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Friday, Aug 20, 2010


PC H.A.W.X. 2 Delayed

The PC edition of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 is being delayed, and is now expected on October 1, reports Computer and Video Games. The aerial combat sequel will now have a week of exclusivity on the Xbox 360, as that version is still on track for a planned release on September 3, but the PlayStation 3 edition is now due a week later, and the Wii edition is not expected until some unspecified point in the fourth quarter.

BioShock Infinite Multiplayer in Doubt

A BioShock Infinite interview on Kotaku talks with Ken Levine about BioShock Infinite, the next installment in the BioShock series, of which Irrational's creative director says: "We have not made any determinations about multiplayer." That said, he does express his skepticism: "I will say that we experiment with things, but for us we are never interested in making a multiplayer mode you could just play in some other game. Because, A) that's not creatively interesting and B), financially, you're wasting your time. They're going to go play Halo. They're going to go play Call of Duty," he explains. "If we do something new — if we do something like Left 4 Dead that has something new to say — people will come to your game. If you don't, don't waste your time."

Elemental Demo Next Month

A playable demo for Elemental: War of Magic is planned for next month, reports Big Download. They received a reviewer's guide for the upcoming turn-based strategy game which included word on plans for the demo. The release of the game itself is expected next Tuesday.

Left 4 Dead 2 Patched

Steam News outlines a new patch that's now automatically available for Left 4 Dead 2, Valve's zombie shooter sequel. Included is the return of the "Last Man on Earth" single-player mutation, which is detailed in the Left 4 Dead Blog. The full patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Natural Selection 2 Crag Coming

The Natural Selection 2 Website introduces the Crag, the first of four alien structures the alien commander will be able to build in the upcoming action/strategy sequel. They offer a big description of the structure and its role in the game, offering concept art showing its cragginess. Word is the Crag will be added to the Natural Selection 2 alpha in the next patch update. Thanks joao.

RAGE PC Interview

The RAGE interview on Shacknews is a conversation from QuakeCon with Matt Hooper asking some PC-specific questions about RAGE, id Software's upcoming first-person shooter. He talks about how the PC version will be fine-tuned and balanced to account for the higher fidelity of mouse and keyboard control and their goal of making it "just right." He also discusses the UI on the PC versus consoles: "Our goal is to really look at it separately. Yes, we go through all this trouble to have the platform parity, but we look at the PC as its own thing and so we don't hold back," he explains. "The UI is a big part of it. It's not the same. There will be some fundamental differences [when using a mouse and keyboard versus a controller], especially with UI elements."

Team Fortress 2 Q&A, Part 2

Valve on the future of Team Fortress 2. Part Two on PC Gamer continues their discussion of Team Fortress 2 with Valve's Robin Walker. They attempt to learn the point behind all the hats, the role TF2 plays in Valve's business plan, the size of the TF2 team, how they will decide to wind the game down, sources of frustration, finding hackers, and more.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Thanks Mike Martinez.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Metaverse

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Kings and Castles Video Blog

Chris Taylor's Kings and Castles Video Blog Episode # 28 is online, offering a look at some of Chris' old games and hardware, and posing a question to fans asking what version of DirectX they should use as the baseline for Kings and Castles, expressing a preference for DX15, but hoping for our feedback. There's also a new "cracked out mailbag," answering more questions from the audience about their upcoming real-time strategy game. No actual Jessicas were harmed in the making of this video.

EverQuest II Extended Launched

The EverQuest II Website now offers the promised launch of the beta of EverQuest II Extended, the free-to-play version of the MMORPG. Word is: "Quest with other heroes in a new premium MMO free adventure service. Portions of the critically acclaimed PC franchise have been liberated to online adventurers at no charge. No subscription or software purchase is required for a free membership. You can play online up to level 80 without a credit card."

