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Monday, Apr 30, 2012


Wasteland 2 Website; Update

The Wasteland Chronicles welcomes us to what is the new home for Wasteland 2, the upcoming post apocalyptic sequel from inXile entertainment. They mostly discuss fulfilling their obligations to their Kickstarter backers, but offer this outline for the semi-near future:

Now that we’re funded, you’re probably wondering what happens for the next 18 months. We’ve been hard at work preparing our core design principles vision document. This document contains a solid overview of the important elements from which we will be crafting the detailed game design document. Before we started on the vision document, we spent a lot of time on our forums reading what elements you feel are important and what systems and features you’re not too fond of. The vision document will be available on our Wasteland portal in the next few weeks.

We already have an amazing community on our forums, and we know that it’s going to get better and better as we get further along in the game. If you haven’t done so already, head there and let us know what’s important to you. We’ve seen some wonderful suggestions that have already improved the vision of the game!

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Video Diary

This trailer offers the second video developer's diary for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the upcoming continuation of the strategic counter-UFO series. The clip features Firaxis Art Director Greg Foertsch explaining how he and his team created the game's look. Continue here to read the full story.

Mount & Blade: Warband and Napoleonic Wars Patches

A new patch is now available for Mount & Blade: Warband to update the action/RPG sequel to version 1.152. The patch and a corresponding updated dedicated server are available on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls. There is also a new patch for Mount & Blade: Napoleonic Wars to update the expansion to version 1.003, and the patch and a new dedicated server are available from AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Patch

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 can be updated to version 1.06 through a new patch for the sporting simulation that's available from AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls.

Victoria II: A House Divided Patch

A new patch for Victoria II: A House Divided is now available to update the strategy sequel to version 2.31. The download can be found on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls. Here's the change list: Continue here to read the full story.

Crusader Kings II Hotfix Patch

A new hotfix patch is now available for Crusader Kings II, updating the grand strategy sequel to version 1.05d. The download is available on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls. The patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Screenshots

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Mike Hayes Leaving SEGA

Mike Hayes is leaving SEGA this summer, departing the post of president and CEO of SEGA Europe and SEGA of America (SEGA West) he's held since 2009, reports MCV. They outline his accomplishments in that time: "Hayes has overseen a tenfold growth in the company as it switched from format-holder to multiplatform developer and publisher. Specific highlights in Hayes’ tenure has been moving the firm to a more digital business model, and acquiring The Creative Aseembly [sic] and Sports Interactive, responsible for Sega’s biggest hits on PC (the Total War and Football Manager series, respectively)." Word is he will focus on advisory and non-executive roles both inside and outside of the industry and that his European duties will be assumed by Jurgen Post, COO of Sega Europe.

Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Trailer

The Official Portal 2 Website has a promotional trailer for the recently announced free Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC pack for Portal 2 that's expected next week. The cinematic clip is an Aperture Laboratories promo, so like its predecessors it is completely serious. Thanks David. Continue here to read the full story.

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track now offers the list of the 20 bestselling PC entertainment titles for the week ending April 28th. The chart is pretty static this week, with the top 17 all returning from last week with the same top three. There's more action on the all platforms chart, where Prototype 2 debuts at number one.

The Showdown Effect Interview

A new interview on Strategy Informer talks with Emil Englund of Arrowhead Game Studios about The Showdown Effect, their upcoming multiplayer action game. Topics include a reflection on Magicka, the reasons for a multiplayer-only game, what they still want to add to the design, the modern setting, and more.

Op Ed

CNET Australia - Anders Breivik, video games and the militarisation of society.
Both critics and supporters of games and gaming, it seems, are unable or unwilling to address the big picture: that Western societies are undergoing a process of militarisation.

Militarisation is the social process through which societies are organised in ways that allow for the production of violence. According to the feminist writer Cynthia Enloe, militarisation describes a process through which individuals come to view militaristic ideas and military needs as being significant and the norm.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ADATA Premier Pro SP900 (0-provision) 256GB SSD on TweakTown.
  • AMD A8-3870K Black Edition APU on Mad Shrimps.
  • Gateway NV57H54u PC on
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Motherboard on t-break.
  • GIGABYTE HD7850 OC 'WindForce x2' Graphics Card on Vortez.
  • HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB Graphics Card on Benchmark Reviews.
  • Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
  • MSI HD7870 Twin Frozr III OC Graphics Card on Vortez.
  • NZXT Phantom 410 -Gun Metal- Edition Case on Overclock3D.
  • Prolimatech Megahalems Revision C CPU Cooler on
  • Thermaltake Element Q Small Form Factor Case on TechwareLabs.


