Duke Nukem Forever Re-Announced. Gearbox Pitches 2011 Release Date

I did not want to write this post because, of all the things, I’m superstitious of this video game’s release. What if this post jinxes it? What if a rearranged word here ripples out and somehow topples the balance of this game’s release? Nevermind that, and brace for the following bold, italicized and underlined sentence in all caps:-

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DUKE NUKEM FOREVER IS FRIGGIN’ REAL!

Now that that little formality is done with, here are the quick facts about this long, long awaited sequel to the 1996 game Duke Nukem 3D.

The game is being finished by Gearbox Studios, based on now-defunct 3D Realms’ original code. The game will be released in 2011for the PS3, Xbox 360 and, of course, the PC.

Gearbox’s president Randy Pitchford revealed a bit of the plot to the Wall Street Journal:-

“Aliens come and say they’re going to be our friends, and Duke knows this isn’t going to work out. Duke once again is in the pivotal spot and it’s up to him to save the world.”

Plots? Who wants plots in a first person shooter? Not I!

This game is every young gamer’s sweetest dream come true. Will Gearbox deliver? More importantly, will the game actually be released? Find out in a few months’ time!

Telltale Tell All With New Poker Game

We had already posted about a mystery Telltale game that apparently has an all-star cast. Well, the developer has unveiled the name of the game and confirmed the list of characters, but little else about the game.

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Titled Poker Night at the Inventory, the game is, er, about poker. Sitting around the table are the Max (of Sam & Max fame), Heavy (the Russian heavy weapons guy from Team Fortress 2), Strong Bad (the antagonist of the Homestar Runner series of web cartoons and the main character of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People) and Tycho of Penny Arcade. I believe the inventorymight refer to the Team Fortress 2 inventory with the characters wagering the stuff within in. Perhaps Natascha will make an appearance? The game’s descriptive blurb has very little to say about the game but that:-

Prepare for a different kind of poker night in a very different kind of club. In Poker Night at the Inventory, you’ll deal with Penny Arcade’s clever, cunning Tycho, Team Fortress 2′s hulking Heavy, Homestar Runner’s self-proclaimed awesome iconStrong Bad and the hyperkinetic rabbity-thingfrom Sam & Max. These characters come together in ways some never thought possible, in a setting few would have predicted. You’ll experience a new style of poker, particularly when hands don’t go the way of the other fiery competitors at the table.

It is available as a pre-order on Steam as well as the developer’s own website, slated for a fall 2010 release. Will you, or won’t you purchase this poker game with a [pretty obvious] twist?

Google Wave Will Stand Alone in a Box

Wave was slated to be the killer Google App developed by the Mountain View based search giant. In our first impressions review, the service received generally praiseworthy comments and touched upon the high amount of collaborative customization that could be garnered by using Wave.

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Unfortunately, it was not meant to live on Google’s servers. Due to the poor rate of usage and adoption, the service was killed off in a year’s time. Nevertheless, in the blog post where they waved goodbyeto Google Wave, Google announced that the code will still remain open source:-

We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began.

Google is now making good on that promise to its loyal fans. They announced that they will expand on the 200,000 lines of code already present to develop a web-server based Wave rehash that will be made available to any individual or enterprise. The project, termed Wave in a Boxwill use similar paradigms adopted by Google Wave, but will be a somewhat newer collaboration program.

This project will not have the full functionality of Google Wave as you know it today. However, we intend to give developers and enterprising users an opportunity to run wave servers and host waves on their own hardware.

So, will you adopt Google’s Wave in a Box for your home or office network? Do tell us in the comments.

Company of Heroes Open Beta is Online!

Any fan of World War II based games will definitely know Company of Heroes (CoH). Relic Entertainment’s real time strategy (RTS) opus featured magnificent tactical controls laced with a terrific storyline and gameplay experience. Leading either the Able Company or the Fox Company of the US Army, players were promoted to the rank of field commander to lead their men to victory. The standalone expansion packs Tales of Valor and Opposing Fronts also added tremendous replay value in terms of new armies as well as new multiplayer modes.

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Now, Relic has opened its door to beta participants for Company of Heroes: Online. This free-to-play take on the brilliant RTS series apparently allows you the same amount of action and strategic control along with a touch of personalization that is common among online games:-

Choose from six different combat doctrines, each with its own strengths and combat styles. Customize your army and enter each conflict with your own unique set of battle-tested Heroes, unit upgrades, and devastating Commander Abilities.

Since this game will be free-to-play, the beta is also free-to-play. Which means you can dive into the game right this instant!

Quite coincidentally (not), Steam has put up a sale of all the CoH titles for $12.49. That’s 75% off, number-crunchers! So, which one will it be today for you?

Green Man Gaming Sets Up Double-Money Weekend

Remember Green Man Gaming? Yes that oddball new digital distributor that allowed you to trade-in your played games for cash-vouchers that could be used to buy other games? Well, they still seem to be alive and kicking.

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They have started off with a double-money weekend. Simply put, if you trade in your games before Sunday, the 5th of September, you will get double the cash value for the trade in. As they say in their flyer:-

Trade-in any of your existing Green Man Gaming titles this weekend and get double the trade-in value for the game!
Build up credit on your account with our exclusive Double your Money on trade-ins offer, and treat yourself to one of the many new releases that will feature on Green Man Gaming in the lead up to Christmas.

