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Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013


Todd Hollenshead Leaves id

Todd Hollenshead has parted ways with id Software, where he was president of the Zenimax Media-owned developer after previously serving as CEO from 1996 until the Zenimax acquisition. One could suspect that a management layer would be redundant for a subsidiary of a larger company, but the statement on IGN says the decision was Hollenshead's: "After many years with the studio, Todd Hollenshead decided to leave id Software to pursue other personal interests," Bethesda's Pete Hines told them. "While Todd was not part of the development teams, he was an integral part of id Software’s success as the business head of the studio and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

BioShock Infinite DLC Released (Again); More Coming

The BioShock Infinite: Columbia's Finest DLC is now available on Steam, offering the chance to pick up the contents of the Industrial Revolution Pack and the Upgrade Pack, which were originally part of the Premium and Ultimate Songbird Editions of BioShock Infinite. As for the first new retail DLC pack for the shooter prequel, GameInformer notes a Ken Levine tweet on the topic: "DLC Update: We are working on it- have been since the game shipped. Things are going well, but plz understand: game development takes time."

Steamships Ahoy - Endless Space: Disharmony

Endless Space: Disharmony is now available on Steam, offering a new expansion pack for Endless Space, Amplitude Studios' science fiction 4X strategy game. A brand new trailer highlights the release, and the announcement includes word that this release is accompanied by a reward for all the game's players:

Haarlem, The Netherlands – 26 June 2013 – Endless Space players will see their universe extend massively with the Endless Space: Disharmony expansion pack, which will be released on Steam later today. Developer Amplitude Studios is very pleased to enrich its 4x space strategy universe and give the community a new level of complexity.

“I’m very excited to get this into the players’ hands,” said Romain de Waubert, Creative Director. “We’ve put a lot of effort into addressing the parts of the game and gameplay that either we or the community thought could be improved. We’ve come a long way already with the four free add-ons, and the expansion pack is the icing on the Endless cake."

As previously promised, Amplitude will reward its loyal players the ‘Sheredyn Faction’, ‘Endless Hero’ and ‘Automaton ship models’. These free items will unlock to all players upon the release of the Disharmony expansion pack.

Continue here to read the full story.

Divinity: Dragon Commander Video

A new video from Divinity: Dragon Commander offers an in-depth look at gameplay from Larian Studios' "dragons-with-jetpacks strategy opus." The clip features Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke explaining what's going on as he plays through an entire turn in the game's single-player campaign. Continue here to read the full story.

AMD Catalyst Windows 8.1 Preview Driver

AMD now offers a Catalyst Windows 8.1 Preview reference driver for AMD/ATI graphic cards. The only detail provided is a list of compatible cards. Word is this is provided "as is" with no support.

Magic 2014 — Duels of the Planeswalkers Released

Steam News announces the release of Magic 2014 — Duels of the Planeswalkers:

Magic 2014 — Duels of the Planeswalkers is Now Available on Steam!

Ignite your spark with Magic 2014 — Duels of the Planeswalkers!

With over 12 million fans, discover what makes Magic: The Gathering the world’s premier trading card game.

Become a Planeswalker and travel the planes of existence unleashing a torrent of spells and creatures to devastate your opponents. Prove yourself in combat against Chandra Nalaar—a fiercely independent Planeswalker with an affinity for fire and quick temper—then battle your way through the planes to face the mysterious villain trying to pull Chandra’s strings.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: 11 Reasons it's Great Being a Guy. Thanks Ant.

Steam Trading Cards Launch

Steam News announces that Steam Trading Cards are out of beta, allowing to make like a proper pressure cooker and raise your Steam level:

Today we're making Steam Trading Cards available to everyone. Steam Trading Cards are virtual cards you can earn just by playing some of your favorite games, like Team Fortress 2, FTL, GRID 2, Monaco, Trine 2, Super Meat Boy, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and more. In total there are over 30 games with Steam Trading Cards, with more being added every week. Collecting cards lets you craft new badges for your Steam Profile and earn rewards like emoticons, profile backgrounds, and coupons.

