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Saturday, Mar 23, 2013


RuneScape 3 This Summer

Jagex is working on RuneScape 3, reports PC Gamer, saying this free-to-play browser MMORPG update will be released this summer, though they are not clear if it will just become RuneScape at that time, as did RuneScape 2 when they did their first such upgrade. Here's word:

Wait, did Jagex just skip a number? Nope, RuneScape 2 showed up way back in 2004, and it assumed the moniker of RuneScape to serve its role as an overhaul of the original. RuneScape 3 might similarly shed its numerical appendage once released, since its incoming changes keep the core game the way it is now and instead focuses on client and engine improvements.

Jagex says existing avatars and accounts will carry over and continue seamlessly in RuneScape 3′s new adventures. It’ll also keep maintaining a Java-based client for old-school enthusiasts and those with lower-end hardware. The new hotness, however, is the arrival of a sleek HTML5- and WebGL-based client that boasts a visual boost across the board—sharper graphics, increased viewing distances, deepened colors, and other perks. The Wipeout-like HexGL is a worthy demonstration of what that combo of browser-based gaming looks like.

CONSORTIUM Kickstarter Redux

A second Kickstarter is underway for CONSORTIUM, a proposed first-person RPG from Interdimensional Games, saying this would represent "A new breed of role playing game that obliterates the fourth wall!" CONSORTIUM had a crowd-funding campaign late last year which was cancelled after a couple of weeks. At the time they were emphasizing the game's connections with Amen: The Awakening, as it is being designed by Gregory MacMartin, project leader on Cavedog's long-cancelled shooter, but there is more of a focus now on how their design will accommodate many different approaches to the game, which is shown off in a new work-in-progress trailer they are showing. This seems to be working, as the new campaign has attracted more than double the funding in a few days than the original one did in two weeks. They are also running a Steam Greenlight campaign which has a more concise description. Here's that:

Imagine a game with the true first-person freedom and immersion of HALF-LIFE combined with the character interaction and development from THE WALKING DEAD or MASS EFFECT, finally spliced with the consequences of actions like in the original DEUS EX.

  • Built with a modified version of the SOURCE engine (real-time lights and shadows), immerse yourself into a world with a completely original art style, bringing to life the idea that what you are experiencing is really being streamed to your computer from a parallel universe...
  • Unravel a mystery stretching back thousands of years, and uncover the secret of humanity’s altered destiny...
  • Freely explore the fully realized Consortium command vessel ZENLIL, a quadruple-decked aircraft patrolling the globe from 45,000 feet.
  • Step inside the skin of a Consortium Bishop – the world’s most powerful peacekeeper. With advanced weaponry at your disposal you have the ability to either kill or incapacitate your foes. The choice is yours, but your actions actually alter the course of the game, and along with that, the perceptions and reactions of others.
  • Dive into deep, realistic and meaningful conversations with 21 different cast members.

Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warcraft Patch Notes

The World of Warcraft website now offers patch notes for a version 5.3 patch soon to be released on the Public Test Realms for Blizzard's MMORPG. The list of new features is pretty lengthy, covering things like a brand new Battleground, a new arena, and new scenarios. They say the patch will also include assorted bug fixes, but none are listed at this time. There's also a new blog update on how item upgrades work in version in 5.3.

Researchers: Battlefield Play4Free Vulnerable

Ars Technica has details on a security vulnerability in Battlefield Play4Free reported from the Black Hat security conference they say could be used to hijack the computers of users of Windows XP and 2003. Word is: "The proof-of-concept exploit, demonstrated last week at the Black Hat security conference in Amsterdam, allows attackers to surreptitiously execute malicious code on default systems running Windows XP or Windows 2003 that have the Play4Free title installed. There are close to 1 million players of the first-person shooter game, and about 39 percent of Windows users are still on XP." They have word from EA that they are "investigating" this report, but do not have immediate comment.

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

  • G-Technology G-Drive Mobile USB 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on Nikk Tech.
  • Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
  • PowerColor HD 7790 Turbo Duo 1 GB on techPowerUp.
  • SilverStone Sugo SG09 on OCaholic.


Out of the Blue

The past few weeks I've been experiencing odd behavior on some embedded YouTube videos. On some, but not all, I'll find the area on the screen to activate buttons doesn't line up with the buttons, but will be somewhere below. I can figure this out from having to click below the big red arrow to play them, but those menu controls at the bottom don't work at all, because presumably the area to click is "behind" the iframe, so to speak. I haven't had any luck Googling this, so I don't know if this is actually a problem elsewhere, or just for me, but after updating flash, shockwave, and my graphics and mouse drivers, I'm sort of stuck with a mystery at this point.

Mysterious Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Back to Zombieland.
Stories: Game of Thrones: Why does it inspire such devotion among fans? Thanks brother19.
Images: Beauty Among The Ruins. Thanks Cutter.
Media: This is really clever - a dancing Airplane. Thanks nin.
NFL Sound FX- (2012) Best Sounds.

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