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Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011


PlanetSide 2 Beta Signups

The PlanetSide 2 Website has re-launched as home to SOE's upcoming MMO shooter sequel (thanks PlanetSide Universe). The site includes signups to beta test the game, and there's a FAQ with word on testing:

Yes. We will ensure that PlanetSide players will be among the first in. Sign up to receive our email updates and like us on Facebook to be in the know. Also, if you played awhile ago it would be a good idea to make sure that your Station Account has your most recent email address. Go to and click My Account.

Game of Thrones RPG Website; Trailer

A new Game of Thrones RPG Website is online as official home to the RPG, which, like winter, is coming. The site also offers a new video on the wall. Here's word: "Narrated by Lord Commander Jeor Mormont of the Night's Watch -- voiced by series star James Cosmo, who also lent his likeness to the game -- the new trailer ("The Wall") introduces viewers to the bitter cold and solitude of the massive barrier of ice that stretches across the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, protecting it from the wild lands beyond. Each member of the Night's Watch, the order of black-garbed soldiers tasked with patrolling and guarding The Wall, must swear a solemn, life-long oath to the order, one punishable by death should it be broken. The trailer offers ample evidence of the game's dedication to authenticity and to properly capturing the grit and drama the beloved fantasy series is famous for."

On The Old Republic Queues

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Forums have an update on queues players are encountering when trying to join servers for BioWare's new MMORPG (thanks GameSpot). Word is they are working on things, but not to expect this to change at light speed:

Many of you who are already playing on these servers are asking for solutions, and we understand your frustration. At this time we can only ask for your patience. Population caps are being gradually raised on these servers, but raising them too fast will create an influx of new players and perpetuate the problem. We do not expect the queues to alleviate on these servers for the foreseeable future. If you do not want to queue, you should consider playing on another server, many of which have very low or no queues.

Character transfer is a common request for these servers. The ability to transfer your characters is being worked on, but there is no ETA on when it will be available.

Finally, we are also aware of the issues some have experienced where they have been disconnected during a queue due to internet issues, and had to restart their queue once more. This is a high priority for our server team and we'll be deploying a fix as soon as possible.

Tribes Ascend Patched

Hi-Rez Studios, Inc. offers details on a new patch that's now live in Tribes Ascend, updating the closed beta of their multiplayer shooter remake to version 0.1.635.0. Here are the full patch notes, and here are the highlights:

  • Bella Omega has been added to the Team Deathmatch rotation.
  • Variety of changes to fully automatic projectile weapons (see notes).
  • Significant updates to Spectator support (see notes).
  • Variety of different performance optimizations (both client and server). More are planned for future patches.

NVIDIA Beta Drivers

New version 290.53 beta drivers are now available for NVIDIA accelerators. Among other things, the new beta drivers offer optimizations for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. There are new drivers for Windows 7 32-bit/Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows XP, and Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Server 2003 x64. Thanks Charles.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Mind-Blowing Pencil Drawing Animation. Thanks dakslf.

Jagged Alliance: Back in Action Using Steamworks

Kalypso Media announces the integration of Steamworks into Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, bitComposer Games' upcoming Jagged Alliance 2 remake:

Ridgewood, NJ, December 21, 2011 - Kalypso Media and bitComposer Games are pleased to announce the integration of Valve’s Steamworks functionality in the upcoming tactical-RPG, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action. Kalypso will release Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, the latest title in the much-loved Jagged Alliance series of strategy games, in North America in February of 2012 for Windows PC.

As part of the Steamworks integration, when players buy Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on DVD, they can use the code supplied with the packaging to activate the game online via Steam, which unlocks the ability to play the game without having the DVD loaded on the PC at all times. The Steamworks integration will also provide for automatic game updating/patching, voice chat and Steam achievements.

Continue here to read the full story.

MW3 DLC for Xbox Next Month

Computer and Video Games has word from Infinity Ward that the first DLC for the Xbox 360 edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released next month, saying: "That's the great thing about having three developers that are contributing to the season of content. You have Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Raven all pitching in. The full season of content for Modern Warfare 3 kicks off for Elite subscribers on January 24 on Xbox Live." They probed for details about plans to release the DLC for Windows and PlayStation 3 and got the following response:

Today we informed the Call of Duty Elite Premium community that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Elite Content Season will officially kick off on January 24 for Xbox users. We'll have more details about the entire 2012 MW3 Content Season in early January, so stay tuned for updates.

Grateful Dead Game Next Year

A Grateful Dead Game Website offers a new teaser trailer for The Epic Tour, an upcoming video game based on the iconic psychedelic band they say will launch next year. The nature of the game is not completely clear, though their pre-sales of "membership bundles" indicates this is some sort of online experience. Thanks Kotaku. Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website outlines another round of hotfixes now live on the server side of Blizzard's MMORPG. These include a number of balance changes for the version 4.3 Hour of Twilight update covering general issues, class-specific tweaks, dungeons/raids, and more.

18 Million World of Tanks Registrations announces their MMOTPS World of Tanks now boasts more than 18 million registered users:

London, UK, Paris, FR and San Francisco, CA (21st December, 2011) -, the award-winning videogame publisher and developer, announced today that the community of World of Tanks action MMO now exceeds 18 million players worldwide.

"We want to thank our game community for their support," said Victor Kislyi, CEO of "Having so many devoted players is extremely rewarding, and our company will provide them with tons of new game content to enjoy."

Since the release in Russia on August 12, 2010, World of Tanks has successfully entered the European, North American, and Asian markets. The title also holds the Guinness World Record for Most Players Online Simultaneously on One MMO Server.

The company is working hard on new updates for its highly-acclaimed title, providing constantly evolving game experience.

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Out of the Blue

Happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating, as the festival of lights began at sundown last night. Can't keep track of the holidays without a calendar. Oh, wait, that's the way it's supposed to work isn't it?

Lit Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Boxhead: The Christmas Nightmare.
Conquer The Castle.
Links: How Skyrim Was Born.
20 Great Visualizations of 2011. Thanks Devicer.
Science: NASA Discovers First Earth-size Planets Beyond Our Solar System.
Media: Skyrim For Pimps "Dope Playthrough". NSFW.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Movie Trailer. Thanks nin.
54,020 LEDs Christmas Lights Show.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: Kim Jong-Un looking at things.

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