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Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010


Battlefield Announcement Friday

EA's Ben Cousins tweets of plans to announce a new Battlefield game on Friday, saying: "Flying to London later today to show a new, unannounced #Battlefield game to the press. News goes public on Friday. (NOT #BF3)." He follows this up with responses to a couple of questions, first saying "nope, it's a completely new title," and later adding "Just to confirm - I am NOT going to London to announce any game called 'Battlefield Assault'. That is just a URL EA picked up." Thanks Eurogamer.

Ships Ahoy - James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Activision announces James Bond 007: Blood Stone is now available in stores for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows, though they are not even pretending the PC edition of Bizarre Creations' new Bond action game is on equal footing with the console editions, as word is:

James Bond 007: Blood Stone is optimized for the Xbox 360 and PS3™ and delivers explosive action leveraging Daniel Craig’s lethal and gritty James Bond in an epic and authentic adventure. Players can engage in cover-based firefights, hand-to-hand combat and speed through explosive adrenaline-fueled driving sequences as they embark on a global chase on land and sea through Athens, Istanbul, Monaco, Siberia and Bangkok. Gamers can also feel what it is like to be a 00 agent, as they take the battle online in several robust 16-person multi-player modes that require skill, teamwork and strategy as players compete in matches that will have spies battling mercenaries.

Joss Stone makes her video game debut as a new Bond girl. She also performed an original song for the game, entitled “I’ll Take it All,” which she co-wrote with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

On a related note, the Richard Jacques Interview on UGDB discusses his work on the game's soundtrack.

Digitanks and Demo Now Available

The Digitanks Website now offers online sales of Digitanks as well as a playable demo of this artillery strategy game. Here's word from the release announcement: "The imminent release is daunting and inspiring at the same time. I always get a rush of development energy around release time that makes me want to develop the game even more, despite just having released. I’ve got so many things I still want to do with the game! But those will have to wait because the release date was yesterday."

Miner Wars Name Change

Keen Software House announces a name change for Miner Wars, saying their upcoming space combat game will henceforth be known as Miner Wars 2081. They also announce the game, which is currently available in test form at a 70% discount, now has distribution deals in place with Impulse and Gamer's Gate. Here's word on the game's new title: "We felt the need to present our game more clearly as a science fiction title. We also have sequels planned so it's important for us to give this installment its own unique identity."

Mac Trine on Steam

Finnish game developer Frozenbyte announce the Mac edition of Trine is now available through Steam, where the action platformer is on sale at a 75% discount in celebration (those who have already bought the Windows version through Steam are entitled to the SteamPlay Mac edition for free). "We're thrilled to release Trine for the Mac with SteamPlay support. Mac has become a viable gaming platform even for games that require a lot of processing and graphics power, such as Trine," said Frozenbyte CEO Lauri Hyvärinen, and continued: "Call me biased, but I think Trine is the perfect game for the Mac." Trine for OS X will be released through other digital distributors later this year.

EA Financials

Electronic Arts Posts Smaller Second-Quarter Loss has quarterly financials for Electronic Arts saying the company's net loss narrowed to $201 million (61 cents a share), from a loss of $391 million ($1.21 a share), a year earlier, and: "Excluding some items, profit was 10 cents a share in the period ended Sept. 30, beating the average 11-cent loss estimated by 21 analysts in a Bloomberg survey." They say the improved Q2 results are coming at the expense of Q3 as EA pushed up the release of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The San Jose Mercury News has further analysis of this, saying: "including deferred revenue, EA's sales in the quarter declined from the year-ago period on all gaming platforms except the PC, which only grew 1 percent."

On Sale

  • Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 on Steam. Save 75%.
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    Still on sale. Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Thanks Ant.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Teaching my son the ways of the geek. Thanks Mike Martinez.

Borderlands Patch

The promised patch for Borderlands is now available, updating Gearbox Software's role-playing shooter to version 1.41. The update is available automatically for the game on Steam, Xbox LIVE, and the PlayStation Network, and there's also a manual patch for the Windows edition on the Gearbox Website, which is mirrored on AtomicGamer, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying. Here's the change list. Continue here to read the full story.

