refer and discuss each other’s work. We pick it apart, we ask blunt questions, but generally we hope that what we’ve developed encourages debate and pushes us one step closer to that holy grail of reputation.

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  • The Dom3Wiki is online with loads of Dominions 3: The Awakening skinny…

Out of the Blue

Well, as expected, yesterday turned out to be the Giants' first big test of the season. Unfortunately it was not a very big test for the Saints at all. Ouch!

Hurting Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: GUNROX - Gang Wars.
Wind Power.
Links: Top Ten Sexually Awkward Video Game Moments 2.
Science: Not all EnergyStar goods measure up, report finds.
Images: Left 4 Dead Jack-o-Lantern. Thanks Ralph.
Zombie Cake. Thanks Digg.
Media: Wii infomercial fail.
Kareem Abdul Jabar Should Really Know This...
Top 10 Craziest Things People Say About Tom Cruise On The Net.
The Funnies: UserFriendly.
ActionTrip Comic Strip- Destined For Greatness.
Abstruse Goose » Scenes From a Retirement Community. Thanks Digg.

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