'CivilizationEDU' takes the strategy franchise to school
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 9:23 am

Minecraft isn't the only game headed to the classroom these days. Next fall, CivilizationEDU takes the storied strategy franchise to schools, too. The game "will provide students with the opportunity to think critically and create historical events, consider and evaluate the geographical ramifications of their economic and technological decisions, and to engage in systems thinking and experiment with the causal/correlative relationships between military, technology, political and socioeconomic development," according to a press release.

Source: Business Wire




The Barkley Marathons
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 10:00 am

I don't watch a ton of documentaries but this one came highly recommended from a friend and I saw it on some "most underrated movies" lists so I thought I would check it out.

The Barkley Marathons is really good.  It's about a crazy marathon that most people consider to be the most difficult marathon in the world.  It consists of five loops through a 20+ mile course in the mountains of Tennessee.

It's an ultra marathon that's grueling and runs for 60 hours.  The participants have 12 hours to complete each loop of the course.

Did I mention that the course is unmarked?  And mostly off trails?  So not only are you covering that distance, you're also navigating through the wilderness while you do it.

When you get back to camp between loops you can take a break but you need to get back out there and get started on your next loop soon.

I didn't know what to think going into this documentary but within the first 10 minutes I was hooked and throughout it I was constantly amazed.

I highly recommend this documentary.  Check it out here or just watch it on Netflix.


The Flare Path: Africa 2016
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 8:00 am
The dimmed lighting, the rearranged seating, the bowls of hydrogenated corn snacks… by the time you’ve put two and two together it’s already much too late. Your persuasive host – Tedious Tim from next-door – is directing you towards a chair and fussing with his laptop. After the interminable ‘SE Asia 2014′ and ‘South America […]


League Of Legends: What It’s Like Working With Toxic Players
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 8:06 am
I post a lot about companies working to manage or reduce toxicity in online multiplayer games because I think it’s a really important thing and I really do love seeing people actively trying to improve the quality of our online interactions instead of throwing up their hands and saying “it’s the responsibility of the individuals/the […]


There was an interesting trend at this year’s E3: almost all the developers I spoke to had games which had leaked in some way before being officially announced


Here’s why Destiny’s nerfed its OP Hunters
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 7:18 am
Watching a Bladedancing Hunter slash his way across a map in Destiny has never been fun


Telltale’s first Batman season will be complete by the end of the year
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 7:36 am
How Telltale's more narrative focused take on the Dark Night’s adventure plays out is something we’re looking forward to experiencing


The Witcher 3’s full cast will be returning for it’s Gwent spin off
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 8:02 am
Good news for fans of gravely voiced stoicism, CD Project Red has confirmed Gwent - The Witcher 3’s card playing diversion made full release - will feature all the same actors as the main game


The Daily Grind: What’s the longest leveling grind in an MMORPG?
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 8:00 am
I really, really do not like long leveling grinds. Let me rephrase. I don’t mind long leveling paths where the levels don’t actually mean much in the game, when time-to-level stays roughly the same and where the curve is very shallow. You can have a cap of 500, but if it flies by, and if a level 50 isn’t that far [...]


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Retro Horror Adventure Now Haunting PC: Dark Fear
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 5:23 am
Dark Fear [official site] is part adventure game and part RPG, with similarities to Horror Soft’s titles from back in the day. I first played it on a tablet and am pleased to see it make an appearance on PC. It’s the kind of retro game that imitates its inspirations but also builds on them. […]


Buy These Games: Our Picks From The Steam Sale
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 6:25 am
Dark days for the world. Maybe videogames can save us? Haha yes of course they can haha. Here are some really good videogames, though. They’ll take you to a better place for a while. These are the RPS team’s 13 personal favourites from the current Steam Summer Sale: we believe in these games, and we […]


Destiny: Xur weapons, gear, and location, June 24 - 26. Patience and Time!
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 6:11 am
Xur, Destiny’s weekend trader, bratwurst aficionado, and artisan baker of fine breakfast pastries, is back


New Star Wars: Rogue One images show off Deathtroopers and more
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 7:03 am
This week has brought us a lot of exciting news on Star Wars: Rogue One, not least of which is confirmation that Darth Vader - and James Earl Jones with him - will be returning to cinema screens


Thea: The Awakening Adds Co-op Multiplayer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 4:00 am
Both Graham and Rob Zacny have been intrigued by Thea: The Awakening [official site]. Zacco explained it was “a survival 4X RPG roguelike with crafting and card combat” and Grammers is into that differentness. I’m not saying those two need help making friends, but I will point out that they could now play it together […]


Princess Jamyl’s Inheritance
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2016, 4:18 am
She’s still burning. It’s been almost a year since the Avatar-class titan, TES Seraph, was abruptly destroyed by a powerful contingent of Drifter Battleships. As she broke up in-space, it became clear to observers in-system


Steam summer sale is poised to make a dent in your wallet
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 10:51 pm
Are you ready to snap up a ton of PC games to add to your ever-growing backlog? Steam's summer sale has begun, and as always, it offers big discounts -- some bigger than others -- on over 12,000 titles. They include everything from popular franchises, such as Assassin's Creed and GTA, to new virtual reality experiences. And in case you want everyone to know you're a sucker for Steam sales, you'll get a "Summer Picnic Sale" trading card for every $10 you spend that you can display on your profile. The event will go on for 11 days until 1PM Eastern on July 4th. Since Steam won't be holding flash sales or adding any more titles to the list, you can start scouring all the available deals right now.

