Tag Archives: Minecraft

Recently: Borderlands $4.99, Preorder Borderlands 2

Recently: Borderlands $4.99, Preorder 2

Borderlands 2 is $4.99 on Steam right now until July 30th. You can play the original for FREE on Steam until Sunday 1PM PST. You can also preorder Borderlands 2 now for $59.99.

As of right now the phenominally successful Arma 2 DayZ mod lists 882,168 unique players. The mod is still in its alpha stage and suffers quite a large number of issues such as griefers ALT-F4ing out of combat, “ghosting” (momentarily changing servers to flank players) and connection issues. Along with bugs in general. Regardless of these issues the mod is still going strong. I think players generally feel that the right issues aren’t being fixed at the right time but fixes are coming in on a semi-regular basis.

The Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod is in development again. Retail (legit) copies will be required according to the developers.

Check out the video below detailing Sonic Ether’s shaders mod for Minecraft.

Release Dates:
Baldurs Gate Enhanced Edition – Sept 18 PC, Mac and iOS
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria – Sept. 25 2012
Guild Wars 2 – Aug 28 2012
Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan – Sept. 5 2012
Borderlands 2 – Sept 18 2012

Deals:
NewEgg: EVGA GTX 560 SE 1GB for $119 (109 after rebate)
Borderlands for $4.99 plus Free Weekend until Sunday 1PM EST

Links:
Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders for Minecraft
F1 2012 Video Detailed
MechWarrior Online: Founders Program Video
Battlefield Aftermath Details: GameInformer / Shacknews
Hawken Hands-On: stfuandplay.com


Recently: 0x10c, EA’s Poo Award, Aion F2P

Mojang's 0x10c, EA's Poo Award, Aion F2P

On April 11th Aion will be free-to-play and you can download the client now to get ready. We will be streaming Aion live at our Twitch.TV on the 11th. Vanguard will be going free-to-play this summer.

Those with an active subscription of Star Wars: The Old Republic are now able to invite 25 of their friends for a seven day trial. TOR offered up another free-to-play weekend for new players. That trial period ends at 5:00PM AEST April 9.

Mojang and Notch’s newly announced possibly-to-be online (with monthly charge) space travel game called 0x10c is slightly reminiscent of Eve Online. Their may be seamless space-to-planet transitions. Seamless transitions are relatively new to games but have been done before (Evochron Mercenary and Infinity Universe). That doesn’t mean they’re not awesome!

Check out Infinity Universe’s seamless transitions:

Minecraft 1.2.5 is officially released. Check here for the change log. Changes include: shift-click support for furnaces, fixes for chat crashes and changes to cat behavior.

Electronic Arts has received the 2012 Golden Poo award from Consumerist for being the Worst Company in America. Rightfully so! Well, I wouldn’t say the worst company ever but they have a bad reputation in gaming for valid reasons. Back in 2004 EA was sued by employees for unpaid overtime. Read Forbe’s Paul Tassi’s thoughts on the pre-win and Erik Kain’s post-win thoughts.

Secret World is now accepting pre-orders.

Trailers and Videos:
The Shotguns of Max Payne 3
Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter trailer
Destructoid: New Aliens Colonial Marines gameplay & Borderlands 2 Hands-On
Megaman X Fan Video
Far Cry 3: First in-game multiplayer footage
Borderlands 2 New Gameplay + PC Co-op Hands on Impressions
Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings: Enhanced Edition New Elements
Starhawk: Ride, Drive and Fly

Articles:
Starcraft II World Championship Series details
Borderlands 2 Exclusive Hands-On: Returning to Pandora never looked so good


Minecraft 1.1 Mod Spotlight: Mocreatures, etc.

Minecraft 1.1 Mod Spotlight: Mocreatures, Treecapitator

A combination of mods in 1.1 that I particularly like is MoCreatures with Treecapitator and Convenient Inventory. Of course you will also need Modloader, AudioMod, GUI Api and CustomMobSpawner to make these work. The Minecraft Forum threads will also lead you to these mods.

