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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013


Path of Exile Launches

Grinding Gear Games announces Path of Exile is now officially live after seven years of development and nine months of open beta testing, saying the free-to-play action/RPG is also now playable through Steam. The PoE website has details on the launch and what's new in version 1.0. Looking forward, they already have a lengthy post about plans for upcoming balance changes, and express this commitment to adding new content:

Our core development team scaled up from 20 developers to 33 during the Open Beta and we're planning to continue to grow it so that we can keep up a fast pace of Path of Exile content development. We're planning on releasing updates every two weeks, which will include content such as new skills, support gems, Unique items, microtransactions, league modes, balance changes and bug fixes. Our long term plans revolve around expansions each four months that add substantial content or headline features (such as new trade systems) that are timed with the rotation of our four-month challenge leagues.

CoD Ghost Requires 6MB of RAM

Call of Duty website now offers system specifications for Call of Duty: Ghosts, revealing the PC edition has a surprisingly steep 6MB RAM minimum requirement (thanks DSOGaming). Here are the specs:

Minimum System Requirements:

Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit
CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHZ / AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 2.4 GHZ or better
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 40 GB
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 or better
Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
DirectX®: DirectX® 11
Internet: Broadband Internet connection for Steam and Online Multiplayer.

Space Engineers Early Access

Steam News announces they are now offering Early Access to Space Engineers, the new action/strategy game from Miner Wars 2081 developer Keen Software House. Here's the pitch:

Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction and maintenance of space works. Players build space ships and space stations of various sizes and utilization (civil and military), pilot ships and perform asteroid mining.

Space Engineers utilizes a realistic volumetric-based physics engine: all objects can be assembled, disassembled, damaged and destroyed.

DayZ Progress "Very Good" - Steam Early Access Planned

Joystiq has a progress report on the standalone version of DayZ after The Escapist spotted a Steam Database entry for Early Access to Bohemia Interactive's upcoming zombie game based on the Arma II mod of the same name. Hall essentially confirms plans to offer early access, and says development is moving along: "Amazing how quickly the internet picks up on things isn't it?" said Hall. "All I can say is that progress has been very good, we're a mix of nervous and excited. And as I'd stated on my twitter when I announced my break from social media/updates, we are on the final lap. Part of the final process involves the actual administration of the release, which is actually surprisingly complex and time-consuming."

Ships Ahoy - How to Survive

505 Games announces that How to Survive is now available for Windows and Xbox 360, saying the survival game is 30% off on Steam for the remainder of the month. Here's the accompanying description:

You're shipwrecked on an isolated island, a desperate castaway in a total freakshow world. How will you survive?

Collect the pages of a Survival Guide and figure it out, of course! Find food, water, and shelter before you perish. Uh oh, is it getting dark? Figure out how to get through the night! While you’re at it, gather up some of this awesome stuff and piece together over 100 handmade weapons and tools—from shotguns to Molotov cocktails. Now you can defend yourself and your friends like a boss!

Ships Ahoy - LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

A note on Steam News from yesterday announces that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is now available to fill your comic brick needs. The game is on sale for a week at 10% off, and here's what you get if you decide you're a true believer: "LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes features an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe. Players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world. Players will chase down Cosmic Bricks as they travel across LEGO Manhattan and visit key locations from the Marvel Universe, such as Stark Tower, Asteroid M, a Hydra base and the X-Mansion." for those who need more convincing, a playable demo was released last week. Thanks Orogogus.

