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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

Titanfall Beta Signups

The promised Titanfall closed beta signups are now underway on the Titanfall website, a little earlier than planned. You can register on this page, and here's what EA says about plans to test Respawn's mech shooter:
Please select the platform you would like play on for the Titanfall Beta. Completing this registration does not guarantee access into the Titanfall Beta as seats are limited. If you have been selected you will be emailed directly by EA with instructions on how to access the game no later than 11:59 PM PST on Feb 17th.

Origin Account required for PC Beta.

Titanfall Beta Signups Tonight

Vince Zampella tweets that signups to beta test Titanfall should get underway this evening at 9:00 pm EST: "Tonight at 6pm PST there will be a website to sign up for #titanfall beta access. The website will be announced shortly before 6." Thanks VG247.

Goat Simulator Now a Real Thing

Coffee Stain Studios announces plans for a real Goat Simulator game, after the viral sensation caused by the humorous Goat Simulator video released last week. The game will be coming to Steam "sooner than you think," and the especially eager can preorder the game through the Goat Simulator website. Here's a new trailer celebrating the news, and here's word:
Goat Simulator was inspired from old-school skating games, where, instead of being a skater, you’re a goat, and instead of doing skating tricks, you wreck stuff. Charging into a table and knocking it over yields points, and if you can manage to do it while doing a backflip first and a 360 afterwards, you’ll score even more points.
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Broforce Beta Sales; Steam Early Access Next Month

Devolver Digital announces Broforce is coming next month to Steam Early Access, but that the throwback "patriotism simulation" is available for even earlier access, as the beta is up for sale on the Humble Store. This all leads up to the game's full release this summer, and they note that those who buy the beta now will also get a Steam key in the future. Here's the Broforce February Update Trailer, and here's word:
Broforce brings the shock and awe as gamers across the globe take control of an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force. Stroke your MURDER-BONER™ with up to four friends, locally and online, in non-stop, explosive run ‘n’ gun action and eliminate the terrorist forces that threaten our way of life. Adapt your tactics as you select bros from a massive roster of true 80’s and 90s action heroes, each with unique weapons and abilities. Set off incredible chain reactions of fire, napalm and limbs in the name of freedom. Then, as the dust settles, face off against each other in one of many competitive modes. Finally gain closure by answering important life questions that have been keeping you up at night: who would win in a flex-off between the Brominator and Brobocop?
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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Guild of Rogues Released

The Guild of Rogues DLC is now available for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, adding new multiplayer characters to the latest installment in the assassination series. This trailer shows off the three new characters the pack introduces. Continue here to read the full story.

realMyst: Masterpiece Edition

realMyst: Masterpiece Edition is now available on Steam offering an updated version of the updated version of MYST, Cyan's point-and-click adventure. This is available for Windows and OS X, and owners of the previous version of realMyst on Steam are entitled to a 33% discount on the updated version. Here's the spiel:
realMyst: Masterpiece Edition is a beautifully updated version of realMYST for today’s Mac and Windows computers - celebrating the 20th anniversary of Myst! The models and textures have been reconstructed to provide an amazing graphical experience. The environments have been enhanced to provide dynamic water, weather, lighting, foliage, focus, and more. The interface has been redesigned to provide an enjoyable way to explore for both novices and gamers.

The String Arcade Album Released

This website now offers The String Arcade, a video game tribute album, which is available as a CD as well via download. Here's the deal: "The String Arcade's 15 original arrangements (plus 2 CD bonus tracks) were inspired by games from Galaga to Minecraft and performed by local Bay Area musicians, with a special appearance by the Boston-based Videri String Quartet. The eclectic track list spans decades of video game history from stand-up arcade classics, through the 8- and 16-bit eras and the golden age of 1990s adventures, to more recent hits, indie favorites, and mobile/social games. To further the goal of raising money and awareness for children's music education, several tracks were chosen from games popular among kids including Portal 2, The Legend of Zelda, and Plants vs. Zombies." Here's the release trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • Capcom DLC Sale on Steam.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on Steam. Save 10% on prepurchases.
  • Contrast on Steam. Save 40%.
  • Game Tycoon 1.5 on Steam. Save 20%.
  • Humble Sid Meier Bundle on Humble Bundle.
  • Risk of Rain on Steam. Save 40%.

