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Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta - Early Access Opportunity, Trailer, NVIDIA Support

With Early Access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC open beta getting underway tomorrow, the Call of Duty Blog has details on the chance to get in on Early Access by watching twitch streams. On a related note, this trailer shows off Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, one of the maps in the beta. Finally, NVIDIA offers details on support for their products in the game. Word is the beta supports NVIDIA Reflex and Highlights and that when the full game launches on November 13th it will feature support for RTX ray tracing and DLSS. They also offer beta system requirements for their hardware:
For the Beta, Activision recommends the following setups:

Beta Minimum Spec

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1803 or later)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent.
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB

Beta Recommended Spec

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 Super 6GB
  • Stepping up to a faster GPU will allow you to play at higher frame rates and 4K, with maxed out graphics, giving you the clearest and most detailed experience possible.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Feature Removal Live

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Patch Notes outline the new update that's live in Infinity Ward's military shooters, offering a playlist update, fixes, balance changes, and more. This also offers the promised ability to selectively uninstall some elements of the game to free up drive space. Here's how that works:
New in this update, PC players can now select which content they'd like installed on their machines. Instructions on how to install specific content below!

Before removing installed content, be sure your Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game is not running, and the game is not updating.

1. Open the Launcher.
2. Select Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from the panel on the left.
3. Select the Options menu on the upper lefthand portion of the Launcher.
4. Select Modify Install to open the installation popup.
5. Under Game Content, select Modify Install.
6. Uncheck the content you wish to uninstall. (Warzone cannot be uninstalled.)

  • Campaign
  • Multiplayer
  • Special Ops

7. Select Confirm.
8. Select Start Install.

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SEGA Celebrates 60 Years With Free Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and More

SEGA is celebrating their 60th anniversary, even though they don't look a day over 50. This dedicated website is home to a 60-day festival, and the SEGA's 60th Anniversary Celebration Page on Steam outlines the festivities of a week-long celebration of the milestone. They kick things off with Battle of Kawagoe, a free map (or as they call it, Free-LC) for Total War: SHOGUN 2, and some games as free-to-keep giveaways, starting with Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Here's an outline of the plan:
The week-long 60th anniversary celebrations start today on Steam, as gamers will be treated to awesome discounts on SEGA's diverse portfolio of products (check the Steam promotion page here for more details). There are also some brand new, free-to-own retro-inspired mini games¹, which have been created by SEGA studios specifically for this 60th anniversary.

  • Armor of Heroes – Relic Entertainment™ – A retro-inspired multiplayer tank romp for up to four players in versus combat and couch co-op. Available from October 15-19.
  • Endless Zone – Amplitude Studios™ – The Endless universe and Fantasy Zone™ collide in this side-scrolling shoot 'em up. Available from October 16-19.
  • Streets of Kamurocho – SEGA® – Kiryu and Majima from SEGA's critically acclaimed Yakuza™ series are raging on the Streets of Kamurocho in a new, but familiar challenge. Available from October 17-19.
  • Golden Axed – SEGA® – A build of a never-before-seen glimpse at a canned project called Golden Axe™: Reborn. Available from October 18-19. So, just one day.

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Partisans 1941 Released

Partisans 1941 is now available on Steam for Windows. According to developer Alter Games, this offers a "new approach to the stealth tactics genre: Partisans 1941 combines stealth, action, resource management and base-building elements." A Feature Trailer offers a look at this take on World War II. Here's a briefing:
Partisans 1941 is a real-time tactics game set on the eastern front of World War II. It features tactical squad combat, stealth elements, character progression, and resource management. Take control of Partisans, a brave group of resistance fighters, opposing the Nazi occupation behind enemy lines. Every mission must be carefully planned and initiated to overcome the enemy. Players can use the tactical break feature to scout and use their environment to turn seemingly impossible situations to their advantage.

Players can recruit soldiers and civilians as unique allies to tackle a variety of challenges – from focused sabotage to extensive attacks on German supply lines. The expandable home base deep in the forest with different types of buildings serves as the Partisans’ hub in-between missions to arm and upgrade their own troops, manage and distribute resources, and take a break until the next objective awaits. Form a Partisan group to your liking and send them on autonomous tasks or take them into battle.
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Baldur's Gate 3 Patch Revoked

Larian Studios tweets that they've reverted the first major patch for Baldur's Gate 3 they mentioned yesterday (thanks Rock Paper Shotgun). Word is:
We've reverted to the previous build while we solve the save issue experienced by some players. Please bear with us, but once reverted you should be able to continue playing. We'll redeploy the patch when fixed!

