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Fallout 4 Gone Gold
Posted on Friday, October 23 2015 @ 11:53:06 PST

Via their twitter feed, Bethesda have announced that Fallout 4 has officially gone gold.  It will be on store shelves/available for digital purchase on November 10.

Earlier Bethesda released the system requirements but the page containing the announcement is down at the moment so here they are: Minimum
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
8 GB RAM
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent  
Recommended
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
8 GB RAM
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

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John 'Total Biscuit' Bain Suffers Relapse
Posted on Thursday, October 15 2015 @ 11:05:42 PST

I don't have to introduce Total Biscuit.  You know who he is.  I respect his work but admit I know it half as well as I should like.

In a Twitlonger post today he revealed that his cancer has relapsed and he's been given a life expectancy of 2-3 years.  He remains confident and fully intends to land in the outlier camp and to fight it to the bitter end.  I wish him the best of luck.

There's never enough time.  God dammit.

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The World Turned Upside Down
Posted on Sunday, October 11 2015 @ 05:08:29 PST

WB is looking to unseat EA as worst publisher in the industry as EA goes out of its way to rebuild the damaged relationship it has with its customers.  Battletech is coming back.  The biggest Kickstarter success is well on its way to become the biggest Kickstarter failure.  Activision nearly torpedoes the launch of Destiny in order to unsuccessfully cheat the composer of the game's soundtrack out of what amounts to a small drop of water in a big bucket of money because he had the nerve to speak up publicly about their violations of previously made agreements.  Some things really do change.  Others, they don't change, except to become more of what they already were.

Take Ubisoft, for example.  Their customer service and shoehorning of uPlay are notoriously terrible and have been for years.  They were foisting SecuROM on people before it was even fashionable.  They've run two different franchises into the ground - Heroes of Might and Magic and Assassin's Creed - and are the poster boy for hideous, messy launches.  Now, they seem to want to stay in the running for the spot that Activision and WB are fighting over now that EA is working so hard to vacate it.  They have found a bold, innovative, strategy for getting ahead in the terrible publisher arms race.  Forget tied in DRM that was so bad and such a deal breaker that Valve offered no questions asked refunds for From Dust.  Forget potentially ruining Eric Chahi's reputation in the process of said fiasco.  No, they've found the new frontier of flat-out ripping their customers off.

Found via Reddit: "Ubisoft uses misleading advertising for Heroes of Might & Magic 7 Collector's Edition in the US and refuses refunds to disappointed customers"

I'm pretty sure this is illegal in several different ways at once.  I'm also pretty sure this is one of the worst things Ubisoft has ever done.  One of the comments below links an unboxing video in which the unboxer mentions that the packaged disc was shipped separately for some reason which leads me to believe that, much like most of Ubisoft's other colossal failures over the last ten years, it's a product of incompetence rather than malice but the lack of customer care in the wake of it cannot be given such a forgiving (but ultimately futile) slant.

May those who have been so deceived nail Ubisoft to the wall for this.  May everyone who learns of this incident resolve to avoid pre-ordering things forever.

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A Brief Assessment of the Star Citizen/Escapist Feud
Posted on Monday, October 5 2015 @ 17:41:55 PST

First a Short Time Line:

October 1, 2015 - The Escapist's Lizzy Finnegan posts an article on The Escapist: "Star Citizen Employees Speak Out on Project Woes"

October 1, 2015 - Chris Roberts responds "C...   read more...

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System Shock Now Available on GoG.com
Posted on Tuesday, September 22 2015 @ 01:34:32 PST

Small news announcement.  After years sitting in software library limbo Origin Systems' legendary classic System Shock, aka the game that other games still rip off when they want to be called original, is now available from GoG.com right now...   read more...

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The Human Side of the O'Donnell/Bungie Lawsuit
Posted on Thursday, September 10 2015 @ 09:43:43 PST

With the recently concluded O'Donnell/Bungie legal scrap ended in O'Donnell's favor one thing established reportage on the matter seemed to only consider en passant was the human story.  O'Donnell's being turned on by coworke...   read more...

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Bethesda Jumps on Season Pass Bandwagon
Posted on Wednesday, September 9 2015 @ 09:19:39 PST

Well, it finally happened.  Bethesda's doing the season pass thing.

In their announcement, "Fallout 4 - Launch and Beyond," Bethesda details their post-launch plans for Fallout 4.  On the positive side they prom...   read more...

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Pre-Orders: A Relic of a Time Gone By Turned Malodorous
Posted on Tuesday, September 8 2015 @ 15:07:45 PST

Pre-orders date to the days when games shipped exclusively as content on physical media.  With the need to print discs or cartridges came scarcity of a physical good.  That scarcity in turn meant that a particularly desired or niche title m...   read more...

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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 a...   read more...

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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 o...   read more...

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