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Saturday, Jun 18, 2011


Valve F2P Plans?

Valve is planning a free-to-play game, according to a report on French website Barre de Vie, where they followed up on Valve's announcement of free-to-play games on Steam by asking Valve's Doug Lombardi if Valve was planning F2P games of their own, and saying his reply was simply "yes." They proceed to speculate that this may relate to DOTA2, since it will have to compete with similar games like League of Legends, which use the free-to-play model. Thanks GameSpot.

Betting on Duke Pays Off

Following the story of a 10-year-old preorder for Duke Nukem Forever being fulfilled, comes word on Gearboxity of more payoff for slash000's willingness to bet on Duke. As a reward for his faith, he has now received a signed copy of the Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel Edition, a Logitech G19 keyboard, and a whole boatload of SWAG related to the game (and you can fit a lot of SWAG in a boat). Thanks nin via Robert Boyd.

Dungeon Siege III Interview

This interview on Gaming Illustrated chats with Nathan Davis, talking with this Obsidian Entertainment associate producer about Dungeon Siege III, the action/RPG sequel that's now available in many territories and is due in North America on Tuesday. Topics include pleasing old and new fans, living up to expectations, characters, multiplayer, storytelling, and more.

F.E.A.R. 3 Launch Trailer Revisited

A formatting error prevented the F.E.A.R. 3 Launch Trailer posted last night from displaying properly. Apologies for the error, which has been rectified, and thanks Ant for the heads-up. The fixed clip follows. Continue here to read the full story.

New Via Digital Distribution


On Sale

  • Alice: Madness Returns on GamersGate. Save 10%.
  • DiRT 3 on GameTap. Save 15%. Thanks Gutter.
  • Fate of the World on Steam. Save 50%.
    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I woke up last night with a sharp pain in my abdomen, which I would describe as agonizing, which says a lot, as I am freakishly stoical about pain. A quick look at the Wikipedia reassured me this was not appendicitis, as I was missing many symptoms, not to mention the pain was on my left side. It took almost an hour to go away, and it probably wouldn't have been much longer before I gave in and went to the emergency room. I'm still fine now, and my best guess is that I may have been suffering with a kidney stone. I'll probably see my doctor about this Monday, which I can deal with: I am just happy this didn't require that trip to the emergency room, as I have a tremendous aversion to hospitals.

Painful Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Kiss the Darts. Thanks Daniel.
Match Day of the Dead.
Stories: Guns N' Roses guitarist to receive L.A. Zoo award.
Saskatoon pedestrian hit by car to be ticketed. Thanks ASLayerAODsk.
The identity of Vancouverís famous kissing couple is revealed.
Science: Will grey hair be a thing of the past? Thanks Digg.
Herschel Telescope Spots a Star Spewing Powerful Water Jets into Interstellar Space.
Media: Freeman's Mind- Episode 36. NSFW.
Fancy Cat Has a Thirst for Perrier. Thanks nin.
We Need A New Too Nice Country, I think Canada Resigned.

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