is now available on Steam
, offering this already award-winning puzzle game at a 25% discount between now and February 6th. Want word on the game? Are you ready to have your mind blown? Well? Okay:
Antichamber is a mind-bending psychological exploration game where nothing can be taken for granted. Discover an Escher-like world where hallways wrap around upon each other, spaces reconfigure themselves, and accomplishing the impossible may just be the only way forward.
Several years in the making, Antichamber received over 25 awards and honors throughout its development, in major competitions including the Independent Games Festival, the PAX10, IndieCade and Make Something Unreal. Antichamber was also supported by the Indie Fund.
Steam News announces
is now available, and on sale for 10% off over the next week. Here's word on this 6DoF shooter:
Retrovirus is a six degrees of freedom shooter which sends players into the depths of a computer on a search and destroy mission against an invasive virus. Retrovirus is being created by Cadenza Interactive, the indie studio behind the popular tower defense game Sol Survivor.
A free multiplayer weekend is now underway on Steam
for Painkiller Hell & Damnation
, The Farm 51's installment in the Painkiller series of supernatural shooters. Additionally, those who enjoy themselves can buy the damned game on sale for 66% off the regular price on Steam
, a discount which also applies to four-packs, the Collector's Edition, and the Complete Pack. Finally, they are resetting the leaderboards so they can reward the top three players for their prowess. Here's word on the festivities:
The multiplayer weekend is open to all, even those who have not yet purchased the game. Nordic Games will also reset the global leaderboards tonight and the global top 3 in "Deathmatch" as of Sunday 1pm PST (10PM CET) will receive some very nice prizes. More details on the prizes will be announced Monday.
outlines what they call "the full story" of the collapse of THQ, the game publisher/developer that was just broken up
due to bankruptcy
. They hear from Jason Rubin, who served as president of the company during efforts to put it back on course, and he is frank in saying the made "massive mistakes," and that: "There are certainly things to be said about challenges in the mid-tier triple-A publishing business, but I don't think that conflating it with THQ's experience is helpful." Here's a bit of his take on what went wrong:
Unfortunately, the mistakes that were made long before I joined, like the incredible losses attached to uDraw, massive wasted capital in the unpublished MMO that was cancelled, sticking with children's and casual titles far after mobile and tablets had killed the business, bad, late, or otherwise inferior titles like Homefront, and a generally haphazard and inefficient approach to deal making, left the company with too much negative hanging on its books.
Slitherine and Matrix Games announce Pandora: First Contact
, a science-fiction 4X strategy game set on the planet of Pandora, though the potential for this to include unobtainium or dlithium crystals are probably just inferences we're drawing from the title and from watching too many sci-fi movies. As of now they expect to release this at the end of this spring, and signups to beta test are already being accepted on this page
. The Pandora: First Contact product page
has details and screenshots, and here's a blurb:
Epsom, UK, January 31, 2013 – After decades of exploration, mankind has finally found a new hope. A new planet to conquer and colonize. They call it Pandora. From the frozen ice lands of the north, to vast deserts and lush tropical forests in the south, the planet is vast and hosts a wide variety of eco-regions. It is the perfect last resort for mankind. But it is far from being desolate, with indigenous life already covering the planet, but how will they react to alien invaders?
Pandora: First Contact is the latest science fiction 4X turn-based strategy game published by Slitherine (www.slitherine.com) and Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) and developed by Proxy Studios (www.proxy-studios.com). The game follows in the footsteps of classics like Alpha Centauri and Galactic Civilizations, but it also creates a completely new world of its own, with hundreds of creatures, settings, technological innovations and a never-seen-before range of deadly weapons. In development for now more than two years, Pandora: First Contact is something really novel in the genre of civilization-style games.
“We are very excited about this new project”, said Iain McNeil, development director of Slitherine. “This year’s line-up is shaping to be very attractive to a wide range of players and we are proud to bring such an intense, immersive and engaging sci-fi strategy game to our audience worldwide”.
