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Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 Boo! Happy Halloween


Ships Ahoy - Painkiller Hell & Damnation & DLC

Nordic Games announces that Painkiller Hell & Damnation is now available along with a free Halloween-themed DLC pack for those who preordered the horror-themed shooter sequel:

Nordic Games GMBH is proud to announce that the eagerly awaited Painkiller Hell & Damnation is out now for Windows PC.

The infernal gates of hell have been opened for PC gamers to set Daniel Garner free from Purgatory and escape the evil supernatural powers. Players can now get their hands on the game in both Standard and Collector’s Edition formats, in time for a hellish Halloween.

For those who have pre-ordered the game or purchased during Halloween and activate their steam code before 5pm GMT on November 1st, there will also be an extra-special reward. Players simply need to activate their product on Steam and automatically claim the goresome free DLC pack. This exclusive pack will provide a unique Halloween-themed map that will contain a frighteningly large number of Halloween-inspired rewards, enemies, weapons and an additional achievement. Destroy pumpkins, collect lollipops, battle against Pumpkinhead Ghostriders and fight on a deathly carousel in the perfect addition to the goriest game to blast its way on to PCs in years. An exclusive Halloween achievement is also included.

Continue here to read the full story.

HD Upgrades Free for Stronghold & Stronghold Crusader Owners

Firefly Studios announces that the recently annunced HD versions of Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader, and Stronghold Crusader Extreme will be offered as free upgrades to owners of the original versions of those castle simulations. The HD versions will go on sale tomorrow, and word is they will be accompanied by a patch tomorrow to implement the improved graphics in existing copies:

The new patch will update the classic castle building games from Firefly Studios with high definition graphics and the ability to view an entire battlefield on a single screen. These medieval strategy games have been remastered to support resolutions up to 2560x1600, up from the previous cap of 1024x768. Also featured is the new HD battlefield view, which allows players to zoom out and play in real-time with the entire map on one screen. Players can advance on the castle gates while flanking the enemy from behind, feign retreat and lead their foes into a deadly trap or just sit back and watch the destruction unfold.

Next Steam Greenlight on November 30th

Valve announces they will unveil the next set of games to pass muster for a Steam Greenlight on November 30th:

Valve today revealed November 30th as the target date for announcing the next set of titles to launch via Steam Greenlight.

Given current voting, at least 10 more game titles are expected to be offered worldwide distribution agreements via Steam.

In addition, Valve hopes to announce Greenlight's first graduating class of Software titles, with at least five Software titles targeted for inclusion in the group to be announced Nov 30th.

Steam Greenlight is a new platform feature that enlists the community's help in selecting some of the next games to be released on Steam. Launched on August 30, Greenlight allows developers and publishers to post information and media about their game in an effort to convince Community members that their game should be released on Steam.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch

The Patches Scrolls now offers a new unofficial patch for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, bringing this homebrew version of the game to version 8.4. As noted in the patch note, this includes a recreation of the library, among other things.

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Trailer

This trailer is a Halloween teaser for Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, Frictional Games' upcoming "indirect" horror sequel. Here's what they have to say about this spooky clip:  "As dedicated and enthusiastic followers of both the nature and evolution of the computer game and ALL IT FORBODES for our descendants, we urge you to put the DIRE WARNINGS that may be inferred from the contents of this trailer to the masses using all the WONDER and POWER of the WORLD WIDE WEB at your disposal. For is it not our great responsibility to those LESS ABLE and LESS FORTUNATE than ourselves, the laggardly and lost, those adrift from Mr Darwin’s grand architectures of life, to herd them gently into the corridors of progress, and away from those things which LURK ever about us, just shy of the lights of our GREAT ENGINE, civilisation." Word up. Continue here to read the full story.

Outlast Trailer

Red Barrels offers a new trailer from Outlast, their recently revealed upcoming survival/horror first-person shooter. The four-minute trailer is rendered in real time from their internally developed tech demo built around the Unreal Engine 3, and they say the finished game will resemble what's seen in the clip. Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

Follow-up to this. - Lost Humanity 18 Aftermath.
The first is that a lot of people want to know more about why I made the changes and issued an apology. The answer is that Lauren Wainwright threatened us with legal action and made it clear she would not back down, at which point we took legal advice and ultimately made the decision to remove the paragraphs. It was not a decision that I took lightly. One objection to this action that I've read online is that there was no libel. All I can really say is that the advice we received meant that removing the offending text and apologising to Lauren was the right course of action to take. We also considered the fact that the article wasn't really about her but about all of us, and I felt that the edited version did not change Rab's meaning.

