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Friday, Dec 17, 2010

Ye Olde TF2 Holiday Update

The Team Fortress 2 Blog announces a weekend sale at the Mann Co Store, as well as details on a new Holiday update for the teamplay shooter, which is detailed on this page. Among other things, this adds a Medieval Mode, "where players are restricted to using olde weapons." The holiday update and other changes are outlined on Steam News, and reproduced below. Continue here to read the full story.

New Left 4 Dead 2 Mutation

The Left 4 Dead Blog has word on this week's new mutation for Left 4 Dead 2, which is called Special Delivery. Word is: "This Mutation is a variation of Hard Eight. Spawn timers have been removed and the Special spawn cap has been raised to ten. The changes sound subtle, but they really mix up the gameplay." Steam News has word on the update, as well as other changes now automatically available in Valve's co-op zombie shooter. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Lylian Demo

A playable demo for Lylian is now available, offering a sample of this side-scrolling action game. Word is: "The player controls Lylian's imagination which can change the world and its inhabitants in real-time. With unique attack abilities, humorous enemies and original bosses, the game is a mix of fast action set by a storyline with great pacing in beautifully rendered environments - It brings something fresh to the genre." The demo is available from AtomicGamer and WorthPlaying.

Bulletstorm Diary

This Bulletstorm video developer diary (NSFW) features producer Tanya Jessen and lead writer Rick Remender (who flips everyone the rare sideways double bird at one point) discussing Bulletstorm, People Can Fly's upcoming first-person shooter. Stopping just shy of saying they will make us their bitch, the pair show off gameplay and discuss the game's story and characters, who are more than once described as dicks. The clip is embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

Dead Space 2 Trailer

A new Dead Space 2 Trailer is a live action clip with a lighthearted look at Isaac Clarke at Visceral, showing the protagonist of the horror-themed shooter sequel trying to overcome the annoyances in his cubical to get some work done. This is called episode one, so there may be follow-up clips.

Football Manager 2011 Patches

The Football Manager 2011 Website now offers a new patch to update the association football soccer simulation to version 11.2.1. They warn there are separate patches for retail copies and digital download versions, and that owners of the Steam edition will get the new version automatically. The patches are mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and WorthPlaying.

Gary Grigsby's War in the East Patch

Matrix Games offers the first patch for Gary Grigsby's War in the East, updating the World War II strategy game to version 1.01. Word is: "Apart from fixing a handful of bugs, this comprehensive 1.01 update addresses the performance issues some customers were having on slower systems, remedies some Editor issues, improves mouse responsiveness and even has a few tweaks to AI performance."

On Sale

Direct2Drive offers three different coupon codes this weekend, offering up to 25% off, depending on how much you spend. 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.

Evening Previews

  • Dins Curse: Demon War on the Official Website. More new monsters.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic on IGN. Video Preview.

Evening Metaverse

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Trial announces the availability of a 10-day free trial version of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, offering a sample of Blizzard's new MMORPG expansion to those already playing the game. Word is: "To participate, you’ll need full versions of World of Warcraft and the first two expansions, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. Note that a character of at least level 78 is required to explore the new, high-level zones. More information on the 10-day free trial is available in our FAQ. We look forward to seeing you in the new Azeroth!"

Ships Ahoy - Distant Worlds - Return of the Shakturi

Matrix Games now offers the release of Distant Worlds - Return of the Shakturi, the first expansion for Code Force's 4X space strategy game. Both the digital and physical version are on sale for $5.00 off through January 4. Word is: "In addition to a long list of new features and improvements, Return of the Shakturi includes two new and unique alien races complete with riveting events that expand upon the original Distant Worlds and move the timeline of the universe forward into its next chapter with exciting new endgame options. A completely new and vastly expanded research system with comprehensive new tech trees awaits, with new tech and options for avid ship designers such as fighters, bombers, missiles, Ion weapons, planetary facilities, regional capitols, and much more!"

Project Offset and fractiv Update

A new fractiv Website is online as home to this new development studio formed by Sam McGrath, the one-time Savage developer who went on to form Offset Software, which was purchased by Intel during development of Project Offset. The site has word on their just-released iPhone game Lane Splitter, as well as some screenshots of The Gunsmith, an action/RPG in development for mobile devices, though they are also contemplating versions for PCs and consoles. There's an interview on Big Download where Sam discusses the new studio, their plans, and what happened with Project Offset, and the status of Project Offset is also covered on the new site, where word is:
Our previous company, Offset Software, was purchased by Intel in 2008. Our labor of love was Project Offset and the game engine that went with it. As many of our fans already know, Project Offset was cancelled. The graphics hardware it was being designed for did not ship and our game was a casualty of this.

The IP and Engine are property of Intel so its future is out of our hands. We have tried working with Intel to obtain the rights and there are some good people there who have made some effort to help us, but without success.

Natural Selection 2 Gameplay Trailer

The Natural Selection 2 Website now offers a new trailer featuring gameplay footage from Natural Selection 2, the action/strategy sequel in development at Unknown Worlds.

More Cataclysm Hotfixes

The near-daily updates to World of Warcraft since the launch of Cataclysm continue, the hotfixes thread on lists still more changes to the MMORPG that were added yesterday. Thanks Ant.

New X-Motor Racing

A new version 1.28 of X-Motor Racing is now available to update this independently developed racing simulator. An updated version 1.28 demo is available on their downloads page, and the full version can be purchased on this page. The change list for the new version follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Linux UT3 Dead

[Phoronix] has word from Epic's Steve Polge that it's time to give up the ghost on the possibility that there would still be a native Linux client for Unreal Tournament III, which was already deemed "unlikely" earlier this year. Word is Polge has now definitively stated a Linux edition of the shooter sequel will not be happening. Thanks Gamer's Hell.

Morning Previews

  • TERA on Diary: Emotional Rewards Through Storytelling.

Game Reviews

  • Star Wolves 3: Ashes of Victory on GameZone.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm on GameSpot.

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Google Lets You Dumb Down Your Search Results With “Reading Level” Filter (thanks Ant) via Slashdot). Interesting stuff: The breakdown reported for this site is 30% Basic, 69% intermediate. I'd like to take credit for the amount of content here marked as "advanced," all less than 1% of it, but that is actually thanks to Michael Abrash.

Intermediate Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Mountain Maniac Xmas.
On the Deck.
Links: The Evolution of Mario.
Stories: Slow candy sales mean goodbye Hawaii, aloha Fargo. Thanks Slashdot.
Baby goat born in church nativity scene. Thanks Neatorama.
Taxpayers’ cash spent on invisible art. Thanks Neatorama.
Science: Theorists seek dark matter in hot neutron stars.
Images: 2010 in photos. Thanks dakslf.
7 Pictures of Cosplayers with a Sense of Humor.
Media: Time-Lapse Shows Natalie Starting Age 10 Years In 86 Seconds.
Ms. Pacman.
Celebrities pay for crimes against culture.
Auction: Autographed Stormtrooper Helmet. Thanks Mark.
The Funnies: Dilbert and more Dilbert.
xkcd- Tree.
Follow-up: LHC spots no black holes, eliminates some versions of string theory.
Syfy Closes Stargate Universe.
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