Out of the Blue

We enjoyed some outdoor time over the weekend in spite of fairly chilly weather. I usually grill on the weekends anyway, and now with the prospect of having to relocate the newly declared nation of Manstovia, I am unlikely to pass up on the chance to char some food. Yesterday's bonus was throwing a fry pan on the grill and firing up some bacon as a garnish... it's really nice to be able to do that and not worry about the mess. And now I have a beautiful little jar of bacon grease in the fridge in case I need to add a dash of healthiness to a future recipe. Mmmmm bacon.

Fatty Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Planet 161.
Links: WorldWide Telescope. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Stories: Police: Michigan Protectors group member arrested. Thanks Fly.
Kazakhstan thanks Borat for 'boosting tourism'. Thanks Neatorama.
Real-life Rapunzel sold her hair to buy her family a house. Thanks Neatorama.
Images: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Cosplay Gallery.
Media: Giant Space Invaders Art by Filthy Luker.
Jimmy Fallon's SNL Audition.
German Shepherd Fetches Ball, Returns to Find His Soldier.
Follow-up: Shuttle Enterprise arriving at JFK (big photos).
Peter Jackson Responds to 48 FPS 'Hobbit' Criticism. Thanks HARDOCP.

Sunday, Apr 29, 2012

Shadowrun Returns Kickstart Complete

The Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter Page shows that this fundraising campaign is complete, and that over 36,000 backers have committed over USD $1.8 million to Harebrained Schemes' continuation of the cyberpunk RPG series. The game's kick start in place, they point the way to the Shadowrun Universe Website, where they have opened new forums dedicated to the project.

Steam Top 10

Valve offers the following list of the ten bestselling titles on Steam for the past week:

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Torchlight II
  3. Sniper Elite V2
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  5. Risen 2: Dark Waters
  6. Serious Sam 3: BFE
  7. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
  8. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  9. Dead Space
  10. Legend of Grimrock

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Antec HCG-620M 620W PSU on Nikk Tech.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7″ 16GB on t-break.
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 Overclock Edition Graphics Card on AnandTech.
  • GIGABYTE Z77MX-D3H Motherboard on Vortez.
  • Zowie AM Gaming Mouse on Metku.
  • Zowie Mousepads on Metku.


Out of the Blue

Well, it's a sporting weekend, filled with ups and downs for New Yorkers. The Giants seemed to do pretty will in the NFL draft, especially considering they were picking last (I've long ago given up trying to make sense out of what goes on with the Jets). Also, the Rangers won game one of their second round playoff series, which is good considering their close call in the first round. And then there are the Knickerbockers. For a Knicks fan, losing to Miami is about as painful as it can get. I say about, because it turns out losing by a 50% margin (100-67) is actually even worse (though a vast improvement over the 100% margin the game's 62-31 score represented at one point). Oh well, it only counts as one loss. And sympathies to Derrick Rose and Bulls fans, his injury is the last thing an NBA fan would want to have happen. Here's hoping he can eventually make a complete recovery.

Recovered Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Surplus Soldiers.
Links: Paintball with human -fox- as target.
Fictional Characters You Didn’t Know Were Based on Real People. Thanks Neatorama.
Navigating Garry Marshall’s Long, Mostly Successful Hollywood Career. Thanks j.c.f.
Stories: Bangladeshi computer whizz kid eyes record books. Thanks A51Abductee.
Hundreds of 5-year-old municipal vehicles found in Miami that were never used. Thanks Boing Boing.
Three dead, one missing in yacht race.
Images: Poor Dr. Hedgehog.
Media: Shazaam: The Lazy Genie.
Justice League Trailer (Avengers Style) Parody.
Monkey Food Reward Experiment.
Follow-up: With an asterisk, WTC is back on top in NYC.

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