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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014

Titanfall Cheaters Must Play With Themselves

Or is that each other? Anyway, the Titanfall website announces Respawn's mech shooter's anti-cheating enforcement is now operational (thanks Gamasutra), and those flagged as cheaters are stuck playing with other cheaters "in something that will resemble the Wimbledon of aimbot contests." Here's how this will work:
Q.) So what happens if I get banned?
A.) Great news: you get to keep playing Titanfall! Less-great news: you only get to play with other cheaters. You can play with other banned players in something that will resemble the Wimbledon of aimbot contests. Hopefully the aimbot cheat you paid for really is the best, or these all-cheater matches could be frustrating for you. Good luck.

Q.) If I’m banned, what happens if I make a party with my non-cheater friends?
A.) When anyone in your party is banned, then everyone in your party will be treated as banned for that play session. If you are a non-cheater and you invite a cheater friend into a party, you will be stuck playing against cheaters. If you stop inviting your cheater friend, you will once again get to play with the non-cheater population. You do not get permanently tainted just by playing with a cheater - you are only banned for cheating if you are actually cheating.

Q.) How do I get unbanned?
A.) You can contact anticheat@respawn.com if you think you've been banned unfairly.

3D Realms Responds to Duke Nukem Lawsuit

There's a follow up to news that Gearbox is suing 3D Realms over Duke Nukem rights on Polygon, where they have a response from 3D Realms to the assertion that they and Interceptor Entertainment are infringing on the Duke IP with plans for Duke Nukem Survivor, the new working title for the project formerly known as Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. Here's 3D Realms' statement:
"On March 17, 2014, 3D Realms filed its answer to the complaint by Gearbox Software in Dallas, Texas. 3DR denies all allegations set forth in the complaint. In its answer, 3DR has submitted evidence showing that Gearbox at no point intended to enter into good faith negotiations but instead sought to force former owners, Scott Miller and George Broussard, to improperly surrender what rightfully belonged to 3DR.

"It is our position that 3DR retains the right to develop the tentatively titled "Duke Nukem Survivor" game for specific platforms. This game was previously licensed for development to Interceptor Entertainment. Furthermore, it is our position that the Trademark for "Duke Nukem" was never assigned to Gearbox, but remains the sole property of 3DR."

Mordheim: City of the Damned Announced

Focus Home Interactive and Rogue Factor announce Mordheim: City of the Damned, a turn-based tactical game based on Games Workshop's "cult classic Mordheim." This is coming later this year, but in the meantime we have some artwork and the following announcement with some details:
Focus Home Interactive and Rogue Factor today proudly unveil the first video game adaptation of Games Workshop's cult classic Mordheim. Set in the Warhammer world's decimated Empire city, Mordheim: City of the Damned is a turn-based tactical game where you lead warbands into bloody and lethal skirmishes. The game blends RPG elements, fast-paced tactical combat and intricate unit customization in a time wrought by chaos and rivalry where only the strongest survive.

After the Comet of Sigmar crashed on Mordheim, the City of Damned turned into a terrifying battlefield where rival warbands fight fiercely for the control of key neighborhoods, looking for glory and fortune by acquiring the very valuable Wyrdstone fragments.

Pick your warbands from iconic Mordheim factions - Sisters of Sigmar, Possessed, Skaven, Mercenaries from the Empire, and many more - and lead your troops to battle. Recruit new units, equip them with enhanced gear. Evolve and customize your warband with the experience gained from each successful mission, transforming them into a terrifying force on the battlefield.
Continue here to read the full story.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Revelations DLC Released

Konami announces the new Revelations DLC is now available for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The Windows edition is available through Steam, where they also have three smaller packs, an Armored Dracula Costume, a Dark Dracula Costume, and a Relic Rune Pack. Here's the revelation on what the new DLC adds to the action/adventure:
‘Revelations’ follows fan-favorite Alucard as exclusive new branches of the immersive storyline are uncovered. Alucard, the turned son of Gabriel, has shunned human life for many years, choosing to hunt only creatures of the night. The DLC takes place just before the apocalyptic events of CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2, where Alucard readies for his father’s return and the forthcoming battle against Satan. As the plot unfolds, it begins to reveal how the lone vampire is inextricably linked to his father’s fate.

