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Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

  

Sorry, James Released

Sorry, James is now available on Steam, offering a text-based puzzle game for Windows with a non-linear story where you play as James Garner (no relation). Here's a trailer with a look at the game's unusual interface and gameplay, and there's also a playable demo that can be checked out firsthand. Here are further details:

You are James Garner, a security engineer at Mantis Corp., a leading tech company in weaponry field. You got a usual task to decrypt company files. Unusual is that these files contain bizarre chat. Things become weirder when you realize that your job is to “hack love story.”

Why is this so important for Mantis?
What can be hidden in someone's conversation?
What will you risk to find out the truth?

Sorry, James is non-linear story-driven puzzle game which takes unusual step on storytelling. You will discover plot through dialogues of two strangers and learn a tale about James, whose role is to decrypt files containing that chat. Along with creepy thriller and conspiracy atmosphere, there is the unique game mechanic that reminds mix of Sudoku and Minesweeper-like gameplay.

Continue here to read the full story.

Warlock Revenge

Steam now offers Warlock Revenge, a Windows first-persons shooter with graphics and gameplay that would have been pretty current in 1993. But it's priced appropriately, and has garnered positive feedback from Steam users and the retro gamers at Indie Retro News (thanks Ant). Here's a trailer and here's word:

Darkness gathers over the Isle of Shadows, and hordes of evil demons called by the water mages are flooding the peaceful lands, sowing chaos and destruction. The evil draws its power from an ancient artifact – the book of thousands of deaths that rests in the deepest chambers of hell. Warlock Haviron decides to destroy the book and leaves for a long journey full of adventures and dangers...

Warlock Revenge is an FPS of the early 1990's type, built on Ray Casting technology. The game offers a classic gameplay, typical for the shooters of that time. Simple but exciting at the same time mechanics, alongside the fantasy style bright graphics, allows you to bring back a long-forgotten sense of nostalgia.

Continue here to read the full story.

Deadpool Game Dead to Steam Soon

If you had the Deadpool game in your Steam dead pool, you are about to win, as Steam News announces that it is going to be "retired" from their service on Thursday, November 16th. The game will remain playable for those who already own it, however, so to give everyone a last chance, they've put it on sale with a big 70% discount. Here's a refresher straight from the mouth of the merc:

There are a few important things I need to say before you crack into my insanely sweet game. (Oof. Here we go again.) I'm a mercenary with an accelerated healing factor. I've been described as unstable, which is just plain coo-coo. (Wait, do sane people say coo-coo?) I'm gonna battle for the safety of humans and mutants. (And even mumans.) Be prepared for just about anything. (Holla!)

Key Features:

  • I made sure to capture all my good sides, so I made my game a third-person action-shooter. (Yep, you get to look at my heinie.)
  • Keep a look out cuz some of my X-Men pals (Whoa, what pals?!) are making an appearance. (Hope you don't mind picking hair out of your tacos.)
  • I'm really good at killing, so I made it a blast stringing together combos, and totally eviscerating my enemies. (Ev-is-cer-a-ting!)
  • I brought my skills and a buttload of my favorite things. Katanas (check), guns (bang!) explosives (boom), duct tape (quack) and of course, yours truly - ME! (Checkmate!)

Steam Top 10

Thanks to duplicate entries, there are only seven different titles on the list of last week's bestselling titles on Steam:

  1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  2. Call of Duty: WWII
  3. Football Manager 2018
  4. Nioh: Complete Edition / 仁王 Complete Edition
  5. Assassin's Creed Origins
  6. Call of Duty: WWII
  7. Call of Duty: WWII
  8. Hand of Fate 2
  9. Assassin's Creed Origins
  10. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

On Sale

Op Ed

Randy Pitchford on Twitter (12-part post, because Twitter). Thanks Playstation Lifestyle
"I am generally very much against predatory monetization schemes in F2P games for consumable goods and even more so against them in premium games. I tend to oppose such techniques both as an artist and creator and also as a customer and a gamer."

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Apple iPhone X Smartphone on Quartz.
  • Pixel 2 Smartphone on TechSpot.
  • SilverStone Kublai KL07 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.

etc.

Out of the Blue

MrsBlue accidentally hit the back of her hand last week, and ended up with a painful swollen bruise as a result. At first we thought it might be broken, and set up an appointment with an orthopedist. We decided to keep this even when her hand was feeling better, and it turns out this was a good decision. Though she didn't break any bones, she apparently managed to rupture a sagittal band, an injury known as "boxer's knuckle." She's in a splint for the next month or so, which we're told should help this to heal. Interestingly, we're also told that if she had put off seeing the doctor too long, this would have likely have led to her needing a surgical repair. I'm trying to take a lesson from that, because if it was my injury, I surely would have talked myself into a wait-and-see approach, ensuing surgery and all. Yikes!

