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Sunday, Aug 14, 2011


No TrackMania 2 Boxed or Steam Release (Yet); Media Blowout

A post on the ManiaPlanet Forums from Nadeo explains they are not planning a retail version of TrackMania 2: Canyon, saying: "There is no box version scheduled right now." A separate post from Nadeo explains that their racing sequel will also not be released through Steam initially, though it may come to Valve's online service at a future time. Explaining that the game's use of the ManiaPlanet portal may be redundant with Steam, they refer to the possibility that users might have to buy a second copy of the game to achieve Steam integration in explaining that they don't envision making a decision on this until sometime next year: "So, if you really want it on Steam, I can suggest to wait of either see a change in their policy, so you can feel secure to buy it outside of it today or to wait to see if we go on it and all I can say to help is that if it happens, it is very likely to be next year." Meanwhile, if you are interested in the game's multiplayer economy, This post explains more of the "planets" that replace the "coppers" from previous TrackMania game, outlining how you can earn and spend them.

To wrap-up this info flood, as noted on the ManiaPlanet Forums, the embargo has been lifted from TrackMania 2: Canyon beta testers, who are now permitted to release opinions about the multiplayer beta test. Testers are also now allowed to post media, as can be seen in this thread, where there are loads of screenshots and YouTube videos of the game in action. Finally, the ManiaNews YouTube Channel now offers no fewer than eight video interviews discussing the game with Nadeo CEO Florent Castelnerac. Thanks TM XASECO developer Frans.

On PC Deus Ex Human Revolution

There's an interview with Eidos: Montreal and Nixxes Software on GameSpy discussing the Windows edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the upcoming action/RPG prequel. This covers the efforts made by Nixxes Software and AMD to create a version of the game that is more that just a straight port of the console editions. Here are a pair of quotes about this:

Julien Bouvrais: First off, Nixxes developed a DX11 renderer that is used on the PC, when available. We did leverage this by adding several features you will see when you have DX11 hardware on your PC: real-time tessellation, improved Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, improved blurs and depth of field. We also added custom support for AMD's Eyefinity (multiple monitors), and 3DHD. On another note, the user interface has been tailored for the keyboard, and mouse controls can be fully customized for your gaming habits.

Jurjen Katsman: We did quite a lot of work on anti-aliasing as well. We offer various anti-aliasing options to gamers to choose from depending on how powerful their hardware is. They really help smooth out rough edges that you can see more easily on a PC monitor.

Battlestar Galactica Nexus Mod

This video shows off beta version 4.5 of the Battlestar Galactica modification for Nexus - The Jupiter Incident. The mod is available for download on Mod DB, where word is: "Nexus: Battlestar Galactica is a real-time strategy game based on SyFy and Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined vision of the series. Players can fight as Human or Cylon, either with or against each other in single and multiplayer combat." Mod DB also offers a beta Nexus launcher that's recommended to make it easier to run the mod. Thanks Kenneth.

Steam Weekly Top 10

Here's Valve's list of the 10 bestselling titles on Steam for the week:

  1. Fallout: New Vegas
  2. Terraria
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. Brink
  5. Fallout: New Vegas Old World Blues
  6. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  7. Fallout 3 GOTY Edition
  8. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
  9. Portal 2
  10. LIMBO.

North Korea Denies Gold Farming Accusations

The Guardian has North Korea's official response to recent accusations that a government slush fund there is benefiting from the profits of gold farming operations in South Korean online games (thanks Kotaku). Here is the delightful write-up of their denial:

The North blustered on Sunday that it had nothing to do with the hacking scheme. Its grandly named Committee for Peaceful Unification of the Fatherland issued a riposte rather at odds with its name, accusing the "puppet authorites" of fabricating allegations. The Korean Central News Agency was blunter, telling the South Koreans to "shove the cheap gimmicks".

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Hardware Reviews

  • Antec High Current Gamer (HCG) 620W PSU on Technic3D. In German.
  • GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 Motherboard and AMD 990FX CPU on Vortez.
  • Hitachi UltraStar 7K3000 3TB SATA 3 HDD on Real World Labs.
  • LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Controller on The SSD Review.


Out of the Blue

I'll be out and about for a few days next week, so it seemed a good time to upgrade the cellular modem on my laptop to use Verizon's allegedly snazzy 4G LTE network. I say allegedly, because in the brief time I played with it following installation, I was only able to connect to the 3G network, and not very well at that. This may be normal, as I've never had much reason to use a cell connection from within the BlueTower, so I may just be in a bad spot. Hopefully when I'm on the road I will have better luck.

Cellular Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Castaway Island Tower Defense.
Friction Physics.
Links: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books. Thanks Nerdapproved.
Papercrafting the 80s.
7 Nerdy License Plates.
Stories: Mike Myers Plans Fourth "Austin Powers".
Images: Team Fortress 2 LEGO of the Day.
Dr. Gordon Freeman cosplayer.
What a "Shooting Star" looks like from space. Thanks Jim.
Media: 8BITS. NSFW.
Evo 2011 Highlights, Justin Wong's unbelievable comeback.
THE EVIL DEAD in 60 seconds with clay. Thanks Auger.
Andy Goes Hillbilly Handfishin'. Thanks nin via Digg.
The Funnies: How the Real-Money Auction House Will Affect Diablo III.
Follow-up: Extended -Walking Dead- Season Two Promo.

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