‘Revelations’ takes place within the epic world seen in CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2. Playing as Alucard, gamers must discover the legendary vampire’s secrets, unearth the true extent of his involvement in Dracula’s story, and set in motion the events of CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2. The DLC expands the incredible story of the recently-released sequel, with the fate of the Belmont clan unveiled. Alucard has his own unique, powerful abilities, including use of the Glaciem and Igneas powers, in addition to vampiric abilities which allow him to transform into a wolf, a swarm of bats and even turn back time. Blood also fuels capabilities, as drinking the blood of enemies intensifies Alucard’s immortal powers.

$100 Wolfenstein: The New Order CE Has Statue, No Game

The Bethesda Store is now accepting preorders of a Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition, a $100 limited edition collection for the upcoming Wolfenstein game (thanks nin via Polygon). This includes an 8" articulated Panzerhund statue and a steelcase for the game, but not the game itself, as they explain here: "This collector's edition does not include a copy of the game. Keep your pre-order at your favorite retailer and we'll send you these goodies separately—this way we can ship these boxes worldwide and you're not stuck waiting for your game to come along with an oversized, expensively shipped box."

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Link of the Day: Freeman's Mind- Episode 55. NSFW. Thanks Ant.

The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details

A new Early Access and Launch FAQ outlines the process of opening The Elder Scrolls Online to the public, beginning with a five-day early access period that kicks off at 7:00 am EDT on Sunday, followed by three-days of early access beginning on April 1st, and the game's launch for all on April 3rd at 7:00 pm EDT, though they warn these times are subject to change. Bethesda also details how to gain access by pre-ordering the MMORPG, warns beta users that there will be wipe before things go live, and explains the workings of various other elements like preorder bonuses, server choices, subscription plans, payment options, upgrade options, and more.

New Titanfall Game Modes Coming

Respawn's Vince Zampella has been tweeting about plans for DLC for Titanfall, telling one follower that: "DLC is in the works, not quite done yet tho. Don't think we've announced a date yet." He also explains in another tweet that new game modes introduced to the mech shooter by the DLC will be made available to all owners of the game, even if they don't buy the additional content: "Modes we release will be free to all, not part of DLC." Thanks OXM.

Tropico 5 Trailer

A new teaser trailer from Tropico 5 offers a cinematic look at El Presidente's back story from the upcoming management sequel. The clip depicts the leader's arrival on the island of Tropico in a mash-up of anachronisms including sailing ships, modern and colonial era clothing, swords, and a nuclear detonator. This reflects the new dynastic approach this installment in the series takes: "You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras." Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

The Atlantic - What Are Game Developers- A View From the Future. By Ian Bogost. Thanks Boing Boing.
Working long before sustenance powders, developers were easily seduced by appeals to their physical urges. Overseers plied them with sugars and salts during the day and forced them to engorge on extravagant meals at night. Shifts extended for days at a time. Developers were even required to worship in their cells, which were adorned with plush and vinyl totems of figures from terrestrial myths of the era.

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Out of the Blue

Talk about unplanned good timing. Following the conclusion of season three of Game of Thrones, I gave in to temptation and started reading the books. Based on my own preferences, my idea was to read up to the point that the show has covered, but since this is half-way through book three, there was not going to be a definitive moment to put the books aside. As it turns out, I worked this perfectly, as with the premiere of season four a couple of weeks away, I am right about where the show left off, somewhere between (avoiding spoilers) Jaime's "incident" and the Red Wedding, so it may just work out that I can continue reading along through the season, so sometimes things just work out. As for why I'd rather watch first, it's simply that I find if I read something first I only really enjoy the book, whereas if I read the book after watching a show or movie, I can enjoy them both.

R.I.P.: Ralph Wilson, Buffalo Bills owner, dies at 95.

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