Injured Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Dino Survival.
Link: Apparently Mini Kegs of Ranch Dressing Exist. Thanks RedEye9.
Stories: The unforgettable moment a widow touched the face that once belonged to her husband.
The world's biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks. Thanks RedEye9.
Disneyland shuts down 2 cooling towers after Legionnaires' disease sickens park visitors. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Giving agriculture a global do-over could feed nearly a billion more people.
Prehistoric, Dinosaur-Era Shark With Insane Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of Portugal.
These crabs can grow up to 3 feet - and hunt birds, a biologist's video proves.
Media: How a high quality chef knife is made with Anthony Bourdain. Though you can also make them with steel.
The Little Plane War.
Irish Flight Delayed.

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 Armistice/Veterans/Remembrance Day

For Honor, LawBreakers, and Squad Free This Weekend

In addition to the LawBreakers free weekend and the Squad free weekend, here's a reminder that the For Honor free weekend Ubisoft announced last week is also now underway. The post from the time has the details:

If you have yet to play For Honor and want to give it a try before the launch of Order & Havoc, Ubisoft is offering a For Honor Free Weekend on all platforms. Running November 9 through November 12, the Free Weekend grants access to all of the game’s modes, including its five multiplayer options, the campaign (playable solo or with a friend), and the diverse roster of Heroes up through Season 3. All progress from the Free Weekend carries over to the full version of the game, which will also be on sale with discounts up to 60% during over the weekend. Additional details, including start times, can be found at the For Honor Free Weekend site.

Injustice 2 Adding Ninja Turtles and More

WBIE announces plans for Fighter Pack #3 for Injustice 2, the DC Comics fighting game. This will add The Atom and The Enchantress, and will also tap heroes from a different comic company with the addition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These heroes are part of the Ultimate Edition of the game as well as the Ultimate Pack upgrade for the standard edition, and they will also be offered individually. The PC edition of the game is expected next week, and word is all console DLC will be available for purchase. This trailer offers a look, and here are more details:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released a new trailer unveiling the next three DLC characters coming to Injustice 2 in Fighter Pack #3 – DC characters The Atom and Enchantress, and Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Players who have purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, the Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack, or the Injustice 2 Fighter Pack #3 will have early access to each of the three new fighters before they are available a la carte.

The Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition and the Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack include a total of nine additional playable characters; three Premiere Skins that transform select fighters into alternate characters with new looks, voices and dialogue; and two exclusive Gear Shaders that enable players to customize the look of their roster with alternate color themes. The Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition is available now for $99.99 for the PlayStation®4, Xbox One X and Xbox One. Players who have already purchased the standard edition of the game can get all of the same content in the Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack for $39.99, also for the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

Injustice 2 will be coming to PC (Steam and the Microsoft Store) on Nov. 14, with all previously released DLC for console available for purchase. Hellboy will be available for PC players at a later time.

Diablo III Season 12 Underway

Battle.net announces that Season 12 for Diablo III is now underway, offering new incentives and rewards for replaying the action/RPG again. This previously posted preview has all the details on what this involves, and here's part of the overview:

Season Journey Rewards
If you’ve been playing the past few Seasons diligently and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve accrued a few extra stash tabs. Players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier:

  • Complete a Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes
  • Complete Greater Rift 60 solo
  • Kill Greed on Torment XIII
  • Kill Spider Queen on Torment XIII in under 15 seconds
  • Reforge a Legendary or Set item
  • Augment an Ancient item with a Level 50 or greater Legendary Gem
  • Level three Legendary Gems to 55
  • Complete two Conquests

Seasonal Conquests
Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those, too! Love going fast while killing things? Boss Mode and Worlds Apart will be making a return. On A Good Day and I Can’t Stop are also available, if leveling Legendary Gems is more your thing. If you’d rather max out your kill count with Cursed Chests, Curses! and Stars Align will be right up your alley. Those who enjoy seeing how far they can go without Set Items will get a kick out of The Thrill and Super Human. Finally, if you’re keen to show off your mastery of various Class Sets, Years of War and Dynasty will be available for you to attempt once more.

Gatherings & Competitions

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Edifier S2000 Pro Speakers on APH Networks.
  • Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Ear Buds on Play3r.
  • LG 24MP48HQ-P 24 Inch IPS LED Monitor on Nikk Tech.
  • SilverStone Kublai KL07 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Today is Veteran's Day here in the U.S., so here's a salute to vets and their kin. Today is also Armistice Day, marking the 99th anniversary of the end of the first World War. I wonder if next year this will get attention due to the centennial? I imagine not, as it seems the outbreak of World War II 20 years later did a lot to remove the luster from the end of World War I.

Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Coloruid 2.
Links: Veterans Day 2017: Free Meals and Deals.
Story: Hasbro Reportedly Bidding To Takeover Mattel. Long-awaited Barbie/G.I. Joe hook up.
Science: Aborting a Launch of NASA’S Orion Capsule Sounds Absolutely Horrifying. Thanks RedEye9.
Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Over Europe Hints At Accident Farther East. Thanks RedEye9.
Media: SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (Honest Game Trailers).
HeroStorm Ep31 Within Arms Length.
ELDERS REACT TO iPHONE X (Facial Recognition, Animojis).
Auctions: Baby you can drive Ringo's car- Starr's Mini Cooper up for auction.



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