offers an updated introduction to Wildman
to better support the Kickstarter
to support the project, and its developer Gas Powered Games. It shows the combination of an action/RPG and an RTS game using concept art and the words of Chris Taylor to outline how gameplay will function. Thanks Seiya. Continue here to read the full story
The imminent shooter sequel Dead Space 3
has a story, and to make sure we know it, this new trailer
lays it out for us. Here's the tease/sales pitch it includes: "Watch the Dead Space 3 Story Trailer now! Take one last look before embarking on your journey through Tau Volantis. Are you ready to take down the terror? Pre-order Dead Space 3 Today!" Continue here to read the full story
Game over man! A new trailer
from End Game
shows off the upcoming fifth expansion for Battlefield 3
, the military shooter sequel (thanks BF3blog
). The clip shows a dirt bike doing dirty to a helicopter and anything else that gets in its way. Word is: "Witness Capture the Flag gameplay featuring the all-new dirtbike from Battlefield 3™: End Game. End Game is the fifth expansion pack for Battlefield 3, out March 2013." Continue here to read the full story
now offers sales of The Evolved Bundle, a collection of indie games which have not been previously included in any bundles. Here's the pitch:
Fun indie games are always evolving. If you're searching for the latest in indie gaming, look no further than the Evolved Bundle from Indie Royale. It will give you hours of enjoyment and includes some great recently released games. Featured in this bundle are 5 indie titles, valued at over $55, including last summer's highly rated puzzle solving adventure from Talawa Games, Unmechanical; an atmospheric horror game from Tale of Tales, The Path; the recently released squad based dungeon game, Krater from Fatshark; the full game of the IGF China 2010's winner, Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory from Turtle Cream; and an intricate scrolling puzzler, OIO: The Game from Uncanny Games.
has a listing for an Aliens: Colonial Marines
Season Pass, an unannounced collection of four upcoming DLC packs for Gearbox Software's upcoming shooter (thanks Polygon
). Here's the description:
Hungry for more Aliens: Colonial Marines? Purchase the Aliens: Colonial Marines Season Pass and get access to four downloadable content packages at a 33% discount! All add-on content packs are scheduled to be released from March through to summer 2013. The Aliens: Colonial Marines Season Pass will give you access to campaign content, additional multiplayer maps, new modes, character customization and more!
Eurogamer - Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers.
While the benefits of using licensed weaponry are clear for the game maker, the benefits to the gun maker - aside from the licence fee - are less obvious. However, just as cigarette companies used confectionery to market their products to children, so gun makers can use video games to increase awareness of their products amongst those too young to buy them. As Vaughn puts it: "Video games expose our brand to a young audience who are considered possible future owners."
GameFront - Dead Space 3′s Microtransactions Set A Dangerous Precedent.
The worst part of all of this is the dangerous precedent it sets. I’m willing to give Visceral Games the benefit of the doubt and believe that Dead Space 3′s crafting resource drop rates aren’t tooled to encourage players to keep their credit card handy. But if the practice of including these kinds of microtransactions becomes commonplace, then it won’t be long before publishers clue into the fact that they can build psychological devices into a game to extort money from players — see Jamie Madison’s blog, The Psychology of Gaming, for frightening insight into how developers can and have manipulated us into playing longer, paying more, and keeping us as repeat customers. There isn’t a wide chasm between a CEO posing the question, “What content in our game can we allow players to pay to skip?” and, “What can we include in the game that players will want to pay to skip?”
Link of the Day: Prank on Modern Art
. Thanks Ant
Rockstar Games announces
a September 17th release date for the console editions of Grand Theft Auto V
, apologizing for the delay to the open-world action sequel, and saying: "trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require." No announcement has yet been made about a PC edition of the game, but for reference, a Windows version of Grand Theft Auto IV was only first announced
a few months after the console editions shipped.
an official release date for GRiD 2
, saying the racing sequel should get the green flag in North America on May 28th and May 31st in the U.K., actually beating its previous release window of this summer. They also announce the availability various retail preorder bonuses, providing some screenshots
of preorder content. Here's word on the various North American offers:
Gamers who pre-order at GameStop can choose the GRID 2: Turbo-Charged Edition, which includes two additional packs:
McLaren Racing Pack
Receive the exclusive McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Special Edition car to race in single-player, multiplayer and a special online event; plus expand the game with two new routes around the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
GTR Racing Pack
Receive the exclusive Nissan GT-R SpecV road car to race in single-player, multiplayer and an exclusive online event; plus experience all five routes around the Yas Marina circuit by day.
Gamers who pre-order at Best Buy can choose the GRID 2: IndyCar Edition, which includes:
Receive the exclusive Dallara IndyCar and the IndyCar Pace car to race in single-player, multiplayer and an exclusive online event; plus expand the game with two new routes around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval Circuit.
Gamers who pre-order at Amazon can choose the GRID 2: Head Start Edition which includes:
Head Start Pack
Receive the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT car to race in single-player, multiplayer and enjoy discounts in the Car Upgrades Store in online game modes and a unique RaceNet bonus.