Lineage II Addict Lawsuit

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against NCsoft by Craig Smallwood of Hawaii, who is seeking unspecified damages, claiming he was so addicted to Lineage II he was "unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends." Wired reports Smallwood played the game for 20,000 hours between 2004 and 2009, and he claims NCsoft "acted negligently in failing to warn or instruct or adequately warn or instruct plaintiff and other players of Lineage II of its dangerous and defective characteristics, and of the safe and proper method of using the game." Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

Steam Hardware/Software Survey Results

Steam News announces the latest Steam Hardware Survey Results are now available, covering the month of July. This also includes the first results of their new software survey, showing the most popular software applications (besides Steam, of course) on users' systems to be Adobe Flash Player on almost 97% of machine's surveyed. Major trends are 59.11% of systems using NVIDIA graphics cards, over 60% of systems using DirectX 10 or 11, and a 15% increase in the number of quad-core systems.

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Mafia with Mafia II Preorders

Preordering the Mafia II Digital Deluxe Edition on Direct2Drive now carries an added bonus, as this now comes with a free copy of the original Mafia. The release of the open-world crime sequel is currently expected on August 24, which is when this offer expires. The Mafia II Digital Deluxe Edition of the game includes the Made Man Pack, a digital art book, the game's soundtrack, and a digital map of Empire Bay.

New Steam Client

Steam News announces the release of an updated version of the Steam client. The new version introduces a new tabbed interface for chatting and browsing, among other new features and fixes, which are all outlined in the change list below. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures Beta

The Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures Website is now accepting signups to beta test this minigame-oriented virtual world based on the animated Star Wars series. The game is supposed to go live on September 15 to tie in with the season three premiere of the show on September 17. Here's word: "The ultimate virtual destination for a new generation of Star Wars fans, Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed virtual world where players can go online to experience fun minigames, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competition. Clone Wars Adventures lets players duel iconic adversaries with their own custom Lightsaber, speed through the galaxy in a custom Starfighter, defeat enemies and take down starships."

Supreme Ruler: Cold War Corrections

Paradox Interactive sends a correction to yesterday's announcement of Supreme Ruler 2020: Cold War, clarifying the game's title is actually Supreme Ruler: Cold War. They also correct a similar mistake in the body of the announcement, as the game is actually set during the Cold War, rather than 2020. Word is: "In Supreme Ruler: Cold War, players will enter a portrayal of the world in the 1950's based on recent real-world headlines. Battle economic challenges, unstable governments and worldwide tensions in this grand strategy experience."

Team Fortress 2 Interview

Valve on the future of Team Fortress 2 on PC Gamer is a Q&A with Valve's Robin Walker discussing Team Fortress 2. Topics include how some of the updates to the class-based shooter were received, plans for the next update, the commercial implications of all these free updates, some things he still wants to change, items, achievements, unlocks, and more.

Op Ed

BitMob - High Noon at the Co-op Corral- The Death of Local Multiplayer.
I want you to participate in an experiment: Venture over to and find a handful of games you like that came out in this console generation. How many of them have offline co-op? How many of them require the Internet to utilize the local co-op? Do you want to play a local co-op version of Modern Warfare when you know most of its development time went into its online components? Probably not. This is the problem.

Extra Credits - Where Did Survival Horror Go? Thanks Morris.
Today we ask the question "Where did the Survival Horror genre go?"

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Safety Dance

Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

The flakiness of the internet connection to the BlueTower went from bad to worse this morning, as the cable went down entirely. Fortunately, I keep my feathers numbered for just such an eventuality. No wait, it's that I keep a DSL connection on standby for just such an eventuality, so things are trucking on once again.

Fortunate Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Rhythm Rockets.
Build The Bridge.
Links: DIY Airsoft M134 Minigun. Thanks dakslf.
Great Comics That Never Happened Annual #1. Thanks Digg.
20 Retro Cereals That Were Awesome. Thanks Digg.
Story: Why it's costing more to bring home the bacon. Thanks Batman.
Science: The Moon May Be SHRINKING, But Very, Very Slowly.
Images: Customer Service WIN.
The Strategy Gets Harder As You Start Drinking.
Media: Golf Pros try to hit Gong from 200 yards away.
Large Bubbles on the Beach.
Follow-up: Roger Clemens Indicted for Obstruction, Lying About Steroid Use.

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