Bloodline (Star Wars) Review
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 10:00 am

I really liked Bloodline.  If you follow me you know that I read almost every Star Wars book that hits the market.  This one is right up there with the best ones I've read.

And it didn't really surprise me that it was.  Bloodline is by Claudia Gray, the same author who wrote Lost Stars which is my favorite Star Wars book to date.

Bloodline follows Leia sometime about half way between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.  It fills in so much information about the politics of the New Republic, hints at the formation and structure of the first order, and let's us see a key point in Leia's political career.  It's a fantastic book to start bridging the gap between Episode VI and Episode VII.

While I'd love to learn more about what Luke and Ben are doing during this time period I never felt like this book had to go there.  There are enough interesting events going on with Leia that I was captivated throughout.

If you're a Star Wars fan I recommend reading Bloodlines.  It's really good and it will give you more appreciation for events that happened on a galactic scale before The Force Awakens.

Forever Wandering Through Games
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 8:44 am
How long has it been since you stuck with a single MMO for at least a year? I remember when Tipa used to put out a challenge to people to stick with a single game for...

Overwatch’s Competitive Mode Is Out Today
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 6:26 am
I’ve been enjoying Blizzard’s colourful team shooter Overwatch precisely because I don’t feel competitive when I play it. If I continue with it, there will surely come a time when I have expectations of my own performance and will be frustrated by my constant failure, but I hope to stave that off for a while […]

Oh My God(s): Dwarf Fortress’s Creation Myths & Magic
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 8:10 am
As if simulating millenia of erosion and mineral formation and legends didn’t generate complex enough worlds for Dwarf Fortress [official site], developers Bay 12 Games have detailed plans to generate creation stories which will spill over into affecting a world’s physical geography, ideas of death and the afterlife, mythic artefacts, divine manifestation, and magic. Oh […]

Here’s why Dead Rising 4’s dropping the timer system
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 6:51 am
I’ve always struggled with the Dead Rising series: love smashing zombies, hate missing missions because I was a couple of minutes late

Spider-Man: Homecoming set photos show off the new Spidey suit
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 7:06 am
After Spider-Man's winning debut in Captain America: Civil War, anticipation is higher than ever for next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming

Daniel Radcliffe is "leaving room" for a Harry Potter comeback
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 7:50 am
Daniel Radcliffe has done a great job of picking different types of roles in recent years, but he may never again get the opportunity to play someone as iconic as Harry Potter

Everyone remembers Doom used to aim like this:  But now Doom aims like this: Which upset a few fans but don’t worry, there’s a new update due on the 30th of June which gives you the options to shoot like this:  The natural order is restored

Avoiding Flying In Stations
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 8:00 am
I got home last night excited to log into EVE. I received a minor disappointment when I didn't see the Shadow of the Serpent content on the character selection screen. Hey, bugs happen. I'd also heard something about a docking animation and wanted to try

Shadow of the Serpent is now live!
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 8:11 am

We are happy to announce that Shadow of the Serpent is live!

You can now find a multitude of Scope Network challenges and their associated rewards under a new button on your Neocom in game!

In addition to this, as part of the event we also have a number of offers available on PLEX packs, Multi Character Training, and Aurum packs that include new Serpentis SKINs.

Check out the Shadow of the Serpent webpage and scroll down for more information on the event and offers, as well as EVE Updates for more information on the 118.6 release!

There's also a new Scope Broadcast that outlines the events leading up to the Shadow of the Serpent that you can check out here.

Farewell Dailies, We Hardly Knew Ye
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 8:49 am
Removal of Thrill of the Hunt with 118.6 ReleaseAfter a period of testing during which we have been gathering important metrics on usage and engagement, the recurring opportunity "Thrill of the Hunt", which provides characters with a boost of 10,000

The Daily Grind: What have you never done in your MMO?
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 8:00 am
Sometimes we define our characters by what they we have done and accomplished with them. We’ve leveled them to the cap. We’ve gone on hair-raising raids. We’ve crafted enough goods to open a medieval Walmart. We’ve roleplayed a steamy romance for the entertainment of a rowdy tavern. Except… maybe we haven’t. There are always those things you haven’t done in [...]

