It’s that time of the year again. Hide your wallets! I picked up: AI War: Fleet Command Aliens vs Predator Aliens: Colonial Marines Bleed Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars Consortium Darksiders DeadCore Doom 3 Door Kickers Doorways: Prelude Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy Electronic Super Joy FEAR 2: Project Origin FEAR: Ultimate Shooter Edition GTA Collection Hard Reset: Extended edition Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Hotline Miami Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Love Monaco Myst V Never Alone Neverending Nightmares Oniken Steam Store and Retail Key Painkiller Hell and Damnation Painkiller Overdose Painkiller: Black Edition Payday: The Heist Primordia Quake Quake 2 Red Faction: Armageddon Saints Row 2 Sanctum Shadow Warrior Star Ruler Super House of Dead Ninjas Supreme Commander Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance TIS-100 The Cave They Bleed Pixels Titan Quest Titan Souls Tropico 4 Unreal Gold Unreal Tournament: GoTY Volgarr The Viking Wolfenstein: The New Order It looks like I spent a lot, but it was all pretty cheap.
From Wikipedia: Umehara started becoming famous internationally from the YouTube video clips of his match in the Losers bracket final in Evolution Championship Series 2004’s Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike competition where he made a dramatic comeback against Justin Wong’s Chun-Li. In the final round of match 1, Umehara’s Ken was down to his last pixel of vitality. At this point, any special attack would knock Umehara’s character out if connected, since special attacks deal chip damage even when blocked.
I also bought these games from the Steam Summer Sale: Terraria Garry’s Mod FarCry 2 Supreme Commander 2 Alan Wake I was tempted to buy StarForge too, which looks really cool, but I’m going to wait until it comes together more.
I just bought 17 games from the Steam Summer Sale: Supreme Commander 2 Alan Wake Empire: Total War Star Wars: KOTOR Arma II: Combined Operations Total War: Shogun 2 Left 4 Dead 2 Sins Trinity Castle Crashers Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Kerbal Space Program FTL: Faster Than Light The Walking Dead Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion Hitman Absolution FEZ System Shock 2 The savings are addictive. I have enough games to last me a couple years!
An excellent Xbox One hardware and software analysis by Anand Lal Shimpi: We’re still talking about over 5x the peak theoretical shader performance of the Xbox 360, likely even more given increases in efficiency thanks to AMD’s scalar GCN architecture (MS quotes up to 8x better GPU performance) - but there’s no escaping the fact that Microsoft has given the Xbox One less GPU hardware than Sony gave the PlayStation 4.
Adam Orth resigned from Microsoft soon after the public relations shit storm he created. Here are some hilarious parodies that are part of a meme about him and his remarks. My favorite: I’m only an idiot when I’m online. And I’m always online. I feel bad for the guy. His remarks were obviously taken out of context. He shouldn’t have lost his job over this.
Tom Chick: And once again, the campaign is poorly written, poorly acted, erratically paced, full of pointless upgrades and meaningless choices, crammed full of overproduced cutscenes that fail to relate to the gameplay, and without a shred of creative insight into how to use a real time strategy game to tell a story, much less how to get me to click “next mission” without heaving a tired sigh. For all their incomparable game design smarts, Blizzard remains one of the worst storytellers in the business, partly for how hard they try and mostly for how spectacularly they fail.
Packed with funny lines like this: We start off with possibly the least-likable protagonist in the history of video games, Jason Brody, whose only previous work experience was as an Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirt tester. His distinguishing personality traits are “having white guy tribal tattoos” and “possibly wearing shorts.” I know personality seems like an odd thing to focus on in a first-person shooter, where the protagonists are traditionally mute and essentially invisible to the player.
Half-Life 3 will be announced as a multiplatform title as soon as Sony and Microsoft unveil their next-generation hardware plans. This sounds plausible. Concurrent launch windows would be perfect for a multi-platform release, and they’ve already done a few with the Orange Box and Left 4 Dead games. I’ve been awaiting this game for years. Bethesda Game Studios’ next role-playing game will be announced at E3 2013 and it’ll be Fallout 4.