Mocreatures adds many new neutral and aggressive mobs. You can also tame and breed many of them. Werewolves prowl the night and upon daylight return to their human form. The most dangerous mob is the Ogre which will destroy blocks with its powerful fists to get to you.

Treecapitator allows you to (while using an axe) break the base block of a tree causing the upper blocks to fall similar to Terraria. When a tool breaks CI automatically places an extra in your hand from your inventory if it’s available; along with allowing you to sort your inventory in different ways.

Installing all of these mods can go wrong quite easily if done in the wrong order or incorrectly. The first time I did everything correctly and the second I managed to screw it up. In other words make sure you read the instructions; unlike me on the second install.

As always REIMinimap is an excellent mod. I love the fact that you can place waypoints to mark points of interest on your map such as your current home. That is extremely helpful in hardcore mode when you simply can’t risk getting lost or losing resources you left in a chest somewhere.

Links:
Minecraft Mods Forum [Minecraftforum.net]
MoCreatures Wiki

1.1 Supported Mods:
Forestry
More Creeps and Weirdos
BuildCraft
Better Than Wolves
Better Than BuildCraft


Recently: Skyrim Lycans, BF3 Reality Show, Etc.

Recently in Gaming: Skyrim Lycans, BF3 Reality Show, Etc.

Check out The Avengers trailer. I’m not necessarily a fan of these movies, but Iron Man was pretty good and Thor actually wasn’t all that bad. Scarlett Johansson is in it. Good enough for me. Oh yea AND there is a new American Pie movie with the original cast. Here is the trailer.

It amazes me how much people get out of Minecraft. At times it’s like watching a child as he plays alone in his room creating vast worlds in his mind using only the toys at his disposal. There are limits to what you can do in a video game. Even Minecraft. Yet people entertain themselves endlessly. This guy decided to create a video series of a his travels in Minecraft with only one life to live.

Check out Revision3 for shows like The Totally Rad Show, Film Riot and Destructoid.

The Star Wars: The Old Republic release date is now Dec 20th in both the US and EU. The EU date was originally the 22nd. Check out the new Signs of War trailer.

Here’s some sweet info on Skyrim werewolves. Apparently certain races have a resistance to the lycan syndrome-disease-condition-thing. Let’s just call it lycanherpes. Works for me. According to the blog there is no cure for lycanthropy but the condition does have methods of which to be held back.

The Battlefield 3 open beta brought in 8 million players. There is also a BF3 reality show called Operation Gridiron. Here is Episode 1 and Episode 2. At least it’s not a Call of Duty reality show. I don’t think I need to tell you how pathetic that would be.

Star Wars The Old Republic Links and Info:
Audio: SWTOR Q&A @ NYC
Video: New York Comic-Con Powertech PvP / Vanguard PvP / Jedi Guardian Alderaan PvP
Corellian Run Radio: NYCC: Thursday Pics, Friday & Saturday SWTOR Events
TORWars: SWTOR at NYCC: Day One Booth Photos
TORWars: 15 Flashpoints Available at Launch
DarthHater: Interview w/ Cory Butler
MMORPG.com: Star Wars: The Old Republic: NYCC ’11 Main Panel Recap

Videos:
Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer
11 Minutes of Syndicate Gameplay
YouTube: The Secret World Developer Diary: The Secret War

Trailers:
Battlefield 3 Vehicle Trailer

Reviews and Previews:
NY Comic Con Hands On: Mass Effect 3
NY Comic Con Hands On: Resident Evil: Revelations
EB Expo 2011: Mass Effect 3 hands-on
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Preview
Hands-on: Three hours with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
EB Games Expo Hands On: Battlefield 3
Skyrim: The Zombie Torturer
Three Hours with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Elder Scrolls 5 hands-on: How to be a complete bastard in Skyrim
NY Comic Con Showcase: Max Payne 3


Recently in Gaming: BF3 Beta, Diablo 3 Closed Beta

Recently in Gaming: BF3 Open Beta, Diablo 3 Closed Beta

The Diablo 3 closed beta has started. If you want to opt-in then head over to your Battle.net account, check your beta settings and upload your PC specs.

