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Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010


Test Drive Unlimited 2 in February

Atari announces that preorder bonuses are now available all over the place for Test Drive Unlimited 2, their upcoming racing game sequel. This comes with word to expect the game's release on all platforms on February 8, 2011. Word is: "Pre-order rewards feature collectable limited edition vehicles exclusive cars, and an even a playable casino."

PC Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue Next Week

Steam announces they are accepting pre-purchases of the Windows and OS X editions of Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue. Word is the Windows edition of the action/RPG sequel from Ron Gilbert will be released on November 30, with the OS X edition to follow on December 14. Word is: "Join DeathSpank in the hunt for the Thongs of Virtue! Fight through war-torn battlefields, tame the High Plains and sail the savage seas."

Super Meat Boy Pre-Purchases

You can now pre-purchase Super Meat Boy on Steam, with the Steam edition carrying the exclusive opportunity to play as a head-crab. Here's the deal on the game: "Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux."

Stargate Resistance Ending in January

The Stargate Resistance Website has word that the online servers for this multiplayer third-person shooter will go offline, in January, and that the game is no longer for sale (thanks Big Download). This comes in spite of the recent report that Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment had lost the license to make their Stargate Worlds MMOG, but that Stargate Resistance was supposedly safe. Word is:

On November 16, 2010, the License Agreement between Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, Inc. and MGM Interactive, Inc. expired. As a result, Cheyenne will no longer be able to offer Stargate Resistance for sale to new customers. However, in the best interests of our customers, game play will be provided for a period of 60 days (until January 15, 2011) to customers who purchased Stargate Resistance prior to November 16, 2010. Look for more information as it becomes available.

Bad Company 2 Patch Nears

The Battlefield Blog has word that update #3 for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will go live tonight on the PS3, saying the same patch for the Windows and Xbox 360 editions of the military shooter sequel will follow. The new version will offer tweaks, bug fixes, and pave the way for the upcoming release of VIP map pack #7. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam Interview

This Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam Interview is a video conversation with Daniel Matros, who discusses the content in the upcoming military shooter expansion. Daniel discusses changes from the modern era, the included maps, and shows off some gameplay footage, including a look at the flame-thrower.

ArcaniA - Gothic 4 Patches

New patches for ArcaniA - Gothic 4 are now available, addressing several bugs and other issues in the role-playing sequel. The new version is available through the game's auto-update function, or there are manual patches for some or all of the various language versions of the game to be found on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying. The change notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Co-op Patch

Steam now offers the promised co-op patch for the Windows edition of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, updating the platformer sequel to version 1.01. The change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

FreeJack Expands, Adds Achievements

The FreeJack Website has a trailer from a new level that's now live in this free-to-play parkour racing game. Word is: "Set in the dark recesses of space, "Cosmos Jack" lets players run along planetary rings, vault over orbiting satellites, and even grind through a wormhole! Upon their return from orbit, FreeJackers will be happy to discover that they can now unlock and collect more than 50 in-game achievements! The achievements are earned by completing various in-game tasks, with each one offering a valuable reward. This substantial free update is available now!"

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Scale of the Universe (flash). Thanks Kxmode. "I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space..."

Elder Scrolls 5 Rumor points to Eurogamer Denmark where there's a rumor that Bethesda Softworks is currently developing the fifth installment in their Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games. They have a translation of the report from Eurogamer Denmark editor-in-chief Kristian West, who offers an English version of the report, though this doesn't provide much clarity on their source for the rumor. "This source not only confirmed that the game is in current production, but also spoke briefly about the content - with fantasy-sounding phrases like Dragon Lord, something with The Blades - and that voice acting for the characters in the game is currently happening in the weeks to follow," goes the translation. "The same source confirmed, with official game documents in hand, that this will be the chronological sequel to what happened in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which is the latest game in the now 16-years-old Elder Scrolls saga and by itself one of the better RPGs for PC and consoles."

Ships Ahoy - Mafia II - Joe's Adventures

Steam News announces Mafia II - Joe's Adventures is now available, a DLC pack with additional content for Mafia II, the open-world life-of-crime sequel from 2K Games. Here's the deal on this offer you may not be able to refuse: "Play as Joe in this new add-on content. In this extension to the original story of Mafia II, Joe uncovers who had Vito sent to prison and what really went down with the Clemente family. In addition to the expanded story, players can explore new locations and get new cars and clothing in dozens of city-based quests. Plus, online leader boards allow players to battle for the highest scores."

Mac Civilization V Released

Steam now offers the Steamplay release of Sid Meier's Civilization V, meaning a Mac OS X edition of the turn-based strategy sequel is now available, which is free to those who have already purchased the Windows edition of the game through Valve's digital distribution service. Word is: "Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the dawn of man into the space age: Wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies, go head-to-head with some of history’s greatest leaders and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known."

