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Friday, Feb 19, 2010


King Arthur Expansion Plans

NeoCoreGames announces plans for two expansions for King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame to be released in March and April of this year, adding Saxon and Welsh content and campaigns to the game, as well as a new economic system with a sandbox campaign structure. The full announcement follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Metro 2033 Gets Steamworks

Steam News reports that THQ and Valve have reached an agreement to include Steamworks support in Metro 2033, the upcoming post-apocalyptic first-person shooter. Word is: "THQ and Valve today announced an agreement to power the PC version of 4A Games' Metro 2033 with a collection of Steamworks features and to offer the title electronically to the 25 million-plus gamers playing PC games via Steam." They also offer a reminder that preordering the game through Steam will get you a free copy of Red Faction: Guerrilla.

Left 4 Dead 2 & More Steam Patches

Steam News announces the release of a new automatic update for Left 4 Dead 2, Valve's co-op zombie shooter sequel, as well as a new auto-update for Massive Assault Network 2 and Toki Tori. The Left 4 Dead 2 change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Infocom Tease

The Infocom Interactive Fiction Website is online, adorned with the subtitle "Interactive Fiction revisited" (thanks Kxmode). Infocom produced some classic text based adventures in the 1980s, most notably Zork, eventually being acquired by Activision, who shut them down in 1989. The website has an image teasing what this is all about in the classic style of the old-school Infocom text adventures (except for the fact that it is a graphic, of course), reading:


We'd guess this has something to do with mobiles, except the lower left-hand corner of the image seems to say something about "Windows & Apple."

AIAS Award Winners

The Academy Of Interactive Arts & Sciences announces the winners of their 2010 Achievement Awards (Adobe Acrobat format). Their game of the year winner is Uncharted 2: Among Thieves., which picked up a number of other awards. Games available for the PC that were honored include Street Fighter IV (fighting game of the year), FIFA Soccer 10 (sports game of the year), Dragon Age: Origins (role-playing/massively multiplayer game of the year), Batman: Arkham Asylum (outstanding achievement in game design, outstanding achievement in story - adapted, and outstanding character performance - joker), Farmville (social game of the year), and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (action game of the year and outstanding achievement in online game play).

CoD: Vietnam Confirmation?

A casting call for Call of Duty-related "voice over/motion capture" work for an Activision "video game" describing character Frank Barnes as being part of an elite Vietnam unit has been uncovered by VG247, seemingly confirming long running rumors that the next installment in the military shooter series will be set during the Vietnam War. Whatever the setting, the next installment in the series is under development at Treyarch, and is expected for release sometime this year.

Medal of Honor Stays Lean

Wary of the recent trend of first-person shooter removing expected features rather than adding them, IncGamers has received reassurances from Medal of Honor executive producer Greg Goodrich that the upcoming Medal of Honor game will retain the "lean" feature, and the ability to peek around corners. "Peek and lean is something that has always been in Medal of Honor, and we'll keep that," he tells them. "Even though we're moving onto a new war, a new enemy, and a new warrior, there are certain things that will remain, independent of what the timeframe is and who the enemy is."

PC Clover Next Month

The PC edition of Clover: A Curious Tale is due on March 3, offering Windows users the chance to sample the side-scroller that's already made its mark on Xbox 360. Word on the Binary Tweed Website is "Clover: A Curious Tale. PC. Worldwide. Wednesday 3rd March. English, French & Spanish. Multiple distribution channels." Thanks Eurogamer.

More STO Klingon Content "Soon"

Star Trek Online executive producer Craig Zinkievich tells IncGamers to expect more Klingon content for the Trekkie MMORPG "soon." Word is: "Klingons will soon receive a new Star Cluster to explore as well as a brand new Fleet Action, with much more to come."

Switzerland Mulls Violent Game Ban

A violent games ban is under consideration in Switzerland, reports MCV, saying a couple of resolutions are under consideration by the Swiss parliament. One measure would make it illegal to purchase games with no PEGI rating and tightens rules about presenting ID to purchase adult games. Another, more restrictive, measure is also under consideration that would enforce an outright ban of adult titles.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 DirectX 11 Details

There's a Battlefield: Bad Company 2 interview on PC Games Hardware chatting with Anders Gyllenberg of DICE, discussing technical details about the Frostbite engine and support for DirectX 11 features. Along the way a gameplay question gets jammed in there, as a question about DirectX 9 oddly asks about the missing prone feature, receiving this response: "Regarding prone that is a design decision which we won’t change in the full game."

M.U.D. TV German Demo

A playable demo for the German edition of M.U.D. TV offers a sample for this simulation of running a television station for those who speak Deutsch or the adventurous. The demo is a 317+ MB download, which is available on FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and WorthPlaying. We're told an English demo may follow as soon as today.

Ships Ahoy - X3: Gold Edition

The X3: Gold Edition is now available at North American retail stores, offering a big old bundle of space combat gaming, announces EGOSOFT. The X3: Gold Edition includes X3: Reunion version 2.5 (including the Bala GI Missions), X3: Terran Conflict 2.5 (including The Aldrin Missions), the X3: Terran Conflict Soundtrack CD, and X-Universe Personal Uplink access, which is part of the EGOSOFT online community allowing players to compare their X-Universe statistics with each other.

Project Offset Trailer

There's a "Blind Giant" tech demo trailer from Project Offset on YouTube, showing off the engine for the upcoming first-person shooter from Intel's Offset Software. The brief clip shows off some advanced lighting and particle effects as well as destructible environments. Thanks inCrysis.

Dragon Age Awakening Interview

No Time for Romance: A Dragon Age: Origins -- Awakening Interview on BitMob chats with Fernando Melo, the Online Producer for Dragon Age: Origins, who discusses the upcoming Awakening expansion for BioWare's RPG. Topics include the origins of the add-on, how development of the PC and console editions of the game and add-on interacted, the timeline this all follows, returning characters, balance and tweaking, gore, that there will be no further sexual relationships explored in Awakening, and more.

Planet Calypso Patched

MindArk subsidiary First Planet Company announces a new version 2010|01 content update is live in Planet Calypso, the CryENGINE 2 MMO real-estate speculation game. This page outlines all the changes and new features in the update, including a preview of a quest/mission system and a graphical overhaul.

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Out of the Blue

Apologies in advance for what I think will be a disrupted day of news updates today, as a couple of disruptions are on my schedule today that will throw things off kilter. I can't say for sure how this will work out, but hopefully it will be okay.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: POD Fighter.
Boxhead Bounty Hunter.
Cream Wolf.
Stories: Human Spider Climbs up Walls Using a Vacuum Cleaner.
Movie Theaters Threaten To Ban Alice In Wonderland. Thanks Digg.
Science: Marijuana Provides Pain Relief, New Study Says. Thanks Acleacius.
Our world may be a giant hologram. Thanks dakslf.
Images: It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Drink This.
Hey, who let the Tron guy on the ice? Thanks Digg.
Follow-up: What if Hitler made a Hitler Parody Video?
Can He Make The Dancing Hexapod Robot Happy?

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