A new trailer
offers live action footage (of U.S. presidents, no less), gameplay, and cinematics from Splinter Cell: Blacklist
. This concludes with an official release date for the next installment in the stealth/action series, saying it is due for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on August 20, 2013, and touting bonuses for preordering. They also have some updated box art for the game.
Rockstar Games announces
they will release Deathmatch Made in Heaven, on January 22nd for the Windows and console editions of Max Payne 3, the final DLC for the third-person shooter sequel:
On January 22nd, we’ll be bringing you the final Max Payne 3 DLC pack for all platforms and it’s an action-packed doozy stuffed with new co-op and competitive modes, plus other awesome treats for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer.
Stay tuned in the coming days as we’ll be revealing what’s in the Deathmatch Made in Heaven Pack in greater detail – but as you can see in the pack’s official artwork above, Max and Passos will no doubt have their hands full…
The Deathmatch Made in Heaven Pack will be available in all territories on January 22nd for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE and $9.99 on PC and PSN in North America (this pack will be available for PS3 players in Europe on January 30th). Of course, Rockstar Pass owners will receive this content at no additional charge.
Steam News announces
the Mac OS X edition of Wargame: European Escalation
is now available:
Wargame: European Escalation is now available on the Mac!
Wargame: European Escalation is an intense and spectacular Real Time Strategy game, where realism and strategy are brought to the front lines. With a phenomenal range of vehicles and units (over 350 different models), build your army and enter a huge military campaign across Europe of the 80's, as the Cold War is about to become World War 3.
New beta patches for Drox Operative
are now available on this page
to update the Windows and OS X editions of Soldak Entertainment's action/RPG to beta version 1.001. Word is: "This patch makes selling components to a race improve their economy, improves component spawning, makes thrust boosts much better, and fixes a bunch of minor issues." This page
has a detailed change list.
Ars Technica - Did President Obama just order the government to study video game violence?
Sure, it's a bit galling that video games continue to be a political football that seems to be inextricably linked to violent rampages in our national discourse. And the thought of wasting any tax dollars on what is a thoroughly settled scientific question shows just how broken the political process can be. But let's keep things in perspective. Video game violence is an extremely small part of an extremely wide-ranging proposal by the White House to deal with gun violence on multiple fronts.
Cracked.com - The Truth About Guns and Video Games.
All right then, I guess we as gamers have only one recourse: We stop denying our role in the larger problem of gun violence altogether. Nobody's buying it anyway. You can spout studies and statistics all you want, and your debate partner will turn around and see a 10-year-old in his living room mowing down a village full of Arabs with a technically accurate machine gun, proudly rattling off the virtues of its fire rate and reload times. Gamers look ridiculous when we flail about, trying to deny that a fourth grader who understands the benefits of burst fire and knows to hold his breath while sniping is a bit disconcerting. Just like movie-goers look ridiculous if they say James Bond movies portray a pistol as anything other than an excellent solution to the problem of people who are in James Bond's fucking way. Just like music fans look ridiculous when they insist that all the gang violence glorified in giant, flashy colors in every other rap video has no effect on the children watching them.
The Gearbox Software Community Website
has the news that Aliens: Colonial Marines
is gold for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, saying the first-person shooter will launch for all three platforms on February 12th. Here's the announcement:
Exciting news -- Aliens: Colonial Marines has gone gold on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360!
When we first announced the release date for Aliens: Colonial Marines back in May 2012, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford noted that the development had progressed to the point where we could see the end and be very confident in both our vision for the game as well as our launch date.
Today, we’re proud to announce that we hit every one of those targets, with the game's gold status indicating that all parties have examined the release candidate and signed off on the code as final and suitable for manufacturing, after which the game will be shipped to retail and propped to digital networks in time for launch on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come February 12, 2013!
Now's the time to make sure you've got your pre-order locked in as participating retailers are offering in-game bonus content -- check with your local retailers and visit this page for more details.
Stay frosty, the next chapter in the Aliens story is almost here. Will you be able to fight the fear?
