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Friday, Apr 07, 2017

  

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released

Publisher Gearbox and developer People Can Fly announce the release of Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, the reloaded version of Bulletstorm, their first-person shooter. The game is available for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, with the Windows edition available on Steam. Also now on Steam is an expansion for this called Duke Nukem's Bulletstorm Tour, which allows you to play through the game as Duke Nukem for an extra five bucks. The launch trailer for this came out a couple of weeks ago, and here's word from Gearbox that doesn't sound like your father's Shugashack: "It has been an honor working with People Can Fly to help bring new gamers to the franchise People Can Fly has built with Bulletstorm," said Steve Gibson, Head of Gearbox Publishing. "Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is truly the definitive version of the game, as it takes the experience to a new level of presentation and graphical fidelity that has exceeded expectation. Whether this is your first time playing in this universe, or you’re coming back to Stygia, there are incredible new experiences waiting for you." Here's more:

Developer People Can Fly and publisher Gearbox Publishing are pleased to announce that Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition launches today on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. Featuring updated hi-res textures, increased polygon counts, sterling audio, smoother framerates, and running in up to 4K resolution on PC and PS4™ Pro, this upgraded and definitive version of the action-packed, critically-acclaimed first-person shooter comes with all the previously-released DLC along with brand-new content.

For the first time ever, players will get the chance to play Bulletstorm as the iconic Duke Nukem in Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. Featuring a rerecorded script and brand new lines from the voice of Duke, Jon St. John, the Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour add-on content will replace main character Grayson Hunt with The King himself and provide players with a whole new butt-kicking perspective on the cult-classic shooter. Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour is now available for digital purchase for $4.99.

“Everyone at People Can Fly is thrilled to be bringing Bulletstorm back to gamers around the world,” said Sebastian Wojciechowski, president of People Can Fly. “The team has poured their hearts into this project, and worked tirelessly to ensure that this is the best Bulletstorm experience for fans the world over. We are thrilled to be bringing this franchise, which we hold dear to our hearts, to a new generation of gamers.”

Now available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is the ultimate Bulletstorm experience, and includes:

  • The Total Package – All previously-released content, including the Gun Sonata and Blood Symphony add-on packs, now on modern platforms.
  • New Overkill Campaign Mode – Upon completing the main campaign, blast through this New Game+ mode with an unrestricted arsenal of weapons and Skillshots.
  • New Echo Maps – Players can showcase their skills on six brand-new levels for the score-based Echo Mode.
  • Killer Visuals – Presented with updated models, environments, and animations all running at 60fps across all platforms.
  • The Art of Destruction – Pull off masterful kills by mixing fast-paced gunplay with unique kick, slide, and leash combos.
  • Visceral Audio – Orchestrate a crescendo of chaos with newly remastered audio effects.
  • Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour – Play through the entire Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition campaign as Duke Nukem, featuring full voice over and brand-new lines from Jon St. John, the original voice of Duke.

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Gearbox Drops G2A Deal

G2A did not accede to Gearbox in the short time since receiving a list of changes Gearbox was demanding to continue their business relationship. Therefore there will be no partnership for special editions of the just-released Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. Eurogamer has a statement from Gearbox Publishing:

As there has been no public movement from G2A by the time Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition launched now on PC, Gearbox Publishing will be doing their part to not directly support a marketplace that did not make the new public commitment to protecting customers and developers requested by Gearbox Publishing. We do not control G2A's marketplace or where they may obtain keys from parties outside of Gearbox Publishing, but we can confirm that today we have begun executing on our extraction process

Golf for Workgroups Early Access

Steam now offers early access to Golf for Workgroups, a golfing game that seems to be as unusual as its title suggests. This began as a free game back in 2008 called Golf?, and this trailer amply demonstrates why they included the question mark. Here's the equally strange accompanying description, which is spectacularly meta:

Golf for Workgroups is a competently designed golf course, ball, player and cart simulation with a swing component designed to be satisfying. Includes free roaming golfer and caddy using industry standard WASD and mouse layout. Up to four players each navigate a biped around a height field texture mapped to look like a golf hole.

Features

  • Online multiplayer for up to four.
  • Nine holes.
  • Match, Skins, Speed, Team Skins and Team Speed modes.
  • Voice and text chat.
  • Carts with rockets.
  • Heads.
  • Formerly known as Golf?.

Continue here to read the full story.

Herald: An Interactive Period Drama and Stories Untold Demos

GOG.com announces the release of a free demo for Herald: An Interactive Period Drama, as if more was needed to sell the game beyond such a dynamic and descriptive title. They also mention a new demo for Stories Untold as well as a Dex demo we already reported. Here's word:

So there's this game and it looks rather intriguing. You definitely want to try it but you're not ready to commit yet. What to do? Grab the demo, of course!

