WEBZEN & MU Legend blow out Valentines Day with beta key giveaway

Eager to boost some social interactions, WEBZEN the developer and publisher for MU Legend have decided to kick off Valentines with a beta key giveaway on their Facebook page. The second closed beta period opens the next week so they decided to make the twist on it a little interesting.

Unfortunately that does leave those with an interest to play wonder what exactly to do today but at least they’ve got you covered in a week. The upcoming beta focuses on localization, primarily for German, French, Polish, Spanish and Brazilian-Portuguese players. If you don’t speak any of those you can always play in English of course.

The announcement also includes a new teaser from WEBZEN that  you can catch below.

GOG shows some love this Valentines Day

It’s Valentines Day and there’s certainly some love in the air already with GOG. They know there are many out there who love to come home after a long day and sit and bask in the warm glow of the thing that brings them so much joy… their PC.

From Wishlists, With Love is their 6-day sale that knocks up to 90% off over 70 of the top wishlisted titles on GOG.  Top games on sale include The Witcher 3 GOTY, Dying Light, Arcanum, Psychonauts, Darkest Dungeon and more.

For more info and the full list, check out GOG

Disgaea 2 releases on Steam with a series of deals

Normally when a new game releases the pre-order incentives drop and the party is over until the next Steam sale. NIS is taking a different approach letting everyone get a piece of the Disgaea pie with multiple bundles (digital) for fans.

Disgaea PC + Disgaea 2 PC
Disgaea PC + Disgaea 2 PC – Digital Doods Edition (includes digital art books for both games)
Disgaea 2 PC – Digital Dood Edition (includes Disgaea 2 digital art book)

The deal only lasts until February 6th and then it’ll be business as usual.

Rainbow Six Siege brings Year 2 content and free weekend

Hitting a 2 year milestone on a game is a pretty big thing with how fast attention shifts with consumers. Rainbow Six Siege is hitting Season 2 and they’re announcing Operation Velvet Shell coming to players on February 7th.

Two new operators and the “Coastline” map will be available to players for PVP and PVE in the Velvet Shell expansion. Set on the shores of Ibiza, operators will have to safeguard the perimeter of a high profile nightclub.

More details will follow on the map during the Six Invitational with a demo live on Twitch.

From February 2-5 those on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC will be able to take on the experience of Rainbow Six Siege and get a taste of the game.

Links:
Free weekend details
Rainbow Six Siege on Twitch

Philly getting a tabletop invasion with PAX Unplugged

Today the Penny Arcade team is leading a new charge with PAX Unplugged coming to Philadelphia November 17-19, 2017. The event will focus strictly on the tabletop, card and board gaming in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, taking elements from past PAX events to create a familiar atmosphere that lets fans engage with the industry.

PAX Unplugged is set to include musical concerts, tournaments, panels with industry figures to talk industry and the future of tabletop. The goal of Unplugged is to provide the same atmosphere to share enthusiasm and passion for board, card and tabletop gaming and see the latest creations on the market and coming soon.

From the brief:

With the rise of popularity of board games, we wanted to provide a dedicated space where fans can come together,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “We will continue to have tabletop games at every PAX, but Unplugged will focus on stepping away from the TV, monitor and phone to foster face-to-face multiplayer experiences.”

Badges are set to go on sale for PAX Unplugged this Spring, for more updates those will follow on Twitter and their new site.

Frag on, QuakeCon returns to Grapevine TX this August

The largest LAN party is coming back, QuakeCon 2017 is set to invade the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center August 24-27 this year, thousands descend on the festival of gaming to take part in the BYOC nature of the LAN party and game the weekend away.

 

Guests are free to attend and the public is welcome to check out the events and LAN madness. There’s no details on BYOC costs at this point but it’s certainly a nice gesture to the community to explore such a long running event of 22 years etched into the history of gaming.

From the release:

Entering its 22nd year, QuakeCon 2017 will continue to celebrate games and the people who play them by hosting North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party. With over two thousand BYOC seats available, participants can showcase their custom computers and join the QuakeCon gamer community to play their favorite games either solo or against one another on the same local area network.

QuakeCon is free for general attendees and open to the public. This year’s event will offer diverse activities for all, including those who choose not to bring their own computer. Attendees are first to see sneak peeks of Bethesda’s upcoming titles and announcements while also attending a wide array of presentations, tournaments, workshops and exhibits from leading tech companies showcasing the newest gaming accessories and hardware.

