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AI War Releases Light of the Spire Expansion. Also Becomes Officially Enormous with v5.0

AI War is a huge game already. Arcen Games has ceaselessly released update over update and expansion over expansion over the years the game has been active. This indirectly controlled space-strategy game is pretty big. Running on the beautiful Unity engine, the game is quite brilliant and requires a serious amount of forethought and strategizing to play.

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The game has now been updated to version 5.0 and a new expansion pack has also been released, titled Light of the Spire, increasing the number of ships by 180, new music and factions and a new game mode called Defendermode that you can pick up and play. A lot of the mechanics of the game have been rebalanced for better and challenging gameplay. It is also as cold and unwelcoming as ever to newcomers, like Dwarf Fortress. It’s so hard it’s good. Try losing a couple of times (or a few hundred times) before it clicks with you. The game is pretty huge and, if bought from the Arcen Games store, has no DRM.

Do keep on the lookout for a Steam or Impulse sale for the entire AI War series at a discount. The larger this game gets, the more tempting it is for me to get into it. However, the larger this game gets, the more intimidating and cold this game seems; it’s like Minecraft that way (but thankfully I got into it earlier than most. Ha!)

Check out the release trailer for Light of the Spire here.

Zork and Police Quest Anthologies Released on GOG!

As mentioned earlier, the initial conjectures were partly right about the police line on GOG.com. The fine Polish people have managed to wriggle out some more Activision titles to add to their truly old and classic library of games for sale. The two impressive DRM-free bunch of titles that they have recently acquired are the Zork Anthology and Police Quest games. If you need to know what these games are, then here goes:

Zork Anthology: The Zork games are the fruits of a very ripe harvest of text-based adventures. The games are honed and shaped to your skill with nothing but text and a few commands that make up the world. The only graphics card that you would ever need is your imagination as it shapes the words from the text into a bizarre, funny and quite an interesting world. Welcome to the Underground!

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The Zork Anthology consists of Zork I, Zork II, Zork III, Beyond Zork, Zork Zero, and Planetfall.

Police Quest 1-4: As a forerunner of many detective stories these days, the Police Quest games are one of the most realistic police games ever made. In the four games, the stories of crime on the streets mix with the personal lives of the officers and layers of complex storytelling come as one. Not only will the games allow you to follow a very realistic story each time, they also educate you on the different aspects of police protocol.

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The Police Quest series consists of Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel, Police Quest 2: The Vengeance, Police Quest 3: The Kindred, and Police Quest: Open Season

So which game will you be buying, and why? Do tell us in the comments!

Apple Store Gets Take Down Notice for VLC App

ipad-image2Tuesday, Rémi Denis-Courmont, the lead developer of the open source VLC media player, sent a legal notice to the Apple Store to force the VLC app’s removal. VLC can only be modified or distributed under Gnu GPL (General Public License), and Apple’s restrictive licensing violates that. It’s expected that Apple will do so, because this situation isn’t new. Apple was previously forced to remove other open source apps.

To users of iOS devices, this means you’d better grab VLC from the Apple Store while you can.

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The VLC app was released in September. Even then, some people speculated that it would eventually be killed. Below is a little of the letter that Rémi sent out to the public.

Espoo, Finland – Today, a formal notification of copyright infringement
was sent to Apple Inc. regarding distribution of the VLC media player for
iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. VLC media player is free software licensed
solely under the terms of the open source GNU General Public License
(a.k.a. GPL). Those terms are contradicted by the products usage rules of
the AppStore through which Apple delivers applications to users of its
mobile devices.

Rémi is also angry that he’s being blamed for depriving users of the app. He states that he must defend VLC’s unrestricted use under GPL, and those who made this app available should be getting the blame.

VLC will always be available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

GOG beta users will get a free game just for being with the site!

So, you’re still sore about that little fun that the people over at GOG.com had at the expense of the thousands of DRM-free gaming fans? Well, fear not, because the administrators of GOGaland have decided to give away a free game to all users who had registered before 20th September, 2010 the day the old GOG shut down to reveal the new beta-less GOG. Yes, Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games is what you, loyal GOG user, will get over the next few days.

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According to the site:

The buzz around GOG’s closure and re-opening has slowly fade away and we wanted to sum up the beta stage with a special gift for all those who have been with us during that period. Two years ago we began our revival of all-time PC-gaming classics for all you fans of good old games. Through ups and downs we’ve received a lot of support from the best community we could ever imagine (that’s you!) and we want to thank everyone who’s been with us through our beta stage with a special gift.