A new trailer
from BioShock Infinite
shows off more of the first-person shooter sequel in development at Irrational Games. The "City in the Sky" video includes gameplay footage showing off the serenity of the floating city of Columbia which is interrupted by the game's story, resulting in bullets, explosions, and the inexorable pull of gravity. The clip is accompanied by a few new screenshots
. Continue here to read the full story
Paradox Interactive announces that closed beta testing will commence today for The Showdown Effect
, the 2.5D multiplayer shooter from Arrowhead Game Studios (Magicka
). The game will also go on sale later today on this page
, and those who pre-order are guaranteed immediate access to the beta
, though they are also accepting applications from those willing to leave such things to chance. There's a live stream of the game planned for today at 2:00 pm EST on Twitch
, which will show a tournament from PDXCon in Reykjavik, Iceland. Here's word on further bonuses for pre-ordering:
Combatants will also have the chance to size up the competition by watching a tournament of The Showdown Effect, streaming live from PDXCon in Reykjavik, Iceland on January 31, at 4 p.m. GMT (8 a.m. PST) on http://twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive .. The stream promises to be an unforgettable event, starring a handful of special guests; including YouTube personalities Angry Joe, NorthernLion, and Rage Gaming as well as Arrowhead’s Johan Pilestedt. It may (but probably won’t) be the last thing you ever see.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
officially launches today, offering access to this action/RPG from American McGee's Spicy Horse Games, as the Kickstarter
for the game enters its homestretch with under three days to go. Also, there's a new interview on Gaming Nexus
talking with Spicy Horse's Ben Kerslake, who serves as the game's Creative Director. Here's the announcement:
Continue here to read the full story
January 31 2013. Shanghai. Spicy Horse Games, makers of "Alice: Madness Returns," "BigHead BASH," and "American McGee's Grimm" announced today that "Akaneiro: Demon Hunters" is now available for play via SpicyWorld and Kongregate for Mac and PC.
Based on the Little Red Riding Hood story combined with Japanese folklore and myth, and illustrated in Spicy Horse's unique dark fantasy style, "Akaneiro: Demon Hunters" is an action-RPG that lets players hunt legendary monsters in Edo-era Japan.
Akaneiro launches with 20 maps of content with more options on the way, including Steam integration. If the now-running Kickstarter is fully funded, Linux and mobile versions and additional systems including co-op gameplay and equipment crafting will be arriving in the near-future. To check out the Kickstarter plans and reward tiers, please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spicyhorse/akaneiro-demon-hunters
The game is free to download and play, with a $20 "unlock all maps" one time purchase option for those who'd like to get all the content in one shot as well as various options purchasable with the in-game currency, karma, for those planning to buy things piecemeal.
To play Akaneiro now, players need only visit the official site at http://www.angry-red.com and sign up.
A new patch is expected today for Mass Effect 3
, to update BioWare's RPG/shooter sequel to version 1.05. The BioWare Social Network
has details on the rollout, saying it should come to the PC edition at 10:00 am, time zone unspecified. The new version will fix a multiplayer issue where users could have all of their weapons use rocket ammunition, and another issue with high memory usage when initializing DLCs. Thanks VG247
The Diablo III Website
has updated patch notes for the version 1.0.7 patch for Diablo III
that's currently in testing on the Public Test Realm for Blizzard's action/RPG sequel. The notes reflect further balance tweaks and bug fixes, some changed drop rates, boosted stats for the new account-bound craftable items, damage boosts for rubies, changes in damage reduction for PvP duelling, and a further nerf to reflected damage.
has news that Duncan Jones (Moon
, Source Code
)will direct the upcoming movie based on Warcraft
, Blizzard's fantasy universe. Word is the former Zowie Bowie, son of musician David Bowie, will helm the project, which is currently planned for a 2015 release, and is referred to in the article as a tent pole film. Thanks nin.
The Warframe Website announces
Closed Beta Update 6 is now live in Digital Extremes' upcoming free-to-play co-op shooter. The new version includes new environments, Warframes, and "Space Ninja" moves, all of which are shown off in this trailer
. On a related note, there's a new interview on IncGamers
talking with the game's creative director Steve Sinclair and marketing director Meridith Braun, available as both an audio recording and a text transcript.
- Arctic USB Charger PRO 4 Rev.2 on Benchmark Reviews.
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- ASUS Echelon (Camo Edition) on pcGameware.
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- RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-RD2121StS 2x2.5- to 3.5- HDD-SSD RAID Converter on Nikk Tech.
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- Silverstonetek GD07 HTPC enclosure on Metku.
