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Wednesday, Sep 08, 2010


PC Battlefield 1943 (Not) Released [Updated]

Though EA has been so tight-lipped about the status of the Windows edition of Battlefield 1943 that it raised concerns the game would never be released for PC, the EA Store is now offering the game via digital distribution. Here's word on the game: "It's time to do your part in the action packed battles of the World War II Pacific campaign! Pick your path - be it as a rifleman crawling the trenches, a steel fisted tank commander, or ace fighter pilot dog fighting to protect the skies. Play as a lone wolf or with your friends, coordinating to turn the tide of battle. Whatever you choose, you get to enjoy the thrill of a fully featured online shooter with the unique Battlefield gameplay." Thanks Matt. Update: Unfortunately, this all seems to be some sort of mix-up. Here's a tweet from EA explaining: "BF 1943 PC is not available. This is an error on EA store. We are working to sort it out."

Minecraft Dev Starting Studio

The Word of Notch, the blog of Minecraft developer Markus Persson, has some reflections on his recent foray to Bellevue, WA to meet with Valve. While he speaks of how promising the visit was, he also explains his next move will be to start a proper studio and begin development on another game: "Or, rather, a close friend and I will be starting up a new company together. That company will continue to develop Minecraft. I will be the main developer, and I will keep working on it just as I have now, but there will be people supporting me, such as an artist, a web site developer and a business guy to help sort out all deals and make sure that things like the Creeper plushies actually happens [sic]. My friend (name withheld for a while for office political reasons) will lead development of a game idea he and I have talked about for a few years. It will be developed in parallel with Minecraft, and has a fairly different style both in visuals and gameplay. Everyone working at the company will be involved in both projects to some degree." Thanks Big Download.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior Map Pack

Steam now offers digital distribution of a new map pack for Sniper: Ghost Warrior, adding five new multiplayer maps to the sniperific shooter. The pack is $9.99 USD, and here's word on what it offers: "Sniper: Ghost Warrior Map Pack further expands [sic] multiplayer experience with 5 new maps. Battle to control ruined oil-rigs or lie in wait to capture one of mystic stone towers. This Map Pack brings new sniping spots and chance to eliminate enemies from even longer distance. Sniper: Ghost Warrior Map Pack includes new maps for deathmatch, team deathmatch and VIP modes featuring a variety of new locations!"

Settlers 7 DLC

Steam now offers digital distribution of the Uncharted Land Map Pack, new DLC for The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom for $3.99 USD. The pack includes three new multiplayer maps: Battle of Tanholm, Tempest Taiga, and Fiery Chasm. The new DLC is also offered as a bundle with the previously released Conquest - The Empire Expansion DLC.

Free Metro 2033 DLC

Steam News announces the release of a new content update for Metro 2033 that gives the Ranger Pack as free DLC for the post-apocalyptic shooter. The Ranger Pack adds two new weapons: the Heavy Automatic Shotgun, and the Volt Driver, nine new Steam achievements, and a pair of new Ranger gameplay modes.

Dragonica Online Changing Hands

What was formerly the Dragonica Online Website has a "Service Transition Announcement" with word that THQ*ICE is no longer operating the game. This website has details on the game's transition to the Gravity Interactive label, saying: "Returning Dragonica Players, you do not need to do anything to ensure your Dragonica Game account is available when we launch; however, if you do not want your Game account information to be ported from THQ*ICE then you will have to opt out by filling out the information here." Operation of the game will resume on the new Dragonica Online Website, and they expect to relaunch the game by the end of this month. Thanks Gamer's Hell.

Fallout: New Vegas in October

The Pete Hines interview on Planet Fallout talks with the Bethesda Softworks spokesperson about Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian's upcoming contribution to the Fallout series of post-apocalyptic RPGs. Topics include how the new game will differ from Fallout 3, the use of realistic weapons, locations, shooting mechanics, weapon modifications, environmental interactions, factions, companions, the game engine, mod support, and more. Pete confirms the game's rumored October release date, saying the game is due on October 19 in North America. Update: Fixed a typo in the date. Apologies.

Dawn of War II Patched

The Dawn of War II Website announces that a new patch is now automatically available to update Relic's real-time strategy sequel to version 2.4 (thanks The Patches Scrolls). The 2.4 Release Notes have details on the patch, which are reproduced below. Continue here to read the full story.

Fallen Earth Patched

A new update is now automatically live for Fallen Earth, bringing the post-apocalyptic RPG to version 1.6.3. Here's what's new and different. Continue here to read the full story.

Gratuitous Space Battles Patched

A new automatic version 1.47 update for Gratuitous Space Battles Update is now available on Steam, and presumably the other digital purveyors of the space strategy game. Here are all the changes. Continue here to read the full story.

Stargate Resistance Patched

A new patch for Stargate Resistance is now automatically available via Steam, updating the third-person shooter to version Here are the changes. Continue here to read the full story.

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter Patched

A new patch for Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is now available automatically through Steam with a few fixes for the shooter remake. Here's the change list. Continue here to read the full story.

