Hey y’all, I just wanted to chime in and thank everyone — visitors, developers, publicists, etc — that helped make 2012 such an amazing year for me and this site. I’m still trying to find a balance to help me maximize the content output I make — I didn’t do as many reviews, previews and such as I’d have liked in 2012 — but I will continue to work my butt off to make sure this site continues to be awesome for 2013 and beyond. I hope y’all have a very happy and safe New Year’s celebration and may 2013 be awesome for everyone. :) Thanks again for visiting!
Hey y’all, just a quick note, but my host allows me to try one week of VPS service to see how I like it and how it helps with site performance. Since the site is growing (thanks to all of you) and I want to provide the best experience possible for everyone who visits this site (thank you!), I’m gonna see if VPS makes a difference while still remaining affordable. The site might blink a bit during the migration over, but hopefully it won’t be too bad, just wanted to give y’all a heads up. Thanks for visiting!
Hey guys, happy last Friday of 2012! Not a lot of news today, so let’s dive in:
- The Predestination live stream is…er…live on YouTube, and I’ll embed it below. They’ll also be talking to the Skyjacker folks as well. Fun times!
- The Star Trek Online dev blog has a lovely little post spotlighting heavy cruisers.
- Finally, there are two videos about the Elite-based novel, “…And Here the Wheel”. A teaser trailer and a little bit with the author, which I’ll embed below.
That’s all the news I could find! I know, right? There are some AWESOME deals today though:
- Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is on Steam’s Daily Deal for $13.59, which is the cheapest I believe I’ve ever seen it, and a TOTAL steal. Trinity is also a steal at $6.79.
- FTL is going for $4.99 on the official site right now, which is also a great deal.
Finally, there’s some lovely ship art by James Paick on the Concept Ships blog.
And that’s it! Have a lovely day and weekend, and thanks for visiting! :)
Hey everyone, happy Thursday!! I hope y’all are having a great week as we get closer to the end of 2012! Wheeee! There were some stories I missed in yesterday’s update, so I’m gonna jump in by starting with those…
- FTL is one of Eurogamer’s Games of 2012 as well as one of the games that defined 2012, according to Gamasutra! Congrats to them! :) FTL is also 50% off on Steam today, making it $4.99, so go get it if you haven’t already!
- Ensign-1′s IndieDB page has been updated with an article on a new mission and new redesigned Ensign-1.
- There’s some news about ScrumbleShip’s December update on their IndieDB page as well, whith some new images from the game.
- There’s a new video of alpha 14 of Void Destroyer which shows off some turret action, and is a fun watch! I’ll also be embedding it below.
- The Predestination Kickstarter has been updated with more information on the human race a note that they’ll be livestreaming today, their last day of the campaign. Not sure exactly where though. :/
- The Beyond Beyaan blog has been updated with a quandry on including starlanes or not.
- The Star Conflict site has new updates that include ship developement fees and corporations, as well as what appears to be a holiday phenomenon.
- The Kickstater for FleetCOMM : Operation Vigrior has an update about delaying the games release to fix more bugs. I am totally fine with that. :) I’d rather have a game done right rather than right now. ;)
- EVE Online is going to have a holiday fireworks display later today.
- Finally, the NaCLBox site — which lets you play older DOS games such as TIE Fighter and others in a browser window — has added online multiplayer gaming to their lineup.
- NOT Finally, just as I was putting this together, a new update on Limit Theory appeared on their Kickstarter, talking about the start of full development and much more.
That’s it for today folks. Have a lovely day, and thanks for visiting!
Hey y’all, happy Wednesday, and welcome back from Christmas break (if you had one, that is)! How was everyone’s holiday, and what did y’all get? ;) Mine was awesome, and I hope yours was too! Now with that said, let’s see what’s happened over the break…
- Over on Space Sector, Adam has an interview with Brain and Nerd CEO Brendan Drain regarding Predestination as well as a rather scathing review of Sword of the Stars II.
- Speaking of Predestination, their Kickstarter has been updated with a galaxy map prototype video (embedded after the cut) and more details on colonization, which looks cooler and cooler the more I read about it.
- In FTL news, there’s a new update that adds colorblind mode, specific action hotkeys and a lot more. Forbes also put the game at the top of their Most Challenging Games of 2012 list! Congrats, I think? ;)
- Over on the CRPG Addict (which you might recall inspired this site), he takes a look at the two Space games. I’ve not played Space II yet, but Space was surely a pickle.