So, they have chosen what is widely regarded as a tactical masterpiece for their giveaway! Already bought Deadly Games? Fear not, they do have an alternative gift cooking hot for you!

Planescape: Torment Arrives on GOG.com

It is the second most wanted game on GOG.com. For me, it has always been the first. To relive such an experience with its haunting dialogues, beautiful music and an epic storyline set in one of those little-used campaign settings of Dungeons & Dragons. Yes, the beautiful and epic Planescape: Torment is on our favorite DRM-free digital distribution center, GOG.com.

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As GOG itself puts up, what is exactly so awesome about this game?

  • An enthralling story, considered by many to be the best one ever told in a cRPG!
  • Professional voice acting, superb music, complex and gripping dialogue that covers over 5000 pages.
  • Travel through the planes of the enormous and bizarre Planescape universe.

Greatest story ever told in a cRPG? Yes, yes and an emphatic YES! Being one of those games I grew up with, Planescape: Torment reinforced my love for good ol’ Dungeons and Dragons gaming that was first introduced to me by Baldur’s Gate. Considering that this game was one of the few things missing in my collection of RPGs that enthralled me so much that I decided to go and buy an original copy (when I was a little kid, not now), this just completes an entire cycle.

However, since I had forgotten much of the original story (ironically) it’s great to see it up for download on GOG along with an assortment of downloadable stuff available after buying the game. For $9.99 this game is a definite buy.

Update on the GOG.com Situation

Well, it seems that our initial reactions (as well as most of the internets’) regarding GOG.com’s sad demisewere greatly exaggerated. Apparently, GOG.com isn’t completely dead. It’s just taking a new avatar and (hopefully, hopefully) still retaining its DRM-free nature.

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Directly from their wall-of-text landing page:-

UPDATE 21.09.2010
We confirm that the official statement from GOG.com’s management concerning the ongoing events will take place on Wednesday at 12 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CET)
Thanks for being with us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRvuKjissQ


UPDATE 20.09.2010
First of all, we apologize everyone for the whole situation and closing GOG.com. We do understand the timing for taking down the site caused confusion and many users didn’t manage to download all their games. Unfortunately we had to close the service due to business and technical reasons.
At the same time we guarantee that every user who bought any game on GOG.com will be able to download all their games with bonus materials, DRM-free and as many times as they need starting this Thursday.
The official statement from GOG.com’s management concerning the ongoing events is planned on Wednesday. If you want to receive further information about GOG.com, please send an email to [email protected] if you’re a media representative or to [email protected] if you’re a user without a GOG account.

If you have a GOG.com account you’ll be informed about all the news concerning GOG.com.

Watch that teaser of the new GOG.com and then view this thread for clarifications. Apparently lots of new things are in store.

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If you guys at CD Projekt are reading this: thanks for screwing with us. Can we get back GOG.com now?

Disciples and Jagged Alliance Series Discounted on GOG.com

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As usual, GOG.com is up and about with a line of great titles for us weekend warriors with 5 strategy games up on sale at a discount of 50% each! All of these are turn-based strategy games (TBS) and are acclaimed series on their own. For fantasy lovers, there’s Disciples: Sacred Lands Gold and Disciples II: Gold while modern strategy lovers will like the Jagged Alliance series with the original, Deadly Games and Jagged Alliance 2 sequels in this sale!

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The Disciples series starts off at the dawn of a new age filled with strife. Of course, the usual cliché of having some age old prophecy will come to pass in this game’s story as well, and hence it does happen. However, the game is astonishingly well-balanced for its different races/factions. Each level-up is game-changing and a small group well trained troops can take on the enemy horde much larger than them with ease. The second game brought a long campaign and the same great gameplay to make a great series!

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Guns! Cash! Insane Fun! The Jagged Alliance series is, for all its intensely action-centric game-covers, a very strategic game with its rewards. The first game, made way back in 94 is well made where every move you make has deadly (and frustrating) consequences. When Deadly Games released, the graphics were a big joke but the gameplay with its solid multiplayer component made for an inherently enjoyable experience. Jagged Alliance 2 dropped the top-down perspective for an isometric one and took on squad-based TBS to a great new level. For all I know, it’s still unrivalled.

