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Saturday, Apr 21, 2012


Battlefield 3 Server Patch

BF3Blog has details on a new server patch now available for Battlefield 3 addressing some issues with DICE's military shooter sequel, offering fixes for AA missiles and the "MAV elevator" glitch among other things. Clients need not do anything, as this is a server-only update. Here are the change notes:

  • Fixed AA missiles not doing damage to vehicles moving at very high speeds
  • Fixed TV Missile doing much more damage than it should (it is no longer a 1-hit kill)
  • Tweaked tank armor strength
  • MAV elevatoring fix, round 2; proning on the MAV will now disable it
  • RCON admin.say command can send to individual players
  • A few invalid map+gamemode combinations in maplist.txt could crash the server on startup; these combinations are now rejected instead
  • RCON vars.serverDescription was not returning anything in R20 if the string was not set; this has been changed to return “” instead
  • RCON player.onChat now reports the target player subset

The Repopulation Update

A new update on the official website for The Repopulation introduces the Setlang, one of the native species of Rhyldan, the setting of Above and Beyond Technologies' upcoming science fiction MMORPG. The update describes he creatures as well as their pack mentality, including the role of the alpha male.

Leaked Valve Employee Handbook?

PC Gamer reproduces what's purported to be a handbook for new employees at Valve, the privately held video game developer that created Half-Life half a lifetime ago. This appears to be bona fide, and offers additional details and insights on the company's unusual hierarchy and way of conducting business.

Max Payne 3 TV Commercial

Rockstar Games now offers the online version of a new Max Payne 3 TV Commercial that just began airing for the upcoming third-person shooter sequel. This provides the chance to start your own TV network and charge them to show this to yourself. Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

HotHardware - If You Resell Your Used Games, The Terrorists Win. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
Both Browne and Braben conflate hating GameStop (a thoroughly reasonable life choice) with the supposed evils of the used games market. Braben goes so far as to claim that used games are actually responsible for high game prices and that "prices would have come down long ago if the industry was getting a share of the resells." Amazingly, no game publishers have stepped forward to publicly pledge themselves to lower game prices in exchange for a cut of used game sales.

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Antec H2O 620 CPU-Kühlung on Technic3D. In German.
  • Case Logic DCB-304 High Zoom Bridge Camera Case on Review the Tech.
  • GIGABYTE Z77M-D3H Motherboard on eTeknix.
  • Hama Arezzo 50F Leather Style Compact Camera Case on DragonSteelMods.
  • HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB PCIE Graphics Card on Test Freaks.
  • Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews.
  • Steelseries Sensei Gaming-Maus on PC-Luchs. In German.


Out of the Blue

Okay, it's on for real today, as I have a couple of steaks to fire up on the new man stove and put it through its proper paces. Time to come up with a national anthem: Hail hail Manstovia.....

R.I.P.: Hillman Curtis, a Pioneer in Web Design, Dies at 51. Thanks Neutronbeam.

Cooked Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Zombie Crypt 2.
Labyrinth iXi.
Science: Hypersonic test aircraft pealed apart after 3 minutes of sustained Mach 20 speed.
Evolution has given humans a huge advantage over most other animals: middle age. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: Monday Thru Friday: I’m a Caffeine Fiend!
Facing Your Enemy WIN. You're one ugly MF.
Extreme modification.
Media: Yeah, There’s a Portal Mini-Golf Course.
Robersdee Plays: Sniper Elite V2 Demo. NSFW. Thanks Jason.
Mega Man Dies At The End- Metroid Rage.
Follow-up: Starbucks Beetle Extract- Chain Ditches Controversial Insect Ingredient.

Friday, Apr 20, 2012

Spec Ops: The Line Multiplayer Trailer

A new trailer from Spec Ops: The Line shows off multiplayer action from the upcoming military shooter. Word is: "This trailer highlights the online multiplayer in Spec Ops: The Line, featuring a look at the intimate and intense 4-on-4 class based combat set in the sandstorm ravaged city of Dubai. The online multiplayer in Spec Ops: The Line also features a deep ranking system, allowing players to unlock perks and other unique customizations as their character progresses." Here's the clip. Continue here to read the full story.

Bang Bang Racing Trailer

A new vantage-point trailer from Bang Bang Racing shows off the top-down arcade in this upcoming multi-platform racing game. Word is: "Pick your line, be aware of shortcuts and be ever mindful of obstacles and course slicks as you make your way through the twists and turns of each track." Continue here to read the full story.

