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Thursday, Oct 21, 2010


EALA Developing New C&C

GameInformer has a follow-up on word on the return of the Command & Conquer series. The initial report seemed to indicate the game was in development at Dead Space studio Visceral Games, but GI got clarification from Electronic Arts that while another C&C game is indeed in development, the game is not being developed by Visceral, but rather at EALA. Thanks Ant via Planet Command & Conquer.

Ships Ahoy - Combat Mission Shock Force - NATO announces the release of the Combat Mission Shock Force - NATO Module. Word is this expansion will work for anyone who owns the base game: "It's not required to own any of the other CMSF modules to enjoy the NATO Module, but you do need to have the base game of CM:SF patched at least to v1.21. It doesn't matter where you purchased CM:SF, CMSF NATO will work with all releases (as long as they are patched to v1.21). You can find the v1.21 patch for all versions here:" Here's what it offers:

Combat Mission Shock Force – NATO is the third module in the "Combat Mission: Shock Force" family of contemporary land warfare simulations. This Module introduces forces from three additional NATO countries: Germany, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as some new, much requested, units and vehicles for the Syrian side. All done with the same attention to detail found in previous Combat Mission titles.

World War 2: Time of Wrath Patch

Matrix Games offers a new patch for World War 2: Time of Wrath to update Wasteland Interactive's World War II strategy game to version 1.8.1. Word is: "The update adds more screen resolutions plus new map and counter skins in addition to fixing a number of minor bugs. Also, new functionality has been added: you can pan the map with Right Mouse Button and hotkey locations on the map with the number keys." The patch is available on their downloads page and mirrored on AtomicGamer and WorthPlaying.

New World of Tanks Maps is now offering two new maps in the closed beta test of World of Tanks, their MMO armored combat shooter. They say: "Based upon different geographic locations, the new battlefields provide many-sided gameplay and numerous tactical opportunities. KOMARIN reflects a tiny village somewhere in the Eastern Europe covered with a spring tide, whereas CLIFF is a reference to the coast of Normandy with its lone rocks, small fisherman settlements and ! endless shorelines." Those interested in participating in the beta can sign up on this page.

Quote of the Day

Peter Molyneux on MCV: "I am a designer and I shouldn’t stand up and say everything is wonderful and shiny and great and we made the greatest game ever, because we didn’t. Being inspired by your mistakes is one way of breaking into that triple-A club. It will always be my consistent dream to break into that club. I’ve made a lot of good games, but never a great game."

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Will it blend- OLD SPICE EDITION! Thanks Ant. I'm on a horse.

Football Manager 2011 Demo

Steam now offers a demo for Football Manager 2011, allowing a sample of the latest installment in Sports Interactive's association football/soccer simulation. Word is: "The Football Manager 2011 demo includes the first half of the 2010 / 2011 season. This Strawberry version of the demo includes the world’s biggest leagues, giving players a chance to try out their skills with teams from multiple countries. Games saved in the demo will be compatible with the full game so managers can continue their games when the full game is released on November 5th. Leagues available: England, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, Chile." Thanks Frans.

TF2 Contributor Payday

Valve announces their Team Fortress 2 Contribute program has ended up contributing quite a bit to the bank accounts of the first five participants in this community marketplace in the teamplay shooter, saying the five have received royalty payments ranging from $39,000 to $47,000 each. Word is: "Funds from sales of community members' items were to be deposited directly into their PayPal accounts. However, within days, the revenue that their items generated exceeded PayPal's cap on the maximum deposit size. While Valve made alternate payment arrangements for the others, two of the community members flew to Seattle to receive their first checks directly."

Arsenal of Democracy Patched

Steam News has details on a new patch now automatically available for Arsenal of Democracy: A Hearts of Iron Game, updating the military strategy game to version 1.05. The rather lengthy change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

On PC Battlefield 3

A post to the Electronic Arts Forums by DICE designer Alan 'Demize99' Kertz talks about the effort they are putting into the PC port of Battlefield 3, the next installment in their military shooter sequel, showing a straightforward understanding of the concerns PC players have about consolization (thanks Ant via Planet Battlefield). Here's a bit:

Consoles generally are less tolerant of overly complex interfaces. They have less buttons, you need more elegant interfaces. Deep systems work well though if they have a straight forward interface. The fun is not in figuring out how to use the system, it's in figuring out how to best use the system.

PC players have their own set of requirements. They tend to play only on PC, and they know their PCs have capabilities beyond that of a console. The gap is narrowing, but PCs still have a clear advantage in memory. PC players also demand a PC interface, a server browser, and anything that feels like it might have been "ported" from a console is going to get flamed hard. They are more forgiving of complex systems and will tear any design down into its parts to really figure out how it works. It's a damn sight harder to please a PC player, they have higher expectations.