So are you going to buy the Disciples and Jagged Alliance games for 50% off?

Shooter Weekend on GOG.com!

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Four classic first person shooters are on a 40% off weekend on our favorite classic games website GOG.com! AquaNox, Postal 2, Painkiller: Black Edition and Redneck Rampage are the four games with a lot of runnin’ and a lot of gunnin’! Needless to say these are the best ways to let off steam from a heavy day or even a heavy week!

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AquaNox: Though most fans regard this as a flawed sequel to the Aqua series, it is still a decent game to play. Though technically not a run and gungame, it plays a lot like Freespace only it’s underwater!

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Postal 2 Complete: You’re the Dude, dude! Shoot things, buy milk and kill everyone in a queue to return library books! Remember that this hilarious game is only as violent as you want it to be. So while you can play the entire game without (much) bloodshed, you can also play it with unnecessarily large amounts of blood too. Fun!

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Painkiller: Black Edition: As one reviewer on the game page says, this is the one true sequel to the original Quake. Paying due homage to old-school FPSs, the game is all about level design, insane and horrifying enemy hordes and oodles of shooting fun! It’s a cult hit and the Black Edition also includes the Battle Out of Hell expansion pack for 3.5GB of gaming insanity!

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Redneck Rampage: Crash-land UFOs, cuss at jack o’ lopes in the desert and ride over people in a Swamp Buggy and an armed motorcycle. Oh, did I mention that there was a lot of cussing? Play this hilarious game for weeks of redneck shootin’.

So which games will you buy in the Shooter Weekend at GOG.com?

GOG.com Weekend Sale – Kalypso Titles 50% Off!

Do you like simulation games? Do you like building things? Things such as buildings, cities and even life-forms? Yes, I am talking to you, you megalomaniac. If you fit this bill, go buy GOG.com’s weekend sale!

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What does this strange bundle contain that it impresses people wanting to play God or mayor (or gangster controlling the city)? Well, for starters it has the wonderful, adaptable and deep Creatures series, that I as a biotech student have been yearning to play for quite some time now. All three games have a list price of $9.99. However, with the 50% discount applied, they come out to $4.99!

Then we have the managerial simulator Constructor which pretty much explains itself. Taking the role of a real-estate developer, you soon will find yourself caught in the midst of resource and human-resource management! Darn those workers getting in way of your tycoonery! This one is listed for $5.99 so it comes to a sweet $2.99 for this one!

Lastly we have the almost-successor to Constructor called Mob Rule. Remember the Roaring Twenties? Of course you don’t you weren’t even born then (and probably, neither was your dad). This comedic look into the gangster rule of the 1920s is as engaging as the original game, and with the same list price, you wouldn’t mind playing them both for the price of one, would you?

Get the GOG.com weekend sale today!

Pay What You Want for Five Great Indie Games

The Humble Indie Bundle is a is an initiative by Wolfire Games in association with Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to sell a one-of-a-kind indie bundle. Adopting the pay what you want payment method, they are sellingfive great indie games with a cumulative price of $80 for as much as you wish to give them. These are all cross-platform games (work great on Windows, Mac or Linux!) and are DRM-free. The catch is that you can decide where the money you pay goes. Either it can be split evenly among the seven participants (the five developers and two organizations), or you can choose to give it all to the developers or all to charity.

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The five games that you get in this bundle are:-

  • World of Goo: 2D Boy’s innovative physics-based puzzle game where you control squishy goo globules to build platforms, bridges and the like. One brilliant game!
  • Aquaria: An underwater platformer where you control Naija a lone undersea dweller in search of her family. Singing magical songs and attacking dangerous sea creatures, this beautiful and arty platformer was well received.
  • Gish: Play a ball of tar. Oh yeah, this game is fresh, but not literally. Play a dynamic ball of tar in a destructable physics environment. Have fun too!
  • Lugaru HD: Anthropomorphic rabbits fighting against corruption? I don’t like furries too much, but it is the predecessor of the upcoming Overgrowth, so I’m in!
  • The Penumbra Series: There is something about horror that draws gamers into it. When a horror game dev decides to make a game completely and utterly atmospheric and tie up immersion as the most important part of the game, it delivers something unimaginably terrifying and brilliant.

Buy the Humble Indie Bundle here!