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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010


Fallout: New Vegas Tools

The Fallout Website now offers downloads of the Fallout: New Vegas edition of The Garden of Eden Creation Kit (G.E.C.K.) editing tools. Word is this "provides the community with tools that will allow players to expand the game any way they wish. Users can create, modify, and edit any data for use with Fallout: New Vegas, from building landscapes, towns, and locations to writing dialogue, creating characters, weapons, creatures, and more."

Section 8: Prejudice Beta Signups

TimeGate's Beta Page offers Section 8: Prejudice beta test signups. Details about when testing of the shooter sequel will commence are not offered, but according to Big Download, the game will be using Games For Windows LIVE for "streamlined matchmaking and improved server browsing."

Call of Duty: Black Ops PC Specs

Direct2Drive's Call of Duty: Black Ops Listing shows PC specifications for the upcoming military shooter sequel (thanks Eurogamer). They don't have recommended requirements, but the minimum specs follow. Continue here to read the full story.

The Force Unleashed 2 PC Specs

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Facebook Page has system specifications for the PC edition of the upcoming Star Wars action game sequel. The required and recommended specs follow. Continue here to read the full story.

The Lord of the Rings Online Fall Festival

The Lord of the Rings Online Website announces the beginning of the fall festival in Turbine's MMORPG. The festivities include new quests, new deeds, new rewards, trick-playing, new decorations, and more. Word is: "Players can become a Patron of the Festival and join the fun with new quests, new deeds, and new rewards. More information about the festival can be found below and you can also read a developer diary about the festival by clicking here."

James Bond 007: Blood Stone Driving Trailer

A new Driving & Vehicles Trailer from James Bond 007: Blood Stone shows off the cars and driving in the upcoming Bond game, which plays into the strengths of developer Bizarre Creations, as well as a quick look at the role of other vehicles like aircraft and speedboats. Here's the embedded version of the clip. Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Men of War: Vietnam Website, Trailer

A new Men of War: Vietnam Website is live as home to the upcoming installment in Best Way's military real-time tactics series. There is a brief game overview, some screenshots, and an improperly embedded version of the debut trailer from the game, showing riverboats, jungle convoys, Hueys, firefights, armored combat, and air strikes.

Command & Conquer Will Return

A recent interview on Gamasutra talks about EA's expansion of their Visceral Label to help cement the identity of the studio that was formerly part of EA Redwood Shores. Word is Visceral will work on new Command & Conquer game, a new installment in the real-time strategy series many presumed was on the shelf following a lackluster Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight. Their conversation with Visceral Games general manager Nick Earl does indicate the next C&C game is off in the future (or perhaps he mans "groovy"), saying: "In addition to the next Command & Conquer title, which is not yet formally announced and described by Earl as 'pretty far out,' he says 'the effort and energy at the moment is around building EA share in the action category... to achieve our mission of becoming number one inside of the action space'." Thanks Ant via GameSpot.

Désilets and THQ Montreal

THQ announces former Assassin's Creed creative director Patrice Désilets will be part of their promised THQ Montreal studio when it opens next summer. "The best way we can deliver fresh, high-quality gaming experiences is by working with the best talent. THQ is delighted to have the opportunity to make a brilliant addition to our team next year with Patrice Désilets," said Danny Bilson, THQ Executive Vice President, Core Games. "We expect calendar 2011 to be a watershed year for THQ, and adding developers like Patrice helps ensure our focus on new IP and great games charted by leading industry artists."

The Witcher 2 Interview

The Witcher 2 interview on Games On Net talks with Tomasz Gop and Marek Ziemak of CD Projekt to stay abreast of development of The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, the upcoming action/RPG sequel. Topics include the ability to import saved games from the original The Witcher, plans to further continue the series, DLC plans, the new game engine, the possibility of another Enhanced Edition, and more.

Shogun 2 Interview

Craig Laycock on Shogun 2 on Gameplanet talks with Creative Assembly's Community Manager about Shogun 2, the upcoming continuation of CA's strategy series. They discuss other settings that were considered before deciding on a return to feudal Japan, how art direction has lead their game design, battle AI improvements, the reduction in scope, diplomacy, religion, technology, night battles, and more.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Interview

The Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood interview on Games On Net chats with Ubisoft's Phillippe Bergeron about their stealth/action sequel. They cover topics such as attempting to create a larger gameplay experience, whether Assassin's Creed 2 was too easy, what they are doing to increase hardcore appeal, air-to-horse assassinations, side missions, crowd AI, combat, and more.

Miner Wars Trailer

The Miner Wars Website now offers a Miner Wars trailer by audio director Dan Wentz, a former Descent developer, along with details on the new Alpha version of the space combat game for pre-purchase customers. The new build adds save and load functions to the level editor and a new Sandbox mode, described like so: "In the current build we have 'random' mode for sandbox. In the new build we have added more detail creating a more polished look. We have added large ships and small debris objects hidden in asteroids just to name a few. These additions to 'random' mode will give the player a more epic feel to their space environment."

Magicka Trailer

Some companies delay games with impunity, some hide from admitting delays, but the Magicka developer Arrowhead Game Studios and publisher Paradox Interactive embrace the situation with How The Gold Master Was Delayed- Part II (here's Part 1), from their upcoming Norse-themed action/adventure game. The silent movie-style trailer has some fun with the concept of a delay, though they promise the game in Q1 of next year, which seems to have been its release date all along.

Bracken Tor Trailer

Bracken Tor Teaser 1: The Hiker is now online to promote Bracken Tor: The Time of Tooth and Claw, aka Adventures Beyond Barrow Hill, the horror/adventure game from Shadow Tor Studios that's expected next month in Europe and early next year in North America. The trailer is live-action, and seems a clear attempt to capture some of the flavor of The Blair Witch Project.

Team Fortress 2 Patched

Steam News announces the release of a new automatic patch for Team Fortress 2, their teamplay shooter sequel. The change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I took the doggies to the trail yesterday, and when we got out of the car I spotted a couple of deer across the parking lot, luckily catching sight of them before the pups did. I corralled them by their collars and cleverly attempted to scare the deer off by triggering the car horn with my key fob. Well, it would have been clever if they cared, but desensitized as they are to the ways of their human neighbors, they didn't even bat an eye. So I carefully ushered my crew to the trailhead and we proceeded without incident. When we returned, however, one of them was still lingering around, and while I didn't spot him, the Gunnar-man did, and gave chase, ignoring my telling him to stop (luckily I had Hudson the wonder dog on leash). He closed about three-quarters of the short gap between us as the deer watched calmly, with my fears steadily growing that the deer was choosing fight from the classic fight or flight menu. Just as I was convinced he was going to attempt to trample my poodle, his nerve gave out, and he took off, and after giving chase for a bit Gunnar returned. All in all, a pretty minor incident, but a reminder that I need to do more work on Gunnar's training to listen, as his ears seem to switch off as soon as his prey drive kicks in.

Preyed Upon Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Coaster Racer.
Huje Tower 2.
Condemned world TD.
Links: The 6 most awful comic-book toys and action figures EVER. Thanks Neatorama.
Monopoly Game Set Made of Gold. So much attention for such a terrible game.
Stories: Bat Disease Threatens to Close America’s Caves.
'I'm too rich to go to jail'. Thanks Neatorama.
Science: Surprise! Now you'll remember this article forever.
Researchers imitate water striders with nanorods.
Images: Yet Another Use For Post-Its.
Old Ironman.
Police Report FAIL.
Media: If All Movies Had Smartphones. Nothing but spoilers.

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