The United States Patent & Trademark Office Database
has a Service Mark application filed last week by Bethesda Softworks for "Fallout," with the following explanation: "Entertainment services in the nature of an on-going television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world." This may explain the recent tease
by the voice actor who plays Three Dog saying "There may be more of the Dog coming!" Or it may be something else. Or nothing. Thanks Ausir via The Vault
The Indie Royale Website
now offers the Snow Storm Bundle, offering a collection of indie games to while away your snow days. As always, you can cheap out for the low minimum or opt to pay more, with lower payments raising the price for future customers, and higher payments driving the price downward. There is also a bonus chiptune album for those who pay more than USD $8.00. Here's the summary:
Looking for some fun indie games to keep you warm on a cold winter's night? Look no further than the Snow Storm Bundle from Indie Royale, offering hours of enjoyment even if you're snowed in! Featured in this action packed bundle are 6 great indie games, valued at over $55, including a challenging science fiction point-and-click adventure from Wadjet Eye & XII Games, Resonance; a RPG-heavy city builder from Tilted Mill, Hinterland; Naked Sky Entertainment's 3D mechanical platformer, RoboBlitz; a high-speed and addictive arcade game, StarDrone, and more!
Wargaming announces the version 8.3 update for World of Tanks
is now live in Europe
and Southeast Asia
, and that this update adding Chinese armor to the MMO shooter will come to North America
on January 17th and to Korea
four days after that. Here's word from the company formerly known as Wargaming.net: "The game's latest evolution adds 17 steel machines used by the Chinese People's Liberation Army in the mid-20th century warfare. The lower tiers of the new tech tree feature a hotchpot of various foreign designs, including the first Japanese-made tank in the game - the Type 97 Chi-Ha. Heavy Soviet influences are reflected in the top-tier tanks, which also include a number of original Chinese models, some of which never went into mass production."
that the upcoming version 1.07 patch for Diablo III
is now live on the Public Test Realm for the action/RPG sequel. The post has full details on how interested players can log into the PTR and participate. This is accompanied by this post
, which offers change notes for the patch, which are not considered final until the patch goes live on the main servers. The notes discuss how dueling will work, how Nephalem Valor will no longer expire between acts, a doubling in base pickup radius, the removal of the resurrection timer, the removal of player "flinching" hesitations, an increase in Monster Power XP and plan drop rates, and players will now always begin in town on restarting a game. There are also details on UI and quality of life changes, bug fixes, Wizard and Monk buffs, the new crafting system, and much more.
The Steam Apps Database
lists a couple of entries in the Steam
database for One World
, which is listed as an expansion for Civilization V
. This suggests, but does not confirm the possibility of an upcoming add-on for the turn-based strategy sequel. GameSpy
asked Firaxis/2K for comment and were told "we do not comment on rumors or speculation." Thanks PC Gamer
As noted on Capcom Unity
the console editions of DmC: Devil May Cry
are now available, offering this brawler based on the series. This is not completely well received
, so those contemplating the PC edition that's due in a couple of week can look to IGN
for a discussion of how the PC edition differs from the console versions, covering controls and visuals, offering comparison shots between low- and high-resolution graphics.
One Of Swords
has word that Activision's Dan Amrich plans to slum with PC gamers this week with some Call of Duty: Black Ops II
PC gamers, I hear you! Many have requested that I do a Black Ops II night on PC soon, so let’s make it sooner than soon — let’s make it actually this Friday, January 18, from 6pm PT to 8pm PT. My Steam ID is OneOfSwords (have you joined the group?) and I will look to clear some room on my friends list, as that is the easiest way to find me. That said, I will likely be hanging out in my usual Domination lobbies, maybe moving to Party games later in the night — so if you are not on my friends list, just try surfing a few lobbies. And if you haven’t read the PWS FAQ, it’s probably worth a skim. See you Friday!
the latest hotfixes applied to World of Warcraft
since the release of the version 5.1 patch for the MMORPG. This includes changes to creatures and quests along with a bug fix.
Forbes - Fun with Reductio ad Absurdum, the NRA and Video Games.
Is it because the media is a corruptible influence? Here’s a hint. It’s because we love real life guns so much as a society that violent shooter games are so popular. A society that is inherently fascinated with violence creates violent media, it’s not the other way around. And say what you will about this debate, but a kid playing a video game where he shoots a gun is safer than a kid who is shooting an actual gun, even just at inanimate objects. Compare a kid playing Call of Duty five hours a day to one who goes to the shooting range for the same duration. Which one might be better at hitting real world targets? Adam Lanza was a crack shot, and it’s more than a little bit likely it was from his time spent with his mom on the shooting range than it was from his hours spent playing Starcraft.
We had a surprise this morning, as we got hit by a snow storm overnight. I think it was a surprise at least, I don't actually pay that much attention to the weather. The good news for me was that MrsBlue needed to get such an early start that it was impractical for me to shovel us out in the pre-dawn darkness, so she took a taxi, allowing me to get to clearing our snow in a more leisurely manner.