F1 2010 Patch

A new patch for Formula One : F1 2010 is now available to update Codemasters' racing simulation to version 1.01, adding DirectX 11 support along with dozens of other changes and fixes. The patch can be found on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Medal of Honor Patch & EA on MoH Quality

The first patch for Medal of Honor is now available, updating the recently released first-person shooter reboot to version R7. Word is: "This R7 592256 manual update prepares the Medal of Honor client for the Clean Sweep and Hot Zone DLC and includes several fixes and tweaks." The patch can be downloaded from AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls. There's also an interview on Eurogamer talking with EA's Patrick Soderlund about the future of the Need for Speed series where Patrick also reveals they were disappointed in how the game turned out, though they don't necessarily agree with the reviews: "What I can say is the game didn't meet our quality expectations. In order to be successful in that space, we're going to have to have a game that is really, really strong. Medal of Honor is to some extent judged harsher than it should be. The game is better than today's reviews are indicating." The full change notes for the new patch follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Bronze & Demo Released

Shrapnel Games now offers online sales of Bronze, their turn-based, "fast playing, Eurogame style land conquest strategy game." Here's a description of the game: "Gameplay revolves around land acquisition and has a very Eurogame feel to it. Each construction on a tile has a unique function. One building might convert enemy Farms through religion, while another may create an alliance. Mining villages add to your treasury depending on what type of ore deposit they are built near. Towns will claim all the territory surrounding them. Armies will convert enemy buildings, while Citadels can protect against this effect. Knowing what to build and where is the key to winning. Since each of the twelve civilizations plays differently, it's important to also understand how each civilization uses its construction abilities." They also offer a playable demo, an 88 MB download which is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and WorthPlaying.

Attack of the Zombie Pirates Demo

A playable demo is now available for Woody Two-Legs: Attack of the Zombie Pirates, Nitro Games' recently released "casual score chasing arcade shooter that offers players various degrees of unlockable difficulties." There's also a new trailer from the game showing of gameplay. The demo can be found on this page, and it is also mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and WorthPlaying.

Farming Simulator 2011 Patch & Demo

Farming Simulator 2011 is now available, offering a standalone game from Giants Software in the growing field of farm gaming. The game is on sale on Steam for 17% off, and a version 1.4 patch is available for the game on Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying. There's also a playable demo, which can be found on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and WorthPlaying.

Namco Bandai U.S. Layoffs

MCV reports that Namco Bandai is planning to lay off up to 90 of the staff at its U.S. offices. They confirm this with Namco's vice president of marketing Carlson Choi. "We are partnering with external development studios out there because that is where the game business is going," said Choi. "Our goal is to move into digital games and broaden to different platforms. The details are being sorted out now."

Tribes Universe Interview

The Tribes Universe Q&A on Ten Ton Hammer chats with an anonymous employee at Hi-Rez Studios about Tribes Universe, their upcoming multiplayer revival. Of interest to the many fans of the TRIBES series will be their reverence for the source material: "We are huge Tribes fans, and we certainly feel honored to own the Tribes Franchise, and are deeply aware of the expectations that carries. Nostalgia is always a tough thing to work against, especially in gaming, and we certainly know it is a difficult line to toe between honoring the games that made the Franchise what it is, while also working to extend the Franchise into the future. I think it has really helped us to be doing this right on the heals [sic] of Global Agenda, which has given us a solid technology foundation and a reservoir of lessons and experiences to draw from."

It Came from BlizzCon 2010, Part 9

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Happy Día de los Muertos! Today is also election day here in the U.S., the dreaded midterms where voting is dominated by the elderly (since MrsBlue and I plan on voting I think I just insulted us). As usual, a third of the Senate and all of the House are up for grabs, as are 36 Governor positions, including the top job here in New York. There's a lot of dissatisfaction among the public at this point, so a lot of incumbents will lose their jobs, which causes one to wonder why anyone would want to take over responsibility for such a messy situation, but here's hoping they do good jobs.

Election Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Mummy Trouble.
Armed with Wings 3.
Links: 7 Most Violent Election Day Riots of All Time.
Don't Waste A Good Pumpkin.
Stories: Course in Lady Gaga offered at US university. Thanks Neatorama.
Toyota Uses Death To Pitch Cars At Chinese Customers. Thanks brother19.
Actor mistaken for gunman killed in Philippines. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Meat industry unhappy over limiting the use of antibiotics.
Soon We'll Be Drinking Recycled Pee; Some of Us Already Are.
Scientists find 'assassin' protein that kills rogue cells. Thanks [H]ard-OCP.
Images: Floppy Costume.
Game controller ornaments.
Media: World's Coolest Math Teacher Troubleshoots a Haunted PC.
How Many Bloopers Can a News Crew Stuff into a Single Minute?
If Scary movies were real. Spoilers.
Follow-up: Plans to Send a Robot to the Moon (registration required) (Armadillo Aerospace). Thanks j.c.f.

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