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Monday, Aug 22, 2011


From Dust DRM to Change

There's a From Dust PC Official Statement on the Ubisoft Forums announcing a change to the god game's DRM after the recent dust up over it requiring online authentication every time it is launched. Here's word saying this requirement will be removed within a couple of weeks:

We recognize that one of our posts in the From Dust forum regarding the need for authentication in the game was not clear. We sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding. Our tech teams are working on a patch that should release in approximately two weeks that will eliminate the need for any online authentication. This development time is required as we are working to ensure that those who have already started the game, and who’s progress is currently saved on our servers, will receive and save their game information locally. Once the patch is ready, players who already have the game will automatically receive the update on their next login and subsequent game sessions will be 100% offline.

Two PES 2012 Demos: First One Wednesday

Konami Digital Entertainment announces plans to release two demos for PES 2012, their association football/soccer sequel, with the first of them based on a preview build coming to Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on Wednesday, and the other to come next month based on a more final version of the game. Here's the deal:

The first demo will be released on August 24th and will be based on a preview build of the game. While there will be areas that are refined, KONAMI wants PES users to try out the game’s many new Teammate Control elements prior to launch and experience the realism that Active AI brings to PES 2012, and which have been singled out for extensive praise by the media. The demo will also showcase the individuality of the many teams in the game, and users will be able to pick from six teams and their playing styles – Manchester United, AC Milan, FC Porto, S.S.C Napoli, Santos FC, and C.A. Panarol – and pit them against each other in 10-minute matches. The demo will also showcase key Challenge Training elements, where fans can practice the new control systems to fully enjoy the game.

The first PES 2012 demo will not be truly representative of the final game, so KONAMI will issue a second free demo reflecting the final version’s feel and gameplay in mid-September for the same formats. This will also offer 10-minute matches, but with a different team roster of Tottenham Hotspur, FC Bayern Munich, FC Internazionale Milano, Rangers FC, Club America and Sport Club Internacional.

Deus Ex Clothing Line

A Deus Ex: Human Revolution clothing line is set to go on sale tomorrow in this Deus Ex: Human Revolution Store, announces musterbrand. Here's the word on this unusual bit of merchandising:

Available in North America and Europe at, the DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION range of clothing has been designed in partnership with game developer Eidos-Montreal, ensuring the closest real-world version of the virtual items as possible.

The standout item in the DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION is Adam Jensen’s coat—a futuristic interpretation of a trench coat. This slick trench, adorned with signature vented holes, and structured sleeves, is inspired by DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION’s cyber-renaissance art direction. Just remember that you’re not actually augmented before leaving on your adventures.

“Standard logoed T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats are the norm,” said Knut Jochen Bergel, CEO, musterbrand. “musterbrand’s clothing lines are designed by top stylists, woven from the highest quality material, and cut so sharply they should come with a warning. DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION is already drawing praise for its unique design and playability – we’re aiming to replicate the game’s popularity with our clothing line too.”

Shoot Many Robots Ubisoft Deal, Trailer

Ubisoft announces they will be publishing Shoot Many Robots, saying this side-scrolling RPG shooter in development at Demiurge Studios will be released for Windows, Xbox LIVE Arcade, and PlayStation Network next year. They offer a new trailer from the game, and here's a bit of what the announcement says: "Shoot Many Robots follows P. Walter Tugnut on his mission to kill as many robots as possible after a factory begins to ominously produce killer robots. With an RV full of guns and beer, gamers will experience a four-player co-op run-n-gun side-scrolling RPG shooter filled with tons of weapon and item customization. Shoot Many Robots will also feature two game modes: Traversal, where players must progress linearly through a level, and Survival, where players fight against waves of robot hordes, delivering hours of robotic carnage and fun." Continue here to read the full story.

Razer Declares PC Gaming Lives

Razer announces their full page in today’s Wall Street Journal (Global Edition) which is "an open letter to Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s Playstation and Nintendo’s Wii consoles." In conjunction, they say they will offer a "major announcement on the 26th of August during PAX Prime 2011 at 6pm CEST in Seattle, WA." They have launched to read their open letter to you, and if you prefer, the letter is reproduced below:

We have all heard the rhetoric about the demise of PC Gaming—the stories that console gaming will take over all gaming and that PC gamers will be left with shoddy ports of console titles.

