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Saturday, Oct 24, 2015

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Trailers

This trailer from Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes a look at the "The Giant" bonus map (I know it's big, Abbott, but what's the name of the map?) for the futuristic shooter sequel. Here's word on how this takes a trip back to the future in the Treyarch's zombie side story: "'The Giant' Bonus Map picks up the Zombies story where Origins left off. Re-live the chaos of Treyarch's classic "Der Riese" Zombies map with Dempsey, Nikolai, Takeo and Richthofen. Set in a World War II-era research facility, complete with the weapon-upgrading Pack-a-Punch Machine, Teleporters, and Hellhounds." Activision also offers a new Juggernog Edition Unboxing video to show how to open the package when you receive the game, a 26-minute clip that also contains more footage from The Giant. Continue here to read the full story.

New Star Citizen Alpha

The Roberts Space Industries website has details on a new alpha version 1.3 build of Star Citizen that's now available for backers of Cloud Imperium's space exploration and combat game. They offer details on some new weapons available in the new version, but note that many of the changes in the patch are "under the hood" as they combine different development streams to pave the way for their upcoming alpha 2.0 "Mini Persistent Universe" release. They also offer a new Development Update with details on their progress towards alpha 2.0 as well as the Star Marine module. There are other visible changes in alpha 1.3, however, as they explain in this bit:
In addition to technical work, today’s patch includes updates to the flight model, a selection of new, larger guns for Voyager Direct and a variety of other changes.

The patch is currently accessible via the Star Citizen Launcher and a complete list of release notes (including balance modifications, known issues and other changes) are available here.

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Out of the Blue

Congratulations to the Royals on their American League pennant. The experts seemed convinced we would end up with a Cubs/Blue Jays World Series, but like the Mets, the Royals would have none of such expertise (in spite of Jose Bautista's heroic efforts). Here's looking forward to the Series, which is surprisingly the first ever between expansion teams, in spite of baseball's first expansion being well over 50 years ago.

Royal Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Pyro Launcher.
Monkey Go Happy Bats.
Links: Star Trek – The Cruise. To calmly go where others have gone before.
Looks like I'm Bill Murray, AMA Round 2!
JB's review of Detox Cleanse. Based on my recent ordeal. Thanks Enahs.
Science: Cancer myths about antioxidant supplements need to die.
NASA - Massive Black Hole Shreds Passing Star.
What is the secret to being good at maths?
Media: George RR Martin Sets the Record Straight.
'Jessica Jones' trailer continues Marvel's gritty Netflix vibe.
Stray Dogs Chase Laser.
Auction: Snake’s Metal Gear Solid Triumph motorcycle is up for sale on eBay.
The Funnies: Windows 10 situation.
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