Evening Previews

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Ultimate Tractor Fails.

PC Line of Defense Tactics Released

The Windows PC edition of Line of Defense Tactics is now available on Steam, offering 3000AD's squad-based tactical RTS game (already available for mobiles) in the same setting as their upcoming Line of Defense MMOG. This is on sale for 25% off for the first week, and comes with a free launch DLC called Tactical Advantage which adds an additional 16 mission campaign and a bunch of unlocks. Here's the deal:
The game is based on the world of the Line Of Defense MMO in which players command a team of four Galactic Command (GALCOM) marines in highly classified missions which take place in space and on planets.

Equip your team with all types of inventory items, including weapons of mass destruction, space and planetary vehicles as they fight hard to accomplish their missions based on issue #0 of the Line Of Defense comic by DC Comics.

Line Of Defense Tactics also contains a full database of all assets from Line Of Defense MMO game – making it an excellent companion app

  • Action based storyline based on the Line Of Defense comics
  • Real time tactical combat with a persistent team of characters
  • Fight the enemy in ship to ship combat, inside their bases, and on the ground
  • Command infantry, autonomous androids, and vehicles to complete your missions
  • Call in airstrikes, deploy turrets, and gain access to advanced weaponry as you progress
  • Access the Line Of Defense MMO game's unit and equipment database for intel

Thief Trailer

A new trailer from Thief is the third and final installment in a series of "Stories from The City" clips from the stealth/action remake that's due for release in two weeks. The clip is titled "The Thief Taker General's Hunt," as it introduces The Thief Taker General, the commander of the Baron's Watch. Here's word:
The Thief Taker General is Commander of the Baron’s Watch; his main motive… to hunt and hang every thief in The City and he is hell-bent on capturing the prize that he desires most; Garrett, the Master Thief.

The Thief Taker General is corrupt to the bone, using fear to enforce an exorbitant ‘black tax’ on members of the underworld; those who don’t pay find themselves at the end of a noose. The Thief Taker General also runs a grisly large-scale operation where the bodies of the victims who have died from the mysterious sickness known as ‘The Gloom’ are collected and stripped bare, everything of value is stolen from their cold, stiff corpses; clothes, jewellery - even artificial limbs and gold teeth. So who is the biggest Thief in The City?
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Dying Light Trailer Teased a New Trailer

The "Outbreak Will Change Everything" teaser trailer from last week for Dying Light that badgered us by asking "Are you prepared? Are you prepared? Are you truly prepared?" turns out to have been a tease for another trailer, titled "Humanity" (oh, the humanity!), for which we were not truly prepared after being hyped to save the date. The clip sets the scene for the zombie game and clearly strives for some emotional pull, so perhaps the unusually strong response to the Dead Island trailer from a few years ago lead to them promoting this in advance in this manner. The angle here is to recall that the zombies you will encounter in the upcoming survival/horror game include your friends, family, and neighbors. They say: "We’ve gotten used to killing zombies in video games over the years, but who were these zombies before they became infected? Is there still a human inside of them? In the ‘Humanity’ trailer, Techland aims to address the reality behind the zombie fiction, and present a deeper vision of what a zombie epidemic would mean for humankind." Continue here to read the full story.

Evolve Trailer; Previews; Interview

The Evolve tease that popped up over the weekend has culminated in the release of a new Happy Hunting trailer from the multiplayer shooter coming this fall from Turtle Rock Studios (Left 4 Dead). On a related note, there are new previews of the game on AusGamers; CVG; Joystiq; Kotaku; Player Attack; Rock, Paper, Shotgun; Shacknews; Strategy Informer; and VG247, and there's a video interview on VG247 where Phil Robb introduces the game and a story on Eurogamer discussing why Turtle Rock parted ways with Valve. Here's the description of the clip:
4 Hunters stalk 1 giant Monster... but the beast lies in wait. Who is hunting who? Welcome to #4v1. Happy hunting.

