GDC: Magicka: Vietnam expansion announced

The wizardly action-RPG is astonishingly headed to Nam, it was revealed today, with a remarkable rendition of Surfin' Bird.

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Having promised a Magicka surprise at GDC, publisher Paradox Interactive today announced an expansion for Arrowhead's action-RPG named, against all odds, Magicka: Vietnam.

"Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if wizards were allowed to roam the jungles of war-torn Vietnam, attempting to bring peace and stability to the region by casting spells on all opponents?" Paradox asks in the announcement.

You'll get to find out just that this spring, when the expansion is released for download. Pricing has not yet been confirmed.

More than that, though, have you ever wondered what it would be like if The Trashmen's Nam-era song Surfin' Bird was sung in Magicka's nonsense language? Because you can answer that question right now by watching the announcement trailer:

From The Chatty
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    March 1, 2011 10:10 AM

    Comment on GDC: Magicka: Vietnam expansion announced, by Alice O'Connor.

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      March 1, 2011 10:21 AM

      These guys rock I'm buying every game they release.

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      March 1, 2011 10:23 AM

      Well that definitely came way out of left field and onto my must play list.

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      March 1, 2011 10:27 AM

      Is this now the 4th Magicka: Vietnam thread?

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        March 1, 2011 10:28 AM

        yes but this is the official one, all imposters will be nuked to cover up the news-stealing conspiracy!

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      March 1, 2011 10:37 AM

      I am totally offended by the fact that their promotional material features F-22 jets which were not present during the Vietnam Conflict. This blatant lack of historical accuracy is just appalling.

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        March 1, 2011 10:44 AM

        Count me as one of the offended. *Monocle*

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        March 1, 2011 10:58 AM

        Yea, I saw that... if anything that promo shot appears to be mimicking BFBC2's cover art / main menu. Really odd that they put in a modern day warplane (sure it's an F-22, looks like the F-35).

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          March 1, 2011 11:01 AM

          I really really want a hires version of that last shot mocking the BC2 main menu. It's just beautiful.

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          March 1, 2011 11:05 AM

          Nope, definitely F-22. You can see the angled thrust vectors on the back.

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            March 1, 2011 12:10 PM

            Yep, the silhouette was at a goofy angle, but thats a great way of telling the planes apart.

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            March 1, 2011 12:37 PM

            Jesus christ, this sub thread.

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        March 1, 2011 11:02 AM

        frankly I am disgusted.

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        March 1, 2011 1:24 PM

        But magicians were there, right?

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      March 1, 2011 10:52 AM

      Nushack is great.

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        March 1, 2011 10:54 AM

        Very much. This thread delivers.

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          March 1, 2011 11:01 AM

          I'm surprised it took this long for a serious conflict between chatty and front page after redesign. I think I've seen others, but nothing as incendiary as this.

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            March 1, 2011 11:03 AM

            We're all one shack now, brother.

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              March 1, 2011 11:15 AM

              Word.

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              March 1, 2011 11:22 AM

              Oh come on Dave, you nuked that didn't you?

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                March 1, 2011 11:25 AM

                Nothing to see here folks. Move along. *vaguely waving*

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                  March 1, 2011 11:26 AM

                  We should totally have the option to at least read posts nuked for being stupid. I was enjoying it quite a lot.

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                    March 1, 2011 11:27 AM

                    I can see why they would want to moderate craziness like that in the frontpage stuff a bit more strongly than in the chatty, though.

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                    March 1, 2011 11:28 AM

                    What would be the point of nuking posts if you could read them?

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                      March 1, 2011 11:31 AM

                      It still stops the back and forth bickering, but allows posts to remain in the annals of Shack WTF history

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                        March 1, 2011 11:34 AM

                        pretty sure shaming people in the stocks went out of fashion a few centuries ago

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                        March 1, 2011 11:35 AM

                        I really liked it when you could still read the nuked posts. It stopped the trainwreck and controversy, but you could still read what caused it. Some of the shack's funniest moments happened in those threads. Especially when it was one dude being stupid and starting a dogpile.

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                      March 1, 2011 11:37 AM

                      It could prevent you from posting to them and also prevent them from showing up for those who don't want to see nuked posts and for people who don't have accounts.

                      I'm not seriously saying you guys SHOULD change it. I just often wish I could keep reading posts that got nuked for being stupid because I usually find them entertaining.

                      On the other hand there are reasons to nuke posts such that no one can see them, like if someone put too much information in a post and asked for a nuke or whatever.

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                      March 1, 2011 11:43 AM

                      MOST forums lock threads instead of deleting them

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                    March 1, 2011 11:34 AM

                    my popcorn had just finished popping. =(

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                  March 1, 2011 11:54 AM

                  Awww. =(

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                March 1, 2011 12:48 PM

                Hey, what the hell, what did I miss??

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                  March 1, 2011 12:49 PM

                  Maybe we should have a place for nuked threads somewhere. Dungeon of shame.

