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Thursday, Oct 20, 2011


Prison Architect Revealed

Introversion's new game they recently hinted about is called Prison Architect, reports PC Gamer. They offer the first screenshot of sorts, and note that this fits Chris Delay's comments about using some of what was developed for the on-hold Subversion, as it turns the game about breaking into a building into a game about breaking out of a building.

Steamships Ahoy Football Manager 2012

Football Manager 2012 is now available through Steam, offering the latest installment in this sports management series. A playable demo is also available, and here's word on the game:

Counting over 800 new features, not including changes to the rules of the games 50+ leagues, Football Manager 2012 promises to be the most realistic, immersive and playable football management simulation ever for any fan who has ever dreamed of making the big decisions, both on and off the field.

Dungeon Defenders Demo

A playable demo is now available for Dungeon Defenders, offering the chance to sample the newly released commercial version of this action/RPG/tower-defense game that was originally a freeware UDK game. Word is:  "Dungeon Defenders brings together the best elements of tower defense and action-RPG progression in a fully 3D environment; spreading the four-player co-op mayhem out across 15 unique maps – 30 challenges, four difficulty settings – in all its loot-raiding, spell-casting, level-up stacking glory." The demo is available on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Mythos Europe Ending

The Mythos Europe Forums announce this MMOG is shutting down in one week (thanks Massively). For current users, the make this offer: "As a way of saying thanks for your loyalty, we’d also like to give out Runes of Magic vouchers to all the users who have been active in the past 3 months (only accounts registered prior to this announcement will be considered)," and: "Those of you who purchased a MYTHOS box will be receiving a Runes of Magic bundle with the same value as the box." Here's more:

MYTHOS enjoyed great popularity with the launch in April and the numerous registered users ensured a good start. The desired long-term success unfortunately did not follow. Under these circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the operation of MYTHOS.

On World of Darkness

World of Darkness News has a statement from World of Darkness producer Chris McDonough responding to news of layoffs at CCP and the resulting "significantly reduced team" for the MMORPG:

Hey Guys, sorry I haven't read all of the posts, been a long day and out buying drinks for some folks who are departing. Just wanted to say, this is not the end of World of Darkness, far from it. It is also not vapor ware, as we have been doihng playtests for a while. I have been involved in all of the descisions made surrounding this project and the current situation. I am also in charge of rallying the teams come Monday to refocus our efforts on getting this thing in shape. This is a tough spot, but I can promise you, we still have plenty of guys on staff.

Driver: San Francisco Patch

A new patch is now available for Driver: San Francisco, updating the driving action sequel to version 1.03. The patch is available on the Ubisoft Forums and it is mirrored on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls. Here's the change log:

  • Added support for Logitech G27 Steering Wheel.
  • Game now supports very high screen resolutions (up to 2560*1600).
  • Several menu control glitches fixed.
  • In some rare cases players may observe FPS stutter. This is now fixed.
  • Fixed an issue when the game was unable to locate player’s saves if his Uplay account contained ‘.’ (dot character).

FIFA Manager 12 Patch

The first patch for FIFA Manager 12 is now available, in advance of tomorrow's release of the sports management sequel. The download is available on this page and mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and Worthplaying.

Sengoku Patch

A new patch for Sengoku updates this strategy game set in feudal Japan to version 1.03. The patch is available on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and Worthplaying. Here are the patch notes: Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Is DC Comics finally getting to work on that Watchmen sequel? Thanks Ant. Not sure how great an idea that is.

PAYDAY: The Heist Today

GameSpy has word that the Windows edition of PAYDAY: The Heist is expected today via Steam, which will offer the chance to rob some banks in this first-person shooter that's already available on the PlayStation Network. Here's a reminder of what this game is about:

PAYDAY: The Heist is a premier quality downloadable game designed to deliver a unique spin on the First Person Shooter genre. As an intense, gritty and unapologetic episodic co-operative shooter, PAYDAY is packed with cocky attitude, epic Hollywood-inspired action and endless replayability.With six action-packed heists to complete at launch, players embark on a spectacular crime tour of heists, including shooting their way through a downtown bank vault robbery, trading hostages in an armored car hijacking and even a moonlit infiltration of a high-security headquarters.

More BF3 Norway Follow-up

We've received another follow-up to the recent report alleging EA was attempting to manipulate review scores of Battlefield 3 by putting pressure on Norwegian gaming sites. We already got word from Gamereactor that the article's references to them were inaccurate, and we just received a similar note from

This is not true. EA have never refused to give access to a early review copy, and we did not need to answer any leading questions from EA to obtain it either. In fact our copy is shipped already, and should be in our hands tomorrow. There have never been any disagreements between EA and on this case.

