Realm Grinder: a continued obsession
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 11:00 am
I thought I was out, etc. Specifically, I thought I’d escaped from the monstrous compulsion of newly-on-Steam idle game Realm Grinder by spending a (entirely stressful: thanks, four-year-old offspring) long weekend at CenterParcs. Nature and barbecues and bicycles and dome-covered swimming pools: a necessary detox. … [visit site to read more]

Watch 12 adorable minutes of The Swords of Ditto
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 11:08 am
The Swords of Ditto [official site] is a beautifully illustrated cartoon RPG from Onebitbeyond, the new studio created by Stealth Bastard’s Jonathan Biddle. It promises a unique, whimsical adventure for each hero you create, along with co-op shenanigans. Take a look at the 12-minute gameplay demo below. … [visit site to read more]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has its first full trailer and it's irrefutable proof that The Rock and company are making a true video game movie - even if it's not based on an actual video game

CONCORD Ends Rogue Swarm Alert as Immediate Threat is Removed
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 11:26 am

YULAI – CONCORD has formally cancelled the "Rogue Swarm Alert" it declared on YC119.06.13, after the destruction of over 1.5 million rogue swarm nests and the elimination of all but a few scattered remnants of the rogue swarm's network of "Overminds".

Briefing the press at Directive Enforcement Department HQ, Brigadier General Odo Korachi once more commended the capsuleer community for its "swift and sustained response to this major swarming event". General Korachi also noted that the rogue swarm nests had been dealt with highly efficiently and most Swarm Overminds had been destroyed with minimal casualties incurred.

The Scope's Ret Gloriaxx of the Galactic Hour asked if surviving elements of the swarm would be able to incorporate what they had learned into future rogue drone strategies and tactics. General Korachi responded, "This rogue swarm has been dispersed and its network of drone overminds is no longer considered a threat. However, it would be wise to consider all rogue drones capable of adaptive behavior and a severe danger to space vessels and installations."

While the danger from this rogue swarm has passed, General Korachi also confirmed that the DED's Special Projects Office would continue to monitor, evaluate and research the evolving rogue drone presence in New Eden.

In other CONCORD news, the transfer of Project Discovery to CONCORD oversight is believed to be close to completion, with a new exoplanets hunting program being prepared for the citizen science platform. The Scope will report as more details of the new Project Discovery program emerge.

SOE Poster
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 11:42 am
Click to view in FlickrThere are so many things to say right now that I don't even know where to start. So, instead, I'm just going to let this one hang here on the site without much comment. At least for now. The creation process is an exhausting one.I

Here’s how Star Wars Battlefront 2’s crate system works
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 10:10 am
We already knew that Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] was doing away with season passes, instead doling out post-launch maps, modes and characters for free, but that doesn’t mean EA and DICE won’t be trying to tempt you to part with your cash in other ways. Battlefront 2 will feature optional microtransactions, letting players […]

Have You Played… Final Fantasy VII?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 10:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Naturally, I’m one of those awful snooty elitists about it these days. Doesn’t mean I didn’t play it. Doesn’t mean I didn’t obsess about it at the time. … [visit site to read more]

Hot on the heels of the success of Okja, Netflix is powering ahead with its slate of original movies for 2017 - the most exciting of which looks to be a live-action adaptation of the Death Note manga series

Watch the death god in action in this exclusive new Death Note trailer
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 9:59 am
The second trailer for Netflix's upcoming original movie Death Note is here and you can watch it exclusively on GR+

PvE Musings
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 10:07 am
May my remaining two readers forgive the break in communication, I actually took a few days off to travel, take photos and ponder.  Its been an interesting summer so far, full of real-life changes and adjustments and it looks like to shape up as a

The 'Futurama' crew returns today in a new mobile game
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 9:00 am

Good news, everyone: after no small amount of hype, you can revisit the Futurama universe on your phone. Jam City's TinyCo has released Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow for free on both Android and iOS. It's clearly another not-so-subtle attempt to cash in on a much-loved TV series, but this title promises to do more than trade on a familiar name. It has a relatively rich story created by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen and a writing team from the show, and the original show cast is on tap for dialogue. However, the most intriguing part may be its extremely varied gameplay -- it's more ambitious than many console or PC titles in some ways, even if it's not necessarily as deep.

