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Thursday, Dec 16, 2010


Bloodline Champions Open Beta

Open beta testing is now underway for Bloodline Champions, Funcom's and Stunlock Studios' arena-based PVP game. Word is: "You are now able to bring all your friends into the game, start collecting Blood Coins to prepare for the opening of Marketplace at launch, check out the improved CTA Game Mode, outfits and weapons skins, as well as start fighting in the Open Beta season." These patch notes (registration required) cover the open beta, which also includes their in-game preorder bonuses, for which details can be found here. Those interested in checking out the open beta can register here.

Blizzard Confirms Titan MMOG

The VGA Interviews page on Destructoid has a video interview with Frank Pearce of Blizzard, asking flat out about Titan, the project revealed in a recent document leak. He comes out and admits this is their next-gen MMOG, but says that the media shouldn't know anything about it, and that the only discussion of the project at the moment is to get word out about it in the industry to help recruit development talent.

Minecraft Gift Codes

The Minecraft Website now offers gift codes, so you can bestow the indie sandbox game on your friends (or strangers, if you are so inclined). The gift codes are still available at the 50% off pre-alpha price.

Monday Night Combat Beta

Steam announces that the beta for Monday Night Combat is now open to those who have pre-purchased this class-based, third-person shooter. Pre-purchases are offered at a 10% discount through the game's release, currently planned for January 17.

More World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The surprisingly active Cataclysm Hotfixes thread on the forums have another lengthy list of hotfixes implemented in World of Warcraft since the release of the Cataclysm expansion for the MMORPG. Balance tweaks are once again the order of the day. Thanks Ant.

Patrician IV Patched

A new patch for Patrician IV: Conquest by Trade is now automatically available through the game's internal automatic update function, bringing the management/strategy sequel to version 1.3. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Darkspore Video Diary

This Darkspore video diary features the developers at EA's Maxis studio outlining how PvP play will work in their upcoming Spore-based MMORPG. The clip includes a little gameplay involving two-on-two combat, accompanied by some play-by-play commentary to explain what we are seeing and to describe some of the strategies being employed. Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

Take Two Financials

Take-Two Interactive Software's fiscal reporting has the developer/publisher's annual and quarterly results. Net revenue grew for both the quarter and the year, promoting CEO Ben Feder to comment: "We have achieved our goal of profitability in a year without a new release of Grand Theft Auto. Our better-than-expected revenue growth and margin expansion were driven by strong demand for our diverse portfolio of games, including the hit new titles Red Dead Redemption and NBA 2K11, as well as strong sales of catalog titles and digitally delivered content. I am also pleased to report that our 2K Sports division was profitable during the period."

On Sale

Virtually the entire catalogue of DRM-free good old games at is on sale for up to 50% off through the new year, and they are giving away Tyrian 2000 for free. The Humble Indie Bundle #2 is now available, offering the chance to pay what you want for a bundle of Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans, once again allowing you to give some of your contribution to charity. Two or more eligible games on the EA Store are 50% off. GamersGate has a buy four, pay for three promotion. There are a bunch of strategy games on sale on Matrix Games.

  • Bob Came in Pieces on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization V on Steam. Save 25%.
  • SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition on Direct2Drive. Save 75%.
  • Zombie Driver on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Worms Reloaded on Steam. Save 50%.
    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

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Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Stanley - The Story Continues, a follow-up to Stanley - Just One Dog. Thanks Ant.

R.I.P.: Master of farce and slapstick, Blake Edwards, dies. Thanks Mike Martinez.

Portal 2 Trailer now offers the Portal 2 VGA 10 Trailer with more cinematics paving the way for Valve's upcoming puzzling platformer sequel. The clip runs a bit over a minute, providing a look at the construction of the game's robotic co-op protagonists.

New Unreal Development Kit Adds iOS Support

The December beta of the Unreal Development Kit is now available, offering the latest version of the free toolset that allows the creation of games using Epic's Unreal Engine 3. The new version adds the ability to create games for the iPhone's iOS. This page has all the details on the new version, which includes a number of samples.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Delay

Square Enix has slashed its full-year net profit forecast by more than 90 percent, now projecting they will make one billion yen in net profits, down from previous projections of 12 billion yen. The announcement includes word of a delay to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which is now expected in the fiscal year starting in April 2011. The next installment in the action/RPG series was previously expected between January and March.

Alien Arena 2011 Released

The Alien Arena Website now offers Alien Arena 2011, aka version 7.50 of this freeware, open-source first-person shooter, which "features a host of updates and features, including ragdoll physics, revamped in-game IRC client, true type font support, several new maps, a host of bugfixes and tweaks, and new music by renowned musician Paul Joyce." As always, the game is available for Windows, Linux, and OS X, and they say the new version also uses AutoTools "for easier and more consistent Linux/Unix/MacOS compilation." This change log outlines all the newness.

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Out of the Blue

Looking forward to the change in seasons next week, since I'm already sick of winter. No, wait... next week's change of seasons is the start of winter. Brrr.

R.I.P.: Hall of Famer Bob Feller dies at 92. Thanks Mike Martinez.

Cold Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Scrap Metal Heroes.
Planetary Conflict.
Crystal Runner.
Science: For the First Time, the FDA Tracks Antibiotics in Our Meat.
The size of your brain's visual cortex determines whether optical illusions fool you.
Periodic table gets weighty update. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Images: The Soundtrack is AWESOME.
Close Enough.
Follow-up: Fox pulls remaining 'Running Wilde' episodes. Thanks

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