The rumors of our untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated. We are more than 300 million PC gamers worldwide and this legion is growing every day. Today there are more PC gamers than all console gamers combined and we have been silent in the face of the closed gaming systems that have been propagated.

We, the PC Gamers, have been here since the beginning and have seen the industry grow to surpass movies and music, and we look forward to an open world where console and PC gamers will stand side by side as gamers in arms.

We are here today to tell you, that on the 26th of August, we will seek to end the silence and bring a new age of openness and innovation to all gaming. Together we shall remind you - that PC Gaming is NOT dead.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Audio Interview

There's an audio interview on SoundCloud which is about audio, as it talks about the sound and music in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the imminent action/RPG prequel. Word is: "Eidos-Montreal community manager Kyle Stallock sits down with DX:HR audio director Steve Szczepkowski and composer Michael McCann and chats about their influences, the evolving interpretation of what cyber renaissance stands for from an audio perspective, and Abba. Yes, that Abba. We cover other topics, too, and even unveil, for the first time ever, McCann’s initial pitch that got him the gig." Thanks nin.

Dragon Commander Interview

This interview on RPGWatch talks with Swen Vincke of Larian Studios about Dragon Commander to learn some details about this upcoming strategy/RPG of Dragon Combat set in the world of Divinity. Swen explains how the project's concept evolved, the reasons for the timeframe in which it is set, discusses its steampunk elements, justifies the use of jetpacks ("Because it is cool. OK, you either hate it or you like it, but we like it."), outlines plans for multiplayer, and offers the following perspective on the advantages of self-funding its development:

The difference is that we are funding the game ourselves completely, which gives us much more freedom. There was always an excuse with the Divinity games. Something that was not right and there was always a reason for that and we were never happy about releasing it at that stage. This time while we are doing it on our own there is no excuse anymore.

It normally should be released next year, but there is no guarantee.

Sword of the Stars II Intro

Here is the Opening Cinematic trailer from Sword of the Stars II: The Lords of Winter, the 4X space strategy sequel in development at Kerberos Productions. Word is: "The video gives you your first look at the Lords of Winter themselves in action – the ancient Suul'ka have returned to their lost empire and are seeking to regain the power they once had, avenging themselves on their traitorous 'children'." Continue here to read the full story.

NBA 2K12 "NBA's Greatest" Trailer

A new NBA's Greatest Trailer from NBA 2K12 shows off some signature moves of the historical greats who are included in the upcoming installment in this basketball simulation. On display are such luminaries as Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Jerry West along with some of their teammates. Continue here to read the full story.

F1 2011 Trailer

Codemasters offers a new gameplay trailer for F1 2011, the upcoming sequel to F1 2010, their Formula One racing simulation. Here's their description: "The new video recreates some of the greatest moments from this year’s FIA FORMULA ONE Championship currently taking place around the globe, including Jenson Button's thrilling win in Canada and Vitaly Petrov taking to the air in Malaysia. With wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements and new competitive and co-operative multiplayer components, including 16 players online plus eight AI cars to simulate a full 24 car grid, F1 2011 is bound to deliver the full FORMULA ONE racing experience." Continue here to read the full story.

CM Afghanistan Patch

A new patch for CM Afghanistan is now available on to update the military strategy game to version 1.03. The download is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and Worthplaying, the read me has word on the patch, and some details on what's new follow. Continue here to read the full story.

CM Battle for Normandy OS X Patch now offers new patches for CM Battle for Normandy, to update the OS X edition of this World War II strategy game to version 1.01B. Here's the reason for this new version: "This v1.01B update fixes various issues, mostly related to user permissions related the new Mac OS X Lion upgrade with the previously released v1.01 patch." The patch is mirrored on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK's Chart-Track lists the 20 bestselling full-price PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending August 20, 2011. The Sims 3: Generations holds the top spot again, and 80% of the top five games are Sims title. MCV has the U.K. all-platforms chart, where Zumba Fitness continues to exercise its dominance over all comers.