Still confused? Well, mostly every game on Green Man Gaming has a trade invalue that is specified before buying. It’s usually around half the price of the game.

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Once you finish playing the game, you can choose to trade it inas if it it was a physical medium. Trading it in adds the trade-in value to your account from where you can choose to buy more games. This weekend, every trade-in that you do effectively doubles which basically means that you get your entire initial amount back. How is that beneficial for their sales? I have no idea. Especially since they are stocking what are effectively Steam gift codes.

Their website is a little lacking in presentation and their business model seems kinda lossy. Nevertheless, they stock some pretty good games that are worth the buy. Do check the GreenManGaming sale today!

Impulse Charity Sale is Live

Stardock’s Impulse digital distribution website has always been one of the premier sites to buy games and other software content provided by Stardock and a variety of other publishers online. Like most other digital distributors, Impulse also caters to a wide audience of gamers and provides special discount sales now and then to boost sales. These sales usually comprise of one or two games or publishers over the weekend or so.

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However, since the 30th of August, Impulse has over a hundred games on sale with several publishers lined up in its sale queue. The reason being that this is no ordinary sale! Stardock has partnered with Child’s Play Charity an organization that provides toys and games for sick children in over 60 hospitals in organizing this charity sale called Play for the Cause. A portion of each purchase you make on Impulse between the 30th of August and the 10th of September will go to Child’s Play Charity. The Humble Indie Bundle was also organized along with Child’s Play Charity, if you remember.

The Dragon Age Bundle, King’s Bounty: Gold edition and the THQ Ultimate Bundle are all available for cheap on this sale! Among the publishers are EA, Meridian4, Paradox Interactive, Kalypso Media, the 1C Company and THQ.

So which game will you be buying in the Impulse + Child’s Play Charity sale?

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Announced for the iPad

The Grand Theft Auto series of video games from Rockstar Studios has always been a cash cow for the studio. Giving people the opportunity to play the bad guy for once, the series exposes a criminal underworld of a fictitious city (such as Vice City or Liberty City) based on a real-world location. With lots of action, car chases and an open world to roam about, the game is the epitome of clever game design as well as an immersive world with a strong storyline. Originally available for the Nintendo DS, the game was later re-made for the Sony PSP and the iPhone/iPod Touch. Now, Rockstar has announced an HD version of Chinatown Wars for the iPad.

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was one of the most successful handheld games in quite a long time. First released for the Nintendo DS system, the game garnered a bunch of great reviews. Sometime later, Rockstar re-made the game for the Sony PlayStation Portable and quickly reached to the top of the Metacritic rankings, followed quickly by an iPhone version. While the recent versions of the Grand Theft Auto series featured third person action, Chinatown Wars adopted the top-down 3D perspective for better visuals on the handheld devices this has translated well for handheld gamers who want a quick game with relatively less lag on the go.

The iPad version called Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD will have more than 50 missions, lots of side-quests, customizable music, and much more to romp about Liberty City as Huang Lee. Chinatown Wars HD will be available in the Apple App Store from September 9 for £5.99 ($9.99 in the USA)

Open Source PS3 Jailbreak Released

Right now, you would not want to be one of those PS3 security programmers. For years the console remained dormant without any major breakthroughs in the homebrew scene. Where its little cousin, the PSP was the hackers’ favorite, the PS3 remained in the throes of Sony’s unbreakableconsole category.

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That changed with the Australian PS Jailbreak USB dongle that was released a couple of weeks ago. The gaming world was equally divided between skeptics who questioned the feasibility of the hack and enthusiastic gamers who wished to legally backupgames and run homebrew (unsigned code that otherwise cannot run on the console).

No sooner had word escaped of the PS Jailbreak dongle’s success than the internet community was rocked with the news of an open sourceimplementation of the PS Jailbreak. PS Groove is the open source world’s answer to the PS Jailbreak. Passionate hackers have released this mod in the wilds minus the ability to run backed up games or ISOs promoting on free homebrew and not piracy.

PS Groove requires a USB development board such as the AT90USBKey that is available for around $30. Following the instructions in the git repository anyone can utilize the jailbreak at home.

Rejoice homebrew community, rejoice! I personally cannot wait to get a PS3 to try all this out!

Xbox Live Arcade to Serve a Game Feast

Can’t justify the $10 hike per year for the Xbox Live service? How about a quick-ish release of Super Meat Boy, platformer fans?

Gaming blog Joystiq unveiled a big poster from Microsoft, with October 20th as being the date when the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) will feature (among other great small games) Super Meat Boy !

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With Super Meat Boy munching through this burger than usual gaming fete, we can only wait until details are revealed (read: leaked) for the event. Until then, keep those watering mouths dry, somehow.

Dogs + Yoga = DOGA

You have that lazy bummer of a golden retriever lazing around the house. You’ve tried everything to get that lazy dog up on its paws, but it merely refuses to follow anything that you say. So you give up and follow the old adage of if you can’t beat em, join emand laze around the house as well.

Now you have a tummy, and you want to get rid of it. But you cannot bear the sight of your lazy dog sitting around doing nothing while you puff and pant those calories off. So what do you do?

You practice yoga on your dog. Literally.

ExpertLeta Koontz has been studying yoga for quite some time and has become adept at the silly form of yoga with dogs as the inspiration. Here’s a video of one of the unimaginably ridiculous practices in action.

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Warning: Using a Chihuahua is not recommended during DOGA.