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[L4D] new additions to servers! 
Sunday, 2 May, 2010, 10:56 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned
I've added two more campaigns to both servers.

Dark Blood v1.9 Beta is set on a tankership and offers both co-op and versus. It's still in beta stage so there may be a few updates coming. As it is now it plays very well.
-thanks to TOG Unknown for letting me know about this one-

Suicide Blitz v3.0 is another map that plays well and doesn't have any "samey" feel to it like many custom campaigns do. The author, R.T. Frisk, is still active with this project having recently fixed a major AI issue that prevented me from wanting to upload this to the main server. It's on there now, fixed and ready to play!

Left 4 Dead servers info - HERE -

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[COD:B-OPS] new Call of Duty: Black Ops due NOV 2010 
Saturday, 1 May, 2010, 01:19 - Call of Duty
Posted by ned

The seventh title in the series, Call Of Duty: Black Ops is set during the Vietnam War, and will focus on members of the Studies and Observations Group, a covert group undertaking the most dangerous and secretive missions of the conflict.

From Cuba to the Arctic and the jungles of Vietnam, Call of Duty: Black Ops features stunning cinematic graphics and intense gameplay that puts you right at the heart of the action.

SOURCE - Call Of Duty: Black Ops Official Website Goes Live; Out November 9th
SOURCE - Call Of Duty: Black Ops Heading To The Arctic & Cuba Too

Call of Duty: Black Ops is being developed by Treyarch, an Activision studio and is due for release NOV 2010

Call Of Duty: Black Ops | Home

For me, the Call of Duty series peaked at United Offensive. I will however be following the news on this one. The release time is simialr to the new Medal of Honor and I have an interest in both due to past games. It'll be interesting to see how the developers try to make their respective titles stand-out from each other. Time will tell all.


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[MOH] thoughts and info on Medal of Honor 2010 
Saturday, 1 May, 2010, 00:43 - Medal of Honor
Posted by ned
The up-coming Medal of Honor is utising two game engines. Unreal Engine 3 for singleplayer and Frostbite engine for multiplayer. I don't know of a game that's done that before. I love both engines so I'm keen to see how this plays in both singleplayer and multiplayer. I really enjoyed the singleplayer element of Battlefied: Bad Company 2 and would have liked the news of this new Medal of Honor using the same Frostbite engine for its singleplayer. Apparently the Unreal Engine 3 will be heavily modified so some surprises may be on the way. Either way I'm confident it'll be a winning game for many. But who will like the singleplay and multiplay?

Even though DICE have stated people shouldn’t expect a clone of Bad Company 2 for Medal of Honor’s multiplayer it doesn't look like good news for me with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 players getting awarded in Medal of Honor with early access to the M24 sniper rifle so it looks like the MP aspect of this games will use a similar stat-unlock-award system to the Battlefield series which I've never liked. Why penalise newbies??

SOURCE - Medal of Honor using two game engines
SOURCE - DICE: Medal of Honor won't copy BFBC2
SOURCE - blog - Get early access to M24


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[SSHD:SE] Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter released! 
Saturday, 1 May, 2010, 00:04 - Serious Sam
Posted by ned
It's here, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter has been released.

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter on Steam

This release features new Co-op and Multiplayer modes never before seen in the Serious Sam series.. more on these and server details soon..


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[PS3] I've had a look into the dark side ? 
Sunday, 25 April, 2010, 03:57 - >PlayStation 3
Posted by ned
Well I bought a PlayStation 3. For gaming? No... but I was curious to see what gaming was like on a console. I have had quick goes on PlayStation 3s and Xbox 360s before but they just didn't grab me. My genre of choice is shooters, specifically 1st person. With console controllers I just can't aim. When I say this I really mean it. I'm appalling and embarrassing at the same time.

I was in the market for a home entertainment package and of course required a Blu-ray Player. Learning that the PS3 was a Blu-ray player and can be used as an excellent media center (after listening to the TOG Games Industry Podcast - Episode 7) I including one in the package.

I'm impressed so far with the entertainment package but won't bore people about that. Now I had my own PS3 I could get to see what games I could play on occasions that weren't shooters. To be 100% sure with my lack of ability to play console shooters I downloaded some demos... ouch painful lol.

