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Thursday, Apr 03, 2014

GameSpy Shutting Down Services

The GameSpy Technology Website announces that as of the end of next month, GameSpy owner Glu will discontinue backend services for games using GameSpy technology (thanks Joao). Word is: Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using GameSpy. If you have any questions about how this impacts your favorite title please contact the game's publisher for more information. Thanks for a great ride!" This will impact lots of games, and in one case, there's already a post on the Bohemia Interactive forums saying they are working on an alternatives for Arma 3 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, while users of their older games will just have to get by without the services GameSpy was previously providing:
Important notice: effective May 31, 2014, Gamespy will cease providing all hosted services for all games.

This is going to affect multiplayer in our games that use Gamespy for matchmaking, cd keys authentification and NAT traversal from Arma: Resistance to Arma 3. We are planning to introduce an alternative solution using Steam to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead and Arma 3 users.

Other games (Take On Helicopters, Arma 2, Arma 2: Free, Arma, Arma: Cold War Assault) will have more limited multiplayer experience with loss of server browser, cd key authentification and NAT traversal systems. That said, direct IP connection to servers should work even after Gamespy services are no longer available.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep

Elder Scrolls Online forums outline the maintenance schedule to prepare for tomorrow's official launch of Bethesda's new MMORPG (thanks Acleacius). Here's word:
As 4/4 is already here in some parts of the world, the North American and European megaservers, store, and account system will be taken offline soon as we prepare for the end of Early Access and our worldwide launch. Our team is working hard to ensure the downtime is kept to a minimum, though we anticipate the outage to last approximately 3-4 hours. We will let you know the moment the servers are back online.

Once the store, account system, and game come back online, you will see the following changes:

  • The official ESO store at store.elderscrollsonline.com will be switching over for launch. You will be able to select your preferred subscription plan and payment method.
  • The ability to upgrade from a Standard Edition to a Digital Imperial Edition will be available in the official ESO store.
  • The Palomino horse will be available for purchase from the official ESO store.
  • In-game mail is being turned back on.

Please check back soon for more information and updates, and welcome to The Elder Scrolls Online!

Arcadecraft Demo

Firebase Industries now offers a playable demo for Arcadecraft, a simulation where you attempt to run a successful video arcade, disregarding the evidence that this may no longer be possible. Those who enjoy the demo may want to throw their support behind the game's Steam Greenlight. campaign. Here's word on the demo: "This demo allows you to play through the first year of the game and experience a lot of the interaction and functionality of Arcadecraft for the PC. You will find almost an hour of gameplay, many of the game characters and events, and a taste of all of the cabinet types available in the game. This demo is based around the most recent version of the Arcadecraft Beta for PC so there is still incomplete art and the possibility of bugs."

Linux Din's Curse

Soldak Entertainment is now offering a Linux edition of Din's Curse, their action/RPG. A playable demo was released a couple of weeks ago, and this can be found on this page. Here's the pitch on the game: "Din, champion of the gods, has cursed you into a second life of service because you selfishly squandered your first one while causing misfortune to those around you. To redeem yourself, you must impress Din by building a reputation for helping others. Travel the spacious western plains of Aleria and save desperate towns from the brink of annihilation. Until you're redeemed, you're doomed to wander the earth alone for all eternity."

Limit Theory Economics Lesson

A Kickstarter update for Limit Theory introduces a new order-based market system being introduced to this upcoming procedurally generated space game (thanks JDreyer). The update includes this video diary explaining what this brings to the game. Here's a bit from the update:
A real, order-based market now lies at the heart of the economic activity in Limit Theory. With the ever-powerful principles of supply and demand realistically driving the prices of resources at markets, we now have a reactive, living economy in which the changes affected by you and NPCs alike will have resonating effects on the whole of the economic equilibrium. There is no smoke here, only reality. Ignore it if you choose, but know that in understanding and learning to shape the market lies an incredible amount of raw power. Don't let it go to your head >:]
Continue here to read the full story.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: What If Game Of Thrones Was A Classic Sitcom? Thanks nin and JDreyer.

Ships Ahoy - FTL: Faster Than Light Advanced Edition

This Steam Community announcement has word that FTL: Faster Than Light Advanced Edition is now available, updating the Windows edition of the space strategy game with free new features, and introducing an iPad edition:
FTL: AE is free expansion to FTL which includes a new alien race along with new events, weapons, playable ships, drones, and more! It also adds additional musical tracks by Ben Prunty, and events by Tom Jubert and guest writer Chris Avellone.

If you own FTL on Steam it should automatically update the game to the newest version, v1.5.4. If you instead own a DRM-Free version of FTL, you need to re-download the game from the original location and then re-install it. The following link has more information about updating DRM-Free versions - Update Instructions [www.ftlgame.com]

Additionally, FTL has also been released on iPad! It is the complete game (same as PC) and includes the new AE content. It costs $10 in the US Store and is available on the App Store worldwide. Note: FTL purchases on computer cannot be transferred or redeemed on iPad.

