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Thursday, Jul 07, 2011


Capcom on Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition PC Issues

Capcom-Unity has word on what's being done to address issues with the just-released Windows edition of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition. They say they are hard at work on a patch they hope to release this Monday, and outline all the problems they are hoping to address, including keyboards and other controllers not being recognized, crashes from remapping keys, and dropped frames in "smooth mode."

New Battlefield 3 Details

The Battleblog #2 on the Battlefield Blog has further details on Battlefield 3, the upcoming military shooter sequel. Along the way they explain a couple of new features:

This brings us to two new features in Battlefield 3: Bipods and Suppressive Fire. Bipods have a very practical use, especially for LMGs, as they provide a substantial increase in stability while laying down a base of fire. Bipods can be deployed anywhere by zooming in with your LMG when prone, or when standing/kneeling in front of suitable supports, such as a window sill. The stability created by deploying a Bipod gives players a massive boost in accuracy and recoil reduction. You’ll be able to unload an entire clip of 200 bullets from your LMG with great accuracy without even letting go of the trigger, all thanks to the Bipod.

Suppressive Fire is a new in-game mechanic that changes how you can play the game. When you lay down fire in close vicinity to an enemy, the incoming barrage will show up as a graphical blur effect on his screen to stress him and let him know it’s not safe to pop out from behind cover. Just as importantly, this mechanic also affects his character’s in-game firing accuracy, making him less of a threat by using real world tactics. Better yet? You get team play experience points for doing so!

RAGE 'The Dawn' Trailer

The RAGE Website offers "The Dawn," a new behind-the-scenes trailer setting the story for RAGE, id Software's upcoming first-person shooter. The clip features gameplay footage and cinematics, accompanied by commentary from Tim Willits and Matt Hooper, as id's creative director and design director (with an assist from senior producer Jason Kim) outline how the game's post-apocalyptic setting came about and a little on the various factions and locations the player will encounter.

Pro Cycling Manager Season 2011 Patch

A new patch for Pro Cycling Manager Season 2011 is now available to update the sports management sequel to version The patch is available on the Cyanide Studio Forum and it is mirrored on The Patches Scrolls. Here are the patch notes. Continue here to read the full story.

Indie Open House

IGN/GameSpy announce they are once again holding an Indie Open House as a way of supporting independent developers and their middleware technology. Their second term begins September 12, and the deadline for application is August 1. Here's word:

The six month program offers free office space in the San Francisco offices of IGN Entertainment, where they will internet connectivity and support from the GameSpy Technology staff. Indie Open House is strictly a support and residency program, meaning IGN maintains no interest in owning any content or binding participating teams to prohibitive contracts. Instead, the goal of the Indie Open House project is to lend valuable resources and support during challenging financial times and to encourage innovation within the game development community.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Interview

An interview on Gamasutra talks with Todd Howard about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the RPG sequel in development at Bethesda Softworks. Topics include his level of hands-on involvement in the project, maintaining a single vision in such a complex project, what they want to change from Oblivion, the grief they take about bugs, the scale of the game world, and more.

Quote of the Day

"It's unquestionable that within a very short time, we're going to have portable cell phones that are more powerful than the current-gen consoles," says id Software Technical Director John Carmack. "People have exaggerated the relative powers - the iPad2 is not more powerful than the 360. It's still a factor of a couple weaker. But the fact that it’s gotten that close that fast - that means that almost certainly, 2 years from now, there will be mobile devices more powerful than what we're doing all these fabulous games on right now."

On Sale

  • AudioSurf on Steam. Save 85%.
  • Cities XL 2011 on Steam. Save 80%.
  • Command and Conquer Franchise on Steam. Save 80%.
  • Company of Heroes Franchise on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Counter-Strike: Source on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Dead Rising 2 on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Far Cry on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
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  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin on Games For Windows. Save 50%.
  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin on Direct2Drive.
  • Kohan: Ahriman's Gift on Direct2Drive. Save 60%.
  • Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns on Direct2Drive. Save 60%.
  • Kohan II: Kings of War on Direct2Drive. Save 60%.
  • QUAKE Collection on Steam. Save 75%.
  • RIFT on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Risen on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Sanctum on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Street Fighter IV on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Tomb Raider Franchise on Steam.
    Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Thanks Acleacius.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Bare essentials of safety from Air New Zealand. Thanks Robert.