The weather here is unseasonably warm, which seems to be because we are caught between a couple of reports, because the wind is insane out there, and there is a wind advisory in the area through this evening, calling for gusts up to 50 mph. I didn't need to read the weather to know this, though, as the wind almost threw open the storm door when I let the pooches out this morning, which came after I cleaned up the tidy pile of poop in the kitchen that was apparently caused by weather related panic last night. That panic continued, as Hudson the wonder dog proceeded to escape the yard (she remains the Houdini of dogs) attempting to find shelter from the uproar, which of course was in the house. I'm already over our wind-related adventures, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn't cause any trees to knock over any of the overhead wiring for the BlueTower's power or Internet.
Electronic Arts Reports Q3 FY13 Financial Results
has the latest preliminary earnings figures for the gaming giant. The losses they report are less than the same period last year, and things are going well according to top brass: "Despite a challenging quarter, we were able to deliver non-GAAP EPS at the high end of our guidance range," said Chief Executive Officer John Riccitiello. "We are investing for the future wave of growth that we foresee in digital and console." VG247
has details from the post earnings conference call, where some of the blame was for the quarter's losses was heaped upon Medal of Honor: Warfighter, which performed "well below expectations" and "didn’t deliver," with COO Peter Moore saying the game also deserved better reviews than it received. Word is the military shooter franchise is being "taken out of rotation," and will return after an unspecified "rest."
Sony Online Entertainment announces
the launch of Wizardry Online
for North American and European gamers, offering a free-to-play MMORPG based on the classic fantasy gaming franchise. This producer's letter
accompanies the launch, talking about the transition from the betas to going live, and the announcement talks of the various features, such as a form of permadeath, that leads them to claim this to be "the most hardcore fantasy MMORPG ever created" (carefully avoiding an invasion of EVE Online spacecraft by specifying a genre). Here's the feature list:
- Lost System: Not even death is easy in Wizardry Online. Players will need to donate to revive themselves -- and a poor donation runs the risk of failure. If they are unsuccessful twice, their character will vanish, said to be "Lost" and become unplayable forever. The player's experience will be noted on the Soul (account), allowing for an easier start for the next character.
- Massive Dungeons: The game's dungeons present a variety of traps and powerful monsters for those who dare to invade their territory.
- Skill Customization: Players can customize characters by combining skills from current or previous classes. With Wizardry Online's skill heredity system, players can create a fighter who can heal or a mage to steal items from monsters.
- Bounty Hunt System: In addition to monsters, players will try to kill and rob other players for rare items. Such players are deemed Criminals and may attack anywhere and at any time. Players may offer a bounty such as gold for the death of any criminal and other players will compete to bring that character down.
- Familiar Races: The game offers a variety of races known from previous Wizardry games, including humans, elves, porkuls, gnomes and dwarves. These races have different advantages towards weapons and skills.
- Wizardry Online is now available as a "Free to Play. Your Way.™" game to all PC players in North America and Europe (optional content is available for purchase).
SimBin announces the RaceRoom Racing Experience
is now in open beta, and those interested in test driving their new motorsports simulation can grab it on Steam
. Here's a bit on the free part of this: "As part of the Free2Race concept, all registered users are given free access to a wide selection of cars and tracks. The free-to-play content in this release consists of the famous 134 Judd car driven by the late Georg Plasa, Canhard R52, Saleen S7R, Aquila CR1 Sports GT and the DMD P20 together with the RaceRoom Raceway circuit and the scenic Lakeview Hillclimb which is based on a forest road in Sweden." The store that supports the free-to-play game is now open, offering sales of new cars, tracks, and game modes. Those who join right away will get some freebies, though, as word is: "During the first two weeks from release, SimBin is giving away the Get Real™ game mode, and the learning tool, Apex Hunt™ as a tribute and a thank you to the members of the closed beta."
Here's a new video
(NSFW) showing off multiplayer tactics in Aliens: Colonial Marines
, the first-person shooter in development at Gearbox Software (taken from the Xbox 360 edition). Word is: "Showing a select number of special abilities on both the Xenomorph and the Marine side, the trailer gives you a glimpse at the various tactical choices that players need to make when playing the game’s competitive, asymmetrical multiplayer." Continue here to read the full story
Link of the Day: LEGO Ball Clock
. Thanks Ant
A post on eXophase.com
lists PS3 trophies for Year of the Snake, an upcoming unannounced DLC pack for Sleeping Dogs
, United Front's action/adventure game. There is also this video
, noted by Eurogamer
, with footage to support this premise, though it's origins are unclear, and they also interpret the trophies, saying: "the add-on will involve joining a bomb squad and defeating cultists, as well as acquiring yet more collectibles and other macguffins scattered about the game's virtual Hong Kong." In the meantime, Steam
offers two new small packs for the game: The Movie Master Pack
and The Monkey King Pack
for USD $1.99 each.
