Episode #44: Points For Clearly Stuttering

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Opening Music: Revelations (WIP)
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Certain Affinity Announces Vengeance for “Crimson Alliance”
Austin, TX – Sept. 26, 2011 –Certain Affinity is excited to announce the upcoming Vengeance Pack for “Crimson Alliance,” coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade on October 12, 2011. Following up on the intense combat action of Crimson Alliance, the Vengeance Map Pack allows up to four players to continue cooperatively hacking and slashing their way through the perilous lands of Byzan.
“From the start we wanted to keep the adventure going by giving players new places to explore with their friends. When we finished the game back in May we had a few months to wait before the Summer of Arcade was over. So we devoted ourselves to building the kind of maps that we wanted to play: fiendishly difficult ones that are perfect for co-op,” said Max Hoberman, President of Certain Affinity.
The Expansion pack contains new campaign levels pitting players in a race against time to hunt down and destroy two dangerous new threats. Also included is a new Challenge Map called “Fistful of Coins,” which allows users to test their skill against an increasingly deadly onslaught of enemies, with mountains of gold at stake. New loot, new enemies, and new challenges await in the first downloadable content expansion pack for Crimson Alliance!
Prepare to take Vengeance on October 12, 2011 for 240 Microsoft Points. The pack will be available from the main game menu, and will require a 40MB download. 

Abney Park’s Airship Pirates RPG
It’s 2150, and the Earth’s starting to get over the Great Apocalypse of 1906. From the steampunk sky-cities of Isla Aether and High Tortuga, airship pirates ply the clouds, in search of excitement and booty, kept in check only by the might of the Imperial Air Navy.

Down below, North America is a wilderness, its beast-haunted wastelands criss-crossed by the tracks of the freedom-loving Neobedouins and the armoured railroads that connect the Emperor’s widely scattered domains.

In the walled, smog-shrouded cities, people huddle in forced Victorian squalor, lorded over by the upper classes, while the Emperor’s clockwork policemen patrol the streets and the ultimate threat of the Change Cage hangs over those who would rebel.

You’ve got yourself an airship. You’ve got yourself a crew. You’ve got yourself one of Doctor Calgori’s fancy chronominautilus devices. All you need now is a good swig of rum (trust us, you’ll need it), and you’re ready to set sail on the winds of time and plunder history itself!

Who knows, maybe you can screw up the timeline some more?


Final Fantasy brand ‘greatly damaged’ – Square Enix CEO
When Final Fantasy XIV Online launched on the PC last year, it did so to heaping critical scorn, so much so that within months Square Enix ousted the game’s management team and delayed the planned PlayStation 3 version. At the time, the publisher publicly apologized for the state of the game, but it still hasn’t managed to put the fiasco behind it.

According to an Andriasang translation of a Sponichi report, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada provided an update on the game at a Tokyo press conference today. Wada reportedly discussed ongoing problems with the game, acknowledging, “The Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged.” He went on to say that Square Enix is continuing to work on Final Fantasy XIV, “which basically amounts to fully redoing the game.”

Bethesda v. Mojang ‘Scrolls’ dispute going to courtroom
When Markus “Notch” Perrson received a notice that Bethesda was bringing legal action against Mojang for infringing on the Maryland company’s “The Elder Scrolls” trademark with their forthcoming game “Scrolls,” he seemed to meet it with a level of bemusement, hoping that this was the sort of posturing that would just blow over. “Lawyers being lawyers,” he called it.

Seems like those lawyers are going to get plenty of opportunity to be themselves. Today, a new notification arrived from Swedish officials indicating that the suit will indeed see the inside of a courtroom. Bethesda has filed evidence with the court, including user comments and screenshots of the Scrolls game taken from trailers to show how consumers may confuse Skyrim with Scrolls.

For Mojang’s part, they seem dedicated to winning the dispute. Their business developer Daniel Kaplan told Gamasutra that they intend to fight, noting that he, “really [hates] it how the big boys always get their own way.”


Psionics Expanded: Unlimited Possibilities

Publisher: Dreamscarred Press
Discover the limitless options of psionics with the third release in the Psionics Expanded series. With new options for existing psionic classes and a new psionic class-the aegis, who summons a customizable astral suit-Unlimited Possibilities offers just that for your game!
Psionics Expanded: Unlimited Possibilities offers over 40 pages of new psionic material, including the aegis base class, the gifted blade archetype for the soulknife, and the Constructor and Erudite advanced psion disciplines. With dozens of new feats, 0-level psionic powers, and new psionic items and weapon abilities, even your existing characters can find something to use in this expansion to Psionics Unleashed.
Psionics Expanded: Unlimited Possibilities is the third release of six for the Psionics Expanded: Advanced Psionics Guide which will add a host of new player options playtested by the psionic community across the globe. Designed by the only publishing company known exclusively for psionic support, this book fills in the gaps left to have a truly all-psionic party. Psionics Expanded will be released as six serialized books, with a final release compiling all six parts into a single Advanced Psionics Guide.
Psionics Expanded requires Psionics Unleashed.

The Game of Thrones RPG Is Actually Happening
Back when we started seeing screenshots and hearing talk of Cyanide’s RTS Game of Thrones: Genesis, there was a fair amount of skepticism about the game. Each time we posted about it, folks would express doubt that this game was accurately channeling George RR Martin’s fiction, or the HBO series that it has inspired.

PlayStation Vita 3G downloads limited to 20 MB
The PlayStation Vita 3G Model will be limited to 3G downloads 20 MB in size, reports Andriasang (citing an SCE representative’s interview with ASCII).
The rep did note that the size could change in the future and that regardless of whether a user has the Wi-Fi only or 3G Model, they’ll be able to make purchases from the PlayStation Store.

Free Portal 2 DLC Coming Next Week
Good news Portal fans, Valve has followed up on previous word of some free DLC for Portal 2 with the official release date and details on what you can expect. Basically, after being slightly pushed back from its initial mid-September launch window, the content will be rolled out across all regions on Steam, Xbox LIVE and PSN starting October 4th. The free DLC, titled Portal 2: Peer Review, will be available to all owners ofPortal 2 for download on PS3 and Xbox 360, and will be automatically downloaded via Steam on PC and Mac.
Here’s a description of the content:

In “Peer Review”, you and a friend will continue the story of loyal bots P-Body and Atlas as you puzzle your way through a mysterious new co-op test track and once again match wits with GLaDOS. The DLC also features a single player and co-op Challenge Mode, and leaderboards to compare Challenge Mode scores with friends and the Portal community.

Sound good or what? I can’t imagine that any Portal 2-owning gamers WOULDN’T check this out, so let us know what you’re looking forward to the most about the DLC in the comments section below!

Get an Email Talking About The Old Republic Beta? It Doesn’t Mean You’re In
by Chris Pereira
If you’ve received any emails suggesting you’re in the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta but had previously gotten no indication you were actually in the beta, you don’t have to worry about them coming from spammers. They also don’t mean you’re now in the beta.

A pair of emails were sent out to a number of people yesterday who had signed up for the beta. One provided some encouragement to pre-order and mentioned, “Now that you’ve had a chance to experience your own Star Wars: The Old Republic saga, make sure you don’t miss out when the game launches.” The other offered thanks for participating in the beta and provided a link to a survey about the game. This left many people wondering if they had been added to the beta and not been informed.
In a post on the official TOR forums, senior community coordinator Allison Berryman explained that the emails were accidentally sent out to more people than intended. Having received the email doesn’t mean you’re in the beta right now, nor does it guarantee an invite is on the way.

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