- Over on the Kickstarter for Skyjacker, they have a new update covering alternative payment methods, content generation and more. The vids will be embedded below.
- There’s a new update for Vendetta Online which mostly consists of bugfixes.
- PC Gamer has an article about their recent experience with Freespace 2 after a new install with the Freespace Open additions. It’s a good read, but I think I’ve read it before…
- The Star Conflict folks are having a holiday-based contest where you can send your holiday greeting to the community. Pretty cool!
- There’s a new BorderSpace dev update video (embedded below also) which shows off a new H.U.D., new targeting modes and more! It’s SEXY!
- There’s a new mod for X3: Terran Conflict/Albion Prelude called X-Tended – Terran Conflict 2.0 which looks really damned cool. That one is coming up on my review list, so I’ll have to give it a whirl.
- According to 4xgamer, the Star Lords folks have relesed their second alpha (registration required). Wow, I thought that project was dead in the water, so good on them! :)
- Peter over at Matchsticks for My Eyes has his initial impressions of Drox Operative.
- The Galaxial blog has a new post looking at user interface customization, which is nifty.
- Finally, the Sol Command website has some new models of asteroids for your modeling needs.
In non-spacey game news, the folks behind AI War, Arcen Games, have released the beta for their 2.0 version of A Valley Without Wind. All existing owners of AVWW get 2.0 for free, and you can get ‘em both right now on Steam for just $5.99, which is an amazing deal. I put a decent amount of time into AVWW and found it a ton of fun, so I can’t wait for the sequel.
Finally, in deals, Get Games is having their Cheap as Chips sale and you can get Star Wolves, Star Wolves 2 and Star Wolves 3: Civil War for $2.70 each, the chepest I’ve ever seen ‘em, and totally worth it. :)
That’s it for today folks! I hope y’all have a lovely day, and I thank you for visiting and reading, as always! :)
I have this game now. The one in the picture. ;) I might be…busy for a while. Maybe, dunno yet. ;) It’s really good so far though…
Hey everyone, happy Friday! As this will very likely be the last thing I post before Christmas day, I wanted to wish all those who celebrate the holiday a joyous, fun, and present-filled holiday. :) Now let’s jump into some news and deals!
- First up the Emeny Starfighter site has been updated with two awesome videos showing some fun, short bits of the game. I’ll embed these below, but be sure to check ‘em out, especially the one showing things getting blowed up. ;)
- Okay, get this folks. There’s a new update for one of the Distant Worlds expansions, but not Legends, rather, Return of the Shakturi. That’s kinda crazy awesome. Apparently, “v188.8.131.52 update incorporates all the bug fixes and performance improvements from Distant Worlds: Legends,” which is pretty cool if you’ve not purchased Legends yet.
- Star Trek Online Community Manager Brandon “BranFlakes” Felczer was interviewed on the Deck Eight podcast.
- The Limit Theory Kickstarter has been updated with talk on creating a faction and a new tech demo, which I’ll embed below. Definitely looking awesome!
- Rock, Paper Shotgun has posted an excellent review of Drox Operative that anyone on the fence about getting the game needs to read.
- Iteration 14 of Void Destroyer has been released, which includes a new command mode, turret enhancements and more!
- The Vendetta Online folks have released their holiday newsletter, which offers some free time for previous subscribers and so on.
- The Star Conflict folks are now offering gold standards for victories in battles, which can be used as currency in the game it seems.
- Finally, the Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter has been updated with video of a scavenger hunt (embedded below) as well as some other useful links. Whoopiedeedoo.
