From the monthly archives: "December 2011"

We need more Minecraft up in this piece, so I’m bringing it. Here’s a skeleton archer riding a spider right into your nightmares.

Five O’Clock Fan Art is perfect for wrapping up the work day. You don’t want to think anymore, you just want to look at awesome things. And there’s nothing more awesome than a well crafted piece of videogame fan art. If you don’t agree, what the hell are you doing at a gaming blog?

DevBurmak is always allowed in my mine.


Oh, Gamestop. When you fuck up, you fuck up with flying colors. First, there was the Deus Ex fiasco, where they took codes from the PC version of the game. Now, you have insulted The Last Guardian!

Anyone who pre-ordered the game yesterday received a call saying that the retailer was taking the game off their computers, and naturally, everyone took it as a sign of the game being canceled. Sony said that the game’s cancellation was “not true” in any way whatsoever. Here’s why Last Guardian was removed from Gamestop’s computer:

“The Last Guardian has not been cancelled by Sony as we incorrectly stated in an automated call to reservation customers. Because the game did not have a specific release date, GameStop made the decision to remove the game from our system.  The Last Guardian will be reinstated for pre-order when a firm launch date is known.”

Way to go, Gamestop. You really know how to work people into a frenzy. Next time, maybe explain why you’re removing a game from your computer.

Via [Joystiq]


SOE recently released the Age of Discovery expansion for long running MMO Everquest II, and one of the new features included in the expansion is the ability for players to create their own dungeons. Once your dungeon is complete, other players can then venture through its halls as they would any officially developed dungeon delve.

The Dungeon Maker System offers players more than a dozen layouts to choose from, the ability to adapt monster’s special abilities and AI, and the option to purchase Effect Objects from the marketplace. If that sounds a little complicated, the video below may better explain and simplify the process. You can read more about the Dungeon Maker tool in the latest Producer’s Letter over at the official site.


The big Steam Christmas holiday sale is now on, lasting until Sunday, January 1, 2012.

The daily deals return, but there’s a bit more to it than just a sale this time.

The “Great Gift Pile” provides challenges for steam users, giving the chance to win a free game or discount coupons. You can also win a bit of coal, which can be crafted into a gift (7 lumps = 1 gift) or saved for later. Coal is the ticket to enter the “Epic Holiday Giveaway”, where “the more coal you have, the better your chance of winning.” What do you win? Well, the first prize is every game on Steam, so you’ll want to be winning that, right?

There are numerous packs and publisher catalogues on offer throughout the sale, as well as many individual games on sale. We recommend, however, that you don’t buy any of these until the end of the sale, when you’re sure they haven’t come up as a daily deal at a bigger discount.

Today’s Daily Deals Include:

My recommendations today are Dirt 3, because it is a great rally game with proper classic cars in it, and Audiosurf, which is a fun little your-own-music based game.


It’s no secret that Serious Sam likes to blow shit up.  Well, Christmas time is no exception.  With the latest update to Serious Sam 3, you can dress up as a sexy santa and wreak havoc all over Bum Fuck Egypt.

Oh yeah:

Want some? Serious Sam 3 is on Sale on Steam for $29.99 til January 2nd!

Be sure to check out the RipTen Review!


Planetside 2 has been a log time coming, but SoE is hard at work making sure the project lives up to all the hype.

Today, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) released the most in-depth look at the game’s three factions - Vanu Sovereignty, New Conglomerate and Terran Republic. SOE’s Matt Higby, creative director, gives fans and players an inside look at the different aspects of each faction, detailing the vehicles and weapons, as well as the overall combat and maneuvering techniques.


What happens when you get a team of dedicated Minecraft builders together and have them work for 16 hours straight?  You get Aquila, this magnificent castle city.

This is almost amazing enough to make me want to play Minecraft… almost.


If you’re into that whole OnLive thing, your Xperia Play is now your best friend.  More games?  You betcha.

Here’s the rundown from OnLive:

“From the moment we launched our OnLive Android app, gamers began asking about Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY game control support,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “We listened and delivered. Now Xperia PLAY gamers in the US and UK can play almost all of OnLive’s 200 premium titles—including hit AAA games like Saints Row: The Third and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations—on their Xperia PLAY smartphone with a full console-class experience, including multiplayer and social features.”

