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Chapter Thirteen: The Missed Opportunity

Posted by | September 17, 2017.

“How did you know to ssshoot the sssuit?” Boots hissed as he prodded the smoldering remains of the suit. Its ashes still glowed with the residual energy of the assault, but as the heat dissipated the embers faded.

Upon unleashed the full force of their DPS on the suit, the “supervisor” monster crumbled without a fight. Every point of damage done to the suit transferred and amplified the boss until it was rendered into a twitching pile of wreckage in the middle of the floor. After it collapsed, Helvetica, Boots, and Rocky-Road kicked its pieces around the room and into the hallway for good measure.

It wasn’t coming back.

“Something the cook said,” Helvetica replied. She looked around the manager’s office. “I suppose this means we control the ship now?”

Rocky-Road swished her tail and sauntered over to the desk. With a hmph she swept some of the debris from the fight off the …

Guild Wars 2 Elite Path of Fire Specialization Preview Weekend Begins Tomorrow

Posted by | August 17, 2017.

With the second expansion to Guild Wars 2 flying fast towards us – launching Sept. 22 – Arena Net is rolling out the red carpet for players to experience some of the new content new. As hype roars in the ears of the player-base, tomorrow GW2 clients will make available the nine new elite specialization classes in the World vs. World game mode.

Players who want to test out the elite specs need not do anything. A client patch will take care of that and two beta slots will appear. Just pick one, make a character and then roll into WvW to test it out.

In a developer livestream published today, Anet employees talked about what players can expect from these specializations. Keep reading for the thoughts of the voces about how these new character class changes will affect everyone.

Miradorn Theta-class heavy raider [T6] review

Posted by | May 8, 2017.

Mercenaries, privateers. and those that enjoy some only-slightly-lawless activity have gotten a bit of a fist-bump with the addition of the Privateer lock box in Star Trek Online now that the box drops the Miradorn Theta-class Heavy Raider. This is a versatile raider-class ship with a heavy forward-facing weapon layout and a really, really big engine to keep it on the go.

Are you the type of captain who wants to nimbly dodge through space with barrel rolls and sudden bursts of acceleration or deceleration? Then keep reading, as the Theta-class also reintroduces the Tactical Maneuvers ability that, until now, could only be used with the Zen store Pilot ships.

The Theta-class also helps beef up the number of cross-faction raiders in Tier 6 available to Federation, Klingons and Romulans.

In this review, readers will discover how to get this ship, its vital stats and other …

Explore the human body with Project Remedium now on Kickstarter

Posted by | March 15, 2017.

For anyone who grew up curious about the human immune system and discovered ancient classics such as the Fantastic Voyage (1966) and Innerspace (1987) – or, for those not into classic films, who could possibly forget, Osmosis Jones (2001) – will find the charming and biological video game Project Remedium an interesting find.

Developed by Atomic Jelly, Project Remedium thrusts the player into the role of a nanobot designed and deployed to save the life of a dying little girl in desperate need of medical attention. Her body is ravaged by disease, organs are failing and even her potential saviors—other medial nanobots—have gone haywire and are causing more issues than they were designed to repair.

The game is currently on Kickstarter with a meager-sounding funding goal of $7,474. The funding round has 38 days to go and is already almost 30 percent funded. It is also possible to find

Unity Keynote at GDC 2017

Posted by | February 28, 2017.

The Unity Labs keynote at Game Developer Conference 2017 started with an introduction by CEO John Riccitiello at Unity Labs. who spoke to the growth the game engine had seen and how it’s looking forward to the future.

Unity has seen a huge growth in the number of platforms it supports over the years now including upcoming platforms such as Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Hololens (for augmented reality) and virtual reality devices such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR.

According to Riccitiello, in the last quarter games using Unity reached 2.6 billion unique devices. This is up a solid billion devices from the same quarter last year.

The keynote felt somewhat complicated and involved a lot of different people speaking about specific elements within Unity and its vision for 2017. As a result, only highlights of what was spoken about can be easily summarized here.

Unity 5.6 with

BURN gathers in GW2 city Hoelbrak to support gravely ill guildmate

Posted by | February 18, 2017.

Today, visitors to the Norn capital city of Hoelbrak in the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Guild Wars 2 will find a group of friends gathering in support of one of their own who is currently in the hospital.

Desertfox, one of the leaders of Dragon Slayers aka [BURN], is said to have been fighting cancer for years and recently went to the hospital for surgery. According to guild members, Desertfox’s condition took a turn for the worse during the early hours of the morning.

Current BURN leaders, Enlightened Queen and Nikki Fayre, spoke during the vigil and numerous guild members gathered both in GW2 and the guild’s TeamSpeak channel.

Although this morning’s prognosis gave him mere hours to live, news at the moment is that his condition has improved. As a result, guildmates have been waiting for further updates.

“We’ve been chilling waiting for updates and we got another update that he was …

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Reveals Pact Commander Mastery

Posted by | August 12, 2015.

Guild Wars 2 is closing in on its third year of life and we’ve heard that Heart of Thorns, it’s first-ever expansion, will be coming to us before the end of 2015. Along with that revelations are slowing leaking out about various elements (from specializations to new maps to masteries) and the most recent is the Pact Commander mastery track. To learn more about this socially-enabled mastery track, read up at SiliconANGLE by Kyt Dotson.

Star Trek Online ‘Season 11: New Dawn’ Teases Exploration

Posted by | August 11, 2015.

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment teased Star Trek Online Season 11: New Dawn over the weekend. Highlights include a new exploration system, the Admiralty System (commanding fleet missions), Tholians, Mirror Universe, and voice work coming. Oh yes, the Iconian War will be over this month on the next. Read more about it at SiliconANGLE with Kyt Dotson’s coverage.

Blizzard Unleashes a Boatload of News at #Gamescom15

Posted by | August 6, 2015.

It’s going to be a banner year for Blizzard’s top MMO World of Warcraft next year when the newest expansion, Legion, drops. Although WoW is currently embattled when it comes to population—subscribers fell to 5.6 million, down from 10 million at the release of Warlords of Draenor—the hype train for this new content is unending. This week at the Gamescom 2015 conference, Blizzard representatives revealed a new Demon Hunter hero class, artifact weapons with their own skill trees, a level cap increase to 110, new content related to Azshara, and lots of content incoming. Read more about the reveals at SiliconANGLE with Eric David’s coverage.

Chapter Twelve: Subscription Cancelled – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | July 31, 2015.

“I sssay we just ssshoot it, Captain,” Boots hissed.

“I am inclined to agree,” Helvetica said to him. As the conversation continued, she poked through the reply options, grinding her teeth. “Does this dialogue ever end? It’s like I’m playing a Foundry mission. Which one of these conversation trees leads to ‘a gunfight ensues.’” A few more clicks through blocks of text (that she’d already read) and she finally found something that she liked.

“I was sent by upper management, they are not happy with your numbers. Stand down and I promise to be gentle with the audit.”

“Good one,” Rocky-Road said.

“Resistance detected,” the Borg creature said. “Hard sell mode engaged.”

Rocky-Road blinked and hissed with a sharp intake of breath. “I…don’t think it believed you.”

The supervisor gestured towards the window and the USS Oxford. Outside the Borg sphere, the tractor beam glow increased in intensity and the starship shuddered as bulkheads began to …