Batman: Arkham Origins Launch Trailer

Here's a new "Personal Mission" launch trailer from Batman: Arkham Origins, celebrating the imminent release of the stealth/action prequel. Here's word: "With just two days left before the much-anticipated release of the Batman’s intense new adventure, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released the Batman™: Arkham Origins - 'Personal Mission' Launch Trailer. The launch trailer sets the tone for visceral combat, an expansive Gotham City and action-packed story players can expect to see as they suit up as the young hero known as Batman to take on Black Mask and eight deadly assassins. Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on PlayStation®3 system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft beginning Friday, Oct. 25, with the Wii U™ system and Windows PC (boxed) available from Friday Nov. 8." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Dark Matter Follow-up: Interwave a "Sleeping Company" - New Studio Fixing Ending

Gamasutra has a follow-up to the complaints about the ending of Dark Matter that resulted in the tactical adventure being relabeled an episode accompanied by promises that the game's episode's unsatisfying ending would be addressed in a future update. It turns out a different studio is handling those duties, as sources tell them that most of the employees of original Dark Matter developer Interwave Studios lost their jobs over the summer, and the apparent intent was to use sales of what they are now calling Dark Matter Episode 1 to hire them back to further support the game. Gamasutra cites two separate sources, but their story is not yet officially confirmed. They also note that the game has been pulled from Steam and due to customer complaints.

Star Citizen Hits $24M; New Video

The Roberts Space Industries website offers a new Hornet Patch which adds the Hornet Ghost, Hornet Tracker, and Super Hornet spacecraft to the Star Citizen Hangar Module . This is accompanied by this trailer with some pretty amazing visuals. They also announce that Star Citizen crowd-funding has now passed the $24 million mark, as this return to Wing Commander-style gameplay continues to rake in donations at a record pace. The new stretch goal this unlocked is a public transportation system, and they outline what happens if (when?) their fundraiser hits the $26 million mark:

Enhanced Capital Ship Systems – In addition to the command and control systems we’ve already outlined, we’re going to expand capital ship functions! Lead a damage control team to fight fires and repair key systems during battle, control internal bulkheads to slow boarders and man a number of consoles, like navigation and engineering, that will make commanding a capital ship feel even more immersive.

Continue here to read the full story.

Ships Ahoy - Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix

Volition announces the release of Enter the Dominatrix, the new DLC for Saints Row IV, their open-world action sequel. The will celebrate the news with a livestream on Twitch at 2:00 pm EDT today. This DLC, which was once planned as a Saints Row III expansion, represents the first half of the Saints Row IV season pass, and they say this will conclude later this year with the release of a second DLC pack called How the Saints Saved Christmas. Here's word from Steam News: "Steelport has been taken over by the Dominatrix and only the Saints can stop her from trapping everyone in a virtual prison! Includes behind-the-scenes commentary and the return of some fan-favorite characters."

Free Batman: Arkham Origins Skin with WBID

Owners of the Windows edition of Batman: Arkham Origins who register for a free WBID (Warner Bros. ID) on this page will receive a free DC One Million batsuit to help fill out their wardrobe in the stealth/action prequel (thanks Shacknews). They say the WBID program "will entitle you to loads of free bonus content, exclusive offers, and WB Loyalty Programs." Here are the features they list:

  • In-Game bonuses--- Downloadable skins, extra consumables, and more
  • Be among the first to know when sales and events are taking place
  • Unlock great interactive content on WB Films and TV shows via BD Live
  • Connection to the WB Shop
  • Even more coming soon

Ships Ahoy - Rocksmith 2014 Edition

Ubisoft announces that Rocksmith 2014 Edition is now available for Windows and consoles, continuing this musical game series that can teach real guitar skills. Here's word:

Exclusively in Rocksmith 2014 Edition is the revolutionary Session Mode, a new technology developed in San Francisco that allows up to two users to play guitar alongside a virtual band that follows their every lead in real-time. Players choose the style of music and from over 70 instruments they’d like to play with, and on-screen prompts help the player learn how to improvise and jam live with a band.

Core to the Rocksmith learning experience is the new Instant Riff Repeater which lets players choose the difficulty, speed and section of each track they play, helping them focus on the particular sections that they struggle with the most. Players are now in full control of their learning pace and can master every part of the songs they want to learn.

Jerry Cantrell, lead guitarist and vocalist of Alice In Chains says, “I wish I had Rocksmith when I was learning guitar.” Jim Rosenberg, President of Epiphone Guitars states, “Rocksmith is the most fun and effective way to improve your guitar skills.”

