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 Evening Reading - Diablo 3 Game Director Steps Down - briefly
(hx) 05:48 PM EST - Jan,17 2013
  • Democracy 3 Announced - Positech Games announces Democracy 3, a new upcoming installment in their political strategy series. The game is to ship sometime this year, so we can expect more details soo
  • Max Payne 3 DLC Next Week - Rockstar Games announces they will release Deathmatch Made in Heaven, on January 22nd for the Windows and console editions of Max Payne 3, the final DLC for the third-person shooter sequel.
  • Far Cry 3 - Deluxe Bundle DLC Is Now Available - Ubisoft has released the Deluxe Bundle DLC for Far Cry 3. The Deluxe Bundle DLC offers 6 new single-player missions, 4 rare animals, 2 multiplayer weapon unlocks, and all other previously released retail bonuses. This DLC is available on all platforms (PC, Xbox 360 and PS3)
  • Painkiller Hell & Damnation Update Adds FOV - The Farm 51 has released a new patch for Painkiller Hell & Damnation. This patch will be auto-downloaded the next time you start the Steam client and according to its changelog, it adds FOV, Mouse Smoothing and Head Bob options to the game’s menu. In addition, The Farm 51 has further balanced/tweaked the game, added a HUD scale slider, and implemented some fixes to a number of levels.
  • Skyrim HD Enhanced Terrain Mod Improves Distant LOD Textures - Those interested can download this mod from here (there are two versions; one with more detail and less Twinkling effect and another with less noise). Here are  two videos (#1, #2) that showcase the difference between vanilla and the two versions of this mod. I should also note that there is no additional performance hit with this mod.
  • Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition now available on Steam -  The enhanced edition of this classic RPG is now available on Steam and is priced at 13,99 euro.
  • Diablo 3 Game Director Jay Wilson Steps Down  - Jay Wilson, the Game Director for Diablo 3 is stepping down from his position after having worked on the game for the better part of a decade. His announcement comes via a personal forum posting on the Battle.net forums. He will remain at Blizzard, though working on new projects for the studio. Diablo 3, as you may recall, was rife with controversy from the start. From the lengthy development time, to the real-money auction house, to the lack of PvP, and more.
  • Halo 2 PC Servers Shutting Down on February 15 - Another end of an era comes as the servers for the PC version of Halo 2 shut down on February 15. This comes courtesy of the latest blog on the Halo Waypoint.
  • No Tomb Raider Prelaunch Demo - Karl Stewart tweeted that the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will not include a prerelease demo, because they "don't want to spoil the story"
  • Warface Closed Beta Underway - Trion Worlds announces closed beta testing of Warface is underway, preparing the way for the release of Crytek's free-to-play shooter this spring.
  • Skype to Replace Xbox Live Voice Chat in Next-Gen Xbox - As part of their effort to create one consolidated voice communication technologies, Microsoft is reportedly going to make Skype the default chat service in the next-generation Xbox.
  • President Obama Announces New Research into Game Related Violence - Obama is looking for Congress to allocate $10 million towards the study of violent media. This goes hand in hand with other executive orders made yesterday that requires universal background checks on firearm purchases, limits on assault weapons, and 10-round maximum on ammo.

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Koogle(06:32 PM EST - Jan,17 2013 )
"He will remain at Blizzard, though working on new projects for the studio."

Good! he can help make the next project suck aswel, because I'll never buy shit from that company ever again.



"President Obama Announces New Research into Game Related Violence - Obama is looking for Congress to allocate $10 million towards the study of violent media. This goes hand in hand with other executive orders made yesterday that requires universal background checks on firearm purchases, limits on assault weapons, and 10-round maximum on ammo."

gj America .... always flushing money down that dirty scum filled toilet that is Washington WC!

I see the point in taking away the firearms.. its not like the country isn't already filled with zombies, ie the mentally disarmed, gullible and brainwashed lamestream koolaid slurping fking sheep idiots, they wouldn't have a clue if it hit them over the head... they must feel all loved and protected by what I dunno, tv shows of garbage and news media bullshit... tons of degenerate shitty police and legal drama fking SHIT, an environment of policy pricks, authoritarian twisted scumfucks, TSA, Viper SCUM SQUADS... oh lovey.. its ok Game Related Violence, now that's a problem. Oh and the internet where anyone can say stuff....lets just build a big prison and call it earth and elect and pay scumbags to protect us with there bullshit laws and policy drone workers :D

sad fking world with brainwashed idiot cattle voters while a racket of twisted scum mocks, steals, inprisons, kidnaps, lies & kills daily to keep it going.