Abracadabrew Launches

Abracadabrew is now out of Early Access and officially available on Steam, offering a memory-based party game for Windows and macOS. We've already burnt off our Steve Miller Band joke, so we'll just offer a gameplay trailer and the details:
Abracadabrew is a fun and chaotic, memory based, local couch co-op game for 1 to 4 players. Cooperate with your friends while using your memory skills to brew as many potions as you can before dawn. Gather ingredients hidden across the place, communicate and stay focused to unlock new brain-racking potions combinations!
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Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp This Month

Make sure your tux is pressed, as Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp is coming to Windows, macOS, and Linux via Steam on October 23rd, offering developer Beautiful Glitch's follow-up to their offbeat dating simulation. Word is: "Win the love and affection of a diverse cast of new and familiar monstrous heartthrobs at a brand-new summertime haunt bursting with colorful art, irreverent humor and young monster hormones." Here's a Release Date Reveal Trailer and here's what to expect:
Monster Camp is a maturely immature dating sim you can play solo or competitively with up to four players in online and local multiplayer, as well as Steam Remote Play Together. Choose where to spend your time around the camp by day, meeting new characters, taking part in wholesome camp activities, settling childish arguments and rivalries, and more. When the day is done, gather around the new campfire system, where everyone comes together to decide who to sit with and who to gossip about!

Your summer fling is up to you: choose your pronouns and pursue whoever you want (including the series’ first non-binary romance option, the breathtaking reaper Milo Belladonna) regardless of your identity. Seriously: these monsters are a treat and ready to shippppp.

Each run is quick, making it easy to explore new characters, choices and consequences, as well as silly secrets and easter eggs. With 50+ characters, 350+ events, 20+ endings and tons of surprises to discover based on your choices, Monster Camp is a fun and positive romantic romp you’ll remember fondly when it’s time to go back to school.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: David Bowie's ground-breaking -Heroes- is 43 today. I, I can remember... standing, by the wall.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Rated

According to Gematsu, the Korean Classification Board now features a rating for the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. We do not see this on the link they share, but we also had to use Google Translate. They share a screenshot of the listing, so this seems plausible. Assuming it's accurate, this adds more credence to the rumors that a remastered collection of the first three Mass Effect games is coming.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Released

Can you smell what Vertigo Games is cooking? It's Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!, their latest restaurant simulation that's out of Early Access, so it's no longer half-baked. This is available for Windows on Fanatical, GamersGate,, Green Man Gaming*, Humble Store*, and Steam (*Blue's News may receive a commission on sales of this item). This is also available for Xbox One, PlayStation4, and Switch, and they say a version for macOS is coming soon. The Launch Trailer (lunch trailer?) shows how this puts you behind the wheel and the stove of a food truck, and the announcement serves up the details:
Hit the road in this massive sequel to the million-selling Cook, Serve, Delicious! series as you travel across the United States to participate in the Iron Cook Foodtruck Championships with your trusty robot crew Whisk (voiced by @negaoryx) and Cleaver (voiced by @havanarama).

Set in the radically-changed war-torn America of 2042, play through an all new story-driven campaign where you cook hundreds of foods—including many brand new to the series—across hundreds of levels in a new gameplay structure that has been completely redesigned to deliver fast-paced action, or take it easy with the all new Chill Mode that can be toggled on or off at any time!
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The MADE Video Game Preservation Museum Relocation Campaign

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) announces they're launching a two year campaign to relocate their collection to a new home. Earlier this year they temporarily closed their Oakland museum space due to COVID-19 and in August they announced closure was permanent, as they were unable to come to an acceptable agreement with their landlord. They are now kicking off a two-year fundraising campaign, hoping to collect between $500K and $2M to help set up a new location. Here's word:
The museum has been in its current location since 2015 and has amassed a collection of over 12,000 video games, home consoles, and memorabilia. This collection is being held in a storage space for an expected time of two years, during which time the MADE will raise funds in order to preserve the current collection and open up a new location.

“As the MADE has, up to now, been funded almost entirely through admission and memberships, it has been a blow to us to have to shut down for such an extended period,” said museum founder Alex Handy in a letter to current members. “We will absolutely return to normal operations, somewhere, sometime, but for now, we must batten down the hatches.”
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Cris Tales Delayed

Modus Games announces their time-traveling JRPG Cris Tales is traveling into the future, as it's now expected in 2021 for PC and consoles, a delay from its previously planned November 17th release. "The decision to delay was a tough one, but was made to ensure that the developers at Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK have a chance to bring the best version of Cris Tales to fans anxiously awaiting its release," explains Christina Seelye, CEO of Modus Games. They offer a Developer Message explaining the setback, and say they will discuss the game and their plans further during an AMA on Reddit on Friday. Here's a new Gameplay Trailer and here's a short blurb on the game:
Cris Tales is a time-bending JRPG where past, present and future are brought together on one screen. Players can use Crisbell’s amazing ability to slip between time periods, aiding citizens across Crystallis’ kingdoms and pushing enemies to specific points in time for an upper hand in battle.