The second main reaction seems to have come mostly from people who work in the games industry - it's all over my Twitter feed, anyway - and it's that a lot of people want to forget about the whole thing and move on. It's just video games, they say. It's not as important as all this. Well, I don't want to move on. It is important. And I don't want to move on for the same reasons I published Rab's column in the first place: I believe there is a lot of truth in what he says.

Evening Consolidation

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Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Oregon Trail Tombstone Generator. Thanks Ant via reddit.

Ships Ahoy - Natural Selection 2

The Natural Selection 2 Website announces that Natural Selection 2 was released on Steam during our downtime, offering this highly anticipated action/strategy sequel. Here's word:

After a journey of over 5 years, after many course adjustments and the judicious use of fuel, we approach station NatSel. Repeat: prepare to dock with NatSel.

The Kharaa presence has been confirmed onboard. Before we lost our readings, sensors showed multiple forms moving at incredible speed through the ventilation shafts and maintenance tubes. Expect immediate and intense conflict the moment you deploy.

Control the resources. Defend your base. Listen to your commander. Be prepared to face more and more powerful alien foes. Learn their many forms and abilities, and how to counter them. Find the heart of the Kharaa threat, and eradicate it. The battle begins now. Its outcome rests in your hands.

Luck and victory to us all.

Ships Ahoy - Primal Carnage

Reverb Publishing and developer Lukewarm Media announce that Primal Carnage is now available through digital distribution, offering multiplayer combat between humans and dinosaurs. The game is sold through GameStop PC Downloads, GamersGate, Rain DG, and Steam. Here's word:

Primal Carnage is an online multiplayer shooter that will engross its players in skilled PVP combat, team-based strategy and savage class-oriented matches unlike any you've previously experienced; be it an armed human mercenary or a cunning dinosaur, Primal Carnage is sure to unleash the inner beast in anyone who seeks to survive amongst the fittest.

Borderlands 2 Sells 5M - Halloween SHiFT Codes

Take-Two Interactive Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results, so brace yourself for some numbers: "For its second quarter fiscal 2013, GAAP net revenue was $273.1 million, as compared to $107.0 million for its second quarter fiscal 2012. Non-GAAP net revenue was $288.0 million, as compared to $107.0 million for the year-ago period. GAAP net loss from continuing operations was $12.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, as compared to $47.3 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP net income was $10.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, as compared to Non-GAAP net loss of $39.4 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the year-ago period." The report includes news that Borderlands 2 has sold over five million copies, adding that the role-playing shooter sequel has enjoyed "strong digital sales." Also, the Gearbox Software Website has word on SHiFT code giveaways today in honor of Halloween (thanks nin). Here's word:

Keep an eye on the Gearbox Software Twitter and Borderlands Facebook on October 31, 2012 for SHiFT codes that unlock special spooky character customization skins in Borderlands 2 like the one above!

We'll start rolling out the codes around 10AM CT (What time is that for you?) with more to come throughout the day.

Each code will be active until Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 11:55PM CT (What time is that for you?)

To learn more about SHiFT codes and how to redeem them, visit

Disney Acquires LucasArts

The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, in one of the big stories the storm prevented us from reporting when it was announced yesterday. As noted by, the deal includes ILM and most everything else from the Star Wars franchise to LucasArts, the company's gaming arm. The story focuses on plans to imbue Disney's theme parks with The Force and on plans to continue the Star Wars film series, but Forbes has word on the gaming implications of this, suggesting that this might make LucasArts' gaming efforts less focused, rather than more. They say Bob Iger indicated PC titles will likely be licensed, and "In its core division, Disney will likely be focusing on social and mobile games based around Star Wars." In the meantime, Star Wars 1313 is still on track, but they also note the complications of persuing other projects gamers dream about: "As for all those other dream titles? It’s more complicated than just Lucas being out of the picture. KOTOR 3 for example is under the license granted to EA/Bioware currently, and after the disaster of The Old Republic, it’s hard to imagine them gambling on a game so similar, even if the old ones were classics."