Source: Steam




'Banner Saga 2' gets bigger and badder with Survival Mode
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 11:30 pm

The Banner Saga 2 builds upon Stoic's brilliant Viking-fantasy universe, and it's about to get a little bit bigger. Survival Mode is available today as a free update to Banner Saga 2, allowing players to assemble teams from a large swath of existing heroes and then pit them against enemies in 40 back-to-back, turn-based strategy matches. Once a hero dies, he or she is gone for good, but each victory grants players a form of in-game currency called Renown, allowing them to add fresh fighters to their teams. Items drop during combat and there's a 30-second timer keeping the matches moving quickly.




Pantheon demos surprise dungeon on tonight’s stream
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 9:00 pm
Brad McQuaid’s Visionary Realms is planning to demo its pragmatic throwback MMORPG Pantheon tonight live on stream. “After much glee and celebration of [its] first stream in March, Visionary Realms is ready to show off all new game content for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. Thursday, June 23rd at 6pm PDT Brad McQuaid, Chris Perkins and John Diasparra will take [...]


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Steam Summer Sale 2016 Begins, Promises Delicious Picnic of Deals
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 4:42 pm



The Traumark Installation
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 7:45 pm
The last time I tried to visit this place was the first time I died.


Massively Overthinking: Is every MMORPG with a cash shop pay-to-win?
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 7:00 pm
This week’s Massively Overthinking comes to us from one of our dear Patreon Patrons, Duane. “There seems to be an ever broadening attitude towards what is pay-to-win. Recently I was in a conversation with a few other MMO players who insisted that if players could purchase max gear with in-game currency, then the game was pay-to-win, especially if the game [...]


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The Stream Team: Making a Secret World Museum of the Occult
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 8:10 pm
Last time, MassivelyOP’s MJ went out hunting to prepare for opening her own Museum of the Occult in The Secret World. Today, she gets to open it! How many displays can she afford to put up? And how many displays have others managed to set up? Join us live at 8:15 p.m. for a live tour of one or more [...]


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Pressure mounts on Upwell to hand over Serpentis data and hardware
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 6:17 pm

YULAI – The Federation and Republic have added their formal support to a Directive Enforcement Department mandate issued this morning that demands the handover of all seized technology, blueprints and research equipment that were provided to the Upwell Consortium by private military contractors, after a series of raids on Serpentis Corporation assets over the course of the last week.

During this morning’s hearing following the open Inner Circle session hosted on Tuesday, Federal Intelligence Office Director Mentas Blaque spoke before the group of delegates, affirming the Federation’s position that “the Serpentis Corporation and their Cartel allies pose the most significant security threat to both the security of the Gallente Federation, and our allies in the Republic”.

Director Blaque then elaborated on Federal support for proposed economic sanctions by CONCORD against the Upwell Consortium and its member corporations, stating that “the safety and security of Gallente citizens is of paramount importance and the Federal government takes matters of interstellar security incredibly seriously. We will not stand by and watch a for-profit consortium of corporations toy with the safety of the Gallente people by holding back intelligence on enemy capability that could be vital to bolstering the security of Federal borders against potential attack.”

Girn Egnai, Republic Security Services Director of Operations for the Metropolis region offered further support, speaking after Director Blaque to clarify the Republic’s position that “the Republic Fleet and Republic Security Services are engaged in open and ongoing conflict with the Angel Cartel, and by extension their allies in the Serpentis Corporation. A privately owned, for profit consortium should not be in a position where it is permitted to hold back intelligence that poses a risk to the security of any sovereign state in the cluster.”

At the conclusion of Director Engai’s statement, Director Blaque struck his fist on the table in agreement, before confirming that the Federal Senate was willing to consider sanctions within the Federation against Gallente member corporations of the Upwell Consortium, as well as against business conducted inside its borders by non-Gallente Upwell members.

The State and Empire delegates to the Inner Circle once against offered their acknowledgement and agreement, but as of yet have not formally offered support for any potential sanctions against the Upwell Consortium or its members.

At this stage, the Upwell Consortium has offered no comment when approached by the Scope Network regarding ongoing discussions.




Fragmented’s NPCs are gunning for you
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 6:00 pm
Heads-up for any out there who thought that Fragmented’s enemy mobs were timid push-overs: Those days are over. A new build for The Repopulation survival spin-off has given a motivational speech for these NPCs, and as such the AI has become a lot more aggressive toward players. These mobs will chase players for longer and have an easier time navigating obstacles [...]


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Shadow of the Serpent: Sarpati’s Revenge
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2016, 5:35 pm
Virge Salvador Sarpati and the Serpentis are out for blood, and the history of EVE Online will change forever. That’s the gist of the latest … [visit site to read more]


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