In a savage world of man vs nature, are you the hunter or the hunted? 2K and Turtle Rock Studios bring you Evolve, the next-generation of multiplayer shooters where four Hunters face-off against a single, player-controlled Monster. Coming Fall/Autumn 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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Darkest Dungeon Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter is underway for Darkest Dungeon a "challenging" roguelike-like RPG in development at Red Hook Studios for Windows PCs, and possibly other platforms. There's lots of detail on their plans, and a complete list of stretch goals, which is helpful, since the project hit its initial funding target of $75,000 within hours. There's a trailer on GameTrailers showing off the game's concept and a little bit of gameplay, and here's more on the plan:
You will recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts and beyond. You'll battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Uncover strange mysteries, and pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system.

You will have to tend to characters’ spirits as much as you do to their Hit Points. But in these grim situations, you'll find opportunities for true heroism!

Darkest Dungeon is not a game where every hero wins the day with shiny armor and a smile. It is a game about hard trade-offs, nearly certain demise, and heroic reversals.

Path of Exile Mini-Expansion Next Month

Grinding Gear Games announces plans for a mini-expansion to launch on March 5th along with a new version 1.1.0 patch for Path of Exile, their action/RPG. This is more of a teaser, saying the name of the expansion will be revealed on Thursday, some details will follow a week after that, eight days later we'll see press previews and a trailer, and five days after that the mini- expansion will launch.

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Announced

Nordic Games and KING Art announce plans for The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, a point-and-click sequel coming at the beginning of next year. They have launched a Kickstarter campaign looking to raise $65,000 which they say is to "develop additional on-top content for the game." On a related note, there's already an interview about the game on Strategy Informer. Here's word on why they are seeking crowd-funding for an already funded game:
“This is a very ambitious project”, says Martin Kreuch, Producer at Nordic Games. “The fans have been waiting for a new adventure in the world of Aventasia that continues the story of BoUT 1. We have a long and very fruitful track-record working with KING Art, which is why it is important to us to support them in any way that is needed. If KING Art wants to try out something new, why should we be hindering them in doing so? At first, it seemed strange to us thinking about an already funded game being on Kickstarter, but then we were amazed about the possibility to get direct feedback from the crowd about this additional on-top content and features.”

Open Source "Godot" Game Engine

Those waiting for Godot will be pleased to learn that the Godot Engine is now available, offering a free "fully featured, open source, MIT licensed, game engine" for Windows, Linux, and OS X game development (thanks Ant via Slashdot). This is in beta, and they are encouraging users to collaborate on the future direction of the project, though they note that Godot already has "a track-record of more than a decade of published games." Here's more: "It focuses on having great tools, and a visual oriented workflow that can export to PC, Mobile and Web platforms with no hassle. The editor, language and APIs are feature rich, yet simple to learn, allowing you to become productive in a matter of hours."

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Out of the Blue

My weekly co-op Borderlands 2 game took down Handsome Jack for the second time last night... everyone dinged to level 50 when the Warrior dropped, and a good time was had by all. We still have a few quests to clean up, but I think we're going to go for the whole Ultimate True Vault Hunter Mode, which is said to be a whole new level of challenge. This seems like an appropriate time to tip a cap to Gearbox for having provided us with so many hours of gaming enjoyment. Not to mention all the laughs... there was a lot of standing around in Sanctuary after the boss battle, which spurred one of my character's favorite haiku: "Bor-ed bor-ed bored / bored bored bored bored bored bored bored / I am very bored."

R.I.P.: Shirley Temple Black, iconic child star, dies at 85.

Zer0 Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Bobby Aboard.
Free Fred.
Link: iTunes - Music - Cherlene (Songs from the TV series ARCHER) by Cherlene. Thanks nin.
Stories: Tanaka, $195K plane ride & a toy dog. Looks like he found the right team.
'Dumb Starbucks' in Los Feliz shut down by health department.
Science: Crowd-funded HIV vaccine project sparks debate.
Media: Samuel L. Jackson DESTROYS News Anchor -- I'm Not Laurence Fishburne.
Scientifically Accurate Flintstones. NSFW.
Follow-up: Will Ferrell Accepts Red Hot Chili Drummer Chad Smith's Drum Challenge. Thanks nin.
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