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PC Games Now Available for Preorder

Dawn of Discovery - $49.99

New All-Time Low Prices for PC Games

Backyard Skateboarding 2006 - $5.59
Rome: Total War - $11.78
Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon - $15.99
Nancy Drew: Danger by Design - $9.99



New All-Time Low Prices for PC Games

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - $39.99 - Save $7.00
Powerboat GT - $13.49
18 Wheels of Steel Big City Rigs - $18.99 - Save $1.00
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - $14.49


Eidos goes on about Thief 4 again

Speaking of vapourware, Eidos is still having fun teasing Thief fans. Apparently there has been an advert on their site recently with the same font used in the Thief games, and people think that their next big thing will be Thief 4.

Funny how people over-analyse things like that.

Anyway, people are now talking about Thief 4 again. I'm a fan of the Thief series, but I think if this one ever does come out, it'll probably not be as good as Thief: The Dark Project or Thief: The Metal Age. Those were the golden years...

For those of you wondering what their first project is, it's Deus Ex 3.


Duke Nukem Forever Possibly Coming Soon- What Happened to "When It's Done"?

Speaking of funny things happening on Twitter, George Broussard from 3D Realms  claims that they are "Closing out a milestone this week".

There has been speculation as to what he's referring to, with some saying that he could be talking about Prey 2, but as far as I know, the only time George Broussard has anything to say, it's about I say it's about DNF.


Ashton Kutcher on Twitter

Ashton Kutcher 2008-09-09We all remember that little snot-nosed brat, Ashton Kutcher, don't we? The one from That 70's Show? It seems as though to get some media attention he's issued a challenge to CNN on Twitter, and it's all about who can garner 1 000 000 followers. 

According to gamenewshq, Ashton says if he wins, he'll "ding-dong ditch" Ted Turner's house. He's also offered his 1,000,000th follower a copy of Guitar Hero, and said he'll donate 10,000 mosquito bed nets to charity for World Malaria Day on April 24. 

EA has jumped on the bandwagon and said that it will give his 1,000,000th follower a copy of every game EA makes in 2009 for their system of choice, and will put them in The Sims 3. Better prize for a gamer IMO.

I'm not following Ashton Kutcher for three reasons: 

1) I'm not on Twitter.
2) Ashton Kutcher is a twit.
3) CNN actually provides the earth with something of real use. If I was on Twitter, my vote would be for CNN.

Apocalypse Then: Iron Fist

On this day, in 1982, Motörhead's album, Iron Fist, was released.

It was the last album to be recorded by the famous trio of Lemmy, Eddie Clarke and Phil Taylor.



Another Identity Crisis and Whining over Art Direction: Borderlands

Yet another game, this time Borderlands, is suffering from what seems like an identity crisis. Either that or it’s just that fact that people are getting it wrong and it’s misunderstood. People have been whining that the game’s new graphics looks as though it’s cel-shaded, like Crackdown or Prince of Persia.

Gearbox claims it’s not cel-shaded but instead uses an illustrative art design.

If people were pi$$ed off about Diablo III’s art direction, then there should be no end of pleas to stop this trend from spreading, with the more traditional method of using cutting edge technology in games nowadays to make them as life-like as possible, especially with big name games, and specifically in the first person shooter genre.

New All-Time Low Prices for PC Games and Equipment

Matias Portable Office - $69.83 - Save $3.67
Dungeon Siege 2: Broken World Expansion Pack - $9.60
The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes - $13.25
Demigod Collector's Edition - $46.49 - Save $0.50


Apocalypse Then: Virginia Tech massacre

Today, in 2007, the Virginia Tech massacre occurred. It was a school shooting that was perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho, a 23 year old Korean man, who killed 32 people and injured others before killing himself.

Cho was bullied for speech difficulties, having been diagnosed with severe depression as well as selective mutism at an early age.

The massacre is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in United States history.


PC Games Now Available for Preorder

Grand Theft Auto PC Trilogy

Fallout Triology - 3 Pack Compilation


I Think I Just Got Screwed by FNB and MTN…Again

I recently received a brochure that informed me of the possibility of recharging my airtime account with my online banking account as well as my cellphone.

So, last night I logged in and bought some airtime. I got a text telling me that the transaction was completed, and I received another text telling me that I had received free extra airtime- nice.

Then I find out that the extra airtime isn’t included in your total balance when wanting to download a data bundle. So I went on again and tried to download another voucher. I get another text and I check my balance only to find that the original amount that I paid for was gone, and the extra airtime was gone too. I go online again, but this time make sure to log out and then log back in again in case there are only so many purchases you can make with one OTP. I buy another voucher and get another text.

So, I try to buy a data bundle and the operator says, “Your data bundle purchase could not be processed at this time. Please try again later. Goodbye.”

So I spent all that money, and I’m left with all this airtime that I can’t even use to buy a data bundle.

Eventually, two hours down the line I was able to get a data bundle, but instead of getting 100 MB, I got 200 MB! Weird. I still don't know if I was overcharged.

I also noticed that data bundles are now valid for 60 days instead of 30 days. On one hand, that’s good because now you have more time to use the actual data, but on the other hand it’s not so good because now you have to wait twice as long before being able to buy a new one. You could probably just take the sim card out, replace it, and get more airtime to buy another one, but it’s too much effort.

FNB and MTN, you suck. Goodbye.


Apocalypse Then: Daikatana

On this day in gaming, in 2000, Daikatana was released. 

Daikatana was made by Ion Storm, now out of business, but once headed up by ex id Software co-founder, John Romero. The game is known as one of the major commercial failures of the computer game industry.



PC Games Now Available for Preorder

Sherlock Holmes Chronicles
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition
Grand Theft Auto PC Trilogy
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Max Payne 3


The Wish Granter: A Medieval First Person Shooter...or is that Archer?

