Jeremie Passerin's LinkedIn Page
lists Dead Rising 3
as one of the items in the Blur Studio rigging supervisor's résumé. There are no details about a new installment in Capcom's survival/horror series other than that Jeremie worked on a "game cinematic" as a rigger at some point last year. Thanks nin via Joystiq
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The promised update on Distressed Debt Investing
has the latest on efforts to liquidate the intellectual property assets of bankrupt
THQ following questions that emerged last week
about the proceedings. The latest is that properties will be sold off at auction individually on January 22nd, contradicting previous indications they would be sold as a bundle.
The World of Warcraft Website
now offers a teaser trailer
showing off the upcoming version 5.2 "Thunder King" update for World of Warcraft. Word is: "We’ve prepared a glimpse of the environments and denizens coming in the 5.2 patch, which is now available
on the PTR. Stay tuned for more development updates in the weeks ahead." Continue here to read the full story
Wall Street Journal
talks with Telltale CEO Dan Connors about their episodic game based on The Walking Dead
. He tells them more than 8.5 million episodes have been purchased, leading them to estimate this generating about $40 million, which is undoubtedly high, as it's based on the single episode price and does not account for discounts. Interestingly, he says about a quarter of the sales for the game were for iOS, showing the rapid growth of Apple's devices as gaming platforms. Thanks GameSpot
The Toronto Sun
talks with director Guillermo del Toro about his Pacific Rim trailer and how he sought Valve's permission for the movie's homage to Portal's GlaDOS. The also ask about inSANE, his planned horror game trilogy that was cancelled
this past summer. In November
word emerged that the project still lives, and here's the latest from del Toro on its status: "We are in talks with a very, very big company. I can’t say who, but it’s one of the big ones. They really responded to the game, they responded to what we were trying," he told the paper. "Some of the devices of the game I need to update, because now I’ve seen them in other games that just came out. That always happens. But the principle we’re trying to do with the game is to make it a really immersive narrative experience. It’s still a really challenging proposal." Thanks Joystiq.
Link of the Day: Horrible Job Interview
. Thanks Ant
The DayZ Blog
has an update on the planned standalone game based on the popular Day Z
modification for Arma II
, Bohemia Interactive's military first-person shooter. Admitting defeat of the original plan to release the game before the end of 2012, the update discusses what they still have to work on before the game is done, saying they will release a closed test for 500-1000 testers "imminently," noting this "will be focused purely on architecture, not the game design." They say following the test they will reschedule the game's release. Thanks MajorD.
NVIDIA unveils Project Shield
, a handheld android gaming device powered by a 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU/Quad-core A15 CPU. This will include support for playing PC games on NVIDIA-powered systems as well, as outlined on this page
Project SHIELD gives you the power to wirelessly access your GeForce® GTX-powered computer from the comfort of your couch. Play your favorite PC games, including great titles from Steam, on a full-size game controller with ultra-low latency thanks to Project SHIELD's game-speed Wi-Fi and the fast performance of GeForce GTX 600 GPUs.
NVIDIA GRID, their own entry into the cloud computing area, saying they are "building on a unique legacy in gaming graphics and graphic performance to lead the way" in this area pioneered by Gaikai and OnLive. This page
has further details, claiming their implementation will allow more concurrent users per server, lower latency, and better game content. Here's an overview: "NVIDIA GRID leverages some of this same technology to render and stream games from the cloud, with thousands of engineers dedicated to creating the ultimate system for service operators. Think of it as a gaming supercomputer in the cloud, built by NVIDIA."
Blizzard Entertainment will release an official Ubuntu port of one of "at least one" of their games this year reports Phoronix
. This report on plans for Linux support is unconfirmed, though the author of the report says this was learned from "a reliable source at the company," and that this was "backed up by additional proof." They say this internal port will be an attempt to gauge the commercial potential for supporting the operating system. Thanks Ant
offers a redesigned listing of the 20 bestselling full-price PC entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending January 5. The new boss is the same as the old boss, as the chart remained unsurprisingly static through the holidays. The all-platforms top 40
is similarly familiar. And remember, a déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
I see a lot of criticism of the Redskins for sending RG3 out to play in the playoffs yesterday after reinjuring his knee. It's easy to Monday morning quarterback, but Mike Shanahan deserves a break from the hammering he's taking over this. I mean it's not like he send a blind guy out on the football field where he'd be unable to defend himself. You save something that drastic for the Super Bowl
The December 2012 Steam Hardware & Software Survey
is online, offering an updated profile of the rigs being used by customers of Valve's online service. The interesting thing to note this time around is how 0.8% of the respondents are using Ubuntu in the first hardware survey since Valve added beta Linux support (thanks Ant
). On a related note, NeoGAF
has a translation of a German-language article
saying that Valve engineer Ben Krasnow told conference attendees that Valve plans to "present" (according to the translation) a Linux based console system in 2013. Presuming this is accurate, it does not seem clear if this means they plan on releasing it or just demonstrating it. Thanks Joao.
The GeForce Website
now offers new version 310.90 WHQL-certified drivers for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. The new drivers include a security update as well as performance improvements for GTX 690 accelerators. Thanks Charles.
An article on Eurogamer.net
called the "The deleted scenes of Deus Ex," examines Warren Spector's original design documents for Deus Ex
, ION Storm's cyberpunk action/RPG. The look at various changes the project took from the original outline, leading lead writer Sheldon Pacotti to say "Warren once commented that in the beginning he envisioned the game as X-Files but he somehow ended up with James Bond." They also note the original working title of Deus Ex was Majestic Revelations, which might seem like a classic now had it stuck, but sounds pretty awful.
Valve offers the following list of the 10 bestselling games on Steam
for the past week:
- Far Cry 3
- Torchlight II
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- THQ Collection
- Borderlands 2
- Max Payne 3
- Age of Empires III Complete
- Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
- Arma II Combined Operations
- Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition
Well my daring selections in yesterday's NFL playoff games were as bad as they were bold... I would have jumped off the Vikings if I'd have known they were playing someone who makes Christian Ponder look like Peyton Manning, but since there are no rules for making picks here, I decided changing was against them. Here's hoping for a good day today to get me back to .500.