We've also updated everyone's Steam Community profile with a new look. The new profile has a more concentrated focus on what you play and how you participate on Steam. There are new customization options as well, like the new profile Showcases that let you choose what you want to show off: favorite games, items up for trade, workshop mods, hard-earned achievements, and more.

Additionally, you'll see a new "Steam Level" on your profile, and when hovering over a player's avatar. Every badge on Steam now grants XP, which contributes to your Steam Level. If you've been a Steam member for more than a year and have at least one game on your account, then you've already got two badges. You can earn more by participating in events and sales, collecting trading cards, trying out all the Steam Community features, and more.

To learn more about all the new features, visit the Trading Card Update Page

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, City Interactive's sharpshooting FPS sequel. There's no word on the demo's contents, so here's the overview of the full game: "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is the only multi-platform, first-person, modern shooter exclusively designed around the sniper experience. It takes the bulls-eye precision of its predecessor to new and exciting heights, offering more diverse sniper challenges; a rebuilt AI system and the thrilling “one shot, one kill” precision that made the original a huge hit, selling 3 million copies worldwide. Taking advantage of the advanced capabilities of the CryENGINE3, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 also delivers striking graphic environments." Thanks Frans.

Shadow Warrior Classic Redux Announced

The Shadow Warrior Facebook Page reveals plans for Shadow Warrior Classic Redux, an upcoming remake of the original Shadow Warrior that updates the graphics of the Build-engine first-person shooter/slasher/thrower. This is not to be confused with the upcoming Shadow Warrior reboot or the unaltered original Shadow Warrior, which is available for free. Word is: "Shadow Warrior Classic Redux is coming to Steam with updated visuals, a remixed soundtrack, and both the Wanton Destruction and Twin Dragon expansion packs all for under $10." Thanks VG247.

State of Decay Also RC in Oz - SR4 Explanation

A post on the Undead Labs forums have word that State of Decay is being refused classification by the Australian ratings board, following shortly after news that Saints Row IV was refused classification under the country's rating system, which was recently revised to include an adult R18+ rating. As a result, while the games will be legal to own in Australia, they cannot be publicly sold there. The post explains: "We've run afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use. We're working with Microsoft to come up with options, including changing names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements. Whatever our path forward, it's going to take a bit." Thanks Player Attack, where, on a related note, they have a follow-up on the Saints Row IV situation, saying the problem with the game is the inclusion of an "alien anal probe." In spite of this being implied and blurred, apparently there's a fear of copycat crimes once alien anal probes are actually invented.

BF4 Alpha Invite Glitch

DICE's Daniel "zh1nt0" Matros tweets a clarification that while EA indeed sent out what appeared to be some invitations to the upcoming alpha test of Battlefield 4, this was due to an error, and no additional players are actually being accepted into the alpha at this time: "@zh1nt0 EA eabastian To clarify: We accidentally sent e-mails about an invitation out. This is not a second wave of Alpha invites. :(" Thanks DsoGaming.

Toki Tori 2+ Trailer

A new trailer from Toki Tori 2+ "turns up the volume" on the promotion of the upcoming Windows edition of the platformer, which is coming to Steam on July 11th. Developer Two Tribes also reminds us that all the new features making this a "+" edition are also going to eventually come to the original Wii U edition. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

It turned out there was confusion about the delivery date for our air conditioner, and it is actually due today. This makes a lot more sense than it coming yesterday all of 28 hours after being ordered, but two day delivery for free via Amazon Prime on a 75 pound unit still seems pretty impressive, especially in light of the warning that it might require extra time to process. It's okay, we've waited almost 13 years for this, so we probably won't melt by waiting one more day. Probably.

Probable Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Guardians.
Pain Tiger Show.
Links: United States captures Carmen Sandiego. Thanks Cutter.
Science: Rare tsunami hit East Coast earlier in June, scientists say. Thanks brother19.
The obesity era. Thanks Boing Boing.
Media: Grand Theft Toy Story.
Best of Web 5 HD.
Jimmy Kimmel Learns a Valuable Lesson About Car Doors.

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