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Monday, May 23, 2011


Modern Warfare 3 Trailer Tonight

Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling tweets that a new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer will debut around 9:00 pm EDT during tonight's NBA playoff game: "Modern Warfare 3 world premiere gameplay trailer tonight on NBA Western Conference Finals around 6pm PT (2 am UK). I'll link HD here."

Frozen Synapse on Thursday

Matrix Games announces it will publish Frozen Synapse, the turn-based tactical game in development at Mode 7 Games. Matrix Games' Frozen Synapse Product Section is online, offering some new screenshots and a new trailer showing off gameplay, and listing "coming soon" as the game's release date. In a slightly confusing twist, Mode 7 sends word the game will be on sale directly from the Frozen Synapse Website on Thursday, and those who buy the game between now and Thursday will gain access to the beta, and those who purchase the game from there will also receive a free second copy to give to a friend.

Brink Patched

Steam News announces the release of the promised new patch for Brink, the first-person shooter from Splash Damage. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Dawn of War II Wargear DLC Preview

Dawn of War II Community Website has an extensive illustrated preview of the upcoming Wargear DLC for Warhammer: 40:000 Dawn of War II, Relic's RTS sequel. Says gameplay designer Clint Tasker: "This wargear is going to be PDLC (Paid Downloadable Content) which means you are going to have to pay for it, but I have made it extra special. So it is totally worth it." Thanks Shacknews.

Magicka PvP Patch Preview

The Magicka Developer Diary on PC Gamer features Arrowhead Games' Johan Pilestedt outlining plans for an upcoming patch to balance PvP play in Magicka, their action/adventure game. Word is: "It’s no easy task to balance Magicka for PvP, because we can’t simply balance spells for their damage. After all, it’s a complex, dynamic spell-casting system. Many spells have a lot of utility, and the large amount of combinations available makes it difficult to predict exactly how a small change will affect the overall balance of the game. Alas, that’s all for now. Tune in next week, when we talk about water bombing and loss of character control."

Assassin’s Creed Location Revelations

GameInformer has a feature on Assassin’s Creed Revelations, outlining the places Ezio will visit during the solo campaign in the upcoming stealth/action sequel, as well as the multiplayer backdrop of Rhodes, as all roads lead to Rhodes.

Torchlight II Q&A, Screenshots

Making the World of Torchlight II is an illustrated look at the upcoming action/RPG sequel in the works at Runic Games. Word is: "This week, we have a double feature! Here we are pulling back the curtain and giving players a sneak peek into a few environments of Torchlight II with an introduction by Patrick Blank, Lead Level Designer. We will be explaining a bit about what to expect from the different types of areas, how they are technically different from each other, and how the environments compare to the first Torchlight game. In addition, we have a Level Design Q & A with Patrick Blank and Jason Beck with questions asked by Runic Forums members." Thanks Computer and Video Games.

Fallen Enchantress Video Diary

A new video developer diary for Elemental: Fallen Enchantress features narration from Toby Sarnelle, associate producer on Stardock's upcoming standalone follow-up to Elemental: War of Magic, their fantasy-themed 4X strategy game. The diary offers: "a look at the various lands you will need to conquer – as well as a close-up look at some of the bosses and monsters awaiting for you in each new land."

Orcs Must Die Spring Trap Trailer

The Robot Entertainment Website now offers a new trap spotlight trailer from Orcs Must Die, showing off spring traps in their upcoming action/strategy game. Word is: "Use the cheap and effective spring trap to launch pesky enemies through the air. Where they land is up to you - a pool of lava, a pit full of acid, or even straight into another trap! Beware heavier enemies such as ogres who prevent the spring trap from firing."

Sword of the Stars II Interview

The Sword of the Stars II - Lords of Winter interview on is the English version of the German site's interview with Kerberos CEO Martin Cirulis about the upcoming 4X space strategy sequel. Topics include the game's inspirations, the falloff in popularity of space-themed games, storytelling, unit limits, individual ship control, and how if they could make a game based on an existing space franchise it would undoubtedly be Babylon 5.

Minecraft Beta Patch This Week

The Word of Notch says to expect a version 1.6 beta patch for Minecraft later this week. This will add Nether support to multiplayer, craftable maps, and hatches as well as fixes for a lengthy list of bugs.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Astrophysics of Star Trek. Thanks Ant.

Dead Island Trailer

GameTrailers offers a new "To Kill Time" trailer from Dead Island, Techland's upcoming zombie survival/horror game. The clip runs almost 12 minutes, offering loads of gameplay footage, accompanied by narration from Vincent Kummer, brand manager at Deep Silver, who discusses "combat, fellow survivors, crafting, quests and more."

