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Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics Return to GoG With Sale Offer
Posted on Wednesday, August 26 2015 @ 18:09:30 PST

CD Projekt has apparently come to terms with Bethesda again and have brought not only the old Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics releases up on GoG as before but have also brought other Bethesda titles aboard and they're all on sale with a bonus of Arena and Daggerfall as extras with any purchase.

The sale features atop the main page and lasts until September 2.

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Airplay Debate Disrupted by Bomb Threat
Posted on Saturday, August 15 2015 @ 14:55:53 PST

A gathering hosted in Florida by the Society of Professional Journalists to discuss and debate the substantive issues of the Gamergate controversy in a formal context, understandable seeing as it's a controversy which centers around allegations of widespread malfeasance by journalists, was disrupted by a series of bomb threats.

No information yet on how credible the threats actually were.  Apparently something which may be a bomb has been found.  Multiple threats were called in.  They've since received the all clear to return to the hall to resume discussion.

Amid this a wave of doxing of the participators occurred on Twitter signed with various anti-Gamergate slogans.

The following is editorial.

Not to put too fine a point on it but the two events are likely connected and likely tied to the harassment, invasions of privacy and abuse both sides have received from the very same trolls who have kept the heat up on a discussion that shouldn't have much at all, nor should it ever.  The various outlets caught up in the original fracas could have simply fired the guilty parties, made disclosures and policy changes, got back to work and everyone could have moved on with their lives.

This is a problem which has gone on too long.  As controversies go it could have vanished overnight in August of last year had Stephen Totilo had the managerial fortitude to fire Nathan Grayson when his misbehavior became a matter of public record.  Now, a year later, even the attempt to discuss the events' implications for ethical journalism formally before the Society of Professional Journalists is receiving bomb threats and anyone with the temerity to get involved at all directly runs the very severe risk of having their privacy invaded.

Contrary to the self-gratifying myth clung to by fringe-left slacktivists and agenda-driven pseudo-journalists (but I repeat myself) that the status quo consists of reactionary hate mobs (who always seem to perfectly embody the peculiar features of whichever prejudices the narrow-minded bigot invoking that particular bogeyman happens to harbor) the status quo actually consists of themselves.  They hold the contemporary command posts of communication infrastructure.  They're the ones who work for multi-million dollar media companies and whose positions are threatened by the existence of counter culture.  People openly discussing every form of misconduct and impropriety committed in a field so often that it has become more routine than graft in Chicago under Richard Daley are a bigger threat to the likes of Kotaku than Kotaku's pet shrieking puritans are to the art they don't understand.

I won't recommend a solution because I don't have one and even if I did no one in a position to do anything with it ever would.  On the astronomically unlikely chance that whoever did this happens to be reading this I have a few questions.  What did this achieve?  What was the point?  Are you proud of yourself?  You've befouled the temple of public discourse far more than Andrew Breitbart and Keith Olbermann ever did.

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The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Patch 1.08 Out Now
Posted on Friday, August 7 2015 @ 10:19:27 PST

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt 1.08 patch just released today.  While not as hotly anticipated as the 1.07 patch, it does provide some things users will be glad for, such as bugfixes for quests, and workarounds for those caught flat-footed by balance changes made to the Witcher school equipment sets.

Full patch notes from Gog.com:

