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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Square Enix signs up to be part of Steam

"Square Enix's North American and European divisions are the latest to sign a deal with Valve's burgeoning Steam digital distribution and community platform.

Valve said Tuesday that the first Square Enix game to be available to Steam users will be the Unreal Engine 3-powered role-playing game, The Last Remnant.

It will release on Steam on April 9, days after the PC version arrives at retail.

Square Enix will continue to add games to its Steam offerings, Valve said in a statement."
Square Enix Heads to Steam

Sven Co-op - escape_series_3e trick jumping

When just playing a game isn't enough...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

D.I.C.E. Summit 2009: Gabe Newell's keynote

Newell believes that digital rights management software that is presented as copy-protection gives a game a stink. It leaves customers unsure about how flexibly they can access their games. So they turn to pirates who offer games with fewer strings, he suggested.

“There is evidence anecdotally that DRM is increasing piracy rather than decreasing piracy.” Valve’s solution: battle the pirates by providing better services than the pirates do.

The effectiveness of pirates, he said, is to get content to people who want it more swiftly and easily than the companies who make the content do.

An outfit like Valve, however, can get provide even better service, even by doing something as intrusive as data-mining their customers’ computers — as long as they are transparent about it and can prove to the customer that taking such measures will make the customers’ games better.


Some Steam statistics:
  • 20 million people connected
  • All major PC publishers on board
  • 350+ of the best PC games
  • Worldwide in 21 languages
  • 100% Year-over-year growth since 2004

About discount sales increase in revenues:
  • 10% sale = 35% increase in sales (real dollars, not units shipped)
  • 25% sale = 245% increase in sales
  • 50% sale = 320% increase in sales
  • 75% sale = 1470% increase in sales
The Very Different Gaming World Gabe Newell Wants
Live Blog: DICE 2009 Keynote - Gabe Newell, Valve Software

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Square Enix Eidos takeover in April?

"Square Enix says the Tomb Raider series has accumulated total sales of 30 million, while Deus Ex and its sequel have sold a combined 2.4 million units. The Hitman series has amassed sales of 8.3 million, according to Square Enix, while Kane & Lynch: Dead Men has moved 1.7 million units alone.

The publisher has also marked out "Talented Development Studios" working for Eidos, with offices in Britain, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, China, Canada and the US.

The company also stated that, if shareholders approve, the takeover will occur in April. Regulatory approval would be needed to make the deal official."
Square Enix cites "major" Eidos franchises
Eidos being bought by Square Enix?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Left 4 Dead DLC to be Free on PC, 360

"Word came from Valve today that the previously announced expansion pack for Left 4 Dead will be free on both the PC and the Xbox 360."
Left 4 Dead DLC to be Free on PC, 360

Pokémon Platinum release dates

US - March 22nd
EU - May 22nd
My Pearl save got corrupted at around 80 hours (accumulated during Christmas vacation), and I haven't been bothered to restart since. The platinum version of the game might just be the incentitive I've needed :)

Eidos being bought by Square Enix?

Japanese powerhouse Square Enix has made a bid to acquire British Tomb Raider house Eidos, it's been confirmed.

The Final Fantasy company has made a firm bid of around £84m, stating that Eidos' roster of franchises - including Tomb Raider and Kane & Lynch - are "highly complementary to our business and will accelerate our aggressive expansion into Western markets."

Though not yet approved, Eidos directors will be recommending that shareholders accept SE's offer, reports Reuters. Eidos chairman Tim Ryan called the offer "attractive".
Eidos agrees to Square Enix takeover

Tomb Raider Underworld - Mirror's Edge Mod

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Left4Dead Survival Pack coming this spring

"The first L4D DLC - called the L4D Survival Pack -- is due for release this spring and introduces a new multiplayer game mode entitled, Survival, plus two complete campaigns for Versus Mode"
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"The first Left 4 Dead release for the Source Software Development Kit (Source SDK) will allow the creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns that will be discoverable via L4D's matchmaking system." The SDK update is also due this spring and will be free of charge to all owners of the full PC game.
L4D Survival Pack: New mode, campaigns revealed

Cooking skill +2

Chicken, curry-sauce made with yoghurt, alot of leek & paprika

"Risbrulée"

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

GameSpot play Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Start/Select 30/01/09

Starbreeze developing the next Bourne game

EA Gets Ludlum, Starbreeze Does Bourne

New Deus Ex 3 details

"Dialogues look ordinarily at first glance, you pick from a variety of options how to continue the convo, however it is also important to watch out for the facial expressions andy body language of the particular person, you can get a lot of crucial info from these and with a bit of luck, you will be able to pick the most suitable option."
New Deus Ex 3 details turn up in Czech magazine