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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Open Beta

A post on Steam reminds everyone that the beta for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is now open to all comers on Steam. Word is: "The Open Beta is now live across Steam for all players! Jump in with state-of-the-art gameplay, all-new gun handling, an advanced AI system, a new Gunsmith and a suite of other gameplay and graphical innovations." Here's more on this chance to check out multiplayer support in the next iteration of the military shooter series:
Join the Modern Warfare® II Open Beta and get hands-on experience with the signature Multiplayer combat coming to Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II.

Infinity Ward is bringing fans state-of-the-art gameplay, with all-new gun handling, advanced AI system, a new Gunsmith and a suite of other gameplay and graphical innovations that elevate the franchise to new heights.

Additionally, the Red Team 141 Operator Bundle and FJX Cinder Weapon Vault** will be available to all Vault Edition owners during the Beta.

Steam Top 10

The new list detailing the bestsellers on Steam for last week is now online. It turns out the anime-inspired recent resurgence of Cyberpunk 2077 also translates to sales:

  1. Steam Deck.
  2. Pre-purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.
  3. Save 50% on Cyberpunk 2077.
  4. Slime Rancher 2.
  5. Pre-purchase EA SPORTS FIFA 23.
  6. Return to Monkey Island.
  7. Construction Simulator.
  8. God of War.
  9. ELDEN RING.
  10. NBA 2K23.

Ultima Online Turns 25

Raph's Website has reflections from Raph Koster on the 25th anniversary of the original release of Ultima Online. Raph notes that many people discussing games online were not even born when the MMORPG launched, so he offers a history lesson:
In many ways the influence of UO is so pervasive that it isn’t visible. Whether it’s Runescape, Minecraft, Eve, DayZ or Neopets, those younger folks probably played something that was inspired by UO in some fashion, and don’t realize how big a shift from prior games it represented. These days, when people say they are sick of crafting being in everything — it makes me want to apologize a little bit. Won’t apologize for games that let you sit, decorate a house, or go fishing, though.

I’m running low on specific stories about UO and its development, so instead, I’ll just point back at older ones:

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Out of the Blue

Had a great time seeing my buddies yesterday. I'm a pretty strong introvert, so I don't need a ton of socialization to be happy. But I'm not a hermit, so it was a welcome get-together. The topic of going out for one of our formerly traditional nights on the town has been broached, so we may end up trying to take our gatherings a step closer to back to "normal." We'll see.

Obituary: Sega's Brian Ayers dies "after a short illness."

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Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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