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Thursday, Oct 24, 2013


Red Baron Greenlight; Specs; Trailer

Mad Otter Games follows up their recently launched Red Baron remake Kickstarter with word that a Steam Greenlight campaign is also underway for the World War I aerial combat game. They also offer a video that hears from designer Damon Slye and shows off prototype gameplay footage. Finally, they now offer some tentative system specifications:


  • Operating System: Windows® XP, Windows® 7, or Windows® 8
  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 2.6GHz or better
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce 7XXX series or higher; AMD Radeon 1XXX series or higher
  • DirectX: Version 9.0 or better
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection


  • Operating System: Windows® 7, or Windows® 8
  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 2.6GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c or better
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

Continue here to read the full story.

Super Roman Conquest Kickstarter

This Kickstarter looks to jumpstart development of Super Roman Conquest, an upcoming side-scrolling strategy game from SeaCliff Interactive, an indie developer founded by a pair of veterans of LucasArts who most recently worked on Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault. This trailer shows off Super Roman Conquest gameplay, and here's a bit on the game: "We've teamed up to build Super Roman Conquest which is a mix of Total War and FTL wrapped in a 16-bit side-scrolling package. The 3D environments allow units to be moved deeper into the landscape -- you aren't bound to a single axis like most side-scrollers." Their goal is to raise $30,000 to release the game next summer, though they plan on offering a closed beta by this holiday season. Continue here to read the full story.

EVE: The Second Decade Collector's Edition

CCP Games announces the release of EVE: The Second Decade Collector's Edition, creating the challenge of finding collector's interested in their MMORPG who have been holding out in buying it for ten years. Following that theme, it is described as an homage to people who already own and play the game. "This collector's edition is not only a celebration of EVE Online's history and a glimpse towards its future," said Hilmar Veigar Petursson, CEO of CCP. "But also a tribute to its players and the legendary stories and adventures that they have brought to the EVE Online experience. It is their universe after all!" The Unboxing Trailer mentioned earlier today offers a look at the CE's contents, which include a board game, a spaceship-style USB hub, an art-book, in-game items, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

A Journey of a Roach Begins Next Month

Daedalic Entertainment announces A Journey of a Roach begins on November 5th, as that's when Koboldgames' point-and-click adventure will be released for Windows and OS X (roach clip not included). A new trailer celebrates the news, and here's a refresher on the game: "Journey of a Roach, developed by the Swiss team of Koboldgames, in cooperation with Daedalic Entertainment, takes players to a post-apocalyptic world: Roach Jim and his pal Bud are out and about to find their way from a bomb shelter up to Earth's barren surface. Players solve classic point & click adventure game puzzles. However, certain challenges can be overcome by using the roach's special abilities: being roaches, Jim and Bud can crawl up walls and ceilings, as well as climb items." Continue here to read the full story.

Alea Jacta Est - Parthian Wars Released

Matrix Games announces the release of Alea Jacta Est - Parthian Wars, a new expansion for Alea Jacta Est, the Ancient Rome strategy game with a title specifically selected to repel non-grognards. The new expansion, which requires the original game, pits the Roman forces versus their enemies from the Middle East. The release is accompanied by a new patch to update Alea Jacta Est and the Birth of Rome expansion to version 1.03a, and this page has all the details on that. Here's the thumbnail view of the new expansion: "PARTHIAN WARS is a historical operational strategy game with simultaneous turns (WEGO system) that places you in command of Rome or their Eastern nemesis, the Parthians (from 53BC to 197AD). You play the part of the military and political leadership, guiding your nation to victory, through some of the toughest conflicts of the Ancient world, represented by 5 challenging scenarios."

