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Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011


Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Trailer

This new clip shows off multiplayer play from Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation, the upcoming DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops, the military first-person shooter. The clip features the developers at Treyarch explaining the content the new pack will offer. The embedded version follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Driver: San Francisco in September

Driver: San Francisco now has a set release date window of September 2011, reports VG247. Ubisoft's driving sequel suffered a delay until fiscal 2011-12 last November, and now word is it's set for a September release on Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

The First Templar Trailer

A new trailer from The First Templar shows off the combat skills of Celian d'Arestide in Haemimont Games' upcoming action/adventure. Word is: "Celian, the game's lead character, is a powerful melee fighter who can deal massive punishment to his enemies with his Templar sword and fighting combos." Here's the embedded clip. Continue here to read the full story.

Rocksmith Trailer

This trailer celebrates the showings of Rocksmith at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. The clip shows off the game, and features attendees expressing their enthusiasm for the game. The clip is embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

Unofficial Patches

A new hotfix for the unofficial Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines brings the action/RPG to version 7.4a while addressing a bug in the recent version 7.4 patch (thanks Acleacius). Also, Wesp5, author of that patch, now also offers updated versions of his unofficial patches for a pair of Deep Shadows games, which offer translations and other enhancements. There is a new version 1.4 patch for Precursors on The Patches Scrolls, and a new version 1.4 patch for White Gold: War in Paradise, also on The Patches Scrolls.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

According to the Terminator Wiki, today is the day Skynet becomes self aware, as stated in the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Not to worry, we have two days before Judgment Day to finish Portal 2. I wonder if there will be cake? Thanks Ant via Singularity Hub/Slashdot.

Link of the Day: Portal Legos of the Day. Thanks Ant.

R.I.P.: Elisabeth Sladen. Thanks Peter.

TrackMania 2 Website, Trailer

This directory on steers users to a new TrackMania 2 Homepage, a teaser for Nadeo's upcoming racing game sequel. The site offers newsletter signups, a link to their FaceBook Page, and this brief teaser trailer offering a quick first look at gameplay accompanied by a jarring soundtrack (thanks Frans). Here's the embedded trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Portal 2 Store

An unexpected store is present in the co-op area of Portal 2, where players can purchase items to customize Atlas and P-body, the pair of robot protagonists for the co-op campaign in Valve's just-launched puzzle sequel. You must have in-game access to the Steam community enabled in order to access the store, where you will be able to use real money to buy virtual customizations for the otherwise generic 'bots. And yes, hats are included.

Ships Ahoy - Portal 2

As noted on GLaDOS@Home, the release of Portal 2 took place in the wee hours of this morning, just after midnight eastern time. The preorder bonus for the puzzle sequel is gone, but you can get 10% off on a two-pack, and 60% off on the Potato Sack + Portal 2 bundle.

RAGE Trailer

The RAGE Website now offers a new gameplay trailer from RAGE, id Software's upcoming first-person shooter. The clip features gameplay footage showing the player on a quest in the Dead City. Included is a lot of combat demonstrating the use of several weapons on various enemies.

Playable Overgrowth

A new Overgrowth a127 video changelog on the Wolfire Games Blog shows a playable alpha version is now being tested for Overgrowth, a 3D action/adventure coming to Windows, Mac, and Linux. Word is: "Don't forget that you can help support us, try out our weekly alphas (such as the one in the video), and chat with other preorderers in the Secret Preorder Forum by preordering Overgrowth. If you'd like to see real-time news about Overgrowth, you can follow me on Twitter at @wolfire." Thanks Ant via Rock, Paper, Shotgun/LinuxGames.

Former EA Tiburon Exec Forms New Studio

A former Electronic Arts Tiburon executive is forming a new studio in Central Florida called Row Sham Bow (rock paper scissors), reports the Orlando Business Journal. The executive is not named, nor are there any details in the article, which focuses on possible tax incentives involved in the deal. Thanks Develop.

New Fraps

A new Fraps is now available, so the gaming video capture/benchmark utility is now up to version 3.4.2. Word is: "The latest version of Fraps includes an update to the loop recording mode, allowing you to specify a custom length for the buffer (rather than the default 30 seconds). To activate the recording loop simply press and hold your video capture hotkey until the Fraps counter turns pink, indicating that loop recording has begun. We have also included new optimizations for recording at high resolutions such as 1920x1080 (1080P). Performance gains should be seen in most OpenGL and DirectX games with Fraps 3.4." Thanks Ant.

Op Ed

Kotaku - Did Valve Just Take Everyone For A Ride? Thanks nin.
This "game", though, violates that neutrality. A selection of games have sold through the roof this week (Portal 2 was #1 on Steam's charts, followed by the "The Potato Sack", the collection of indie games containing Portal 2 promotions, at #2), and sold purely because people wanted to play a Valve game early. While the indie developers involved are getting a nice bonus, proceeds from each sale are still going to, yes, Valve. To promote a game Valve developed. At the expense of other third-party games.

So people were sold games believing that purchasing them would let them get at Portal 2 early. And for all their trouble got the game...a few hours early. Making matters worse is the fact the console versions of the game, shipping on physical discs, are already finding their ways into people's homes one way or another (I've already got a copy on 360, for example, while my PC version sits at "pre-load"), and those people didn't have to spend an extra cent.

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Out of the Blue

We got home last night and I saw Portal 2 unlock shortly after midnight, and was sorely tempted to check it out, despite being pretty tired, but I ended up resisting. I got a crappy sleep Sunday night, and this morning I'm am feeling very laggy, even though I was fine yesterday, so this worked out properly, because I know I would have been in "one more level" mode for hours last night, and I'd be such a zombie right now my office would be a Left 4 Dead level.

Left 4 Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Princess in the Dungeon.
Magi: The Fallen World.
Links: Listen up: The Fast Talking man is back.
China's housing bubble: ghost malls, ghost highrises, and ghost cities.
Stories: VinylLove enhances your music with gramophone record crackle and pops. Thanks
N.Y. mansion linked to 'Great Gatsby' being razed.
Toms River driver crashes while calling 9-1-1 to report a reckless driver.
Science: Nasa backs 'shuttle successors'. NASA.
Virus and low sunlight 'raises multiple sclerosis risk'.
Persistent coughs melt away with chocolate. Thanks Boing Boing.
Images: Fake Science - How To Solve The Fossil Fuel Crisis.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Geek Speed Dating.
Follow-up: Robots venture inside Fukushima.

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