Source: App Store, Google Play

The SNES Classic is probably the last retro console Nintendo will make
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 9:26 am

When Nintendo announced the SNES Classic earlier this week, nerd hearts everywhere were aflutter at another opportunity to relive old gaming glory. There was a hint of caution, though, as fans remembered how demand for Nintendo's first retro console -- the NES Classic -- wildly outpaced supply when it launched last fall. The company hopes to forestall shortages this time around, and has improved a few other things (like adding a few feet to the controller cables). Either way, make your peace with the SNES Classic when it lands on September 29th. It'll probably be the last retro console Nintendo releases.

Pinball FX3 is multiplayer-focused and coming soon
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 6:43 am
Pinball purveyors Zen Studios have announced Pinball FX3 [official site] for Steam and Windows 10. It will apparently “redefine the console and PC digital pinball experience” by making it competitive and community-driven. No pinball player is an island. Take a look at the announcement trailer below. … [visit site to read more]

G2A will require key sellers to provide name and address
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 7:41 am
G2A, the controversial marketplace for key sellers, will soon require any users hoping to shift game keys to reveal their name and address. “Starting July 1st, 2017, buyers will have access to detailed information about the sellers on, including their names and addresses,” G2A told Polygon. “This information will be included, among other places, […]

'Limbo' and 'Inside' will make for one creepy retail disc
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 8:31 am

You've probably already beaten Limbo and Inside from Danish development team Playdead. But if you've wanted a physical version of the pair, that hasn't been available. Well, until now. Publisher 505 Games is partnering with the studio to put its macabre sidescrollers onto store shelves in one package for $30. If you're doing the math, that's the same price as buying the digital bundle on PSN or each game separately. Except, of course, you're getting a disc-based version.

Rick and Morty coming to Rocket League and more
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 5:36 am
As Adult Swim gears up for the third season of Rick and Morty, characters from Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s anarchic sci-fi cartoon will be appearing in a slew of games, including Rocket League [official site]. … [visit site to read more]

Steam Toddler Group Sale
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 6:30 am
With the Steam Summer Sale bringing us the option to collect stickers, and stick them on colourful backgrounds, like I regularly do with my two year old, I’ve managed to sneak a peek at what future Steam sales will use to entice us in. … [visit site to read more]

Game of Thrones season 7 is nearly here and one of its key players has opened up about whether she’ll survive the next seven episodes and make it to the final season

The Morning After: Thursday, June 29th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2017, 6:00 am

This morning, we're talking hidden smartphone fingerprint readers, 77-inch paper-thin TVs for a 'mere' $20k and a global ransomware cyberattack that might not even be ransomware. We'll explain that last one further, we promise.

The production of the Han Solo movie may be feeling like a womp rat post-Luke smooshing right now, but it’s not all bad news: Disney have allegedly seen a sizzle reel for the movie and are pretty darn impressed

The Mind Clash Podcast – Episode 43: What is the Agency
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2017, 9:45 pm

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Kael and Meredudd are joined on this episode by Lh’owon Mirata, Vanderie, and returning guests Commander Aze and Tridgit. This evening they talked about some of the upcoming (soon tm) events like “The Agency” and Project Discovery 2.0. We also hit on some of the high points of battle reports over the weekend and wrapped it up with upcoming out of game player event news.

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The Mind Clash Podcast – Episode 43: What is the Agency
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2017, 9:46 pm
Kael and Meredudd are joined on this episode by Lh’owon Mirata, Vanderie, and returning guests Commander Aze and Tridgit. This evening they talked … [visit site to read more]

Episode 162: “Meow”
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2017, 10:08 pm
We talk about Star Trek and Star Wars news, the Steam sale, some Star Citizen news (and drama), Hellion, Titanfall 2, and Battleborne updates, and [...]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first DLC pack will arrive on June 30

Recent videos & interviews
Posted by Raph's Website [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 April 2017, 1:47 am
I tweeted about these, but neglected to mention them here on the blog, so here’s a roundup! First up is my favorite, this video by Zoyander Street of Critical Distance, for First Person Scholar. He was in town and came by my house to talk games; we ended up in my loft, where I keep … Continue reading Recent videos & interviews

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