Sleeping Dogs DLC

Steam now offers Nightmare in North Point, a new DLC pack for Sleeping Dogs, United Front Games' action/adventure. Here's the theme this follows: "After his girlfriend is kidnapped, Wei must fight through an invasion of hopping vampires, demons, and the ghosts of his past who are threatening to take over the city. Luckily, Wei has new moves and weapons at his disposal to make it through this nightmare."

Steam Linux Beta Applications

A Valve Linux Beta Survey is online, offering "experienced Linux users" the possibility of being invited to beta test the Linux Steam Client. A report on, says Valve is only looking for 1,000 spots, so apologies if the delay in reporting this caused by the hurricane means this is already full. Thanks Ant via Linux Today.

Electronic Arts Financials

Electronic Arts fiscal Q2 reporting tops expectations based on strong digital performance, as word is: "Digital revenue grew 38 percent to $324 million from a year ago." In spite of that, the bottom line suffered: "The net loss for the second quarter widened to $381 million, or $1.21 a share, from $340 million, or $1.03 a share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 0.6 percent to $711 million, the company said." They are also tempering expectations for their next quarterly report, saying: "Competitive pressure during the holiday buying period and lower-than-expected sales of the latest 'Medal of Honor' game contributed to the conservative guidance."

Capcom Financials

Capcom's revenues for the first half of the fiscal year are up more than 50 percent, reports GamesIndustry International, saying this is "largely due to the early performance of Resident Evil 6," which has shipped 3.7 million units. Word is: "During the six month period ending September 30, Capcom reported net sales of ¥45.5 billion ($570m/£354m/€439), an increase of 55.7 per cent year-on-year. Net profits saw a sharper rise, up 355.1 per cent year-on-year to ¥4.1 billion ($51m/£31m/€39). The company's Digital Contents business - which covers all console, PC, mobile and social game releases - generated revenues of ¥35 billion ($438m/£272m/€330m), up 69.1 per cent year-on-year."

Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion, an upcoming DLC pack for Crusader Kings II that will address the seldom-asked hypothetical question of "what would have happened if the Aztecs invaded 13th Century Europe?" You'll be able to answer that question beginning November 15th when this is released, and here's word on what it will provide:

For the first time ever, Paradox Development Studio is introducing a fantasy scenario in their strategy games. Introducing a wealth of new features to appease the angriest of sun gods, the upcoming Crusader Kings II DLC brings the savage, blood drenched Aztec civilization to European shores, determined to wreak carnage on its inhabitants. Cower in fear at the invaders strange gods and rituals including the potential peril of having your vital organs offered up to these vengeful deities in sacrifice. Anything to keep them happy!

It will be survival of the fittest to survive the onslaught of the menacing Mesoamerican warriors, bringing with them exotic and deadly diseases, and an appetite for destruction.

Orcs Must Die! 2 Booster This Week

Robot Entertainment announces they will release the Are We There Yet? booster pack tomorrow for Orcs Must Die! 2, their action/strategy sequel. Here's the deal:

Get your orc-skin sweaters out of storage because you’re heading up north in the “Are We There Yeti?” Booster Pack for Orcs Must Die! 2. Announced today by Robot Entertainment, the new booster pack gives players three enormous new frozen cavern levels to defend. It won’t be easy! Yeti and Goblin Sapper mobs will do everything they can to take down War Mages and their trusty trap layouts. In addition to new monsters and levels, the booster pack includes three new Endless Mode level conversions, three new defenses for the Spellbook, and new character costumes inspired by the Orcs Must Die! community! The “Are We There Yeti?” booster pack for Orcs Must Die! 2 will be available on Steam for $4.99 on November 1st.

LEGO: The Lord of the Rings Next Month

WBIE and TT Games announce that LEGO: The Lord of the Rings is now available for DS and Vita, and that the Windows and console editions of the brixilated action game are expected on November 13th. Word is:

LEGO The Lord of the Rings is based on The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy and relives the Fellowship’s astonishing adventure across the imaginative world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, but with the added fun, humor and creativity that fans can expect from the LEGO videogame franchise. Featuring dialogue from the films, players will experience the same cinematic thrills and excitement they witnessed in the award-winning film series. Whether longtime fans, or newcomers to the The Lord of the Rings saga, family members of all ages will undoubtedly enjoy the humorous, playful touch that TT Games has imparted upon this epic story.