You will be able to download Battlefield 3 and participate in the open beta starting on the 29th and ending on October 10th. Get it here when the beta starts. The system requirements have been released. The recommended specs include a DirectX11 compatible card with 1GB of RAM and I expect that you will want the recommended specs. Especially if you intend on playing at 1920×1080.

Borderlands 2 will have a new UI and split screen action. It will also feature revamped weapons and AI.

Apparently Minecraft’s Enderman liked to walk off with player-made structures. Now they are getting nerfed. Take that Enderman-person-thing.

EA says traditional retail outlets are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Upcoming and Recent Releases:
The Lord of the Rings Online: The Rise of Isengard – September 27 2011
Battlefield 3 – October 25 2011
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – November 11 2011
F1 2011 – Available Now
Red Orchestra 2 – Available Now
Trackmania 2 – Available Now

Delayed Releases:
PC: Batman Arkham Asylum – Delayed until November

Links:
Geek.com: John Carmack coded Quake on a 28-inch 16:9 1080p monitor in 1995
Rockpapershotgun: Diablo 3: Incredibly Early Impressions
YouTube: Mafia Wars 2 Trailer
Rockpapershotgun: Wot I Think: Red Orchestra 2


Recently in Gaming: Max Payne 3 Trailer, LoL Patch

Recently in Gaming: Max Payne 3 Trailer, LOL Patch

The first Max Payne 3 trailer is here! It’s been about 8 years since the last Max Payne. A lot of great games are coming out late this year and early next year. You can add Max Payne 3 to the list and expect it in March 2012.

Watch this Fallout New Vegas: Lonesome Road DLC Trailer.

The Witcher 3 has been “confirmed”?

Dig watching Let’s Play videos? Check out Yogscast’s Let’s Play of Dead Island.

The Adventure Update of Minecraft was “leaked” early by Mojang itself. It is now officially live.

EA’s Origin server will soon feature third party titles.

Bethesda’s Todd Howard confirms the option of becoming a vampire in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Check out this 20 minute gameplay walkthrough with Todd Howard narrating.

Lord of the Rings: Rise of Isengard will be available on the 27th of this month. If you’re a fan, it might be worth playing for a while, at least until TOR releases.

Remember the 1993 game Syndicate? Probably not. I barely remember it myself, considering I was about 9 years old. Check out these screenshots of the new Syndicate game.

On the subject of games you would likely never want to play in your life, The News Game places you in the shoes of a wartime videographer.

League of Legends has released a new patch (1.0.0.125) and a patch preview. Read the patch notes.

I remember when I actually enjoyed playing Call of Duty and Red Orchestra 2 reminds me of those days. Check out the Red Orchestra 2 HD release trailer.

A skill calculator has been released for Diablo 3 on the official site.

Links:
Theplayersrepublic: Dead Island Review and Tropico IV Review.


Recently in Gaming: Max Payne 3 Has Multiplayer!

Recently in Gaming: Max Payne 3 Has Multiplayer!

Max Payne 3 has a release date (March 2012) and new screenshots have been revealed. It will have multiplayer! Expect a trailer around Wednesday.

Planetside 2 will be free-to-play and the beta will release this year.

A teaser video for the Deus Ex Human Revolution: The Missing Link DLC is up.

Check out these Cities XL screenshots.

System requirements for Rage have been released. You will need a decent video card but the specs are really quite modest.

A trailer has been released for the Minecraft 1.8 Adventure Update.

Star Trek Online is going free-to-play and more information has been released. Check with the official site.

Battlestar Galactica Online is free and has over 5 million players. Personally I don’t see how.

Overgrowth is an in-development ninja-rabbit action adventure by Wolfire games. Sounds nuts right? It’s actually looking quite interesting. The developers have kept fans in the loop for a good while on YouTube with development information. Rockpapershotgun has an interview with the developers.

Links:
VG247: Borderlands 2: Revamped Weapons and AI Detailed
Destructoid Review: Dead Island
Zavvi.com Review: Dead Island
Pr0gaming.com Video: League of Legends Dominion Gameplay Interview
IGN: Wargame: European Escalation Screenshots
IGN: IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Review