Released to the Android Market on December 8, the free OnLive app is the first cloud gaming app to enable users to play high-performance, console-quality games—previously playable only on the highest-end computers and gaming systems—on devices as simple as smartphones and tablets. Unlike downloaded games, OnLive games are streamed over the internet just like streaming music and video, never taking up storage. And OnLive games are cross-platform—meaning you can start play on your PC or Mac®, then pick up your game on your smartphone and finish on a friend’s TV via the OnLive Game System with all your save game data intact. Or, play multiplayer with friends on entirely different devices. Now, with Xperia PLAY, gamers will be able to extend OnLive’s high-performance game touch experience with the greater control, better accuracy and the physical feeling of a game console controller, all in a single compact smartphone. Customers can find the OnLive app in the Android Market by clicking here.

Tablet and smartphone owners who don’t own an Xperia PLAY can choose two other ways to play on an Android tablet or smartphone. They can jump instantly into free demos of 24 touch-playable games, such as Dirt 3 and Defense Grid Gold, which have been either redesigned with native touch controls or include various virtual gamepads on-screen. Or, they can play nearly every game in OnLive’s growing library using the recently released and highly-acclaimed Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, designed to optimize wireless play across tablets, smartphones, PCs, Macs, TVs and Blu-ray players.

For more on the Xperia Play, be sure to check out the RipTen Review.



It’s hardly been a few months since Game of Thrones: Genesis‘s disappointing release, and Cyanide Studios already has plans for a new Game of Thrones game. This time, the game is centered around Mors, a brother of the Night’s Watch, and Alester, a Red Priest.

The trailer below features about 2 and half minutes of gameplay footage. Although the graphics aren’t exactly impressive, I have high hopes. Hopefully, Cyanide Studios can do things right this time and make a game that does George R. R. Martin some justice:


New Nvidia beta drivers offer a 25% Skyrim performance upgrade!  But don’t get the wrong drivers, or your game will look like the screenshot above. It’s a weird glitch.

Five O’Clock Fan Art is perfect for wrapping up the work day. You don’t want to think anymore, you just want to look at awesome things. And there’s nothing more awesome than a well crafted piece of videogame fan art. If you don’t agree, what the hell are you doing at a gaming blog?

MLeth makes Nords everywhere proud

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There’s nothing better about a multiplayer game then getting to beta test it. Not only are you getting a first look at the game before the public, but you’re also help making the game better. If you’re in the private beta for LightBox’s Starhawk, you’ll be sad to hear that the beta will end on Tuesday, January 3. Sony sent a big shoutout on the Playstation Blog to all those who have played in the beta:

Warheads –

The time has come to say “thank you and good night!” As of Tuesday, January 3rd, the lights will go down on the Starhawk Private Beta. It’s been a wild, wild ride and we want to thank ALL the participants that took time out of their schedule to help us test Starhawk. We’ve learned an enormous amount and have applied much of it already. We’ve still got a long way to go but the leg up this info has provided us is incredibly valuable. The Private Beta was our first step to try out the game in the wild and it’s been simply awesome. And because of this success, we’ve decided to keep the Private Beta live through the holiday break. After all, what would ringing in 2012 be without a little Starhawk beatdown session?!!

Things don’t stop there, though. If you bought a copy of Uncharted 3, you’ll be pleased to hear this:

So what’s next? Why, the Public Beta, of course! In the next few weeks we’ll be announcing the dates for this important step. Many more players will be allowed access, including the UNCHARTED 3 owners who received a Public Beta voucher when they purchased the game! Look for more information and specifics on the PlayStation.Blog very soon.

So hold on to your copies of Uncharted 3, folks. We’ll keep you posted on when a public beta’s coming. For those of you who got in on the private beta, how’s Starhawk shaping up? Leave your impressions in the comments below.

via [G4TV]


The big Steam Christmas holiday sale is now on, lasting until Sunday, January 1, 2012.

The daily deals return, but there’s a bit more to it than just a sale this time.

The “Great Gift Pile” provides challenges for steam users, giving the chance to win a free game or discount coupons. You can also win a bit of coal, which can be crafted into a gift (7 lumps = 1 gift) or saved for later. Coal is the ticket to enter the “Epic Holiday Giveaway”, where “the more coal you have, the better your chance of winning.” What do you win? Well, the first prize is every game on Steam, so you’ll want to be winning that, right?

There are numerous packs and publisher catalogues on offer throughout the sale, as well as many individual games on sale. We recommend, however, that you don’t buy any of these until the end of the sale, when you’re sure they haven’t come up as a daily deal at a bigger discount.

Today’s Daily Deals Include:

My recommendation today can only be Torchlight, as it is quite good and also has the advantage of being the only one I’ve played (I have played Mass Effect but it is total shite). Leave a comment if you want to add something!


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