Anna for OS X Next Week

Kalypso Media Digital announces plans for an OS X edition of Anna, the horror/adventure game previously released for Windows, saying this will show up on Steam and the iTunes App Store on November 9th. Here's a reminder of what the game involves:

Anna is a first-person horror adventure that explores the darkest depths of the human psyche. Set in an abandoned sawmill nestled high in the mountains, Anna challenges you to uncover horrific clues and use them to solve puzzles related to your character’s dark past. As you play, Anna will change locations and unveil new secrets. The way you play will not only determine the mental health of your main character, but will also lead to one of three possible endings.

World of Tanks Patched

Wargaming.Net announces the release of update 8.1 for World of Tanks, adding the promised British armor to the European edition of the free-to-play MMO shooter, and saying it will come to the North American edition of the game tomorrow. Word is: "The newly added national tech tree contains 22 finest models from the Royal Tank Corps across three main tank classes. World of Tanks Update 8.1 will be available on October 31 for the European players and on November 1 for the American community."

A Game of Dwarves Free & Paid DLC

A new Autumn Trailer for A Game of Dwarves shows the dwarves preparing for winter in Zeal Games Studios management/strategy game. This generously allows us to recycle or joke from the game's announcement, as if winter is coming in this game, we can expect it to be a short one. As noted on the game's website this is accompanied by three pieces of DLC for the game, two free packs (one Halloween themed) and a USD $1.00 graveyard pack. Continue here to read the full story.

Wargame - European Escalation Tourney

The Wargame - European Escalation Website announces registrations are now being accepted for Wargame Cup, a tournament featuring the strategy game:

The Wargame Cup, the first huge official tournament of the spectacular strategy game Wargame European Escalation, opens its doors today! Powered by Intel® and Steam®, the Wargame Cup is an exceptional competition, rewarding both new and long-term players: every participant will get a chance at winning prizes as soon as the first round, including an Ultrabook™ Inspired by Intel®!

All participants who manage to survive their first match will win a PC game for download on Steam®, and will automatically enter the prize draw to win one of the Ultrabook™ Inspired by Intel® (value $1,500). Dozens of games will be distributed through prize draws among the winners of every round… the longer you survive, the more prizes you will win! In total, $5,000, 4 Ultrabook™ Inspired by Intel®, and many other prizes such as Wargame AirLand Battle VIP Beta accesses, are at stake!

Registration is open to all and free of charge, and will close on November 15th… will you survive the first round?

Dark Horizons Kickstarter

This Kickstarter from Max Gaming seeks to crowd-source development of Dark Horizons: Mechanized Assault Vehicle, a mech combat game based on Dark Horizons: Lore, their Torque-engine mech game, saying: "The main goal of this Kickstarter is to bring back what made our 2005 IGF finalist Dark Horizons: Lore so popular with its player, Faction Wars." They are only looking for USD $15,000, saying they are creating the projects in their spare time in between contracts.

On Sale

  • Halloween Sale on GamersGate. Six game bundle.
  • Not Scary Games on Save 50%.
  • UFO: Extraterrestrials Gold on Steam. Save 75%.

Afternoon Previews

  • Project Eternity on the Obsidian Forums. "Fulfillment and the Pros and Cons of Nostalgia and Realism." Thanks nin.

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Out of the Blue

Happy Halloween! In spite of the occasion, things are less scary today at the BlueTower today, as power returned last night, and the internet came back just a short while ago, so power has also returned to our provider. We are once again very lucky to be back in action here, as we just received a message saying that much of our area will be without power for several more days. Apologies for the downtime, and here's hoping that those of you impacted by Hurricane Sandy are also successfully getting back on track.

Scary Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius and nin.
Play: Full English.
TriBot Fighter.
Links: 7 Creepy Urban Legends That Happen to Be True (Part 6).
George Lucas Lets Everyone Know About the New Star Wars Movie.
Stories: Singer Set For "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
NYT called out city’s flood-protection problems in September.
Heroes of superstorm Sandy.
Images: Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall.
An aerial photo of Breezy Point, Queens Fire Site.
'Aliens' Work Loader Is Best Dad & Baby Costume Ever.
Media: Empty America - New York City.
The Minecraft (Matrix Parody).
John Dies at the End - Official Trailer.
Atlantic City Broskis Photobomb CNN Hurricane Sandy Coverage.
The Funnies: Luke Cardwalker Discovers the Truth.
Halloween Mask Cartoon - Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: 'Arrested Development'- Conan tweets first official photo. Thanks Dark Horizons.

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