Marvel and Square Enix strike multi-year licensing deal for gaming

That licensing shuffle never ends does it? Today Marvel has locked in a deal with Square Enix for a multi-year license that allows for multiple properties from the Marvel universe. Of course this isn’t without guidance and goals, the first of the projects will center around The Avengers and the sequels will build from there, thankfully there’s hope in the project not being a movie tie-in product as their brief reads.

The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come. More details on The Avengers project and other games will be announced in 2018.

With Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal involved there’s promise for a product that turns out rewarding to fans looking to experience something new from a Marvel gaming product. Both teams have produced some large hits for Square Enix over the years so the combined talents should deliver something interesting if everything comes together just right.

Let’s hope that Square Enix and Marvel can stick to the idea of providing a unique universe for players to experience Marvel storylines in though, having these teams devote all their energy into an Infinity War game designed to accompany the movie wouldn’t be the best use of that talent pool. I only say this with comments like this also thrown into that brief

The Avengers project is a perfect example of how Marvel is making games a key part of the landscape for Marvel storytelling, alongside comics, television and film.

We’ll have to wait and see if a new unique universe awaits, or a movie tie-in or Kingdom Hearts 3 – Ultron Rising. If they keep the titles as a subtle wink and nod as some of their current tv / streaming franchises do that would be nice but everyone will just have to hold tight for now.

Ransome talks Thimbleweed Park in latest trailer

Time to solve a murder, the collapse of a cities industry, science gone awry and who took the time to flip toilet paper rolls around throughout the city to cause turmoil with residents. It’s apparently just another day in Thimbleweed Park though as players navigate through 5 playable characters to figure out what exactly is going on in this town.

Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are back on the adventure scene with ragey clowns, pillow heiresses and a town lost into decay, it sounds just like a lovely tale for the ages. For those longing for a shot of nostalgia that brings classic graphics and deeper gameplay it’s certainly looking like a strong consideration given you can’t trust anyone, even the two people trying to sort out the mess.

As the release is a few months off, let’s just stroll through some footage of what awaits.

Xbox One getting Path of Exile this year

Grinding Gear Games has a bit of good news for ARPG fans on the Xbox One, Path of Exile is making its way to the console front in 2017 and it’s bringing a load of content along with it. Even though the game has been around since 2013 as a play for free entity it’s taken up a facelift and numerous overhauls to make it more appealing for console players with a refined control system.

With five expansions and Act V as incentives they’re packing everything they can in to get people into those dungeons and start hacking away.  While there aren’t a ton of details about the Xbox One version they did make up for it with a teaser trailer. Check out the smooth framerate, improved lighting, mechanics and experience as we hold for more news.

SPARCO steps into the gaming chair arena

If DXRacer and Playseat weren’t going it for you in the upper tier levels of gaming chairs, SPARCO is now throwing their hat into the ring. The racing seat producer has expressed their interest in tackling the needs of eSports, sim and everyday players who want a comfy chair during their experience.

SPARCO breaks these down into 3 categories for their product line:

GRIP: Their entry level unit introduces contouring, synthetic leather for durability, lumbar adjustments and reclining features. It has the staples of many entry level products you see on the market for gaming chairs.

STINT: For those working from home or practicing in long sessions the design goals change, aiming to ventilate the backrest through a shift in fabric and cushion materials, their goal is improving blood flow which helps keep users focused and comforted.

COMP: Touted as the Luxury model of the group, the series actually has a split within itself as the C and V. The C series takes a unique presentation with a carbon fiber backrest while the V uses a matte black fiberglass backrest. Both units have DNA from the SPX SPARCO seat.

It’s an interesting pursuit on their part, users have paired racing seats from many companies to their own simulation rigs for a while now, having one with casters certainly would be a nice shift but I don’t know if it’s enough to really grab the market as pricing isn’t available.

As someone who uses a DXRacer King Series I’ve been quite happy with my chair and it’s been well over a year since I bought it. While it’s nice to have durable and comfortable seating that caters to my height, it’s also important to cater to the audience differences as enthusiasts aren’t all 5’7″ 155lbs. Features like the C and V series have are interesting but performance gains from a carbon fiber backrest on a wheeled chair aren’t really anything I can claim exist, it’s more of a vanity thing unfortunately.

We’ll have to see where things take off from here when SPARCO gets their products to retail and understand where this line is going from there.