I remembered being impressed with how my nephew played Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II on the Xbox 360 so I know there was potential for me to find something console-ned-friendly.

To keep things brief I now have three games in my collection.
(not including some Crash Bandicoot classics for my wife)

Fight Night Round 4
-recommended by a good gaming buddy TUB Baldy

God of War III
-I got after playing the demo

WipEout HD
-I got this after hearing about it in the TOG Games Industry Podcast Season 2 - Ep 19 and downloading the trailers.

I like what I see so far. There are games out there that I can enjoy on a console... just NOT shooters. I'm looking forward to playing these more especially WipEout HD multiplayer. I'll comment further of these games sometime soon..


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[COJBB] bounty, penalties and cash chart! 
Sunday, 25 April, 2010, 00:03 - Call of Juarez
Posted by ned
I forgot I had this. I saw it over at somewhere.. maybe in a forum thread..

I've added it into the Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood SERVER page - LINK -

Note: in a LAN game all characters are unlocked.

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[L4D] server news 
Monday, 19 April, 2010, 13:53 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned
DeadCity updated to vpk12 on both servers.
(previously Campaign/Versus and Survival were seperate .vpk files, now together)
-thanks to TOG Unknown-

> DeadCity

Silent Fear v1.0 added to the test server.
Five randomly placed glyphs are required to be found to unlock the path to the finale in this Silent Hill themed map. One bug to note is if someone dies, rescue them before you activate the next glyph. Looking for something different? This is it!

> Silent Fear

Left 4 Dead servers info - HERE -

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[L4D] Hunter Training fix released.. 
Monday, 19 April, 2010, 02:54 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned
eyeonus has updated his Hunter Training map with a quick fix, v3.5.1. His recently released v3.5 wouldn't start up in singleplayer mode (mulitplayer worked fine).

From the changelog..
Fixed bug causing Single Player loading via menu in L4D1 to fail.

> Hunter Training

Both servers have been updated, info - HERE -


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[L4D] server news 
Sunday, 18 April, 2010, 02:36 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned

• Updated Hunter Training to v3.5
-Removed overlapping brushes and various other errors from Live Fire Course.
-Added three more Hunter Spawn Rooms.
-Made C18 more difficult by adding two more floors (The "V" and the "Man") and making half the walls fail-ports.
-Changed the "Diamond" floor in C18 to "Star".
-Added fail-port destination to bottom of C18 so that players don't have to re-do the floor bit if they screw up the ceiling pounce.
-Dimmed the lighting to reduce glare

Please note this version breaks the ability to play this map in singleplayer. I suspect eyeonus will fix this soon.

> Hunter Training


• Added Silent Hill 1 v7.1 by Leafo

This campaign is an epic journey! I believe it's a direct port from the original Playstation game and not a Silent Hill themed set of maps.

Note from the author..
Do not download this if you do not like; Puzzle solving, getting lost or exploring the maps.

It took 3-4 of us (myself, Thermal Ions, Unknown and Racer X) over 4 hours to complete... AND the help of Thermal's pro-google skills in sloving some of the puzzles! The BOTs need some work and it's currently a little buggy but it's worth a run. Be prepared to spend some time on it though!

> Silent Hill 1

I'll probably add this one to the main server soon..

Left 4 Dead servers info - HERE -


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[SSHD:SE] Serious Sam HD: The Second Edition news 
Sunday, 11 April, 2010, 11:36 - Serious Sam
Posted by ned

Pre-purchase now!
I have ;P - available late April.2010

Steam News - Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Now Available for Pre-Purchase

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is now available for pre-purchase on Steam. Purchase the game before its release and you'll save 10%, plus earn the ability to play The Second Encounter as Ugh-Zan, the boss from The First Encounter, in both coop and multiplayer modes.

With this release are some new features never seen before with this series.. A Survival Mode, more than one Co-Op Mode, Versus Modes plus more..

Shamelessly taken from 'Left 4 Dead' ?
Time will tell.. either way I'm sure I'll enjoy it all ;]

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