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Sunday, Aug 25, 2013

GTA5 Gold; Rockstar Addresses Leak

The Rockstar Games website has a statement (oddly in the form of a comment to another post) announcing Grand Theft Auto V is gold for its console release, also confirming the legitimacy of the leak of details, apologizing for the spoilers which have ensued (thanks GameInformer). Here's word:
We’re pleased to confirm that Grand Theft Auto V has officially gone gold and we’re now preparing the game for release on September 17th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, as many of you may already know, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTAV assets leading to leaked information and media from the game appearing online. You can read Sony’s statement on this here: As you can imagine, we are deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game's launch. GTAV represents years of hard work by many people across the world, and we all couldn't be more excited to finally share it with you properly this September 17th. Please stay tuned here at the Rockstar Newswire for all announcements about GTAV between now and game release as we definitely still have more to officially reveal.

As a specific note to our Social Club community, please remember Rule #1 right above the Comment Box. Please do not proliferate such things here as we certainly don’t want any misinformation spread from things that are fake nor do we want spoilers spread regarding anything that might be true. Anyone engaging in such discussion here at the Rockstar Newswire before September 17th will have commenting privileges revoked until well after the game’s release. Thank you all for your understanding and your support.

World of Warcraft Trading Card Game Ending Production has the announcement that set 21 will be the last set of cards released for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game (thanks Massively). They offer instructions on how those holding loot cars can redeem them for in-game goodies in a short FAQ on the topic. This also addresses the possibility the game will return with a pessimistic outlook: "While we don't have any specific announcements to make at this time, we don't expect to renew the license for the WoW TCG."

Precinct Crowdfunding Cancelled

The Precinct website now features a popup that loads a bit after the rest of the site with word that fundraising for a proposed follow-up to the Police Quest series is cancelled (thanks Don). Like the just-cancelled fundraising for Shadow of the Eternals, this was their second attempt at this, as they cancelled a Kickstarter campaign to start a private crowdfunding campaign for a smaller prototype, but are now throwing in the towel on this as well. Here's a portion of the post:
To solve many of the issues with our Kickstarter campaign, our new approach was a staged funding model, based on how traditional video game investment is done. Rather than getting all of the money up front, our approach was to install safeguards to validate Precinct's quality and potential as the product development cycle progressed. This approach would allow us to create a playable prototype quickly and also work closely with the backers at every stage of development. On Kickstarter, the overwhelming majority of backers simply pledged at the level to get a copy of the game. By moving the rewards into an online store for individual purchase, we were able to significantly lower our funding needs and allocate more money to actual game development. Using our own crowdfunding system we could stretch backer dollars even further by not having to give 5% to Kickstarter and 5% to the Amazon payments platform.

We're fighters and fought our best. Unfortunately, our best wasn't good enough to overcome the challenges with crowdfunding Precinct. Our new approach attracted some terrific supporters and we are grateful. However, we simply don't have the momentum needed to meet the requirements of this project.

Depending on the situation, we may decide to try again someday. The backing community are wonderfully supportive of Jim Walls making a new game. Likewise, our team remains passionate about Precinct and are hopeful there is a way to make Precinct a reality in the future.

A quick campaign note -- if you pledged, thank you very much! Your card will not be charged. We placed a preapproval on your card when you pledged, but you have not (and will not) be charged. Thanks for your support!

On Shadow of the Eternals' Future

A Kickstarter update for Shadow of the Eternals has a reaction to the shortfall in crowdfunding Precursor Games' proposed spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness. They offer profuse thanks to their supporters before outlining their general plan moving forward as they continue to look for a way to make this project happen:
After we take a one week break, we will be upgrading the forum software to help improve the experience of our community. The Order forums will remain open for all those who have pledged on the Kickstarter for the next few weeks.

It is unfortunate that we were unable to crowd-fund this project at this time, but we have not given up. We intend to pursue other avenues with the ultimate goal of having our games come to fruition. Please feel free to migrate over to our Community Forums at, as we will be keeping our forums open for people to enjoy and discuss everything Precursor Games.

Steam Top 10

Here are the 10 bestselling games on Steam for the past week according to Valve:

  1. PAYDAY 2
  2. Saints Row IV
  3. Total War: ROME II
  4. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  5. Might & Magic Legacy X
  6. Civilization V: Brave New World
  7. The Witcher 2": Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
  8. Saints Row IV Season Pass
  9. X Rebirth
  10. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

On Sale

  • Thomas Was Alone on Steam. Save 66%.

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  • ASUS GTX 770 DirectCU II OC on Vortez.

Out of the Blue

It's been increasingly difficult to close the hood on my car, as one latch or the other would fail to latch properly, something I blamed on age, as the old girl certainly has her share of wear issues after 13 years and 113K miles. Because I am constantly opening and closing it to disconnect the battery to prevent it from draining while sitting, today I decided to discard my assumption and looked closer, and sure enough there was something gumming up the works. This was mostly a peach-colored paste with what seemed to be insect bits in it, and it clung to everything it got on like glue, defying any sort of cleaning solvent until I tried something oil-based. I'm pretty sure the insect parts were from a bee or a wasp that got macerated in the latch because in cleaning bits off my fingers I suffered a slight sting, though thankfully there was only a trace of venom left in the stinger. After I finally de-gunked my hands I was able to fix up the latch quickly with some WD-40 and a toothbrush, and it worked like it's supposed to on the first try, so this seems that fixed things. Now I'm just stuck with my curiosity over whether the sticky stuff was bug guts, the start of a wasp hive, some unrelated plant matter, or what.

Sticky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Last Legacy.
Links: I Have a Character Issue. By Anna "Skyler White" Gunn. Thanks nin.
New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production.
Stories: Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze. Not to mention bad coffee. Thanks Boing Boing.
Big cat has northeast Detroit neighborhood on edge (video). Thanks brother19.
Images: Summer in the City- Revisiting the Ultra-Cool ‘New York Look’ of 1969. Thanks Cutter.
Peter Dinklage + Super Mushroom = Hugh Laurie.
Media: Kevin Spacey Talks About the Future of Television.
The Funnies: Brevity.
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