247w ago - Today PAIN Associate Producer Jason Coker announced news of the incoming PAIN Smack Pack, which includes both Darts and Fortress Modes. To quote:
We're about to drop the Smack Pack on you (sold separately), which includes the Darts and Fortress game Modes. As I'm sure you know, traditional Darts wouldn't be suitable for PAIN. We wouldn't dare make something as simple as launching a character into an oversized dartboard.
Instead, you have to launch you character toward a giant sticky billboard with multiple bullseyes painted on it, in the process grabbing another character (or bomb) and chucking it at the billboard. Sounds simple enough, eh?
Oh, I forgot to mention the fact that your opponents have distractions to jack you up during your flight to the billboard. It makes it even more satisfying to clear the distractions and pull off a bullseye, so I hope your game is in order.
Fortress is the other half of the Smack Pack, and it pits you against up to three opponents, each of you with a giant fortress on a floating platform in the sky. On offense, your task is to aim at an opponent's fortress, launch and grab an exploding object, and chuck it at their fortress to inflict maximum damage.
Every bit of damage you do costs that player points, and when...
293w ago - While it was only hearsay and bordering on a rumor earlier today, it is now confirmed that the major update for Team Fortress 2 will not arrive until "early next week."
Valve's Robin Walker kindly responded to my inquiry of whether or not the "rumor" of a delay was true, and that the update would not hit until next week.
Yes, it should be out early next week. -Robin.
Undoubtedly busy, I'd like to thank Mr. Walker for confirming this for us. Expect to see Goldrush and entire teams consisting of Medics starting early next week. The exact day and time are not yet known.
294w ago - Team Fortress 2, which was included in the Orange Box, was released last year. It already had its fair share of problems on the day of release, however it seems that the game still has a lot of online issues. Yesterday an angry gamer apparently couldn't take it anymore and started a petition regarding the problems.
The issues that are listed in the petition (which are quite a lot) are of the PS3 version. Which, of course, comes as no surprise, seeing as how EA constantly keeps complaining about working with the next-generation console of Sony.
The petition is linked above, and I thought it should also be shared here. We also need to support our fellow gamers that are in need. EA has ruined the online experience.. +300 signatures in last 24 hours, the petition is starting pretty well. Link to petition's user blog is here.
321w ago - The folks at Valve? Why, they're the kind of guys you can just kick back with. Relax. Have a beer. Frag. You'll get the opportunity to do at least one of those things this Friday, as the company announced an open invitation for Team Fortress 2 players to take on the minds behind The Orange Box.
This Friday, October 19, from 3-7:00PM PST (6-10 EST), those with Gold subscriptions can take on the team and chat with them about tips and strategies for the game. To participate seems simple enough; just add the following Gamertags to your friends list:
gamewithdev1 (Matt W.- Level Designer)
ValveArtist1 (Matthew S. - Artist)
ValveAnim (Matthew R. - Animator)
ValveProg1 (Vitaliy - Programmer)
ValveProg2 (Adrian - Programmer)
ValveProg3 (Kerry - Programmer)
ValveProg4 (Robin - Programmer)
ValveProg5 (Jim - Programmer)
ValveLevelDes2 (Dave - Level Designer)
ValveArtist2 (Nick - Artist)
ValveLevelDes3 (Scott - Level Designer)
ValveProg6 (David - Programmer)
ValveWriter (Chet - Writer)
One might question the sanity of putting a Gamertag publicly out there. Luckily, most of these seem fairly generic and are probably set up for occasions such as this one. Just add the tags...