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Sunday, Oct 17, 2010

FINAL FANTASY XIV Patch Plans, Trial Extended

The FINAL FANTASY XIV Forums offer an "ongoing community FAQ" covering plans for upcoming changes planned for the MMORPG "as soon as next month." This post explains they are looking to update the game every one-to-three months, but that some changes are being pushed through before their planned December update based on "constructive feedback" (and perhaps shareholder rage, thanks joao) saying: "Nothing is more important to us than seeing to the prompt implementation of the various changes and features players desire to improve playing conditions. In that vein, there are several adjustments and additions which we will be introducing before December's version update." They also announce the 30-day trial subscription included with game purchases is being extended to 60 days to compensate for launch shortcomings, saying: "All users who registered a FINAL FANTASY XIV service account and purchased a character by October 25, 2010 will be eligible." Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

Steam Top 10

Here's the list of the 10 bestselling titles for the week on Steam according to Valve:

  1. Medal of Honor
  2. Fallout: New Vegas
  3. Sid Meier's Civilization V
  4. ArcaniA Gothic 4
  5. Left 4 Dead 2
  6. Dead Rising 2
  7. Tales of Monkey Island Complete Pack
  8. Cities XL 2011
  9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  10. Borderlands: Game of the Year

Sunday Previews

Sunday Screenshots

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • SilverStone Strider Plus ST1000-P 1000W PSU on XtremeComputing.
  • Steelseries Siberia v2 vs. Razer Carcharias Gaming Headsets on TecCentral. In German.

Out of the Blue

MrsBlue and I ventured out to a concert last night, and appropriate to our advancing years, it was to see Nick Lowe, who is still putting on great performances in spite of being 61 years young. In an attempt to broaden his appeal, the show also included a dash of youth: 59 year-old Graham Parker, who jokingly pointed out he was not an "opening act," as he was clearly designated "special guest" in the promotional materials for the concert. The pair remain to this day two of my favorite artists, and it was both impressive and inspirational to see how engaged and energetic they each continue to be after all these years.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Apokalyx.
Link: Contraband Cake. Thanks Boing Boing.
Story: Illinois Legalizes Naked Voting, and There's a Video.
Science: Peugeot EX1 EV breaks records. Thanks scorcese.fan.
Save the Whales, Save the Poop.
Army finds simple blood test to identify mild brain trauma.
Media: My VCR collection VHS recorder. Thanks Morris.
World Record 3200 Rockets Launched. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Spinning a .40cal bullet on ice.
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
Follow-up: US reopens vast expanse of Gulf for fishing, but experts stress caution on seafood.
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