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Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011


Test Drive: Ferrari Revealed

Publisher Bigben Interactive has announced Test Drive: Ferrari, reports Eurogamer, saying no details on a developer or about gameplay for the racing sequel are known, but that the game is coming to Europe on March 30 for Windows PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. They also note suggestions that this will be a Ferrari game long-rumored to be in the works at Need For Speed: Shift developer Slightly Mad Studios.

DOOM III Source Code Released

As tweeted by John Carmack, the promised GPL release of the source code for DOOM III is now available on GitHub. Word is: "This source release does not contain any game data, the game data is still covered by the original EULA and must be obeyed as usual."

The Humble Introversion Bundle

The Humble Mumble Blog introduces The Humble Introversion Bundle, the latest in their charitable pay-your-own-price bundle series. The bundle includes Uplink, Darwinia, Multiwinia, DEFCON, Aquaria, and Crayon Physics Deluxe, as well as a Subversion City Generator and Voxel Tech Demo. Customers must pay above the $3.76 minimum to unlock Crayon Physics Deluxe and Aquaria, and as always, can choose how to divide their contribution between the developers at Introversion, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Child's Play Charity.

Oil Rush In January

UNIGINE Corp. announces a release date for Oil Rush, saying this naval real-time strategy game is due for Windows, Linux, and OS X on January 25, 2012. They say: "It is based on group control, that combines strategic challenge of classic RTS with sheer fun of Tower Defense, and features state-of-an-art visuals. Easy to learn but hard to master, Oil Rush offers a variety of different strategies for each map. Thousands of people who pre-ordered Oil Rush already got access to beta version of the game – so join up and get ready for your big oil war in January!"

Pahelika: Revelations and Demo Released

IronCode Gaming now offers Pahelika: Revelations, the sequel to Pahelika: Secret Legends, their fantasy adventure game. A demo version is available, and here's word on the game:

It all began with a series of nightmares - no, it was just that one nightmare that always harassed Sudesh Budkoti. Not knowing what to do, he tried to understand what had actually happened during his last adventure. Surely the genesis of his problems lay in the past. There were so many holes in his understanding of what had happened that last time...

Thus begins the adventure, and though the thought of the dangers that lie in wait for you makes you hesitate just a little, you know as surely as the life itself, that you will not be able to resist the lure...

The quintessential puzzle adventure, Pahelika: Revelations revels in exploration and puzzle solving, and if you’re not careful, it might even make you believe that all of this is actually happening to you.

Miner Wars 2081 Public Demo Nears

A new trailer from Miner Wars 2081 offers a look at "killer features" in this upcoming MMOG. Word is: "The trailer shows the recently added features of the current development version and the whole Miner Wars 2081 team will be working their asses off to make as many of those features available in a new public downloadable demo version in the following weeks. We are approaching to the end of the pre-alpha phase of development where we focused on technical aspects (VRAGE engine) and we are now moving into the large scale gameplay development phase. See the trailer yourself to get an idea of what is already there in the secret depths of our machines and what should soon come out public, polished and sweet. By the way, the trailer mentions all the important (“KILLER”) game features, not only those upcoming ones." Here's a "killer" feature list: Continue here to read the full story.

Guns of Icarus Online Gameplay Trailer

The Media section for Guns of Icarus Online offers a very short trailer with the first look at gameplay footage from this upcoming cyberpunk MMOG based on airship combat. Here's the explanation from Muse Games of what this is all about: "Guns of Icarus Online, or GoIO, is a co-operative focused MMO where each player has an important role in the full action, tactical, combat. One player owns a ship and hires other players or NPCs to crew it for each mission. Each player has a role to fulfill, be it manning the guns, repairing damage, or piloting the ship, and each player must respond on the fly to a changing environment. Gunners may abandon their guns to repair a vital component or the pilot may ditch the wheel to add a little more firepower to a broadside sweep. A tactical, dynamic, and action packed universe awaits within Guns of Icarus Online."

