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Sunday, Nov 07, 2010


Battlefield Play4Free FAQ; Trailer

The Battlefield Heroes Website now offers a new Battlefield Play4Free FAQ to fill in some of our knowledge gaps about EA's just-announced free-to-play online military first-person shooter. There's also a new trailer from the game which features commentary from EA's Bed Cousins along with some ShakyCam footage shot off a monitor (thanks Ant via Planet Battlefield). The FAQ offers a list of the features Battlefield Play4Free is taking from previous games, prompting them to refer to this as "the best of Battlefield." Here's that list:

  • 32 players!
  • New updated PC engine with HD console quality graphics Ė high resolution artwork and post-processing effects
  • The weapons and equipment of Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • The factions and classes of Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Maps are updates of classic BF2 maps like Strike at Karkand
  • Vehicles are familiar BF2 classics (Yes, that includes helicopters and jets!)
  • The leveling, abilities and deep visual and gameplay customization of Battlefield Heroes
  • Free-to-play, quick to download and low system specs like Battlefield Heroes

Fallout: New Vegas Patch Plans

The Bethesda Blog outlines plans to patch Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian's new installment in the Fallout series of post-apocalyptic MMORPGs. Word is they are "currently running final testing and certification on a comprehensive patch for all three platforms," and they also mention a separate PC-specific patch that is expected sooner, saying: "In the meantime, an incremental update for PC should be going up by early next week that will fix the save corruption issues and problems with companions, as well as improve performance for NVIDIA users and resolve some issues reported with Havok."

The Witcher 2 Video Diary

There's a new developer diary video for The Witcher 2 on Big Download showing off the game engine for CD Projekt's upcoming RPG sequel. The audio for the nine-minute clip is in Polish, but there are English subtitles.

Poker Night at The Inventory Trailer

The Telltale Games Website now offers a cinematic teaser trailer for Poker Night at The Inventory, the upcoming gambling game where you will play cards with some prominent video game characters.

NCsoft Financials

GameSpot has the third-quarter financial results from NCsoft, where sales slipped about 6% compared with the same period last year. Word is: "Reporting on its July-September fiscal quarter this week, NCsoft said revenues came in at KRW155 billion ($139 million), down 6 percent from the same period a year ago. Likewise, profit was largely flat year-over-year, rising just 1 percent to KRW47.3 billion ($42.6 million). The publisher attributed its sales slip to a decrease in performance out of its Lineage franchise. The publisher also said that it had increased its payroll, having ramped up headcount in its R&D department."

It Came from BlizzCon 2010, Part 10

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's list of the ten bestselling titles on their Steam service for the past week:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  2. Football Manager 2011
  3. Fallout: New Vegas
  4. Left 4 Dead 2
  5. Grand Theft Auto Classics
  6. Sid Meier's Civilization V
  7. Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga
  8. Medal of Honor
  9. Poker Night at the Inventory
  10. Supreme Commander 2

Sunday Previews

  • Crysis 2 on GameSpot. Updated multiplayer hands-on. Thanks Ant.

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

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Thanks Ant.

Out of the Blue

Well, today is "fall back" day in these parts, as daylight saving time ended today at (the first) 2:00 am. It's always nice to steal some extra sleep on this day, which is the true longest day of the year at 25 hours, in spite of what people think is represented by the Northern/Summer Solstice. On the other hand, I will re-voice my annual complaint about standard time, as I'd prefer to stick to DST all year so the sun would still be out at 6:00 pm, as I find the earlier sunsets do nothing to ease the depressing aspects of the winter.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Squidy.
Diesel Valkyrie vs. the Undead Reich.
Me and My Dinosaur.
Link: Neatolicious Fun Facts- Daylight Saving Time.
Stories: While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales.
What we can learn from procrastination. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Jellyfish cells 'diagnose' cancer, York scientists say.
In Presidio, a Grasp at the Holy Grail of Energy Storage.
Images: Darth Vaderís Hawaiian Vacation. Thanks Neatorama.
Water Balloons Without The Balloons. Thanks Neatorama.
The Funnies: Pearls Before Swine. Thanks brother19.

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