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Saturday, Dec 08, 2018

Star Citizen Engine Lawsuit May End

A new ruling from a California District Court has preliminary approval of a Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit filed almost a year ago by Crytek versus Cloud Imperium over engine licensing for Star Citizen, the crowdfunded space game(s) (thanks Massively Overpowered via theyarecomingforyou). CIG originally licensed Crytek's CryENGINE for the project, and the lawsuit centers on whether they were living up to their side of the bargain, questioning if the license covered more than one game, and whether CIG was living up to obligations to promote Crytek's technology. CIG says their switch to Amazon's Lumberyard engine made these complaints irrelevant, and filed the motion to dismiss. The judge has now granted the motion "with leave to amend," giving Crytek three weeks to file an amended motion that might be viewed more favorably by the court. Here's word:
In light of the foregoing, the Court GRANTS with leave to amend Defendant's MTD. Within 21 days from the date of this order, Plaintiff shall file a Third Amended Complain addressing the deficiencies discusses in this Order or notify Defendants and the Court that it does not intend to amend. Thereafter, Defendants shall file their response within 21 days.

More on Anthem Testing

Following the announcement of plans for Anthem playtests and demos coming early next year, the BioWare Blog discusses the process while also looking to temper expectations of what this will involve. Here's a bit:
We conduct playtests to ensure the key systems and technology that power the game will hold up when we launch. For this one specifically, we are focusing on load balancing and scale testing our servers and matchmaking. We will be focusing the time windows of the playtest to give you the best opportunity to experience a slice of the game with others. We will also shut down the servers and games multiple times without notice and bring them all up again. This playtest is all about the group experience and the dedicated servers. We’ve focused the content on what is outside of Fort Tarsis to give you a chance to enjoy that experience. We’ve purposely built a small slice of the game, so we can look at those things while you play and enjoy the game. Therefore, the content in this playtest is about a month old and isn’t reflective of how the game looks and performs today or how it will at launch.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Free Content Plans

The Treyarch blog announces Operation Absolute Zero, a new season of free content for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, their shooter sequel. This kicks off on Tuesday for PlayStation 4, and will come to other platforms down the road, which is a little odd considering a Holiday Event is part of the plan (maybe this will be for Presidents Day in the U.S.?). Here's the plan:
Activision and Treyarch announced today that a new content season is kicking off next Tuesday, December 11th for all PS4 players (other platforms to follow). Across all modes of the game, the new content includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Brand New Specialist – Players can reprogram the flow of combat with Zero, a new Specialist that can be used in Multiplayer and Blackout modes. Zero can disrupt and distract enemies with powerful hacking tools in Multiplayer, changing the flow of battle in crucial moments. Players can unlock Zero by completing Tier 1 in the revamped Black Market and immediately start testing out her new equipment and abilities.
  • Brand New Blackout Location and Updates – Hijacked is the newest destination in Blackout, inspired by the intense classic multiplayer map from Black Ops II. Fans can loot the luxury yacht to gear up for a firefight and battle opponents on their way to the final circle. Also, players can hop into a new armored vehicle called the ARAV once they’re back on dry land.
  • New Zombies Updates – A bevy of new Zombies features will be added, including Daily Callings, which are new gameplay challenges that reward Zombies players with bonus XP and Nebulium Plasma upon completion. Fans will be able to check the Zombies Barracks for each day’s new challenge to maximize their earnings, level up faster, and concoct even more Elixirs and Talismans for their next record-breaking run.
  • Revamped Black Market and New Gear – Operation Absolute Zero brings a revamped Black Market that lets players earn items in improved ways. Also, a new powerful Assault Rifle and a fast-firing SMG will be added to the pool that players can acquire through the Contraband stream just by playing. Plus, fans can collect new tactical outfits, personalization accessories, new characters to use in Blackout, and special gift-wrapped melee weapons – just in time for the Holidays.
  • New Festive Holiday Event – After Operation Absolute Zero arrives, the Holidays will come to Blackout with themed seasonable items earnable in the loot pool, and throwable snowballs in Blackout that allow players to mount a festive assault on their enemies.

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

A couple of things I really enjoy are learning to cook things I like to eat, and cast iron pans. So this video on Digg is right up my alley. This compares a luxury $200 cast iron pan versus a standard $26 Lodge. I've had enough experience with my Lodges to know this probably wouldn't sway me to spend a fortune to replace them, but I gave it a chance. Sure enough, it did not turn me into Mr. Fancypans, but it did intrigue me by showing how to make fried rice in a regular frying pan, something I always assumed would require a wok. Fried rice is something I love (because fried), and I am pretty excited about the idea of cooking up some for myself, especially with how simple the process turns out to be.

Fried Links: Thanks Ant.
Stories: UPS Is Testing Delivery Tricycles in Traffic-Choked Seattle. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: ‘Great Dying’- Biggest ever mass extinction triggered by global warming leaving animals unable to breathe.
Media: How Middle Earth Shaped Classic Rock.
David Ehrlich's 25 Best Films of 2018: A Video Countdown.
Real Security Guard Tries Surviving "Five Nights At Freddy's".
Follow-up: Lindsey Buckingham settles suit, says Stevie Nicks is behind his firing. Something something woman scorned.
The Romaine Lettuce Crisis Is Not Over.
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