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Sunday, May 26, 2019

SIGIL Shipped; Free Version This Week

A tweet from John Romero reveals that SIGIL is now shipping, following a couple of delays to get the physical rewards together for this DOOM megawad. This swag is for those who purchased this, but the downloadable version of the wad will be free, and a post on the Romero Games website announces the free release is expected on May 31st. There's also word on a premium digital tier in between the free and fully paid versions that will include the soundtrack: "The free SIGIL Megawad with Buckethead soundtrack is available now for €6.66. Thank you for supporting our work. Note that this does not include the Making of SIGIL movie that is available exclusively in the fan boxes." A thread on Doomworld has impressions from those who have already gotten to play this. Thanks Ant.

WHO Recognizes "Gaming Disorder"

Bloomberg reports that beginning in 2022 the World Health Organization will officially recognize "gaming disorder" as a, well, gaming disorder. This is the listing describes this as involving "impaired control over gaming," "increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities," and "continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences." Unsurprisingly, the Entertainment Software Association has issued a statement refuting this finding. This is from the introduction: "The WHO is an esteemed organization and its guidance needs to be based on regular, inclusive, and transparent reviews backed by independent experts. ‘Gaming disorder’ is not based on sufficiently robust evidence to justify inclusion in one of the WHO’s most important norm-setting tools." Here is the statement that follows:
“The global video game industry—including representatives from across Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa, and Brazil—today called on World Health Organization (WHO) Member States to re-examine at an early date its decision to include “Gaming Disorder” in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

“The WHO is an esteemed organization and its guidance needs to be based on regular, inclusive, and transparent reviews backed by independent experts. ‘Gaming disorder’ is not based on sufficiently robust evidence to justify its inclusion in one of the WHO’s most important norm-setting tools.”

The interactive entertainment industry plays a leading role in the development of emerging technologies, including virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and big data analysis. It is significant in advancing in research science across many fields ranging from mental health, dementia, cancer, and pioneer advances in accessibility. At the same time, the industry developed world-class consumer protection tools including parental controls and responsible game-education initiatives to ensure the players are able to engage in the safest environments.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's report on the 10 bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. A Plague Tale: Innocence
  6. Cities: Skylines - Campus
  7. The Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr
  8. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  9. Risk of Rain 2
  10. The Elder Scrolls Online - Crown Packs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Patriot Memory Signature Line Premium DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 2666MHz RAM Kit on Mad Shrimps.

Out of the Blue

The opening ceremonies for Manstovia went off well. The grill grates were anointed with oil, and some newspaper was sacrificed to the fire gods in order to combust the oil, and after singing the Manstovia national anthem, I cooked up some chicken breasts, and a fine time was had by all (which was the two of us). Today's festivities will be a little more elaborate, as we will have actual guests. The occasion will serve as a bit of a wake for the Gunnar-man, as I am going to cook up a good portion of the vast supply of chicken wings that remained in our freezer after the passing of our beloved poodle. I'm sure he'd want it this way: Gunnar absolutely adored his chicken wings, and I know he wouldn't want them to go to waste.

Links on the Wing: Thanks Ant and RedEye9.
Play: Fire Blob.
Links: 10 Great TV Shows That Failed In Their Final Seasons.
What Ridley Scott’s Alien can tell us about office life.
Stories: Surgeons warn of serious hand injuries from dog leads and collars.
Science: How these cities became rat-free zones.
Scientists Studying EDM To Find Why Everything In The Universe Exists. Electronic dance music?
Media: Jon Snow Wick.
Ink in motion.
The Engineering of Droplets.
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