Dishonored Revealed has the cover reveal for the August print issue of Game Informer magazine, which will take the wraps off Dishonored, a first-person stealthy action/adventure game in development at Arkane Studios. The game will feature the creative efforts of Harvey Smith (System Shock, Deus Ex) and Viktor Antonov (Half-Life 2). More details will come when the magazine hits the streets, and in the meantime, here's what they have to say about Dishonored:

We've seen the game running, and now we share Colantonio and Smith's vision too. Dishonored is the antithesis of a edge-of-your-seat roller-coaster ride. It's a game about assassination where you don't have to kill anyone. It's a game about infiltration where you can set up traps and slaughter the entire garrison of an aristocrat's mansion rather than sneak in. It's a game about brutal violence where you can slip in and out of a fortified barracks with nobody ever knowing you were there. It's a game about morality and player choice where the world you create is based on your actions, not navigating conversation trees.

EVE Online Landing in Japan

As the dust (514) seems to settle from the uproar over microtransactions in EVE Online, which CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson says caused some of the staff at the Icelandic developer to "buckle under the pressure," CCP and Nexon announce a "strategic partnership" to bring EVE Online to Japan this fall, supplying the intricate sci-fi MMORPG a new audience to outrage. Word is: "Localized services for Japanese players will enable them to access the game in their native language through the Tranquility server, which currently plays host to over 350,000 subscribers from around the world in three languages: English, German and Russian."

New Fallout New Vegas Tools

A tweet by loonyboi has word that a new version 1.4 of the Garden of Eden Creation Kit (G.E.C.K.) is now available for Fallout New Vegas, and those creating custom content for Obsidian's action/RPG should update to the new version after applying the just released patch for the game. Word is: "The G.E.C.K. provides the community with tools that will allow players to expand the game any way they wish. Users can create, modify, and edit any data for use with Fallout: New Vegas, from building landscapes, towns, and locations to writing dialogue, creating characters, weapons, creatures, and more." The G.E.C.K. Wiki provides more help with this.

Rockstar Films TMed

SystemLink Alt has word that Take-Two has filed a trademark registration for "Rockstar Films" to cover: "Animated motion picture films featuring entertainment, namely, action, adventure, dramatic, comedic, children's and documentary themes; pre-recorded video discs and other pre-recorded digital and electronic media in the field of live action programs, motion pictures, or animation featuring entertainment, namely, action, adventure, dramatic, comedic, children's and documentary themes." They also note that Take-Two has also registered domains for and Thanks GameInformer.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes lists the latest hotfixes applied on the server side for World of Warcraft, Blizzard's MMORPG. The lengthy list of July 6th fixes follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Distant Worlds Patch

Matrix Games announces the availability of a new patch for Distant Worlds to update the 4X space strategy game to version The new version is available for the German and English retail versions of the game to address an issue that causes a crash with some story line events.

Sid Meier's Civilization World Open Beta

2K Games announces the open beta has launched for Sid Meier's Civilization World, the Facebook version of the turn-based strategy game. "With over ten million units sold worldwide, Sid Meier’s Civilization is world renowned as one of the greatest strategy game franchises," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "We’re excited to bring this fun and social game to people on Facebook, enabling fans of the series to play Civilization World from almost anywhere in the world; while offering newcomers a chance to enjoy this addictive strategy gameplay that has fascinated gamers for two decades." There's an interview on Gamasutra where Sid Meier discusses the project.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

My love of grilling should be obvious from how often I discuss it here, and I think over the years I've gotten pretty handy around the "man-stove," as MrsBlue puts it. My one attempt at smoking, however, was pretty disastrous: My grill has a side-box for smoking, but my effort at doing up some ribs low and slow came out making shoe leather seem tender. The main trick with this is to keep a constant temperature, which is not as easy as it may sound, which is why I'm intrigued by LinkMeter (thanks Slashdot). This homebrew way of regulating heat wirelessly uses an old LinkSys WiFi router, and I have one of those lying around. It all looks like it may be too intricate to actually undertake, but I may be less daunted as I read on, and the temptation to get properly smoked ribs and be able to show off such a high-tech/low-tech setup is very strong.

Smoked Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Machines Planet. Thanks Daniel.
Gunpowder and Feathers.
Hex Wars.
Links: Adam West Reportedly "Confirmed" To Cameo In The Dark Knight Rises. Thanks TDW Geeks.
Invisible Ink Comic of the Day.
5 Pro-Marijuana Arguments That Aren't Helping.
Stories: New York pet store bans buying puppies while drunk.
Science: Is scientific progress slowing? Depends how you measure it.
Images: Cosplay Corner.
Worst Cosplay - Comic-Con 2011. Thanks nin.
Infographic shows Harry Potter and Star Wars are really the same.
Media: Swamp Ass PSA starring Nathan Fillion.
Bananaphobia Trigger of the Day.
Ice hockey referee appears out of nowhere.

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