Herald: An Interactive Period Drama recently released Book I & II of its story and you can now sample them in the free Demo that just became available. If you end up enjoying it, go ahead and grab the full game, which is now 20% off!

This is not the only cool demo to recently be made available on GOG.com, however. Stories Untold also has its own demo now and it's just spooky enough to get you hooked without giving away too much.

If you're looking for something more futuristic, grab the Dex demo and platform around its cyberpunk setting to get your bearings before you decide to come back for more.

The 20% discount for Herald: An Interactive Period Drama will last until Monday 1 PM UTC.

BlizzCon 2017 Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

BlizzCon website announces the second batch of BlizzCon 2017 tickets go on sale tomorrow at 1:00 pm EDT. Here's word:

The second batch of BlizzCon 2017 tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. PDT through Universe. Visit the www.universe.com/blizzcon2017 for a chance to grab one!

Click here Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to buy tickets!

To make the ticket purchase process as smooth as possible, take some time to read up on this year’s ticket sales process and what’s new for 2017:

  • BlizzCon Ticket Info page – Get an overview of BlizzCon 2017 general admission tickets.
  • Ticket Purchasing Guide – Contains additional handy details on the ticket sales process, including what information you’ll need to provide before trying to get tickets.

You’ll have until July 14 at 8:00 p.m. PDT to edit attendee information on your tickets, so it’s OK to enter your own name and email address for every ticket for now—just remember to go back and update this info before the deadline!

A limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner benefitting Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) will go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. PDT. For viewers at home, in-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be available with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. Further details will be announced at a later date.

BlizzCon 2017 takes place November 3 and 4 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner cost $750 each (plus applicable taxes and fees; BlizzCon admission included). For more information, check out the official BlizzCon site.

Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Don Rickles on Johnny Carson's Show. So great.

Squad Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway for Squad, offering the chance for you an 99 of your closest friends to face off in 50 vs 50 combat in this early access shooter. The game is on sale for half-off until Monday in case this works for you. Here's the pitch:

Squad is a 50 vs 50 multiplayer first-person shooter that aims to capture combat realism through communication and teamplay, emphasizing both strong squad cohesion mechanics as well as larger scale coordination, tactics and planning. It features large open maps, vehicle-based combined arms gameplay, and player-constructed bases to create a heart-thumping, visceral gaming experience which mixes organized tactical multi-squad planning with split second decision-making in real-world scale firefights.

World of Tanks Visual Revamp Plans

There's an interview with Victor Kislyi on Polygon talking with the Wargaming CEO, who accepts responsibility for some of the company's recent missteps while vowing a renewed focus on World of Tanks. He discusses issues that arose from the game's international team and a failure to maintain proper communication with their audience. Looking forward, he describes plans for a visual revamp for the MMO tank game that may go live as soon as August. There's also an embedded video with some before-and-after views to show this off. This goes along with Kislyi's contention that the game can last forever like one of the seven wonders of the world:

For Wargaming, 2017 is all about shoring up its keystone franchise, World of Tanks. The plan, Kislyi said, is to completely rebuild the entire graphics engine. You can see a sample of his team’s work in the video below. The final overhaul is loosely scheduled for August of this year.

“We realize that World of Tanks can last forever,” Kislyi said. “But we have to prepare for a very long winter. The winter is coming, and it will not go away. That’s a good problem to have. So the approach should be that we’re making the game to be built like the pyramids, for centuries or millennia.”

CD Projekt RED's CYBERPUNK TM

CD PROJEKT RED tweets an explanation of their CYBERPUNK trademark, justifying the legal protection for the title of their upcoming game (thanks Eurogamer). The concern is they are co-opting a common phrase, but they call this a "self-defense measure only." They hope to assuage fears this raises in an image that skirts Twitter's 140 character limit. They clarify why they registered the trademark before going on to explain what they think this means legally:

WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT CD PROJEKT OWNS THE TRADEMARK FOR "CYBERPUNK" ?
A trademark is not a copyright or patent — these are totally different rights and should not be confused. A registered trademark does not prohibit from using the word "CYBERPUNK" if it's not used in the course of business (e.g. branding, advertising etc.), and does not refer to products that are already covered by trademark registration (more on that below). It also does not give any exclusivity to set a game in a certain environment, or in a certain genre (e.g. sci-fi, fantasy, horror, cyberpunk etc.).

I MAKE GAMES IN A CYBERPUNK SETTING, WHAT NOW?
As some of you might have researched, we already have registrations for "CYBERPUNK" trademarks in the U.S. filed in 2011. There wasn't and there isn't any evil plan behind that. If you have concerns, drop us a line.