The game has been highly anticipated since its reveal at E3 2019, where it won several accolades and nominations, including Best Indie Game and was recently nominated for Best Indie Game and Best RPG at Gamescom 2020. Players can head to the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Steam, or GOG to download the demo on their platform of choice now.
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Quintus and the Absent Truth - Chapter One and Two

Quintus and the Absent Truth - Chapter One is now available on Steam for free along with Chapter Two, which is offered as paid DLC for USD$4.99. This is a horror/adventure game featuring a man and a mouse which had an unsuccessful Kickstarter during the summer. Developer Wreck Tangle Games says Chapter Three is "well into development." Here's a Chapter Two Release Trailer, and here's more on the game:
The game follows failing musician Alan Shaw as he tries to find his Daughter, Lydia, who has mysteriously gone missing. A common synopsis in movies and games but this is no traditionally lonely adventure, as Alan is accompanied by his intelligent pet mouse, Quintus.

Quintus can be used to help Alan in all manner of ways, from reaching areas that Alan’s hands cannot (to grab items or activate buttons), to providing useful hints and objectives throughout the game.
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Nightvision: Drive Forever Released

Nightvision: Drive Forever is now available on Steam, offering an arcade driving game for Windows with procedurally generated levels and no map. Throw away your sunglasses, stock up on caffeine pills, and check out this previously released Official Gameplay Trailer. For a hands-on experience, there's also a playable demo. Here's what to expect:
Players can challenge themselves (and the world, via online leaderboards) across a nigh-infinite number of procedurally generated courses, ranging from quick one-minute sprints to endless marathon drives in a variety of weather conditions.

Nightvision: Drive Forever is an arcade driving experience unlike any other. Realistic handling meets frantic timed sprints across hazardous, procedurally generated roads. One mistake can lead to failure, and a spectacular car crash, so victory requires intense focus. Players will first experience the world of Nightvision through its story mode; a tale of the risks we take for the ones we love.
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Onee Chanbara Origin Released

D3PUBLISHER now offers Onee Chanbara Origin, the promised reimagined English HD re-release of this Japanese hack 'n slash zombie slayer game. This is available for Windows on Steam as a Standard or Deluxe edition, and both of these are available on the PlayStation Store as well. The previously released Release Date Trailer shows off the game's blend of breakneck zombie killing and busty girls in bikinis. Here's more:
Developed by Tamsoft and published by D3PUBLISHER, Onee Chanbara Origin is a complete HD remake with all new art style graphics and optimized storytelling, combining both “The Onechanbara” and “The Onechanbara 2” games, which were originally released for PlayStation®2 in 2004 and 2005. Now for a new generation, Onee Chanbara Origin features all renewed main character designs, restyled by the new main character designer Katsumi Enami, a seasoned designer bringing his talents to the “Onechanbara” series for the first time. Onee Chanbara Origin tells a new interpretation of the story of the two half-sisters, Aya and Saki, bound by mutual hatred and locked in a brutal fight to the death, eventually overcoming their cruel fate and fighting alongside one another to find their father in this high-speed zombie slaying hack ‘n slash series.
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Atari Hotel Plans Move Forward

GSD Group announces more about their planned Atari Hotels featuring designs inspired by the history and future of gaming. Any questions about the viability of these plans announced earlier this year are surely amplified by an ongoing pandemic. Undaunted, they say they are moving towards launching locations in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and that they have also secured the rights to build in Austin, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. They announce they have "hired world-renowned architecture and design firm Gensler" to assist in their efforts. Here's the latest on their plans:
Atari Hotels perfectly blends the past, present, and future of video games and entertainment for a destination that offers guests a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience, complete with state-of-the-art amenities for esports fans and content creators. Guests can enjoy the latest in video games, experience cutting-edge immersive entertainment, purchase exclusive Atari Hotels merchandise, and play the night away in retro-style gaming arcades. A speakeasy and fully equipped nightclub will be available for adult guests, as well as themed restaurants and bars. Atari Hotels delightfully plays with the themes of retro-futurism, pop culture, and nostalgia — offering fun for the whole family.

“Like Atari’s legacy in innovation, Atari Hotels is infusing synthetic reality into every aspect of the hotel, creating an immersive hospitality and gaming experience for our guests,” said Shelly Murphy, Managing Partner, GSD Group. . “From our virtual interactive world to the physical locations, every element of Atari Hotels will offer a unique and authentic experience for everyone.”
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Out of the Blue

I'm pretty pleased with my latest kitchen experiment, as I occasionally travel from Manstovia to the indoor kitchen. MrsBlue asked me to make a Cannellini-Bean Pasta With Beurre Blanc Recipe she found online, as it used a bunch of ingredients we already had on hand. The recipe is quite simple and straightforward. But as the name suggests, it involves making a beurre blanc sauce. I always enjoy learning new things, and making a sauce for the first time is always fun, because it can apply to other projects in the future. I'm not positive I achieved the exact outcome the recipe called for, but it was quite delicious, which is always a win.

Saucy Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.





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