The Terms of Service for the new Crysis 3
open beta includes language about banning players for not reporting bugs, recalling the recently quelled
controversy over the SimCity
beta ToS threating a mab from all EA games
for failure to report bugs. This new End-User License Agreement issue apparently has the same resolution as the previous one, as games.on.net
notes a tweet
explaining: "We did - it was baked into the Beta before we realized it had the 'Bug Ban' clause. We aren't enforcing that." They also link a follow-up tweet
saying: "We'll be releasing a blog post about that soon, but for now rest assured we aren't banning players for finding bugs." So we now know why EULAs and ToSes are so lengthy: Even the people making the games can't be bothered to read the crap they let their lawyers stuff into them.
En Masse Entertainment announces next Tuesday is the exact start date for the subscription-free
era in TERA
, their MMORPG. Here's word on the change, and plans to support it with new content:
En Masse Entertainment confirms that its award-winning Action MMO, TERA, will be available without a subscription starting on February 5th. The game will be known as TERA: Rising, and can be played for free starting on that date, with in-game store and Elite options available for players who want to customize their gameplay experience. New players will be able to enjoy Standard status for free with no level cap or content restrictions and all players who have purchased the client will gain permanent Founder status with special privileges. This news has swept through the MMO community as fans – both new and lapsed – are eagerly anticipating the upcoming launch. Lapsed players are signing back up while new players pick up the game to ensure their eligibility for Founder status in anticipation of the new TERA: Rising options.
Adding to the community excitement over the game’s evolution, En Masse will launch new in-game content on February 5th, including the new Crucible of Flame multi-level dungeon, and a new three-on-three PvP battleground.
The DC Universe Online Website announces
the availability of Home Turf
, the newest DLC for the superhero MMORPG. The release is supported by this launch trailer
and the following explanation of how you can have your own Superman-style walk-in freezer or go spelunking in your very own bat-cave: "DC Universe Online is proud to present Home Turf, our sixth DLC Pack! Home Turf introduces customizable Player Bases, powerful new abilities provided by your Base's Mainframe, action-focused one on one Player vs. Player Lair Battles, engaging new solo story content in iconic Gotham City and Metropolis locations, and loads of new gear and rewards. Watch the brand new trailer below, then log in and start building your very own Base today!" Continue here to read the full story
Gaijin Entertainment announces
that War Thunder
is now in open beta, allowing access for all interested in checking out this World War II aerial combat MMOG. Here's a bit to catch you up on the game: "War Thunder offers a highly detailed and personalized aviation experience, giving players access to hundreds models of planes with detailed cockpits, dozens of upgradeable weapons, and flying skills that can be honed and improved with each mission. Thanks to the game’s painstaking attention to detail, you’ll truly feel like a World War II fighter pilot as you plunge into battle."
points the way to a trailer
posted about five months ago calling itself a "rough cut-demo" of Ubisoft's Osiris
, saying this was a "Demo commissioned by Ubisoft Studios (Montreal)." No such project has been announced, and IGN
notes that the clip resembles screenshots
discovered last year
which were thought to be of a Prince of Persia
reboot. With PoP officially paused
, IGN now speculates this may be a new IP.
A new Kickstarter
seeks a modest $40,000 to support development of ROAM, an eponymous online co-op action game from startup developer ROAM. ROAM (the developer) is a two-man team, including Ryan Sharr, recently laid off
by Gas Powered Games amid the wild ride of the Wildman Kickstarter
. Here's word on ROAM (the game): "You and up to three friends (online co-op) must scour a grim, ravaged world, where you have complete freedom to choose where you roam, what you do, and how you allocate and use the precious-few resources you will find on your journey. Every action in the game represents a choice - and each choice has pros, cons, and consequences." Thanks Eurogamer
I'm going to have to go on a hunt today to track down a noise in my office which has either just begun, or at least just become noticeable to the point of annoyance. It's a fairly high-pitched whine coming from my PC, so I assume it's a cooling fan, and hopefully a little compressed air will take care of it, though it's always possible something will need replacing. I keep thinking this entire years-old machine will need replacing one of these days, but it keeps trucking along like the Terminator, and every time I think it's developed some fatal issue, I find a cure just as soon. Maybe this time it's terminal just because I'm assuming it isn't, and the fates just love to mess with assumptions. We shall see.