TF2, C-S: Source, and DoD: Source Patched

Steam News announces the release of a new automatic update for Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source, and Day of Defeat: Source. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars The Force Unleashed II Combat Trailer

A new Star Wars The Force Unleashed II combat trailer discusses the battles in the upcoming Star Wars action sequel, discussing how Force powers will operate in the game, the increased emphasis on light saber combat, and new Force powers, focusing on how combat has changed since the original Force Unleashed. Here's the embedded version of the clip. Continue here to read the full story.

Torchlight II Interview

The Torchlight II interview on GameShark talks with Runic Games CEO Max Schaefer about Runic's upcoming action/RPG sequel. They discuss the high expectations for the sequel after the surprising success of Torchlight, working with Perfect World Entertainment, the addition of more above-ground territory, co-op and PvP support, technology, art assets, new character classes, and more.

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

R.I.P.: Beetlejuice Actor Glenn Shadix Dies. Thanks dakslf.

Ships Ahoy - Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Frictional Games announces the release of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, saying the first-person survival/horror game is now available for Windows, Linux, and Mac via digital distribution, devoid of DRM. Here's word on the game: "Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person horror game with a focus on immersion. It is a game where atmosphere and story comes first. We hope that the game will be a breeze of fresh air, in a genre otherwise populated by 'one-man-army action hero' sagas. In Amnesia you are almost completely defenseless, something we believe not only makes the game a lot scarier, but also gives a vastly different experience." The game is available from Frictional Games Store, Direct2Drive, Gamer's Gate, Impulse, and Steam. And lest we are struck by amnesia and forget, playable demos are available for all three of the game's platforms.

The Sims 3 Patches

New patches for the various expanded editions of The Sims 3 are now available, adding new features to the lifestyle simulation sequel, including the ability to develop a relationship with your car, reminiscent of the old Queen song. The patches are all available on The Sims 3 Website, and the version 1.15.34 patch for The Sims 3 is mirrored on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls, the version 2.10.5 patch for The Sims 3: World Adventures is mirrored on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls, the version 3.6.6 patch for The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff is mirrored on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls, and the version 4.34 patch for The Sims 3: Ambitions is mirrored on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Between now and the end of September, receive a $5.00 discount from Direct2Drive on all purchases over $15.00 by using the code "PAX" at checkout.

Supreme Commander 2 Monkey Lord DLC Plans

A new video developer diary for Supreme Commander 2 features discussion of real-time stratagems among some staff at Gas Powered Games. This proceeds routinely until GPG's Chris Taylor makes an appearance and reveals plans for upcoming downloadable content for the real-time strategy sequel. He says the big draw will be the return of the Cybran Experimental Spiderbot, aka The Monkey Lord. Word is: "We have a DLC pack we've been working on for a couple of months, with new maps, a bunch of fantastic over-the-top new experimental units, boosts, and upgrades. We're super-excited to be able to launch that real soon. So I will see you all online, and, uh, watch out for my Monkey Lord!" The embedded version of the diary follows. Continue here to read the full story.

World of Tanks Heavy Tank Trailer

A new Heavy Tank trailer from World of Tanks shows off some of the heavy tanks in's armored combat MMOTPS that's currently undergoing closed beta testing. The clip shows these heavy units dealing out and receiving serious damage. Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

Jack Thompson vs Medal of Honor

Disbarred lawyer Jack Thompson is injecting himself into the controversy over the ability to play as the Taliban in the upcoming Medal of Honor, reports, saying Thompson faxed a letter outlining his objections to the game to U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates. As far as we know, the defense secretary has no say in the matter, but Thompson implores him to act against the release of the game and to punish the military personnel that consulted on the game design, as well as Electronic Arts and the ESA. He freely admits that he's not a lawyer and is not representing any parties involved, but cryptically says this may change: "Beyond that, I am not presently authorized to identify anyone. That may change in a day or two. I intend to stop the release of the game."

PC Mass Effect 2 DLC Fixed

The BioWare Social Network has word that the problems with the PC edition of the Lair of the Shadowbroker DLC for Mass Effect 2 are cleared up, and a working version of the DLC is now available. Word is: "Lair of the Shadowbroker should now be fixed for the PC and should be able to be downloaded now for both the PC and Xbox 360. Thanks to everyone for their patience and help as we fixed this issue."

VVVVVV on Steam

Steam now offers sales of retro platformer VVVVVV. Here's word on this: "You play as the fearless leader of a team of dimension exploring scientists who inadvertently crash, and are separated. The game involves exploring the strange world you've found yourself in, and reuniting your friends." The game is on sale for 10% off for the next week.

Garry's Mod Patched

A new automatic patch for Garry's Mod is now available on Steam. The change list for the Source sandbox mod follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Happy New Year, as sundown tonight marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. This will make the year 5771, but as you can imagine, I'll still be writing 5770 on my checks for the next few weeks.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
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Two Asteroids to Pass by Earth Wednesday.
Media: Two guys make a song out of the BioShock Infinite trailer.
Bleep Bloop: America's Next Top Model. NSFW.
Minecraft - The Universe's Most Majestic Waterslide.
No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan.
Follow-up: Atkins Diet Increases All-Cause Mortality.
Squirrel Falls Victim to High-Tech Bird Feeder. Thanks strich.

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