Free to Play Studio Ubisoft Zurich Formed

This website outlines a job opportunity in the Zürich area of Switzerland to work on a "new Free to Play project," and the LinkedIn profile of Yann Le Tensorer has a couple of details on Ubisoft Zurich, the new studio working on this project, saying: "After 3 years travelling the world as consultant, I'm opening and leading a new studio near Zürich for Ubisoft. We're going to make online free to play games for PC and tablets. Our first project is unannounced." Thanks supererogatory.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Reviews

With the North American release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution slated for tomorrow, the embargo on reviews has obviously lifted, because they are popping up all over. Thanks nin for helping compile the following list (some of which are for the console version) of places you can read about Eidos Montreal's new installment in this action/RPG series: 1UP, Ars Technica, AtomicGamer, Destructoid, Edge Magazine, Eurogamer, GameSpy, gamesTM, GameTrailers, Gaming Age, IGN, IncGamers, Joystiq, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Strategy Informer, Voodoo Extreme, and Worthplaying. There's also an interview on Worthplaying talking with the game's producer, David Anfossi.

Serious Sam: Double D Next Week; New Trailer

Serious Sam: Double D will be released one week from tomorrow on August 30th, announces Devolver Digital, saying the side-scrolling action game will be digitally distributed for $7.99 USD. They also offer a new video trailer called "Gunstacker" from this first installment in the Serious Sam Indie Series. The comedic clip seems to have some fun at the expense of Borderlands, as Nathan Fouts, founder and lead designer at developer Mommy's Best Games, says: "The Gunstacker is something we’re all very proud of and with 80,640 different gun combinations gamers will have plenty of weaponry options in Serious Sam Double D!" They say the game features "the Serious Sam series’ trademark action and humor across 18 campaign levels and 12 challenge levels." and that: "Serious Sam Double D will keep your finger on the trigger and your heart racing." The embedded trailer follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Portal Turrets in Bastion

A trailer on the YouTube from Bastion show the inclusion of a "mysterious gel" and turrets present in Supergiant Games' action/RPG. These are obviously a humorous homage to Valve's Portal series, and in keeping with that, they are apparently present only in the Steam edition of the game. Thanks reddit via Joystiq.

Duke Reboot Planned?

Computer and Video Games has a couple of rumors from the new issue of OXM. One of these suggests that after the completion of Aliens Colonial Marines, Gearbox Software will turn its attention to rebooting the Duke Nukem franchise, following a lukewarm critical reception for Duke Nukem Forever. They say this is the Duke Begins project first revealed a couple of years ago, which was later reported to be in development at Gearbox.

Fable IV in 2013?

The other rumor on Computer and Video Games via OXM says: "Look for the Fable cycle to continue with a proper, controller-based Fable IV in 2013." This will follow Fable: The Journey, the upcoming (apparently improper) motion based installment in Lionhead's action/RPG series.

Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale Developer Closed?

This tweet states that Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale developer Bedlam Games has shut down, saying: "Bedlam Games--the studio formed by ex-R* Toronto blokes after The Warriors--laid off most of its staff and effectively shuttered last month." There is more on this on Joystiq, where they say that they have also heard the same thing from "an anonymous source close to the developer," and also note that this Twitter feed was where labor strife at Team Bondi was first revealed. According to Joystiq's source, "90 percent of Bedlam employees are officially on 'temporary layoffs,' and have received no severance pay." Thanks nin.

Men of War: Vietnam Video Diary

The Men of War Website has relaunched as a home to this military strategy series, with new resources and media for its upcoming Condemned Heroes and Vietnam installments. Included is a link to a new Men of War: Vietnam Dev Diary 1 on YouTube. This includes footage and images from the game, and a translation of comments from lead designer Nikita Altman about the game's plot and level of historical accuracy.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

The weekend was very pleasant, considering it was spent in Atlanta, Georgia, which is certainly pleasant in and of itself, but it is also rather, well, warm this time of year. One of the festivities was a visit to a local chain called Taco Mac to try their chicken wings, which is a bit odd considering hot wings are said to have originated here in New York, but the idea was to see if my love for hot food could stand up to their hottest variety, which are called, simply, "Death." These were two grades hotter than a type called "Three Mile Island," which seemed ominous, but they were actually cake; nothing like the hottest variety of chili I make, and easily consumed without the aide of bleu cheese dressing or other crutches. On that topic, I also found some dried Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Chili) peppers to bring home, so it's possible my next batch of chili will qualify for that "death" moniker, so I'll have to be prudent.

Bleu Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Sieged.
Science: Russian Firm Releases Photos Of Commercial Space Station.
Images: Portal Balloon Art of the Day.
Horsemanning- The Illusion Meme.
Media: If you sleep in at my house, you are "Doom"ed. Thanks reddit.
Golden Retriever Valets Golf Carts. At least someone's getting exercise.
Pool Trick FAIL.
Follow-up: Terminator Cartoon - Savage Chickens.

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