Age of Mythology Extended Edition Next Month

The Age of Empires website has the surprise announcement that an Extended Edition of Age of Mythology will hit Steam next month, linking a video from the end of February teasing the news while this trailer offers an actual look at the game (thanks All Games Beta). This will be an enhanced remake of Ensemble's mythology-inspired real-time strategy game originally released in 2002 along with its Titans expansion, and here's word on what's being added to the mix a dozen years later:
Age of Mythology — The game that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortals.

Use mythological creatures like Minotaurs and Cyclopes to bolster your armies' strength. Call upon the gods for assistance in flattening enemy towns with meteors or scatter opposing troops with lightning storms.

New in the Extended Edition: Steam Workshop, improved rendering engine, Twitch TV integration, enhanced observer mode, native support for Win 7/8 and HD monitors, and more!
Continue here to read the full story.

Steamships Ahoy - Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance

Eutechnyx announces that today is the official release date for Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance for Windows and iOS. The Windows edition of the lane strategy game entered Early Access last week, but it has been deemed ready for prime time and Early Access will end sometime today. Here's word on the game:
Storm of Vengeance tells the story of a pivotal moment in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, during the legendary planetary conflict on Piscina IV. Featuring two of Games Workshop's most cherished characters, Grand Master Belial and Ork Warlord Ghazghkull Thraka, Storm of Vengeance offers the player the chance to command the tenacious defence of the planet with only 100 Dark Angel Space Marines, or attempt it’s annihilation using the cunning of the Ork Waaagh! and their telly-porta technology.

Jagged Alliance: Flashback Alpha Begins; Early Access Nears

Full Control announces that Jagged Alliance: Flashback is now in closed alpha testing, and their Kickstarter backers are entitled to participate, adding that Early Access to the game should be offered by the end of this quarter. Those interested in getting in on the alpha should head to the game's website where there's still the opportunity to become a backer. "We are happy to announce that Jagged Alliance: Flashback is finally in Alpha, with Steam Early Access close on its heels," said Thomas Lund, CEO of Full Control. "Fans of the franchise will be excited about the return of the beloved turn-based action of the original game, and we can't wait to get feedback from our Kickstarter backers and the rest of the community when Early Access on Steam begins. So go ahead, talk to us! We want to make this game as great possible for the fans of the franchise, which is also why we have chosen to focus heavily on the modability of the game."

Daylight Delayed for Scariness

Publisher ATLUS announces a delay of a few weeks for Daylight, saying the new release date of April 29 will help make the survival/horror game even scarier. They offer a new trailer to mark the news, and the following explanation:
Let's not mince words. First news you need to know about Daylight is that we had to delay the release date by several weeks. Here's the thing: the way Daylight is developed is completely different because of its procedural generation. In a lot of ways it really helped the team by streamlining the environment creation, but it's taken extra time to make sure all the scare cues are properly implemented for maximum player effect.

Tl;dr: we're fine tuning Daylight to make it scarier.

Daylight's new release date is April 29.

The silver lining to this cloud? We have some great news about Daylight's price:

1) Starting on April 29 for 2 weeks, PS+ subscribers will be able to get Daylight for $9.99, non-subscribers $11.99.
2) You can pre-order Daylight on PC right now through April 29 for $9.99, which is 33% off the original price.

After the promotional periods, Daylight will be its regular $14.99 price.

Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Previews

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ADATA Premier Pro SP920 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
  • ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC on ocaholic.
  • Cooler Master CM Storm Pitch Gaming Earphones on Mad Shrimps.
  • Coolermaster HAF Stacker 935, 315R & 315F Modular Chassis on eTeknix.
  • Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Chassis on TweakTwoen.
  • Fractal ARC MINI R2 Computer Case on Mad Shrimps.
  • Gigabyte P35K Ultrablade Gaming Laptop on pcGameware.
  • Noctua NH-U12S, NH-U14S and NH-D14 CPU Coolers on Hardware Heaven.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan vs AMD Radeon R9 290X on ocaholic.
  • Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on AnandTech.
  • ROCCAT Kone Pure Gaming Mouse on LAN OC.
  • Toshiba PX02SS 12Gb-s SAS3 Enterprise SSD on TweakTown.
  • XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Video Card on Legit Reviews.

Out of the Blue

Today is going to be a beautiful day around here... it's sunny, and the temperature is actually supposed hit 60 at some point, which will be a first this year. This delayed start to spring has taught us that our front lawn is one of the shadiest spots in the entire area, as we still have a pile of snow I estimate must weigh 100 lbs that hasn't managed to melt off yet. I see other smaller snow patches here and there when walking the Gunnar-man, but I estimate ours to be about the equal to everyone else's put together. It will certainly enhance the impression the winter is over when (if?) that finally goes away.

Pile o' Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Cerberus: Lord of the Underworld
2D World Games.
Link: Winter Firefighters Truck 2.
Story: Hunter S. Thompson to join Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.
Science: This device could revolutionize childbirth. It was created by a car mechanic.
The zebra got its stripes to ward off flies.
Images: Half-Life 2 scenes in UDK. Thanks HARDOCP.
Media: Amazing Spider-Man by Evian.
The Onion Reviews 'Noah'.
Follow-up: Reitman Talks Passing On Ghostbusters 3.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Dilbert.
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