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Thursday, Nov 25, 2010 Thanksgiving (USA)

Crytek's Warface Revealed?

Chinese site GNN has screenshots and details for Warface, saying the title that Crytek trademarked in in March 2009 is now in development. A translation indicates the game is to be an online first-person shooter, naturally using CryENGINE 3. More translation says the game: "emphasizes the visual quality of the next generation, high applications of artificial intelligence and physics, to the players as if they want to provide film-like feel. Expansion of the PvE game combines narrative world and the concept of mode of cooperation with many tasks, and a variety of PvP modes." Thanks VG247.

Crytek on PCs versus Consoles

Computer and Video Games hears from Crytek boss Cervat Yerli, who points out something the PC gamers are well aware of, that the current console generation is holding back games from taking advantage of the greater capabilities of current gaming PCs. "PC is easily a generation ahead right now. With 360 and PS3, we believe the quality of the games beyond Crysis 2 and other CryEngine developments will be pretty much limited to what their creative expressions is, what the content is. You won't be able to squeeze more juice from these rocks," he tells them. "I generally think it's still developers' mentality [to blame]. A lot nowadays don't consider PC a big issue any more; their [sales] expectations are nowhere near what they are for the console versions. Until the PC market creates comparable revenues, companies are not going to spend enough on the PC SKU of a game." Thanks joao.

Double Fine on PCs versus Consoles

A new FAQ on the Double Fine Website includes an answer from Tim Schafer to the question of why there are no PC versions of Brütal Legend, Costume Quest, or Stacking. Word is it is simple economics: "As a developer we do not have final say in the sku plan for our games. That is the decision of the person investing the money, i.e. the publisher. We have much of the technology in place to produce PC versions of all these games, but there is still some more work required to make them shippable and that costs money. So far, our publishers have not elected to fund that work. Not because they hate PC Gamers, but because they don't see enough financial reward. Double Fine does care about PC Gamers, and we always push for a PC version, and will continue to do so in the future. If we ever get super stinking rich here, with enough money to fund PC versions of our games, then we will go back and make them ourselves! Oh man, wouldn't that be cool?" Thanks GamesIndustry.biz (registration required).

Minecraft Interview

Lord of Minecraft on GamesIndustry.biz (registration required) is a quick conversation with Markus "Notch" Persson about Minecraft, his successful sandbox game. One answer they highlight separately is his explanation of why he's been so public about the boatloads of money the game has been earning, reportedly as much as $350,000 a day. "Personally I like sharing that information, because I'm generally an open guy," Persson told them. "But it feels a bit sometimes like it's a bragging page." And while he is willing to consider selling DLC for the game, he rejects the idea of courting investors: "I'd rather have [the games] just be self-funded, because we can run the company we want. If we fail with a game it's because we failed it, not because we had to rush it to meet a deadline."

OnLive Thanks Early Adopters

A Special Thanks to OnLive Founding Members on the OnLive Blog has word that the cloud gaming service is showing its thanks to their early adopters with free micro-consoles. Those who have purchased one or more OnLive PlayPasses are entitled to a promo code for a free PlayPass (up to $49.99 value), good until November 30, 2010. Those who have purchased two or more OnLive PlayPasses can pre-order a free OnLive micro-console ($99 value). Thanks Shacknews.

On Sale

Steam's Give and Get Sale offers daily deals, and each day 30 customers will get the top five games on their wish lists. On Direct2Drive 1-in-5 orders is free. Also, there are a bunch of strategy games on sale on Matrix Games. Also, Black Friday is now underway at Amazon.com and Newegg, and GameStop plans to Open More Than 800 Stores Nationwide at Midnight for Black Friday.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AMD Phenom 2 X6 1075T CPU - 1075T CPU on RBMODS.
  • AOC e2239Fwt Touchmate 21.5-inch Monitor on TweakTown.
  • Coba nitroX Extended Lüfter Cooler on Technic3D. In German.
  • Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset on PC Perspective.
  • ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard on t-break.
  • Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One Desktop Computer on TweakTown.
  • Palit GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile 1Gb GDDR5 Graphics Card on Mad Shrimp.
  • Psyko Audio Labs Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset on Hardware Secrets.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab on Digital Trends.
  • Sapphire Mini Projector 101 on XSReviews.co.uk.
  • Silverstone SG07 SUGO Series Mini-ITX Computer Enclosure on Futurelooks.
  • Sunrise SW-Xcape Earbuds on techPowerUp.

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Out of the Blue

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the U.S., and to anyone else feeling thankful (or hungry) on the occasion. As always, here's hoping you have something to be thankful for, and for my part, if you are reading this (and I'm pretty sure you are), then I am ever-thankful for your support of this site.

R.I.P.: Ingrid Pitt, Horror Star Who Survived Nazis, Dies at 73 (registration required). Thanks Neutronbeam.

Thanksgiving Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Milo Physics.
Bean Fiend.
Super Treadmill.
Links: 6 Deadly Injuries You Think You'd Survive (Thanks to Movies).
The Secrets Behind Popular Circus Acts.
Stories: Starbucks to start growing coffee in China, CEO says.
Stranded man 'embarrassed' to use phone. Thanks Slashdot.
Teacher Bans Students From Bringing Pencils To School. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Dark energy and flat Universe exposed by simple method.
Bumbles make beeline for gardens, study suggests.
Andromeda 'born in a collision'.
Images: Why Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?
Captain’s Log.
Have you seen him?
Media: Thanksgiving turkey from the WitmerLab at Ohio University. Thanks Boing Boing.
Slayer Christmas Lightorama 2009. Thanks scorcese.fan and Josh.
The most nerdy thing you want to have-Star Trek Touchscreen.
Unborn Baby Moves a lot.
Follow-up: Burger King's F#-# You Leads to Firings.
BP made risky decisions before spill-panel document.
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