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Saturday, Aug 20, 2011


Only 24 Players in Battlefield 3 Team Deathmatch

BF3Blog has word that Team Deathmatch mode in Battlefield 3 will only support 24-players on all platforms, even Windows, though 64 player games will be supported on the PC in conquest mode. They note that these matches will be smaller infantry-focused battles without vehicles as a probable explanation for this decision. Thanks Joao.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Steam Preloads

Steam now offers preloads of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for those who have pre-purchased Eidos Montreal's upcoming action/RPG prequel so they'll be prepared to play as soon as the game unlocks next week (Tuesday in North America, Thursday in Australia, and Friday in Europe. Pre-purchasers receive a 10% discount along with eight new Deus Ex-themed items for Team Fortress 2. Thanks Bill.

I Am Alive Gameplay Trailer

A trailer has surfaced on the YouTube with what it said to be the official gameplay trailer for I Am Alive, Ubisoft's apparently not dead survival game. The clip shows third-person gameplay in a post-apocalyptic environment, including a bit of combat and platforming. Thanks superannuation (supererogatory), who also points to a note in David Kristofer Fried's LinkedIn Profile (more from this below) about the nature of this game, as his résumé includes this: "Game design for I Am Alive reconstruction 03, including a non-kill oriented FPS shooting system involving group AI behaviors where threats and wounding were promoted over murder as the most effective gameplay mechanic."

Cancelled "Oblivion-style" Might and Magic Game

Also from supererogatory (superannuation) is word from David Kristofer Fried's LinkedIn profile about a cancelled Heroes of Might and Magic RTS that became an RPG. His résumé has this note: "Game design and several story passes for unannounced Heroes of Might and Magic game, which began as an RTS and was changed to an Oblivion style RPG before being cancelled."

Mojang to Fight Scrolls Battle in Court, if not Q3A

Ars Technica has word from Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson that Mojang will indeed go to court, if necessary, to battle over Bethesda's legal action over the Scrolls name. "If we’re going to court, I will fight this for as long as it takes," he said. "It’s a bogus claim, and [Bethesda has] several one-word-named games that share a noun with other games that precede [its] games," noting that RAGE could be viewed as a conflict with Sega's Streets of Rage. He also wryly notes his his recent quirky Q3A challenge to settle this may be ill-advised, as: "If it came to a Quake III tournament, I have a feeling we just might have to change the name," Persson told (as Bethesda owns the brand). "In retrospect, Quake III might have been a poor choice."

Section 8: Prejudice Double XP Weekend

TimeGate Studios tweets that a double-XP weekend is now underway on all platforms for Section 8: Prejudice, their multiplayer shooter. Word is: "Double XP Weekend, Friday, August 19th - Monday, August 22nd! New Players, unlock weapons and equipment twice as fast this coming weekend."

Sanctum Soundtrack Released

The original soundtrack from Sanctum is now available, offering the tunes from this indie tower defense/first-person shooter hybrid. Word is the OST "features 11 beautifully remastered songs and a bonus track, from soft, soothing tunes to heart-pumping electronic battle music." It is available on Steam for $4.99 and on BandCamp as one of those pay what you want dealies. On a related note, the price of game itself is now permanently reduced, and it can be had for $9.99 USD.

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  • Arctic Cooling F12 Case Fans on RBMODS.
  • ASUS Mars II 3 GB Dual GTX 580 Graphics Card on techPowerUp.
  • GIGABYTE X58A-OC LGA1366 ATX Extreme Overclocking Motherboard on Futurelooks.
  • Plextor Portable 500GB Hard Disk Drive on Tech-Reviews.
  • RedGiant A03 Ossicle In-ears on techPowerUp.
  • Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case on


Out of the Blue

Well, things have worked out properly on my trip, as I am getting a perfect 4G LTE connection on my laptop, and it is completely awesome. I never appreciated how much crappy connectivity contributed to me hating working on the road, as I always focused on not enjoying using a laptop, but this has been a relative pleasure. That said, I still expect to be posting tomorrow's update in the early evening.

High-Speed Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Zombie Alien Parasites.
Safari Time.
Links: 6 Reasons The Guy Who's Fixing Your Computer Hates You. Thanks nin.
Top-10 Geography movie mistakes.
Stories: Bookseller keeps same Upper West Side parking spot for 11 years. Thanks Neatorama.
I Like Turtles.
Science: Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists. Thanks loonybomber.
Images: Now We’re Screwed.
How Cats See Humans.
Fat Cat FAIL.
Media: Freeman's Mind- Episode 38. NSFW.
Trailer For 'Ghost Rider:Spirit of Vengeance' Is HERE! Thanks nin via Digg.
Greedy German Shepherd.

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