DOES THE REGISTERED "CYBERPUNK" TRADEMARK PROHIBIT ANYONE FROM USING THE WORD "CYBERPUNK" IN THEIR GAME TITLE
Use of a protected word in a title may be prohibited only if it could confuse the customers. The trademark right cannot prohibit using a word as a descriptive term, as speaking about a genre of games, films, etc. The role of the trademark is only to protect words, signs used as titles of games, names of products, etc. If someone names their game: "JOHN SMITH: ADVENTURES IN A CYBERPUNK DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY" or "20 SHORT VIDEO GAMES SET IN CYBERPUNK WORLDS" none of them should be treated as an infringement of our rights. This is because, despite being part of a title, there is no risk that the consumers would associate these games with CD PROJEKT.

Shiness Character Trailer

Indie developer Enigami offers a new trailer from Shiness, their action/RPG that's less than two weeks off. Luckily the game's cast is not camera-shy, as this shows off its five playable characters. Word is the five characters will battle one-at-a-time, like the mobs in a Batman movie: "Directly control your party members in hyper-dynamic combat - each character has powerful magical abilities and their own devastating Hyper Combos! Though battles are 1v1 in classic fighting game tradition, party members can cast spells from the sidelines and be swapped out through the tag team system." Continue here to read the full story.

Sexy Brutale Character Trailer

Willow Blue is the tastefully named character on display in a new trailer from The Sexy Brutale, the puzzle adventure game that's due next week. Here's word: "Meet Willow Blue, A.K.A. 'The Flame in the Dark'. The most obnoxiously meddlesome guest of Marquis' The Sexy Brutale casino mansion. Is she really tearing up carpets and scribbling on floors to defend against some imagined, murderous, supernatural threat at a masked ball?" Continue here to read the full story.

The Search Trailer

This video is the official trailer for The Search, an indie adventure game that's due for release one week from today. The video has a Myst-like quality, showing unpopulated areas where you'll search for clues along with some serene spa music in case you're in the mood for a massage. The description does nothing to shake the notion that this is an homage to Myst:

The Search is a short, story-driven adventure game. Across four unknown worlds, you’ll search for clues as to the nature of this place and your own existence.

You arrive in a mysterious universe, with no idea of where you are or how you got here. A camera, a cigarette lighter and a ticket lie in front of you. And so you embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration, as you learn more about the world and shed new light on your own past.

Guided only by letters written by a mysterious stranger, you’ll find that this universe works differently from our own. It’s a world in which obstacles can be overcome by your own creativity - and where art comes to life to create tears in the fabric of reality.

Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Grimoire - Heralds of the Winged Exemplar -- Steam Greenlight. "The ultimate classic style turn-based fantasy roleplaying game! After more than 20 years of development, the greatest roleplaying game of them all is finally ready for release! Grimoire is an homage to the classic dungeon blobbers and is inspired by Wizardry, Might & Magic, Lands of Lore, Anvil of Dawn, DungeonMaster and the Eye of the Beholder games!"
  • Lode Runner Legacy -- Steam Greenlight. "'Lode Runner Legacy' is the latest edition in the classic “Lode Runner” series, a masterpiece of action puzzle gaming introduced in the U.S. in 1983. Players manipulate “Runner” to infiltrate the evil empire and recover stolen gold while avoiding enemies and minefields. The ingenious balance of puzzle and action gameplay from the original Lode Runner is alive in “Lode Runner Legacy,” along with many new features that offer a fresh experience to both new players and returning fans alike, including an updated Voxel visual style and powerful game editors." Here's a trailer.

Morning Patches

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and 1400 CPU Overclocking on HARDOCP.
  • Amped Wireless Athena R2 AC2600 Router on TweakTown.
  • EpicGear's Morpha X modular gaming mouse on The Tech Report.
  • HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset on TechSpot.
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G Graphics Card on TweakTown.
  • Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy on Chalgyr's Game Room.
  • Rosewill RK-9300 Keyboard on LanOC Reviews.
  • Seasonic PRIME Titanium PSU (650W, 750W, 850W) PSU on AnandTech.
  • SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse on Play3r.
  • Zooz ZEN06 Z-Wave Plus Smart Plug on Big Bruin.
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini Graphics Card on TweakTown.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Someone asked about progress on our move. The short answer is there hasn't been much. We fired our contractor, and have a quote from the floor guys on fixing some of what he messed up. We also have a quote from another contractor while we continue to try and juggle together the finances to pay for this work. So things are at a bit of a temporary standstill. Hopefully we will get back on track quickly enough.

Stagnant Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Cut the Rope: Experiments.
Story: Anthony Hopkins Says He Joined New 'Transformers' Because Michael Bay 'Is a Genius'. Thanks GamesRadar+.
Science: The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic.
Now Is the Best Time to See Jupiter in the Night Sky.
Atmosphere found around Earth-like planet GJ 1132b.
Media: GIANT ROBOT DUEL DETAILS. Thanks Rhialto.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY - VR HORROR GAME! (Teens React- Gaming).
IF OVERWATCH HAD TINDER.



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