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Friday, Nov 08, 2013

QUAKE LIVE Going Standalone; Linux and OS X Support Ending

The QUAKE LIVE website reveals id Software's plans to transition QUAKE LIVE from a browser-based game to a standalone game by the end of this year (thanks nin via Polygon). They explain that changes to how browsers support the kind of plugins their online shooter requires are dictating this move, adding there are benefits to how things will operate this way, but also give the bad news that this spells an end to the game's OS X and Linux support. Here's why:
We will be unable to support Mac and Linux clients with this transition. While we have reports from our testers that the game works through emulation or virtualization software, we are unable to support native Mac and Linux versions. If you’re using Mac and Linux and have a paid subscription, you will only be able to access the game using emulation or virtualization software.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Beta Signups

The Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft website is now accepting signups to beta test this upcoming WoW-based virtual card game. The page includes details on the game as well as a FAQ. Here's a gameplay sneak peek trailer and here's a bit from the FAQ explaining the game:
Q: What is Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft?
A: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play digital collectible strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft® heroes to play as, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks. Players are able to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons and abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush their opponent.

Q: Why is Blizzard making Hearthstone?
A: We looooooove collectible card games and have been playing them since our Silicon & Synapse days. Creating a digital strategy card game felt like a natural next step for us, so we put together a small team and have been hammering away at Hearthstone for a while now. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, and we’re excited to be working on something different from our other games. Same goes for creating a game for iPad in addition to PC. It’s been a thrill to work on Hearthstone, and we hope everyone has as much fun playing it as we’ve had building it.

Q: Do I need to know anything about card games or Warcraft to play?
A: Not at all! We’ve designed Hearthstone so that anyone can get into it, no matter how familiar they are with the Warcraft universe or collectible card games. The game will teach you everything you need to know as you play it.
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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Track Europe's falling, 2,000-pound satellite in real-time. Thanks brother19.

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Announced

The World of Warcraft website announces Warlords of Draenor, a fifth expansion for Blizzard's MMORPG that offers new player models, new areas, and new challenges, along with more power to overcome them with an instant upgrade to level 90 for one character on the way to the new level cap of 100. The add-on is playable right now by BlizzCon attendees, but they are not yet projecting a time-frame for it to go live. They offer this announcement trailer, a page with further details, and the following is from the official press release:
Across Draenor's savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth's heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner’zhul at the height of their primal power. Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search of allies to help build a desperate defense against the old Horde’s formidable engine of conquest—or else watch their own world’s bloody, war-torn history repeat itself.

“Warlords of Draenor gives players a chance to take a commanding role in one of the Warcraft series’ most crucial conflicts,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion also includes features that make it easy for anyone to jump right into the action, whether they’ve played WoW at some point in the past or are just setting foot in Azeroth for the first time.”

To help new and returning players answer the call to arms on Draenor, the expansion will enable anyone to instantly boost one character to level 90, including a newly created character, quickly getting them up to speed and ready to enjoy the latest content with their friends.
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Final Exam and Demo Released

A playable demo for Final Exam is now available, offering the opportunity to see if this side-scrolling action game is up to the test. The console editions are available on their respective marketplaces, while the Windows edition is available on Steam, where the full game is also available for purchase. The Final Exam website features a launch trailer for the game, and here's a bit on the demo: "Similar to the full game, the demo version takes on a whole new dimension in Co-op mode. Split your team up to achieve your objectives as quickly as possible or stick together to increase your chances of survival: in Co-op, Final Exam has more explosions and more monsters to guarantee hours of hair-raising gaming thrills! Replay a chapter with your new weapons and skills to improve your score and reach the top of the leaderboards!" Continue here to read the full story.

AMD Beta Driver Addresses R9 290 Variances

New version 13.11 beta Catalyst drivers are now available for AMD desktop and mobile accelerators on the AMD support website. The new drivers offer performance improvements and a couple of fixes, including one that addresses a mysterious variance in performance across various brands of their new R9 290 GPUs. They attribute the problem to fan-speed inconsistencies, which they are now addressing, saying the new drivers include a "PowerTune update to reduce variance of fan speed / RPM" on Radeon R9 290 series cards. Thanks HARDOCP.

Chuck's Challenge and Demo Released

Desura now offers Chuck's Challenge 3D for Windows, OS X, and Linux, a years-later follow-up to Chip's Challenge. Playable demos are also available, and here's the rundown on all this:
From design genius behind the classic game Chip's Challenge, comes Chuck’s Challenge 3D, a fiendishly addictive puzzler that’s packed with features that will tease the brain and challenge the fingers. It also comes with a level editor that lets you upload and share your levels for everyone to play and rate, all from within the game.

Chuck’s Challenge 3D includes four different game modes:

  • PLAY – through 125 levels with your best times published online
  • CREATE – your own levels with over 70+ Game Elements & share them with the world
  • SEARCH – download levels created by other players
  • WEEKLY PUZZLE – play the best user created level of the week

Meet Woop, just your everyday puzzle lovin’ purple alien capable of altering time and space. Woop has summoned all-round puzzle game legend Chuck Sommerville for one purpose - to create a universe of puzzles for him to work his way out of.

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Out of the Blue

Normally I might be thinking TGIF right about now, but I have autumn leaf cleanup for not one, but two houses this weekend, which I am looking forward to so much I would have rolled with a couple of extra Monday's this week to forestall the chore just a bit. Oh well, it will be nice when it's all taken care of, except for all the straggling leaves waiting for the ground to be clear before taking the plunge.

Leafy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Douchebag Beach Club.
Crystal Story 2.
Links: Star Wars- Episode VII to Open December 18, 2015. Thanks nin.
Burglar surprised to discover the lady he's robbing is an armed ax-throwing champ -
Stories: Being bilingual may delay Alzheimer's and boost brain power.
FDA Targets Trans Fat in Processed Foods.
Hemet Woman Armed With Throwing Ax Chases Thief From Home. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Babies’ eyes may hold early clues about autism.
Bizarre six-tailed asteroid dumbfounds scientists.
Media: Los Santos Psycho (GTA V Machinima).
Students mistaking video camera for stills camera.
The New Black Gold 2013 - Deus Ex Human Revolution song (Miracle of Sound). Thanks nin.
The Funnies: xkcd: Substitutions.
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