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Sunday, Sep 09, 2012

Valve Profile; Big Picture UI Testing Tomorrow

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."

New ShootMania Storm Beta

ManiaPlanet News 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.

Marvel Heroes Beta Next Month

The Marvel Heroes Website is accepting signups for the closed beta of this upcoming superhero MMORPG, saying testing will commence next month (thanks GameSpy via HARDOCP), 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."

Guild Wars 2 Patch Notes

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.

Sunday Metaverse

Thanks Frans.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 on Eurogamer.net.
  • Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
  • HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook on t-break.
  • Hydra 3×1 HDMI Cable Switch on Test Freaks.
  • Zalman ZM-NC3500 Plus Notebook Cooler on eTeknix.

Out of the Blue

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.

Picked Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Huebrix.
Stories: Scotts Miracle-Gro to pay big fine.
'Hummer Hero,' Uses Vehicle To Shield Four Children.
Airplane! voted funniest film ever. Surely they can't be serious.
Media: Sh*t Apple Fanatics Say, Part 1 and Part 2.
Who Makes Better Sound Effects- Guys or Girls?
What Happened To All The Milkmen?
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