Lionheart: Kings' Crusade DLC, Price Cut

The Lionheart: Kings' Crusade Website has details on the "New Allies" DLC now available for the real-time strategy game. The DLC adds new units, new heroes, and the always popular "fanciful content." Word is: "Add an unexpected hero to your stable of noble men with the worthy additions of Lancelot, Joan d’ Arc or Arthur of Brittany. Explore their special strengths and skills to defeat your arch nemesis. Utilize the Ayyubid Bowmen for their infamous speed or the Gascon Knights for the might of their swords. Whether playing as Saracen or Lionheart, you will discover the right combination of allies to find victory in your battle." This trailer shows off the new content, and the announcement includes news that the game has received a permanent price cut, and is now available for $29.99/€29.99.

Miner Wars MMO with Preorders

The Miner Wars Forums have an effort by Keen Software House to clear up a misconception they've caused about Miner Wars 2081 that has people thinking the game is an MMOG (which probably has something to do with the website logo carrying a caption saying: "6DOF - Fully Destructible Environment - Single Player Story & MMO"). Word is that while Miner Wars 2081 will include multiplayer support, there is also a separate Miner Wars MMOG in the works. Taking responsibility for the confusion, they are now planning on giving a free copy of the MMO version of the game to all who have preordered the non-MMO version so far, and are extending this offer to anyone who preorders between now and December 1. Here's the explanation of how this two-game confusion came about:

If you're unaware of the nature of these things, after I explain why it is this way, you'll understand: The version of the game you are guaranteed by pre-ordering, WILL (will, will, will) come with multi-player mode, but more in the style of Descent with server lists, each based in one sector/level at a time. An MMO, something quiiite different, takes quite a bit of work, even for a professional company, and a LOT more money/resources to keep running, (server costs, developers, paid maintenance, etc.). Remember, we're an independent company, and as such it is a risk we literally cannot afford until we have substantial, reliable income from the first release (what you have pre-ordered). This has been the plan from the very beginning.

Operation Flashpoint: Red River Gameplay Trailer

A new Operation Flashpoint: Red River trailer offers the first look at in-game footage from Codemasters' upcoming military shooter sequel. The clip also includes a lot of exposition in narration about the game's Tajikistan setting and its potential for a U.S. versus China conflict, all oddly set to soothing spa music.

America's Army 3 Patched

The America's Army Website now offers a new patch for America's Army 3 to update Uncle Sam's military shooter/recruiting tool to version The new version is available automatically through the Deploy Client or Steam, and it features instability fixes, server security enhancements, and additional configuration suggestions. Word is: "As we move forward, further enhancements will be made as we continuously improve the America's Army 3 experience." A manual patch can be found on Gamer's Hell.

Emergency 2012 EU Patches

A new patch for Emergency 2012 updates the E.U. editions of this rapid response game to version 1.2, among other things, offering enhancements for lower-end systems. The patches for the retail and digitally distributed editions can be found on the German Emergency 2012 Website, and they are mirrored on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls.

New World of Tanks Sites

As closed beta testing of World of Tanks rolls along, announces the launch of six new localized sites for the game to offer support for the game in other languages. Depending on your preferences, you can now access info about the MMOTPS through World of Tanks France, World of Tanks Germany, World of Tanks Italy, World of Tanks Latvia, World of Tanks Poland, and World of Tanks Spain.

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Out of the Blue

The preparations for Thanksgiving continue here in the BlueTower. Last night I gave the Gunnar-man a haircut in preparation for a bath today (just call me Monsieur Bleu), and at some point I will whip up a batch or two of Chex Mix as well. I just hope all that effort doesn't make MrsBlue feel bad that all she's doing is cleaning the entire house and cooking dinner for 14. I'll try not to lord that over her.

Prepared Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Raving Rabbids Travel in Time.
Warlords 2: Rise of Demons. Thanks Daniel.
Undead End Hardcore.
Link: Periodic Table of Elements, Revised.
Stories: Robot probe fails in search for New Zealand miners.
Report: Woman detained after falcons found in luggage.
Science: T. Rex Tail Built for Speed.
Garlic 'remedy for hypertension'. And close-talkers.
Brain cancer 'Trojan attack' hope.
Images: This Seems Legit.
Keeps You Warm and Eats Your Face.
Media: Tommy Boy Parody done by Microsoft Execs. Thanks Kxmode.
250 movie character introductions.
'Nicolas Cage Losing His Sh-t' Is Four Minutes Of Entertainment.
Follow-up: E. coli O157 linked to heart risk.
Space X gets first private FAA space reentry license.

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