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Abduct four pals for couch co-op in PS4's 'Alienation'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 7:05 am

What's better than mowing down (virtual) alien hordes with a buddy sitting right next to you? When it comes to video games, not much. That's why the fine Finnish folks at developer Housemarque are adding local co-op to the top-down, xenophobic shooter Alienation next week. Come July 5th, up to four players can join in on the same-screen mayhem according to a post on the studio's blog. That's not all either, because the update also brings in a competitive play system dubbed "leagues," and a pair of crushing new difficulty levels for the folks who could probably play the game with their eyes shut by now.

Source: Housemarque

Black Ops 3 DLC Includes Dragons Because Why Not?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 4:25 am
Yo, you know what would really spice up Black Ops 3’s [official site] Zombies mode is some fire-breathing lizards because dammit, this is Call of Duty and they can do whatever they want. Apparently. Alright, I’ll admit that as far as DLC goes, having giant swathes of mechanized zombies facing off against dragons in the […]

GTA V Players Have Solved A Beastly Mystery
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 5:00 am
The urban legends surrounding Grand Theft Auto V [official site] and its supposed myriad of secrets are just about as daft as people who actually think Bigfoot exists. But I guess the only people laughing now are 30 “codewalkers” who, against all odds, believed in their conviction and have solved a months-long mystery involving golden […]

Stealth And Stakes: Ten Minutes Of Slayer Shock
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 5:58 am
Slayer Shock [official site] is the recently announced first-person Buffy-like vampire-killing game from David Pittman, creator of Eldritch and Neon Struct. The game has now landed on Steam Greenlight, with a ten minute walkthrough video showing a couple of missions as well as the coffee shop hub where mission planning and research takes place. It […]

This LA hotel is using a GTA 5 screen for its website
Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 5:57 am
Deliberate mistake or inattentive image searching? You decide

Roc’s Rule #641
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 6:05 am
If you’re feeling down, I can feel you up.

'The Banner Saga 2' is making its PS4 debut earlier than expected
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 1:33 am
The Banner Saga was a gorgeous tactical role-playing game with some of the most attractive art around, akin to that of a great-looking animated movie. Its sequel The Banner Saga 2 was planned originally for a July 26th release, but porting team Shiny Shoe is ahead of schedule, so instead it's actually coming out next Tuesday, July 5th.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Nintendo didn't show the NX at E3 over copycat concerns
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 12:28 am

Away from the media's prying eyes, Nintendo's investor meeting allowed some people to ask some surprisingly frank questions -- and glean a few more insights into where the company is going -- whether that's smartphones, new consoles, VR, theme parks, movies... or all the above. If you were surprised that Nintendo wasn't showing its incoming NX console (currently pegged to launch in March 2017) at E3, the world's biggest gameshow, earlier this month, there was at least a reason. According to Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the company didn't because it feared copycats if it revealed the console so far in advance of the launch.

Source: NStyles (Twitter), Cheesemeister3k (Twitter, translations)

Valve's mobile version of Steam finally hits Windows Phone
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 June 2016, 12:58 am

Steam hasn't forgotten about the remaining Windows Phone faithful. It just seemed that way, with folks on Android and iOS getting a mobile app way back in 2012. The Windows Store listing says that you'll be able to use Stream Guard's authentication system, trade and sell items, keep an eye on the game marketplace and remote download and install games to your PC via the application. Just in time for this year's summer sale; how about that?

Via: Steam Community

Source: Windows Store
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2016, 11:44 pm
With the introduction (a wee while ago) of the new eve market data endpoint, and the problems which surfaced at Eve Central while that was happening, I decided to create my own market data website. And so, I present I posted it was

Post 400: A Refresh on the Mission
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2016, 11:44 pm
This post is my four hundredth post. Every time I hit a hundred, I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a moment to look back on the last hundred posts since the previous review. The prior ones are all listed here:Post #100: A Review of the First

The new 'Doom' gets its first update on June 30th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2016, 11:21 pm

The new Doom is on the cusp of getting its first major update, and it appears to be worth checking out -- especially if you have fond memories of the original games. The upgrade arrives on June 30th with the option of a classic dead-center weapon view, regardless of the mode you're playing. It's there to evoke nostalgia, of course, but it'll also be helpful if you want more of a visual aid when aiming.

Source: Bethesda

The Stream Team: Squashing Black Desert bugs
Posted by Massively OverpoweredMassively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2016, 8:55 pm
Even if she wanted to right now, MassivelyOP’s MJ couldn’t siege in Black Desert thanks to the bug-induced delay. But that’s OK because there are plenty of other things still to do. In fact, MJ could rampage through the land squashing all the bugs she finds in retaliation. It won’t help bring the sieges any faster, but it will help [...]

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