PC Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale This Week

Atari announces that Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale is gold, and that the Windows and Xbox 360 editions of the RPG are due on Wednesday, while the PSN edition is expected a week from tomorrow. Here's word:

Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale centers on the desperate struggle to defeat the evil Rezlus and his Zhentarim in their attempt to invade and conquer the Dalelands. Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale is an engaging multi-player experience that introduces a riveting narrative and treacherous new characters. Players are charged with the task of restoring order to Nentir Vale by unlocking the secrets of the Mines of Tethyamar, defeating the evil within the treacherous Tower of the Void, leading to the final confrontation with Rezlus himself.

Action-packed RPG gameplay allows for solo and co-op play for up to four players. Gamers use intuitive pick-up-and-play combat combined with a wide assortment of weapons, feats and powers to defeat a wide range of deadly enemies. Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale boasts an array of stunning levels and exploration opportunities set in the richly detailed environments.

Hellgate NA Closed Beta Keys

The Hellgate Forums outline how to get in on North American closed beta testing of Hellgate, the upcoming free-to-play revival of the action/RPG Hellgate: London. The post outlines how to take a 50/50 shot at getting a key and lists a bunch of partner sites that are also distributing keys.

Rise of Immortals Beta Keys

Here's today's reminder that we are giving away more keys to the closed beta test for Rise of Immortals than you can shake a stick at, provided stick shaking is your thing. If you are interested in checking out Petroglyph Games' upcoming Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, you should follow these instructions.

Free RIFT Character Transfers Coming

Trion Worlds announces plans to offer free character transfers in RIFT when the version 1.3 update goes live in their MMORPG this summer. They say players will be able to switch to select servers in their territory once each week, taking all items, achievements, and titles with them, and that guild leaders will be able to move their guild's level and experience as well. This service will operate for free for the foreseeable future, and here's a bit more:

“MMOs are all about playing with your friends no matter which server they’re on, and that’s why we’re offering this as a free service to our subscribers,” said Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer. “RIFT is both a game and a service, and adding free server transfers is just one more way we can make this the best possible MMO experience available.”

Whether you want to play with friends, check out a new server, or avoid queue times on highly populated servers, you’ll be free to move about Telara. As a part of this grand experiment, there will initially be no limits on the number of times you can transfer your characters or guild.

U.K. Sales Figures

The GfK Chart-Track report on the 20 bestselling PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending May 21st is now available, showing The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings making its debut in the number one position, while Fable III enters the chart at number 6. MCV has the U.K. all-formats sales chart for the week, where L.A. Noire holds the top spot, apparently setting a record, as they say it is "the fastest ever selling new games IP." The Witcher 2 is number five on the all platforms chart, impressive enough for a PC-exclusive game, and even more so, as they note "that digital sales were bound to have been plentiful."

F.E.A.R. 3 "Soul King" Trailer

A new trailer from F.E.A.R. 3 introduces the Soul King multiplayer mode in the first-person shooter sequel in the development at Day 1 Studios. Here's the accompanying description of this mode: "In this cutthroat mode, players are thrust into the most competitive multiplayer experience in the game, with the goal of harvesting the most number of souls before time runs out. Players will start out as a spectre, capable of possessing enemies to gain the skills and weapons of the body they inhabit. While possessing a body, players will be able to collect souls through killing enemies, however, will need to constantly battle other AI enemies and the three other players eager to take them down and steal their harvested souls." The embedded version of the clip follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Dungeon Siege III Demo Next Month

PS3Vault has word from a Square Enix newsletter to expect a Windows demo for Dungeon Siege III on June 7 through Steam, saying the PlayStation 3 sample of the action/RPG sequel will be released that day as well, with the Xbox 360 demo expected on May 31. Thanks VG247 via That VideoGame Blog.

New Carmageddon is Indie Game?

Following the appearance of a countdown timer on is a report on VG247 saying the new project will be an independently developed project. This corrects reports that appeared over the weekend saying that Square Enix would be publishing the game as a result of their Eidos acquisition. It is not specified who is developing the game according to their unverified report, which is attributed to a "source familiar with the matter." We should learn more soon enough, as the countdown looks like it will end on June 1.

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Out of the Blue

We've been having a lot of trouble this spring with our environmentally friendly manual lawn mower, which has taken to attempting to tear out grass in clumps, rather than sheer it. After spending a little time to try to figure out how to sharpen the blades, we finally gave up and got a new one. I only had a brief run with the new one after putting it together, but I am very pleased at its effectiveness, so hopefully we'll soon cease to have the neighborhood's Malcolm in the Middle lawn.

R.I.P.: Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Thanks TDW Geeks.

Mowed Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Battle for Wayland Keep.
King of Sweden 2.
Link: All Age Verification Tests Should Be Like This. Thanks TDW Geeks.
Stories: Bono Thinks Those Atrocious Spider-Man Reviews Were Spot-on. Thanks TDW Geeks.
Stay in school, get a new Camaro. Thanks brother19 via Jalopnik.
Images: Eat Your Wheatley’s of the Day.
Studies Have Shown…
BREAK OUT. Including the rare Airedale pop and lock.
Media: CGI Facial Animation. Thanks reddit.
Cat gets trolled.
The Most Useful Skill in Recorded History.

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