2K Marin Layoff Rumor

Kotaku Australia reports a rumor of staff cuts at 2K Marin, the studio formerly known as 2K Canberra. According to their unconfirmed report, as may as 15 layoffs have come down as the result of "redundancies." Thanks VG247.

Aion Online Patched

Aion Online announces the new version 2.7 update is now live in NCsoft's MMORPG. This page outlines what's new and different, and here's a brief abstract: "This PvP focused update brings a new level of speed and intensity to the game with two new venues for heated Daeva on Daeva action."

Turtle Rock FPS Using CryENGINE?

The Turtle Rock Studios Website offers hints at the Left 4 Dead developer's plans to develop "Secret Project #1 for THQ," which they say "just happens to be the most exciting, ambitious thing we’ve ever attempted," echoing the sentiments they expressed when they signed with THQ earlier this year when the game was referred to as a first-person shooter. This is reinforced by this note from the website: "Experience with CryENGINE would be a major bonus, but not essential." Thanks VG247.

100-Player Renga Debut This Month

wallFour announces they will debut Renga during a live event at GameCity6 in Nottingham, England at the end of this month. Renga is a co-op strategy game played simultaneously by 100 players. This may not sound that impressive in this era of MMOGs, until you learn that these 100 players are all playing on the same screen. As you might imagine, this means it's not played on a 24" monitor:

Groundbreaking new live event company wallFour are presenting the world premiere of their 100-player game on a cinema-sized screen at this year’s GameCity festival. The one-off evening performance on Thursday 27th October will be hosted in the festival base on the Old Market Square in the centre of Nottingham.

Renga is a massive co-operative game for 100 simultaneous players that combines strategic conquest elements from games such as Civilisation with action phases inspired by old-school arcade classics such as Defender. The title refers to a form of collaborative poetry with 100 verses that blossomed in 15th century Japan. The entire audience is able to directly control game elements in parallel using hand-held laser pointers pointed at the screen. The game rewards coordinated pointer movement but allows formations to emerge without advance planning as players observe other points of laser light and join emergent groups, like an improvisational dance.

New Dawn of War II: Retribution DLC

Steam News announces the release of three new DLC packs for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution. Here's word on the new content for Relic's RTS sequel:

The Last Stand Tau Commander comes with 26 pieces of wargear, 2 achievements, an all new voice and 20 levels of progression and can be used in the Last Stand Mode.

The Chaos Word Bearers Pack adds the iconic Chaos Space Marine Legion, with seven unique models for the major multiplayer units as well as new color schemes for the others.

Lastly, the Death Korps of Krieg Pack adds the iconic Imperial Guard regiment, with ten unique models for the major multiplayer units as well as the Death Korps of Krieg distinctive color patterns.

Op Ed

The Armchair Empire - Curse of the Noire Monkey.
But LA Noire represents a massive missed opportunity.

There was a chance for the developer and publisher to mine the detective stories of radio's Golden Age in North America and real hard boiled detective fiction. I'm writing about the likes of Dragnet, Tales of the Texas Rangers, The Adventures of Sam Spade, the writings of Dashiell Hammett and RaymondChandler, Richard Diamond, and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ("The man with the action-packed expense account").

The most damning part is that all this source material to which LA Noire owes its style, sensibility, and vibe is so perfectly suited to episodic or serialized downloadable content.

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Out of the Blue

It was 14 years ago yesterday that the QUAKE II demo was released. As an indicator of all the water that's gone under the bridge since then, here is the list of mirrors we posted for the demo at that time, almost all of which are now defunct: Local, id Software, CDROM.COM, Activision FTP West, Activision FTP East,, Gamecenter, Stomped, Brutality, AVault,, Gamer's Alliance,, 3D Action Gamers.1, 3D Action Gamers.2, sCary's Shuga Shack, Ultra Game Players, QuestGate, PlanetQuake, UnrealNation, and OGR.

Demo Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Vehicles 2.
Discount Mayonnaise.
GoodGame Empire.
Links: What a Network TV Budget Buys You These Days.
Stories: Iowa Couple Married for 72 Years Dies Holding Hands, 1 Hour Apart.
Lions and Tigers Shot in Ohio; Owner Freed Them.
Swiss stop smuggler carrying hundreds of tarantulas in suitcase. Thanks brother19.
Media: Impossible Videogame Freakout. NSFW.
Michael Winslow does Zep. Thanks nin.

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