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Thursday, May 19, 2011


Bungie MMO Destiny Rumors Return

Halo.Bungie.Org has further indications that rumors of Bungie working on an MMOFPS game called Destiny will prove true. They note that Podophobia Entertainment, formed by Harold Ryan and Martin O'Donnell, owns a trademark for the name Destiny, described as "[c]omputer game software downloadable from a global computer network." They also note a NeoGAF posting which points out that a symbol on a Bungie employee's shirt in a recent video from Penny Arcade matches the logo in the listing. Thanks Eurogamer.

Bulletstorm DLC Released

Games For Windows now offers the Gun Sonata DLC for the Windows edition of Bulletstorm (thanks BeyondUnreal). Here's what they say, including an odd console reference:

Download the new Bulletstorm 'Gun Sonata' DLC pack and gain access to 2 new Echoes maps: Guns of Stygia and Crash Site as well as 3 new Anarchy maps: Hotel Elysium, Villa and Sewers. As if that wasn't enough you'll also be able to use the Flamingo and Pulp leash variants to ensure you're looking good whilst racking up the skillshots! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see

SKYDRIFT Announced

Digital Reality announces SKYDRIFT, an action/arcade air combat/racing game in the works for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game doesn't yet carry a release date, but you can keep tabs on development through the game's official website, Facebook Page, Twitter Feed, and YouTube Channel, which offers this debut teaser trailer. Here's a bit from the announcement:

Gain advantage using 6 different types of offensive and defensive power-ups and survive the infinite variety of extreme maneuvers often dangerously close to the ground.

Admire the amazingly detailed dynamic terrains and incredible vistas, from a desert canyon to a tropical island to arctic glaciers based on the most spectacular and exotic locations all over the planet. The breathtaking landscape includes monumental rocks, volcanic lava flows, scenic rivers and ice fields that provide a memorable experience in incredible graphics rarely seen in digital-only titles.

Unlock all 8 modern, state-of-the-art aircrafts tuned to the max. Personalize them with over 30 unique racing skins from military camouflage war paint for hiding, to the most shiny and colorful ones for domination.

Chucky Game This Fall

TikGames announces plans for a licensed game based on the Chucky series of horror movies to be released via digital distribution for Windows and consoles this autumn. Child's Play (1988) was the first movie in the series, and Seed of Chucky, the fifth and most recent installment, came out in 2004 to poor reviews and ticket sales, but a number of recent games have been based on movie franchises dormant far longer than this one. Here's a bit on what to expect:

Utilizing an original storyline, players will have the opportunity to play as the killer doll and experience his exploits first hand while extending his gory legacy. True to the nature of the films, Chucky will use his full repertoire of stealth and guile to dispatch victims in a multitude of distinctive methods. In the end, it will be up to the player to decide how many (or few) people survive this stealth-action romp.

The Witcher 2 Patch Next Week

The Witcher 2 Videos Section offers four new trailers from The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, CD Projekt RED's just-released action/RPG sequel, with each clip introducing a single memorable character from the game. They also announce plans to release a patch next week, saying: "CD Projekt RED would also like to advise gamers that they can expect the first patch to be available next week. It will improve the player’s ability to change the keyboard map and to invert the mouse as well as implementing assorted other fixes."

Cargo Demo

The Cargo - The Quest for Gravity Website now offers a playable demo for this recently released adventure game. Word is: "Anyone who would like a glimpse into this extraordinary game called Cargo! – The Quest for Gravity can now access the demo. This little gem scarcely weighs 800 mB, and will take adventurous travelers to the beautiful, autumnal island archipelago formerly known as “Earth”. This sumptuously colored season provides an ideal setting in which to test the weird yet endearing atmosphere of Cargo! – The Quest for Gravity with no commitment." The download is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, PC Games Forever, and WorthPlaying.

Amnesia Free DLC

The Frictional Games Website offers a new patch for Amnesia: The Dark Descent that updates the survival/horror game to version 1.2. The new version includes bug-fixes, five short stories set in the world of Amnesia, and the Justine DLC which was previously only available to owners of the Steam edition of the game as part of the potato sack ARG for Portal 2. The download is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and WorthPlaying.

