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Saturday, Aug 17, 2013


The Sims 4 Details & Screenshots [Updated]

Brazilian site The Sims Style has screenshots from The Sims 4 along with some details on the next installment in Maxis' wee people series, and though these are written in the site's native Portuguese, the article they scanned is in English. This is all directly from PC PowerPlay issue #219, apparently an advance copy, since the website for the Australian magazine says this issue is due on August 22nd. Update: The previous explanation of where these are from is incorrect (thanks Firky), they are from a recent issue of GAME magazine, and the scans were posted in the The Sims 3 Forums. Thanks Rigs via IncGamers/NeoGaf.

SHAMBLES: Notch's One Week Shooter

SHAMBLES is a Unity-engine, browser-based first-person shooter cooked up in under a week by Markus "Notch" Persson as an entry in the now-complete 7DFPS coding competition. This was the theme of the contest, to create an FPS in under seven days, and this page has dozens of other entries to check out. Coincidentally, there's a post on Destructoid discussing the discovery of other quickie games created in the past by the Minecraft creator as part of Java 4K Programming Contests. Thanks Eurogamer, where they have impressions of the zombie-themed game.

CM Battle for Normandy: Operation Market Garden Announced announces Operation Market Garden, an expansion for Combat Mission Battle for Normandy they plan on releasing later this summer. This will depict Montgomery's failed Rhine offensive from late World War II famously depicted in the movie A Bridge Too Far and the miniseries A Band of Brothers (as well as the books of the same name for you literate types). Here's word:

Combat Mission: Market Garden depicts allied Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery's September 1944 dash across Holland in a daring gambit to leap the Rhine river and enter the heartland of Germany itself. Fielding U.S., British and Polish forces, Operation Market Garden was meant to be the lightning stroke which would end the war that year. It included the largest airborne operation seen to that day or since. Market Garden ended in tragedy, though, when the allies failed to capture their final objective, the Rhine river bridge at Arnhem. It was, in the famous words of Lt. General Fredrick "Boy" Browning, a bridge too far.

CM: Market Garden allows the player to recreate Monty's desperate struggles to reach and cross the Rhine in Holland. It is an expansion module to Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy and requires the base game in order to play, upgraded to 2.0! No other modules are required.

F1 2013 Trailer

This trailer from F1 2013 shows off some of the antique race cars from the 1980s included in both F1 2013 and the limited Classic Edition of the Formula One racing simulation. Here's the deal:

A stunning new gameplay video featuring the contemporary and classic content set to feature in F1 2013 is now showing at the newly launched website, where fans can get all the latest news, media and pre-order the game. Featuring todayís superstars and legends of yesteryear racing at iconic venues including Monaco, Brands Hatch and Estoril, the video shows how dramatically the cars have advanced down the years whilst the spirit of intense competition in the sport remains the same.

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Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ADATA XPG V2 Series 8GB DDR3 2400MHz Memory Kit on Legit Reviews.
  • Buffalo LinkStation 421DE on
  • Enermax Platimax 850W Semi Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
  • Fractal Design Define XL R2 ATX Full Tower Computer Case on Modders-Inc.
  • HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 Enterprise HDD on TweakTown.
  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27-Inch All-in-One on TechSpot.
  • MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Gaming Laptop on TweakTown.
  • MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX (Intel LGA 1150) on techPowerUp.
  • Razer Tartarus on LAN OC.
  • Roccat Kone Pure Color Gaming Mouse Mini on eTeknix.
  • Scythe Grand Kama Cross 2 CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
  • SilverStone Raven RV04 Case on Hardware Heaven.
  • TDK A73 Wireless Boombox on Nikk Tech.
  • Tesoro Gungnir H5 Optical Gaming Mouse on RBMODS.


Out of the Blue

So I was sitting here yesterday contemplating the pain in my toe, when it occurred to me that I have a jar of extra strength Tiger Balm handy, and that an application of that might help provide a little relief from my discomfort. Not long after that, for the first time I started seeing ads here for Tiger Balm. How weird is that? Maybe I need to look into getting a version of Adblock for my brain?

Brainy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Knight Runner.
The Little Who.
Link: Power-ranking the 10 Best Hot Sauces On Earth in your supermarket.
Science: Study Says Excess Coffee May Be Linked To Early Death. Should We Believe It? Thanks Slashdot.
Considering a pick-and-mix model of dark matter.
Media: Video Game High School: Season 2 - Episode 4.
Harrison Ford takes a 'Star Wars' bribe. Thanks nin.
Where No Man Has Gone Before.
Auctions: The BioWare Drop Zone Charity Auction.
Follow-up: Scientists are arguing about whether Voyager has left the Solar System.
The Funnies: ActionTrip Comic Strip: Diablo The Angry Bird.

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