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Friday, Jul 20, 2012


PC Devils' Third Plans

Valhalla Game Studios announces (Adobe Acrobat format) plans for PC and Tablet editions of Devils' Third, the Darksiders II-engine third-person shooter (thanks VG247). Here's word:

We would also like to announce our decision to contract the development of the PC and tablet versions of “Devil’s Third” to Valhalla&Doobic Co., Ltd.

In addition to both home console and PC versions, Valhalla Game Studios plans to expand the

“Devil’s Third” universe across a variety of digital devices and through various forms of entertainment.

The technical collaboration agreement we have reached with Doobic will greatly help in accelerating the expansion of the “Devil’s Third” franchise.

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission P&C Beta Ending

Bohemia Interactive announces that the end of this month will mark the end of the "Play & Contribute" beta for Carrier Command: Gaea Mission, at which point they will begin offering access to the beta to those who preorder the action/strategy hybrid. Those interested in getting in on the P&C discount should head over to this page. Here's the deal:

Pre-shipping - After a successful run of more than three months, Bohemia Interactive has announced it will discontinue the Play & Contribute Beta for Carrier Command: Gaea Mission. The P&C beta - brought to life to aid the development process - will be replaced by a pre-order deal on Monday July 30. This means people still have one and a half week left to seize the heavily discounted ? 20 Play & Contribute offer (which includes beta-access and a digital copy of the final game) on Bohemia Interactive's

Now that the game is nearing completion, feedback will no longer be necessary. Nevertheless, those who signed up for the P&C program will still able to play the beta.

Continue here to read the full story.

Worms Revolution Diary

This trailer offers a fourth video developer diary for Worms Revolution, the upcoming continuation of Team17's strategy series. Here's word on what this includes: "Mark Dimond, Senior Designer, on Worms Revolution takes a couple of minutes out of his busy schedule to talk us through the game's different play modes. While we're on the subject, can you help me out with level 8 of the puzzle mode? It's driving me nuts - no wait, that's the steering wheel I've got stuck down my pants!"

Drox Operative Beta Patch

Soldak Entertainment now offers a new patch for Drox Operative to update the beta version of their upcoming action/RPG to version 0.910. Here are the patch notes and here's an abstract: "This patch adds more race/race interaction quests, makes quests easier to work with, improves the maps even more, added a bunch of advantages to weaker races, and fixes a bunch of other little things."

On Sale

StormPowered sale - up to 80% off.

Evening Previews

  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron on GameSpy.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Every 3D Movie is the Same. Thanks Ant.

Wasteland 2 Screenshot

Wasteland 2 Facebook Page now offers the first in-game image from Wasteland 2, inXile Entertainment's upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG sequel. Thanks Joao.

Steam Summer Sale Day Nine

Steam summer sale day nine. Here are the new daily specials:

  • Civilization Collection on Steam. Save 82%.
  • Crysis Collection on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Driver San Francisco on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Dungeon Defenders on Steam. Save 75%.
  • F.E.A.R. 3 on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Indie Bundle IX on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Magicka on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad - GOTY on Steam. Save 75%.

Borderlands 2 Development Complete

The Gearbox Software Community Portal announces that development of Borderlands 2 is complete, and the role-playing shooter sequel is off to certification for approval for release. This includes word that they've moved on to production on the Mechromancer content that will be released as free DLC for Premiere Club members, saying this should come roughly 60-90 days after the release of the game itself, which is still almost two months off:

Today, we have some exciting new to share about Borderlands 2 -- the game is headed to certification!

This means that the game’s on-disc content has been locked down and will be thoroughly tested to ensure it is ready for release -– in other words, the game is finished and we cannot make any further changes to the game. As such, the team is now shifting their focus towards post-launch efforts, including the Mechromancer: the new character class that will be released as FREE downloadable content to members of the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club roughly 60 to 90 days after launch.

The Mechromancer is just one of the many bonuses for members of the Premiere Club, which can be joined by pre-ordering Borderlands 2 from a participating retailer in advance of its release on September 18 in North America and September 21 Internationally. For a list of those participating retailers and more details about Premiere Club benefits, please visit our Borderlands 2 FAQ and

On behalf of everyone involved in the development of Borderlands 2, thank you for your love and support -- your passion for what we create is what fuels our effort!

Dead Space 3 Co-op & Scariness

One of the reasons for adding co-op to the Dead Space series in Dead Space 3 is how "scary" the first two games are, EA tells MCV, though they are carefully parsing their language about this in not saying the new game will be any less scary than its forebears. "We were hearing feedback that they love the thriller game, but it was pretty scary, and the obvious next step was that they wanted to play with someone. So we introduced co-op into the game," EA Games’ marketing boss Laura Miele tells them. "The horror of Dead Space is still all there. It’s still true to its roots and no less scary, but people felt far more comfortable playing it with someone else than they did doing it on their own. "

SMITE Beta Patch

EGMNOW has word that the closed beta for SMITE will be patched to version 0.1.975.1 today. The new version adds a new god, Bakasura, the Great Devourer, as well as a bunch of other additions and changes. Word is the game will be down for several hours for this maintenance. This trailer offers a reveal of the game's newest deity. Continue here to read the full story.

Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps Trailer

Matrix Games now offers a new trailer for Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps. Word is: "The trailer gives a brief look into gameplay with new units, new locations, and new desert colors for units that fought in the unforgiving North African campaign. Filled with historical and period images from the campaign, from parachuting German soldiers on Malta to the intense tank battles out in the open sandy wasteland, this trailer is sure to get any wargamer’s heart beating fast!" Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

GameFront - ‘Political Correctness’ Isn’t Ruining Games — Bad Ideas Are.
In the case of Smite, the game features, in particular, the sexualized depiction of the goddess Kali; with Six Days, it was the fact that the game depicted an on-going war with real casualties as a game. In both cases, there’s more than enough reason for a person to be offended, really, and the very least you can do is listen to the reasons those people have for their criticism. And then you can ask yourself, why does Smite need to use religious figures for its characters? Why does Fallujah need to turn an on-going conflict in which many people have been killed into a game?

Gaming Illustrated - I Suck at Gaming... Because I'm a Woman?
But like the question of the chicken or the egg, is it the lack of representation in the industry’s workforce that is facilitating games that encourage unrealistic views of women? Or is it the games that are encouraging misrepresentation in the industry?

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Thanks Ant.

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

MrsBlue is home from work today, which should have provided a perfect opportunity to continue the discussion of whether to pop an air conditioner into one of the windows in the living room. That is, of course, if it wasn't for the rainstorm that has taken the local temperature down to 66°F at the moment, which I'm pretty sure is not going to help my argument. As usual, the key to life is timing.

R.I.P.: Al Franken's 'SNL' partner, Tom Davis, dies in NY.
R.I.P.: Sylvia Woods, who started Harlem restaurant, dies.

Well-Timed Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Overhaul.
Wasted Colony.
Stories: 14 Killed At "Knight Rises" Screening.
Congressional insider trading ban might not apply to families.
US food aid: the special interests blocking reform.
Science: Compounds coax HIV out of hiding so it can be eliminated.
Altruism, Brain Region Called Temporoparietal Junction Linked In University Of Zurich Study.
Images: State Farm Split Camaro Project. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Media: The Matrix: Reloaded & Rewritten.
How to Explode a Watermelon Using Rubber Bands. In Super Slow Motion. Thanks nin.
NYC Geyser Spits Cigarette Butts.
Auction: Back to the Future Delorean up for auction.

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