Elements of War Online Closed Beta

Closed beta testing is now underway for Elements of War Online, offering the first access to this MMORTS game based on Elements of War. Word is: "The call goes out now to all fans of strategy games from North America and Europe to join closed beta testing of gamigo's free-to-play real-time strategy game Elements of War Online. On the tactical map, thousands of players can fight for control of 50 territories simultaneously. This results in a continual shift in the balance of power between the Russian and American forces." Those interested in joining the beta should sign up on this page.

Star Ruler Patch

A new patch for Star Ruler is now available on the patch page for Blind Mind Studios' science fiction strategy game. This changelog offers full details on the patch, which updates the game to version The Steam version of the patch is automatically available, and the manual version is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying.

SunAge Patch

A new patch is now available for SunAge, which will update Vertex 4's real-time strategy game to version 1.10.1. You can find the patch on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying. The list of bugs the new version fixes follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Major League Baseball 2K11 Patch

The 2K Sports Forums now offer a new patch for Major League Baseball 2K11, updating the sports simulation to version 1.1.0. The accompanying patch notes list a large number of bug fixes to batting, pitching, fielding, base running, franchises, online play, and the game in general. The download is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and Worthplaying.

Bloodline Champions Plans

The Bloodline Champions May Developer Update outline changes planned for Funcom's PvP arena game in advance of its upcoming season 2. The post discusses a new bloodline, the launch of their replay system, the addition of all bloodlines to the game's single-player mode, balance changes, and more. Thanks Alexander.

New Duke Nukem Eternity

Mod DB now offers a new version 1.3D of the Duke Nukem Eternity modification for Duke Nukem 3D, offering high resolution graphics and other changes to this first-person shooter so vintage, it was actually released before Duke Nukem Forever was announced(!). Thanks Ant.

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Into the Black

PC Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Next Month

Activision announces June 2nd is the release date for the PC edition of the Escalation DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops, the military first-person shooter sequel. This is already available for Xbox 360 as a limited-time exclusive, and information on the PlayStation 3 edition is coming soon. Here's word on the pack: "Escalation features four new multiplayer maps and an unprecedented Zombie experience, featuring famed director George A. Romero, Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker and Danny Trejo, as well as an original music track from Avenged Sevenfold titled 'Not Ready to Die'." Here's a list of the new multiplayer maps it will offer:

  • “Hotel,” where players battle it out on the roof of a Cuban luxury hotel and casino against the vivid backdrop of old Havana
  • “Convoy,” which delivers intense, close-quarters combat at the scene of an ambushed U.S. military convoy
  • “Zoo,” which sets gamers on an eerie ride through an abandoned Soviet Russian Zoo with danger at every turn
  • “Stockpile,” which pits players in a remote Russian farm town, housing secret WMD facilities
  • “Call of the Dead,” Escalation’s Zombie experience assembles a zombie-carnage dream team to fight against a new zombie horde menace, all set in the dark, ice-covered isles of Siberia

F.E.A.R. 3 Scoring System Trailer

A new trailer from F.E.A.R. 3 explains the scoring system in the first-person shooter sequel in development at Day 1 Studios. Here's word on how this works: "Players can choose to work together while playing co-op to achieve the best group score, or work separately, secretly stealing from and backstabbing each other for kills and points. One way that gamers will be able to rack up the points is through the game’s 'challenge system' which rewards players for approaching the game with different gameplay styles." The embedded clip follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Top Games for Windows LIVE Titles

Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson offers the lists of LIVE Activity for week of May 9, including the 20 Games for Windows Top LIVE Titles (based on UUs), which is reproduced below. Continue here to read the full story.

