Rather Infrequent Open Thread
I mean, it already had pirates. And Piranha Bytes (the guys who did the first Gothic games) are developing it. And it’s the sequel to Risen, one of the more promising — if underappreciated — RPGs in recent years. That is a fair bit of awesome right there.
But what if…just…what if those pirates were also wizards?
This time showcasing elves, lizard men, cat men, and orcses!
New screenshots (mostly showcasing combat scenarios and enemies), and a visually stunning new trailer.
…I trust by now that everyone has seen this XKCD comic?
Meet the online password generator it inspired!
I know…I was kind of surprised, too.
I bet you didn’t even know that someone — a Russian corporation, now apparently bankrupt — was building a floating nuclear reactor.
I know I didn’t.
A long-awaited, much-needed update to the C++ programming language.
Notch, creator of Minecraft, has challenged Bethesda Softworks to a game of Quake 3 to settle their legal differences over Mojang’s upcoming new game, Scrolls:
“I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors,” Notch writes. “We select one level, your select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins.”
“If we win, you drop the lawsuit. If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you’re fine with.”
“I am serious, by the way,” he adds.
In case you hadn’t heard, Bethesda is suing Mojang because, in their opinion, the name Scrolls infringes on Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls property.
The first signs that Blizzard’s MMORPG juggernaut is beginning to wane are finally — finally! — showing.
I don’t know whether Richard Garriott has any involvement with the SpaceX project, but I’m sure he’s pretty happy at the news regardless.
The folks at Crytek have released the SDK for CryENGINE3 (the engine that powers Crysis 2), and it is free for non-commercial use (e.g. tinkering at home, use in schools, etc.). There is a licensing fee (which you need to contact them about) that comes into force if you want to release anything you make commercially.
Taking a page out of IBM’s book, Hewlett-Packard has decided to spin off its PC-building business unit so as to focus primarily on enterprise services and solutions. Which, I guess, means that they’ll continue cranking out servers and networking gear, but not laptops or consumer desktops. Oh, and they’ll presumably continue to build printers, since they’re mostly known for that.
Oh…yeah. They’re also shuttering all further development of webOS devices, and are currently attempting to decide the fate of Palm’s mobile OS.
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