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Saturday, Feb 29, 2020

Game Developers Conference Postponed Due to Coronavirus

An Important GDC 2020 Update announces that the 2020 Game Developers Conference is being postponed due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus. Word is they plan to reschedule the trade show to an unspecified time this summer:
After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March.

Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we're genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time.

We want to thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at GDC. For this reason, we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Press Release

The official press release for Thursday's unveiling of Baldur's Gate 3 has the details on Larian Studios' current plans for their D&D RPG sequel:
Larian Studios has been on the road recently, showing off Baldur’s Gate 3 for the very first time. Larian has been working alongside Wizards of the Coast to bring Baldur’s Gate to a new audience and today, they are ready to reveal their next generation turn-based RPG to the world.

Forged with the new Divinity 4.0 engine, Baldur’s Gate 3 gives you unprecedented freedom to explore, experiment, and interact with a world that truly reacts to your choices. A grand, cinematic narrative brings you closer to your characters than ever before, as you venture through the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons in Larian’s biggest adventure yet.

Mysterious abilities are awakening inside you, drawn from a Mind Flayer parasite planted in your brain. Resist, and turn darkness against itself. Or embrace corruption and become ultimate evil.
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Dwarrows Released

Dwarrows is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering a town-building adventure game for Windows, Linux, and macOS from Lithic Entertainment. The game's previously released Official Trailer offers a serene look at some gameplay, and the announcement has the details:
Dwarrows, set in a beautifully hand-crafted environment, is a unique and fresh mix of the town-building and action-adventure genres. Players build and grow a new settlement, search the lush forests for resources, and adventure through mysterious new places to find lost artifacts. They will also meet strange and quirky characters, invite wandering people to join their town, and befriend cute animals who follow and help them in their travels.
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Arrest of a Stone Buddha Released

Arrest of a Stone Buddha is now available on Steam, offering a side-scrolling action/RPG for Windows promising "a unique ‘70s film noir atmosphere." This is shown off in this trailer which features pixel-art graphics and lots of shooting. Here's word:
As a professional killer you'll live through November 1976 alternating non-stop shoot'em up action with a downtempo mundane life.

You're fast and lucky enough so you don't plan your actions too far. You kill with one shot and you never miss. When you're run out of ammo you just throw a gun away. You can disarm any enemy and use any weapon. And when it's time to get out you just use a vehicle nearby.

You have an apartment in the historical center of the city. When you want to eat you go to a cafe, and you can visit a museum or a cinema when you're looking for entertainment. And you have a lover when you need a woman.

And there's this question which is longing for an answer.
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Op Ed

  • The Outline: I don’t wanna do my video game chores. Thanks Pocket via Yiddish.
    "In RDR2, though, the incentive system is deeply flawed. Completing missions gives the player way too much money, so the resources never really feel scarce or “earned.” Other in-game tasks are pointless, and don’t give the player anything significant upon completion. If Arthur doesn’t bathe for a while, for example, he’s eventually forced to by Miss Grimshaw, a non-playable character in his camp. You’re then treated to a slow cutscene of Arthur washing his face (sorry, no shots of his naked ass/schlong). The only reward is the ability to continue playing the game. It’s like any other annoying chore you have to do in real life, without any material benefit, all for the sake of gratuitous realism. As more of these chores stack up, nihilism sets in. Why do anything?"

Out of the Blue

Happy Leap Day! How do you plan on using your "extra" day? I plan on seeing a Knicks game with my friends. Stay at home most of the time and then going to a sports arena during fears of a global virus outbreak? I'm not sure I'm thinking this through properly. But one of my buddies scored some free tickets (the only reason to watch a team as terrible as the Knicks), and I never pass up a chance to hang with my crew.

Obituary: Nick Apollo Forte Dead: Actor in 'Broadway Danny Rose' Was 81. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Obituary: Joe Coulombe Dead: Trader Joe’s Founder Was 89.

Leap Links: Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.
Play: Soccer Random.
Links: How a seasonal snarl-up in the mid-1500s gave us our strange rules for leap years. Thanks Acleacius.
Why you're washing your hands wrong. I think they mean "how." Thanks RedEye9.
How millennial authors are transforming the fantasy genre.
Stories: 5,000 Year-Old Anatolian Sword Discovered On Venetian Island.
Science: Why your brain is not a computer. Thanks Yiddish.
New study explains why superconductivity takes place in graphene.
Deaf moths evolved noise-cancelling scales to evade predators.
Media: Large Norwegian Wolves.
Snow Trip.
Auctions: Inside the wild world of government auctions. Thanks Digg.
Follow-up: 5 Ways To Prevent And Prepare For The Coronavirus. Thanks Acleacius.
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