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Monday, Oct 21, 2013

Path of Exile Launch This Week

The Path of Exile forums have the announcement that Grinding Gear Games' action/RPG will officially launch on October 23rd, drawing the game's extended beta test to a conclusion (thanks Batman). Here's word:
Path of Exile is being released at 10am Pacific Time on October 23 (this is 6am NZ time on October 24). It's available on our existing website and also through Steam (which connects to the same game servers). This article discusses a broad overview of the new content and major new features in Path of Exile 1.0.0. We'll be presenting more detail on each section as well as more specific game balance changes over the next couple of weeks.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Launch Trailer

This video is the official Call of Duty: Ghosts launch trailer, offering gameplay footage from the military shooter sequel. Here's the simple pitch: "Outnumbered and outgunned, but not outmatched. Call of Duty: Ghosts takes players to a world altered by a devastating mass event. Following an elite squad of soldiers known as the "Ghosts," lead the fight back against a newly emerged global power. Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives 11.5.13." Continue here to read the full story.

Into the Black

Hudson is home and doing better. Thanks for the juju, it seems to have helped.

Link of the Day: The Horrifying Secret 'The Matrix' Reveals About Humanity.

TotalBiscuit's Day One Garry's Incident Review Returns

The negative response of the public to Wild Games Studio invoking a takedown notice over TotalBiscuit's Day One Garry's Incident review has resulted in the publisher rescinding this claim, and the original scathing review is once again available for all to see. Kotaku has the following statement from Wild Games Studio on the matter (thanks nin):
We sent TotalBiscuit a Steam key on September 26th, giving him permission to evaluate Day One: Garry’s Incident.

Monetizing wasn’t mentioned in our communications and it was an error on our part to not have clarified the issue.

It was for that particular fact that Wild Games Studio had asked the video’s removal.

After the video was made unavailable, we have taken seriously the reaction from the community concerning freedom of expression.

We strongly believe in the freedom of expression of people and medias and have removed our copyright claim.

Wild Games Studio didn’t intend on preventing anyone from using their right to freedom of expression.

For this reason, Wild Games Studio sincerely apologizes to TotalBiscuit and anyone who felt that their freedom of speech was denied.
Continue here to read the full story.

NVIDIA "R331 Game Ready" Driver

The GeForce Website now offers WHQL-certified "R331 Game Ready" driver for NVIDIA graphics cards. Word is: "This Game Ready WHQL driver ensures you’ll have the best possible gaming experience in Batman: Arkham Origins and Battlefield 4. GeForce Game Ready drivers also provide performance increases for a variety of different games." This is what they say this does: "Performance Boost – Increases performance by up to 13% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 327.23 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration." Thanks Iggy.

Steamships Ahoy - Stronghold HD and Stronghold Crusader HD

Stronghold HD and Stronghold Crusader HD are now available on Steam. These updated versions of Firefly's castle siege games are on sale for 30% off for the coming week and the purchase of either game also includes a Stronghold Kingdoms Starter Pack to allow you to check out the MMO installment in the series, though the games are also being offers free to those who already own the Stronghold Collection. Here is a Stronghold HD Steam launch trailer and a Stronghold Crusader HD Steam launch trailer to off updated HD graphics, and here's word:
Stronghold HD and Stronghold Crusader HD update the classic castle building games with high definition graphics and the ability to play in real time with the entire map on a single screen. Remastered to support resolutions up to 2560x1600, these HD updates take advantage of modern PC hardware allowing players to see all the action on screen at once. Advance on the castle gates while flanking the enemy from behind, feign retreat and lead your foes into a deadly trap or just sit back and watch the destruction unfold!

Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader were originally released in 2001 and 2002 to critical acclaim and commercial success. Over the years the Stronghold series has grown to become one of the most enduring RTS franchises in gaming, with sales of more than 6 million. Firefly’s most recent success has been in the MMO genre with Stronghold Kingdoms, which currently has over 2 million players in over 100 countries. A sequel to the original Stronghold Crusader is set for release in early 2014, which will be self-published by Firefly Studios on Steam.
Continue here to read the full story.

Report: Alien: Isolation TMed

Twentieth Century Fox has filed a trademark for "Alien: Isolation" for use "with computer game and video game software, downloadable mobile software, and decorative magnets," according to a report on Siliconera. They do not link to the listing, which we have not been able to locate on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, but presuming it's accurate, it seems an indication that the Alien/Aliens franchise has a gaming future past the disappointment of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Thanks nin via Polygon.

Day One: YouTube Takedown Incident

This video from cynical British reviewer TotalBiscuit explains how his review of Day One Garry's Incident got spiked after the game's publisher/developer Wild Games Studio invoked a YouTube takedown/strike, in spite having sent him the game code to review (thanks Quboid). He also goes into a little history of how publishers have been able to exploit YouTube's automated copyright complaint system to their advantage over the years. In a classic example of the Streisand effect, this fiasco is only going to draw more attention to his scathing commentary on the game. Continue here to read the full story.

F1 2013 Classic Cars and Circuits Released

Codemasters announces the classic cars and circuits content for F1 2013 are now available to all owners of the racing sim after its initial release as a preorder bonus. This trailer shows off the cars pack and this one shows off the tracks pack (and both demonstrate the team's love of Fleetwood Mac), and each is available on Steam for the Windows edition. Continue here to read the full story.

X Rebirth Trailer & LE Details

A second trailer is now available for X Rebirth, showing off more of EGOSOFT's space combat reboot in advance of the game's release on the 15th of next month. Publisher Tri-Synergy is now accepting preorders of the game on their online store, offering first details on a limited boxed version and its contents. Here's what it will include:

  • Updated Color X Encyclopedia (ebook)
  • Art Book of Concept Art (printed)
  • Player's Manual (printed)
  • Soundtrack
  • Bonus Videos

Continue here to read the full story.

Batman: Arkham Origins 17 Minute Trailer

A new trailer from Batman: Arkham Origins offers a narrated play-through of the upcoming prequel to the Batman Arkham series of stealth/action games. The clip is 17 minutes of mostly gameplay, so spoilers are present. Here's word: "The Batman: Arkham Origins Official 17 Minute Gameplay walkthrough video features Senior Producer Ben Mattes and Gameplay Director Michael McIntyre at WB Games Montréal as they guide viewers through the mechanics of the new title, highlighting the game's deep combat system and engrossing narrative. Over the span of 17 minutes, you'll see the Dark Knight explore the Batcave, beat down on thugs and infiltrate a corrupt Gotham City Police Department." Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed - This Is War (for a Game Industry’s Soul). Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
Ramble about Battlefield 4, the future of AAA games, and theoretical innovation in military shooters,

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Out of the Blue

Today is a key day in determining the fate of Hudson the wonder dog, as she has an appointment for some follow-up testing with a cardiologist. This will result in a clearer understanding of her condition and how it is responding to medication, which directly relates to how much time she has left. I have mixed feelings about burdening anyone else with this, but so many of you have expressed concern about her condition in a way that makes you seem like family that I feel compelled to keep you in the loop, and am not above requesting you try to send out a little good juju for my baby.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Colorful Penguins.
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A different way to unload a truck.
Oculus Split.
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