In their quest to own the rights to every game franchise in existence, we now have word that Nordic Games got out the checkbook recently to purchase the Desperados and Silver intellectual properties from Atari. As a reminder, Nordic Games recently purchased several IPs from the portfolio of THQ at auction.
Not up to speed on your ten-year-old, moderately successful game titles? Well Desperados was last heard from in the form of Desperados 2, a real-time strategy game in 2006. And Silver was an action RPG from way back in 1999. We’ll have to wait and see what Nordic Games has in store for them. Tip of the hat to GamesIndustry International.
We saw over at PC Gamer that Project Spark, a game creation tool of sorts, is now accepting signups for beta. We still aren’t quite sure what the experience is going to be like, and the various videos available don’t seem to make it much more clear. I guess the biggest question is, how good is the balance between the power of it as a tool and its ease of use? Is the more like Photoshop or MS Paint? Jump on through to check out an intro video and a montage of games made using Project Spark. We can see the huge potential here, let’s hope it lives up to it! (more…)
Borderlands 2 – $10 at Mac Game Store, activates on Steam
Worms Reloaded: Game of the Year Edition – $8.49 on Steam
Tomb Raider – $17 on GamersGate, activates on Steam
F.E.A.R. 3 – $5 on Steam
The CM Storm wing of Cooler Master has unveiled a tricked out new mouse aimed at gamers called the Havoc. Not only do you get eight programmable buttons and customizable LEDs to make the mouse glow whatever color you want, but also a laser sensor capable of delivering 8200 DPI and a body coated in rubber to make sure it stays exactly where you want it.
They say that the Havoc’s Japanese Omron micro-switches are capable of withstanding five million clicks. Is that a lot? How do we put that in perspective? That’s probably a lifetime for me, but watching some of those professional StarCraft matches makes we wonder if this thing would last half an hour. Cheers to Maximum PC.
You guys must be the infected ones, right?
Great, another game name with a colon in it. Today the developers behind The War Z posted on the game’s forums that the zombie title will now be called Infestation: Survivor Stories. The old website already redirects to a new one. They explain that the change was made to avoid confusion and will not affect anything other than the website and the logo.
Was it confusion with Day Z, another zombie game? Confusion with World War Z, the new flick with Brad Pitt? We may never know.
Effective today, The War Z has changed its name to Infestation: Survivor Stories. This change has come about primarily as a result of some confusion and trademark issues with a similarly titled property. While we were reluctant to rename the game so long after launch, especially with nearly 1 million registered players, it was ultimately decided to be in the best interest of our existing community as well as future players in order to eliminate confusion. Please rest assured that this will in NO WAY affect you as players. The only difference you will see is the change in logo and website. There will be no interruption of service or change in content.
We’re sure that the whole gaming community is bouncing off the walls today at the announcement of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number from Devolver Digital. Almost nothing is known at this point, but it sounds like we are in store for more of what made the original game so great: relentless violence, an acid trip of a story, and an incredible soundtrack. We’ll keep the details flowing as they come to us. In the meantime you can click through for a teaser. (more…)
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition – $6 on GOG
Torchlight – FREE on GOG
Mark of the Ninja – $3.75 on Steam
Definitive Dungeons & Dragons (Baldur’s Gate 2 Complete, Baldur’s Gate: The Original Saga, The Temple of Elemental Evil, Icewind Dale 2 Complete, Icewind Dale Complete, Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete, Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition, Planescape: Torment, Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone) – $21.10 (you can also buy each game separately)
Borderlands 2 – $13 on Newegg
XCOM: Enemy Unknown – $13 on Newegg
Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars – $10 on Steam
The Secret World – $15 on Steam
This month we’ve teamed up with Iceberg Interactive to give away not one, but two (holy cow, I know) copies of the retail version of StarDrive. You can read our review of the game here.
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GameFly sale, use code GFDJUN20 for all below
Medieval II: Total War – $3
Alpha Protocol – $3
Empire: Total War – $3, activates on Steam
Condemned: Criminal Origins – $3.50
Renegade Ops – $3, activates on Steam
Napoleon: Total War – $3, activates on Steam
Dishonored – $16, activates on Steam
Rollercoaster Tycoon Deluxe – $1.50 on GamersGate
Forge – $6.80 on Steam
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and thank you for everything you do. Hopefully today your kids will step aside for a minute and let you play some Call of Duty for once.