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Sunday, Sep 26, 2010


StarCraft II Patch Plans

PC Gamer hears from Blizzard's Chris Sigaty, as the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty lead producer outlines plans for the upcoming version 1.2 patch for the real-time strategy sequel. Chris discusses balance issues, and explains the goals of their next update, which is "largely our e-sport patch. A couple of big things that will be in there are support for the season rolling, so players can look at the history of how they did in past seasons. There will be bugfixes, balance changes and tweaks, too. Chat is the other major thing we want to get in there next patch. We’ll also add more significant features to the editor."

Dungeons Interview

Enter the "Dungeons" with Realmforge Studios on GameZone is a brief Q&A about Dungeons with Christian Wolfertstetter, Creative Director on Realmforge Studios' upcoming subterranean strategy game. They kick things off with a clarification of how this game will differ from the similar-sounding Dungeon Keeper: "In Dungeon we’re focusing more on heroes than they did in DK. In DK they were more of a nuisance and sometimes a threat. In Dungeons, they are a threat but also the main resource in the game. Therefore many aspects of the game deal with heroes. For example your monsters don’t have any needs or necessities, they simply stand beside a spawn point and wait for heroes to arrive. You can say that we somewhat turned the tables. Instead of keeping your creatures happy, you keep your heroes happy (although with a sinister ending for them in mind)." Interview's co-founder chats about its re-launch on Big Download is an interview with CD Projekt's Marcin Iwinski about the relaunch of, and the publicity stunt that surrounded it. They discuss the new features coming to this service that allows the DRM-free purchase of good old games, and also discuss the debacle of the gimmicky way of unveiling the re-launch, admitting to missteps: "We are continuously looking through our forums and the web and yes, we still have a few surprises up our sleeves for our dear users. Obviously, we will be working hard now to regain the trust of the users, who did not feel good about our stunt, as we do value them and both the happy and unhappy ones are a vital part of our good old games community. I would like to encourage our faithful users to keep an eye on their mailboxes - there will be some surprises coming their way real soon."

Steam Top 10

Here's this week's list of bestselling games on Steam, Valve's digital distribution service.

  1. Sid Meier's Civilization V
  2. F1 2010
  3. Serious Sam HD: Gold Edition
  4. Darksiders
  5. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  6. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  7. Left 4 Dead 2
  8. Garry's Mod
  9. R.U.S.E.
  10. Dead Rising 2

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Previews

Sunday Screenshots

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Cirago CST6000 250gb USB 3.0 Hard Drive on Test Freaks.


Out of the Blue

We had wings on the deck last night, which was pleasant, as I whipped up what's become a favorite combo on the grill: Burgers and Buffalo wings. The wings are better each time I make them, and yesterday I made sure to cook enough so we'd have some leftovers to enjoy with today's football games. This was a tough trick, we had 36 wing segments along with half-pound hamburgers, and we probably still have fewer than a dozen wings. We also had wings on the deck this morning, which was not pleasant, as MrsBlue noticed a dead bird out there, luckily before we let Hudson the wonder dog out, as the Gunnar man didn't notice it, but she surely would have, which might have ended up being gross. I'm not sure what kind of bird it was, it was sparrowy-looking, but its green color was not familiar. I'm not sure what happened to it either, as it seemingly suffered no foul play, and CSI: Aviary didn't seem interested in the case. Anyway, as official executor of all gross jobs it fell on me to get him into a bag and give him a respectful burial in the garbage. R.I.P. little green bird.

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Wholphins, Ligers, And Other Crazy Animals Hybrids.
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All the Great Operas in 10 Minutes.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
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