Ærena - Clash of Champions Trailer

A new official trailer from Ærena - Clash of Champions, Cliffhanger Games' upcoming cross-platform ærial combat game. Word is: "In an alternate age of mad science and military marvel, a twisted reality of Tesla-meets-Dr. Frankenstein dieselpunk, Ærena: Clash of Champions is a game of tactical, turn-based strategy; a duel to the death in airborne arenas for the ultimate resource." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

64-bit Cross-Platform Nitrous Engine Announced

Oxide, a new studio that boasts a talent pool that includes veterans of companies like Firaxis and Microsoft announces the Nitrous engine, a new cross-platform 64-bit game engine specifically designed to accommodate development for PCs, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. "As the sole industry provider of technologies powering both PCs and major next-generation consoles, AMD is a natural fit for Oxide’s Nitrous engine, an evolutionary leap in PC and console gaming development," said Ritche Corpus, director of ISV gaming and alliances, AMD. "Oxide’s Nitrous engine supports thousands of high-detail animated models on screen simultaneously. Nitrous makes tomorrow's designs come to life on today's top hardware like AMD’s new AMD Radeon™ R9 Series GPUs, unrivaled APUs and powerful CPUs." Here's more:

In addition, with its unprecedented utilization of multiple cores, Nitrous is able to realize the potential of new architectures such as Intel’s Haswell CPU. “The Nitrous engine has made great progress on the fundamental substrate for parallel compute in PC games. Their tasking system shows near-linear scaling across Intel’s high-end desktop PCs, which translates into players being able to control an unprecedented 10,000 interactive units in their engine,” said Mike Burrows, principal engineer and technical director for visual computing engineering at Intel® Corporation.

By natively supporting 64-bit computing, Nitrous is able to support very high resolution texture models while its multicore capability enable vast numbers of light sources on screen simultaneously.

The Killing Floor Halloween Event

Tripwire Interactive is once again offering a special Halloween event in The Killing Floor, their co-op survival shooter, announcing the Halloween Hillbilly Zeds return for their Hillbilly Horror Fright Yard event. The game and all its mods are on sale for 75% off on Steam for the duration of the event, which runs through November 7th. Here's word on what the Fright Yard contains:

  • New map - Fright Yard - both Objective Mode and Wave Mode
  • Them and Us Weapon Pack
  • Camo Weapon Pack - introducing the camo you really need for the zombie apocalypse - splatter camo!
  • New premium character - Reggie the Rocker. Orlright, mate?

The Dark Eye – Demonicon Livestream Today

Paving the way for tomorrows release of The Dark Eye – Demonicon, Kalypso Media is holding a livestream session today on Twitch. Here's word from the announcement: "With the imminent release of dark fantasy action-RPG The Dark Eye – Demonicon this Friday (October 25), Kalypso Media is thrilled to announce a free public live stream of the game via on Thursday, the 24th of October at 19:00 GMT/20:00 CET. To be hosted by Project Manager Johannes Bickle and Executive Producer Marc Buro of developer Noumena Studios, the stream will be an intimate look at unseen locations, new enemies and the rich combat system of The Dark Eye – Demonicon."

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Out of the Blue

The coffee we make at home is from Starbucks beans we get at the big-box store in 2½ pound bags, and presumably to encourage recycling, Starbucks promises a free cup of coffee if you return the empty bag to the store. So in spite of not having much occasion to use them, we save them, and they have piled up to the extent that MrsBlue finally declared we were just dropping the whole pile of them off at the store to be done with it. I objected strongly on principle, as it seems silly to forego freebies, but she pointed out that a bunch of them have already expired, and I couldn't argue that this didn't demonstrate that these were going to waste anyway. But when we showed up at Starbucks, the person at the counter actually looked aghast when we offered this large bag of empties. She said if we dropped off the whole pile they would just be thrown in the garbage, and she wouldn't even take two bags in exchange for our coffees. So we got our free coffee, and walked out with exactly the same number of bags as we walked in with (and the impression that our sack of empty bags entitles us to Cosmo Kramer-style free coffees for life). The married men among you know what I mean when I say it's hard to eek out even a small win an argument like this with one's wife, but a resounding victory like this is pretty unprecedented.

Venti Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Roly-Poly Cannon: Bloody Monsters Pack 2.
Jack Lantern Games.
Links: 15 Signs That You Are Obsessed With Your Dog. Guilty.
Stories: Nuclear officers napped with blast door left open. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: GTA Clone Gameplay and Commentary.NSFW.
I towed Joey Graceffa's car. Thanks nin.
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Follow-up: Man who confessed to drunk driving death on YouTube sentenced. Thanks nin.

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