It's too early to talk BF3 specifics. But it's never too early for me to acknowledge that PC players have a fear that BF3 will be "consolized." PC gaming is alive and well, BFBC2 has proven that and no one at DICE or EA can argue with the numbers. Battlefield 3 needs an extra bit of special attention on the PC. I intend to give it that attention, tradition and our community demand it.

WoW Cataclysm System Specs

Blizzard Support has World of Warcraft Windows and OS X system requirements that are updated in anticipation of the upcoming Cataclysm expansion for Blizzard's MMORPG (thanks Ant via IncGamers). Word is: "In preparation for the launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, we have updated our recommended minimum system requirements. These new requirements correspond with patch 4.0.1. We suggest players check out our related support article for all of the details to ensure your gameplay experience is as ideal as possible." The new specs follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Zombie Driver Free Expansion Plans

EXOR Studios announces plans for a second free expansion for Zombie Driver to introduce a new "Blood Race" mode for this game of undead automotive mayhem. They say more details about the new game mode and a release date will be revealed soon, but in the meantime have this to say: "This time players will be able to race against other zombie apocalypse survivors in a brutal tournament in which the only rule is survival of the quickest. New exclusively created race tracks are full of destructible elements as well as hordes of zombies that try their best to prevent contestants from finishing the race." The Zombie Driver Website has screenshots and a new trailer teasing the new mode.

Evochron Mercenary Patched

StarWraith 3D Games now offers a patched version of Evochron Mercenary, bringing the latest installment in their space combat and trading game to version 1.108, which is required for multiplayer compatibility. The new installer, which serves as a playable trial as well as a patch for the previous version, can be found on their downloads page, where they also have an updated version of the game's dedicated server, and a customizing kit with samples to help modify graphics, textures, sound, music, and text. The change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam Priced

A new Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam trailer shows off the upcoming Bad Company 2 expansion that takes the military shooter into Southeast Asia. The clip shows off combat and vehicles, and concludes revealing the price point for the DLC, which is $14.99/1200 MS Points. Thanks VG247.

Op Ed - Seven Reasons Cataclysm Could Suck.
This one comes courtesy of Garrett Fuller. Recently he sat down to play WoW with his four year old son, thinking that he’d have to show him the ropes and maybe do the steering around the game for the wee little tot. But apparently, in its ongoing efforts to make sure WoW is user-friendly, Blizzard has made their game the MMO equivalent of a Playskool toy. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, I mean it does seem to be a part of their massive global success. But at what point does playing a game become too simplistic? I vote for once a big red button instantly kills all enemies on the server (which may or may not be included in the next expansion).

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Out of the Blue

My Sirius radio is on the fritz lately: Sometimes it works fine for lengthy stretches, but at other times, like today, it will repeatedly cut out with an "check Sirius tuner" message that indicates this is not an antenna issue. Switching my receiver off and on again sometimes fixes it, but today is one of those days it doesn't want to stay on for more than 10 seconds at a stretch. The thing is, I only have it to listen to Howard Stern, and with it sounding ever more likely that he's not going to be there after about a month from now, it's not worth getting another radio, as if I wanted to listen to over-compressed music I could just stream it over the internet.

R.I.P.: Penthouse founder Bob Guccione dies of cancer. Thanks nin.

Serious Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: In3structoTank. Thanks Daniel.
Steak and Jake: Midnight March.
Pumpkin Remover 2.
Links: The 13 Best Geek Halloween Costumes.
TV Shows That Need to Be Taken off the Air.
9 Top Ways We Waste Money 2010. Only "guilty" of #5.
Stories: Sperm donors 'deserve greater recognition'.
Togo's fake national soccer team. Thanks Neatorama.
Lady Gaga Was in 'The Sopranos'. Thanks nin.
Science: Astronomers spot most distant galaxy in space (so far!).
Gene linked to depression 'fixed' in mice.
'Unsafe' drug found in herbal tea.
Images: A Gallery of Marvel Superheroes Decked Out in Tron Gear.
Media: Tim Burton's Haunting Short 'Vincent'.
Chewie gets Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Funnies: Dilbert.
How to pet a kitty - The Oatmeal.
A Delicate Ecosystem - Savage Chickens.
Follow-ups: Six Months After BP Explosion- 11 Devastated Families.
Efforts to Prosecute Blackwater Are Collapsing (registration required).
US man guilty of urging attack on South Park writers.
Tributes paid to Happy Days actor Tom Bosley.

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