Valve, a Video Game Maker With Few Rules
is a New York Times article on Valve Corporation, offering their own take on the developer's unusual approach to their business. They discuss the company's forward-thinking approach and unstructured structure as well as Gabe Newell's publiccriticism
of Windows 8. They also outline the current state of Valve's hardware ambitions, giving firsthand impressions of a prototype of the wearable computer
and the company's big picture UI mode
, which they say will enter public testing tomorrow: "On Monday, the company will begin a public test of a new television-friendly interface, Big Picture, for buying Steam games and playing them on computers in the living room."
announces a new beta version 1.3 of ShootMania Storm
is now available, detailing the "Elite Exp" mode that's part of the new version. They also offer a new trailer
showing off the power of the level editor for NADEO's upcoming first-person shooter. Those interested in participating in the beta test can sign up on the ShootMania Storm Website
. Thanks Frans.
The Marvel Heroes Website
is accepting signups for the closed beta of this upcoming superhero MMORPG, saying testing will commence next month (thanks GameSpy
), saying: "Closed Beta starts October 1st, 2012! Enter your email address for the chance to be selected, and also be the first to know about new game information."
ArenaNet continues its post-launch tweaking of Guild Wars 2
, posting patch notes for an update yesterday
and another set from today
. Most of the changes are bug fixes.
Okay, I didn't completely think through my proposal to compete with any of you who want to see who can pick more NFL winners, or the first thing I would have decided was to post my picks before Sunday to give others the chance to post their own before the games. I also didn't anticipate the pain associated with a Giants fan picking the Eagles, for example, to win, so maybe I'll have to reevaluate this. In the meantime, since I said I would, here are my picks for this week:
Bears, Eagles, Lions, Texans, Chiefs, Vikings, Saints, Bills, Patriots, Seahawks, Packers, Bucs, Steelers, Ravens, and Chargers.