Late Night Computing: October 16, 2012

By Tyler J. Smith, Oct 16, 2012 5:30pm PDT

So the pirate ghosts got the treasure, and we've got the candy-candy-candy-candy-candy! And you've got Late Night computing for October 16, 2012.

Halloween inches closer with the end of today. Two weeks tomorrow! I don't ever get dressed up, or go out for that matter, but there are a few yearly rituals that make this time of year for me. First up? Figuring out where I put my Garfield's Halloween Adventure DVD. Even at 28, it's the only thing that puts me in the right mood for this time of year. Then, a playthrough of Costume Quest, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Do you have any special Halloween rituals?

News bits:

  • Still want to earn that free golden Halo armor for your Xbox Live Avatar? You'll need to interact with the 2012 Election Hub three out of the four debates, the third of which takes place tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT! Here's a handy list of streams if you want to watch on your PC. [via Gigaom]

  • Roberts Space Industries has updated its frequently asked questions section with answers to your burning Star Citizen questions, including whether or not the game is an MMO. [via Roberts Space Industries]

  • Digital rights management (DRM) for 3d printers just made the revolution a bit more difficult to navigate. [via ExtremeTech]

  • Apple announces a new special event to take place October 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. [via Reuters]

  • How would the United States respond to cyber attacks that shut down critical infrastructure? [via MIT Technology Review]

Chatty posts of the moment.

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  • "Has anyone found any reviews for DOOM 3 BFG Edition yet? I'm really interested in how id software handled the Stereoscopic 3D on the game, and if it would be worth playing through the lost mission pack with the new 3D visuals." [by kurumba]

  • "Time to complain about XCom. When I first read Mercfox's post the other day I thought he must be off his rocker. Now I understand his frustration. This game has possibly the most broken interplay between LOS, cover, and chance-to-hit mechanics I have ever seen in a TBS game. Even more frustrating because this game constantly rides the edge of being awesome but constantly jars me out of it with facepalm moments." [by Poor Yurik]

Nightly file.

  • The War Z alpha client 20121016. "The War Z is an online, multiplayer, survival-simulation game set in an open world infested with zombies. Players are thrust into this post-apocalyptic world five-years after a viral outbreak that ravaged the human population and left, in its wake, a nightmare of epic proportion. Hordes of undead zombies roam the cities, and the few remaining human beings have devolved into a lawless, nomadic society where the sole objective is to survive at any cost. Only players who pre-ordered the Pioneer or Legend packs will be able to access the servers." Download the alpha client for Windows here.

Media.

Crusader Kings II Legacy of Rome launch trailer:

"The imperial crusade expands once more with Legacy of Rome, which includes the Byzantine Empire and Orthodox Church."

Serious Sam 3: BFE gets serious once again with the Jewel of the Nile expansion launch trailer, Defiance gets a new developer diary, and Aliens: Colonial Marines has a few new screenshots to show you.

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