Now onto deals, of which there are a bunch today. First off, GamersGate’s holiday sale seems to be in full force, and they have the following funness:
- Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion for $19.99
- Stellar Impact for $2.49 (which is still way too much)
- Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition for $13.37
- Galactic Civilizations Ultimate Collection for $16.99
- Master of Orion for $1.48
- Master of Orion 3 for $4.98 (again, too much)
- Gratuitous Space Battles for $4.49
- Gratuitous Space Battles: The Nomads for $1.79
- Gratuitous Space Battles: The Parasites for $1.80
- Gratuitous Space Battles: Galactic Conquest for $1.79
- Gratuitous Space Battles: The Order for $1.79
- Gratuitous Space Battles: The Swarm for $1.79
- Gratuitous Space Battles: The Tribe for $1.79
- Gratuitous Space Battles Complete Pack for $6.30
- Space Empires 4 for $1.99
- Space Empires 5 for $3.99 (wow too much)
- Space Empire Bindle (Includes 4 and 5) for $5.99
- Space Empires Star Fury for $1.99
- Galactic Dream – Rage of War for $3.99
- O.R.B. for $3.99
- Dark Matter for $3.74
- Independence War Deluxe for $3.00
- Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos for $3.00
WHEW. Now, we’re not done yet, because DotEmu is also having a sale, which includes the following:
NOW we’re done, and I need a nap. ;) Again, have a wonderful and festive holiday folks, and thanks as always for visiting. :)
Hey folks, happy Thursday! I hope your wallets are still okay even though the Steam sale has begun. ;) To distract you from the buying, here’s some news!
- The SkyJacker folks have launched a press release talking about their latest Kickstarter, and you can read the PDF here.
- You can find two new reviews of Drox Operative over at Gaming Illustrated and Technology Tell, both pretty positive. :)
- In their continuing quest to be the awesomest digital distribution site around, GOG has added the expansions to several of their EA games, including Wing Commander 1+2 and Wing Commander Privateer! AWESOME! Edit: There are now also MAC versions of the two Wing Commander products as well! NICE!
- In EVE Online news, winners in round six of their portrait competition have been announced, they’ve announced a free developer licence program, and players now have new gifts to open. Yay!
- The Elite: Dangerous folks have announced a new £80 digital download tier for their Kickstarter, and have received an endorsement from Chris Roberts. Yay?
- Co-Optimus has an interview with Terry Welsh about his game, Retrobooster.
- Sword of the Stars II and Lunar Flight have seen updates on Steam.
- Over on the Endless Space forums, you can vote in a poll regarding random events.
- There’s now a code commit feed over on the Beyond Beyaan blog.
- Finally, there new update for Star Conflict that adds a new shipyard defense mission mode, which sounds really cool. Why haven’t I played this?
That’s it for today folks, have a great one!
Edit: Updating for the new sale. Let’s gift folks!
Hey y’all, on one of the other forums I’m on, Gamers with Jobs, it’s a tradition to send each other Steam gifts during big sales such as the ongoing Autumn sale, so I thought it might be fun for us to do here!!
If you’re interested, head over to this forum thread and add your name and Steam profile URL to the list. Let’s have some generous gift-giving fun! :)
PS. Y’all know that you guys are the biggest gift of all, right? RIGHT? C’mere guys, group hug! ;)
The Steam Holiday Sale is ON LIKE DONKEY KONG, and here are all the spacey games I’ve been able to find (which is similar to the Thanksgiving sale in a lot of ways):
- Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion for $19.99
- Galaxy on Fire II HD for $13.99
- Star Wolves for $6.49
- Star Wolves 2 for $9.99
- Star Wolves 3: Civil War for $9.99
- Space Pirates and Zombies for $3.40
- Evochron Mercenary for $14.99
- X Superbox for $19.99 (or individual games for 50% off)
- Star Ruler for $3.99
- Galactic Civilizations I Ultimate Edition for $6.69
- Galactic Civilizations II Ultimate Edition for $13.99
- Galactic Civilizations Complete Pack for $16.74
- Aces of the Galaxy for $7.49
- Starpoint Gemini for $6.24
- EVE Online: Retribution for $9.99
- SOL: Exodus for $2.49
- Armada 2526 for $2.99
- Lunar Flight for $4.99
- AI War Fleet Command for $2.49 on its own, or $4.24 for a bundle with most of its DLC.
- Darkstar One for $3.99. This is also included in the Patricians and Merchants pack for $1.99.
- Stellar Impact for $2.49
- Nexus: The Jupiter Incident for $2.49
- Space Empires V for $5.99
- Sword of the Stars Complete Collection for $9.99
- Sword of the Stars II: Lord of Winter for $9.99
- Sword of the Stars Collection for $19.99
- Gratuitous Space Battles for $7.49 and the complete pack for 9.49
- Gratuitous Battle Back (Space Battles and Tank Battles) for $14.99
- Flotilla for $4.99
No go buy stuff! ;)