Rocksmith 2014 Edition includes over 50 songs, including hits by Aerosmith, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Muse, Nirvana, Pantera, Queen, Radiohead, Rise Against, Slayer, System Of A Down, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Weezer, and many more. For the full list of tracks, please visit

Players who already own the previous version of Rocksmith (released in 2011) will be able to further enjoy their rock experience in Rocksmith 2014 Edition by importing 52 songs from the original Rocksmith for $9.99. Each song from the first version has been revamped to support all of the new features. Additionally, previous DLC purchased for Rocksmith will be compatible with Rocksmith 2014 Edition at no extra cost.

Ships Ahoy - Ethan - Meteor Hunter

Seaven Studio announces Ethan - Meteor Hunter is now available, offering a puzzle/platformer for Windows and PlayStation 3. They offer a launch trailer to show off the game, which they still hope to get onto Steam via a Greenlight campaign. Here's a description: "Ethan: Meteor Hunter mixes puzzles and platformers core action mechanics with an innovative mechanic: telekinesia. Ethan can pause time and move objects around in order to solve puzzles and get though levels with dynamic use of physics giving multiple gameplay and solving possibilities." Continue here to read the full story.

Life is Feudal Announced

Indie Russian developer Bitbox announces Life is Feudal, a "hardcore" sandbox MMORPG they plan to bring to Windows PCs in 2015. They say they've been working on this for three years now, which explains why the game's official website has a half-dozen scattered entries dating back to 2011 and offers this trailer showing rudimentary alpha footage from the end of last year.

Moscow, Russia, October 22nd 2013: Independent games developer ‘Bitbox’ is proud to announce the development of their incredibly ambitious and highly addictive launch-title - ‘Life Is Feudal’ - a vast and immersive sandbox MMORPG set in a realistic medieval fictional world! Scheduled for worldwide release on PC in 2015, this incredibly large MMORPG is nearing its initial playable stages after 3 years of hard work by the developer. ‘Life Is Feudal’ improves on the genre by bringing gameplay back to its basics, while improving the experience by adding unique new features and contents to its massive 450 square kilometer persistent seamless world!

Ever wanted to go back in time and thrive and survive in medieval times? How would you survive? How would you fend for yourself? Where would you live, and how would you defend against players and predators from the wild? Could you build a peaceful community to live in, and would you even if you could?

Because ‘Life Is Feudal’ is an open persistent virtual world, players can roam around freely without restrictions. Its terraforming abilities allow you to shape the terrain organized in a unique grid-pattern. This means that players can not only raise, lower and flatten terrain, but also dig tunnels and underground caverns. Buildings can be predefined or modular, and can freely be constructed and placed anywhere within reasonable limitations. Predefined buildings are ready for placement and available through a menu, while modular buildings offer greater control as elements such as walls must be placed prior to construction.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I rebounded a bit this week on my NFL picks, tabbing 11 winners. With erratic outcomes it's hard to argue with that, and I even finally managed to beat Chris and Phil, who are better at this than I would have expected. Someone with a computer program to pick the winners sent me its output to help, and I actually changed one of the two picks that his program picked differently, which is how I got the Steelers right. The machine also thought the Giants would lose, but I stuck with that one based on my gut (I deny it was my heart) and was paid off for my loyalty/gullibility. Watch out... the comeback begins.

Comeback Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Zombie Trapper 2.
Epic Defense.
Links: Wikipedia is an MMORPG. Thanks Slashdot.
Stories: 10-year-old buys bulletproof vest for K9 officer. Thanks reddit.
Groom jailed over wedding day bomb hoax.
Oregon launching new program to tax drivers per mile. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: What does the V in GTA 5 stand for?
Follow-ups: Lifted From a Russian Lake, a Big, if Fragile, Space Rock. Thanks j.c.f.
FBI busts man for pointing laser at Jet Blue, United Airlines jets.
US carbon emissions hit lowest level since 1994 despite economic growth.
Textbook publishers ignoring Texas school board’s inane interventions.

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