PERFORMANCE: Overall improvements to performance, including some issues that may have been caused by 1.07. UI: Fixes an issue where part of the Kaer Morhen map would not display properly. GAMEPLAY: Fixes a rare issue where items would disappear from the stash. Fixes a very rare issue which would cause Geralt to get stuck when trying to run. The interaction pop-up will no longer appear on lootable objects that are empty. Fixes an occasional glitch in one of the dwarf combat animations. Heads chopped off during finishers will no longer disappear. "Players can perform a roll just before landing to significantly reduce the damage caused by falling. We've added a tutorial pop-up window explaining this to make it clearer." In patch 1.07, the level requirements for certain items were scaled up, leaving some players stuck with only unusable gear. With patch 1.08, we are introducing the Wolven Hour potion. This potion will be available in everyone's inventory once they install the patch. It will reduce level requirements on all gear for a period of one hour. This will give players time to level up or find alternative equipment using the gear that was available to them in patch 1.05 but became unusable after patch 1.07. After one hour, the potion's effects will cease and the requirements for all gear will revert to their original, pre-potion values. Fixes an issue where players were unable to compare their items with ones sold by merchants. ACHIEVEMENTS: Players will now be able to complete the Card Collector achievement. Achievements are now working properly again and will be unlocked if players meet their requirements after installing this patch (PC version). GRAPHICS: Fixes an issue where interiors would sometimes not display properly on the minimap. Fixes an issue where certain world elements would sometimes be missing and noticeable visual glitches would be present while in Novigrad. QUEST: Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "It Takes Three to Tango" quest, even though they had obtained wine at the Kingfisher. Fixes an issue where Geralt would sometimes die after traveling to Velen in the quest "Something Ends, Something Begins." The entrance to the area where the Sunstone is obtained will no longer be blocked off if the player exits it prematurely during "The Sunstone" quest. Fixes an issue where players were unable to complete the "Get Junior" quest on certain occasions. Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear" quest due to a closed gate. Fixes an issue where some players were unable to investigate rooms during the "Family Matters" quest, effectively blocking their progression. Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the "Hey, You Wanna Look at my Stuff?" quest. Fixes an issue where players were unable to talk to Roche during the "An Eye for an Eye" quest. Fixes an issue where Roche would stay at his camp instead of going to the Oxenfurt Bridge in the "Get Junior" quest. Fixes an issue where, under certain circumstances, Yennefer would not appear in Oxenfurt during the "The Great Escape" quest. Drowners will have a harder time killing Nidas during the "Black Pearl" quest. Fixes an issue which led to an infinite loading screen during the "To Bait a Forktail..." quest under certain circumstances. Fixes a rare issue where the basement was locked during the "King's Gambit" quest. Fixes an issue where players were unable to free the merchant during the Person in Distress event in the Claywich area. The trolls at the Circle of Elements will no longer attack Geralt if he opts for a peaceful resolution. Fixes an issue where players were unable to talk to Roche during the "Brothers in Arms" quest. Fixes an issue where Zoltan's card was unobtainable. GENERAL: Preparatory features paving the way for the introduction of New Game + in the future.

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The Last Goddamn Straw
Posted on Friday, July 17 2015 @ 12:40:23 PST

Gawker media.  There's a phrase that should make any self-respecting activist, advertising canvasser, editorialist, journalist, editor, or reader get a slight sense of dyspepsia.  The slight will become severe if the individual should e...   read more...

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A Revised List of Cautionary Notes and Concerns About Fallout 4; a Jeremiad
Posted on Monday, July 13 2015 @ 13:46:01 PST

Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that.  It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed th...   read more...

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Leland Yee - Busted!
Posted on Thursday, July 2 2015 @ 17:55:33 PST

Leland Yee, famous for being the version of Jack Thompson with the ability to create law and not merely the rescinded ability to practice it, has pled guilty to racketeering.

The San Jose Mercury News has the scoop.  One could spo...   read more...

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The Burst of the Narcissistic Hipster Indie Bubble
Posted on Sunday, June 21 2015 @ 13:57:26 PST

In the 'art-game' feeding frenzy of the post-millenial years one name stood out above Blow, Fish, Cage, and even the Chinese Room for unmitigated egotism, pretention and vacuousness.  Work devoid of original ideas or meaning, work which ...   read more...

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A Feast of Crow Part I: Fallout 4
Posted on Friday, June 19 2015 @ 15:45:45 PST

A Feast of Crow

    So I've made some ostentatious claims about Fallout's development over the past few years here on GR.  In the "Why Has Bethesda not Made an Announcement?" piece I presented seve...   read more...

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The Witcher 3 Patch 1.06 Out Now
Posted on Monday, June 15 2015 @ 18:32:31 PST

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt has seen the release of a new patch, 1.06.  It contains five bug fixes listed below.  For GoG users the new patch is a cumulative 1.02-1.06 patch instead of the smaller individual patches released until 1.05.&nb...   read more...

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Obsidian Entertainment Cofounder Departs
Posted on Tuesday, June 9 2015 @ 10:04:00 PST

On June 9, at 7:08 AM Chris Avellone announced his departure from Obsidian via his Twitter account.  The departure comes suddenly and is unexpected.  His writing was instrumental in lifting Obsidian's games above their technically troub...   read more...

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