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Saturday, Oct 09, 2021 Blue's News Anniversary (1996)

Call of Duty 2022 Reportedly "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II"

Supporting his previous rumormongering, leaker Tom Henderson tweets his (unconfirmed) confirmation that the 2022 installment in the Call of Duty series will be titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. He notes that this is the 10th Call of Duty title he's "leaked" which might inspire one to ponder the definition of "leak." Tom is impressed enough by what he's seen of this to drop both an f-bomb and a DiCaprio meme:
I can confirm that the 2022 title is called "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II"

And the art work looks f*cking amazing.

eFootball 2022 Patch This Month

In another follow up on the widespread complaints about the quality of eFootball 2022, Konami tweets about plans to start setting things right. After a previous apology about the situation, Konami now says the first patch for the series formerly known as Pro Evolution Soccer will arrive by the end of this month:
We apologize for any inconveniences you may have experienced with the game. We are preparing to release version 0.9.1 of eFootball™ 2022 on 28th October. This will focus on fixing the issues already reported and those you continue to report. We will update you with more details as we move forwards as well as address your feedback and requests in future updates.

Thank you again for your continued support of eFootball™ 2022.
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GOG Pulls Hitman GOTY Over Online Requirements

The backlash over the release of the Hitman - Game of The Year Edition on GOG.com has resulted in the game being pulled from the online store. "No activation or online connection required to play," was promised upon its launch, which fits with GOG's noted aversion to DRM. But it turned out that playing Escalation missions required being online, and the game's unlocks did as well. Word is it should not have been released in this form, and that Hitman has been removed while GOG works with IO Interactive on how to proceed:
We're still in dialogue with IO Interactive about this release. Today we have removed HITMAN GOTY from GOG’s catalog – we shouldn’t have released it in its current form, as you’ve pointed out.

We’d like to apologise for the confusion and anger generated by this situation. We’ve let you down and we’d like to thank you for bringing this topic to us – while it was honest to the bone, it shows how passionate you are towards GOG.
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Apple Appeals Epic Case Ruling

It's generally thought that Apple came out on top in the ruling over the Epic v Apple antitrust lawsuit, and Epic has appealed the decision. Now it turns out Apple has filed an appeal as well. The company was ordered to allow mobile apps to direct customers to outside payment options beginning December 9th. As noted on CNBC, the wheels of justice grind slowly, and if approved, a stay could prevent this part of the ruling unfavorable to Apple from taking effect for years:
If Apple wins the stay, which will be decided by a judge in November, a rule change potentially allowing developers to circumvent App Store fees of 15% to 30% may not take effect until appeals in the case have finished, a process that could take years.

In September, federal judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in favor of Apple for nine of 10 counts in an antitrust trial brought by Epic, the maker of Fortnite. Epic was seeking the ability to install its own app store on iPhones. Kate Adams, Apple’s general counsel, said at the time the ruling was a “huge win.”

But Apple was also ordered to make a major change to its store and allow mobile apps to steer consumers to outside payment methods, potentially providing a way to evade Apple’s App Store fees.

That injunction is currently scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 9.

Back 4 Blood Solo Progression Issues

Back 4 Blood is now in Early Access for those who preordered the new zombie game from the creators of the Left 4 Dead series. A post on Reddit shows the warning players are met with when playing the game solo (thanks Kotaku). This says that various forms of progression are unavailable solo, including earning supply points, stat tracking, and progress toward accomplishments. A tweet from Turtle Rock Studios promises to look into this:
We have heard your frustrations about progression in solo mode and are discussing ways to address the issue. Thank you for your patience and feedback at this time - we'll have more news as we strategize on potential ways to make it happen.

Celebrating 30 Years of Civilization

A post on the Civilization Website celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original Civilization game, which was released in September 1991. This includes a You The Great Trailer celebrating all the accomplishments of players over three decades. The post includes reflections on the "one more turn" strategy franchise from series creator Sid Meier:
But good game design doesn’t necessarily explain how we managed to reach 30 years of Civilization. To understand this, I think we need to dive deeper. At its core, what do players enjoy about Civilization? What differentiates the Civ player? It could be a love of culture or history, but there are other historical games out there. It could be that players appreciate the careful game design, but there are plenty of other well-designed games too.

In my opinion, it is all about what I think is a deeply human trait – the desire to create, shape, and nurture the path of humanity for the better. To have the grand vision and the tools to make that vision a reality. All games are some form of power wish fulfilment, enabling you to do something you can’t do in real life. Some are more fantastical, where you can use your magical powers to defeat dragons. Others simulate real life, but take the risk of bodily injury away – why not attempt to take a corner at excess speeds when racing?
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Epic Investigating Twitch Support a Creator Strikes

Epic tweets some assistance for creators who've been punished for joining the Epic Support a Creator program:
Creators who have signed up for our Support a Creator program using your Twitch account:
If you've received a strike or had your Support A Creator account suspended due to issues with Twitch account security we are working to resolve them.

Saturday Multiplex

↑ Official trailers. ↓ Content creator videos.

Out of the Blue

So dig this. It was on this date in 1996 that visitors to what had been blue's Quake Rag were introduced to a new domain, and Blue's News was born. So while this site dates back to before that, today is the official 25th anniversary of Blue's News. Let me mark the occasion with some simple gratitude. It's a long shot that this site would still be here in this form after a quarter-century, and that would not be possible without some extraordinary support for this techie little corner of the web. I'll make a particular point of thanking Frans for his amazing efforts, as he's single-handedly saved us from various disasters over the years, and he continues to make things here better all the time. And thank you to Walter "2" Costinak for his amazing artwork. Our logo today is a special one he created for a previous anniversary. Rather than risk omitting anyone, I'll refrain from thanking anyone else specifically, as there is no way to properly single everyone out. But to the so many of you who over the years have contributed coding help, artwork, news tips, corrections, and words of encouragement, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Finally, to the many of you who have chosen to help support the site financially, here's some additional well-deserved gratitude, as it's quite likely the site would not be here without you. Here's to the next 25 years!

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