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Saturday, Oct 16, 2010

Thief Source Code Recovered?

The petition for Thief 1&2 source publication is a lengthy forum thread where users implore Eidos to release the source code to the first two installments in the beloved Thief series of stealth games. A recent post there has an unconfirmed report that the Thief source code has been found after being presumed lost. This does not mean the source is any closer to release, but if the report is accurate, it does mean it is at least possible. Here's word: "Community member tracks down some former LGS developers. One of these developers finds that they have the source code backed up. The code is then handed over to Eidos....which brings us to present day....still nothing."

Ships Ahoy - PC Lost Planet 2

The Windows edition of Lost Planet 2 is now available, offering Capcom's third-person shooter sequel that's already available on consoles. The game can be purchased through digital distribution from Direct2Drive, GamersGate, Impulse, and Steam. There is also a Lost Planet 2 benchmark on the NVIDIA nZone to gauge how well your system can handle the game.

Ships Ahoy - CitiesXL 2011

The CitiesXL 2011 Website has word that the new version of this urban planning game is now available. The game is available in the their online store, as well as Direct2Drive, GamersGate, Impulse, and Steam. The release announcement explains the game is being offered in the U.S. and U.K. only through digital distribution because "the retail PC market in these countries is not favourable comparing with the rest of the territories." Word is: "We also want to remind Cities XL owners (standard or limited edition) that they may benefit from the exceptional, exclusive discount of -50%, on the purchase of Cities XL 2011 on the official online store!"

Grotesque Tactics – Evil Heroes and Demo Released

Meridian 4 now offers digital distribution of Grotesque Tactics – Evil Heroes, which they call a "unique parody/strategy/RPG" from Headup Games that "combines the features and clichés of Western and Asian console RPGs like Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics and provides an highly addicting and entertaining change to the current, more serious role playing games." A playable demo is also offered.

Duke Nukem Forever Interview

The Duke Nukem Forever video interview on GamePron is a giggly NSFW conversation with Gearbox's Randy Pitchford and Steve Gibson during the Australian stop on their tour showing off Duke Nukem Forever. They again discuss the game's lengthy development cycle in answer to questions about living up to the game's hype, the possibility that some of the game's content will have to be censored for Australia and other territories sensitive to the game's style, whether Duke is still relevant, and their enduring belief in the character's appeal, a bit on Duke's future, and more.

Manual StarCraft II Patches

A manual versions of the new version 1.1.2 patches for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty are now available, in case you've been battling Battle.net. The Windows patch is available on FileFront (US), The Patches Scrolls (all languages), and WorthPlaying (US/UK). The OS X patch is available on The Patches Scrolls (all languages).

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Out of the Blue

We had some sausage in the fridge that was intended for the grill, but hadn't been made yet, so I was inspired this morning to try making an omelet in the oven, something I've wanted to attempt since having one in a diner a few months ago. It turned out great, and though it took far longer than cooking it on the stovetop, it was a simpler process. I just browned the sausage and put it in a cast iron skillet on some eggs mixed with a little water (I make a mean omelet, and the pro tip is water instead of milk) and some cheddar cheese. I started it briefly on the stove, and then popped it in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes, and it was perfect with no delicate turning required. The one thing I failed to do was remember to avoid touching the skillet handle with a bare hand after it was out of the oven (ouch!), but luckily the contact was brief enough to avoid a real burn.

R.I.P.: Benoit Mandelbrot, Mathematician, Dies at 85.

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