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Saturday, Dec 18, 2010

Ships Ahoy - Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is now available for Windows, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3, offering a Vietnam War expansion for DICE's military shooter sequel. The PC version is currently available through the EA Store and Steam, and next week on December 22 it will also become available at select retailers as well as other digital distributors. The Battlefield Blog offers the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Launch Trailer, and here's word on what to expect from the add-on:
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, gamers will find themselves in an entirely new theatre of war, fighting as either the U.S. Marines or North Vietnamese Army (NVA). The punishing jungles of Vietnam are brought dramatically back to life via the award-winning Frostbite™ engine, where players can take advantage of Battlefield’s classic sandbox environments in five all-new multiplayer maps using powerful air invasions or close-quarter guerrilla tactics.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam takes all of the intensity, action and addictive gameplay of the multi-million selling Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and ups the ante with new weapons, vehicles, achievements and trophies. Featuring five all-new maps playable in four different modes including Conquest, Rush, Squad Deathmatch and Squad Rush, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam will continue to deliver exceedingly intense vehicular warfare, destruction and squad play.

The fifth map, Operation Hastings, will be unlocked as part of a worldwide community challenge, where players will work together to reach 69 million team actions on each respective community – Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. The challenge begins on December 22.

Planetside Next Beta Nears

Smed's Blog has an update from Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley on what's up with Planetside Next, their upcoming shooter sequel (thanks Planetside Universe). Word is beta testing will be getting underway soon: "In other news - early next year we will have announcements about Planetside Next followed by a beta. I can say this - it's coming along awesome. I can also say that the first beta testers are going to be current Planetside subscribers. I've gotten a lot of email from current players offering to help test the game and we're going to take them up on it."

Star Wars: The Old Republic Updates

A new "studio insider" developer blog on the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website offers thoughts from World Designer Eric Young, who explains the process of building the city world of Coruscant for the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG. Additionally, there are new answers to fan-submitted questions in their Community Q&A section. Finally, they are also offering a preview of Deceived, offering the first chapter of a novel set in the Old Republic written by Paul S. Kemp "with the cooperation and creative consultation of BioWare and LucasArts."

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Out of the Blue

I did MrsBlue the favor of polishing a copper cookie cutter this morning, as my stubborn streak makes me the go-to guy for tedious clean-up chores here in the BlueTower. I got that little gingerbread shape into near new cleanliness thanks to a little copper cleanser and a lot of elbow grease, but I am now paying the price. It turns out it is far easier to get tarnish off of copper than it is to get the copper smell off your hands when you are done, and at this point the odor is becoming nauseous. I think the next time I get roped into that chore I will be wearing some serious gloves, if not a hazmat suit. Blech.

Blechy Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
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