Torchlight II Cinematic

This trailer is the opening cinematic for Torchlight II, setting the story for Runic Game's upcoming action/RPG sequel. The 2D animation helps explain the events that bridge the game and its predecessor. Continue here to read the full story.

Elemental: Fallen Enchantress Beta Patched

A new beta 3 is now live for Elemental: Fallen Enchantress, Stardock's upcoming fantasy strategy game. This post has a full change log for the new beta for those who are participating in the beta or just keeping up with progress on the game.

On Sale

  • All Games on the StormPowered Store. Save 10% with code "STORMPOWEREDFB" at checkout.
  • Anno 2070 on GameFly. Save 50%.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on GameFly. Save 33%.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on GameFly. Save 40%.
  • Monkey Island: Special Edition Bundle on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Nordic Games Collection on Save 50%.
  • Sims 3 Games on GameFly. Save up to 50%.
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition: Director's Cut on

Evening Previews

  • Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition on The PA Report. Thanks nin.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

etc., etc.

Crysis 3 Teaser Trailer now offers a teaser trailer for Crysis 3, Crytek's upcoming first-person shooter sequel. This teaser is shorter than the commercial it follows, but it concludes saying to expect a gameplay trailer on April 24th. In the meantime we get glimpses of the game's depiction of a partially overgrown NYC, that new bow weapon, and, of course, plenty of hexagons.

Diablo III Open Beta Weekend

Following indications yesterday that more accounts were being granted access to the Diablo III beta test, the Diablo III Website announces the beta will indeed be opened this weekend to anyone with a account for stress testing. The open portion of the beta will begin at 3:00 pm EDT today and will run through Monday at 1:00 pm EDT. The accompanying FAQ explains how this will operate, and notes that while Korean players cannot participate, they will be holding a separate invitation-only event in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The invitation only closed beta will continue as planned until May 1st. To get a head start, you can download the client now from

Botanicula Debuts in Humble Bundle; Preorder Makeup

Humble Mumble announces the debut of the Humble Botanicula Debut, a bundle celebrating the launch of Botanicula, Amanita Design's brand new game, bundled with Machinarium, Samorost 2, Kooky, and Windosill. This is offered as a pick-your-price deal, and it's interesting to note the announcement of the game's release on at its regular price indicates the publisher was not expecting the game's debut to compete with a bargain bundle, and a subsequent post attempts to make this all right by announcing they have secured "a number of goodies from the bundle" for customers who preordered Botanicula through them. Here's word on the new game:

In Botanicula, you must guide a motley band of tree creatures in a journey to save their home from brooding, spider-like invaders. With a huge cast of charming characters and an original soundtrack by the Czech alternative band DVA, Botanicula is the latest and greatest example of Amanita Design’s unique storybook vision brought to vivid fruition in an point-and-click adventure/puzzle game.

Because Botanicula has important environmental themes, we’re hoping you’ll allocate some of your purchase to support the World Land Trust, an international conservation charity focused on protecting threatened habitats.

Legend of Grimrock Patched

The Legend of Grimrock Website announces the release of a new patch to update Almost Human's dungeon crawler to version 1.1.4. The patch is save-game compatible with previous versions, and here's how it is being distributed: "We have pushed the patch to Steam, GOG and our own store and it should be available once the distributors have done their magic, hopefully within 24 hours. Steam users will get the patch automatically, and if you bought the game from GOG or from us you can download the patched version of the game using the same way you obtained the original copy. But hold on a bit, it will take some time before the build gets updated on the servers." Here's the change list: Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

For some reason I thought all the recent Titanic hype was leading to the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner's sinking today, but I wasn't paying enough attention, as this was actually on the 15th. This shows how much less obsessed with this I am than about anyone else in the world, because I didn't really need to hear any more about this in the first place. Maybe the centennial will finally put the story to watery rest. Today is still a commemoration of course, as 4/20 is like stoner Christmas, but if there's anything that gets more than its share of exposure all year round, it's the use of 420 in gamertags etc, so maybe we can just sink that reference while we're at it?

Hyped Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Talesworth Adventure: The Lost Artifacts.
Links: Via lemonade stand, 6yo boy raises $10K for dad's chemo.
Andrew's review of Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel Creme. Thanks nin.
The Real-life Inspirations for 17 Simpsons Characters.
Stories: 16 Amish plead not guilty in Ohio hair attacks.
Everything You Want to Know About Flossing But Were Afraid to Ask.
World’s oldest living man celebrates 115th birthday.
Images: The Meow Mix Is a Lie!
Media: Newscaster Slips Collection. NSFW.
Dramatic look from soccer player.
Follow-up: Gulf seafood "horribly deformed".

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