ARMA 3 Announced

Bohemia Interactive announces ARMA 3, saying the next installment in their military shooter sequel is due for release in Summer 2012. Here are some screenshots, and here's word on the game:

After years of intense warfare against Eastern armies, Europe has become the last stand for the battered NATO forces. On the verge of being driven into the sea, NATO command embarks upon a most desperate measure. In the hope of seizing what seems to be a well-guarded military secret, Operation Magnitude is launched. A small group of Special Forces and Researchers are sent to a Mediterranean island deep behind enemy lines. However, the mission is compromised and the task force destroyed, leaving Cpt. Scott Miller washed ashore upon the hostile island. In his effort to carry out the mission, he will face the dangers of modern warfare, an unforgiving environment, and the consequences of his own decisions...

Hellgate's North American F2P Return

T3 Entertainment, Redbana, and HanbitSoft announce plans to bring Hellgate back to North America, reviving Hellgate: London, the action/RPG that sank its developer Flagship Studios back in 2008. The game is now a free-to-play MMORPG to launch later this year, and they expect to have their first closed beta test from June 3 to June 5. A new Hellgate Global Website is online and the game's YouTube channel has a few trailers. Here's word on what to expect:

Players are invited to return to Hellgate this June to fight for the survival of the human race. Join a party online to fight against evil with a team or play solo if you’re brave enough. Choose your character from six different unique class types and prepare for battle against creatures from hell. Arm yourself with a wide variety of weapons and armor and dismantle the ones you don’t need to obtain rare scrap metals. Enhance your weapons with upgrades and relics to have the best chance of survival.

When Hellgate returns, you better be ready.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Announced

WBIE, TT Games, and the LEGO Group announce LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, which will continue the LEGO-ized adventures of the boy wizard for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and portables when it's released this holiday season. Here's a logo and box art, and here's a bit on the game:

Based on the last three Harry Potter books and final four films, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 takes players through Harry Potter’s heroic adventures in the Muggle and wizarding worlds. From Privet Drive in Little Whinging to Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Hogwarts – plus new locations including Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic, and Godric’s Hollow – players will encounter new faces, new challenges and new magic, preparing them for the ultimate face-off against Lord Voldemort™.

Guild Wars 2 Engineer Feature

The Guild Wars 2 Website has a new feature introducing the Engineer class in Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet's upcoming MMORPG sequel. Word is: "Like elementalists, engineers use a single weapon set at a time, but they complement this weapon set by equipping special utility and healing kits. These kits provide the engineer with special weapons and backpacks loaded with a full set of skills to replace their current weapon skills." They have an outline of these kits, offer some screenshots, as well as a trailer showing off the engineer in action.

Zipper Interactive Layoffs

Sony has laid off staff at SOCOM and MAG developer Zipper Interactive, the Redmond, WA developer they acquired back in 2006, reports Kotaku. The report originated through some "scuttlebutt," but they later confirmed this with Sony, who say it is "normal business practice and a result of cutting back on production resources after the launch of two major franchises." They also report that "multiple tipsters" tell them about 33 employees were let go.

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Out of the Blue

Hmm, Ask Slashdot (thanks Ant) tackles the question I just posed a couple of weeks ago about the merits of building a DOS machine versus playing older games via DOSbox emulation or the like. I'm pretty sure building such a retro-box is a dream I will never get around to, but this has increased my temptation to try by that much more.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Insectonator: Zombie Mode.
Castaway 2.
Ragdoll Cannon 4.
Links: CDC EPR - Preparedness 101- Zombie Apocalypse. Thanks Redwood.
Wacky Warning Labels. Thanks Ben.
All 6500+ pages of Elfquest comics online.
Story: Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Cal student walks with exoskeleton to get diploma. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Coffee Consumption and Prostate Cancer Risk. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: The real reason why there is no Half-Life 3. Thanks reddit.
Minecraft "Lost Wolf" Flyer.
People Totally Lost Their Heads When It First Came Out.
Media: Catpix. Thanks Chris.
Conan tries a US Citizenship Test.
Frozen Waffles Have It Bad.
Car Crash. Thanks viperfour.
The Funnies: Hobbes And Bacon. Thanks Hump.
Follow-up: Stemming the tide of careless science reporting, one post at a time.
Keanu Reeves Departs "Akira" Remake.

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