The shooters are in the gaming headlines today, with Doom successfully running on an ATM, former Epic lead designer Cliff Bleszinski opening a pub, and Epic showcasing first glimpses of the upcoming Unreal Tournament gameplay. On top of that, Microsoft announced the free Games with Gold for August and upcoming Assassin’s Creed reveals a new female character. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 29, 2014.
XBox Free Games with Gold
Microsoft has been generous enough to give out free games to Xbox Live Gold members for a while now. This month will bring the loyal Xbox One customers Crimson Dragons and Strike Suit Zero, replacing the current freebies Guacamelee and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. The Xbox 360 members will receive Motocross Madness until Aug. 15, and then Dishonored for the rest of the month. The new games will be available on Aug. 1, so those who have not yet obtained July’s offerings should hurry up to download them.
Doom runs on an ATM
A group of Australian hackers managed to disassemble an ATM and get id Software’s classic first-person shooter (FPS) running on it, with full controls and sound included. This adds the ATM to the long list of the different platforms that Doom has been ported to over the years. The hack is not as complex as it might first sounds, Joystiq reports, considering the ATM is already running on Windows XP. Nonetheless, the achievement is still impressive. Perhaps judging one’s shooting skills could prove a more accurate verification of identity than just a pin number in the future.
Cliff Bleszinski opens a pub
The former lead designer of Epic left the studio back in October 2012. Known for Gears of War and Unreal Tournament, he has just recently returned to the gaming scene announcing a new arena-based shooter. What has he been up to during his break, however? Opening a pub in Raleigh, North Carolina, as it turns out. Bleszinski explains that running the bar is much like operating a game studio. Everything, including customer happiness and the bathrooms, can be broken down into simple manageable systems. Bleszinski reports the venture is going really well, and plans for more pubs in the near future.
Assassin’s Creed gets a female character, still unplayable
Ubisoft has been in the midst of yet another marketing controversy after announcing that the latest installment of their popular series Assassin’s Creed would not feature any playable female protagonists. The official reason was lack of time and resources, with studio heads explaining that creating the female avatars would require hundreds of new animations and models, something that simply did not fit into the scheduling timeline. The studio revealed in the latest teaser a new female character Elise, integral to the main story (and potentially the obligatory romantic plotline), but still unplayable. This could possibly add more fuel to the fire, showing there was some room to develop female animations and models after all.
New Unreal Tournament playable prototype
Epic has been moving fast with the development of a new, entirely free Unreal Tournament title. In the previous Daily Digests, Guardian Liberty Voice shared a lengthy keynote as well as visual proof-of-concept of one of the levels. The developers explained wanting to go back to the roots of the popular first-person arena shooter, and work closely with the fans of the series to polish the new iteration. They have now released a short behind-the-scenes video showing the game has reached the first playable state. Granted, the weapon models look like placeholders from original UT3 and the levels are untextured blocks, but the team has been focusing on gameplay and functionality first. If the teaser is any indication, the fast-paced and visceral combat the series was originally known for is definitely coming back.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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