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The Witcher 2 Patch

The Witcher Website now offers a new patch for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to update the action RPG sequel to version 2.1. They say the new version implements a new system improving communications between game installations and both the registration server and ‘Arena’ mode leaderboards, and introduces a number of corrections to the Witcher 2 Configuration Tool. The download is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and Worthplaying.

Ships Ahoy - Batman: Arkham City for PC

WBIE and DC Entertainment announce the Games for Windows LIVE edition of Batman: Arkham City is now available via digital distribution, adding a note for console gamers that the Robin Bundle Pack is now available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 560 Microsoft Points, PlayStation®Network for $6.99 "as well as all supported digital platforms" (whatever that means, as this doesn't seem to be available for Windows). Here's a reminder about what this stealth/action sequel is all about:

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum – and the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Ships Ahoy - Serious Sam 3: BFE

Serious Sam 3: BFE is now available, offering the prequel to Croteam's action-packed first-person shooter series. Word is: "Serious Sam 3: BFE is a glorious throwback to the golden age of first-person shooters where men were men, cover was for amateurs and pulling the trigger made things go boom. Serving as a prequel to the original indie sensation, Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam 3 takes place during the Earth’s final struggle against Mental’s invading legions of beasts and mercenaries. Set against the collapsing temples of an ancient civilization and the crumbling cities of 22nd century Egypt, Serious Sam 3 is an exhilarating fusion of classic twitch shooters and modern gameplay features." The game is available through didigital distributors such as Direct2Drive, GameStop Impulse (on sale), and Steam. Here's a launch trailer to celebrate the release: Continue here to read the full story.

Panzer Corps Demo

The promised playable demo is online for Panzer Corps, offering the chance to sample this World War II strategy game. This announced on the Matrix Games Website, where they also note the game itself is currently on sale for half-off, along with a number of other games on sale for the holiday season. The mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and Worthplaying, and here are the truncated notes on what it includes: "The demo includes 6 missions from the Bootcamp Campaign, plus the invasion of Poland and the first few turns of the Norway scenario. The transition between the first two scenarios of the main campaign allows players to upgrade their army between scenarios and get a feel for how units improve and gain experience as they travel from battle to battle. Also packaged with the demo is a limited version of Panzer Corps’ powerful scenario editor so modders..."

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim New LAA Workaround

Skyrim Nexus offers a new way to make The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Large Address Aware, allowing systems to make use of an entire 4GB virtual memory address space when playing Bethesda's RPG sequel. This follows the patch that's been widely reported elsewhere since being mentioned here last night that broke the previous LAA awareness hack. Word is: "Skyrim4GB additionally hooks and replaces the Windows GetTickCount() function that may improve stuttering."

Battlefield 3 Patched

The Battlefield Blog outlines a new patch that should now be live for the Windows PC edition of Battlefield 3, and coming soon to the console editions of DICE's military shooter sequel. Among other things, the client patch tweaks Squad functionality, which they say is part of their ongoing efforts to make it easier to play with friends, and they go into some extra detail on how theses tweaks change the game. Here are the patch notes: Continue here to read the full story.

1M CoD Elite Premium Subscribers

Though the delayed PC edition of Call of Duty Elite will be free, the console edition of the service has a premium component, and Activision announces that more than one million players have purchased premium subscriptions to the service in six days, noting it took approximately one year for services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Sirius XM, and Xbox LIVE to achieve similar penetration. "The audience response to Call of Duty Elite's premium service has been beyond our expectations, and we want to thank Call of Duty players around the world for their unprecedented enthusiasm," said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard. "The number of gamers who have registered for Call of Duty Elite further illustrates how this service is poised to redefine social gaming and set a new bar for interactive entertainment." They also note that founding members will be receiving an additional 30 days on their subscriptions as compensation for suffering through Elite's growing pains. Here are some numbers on Elite's launch:

Since Call of Duty Elite's launch on November 8, more than four million gamers have already registered for the new online service overall. Additionally, more than 80,000 Elite clans have been created, 100,000 user-generated videos have been uploaded to Call of Duty Elite and the service has had more than three million daily logins.

