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Sunday, Aug 04, 2013


ShootMania Elite Guest Access

ManiaPlanet announces the availability of ShootMania Elite "Guest Access" along with changes to the Elite mode and station in Nadeo's first-person shooter (thanks Frans). Here's word on how the game now allows players to invite their friends for a sample:

In the Elite station, you’ll find a new “Invite Player” button, where you can invite anyone to come play ShootMania Elite. Creating a Guest Key is free, which you can then send to your friend to give them limited access to the game. Your guest is limited to three matches per day. The key will be also sent to you by email when you create it, so be sure to have the correct email address registered on your profile!

If you want to be able to play with them as much as you want, send them a super-invitation instead. It’ll cost you 5,000 Planets that are once given back to you when they buy the game.

id: RAGE "Not Dead"

Though Bethesda recently stated that the possibility of id creating a RAGE sequel is "to be determined," Joystiq has word from id Software's Tim Willits that he feels they will go back to their post-apocalyptic shooter at some point. "I'm proud of what we did, I'm proud of the universe that we built. The franchise is not dead," Willits told them. "We're not doing anything immediately with it, but when I designed the universe, I designed it in such a way that it would be easy to step back into. I'm still proud that we did something that was different – it wasn't like the games that we've done in the past."

Shadowrun Returns Support Plans

The Harebrained Schemes website has an update on their plans now that Shadowrun Returns has been released. There's word on the release of the first patch, what they have planned for future patches like bug fixes and balance tweaks, the status of the Linux and mobile editions, the launch of the Shadowrun Returns Wiki, plans for mod and GM workshops, the status of backer rewards, and details on an ambitions modification that's already in the works to add a 100+ hour community-created campaign. Thanks Opifer.

Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm Crowdfunding

A campaign to fund a fighting game called Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm is now underway on Indiegogo, where the project is well on its way to its $68K goal. The game is being developed by a few of the folks who worked on the King of Fighters series. They have a trailer that's mentioned in the following description: "Yatagarasuis an original 2D fighting game for PC (Windows) which features 8 playable characters, high quality old school graphics, and gameplay that is easily accessible to anyone. The introductory video for our campaign is the trailer for the latest version of Yatagarasu (v4.3) and shows how the game currently looks and sounds." Thanks ElGamerCosplayer, creator of a live action clip based on this project. Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's report of the 10 bestselling games on Steam for the past week:

  1. Civilization V: Brave New World
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition
  3. PAYDAY 2
  4. Total War ROME II
  5. Shadowrun Returns
  6. QuakeCon Pack
  7. Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition
  8. Saints Row IV
  9. Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition
  10. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

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Out of the Blue

Tonight kicks off the NFL preseason with the annual Hall of Fame game, and I'm so ready for football to return I'm tempted to actually watch, even though it will be a rookie showcase. That's what happens when your favorite baseball team is 15.5 games out of first in the dog days of August.

Dogged Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Arcane Weapon.
Stories: Death Valley Rangers Urge Visitors to Stop Frying Eggs.
Images: Doom of Rock.
Media: Skyhook.
freeD Yankee Stadium.
50 YouTube Spoilers in 5 Minutes. And BLOOPERS.

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