Csimbi(07:14 PM EST - Jan,17 2013 )
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Max Payne 3 DLC Next Week

People still play this?

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Far Cry 3 - Deluxe Bundle DLC Is Now Available

I am still waiting for the original.

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Skyrim HD Enhanced Terrain Mod Improves Distant LOD Textures

It's pathetic that games need to be fixed by mods.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition now available on Steam

Too expensive. Maybe for 3.99.

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Diablo 3 Game Director Jay Wilson Steps Down

If he would have stepped down earlier, perhaps the game might have been worth buying. It is a good thing to give a chance for - hopefully - more competent people.
It's a good think he's staying; he won't be screwing up any game I am remotely interested in (which he would do in case he went to another companies).

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Skype to Replace Xbox Live Voice Chat in Next-Gen Xbox

As long as they don't screw up Skype (like they did with Messenger and others), it's all right - otherwise people just leave as usual.

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President Obama Announces New Research into Game Related Violence

I heard that the government is expected to go bankrupt in mid-February, so I am not sure where this 10mil budget would come from - so he can seek the Congress anything he wants to; I guess he won't be announcing anything any soon once they are out of money.
I also wonder how the research would go in case there it was budgeted somehow. Ask 10000 random people? You don't need 10mil for that. Study how 2 groups of 10000people behave after playing violent and non-violent video games respectively for 6 months?
How would they measure and take into account the "base violence levels" (the one inherent in every human being) in each individual?
This research sounds like non-sense.
I can tell this: the less educated the person is, the more likely to be violent. Educated people can solve their problems without resorting to violence. Bottom line: free education (high level, not just basic).

Majnun(01:24 AM EST - Jan,18 2013 )
Violent media is the result of violent culture, not the cause.

You're welcome.

tride(04:15 AM EST - Jan,18 2013 )
Jesus, i didnt believe that americans will give away their freedoms but obviously they will.
If the rest ot the world is absolute slaves, in the USA they got the best constitution out there and they are throwing it away just like that - absolute retards!

I wish here in EU things laws were more liberal about guns!
The government and police force cant prevent crime - they aways come when you are a victim. So, wellcome USA to the slavery!

Apathy Curve(12:22 PM EST - Jan,18 2013 )
No one has given up anything, Tride. We've been through this before. A great many of us are fighting within the system and executive orders aren't worth the paper they are written on without funding and enforcement.

The Second Amendment is a landmine on which potential dictators must tread en route to the power they crave. We are aware of its importance. So is the radical Left, which is why they are so desperate to undermine it. This fight is as old as the country, it has been through the system many times, and the Second Amendment has always been upheld by the Court in original intent. King Barry signing a few papers changes nothing; only the ignorant bubble-heads in the media who worship him like a rock star think this is some sort of sea change.

Over the course of my life, I have learned to have faith in the Constitution and the unique system which it created. It was written by some very, very smart men -- much smarter than anyone in Washington today. This too shall pass.

Csimbi(09:42 PM EST - Jan,18 2013 )
tride> Jesus, i didnt believe that americans will give away their freedoms but obviously they will.
Meh, they gave that away long ago. What they have is the illusion of freedom (dunno what else to call it; it's built to think you're free while you're actually not). Americans won't admit this some reason. Maybe because they don't know what real freedom is (they grew up with their illusions, it's built into them), so to them that's real freedom.
If you go there as a citizen of specific European countries, you'll think that the thing they call "freedom" is pathetic and you begin explaining how it's not freedom. For EU citizens it's unacceptable, for them, it's paradise. There's no point arguing about this. I mean, who the heck cares as long as you are happy where you live?
In the end, in any country, you are free when you feel free - and as long as you don't try exercising some rights that's been taken away from you, you are going to feel free no matter what anybody else says.

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