Take Your Pique: Rage Trailer Shows Guns

By Quintin Smith on April 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am.

He looks like he could use a hand.

The blog elite over at Big Download have spotted a new Rage trailer that shows off all of the game’s weapons. What would an FPS be without guns, eh? An FP, that’s what. And who wants to play that? Freaks and wellfare fraudsters, that’s who. Take a look after the jump.
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Unclear Sky: Minecraft’s Weather Update

By Alec Meer on April 11th, 2011 at 8:26 am.

Not pictured: sogginess

You should have got this out in time for Christmas, Notch. Everyone knows that things with snow in sell 300014% as well at Christmas. Why release something with snow in at any other time of year? People just don’t care about snow now. Why, if it snowed today we’d all just ignore it, because it wasn’t Christmas. That’s how we roll.

And this is how the new weather effects in Minecraft roll. Oh, what a link!
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Wot I Think: DCS A-10C Warthog

By Tim Stone on April 10th, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

Eagle Dynamics, I doff my hat-switch to you. DCS: A-10C is remarkable. My hard drive has never hangared a more thoroughly modelled facsimile of a modern fixed-wing combat aircraft. I’ve never clambered into a virtual cockpit and seen fewer places in which a pilot might safely prop a beverage container or stick a satsuma sticker. I’ve certainly never encountered a sim that pleased so many of my peers yet left me so ratty and conflicted. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sunday Papers

By Jim Rossignol on April 10th, 2011 at 11:13 am.

Ah, Sunday.
Sundays are for sun. Well, when it’s sunny, anyway. Sitting in the sun recharges a blogger, who has probably been blogging throughout the winter in semi-darkness. You can see hundreds of them in gardens across the world, wheeled out to get their dose of solar radiation, before being moved back into the dark place where their hands can reach the keyboard once again. In the brief time when the blogger is sat in the sun he is thinking of only one thing: the bright corona of literature that surrounds the phenomena of video games. This is some of that.

  • Ars Technica has a piece on how Minecraft is being used as a teaching aid by teacher Joel Levin, who blogs here. “l chose Minecraft specifically because it’s so open-ended,” Levin told Ars. “The game presents you with a huge open world and you can do any of a dozen different preset activities. Or you can go off and create your own content. That alone gives me a ton of freedom to invent content for the kids to engage in. I don’t let them just play the game however they want. They must follow a path I lay out for them, which allows me to carry out lesson plans.”
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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Top, Right?

By Lewie Procter on April 9th, 2011 at 12:11 pm.

Got a gap in your gaming schedule this weekend? Here’s the usual five cut price electronic games of chance for you to consider investing your pocket money in. This week is particularly cheap, you could get all five games for less than what a full price new release would normally cost. As always, SavyGamer.co.uk is the home of cheap games on the internet. Engage bargain-o-tron-3000.
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Thinking With Panels: Free Portal 2 Comic

By Alec Meer on April 9th, 2011 at 11:31 am.

Chell's just having a nice lie down. For a few hundred years.

Oh, the hornet’s nest of Valve’s omni-fiction is opening ever-further. Now we have part one of an official Valve comic, which apparently bridges the gap between the two Portal games – as well as introducing another Aperture survivor. Plus, a talking Companion Cube. Or is it?
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Gaming Made Me: Crimson Skies

By Brendan Caldwell on April 9th, 2011 at 10:07 am.

hello, sweetheart

In this week’s Gaming Made Me, Brendan Caldwell revisits a time when flight sims could have had it all – and a time when zeppelins still ruled the Earth. This is Zipper Interactive’s 2000 alterna-history aerial shooter Crimson Skies, and this is why it matters.

There are clouds above Hawaii. And there are monuments above the clouds. Who could have foreseen either of these things? In the hot wind of a Pacific sky a colossal white Zeppelin lumbers toward the site of a shipwreck, seeking the treasure once held by Sir Francis Drake. They call her the Pandora. Nestled in her belly is a squadron of fighter pilots. These are her citizens. Someone has painted four tarot cards across her sides. Justice. Wealth. Lovers. Death. This is her code.
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Crysis 2 Will Go Up To 11

By Alec Meer on April 8th, 2011 at 8:46 pm.

