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Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

BioShock: The Collection Leak?

2K Games is failing to keep plans to remaster the BioShock series very secret, as there have been a few leaks along the way. IGN has the latest on the topic, with a screenshot of a listing for BioShock: The Collection that appeared briefly on the 2K website before being taken down again. Whether or not that slip-up was unintentional, there's also a new BioShock tweet saying, "Welcome to Rapture! Would you kindly follow @BioShock?" There's nothing truly known about this, but much of the speculation mentions remastered versions of the thee BioShock titles for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 rather than PCs.

New AMD Crimson Drivers

AMD now offers new version 16.6.2 Crimson Edition Windows drivers for Radeon accelerators. These offer support for the new RX 480 cards, along with new "WattMan" utility, a CrossFire toggle, a World of Tanks Crossfire profile, and more. You can find the download along with the complete release notes on this page.

Riders of Icarus Head Start

The promised head start period is now underway in Riders of Icarus for those who have preordered a Founder's Pack for the mounted combat MMOG. Nexon celebrates the news with a new developer's blog talking about lessons learned in the closed beta and open beta testing that's to begin next week. They also discuss the future and plans for new mounts, a PvP battlefield system, guild battles, and much more. Here's a bit on their efforts at making the free-to-play side aspect of the game more rewarding to better appeal to western audiences:
As we prepare Riders of Icarus for release, the team has focused on tailoring the game to the western audience. Our primary goal with this release is to allow players to enjoy the core game without spending money, and to provide a satisfying experience when players chose to spend. We aimed to achieve that goal in three ways:

  • Substantially expand the opportunities for players to earn Elluns, the premium currency, via gameplay
  • Lower the costs and penalties for upgrading equipment through tempering or, at some levels, completely remove the penalties
  • Overhaul the items available in Ellora’s Shop (the in-game cash shop) so that the items for sale in western regions would not provide a competitive advantage that cannot be achieved through gameplay

Star Trek- Bridge Crew Details

A post on UbiBlog talks with the developers of Star Trek- Bridge Crew, learning more about this upcoming game that will take players onto the bridge of a Federation starship through virtual reality. Here's a bit on how this works:
The players are going to decide which stations they want to play. We’ll give them an interface to do that. Also, one thing that’s not currently in the game, but we’ll be adding very soon is a briefing room, or ready room, as it’s sometimes called. Before the mission starts, players will be seated around a table together. They’ll be facing each other in this close, social environment. At that point, that’s when we’re thinking they’re going to decide on the roles, the mission, or discuss strategy. Once they’ve made that decision, they go onto the bridge.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Terrifying Laser Bazooka Is Like a Handheld Death Star. Thanks Neutronbeam.

The Technomancer Released

Though not yet noted on The Technomancer website, the Facebook page for the sci-fi action/RPG indicates it is now available for Windows and consoles as planned, both digitally and at retail. Here's word on the game from a previous update:
You are a Technomancer, a warrior harnessing, thanks to an innate talent, destructive electrical-based powers, amplified by your cybernetic implants. Both respected and feared by all, Technomancers are fearsome warriors trained from a young age to fight. You are one of them, about to finally pass your initiation rite to become a fully-fledged Technomancer.

Combine three different fighting styles with your Technomancy, a supernatural control over electricity, to fight your way across the Martian deserts. But, as illustrated in our "Survive on Mars" trailer, all situations aren't necessarily to be dealt with brute strength. Choose between combat, diplomacy and trickery to resolve quests. Gain experience to level up your character, and learn new skills or upgrade perks across 4 unique skill trees. Loot, buy and craft more powerful equipment and weaponry for yourself and for the companions you will recruit along your adventure, and with whom you will nurturing relationships.

On the run from the Secret Police and confronted by the harsh realities of the Red Planet, you must undertake a quest that takes you through forgotten paradises, cities lost under the ice, and dystopian shanties sprawled across Mars' dusty embrace. Faced with the cruelty of Mars' iron-fist enforcers and alien wild-life, can you survive long enough to forge the destiny of Mars?

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

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Out of the Blue

I'm not sure if it's a goner, but my Herman Miller Aeron chair suffered a serious setback this morning. A few years ago I found a way to keep the left arm of the chair from gradually lowering itself, but this morning the left arm of the chair broke off altogether. Broke is actually a mild description, it basically exploded. I'll fully evaluate the prospects of repairing this when I get the chance, but a quick look shows there is at least one broken metal part in the midst, so I don't know yet if I need a new chair. If I do, it will be interesting to evaluate the lines of gaming chairs that have emerged in recent years, and see if they tempt me into trying something new. It should be hard to convince me to get something different, as, though this Aeron chair was pretty expensive when I got it, it has been helping me avoid back pain for over 16 years now.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tiny Tanks.
Story: "Suicide" Has More Buzz Than "Rogue One."
Science: China’s long march to the Moon began with a bang this weekend.
NASA’s hot Juno Juniper mission.
Media: Honest Trailers - Jaws.
Nobody's Exactly Sure How Much A Kilogram Is Right Now. Actually my uncle's work.
How High Can You Hear- [test]. My ears are as old as I am!
Follow-up: "Thrones" Has Only 13-15 Episodes Left.