Modern Warfare 3 Record Oopsie

MCV has a follow-up to the recent eye-popping numbers released to show the success of the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. At the time Activision reported a record of 3.3 million concurrent users on Xbox LIVE, which turns out to be inaccurate, as the military shooter sequel had 3.3 million online users during its first day, but not at the same time. It is not stated how many concurrent users the game achieved, but the 3.3 million users in one day is apparently also a record, surpassing the 2.6 million mark set by Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Spec Ops: The Line in Spring

2K Games announces we should expect the release of Spec Ops: The Line in the spring of 2012, following the recent delay of the military third-person shooter from a planned October 31st release. The news is accompanied by a new trailer showing off the game's Dubai setting. "With all of its grandeur and opulence, Dubai provides the perfect backdrop to play out Spec Ops: The Line’s deep and complex narrative. This bold endeavor harnesses 2K’s pedigree of creating fascinating stories, settings and worlds to create an aggressive narrative and environment that you won’t find in other games on the market," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "Wartime narratives evoke emotion like few things else in our culture. Players will fight through this hostile environment in Spec Ops: The Line, creating a raw and unique video game experience." Continue here to read the full story.

Mythos Global Closed Beta Next Week

Hanbitsoft and T3Fun announce a four-day closed beta session for Mythos Global will begin on December 1st, saying keys to test the action/RPG will be distributed by partner sites. This comes very shortly after the shutdown of Mythos Europe, but this goes unmentioned as they look to the future. Word is:

Beta players will have the exclusive opportunity to experience this epic world in all of its non-stop, monster-slaughtering glory. Mythos features high-quality random dungeon generation designed to ensure that each run is a new and exciting experience, an intricate loot system boasting a massive array of possible stats and attributes for items and equipment, and an in-depth crafting system containing entire skill trees which are unique to crafting.

Afterfall: InSanity Trailer

A new trailer from Afterfall: InSanity shows off more of Nicolas Games' Unreal Engine 3 shooter that's due on November 25th. The clip highlights the game's soundtrack, and they announce the soundtrack will be included as a free bonus with all preorders of the game, regardless of whether they reach their lofty 10 million unit sales target. Here's word on the new trailer:

This heartbreaking trailer, titled "Enviro", showcases the aftermath of a devastating nuclear fallout. You'll find a destroyed city full of hidden mystery offering a variety of gameplay here. It also features exciting gameplay inside the shelter and amongst the city ruins, and you'll feel symbolic meaning once you step foot outside of said shelter. Special effects, boosted via the Unreal Engine technology, make Afterfall: InSanity a truly unforgettable experience.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Thank you for all the birthday wishes on the anniversary of my advancing decrepitude. My nurse read them all to me and says they seem to have made me happy. I know MrsBlue is happy the occasion is concluded so she can start cracking the whip for me to help prepare the house for the impending Thanksgiving holiday.

Celebratory Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Ultranought.
Links: The World’s Most Untidy Office Desks.
Stories: Rich New Yorkers Are Driving Custom-Designed Cargo Vans. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Direct Current Technology Gets Another Look. Thanks j.c.f.
Four-winged dinosaur fossilized after swallowing a bird.
Images: Plastic Toys Reformed Into Grotesque Art. Thanks dakslf.
The Strangest Fan Art.
Media: 'ROSA' Delivers in Goth Android Action. Thanks dakslf.
Care Bears Reboot.
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up.
Auction: Become a Character in Madden NFL 13.
The Funnies: I Love You More.
Follow-up: Study rejects faster than light particle finding.
Mars Rover Spirit's Entire Journey on Mars - Time Lapse. Thanks TDW Geeks.

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