If this shot was in DirectX 11, you'd be able to see the dismorphic light map cloth effect texture occlusion on those gloves

After a couple of weeks of web-wide worrying and shouting and bickering and excellently satirical editorials, you may be glad to hear that Crysis 2 is to receive its in-doubt DirectX 11 patch after all. This comes via the official forums, wherein it was officially said on an official forum, despite being officially said on other official forums that it mightn’t happen. That seals it: all is well in PC gaming tech land. For now.
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Friends Of The Earth: Dirt 3’s Party Mode

By Quintin Smith on April 8th, 2011 at 7:17 pm.

It's a little known fact that dust is what causes cars to move, not the other way around.

Codemasters announced today that Dirt 3 will include a party mode. Dirty parties, one presumes? Rally cars gracelessly mounting other rally cars, and huffing great cupfuls of cocaine through their grilles? Alas no. Dirt 3’s party mode will all be good, clean, online fun, and Codies have invented three special new multiplayer modes which resemble playground games than anything else. Details after the jump.
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Alice: Madness Returns Shots Are (Yes!) Mad

By Quintin Smith on April 8th, 2011 at 5:50 pm.

Cloud computing, right there

I’ll just do a little checklist here. We’ve got enormous teapots pouring out molten metal, a glutinous tar baby, Alice poking around a Victorian imagining of the Orient with a unicorn on a stick, and a Chesire cat who’s stayed largely unchanged from how he appeared in the first American McGee’s Alice even though he was killed in that game. Spoiler!

It’ll be swell if this game is good, both because we’ll be able to have fun poking through these wonderful environments, and I’ll be able to use “Carroll Singing” as a headline. Screens after the jump.
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Siege Three Dungeons For The Price Of One

By Alec Meer on April 8th, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

It's no good hiding behind that spaulder - we know about your warty nose

Hrm. I’m a pretty wary of pre-ordering games personally – I like to hear at least some reception before I invest in a game – but if you were in the market for Dungeon Siege III anyway, you’ll be very pleased to hear that future-buying it via Steam means you’ll be gifted a free copy of both Dungeon Siege 1 and 2. Which is a pretty good deal – although I rather suspect that the kind of person who would pre-order Dungeon Siege III probably already owns the other games anyway. Still, this would appear to be their first appearance on Steam (if indeed that it how they’re being distributed), so that’s good news. Gradually transforming one’s games library to a purely digital form is forever appealing – I know I’ve a whole bunch of disc-locked games that I wish could instead be summoned from the crowd.

Also, DS3 is confirmed as Steamworks title. More details on that below, like.
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No Surrender: Duke Nukem Is Baiting You

By Alec Meer on April 8th, 2011 at 4:36 pm.

Yes, well done you

Ever get the feeling you’re being played? The latest crudity salvo from the Duke Nukem Forever marketing cannon is this ‘babes’ trailer. If anyone was expecting a chauvinism climb-down following the controversy around the optional bottom-slapping in the ‘capture the babe’ multiplayer mode, they’re certainly not getting it. The following video is just about safe for work, but it is entirely, consciously puerile.
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Mass Effect 3: Revenge Of The Spoilers

By Alec Meer on April 8th, 2011 at 3:40 pm.

My arms ache if I stand like that. It's not natural, I tell you.

Spoilers! Get yer spoilers ‘ere! Only three quid a dozen! Howzabout that then ma’am, a punnet full of Mass Effect 3 details, yours for just a paaaaarnd.

Actually, I’m guessing these are not especially meaty ME3 spoilers, as rather than spoiling late-game plot stuff they document the status quo for Shepard and chums at the start of Bioware’s next galactic opus – but if you really do want to go in totally blind you should look away now.
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