I’m a little, no, make that very, tired of seeing the same old World War 2 FPS games. We’ve had tons of Medal of Honors, Call of Dutys, and Brothers in Arms, (and we’ll likely get more), among others that have delved into the genre and probably explored as much of it as possible. I would say that unless there’s something really new and exciting that they can dig out of it, they should start looking elsewhere.

As I’ve covered in another post, Crytek could possibly be working on something set more in the Middle Ages. 

Remember the good old fun that was Thief, Thief II: The Metal Age and Thief: Deadly Shadows? Okay, so those games were more about sneaking around and looting places, but what I can see as far as a medieval first person shooter goes is this: take Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and its multiplayer idea of different classes, like a sorcerer, knight, assassin, thief, saboteur (I’m adding some here), and have a singleplayer version as well as a multiplayer version that would play similarly to Battlefield. The singleplayer would and should have more of a story though, and not just a versus bots style game.

Take Thief, Thief II, Thief Deadly Shadows, The Dark Mod, Thievery, Nightblade, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, Oblivion, Age of Empires, Team Fortress, Assassin’s Creed, and Stronghold as inspiration, and you could have quite a game on your hands. Hordes of swordsmen, archers, longbowmen, arbalests, sorcerers, cavalry, knights on horseback, sieges, castles, trebuchets, mangonels and the like with huge battles taking place on large green fields stained with blood, and all the while you could also have the assassins, thieves, and spies taking the more hidden route and bringing the siege to an end from the inside, while saboteurs would try and blast their way through a weak point in the defenses. 

As far as the castle’s defensive strategies, you would have boiling oil or water thrown down onto the advancing soldiers, and engineers scurrying around trying to rebuild structures or set up defences. 
I just think it would work. Come on, think of a Lord of the Rings battle, or the first bit of Gladiator, or those recreated scenes of medieval battles on the History Channel and you’re now getting excited, aren’t you?


Crytek Files for New Trademarks, Possibly has a Medieval Era Game in the Works

Crytek, developer of Far Cry, Crysis, Crysis Warhead and Crysis Wars and the CryEngine technology behind them, has filed for new trademarks: Gface, Carvatar, Kingdoms, and Warface.

A recent tech demo of the new CryEngine 3 has seen medieval battles going on in it, and that makes me a little excited. I’d bet that the trademark of “Kingdoms” or "Warface" has something to do with the title or theme of this game if it ever is released one day. We could use more medieval themed games, especially of the first person genre. Ever since I saw an April Fool’s Day Joke last year in NAG magazine advertising a Battlefield 1342 game, I couldn’t help but think that it could actually work. Imagine multiplayer battles with swords, axes, maces, horses and long bloody fights… 

My Most Wanted PC Games

I started a games checklist years ago on my PC, and I decided to put a list on my blog.

Updated on 2009-04-13

Latest additions:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
Painkiller: Resurrection
Syndicate Sequel
Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper
Stalin vs. Martians

Latest subtractions:

Chronicles of Riddick: The Assault on Dark Athena (released)
NecroVisioN (played demo- not impressed much)

In no particular order (except alphabetical): 

Alan Wake  
Alien RPG Project 
Aliens vs. Predator 
Aliens: Colonial Marines 
America's Army 3  
Assassin's Creed 2  
Battlefield: Bad Company 2  
Bionic Commando  
Bioshock 2  
Bioshock 3 
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
Dark Sector 
Deus Ex 3  
Doom 4
Duke Nukem Forever
Fallout MMO  
Half-Life 2: Episode Three 
Highlander: The Game  
I Am Alive  
Interstellar Marines  
Jagged Alliance 3 
John Carpenter's Psychopath  
Mafia II
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Max Payne 3
Modern Warfare 2  
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising  
Painkiller: Resurrection
Postal III  
Prey 2  
Quake Arena 2
Quake 5
Red Faction: Guerrilla  
Saw: The Videogame  
Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper 
Stalin vs. Martians
Star Wars: The Old Republic  
StarCraft II Protoss: Legacy of the Void  
StarCraft II Terrans: Wings of Liberty  
StarCraft II Zerg: Heart of the Swarm  
Stargate Worlds 
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
Sudden Strike: The Last Stand 
Syndicate Sequel
System Shock 3
The Sims 3  
Thief 4
TNA Impact! 2 
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction  
Velvet Assassin  
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 

List will be updated
Titles may be changed
Game names may be pure speculation or rumour
Release dates not listed due to uncertainty


PC Games Coming out This Week

April 14, 2009 City of Heroes: Architect Edition  
April 14, 2009 Demigod  
April 14, 2009 Demigod (Collector's Edition)  
April 14, 2009 Still Life 2 



New All-Time Low Prices for PC Games

Tom Clancy's Chronicles (Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six 3) - $11.18
CSI Hard Evidence - $11.79
Nanny Mania - $12.99
Driver Parallel Lines - $12.57


Easter Sunday

Apocalypse Then: Painkiller

On this day in gaming, back in 2004, the game Painkiller was released. It won Joystiq's coveted "Best Game of Every Year, Ever" award.

There were expansions, titled Painkiller: Battle out of Hell, and Painkiller: Overdose- a pseudo expansion that started out as a fan mod.

Another release, Painkiller: Black Edition, is a pun on the common term gold edition or version, this time replaced with black-referring to its dark content.

Recently it has been confirmed that Painkiller: Resurrection, the sequel, is on the way and will be released by the end of the year.

Tip: There's also a Painkiller speedrun competition going on at at the moment.

What does AAA stand for?

It's not an abbreviation of anything. It just means the best of the best... 

"Well, now you know the truth: Apocalypso's Atomic Arcade!"

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