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        March 1, 2011 11:02 AM

        I keep reading this as nutsack

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        March 1, 2011 11:03 AM

        Yup. This is a fantastic example of how having front page threads in the chatty is a great idea.

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        March 1, 2011 11:08 AM

        This one thread has pretty much single-handedly justified its existence

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        March 1, 2011 11:11 AM

        I like any change that leads to stupid posts getting more exposure

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        March 1, 2011 11:21 AM

        oldshack is no nushack, even my goddamned toenail knows that

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        March 1, 2011 11:23 AM

        God I hope someone saved the phrasing of that 'personally studied' bit.

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      March 1, 2011 11:05 AM

      No Creedence no Buy

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      March 1, 2011 11:12 AM

      you would think (hope) the shack overlords would link to any of the 4 or 5 existing threads.

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        March 1, 2011 11:14 AM

        I wouldn't count on that at all. Sure the Chatty can one-up the front page on breaking news, but they aren't just going to link to a chatty post.

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        March 1, 2011 11:14 AM

        Maybe there should be a feature to merge threads and tack the existing ones on to the official thread with some marking that shows where the merge happened

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        March 1, 2011 11:42 AM

        That's not how the system works. These news posts are automatically generated

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          March 1, 2011 2:07 PM

          If it's the way it works then it can't be changed or improved?

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            March 1, 2011 2:08 PM

            what is your plan for having an automatic script figure out which chatty threads to link to instead of the actual official shacknews article?

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              March 1, 2011 2:09 PM

              maybe this isn't obvious but these threads aren't posted manually. it's automatic

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              March 1, 2011 2:09 PM

              they do go back and link existing threads to the news article.

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                March 1, 2011 2:18 PM

                No, we don't.

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                  March 1, 2011 2:19 PM

                  huh, i saw at least one news story that had two threads in it, and i thought that was a good thing.

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                      March 1, 2011 2:20 PM

                      i see now that second thread came after the news story, but same idea.

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                        March 1, 2011 2:28 PM

                        that's just sikander fucking around

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                          March 1, 2011 2:29 PM

                          true but the content's not important, the important thing is they took some other quasi-related thread and stuck it in the news story.

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                            March 1, 2011 2:30 PM

                            ..or are you saying that sikander did that on his own? i have no idea. nushack makes my head hurt.

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                            March 1, 2011 2:31 PM

                            you misunderstand. they didn't put it there. sikander did. if you know what you're doing (or have my bookmarklet) you can create new threads on any page. the mods don't have the ability to move threads like that even if they wanted to

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                              March 1, 2011 2:32 PM

                              well, uh, i propose that the mods have that ability and that sikander not have it

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                                March 1, 2011 6:17 PM

                                He doesn't have it. He modified some javascript so he could start new threads under stories.

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                                  March 1, 2011 6:20 PM

                                  that counts as having it in my book

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      March 1, 2011 11:13 AM

      This is awesome. Magicka rocked and I know they can take this game *anywhere*. Magicka in space anyone?

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        March 1, 2011 11:26 AM

        I would buy Magicka In Space right this very moment.

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        March 1, 2011 11:27 AM

        Good point. I know I'd buy every goofy expansion, and space/scifi lends itself to lots of shenanigans.

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          March 1, 2011 11:28 AM

          Also, Magicka in a gritty crime setting (think Max Payne) would get my vote.

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        March 1, 2011 11:29 AM

        They should release Magicka in Space as free DLC, a single mission where everyone instantly chokes

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          March 1, 2011 1:20 PM

          What about radius shield + air? Survive FOREVER

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        March 1, 2011 11:41 AM

        Call it "Magicka vs. Aliens"

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        March 1, 2011 12:41 PM

        I would like to see the following add-ons:

        Serious Magika - mostly just for the guys who run around going 'Meeeeerrrrrrrrrrrr!" only to be blasted to smithereens "Merrr, dunka dunka, yourself!"

        Magika Fortress: control point Magicka would be awesome.

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        March 1, 2011 5:59 PM

        I want Magicka in the intestines. You know, they shrink you like in that movie Innerspace! You win the game by spellcasting your way out of the asshole.

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      March 1, 2011 11:24 AM

      Fucking score, will buy.

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      March 1, 2011 11:30 AM

      I want some of what Arrowhead Studios is smoking.

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      March 1, 2011 11:46 AM

      there better be prone in this.

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        March 1, 2011 11:58 AM

        There should be a "Prone" magicka that makes you duck under all incoming projectiles.

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          March 1, 2011 12:12 PM

          or even better, a dolphin diving spell that makes you look so ridiculous and distracting that your teammates will want to kill you just to get you to stop...

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      March 1, 2011 11:55 AM

      Magicka runs like crap on my computer, and I can play all other games just fine. Hope they fix that.

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      March 1, 2011 11:57 AM

      I read this on Twitter and didn't believe it... I just read it here and I still don't believe it.

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      March 1, 2011 12:33 PM

      I do hope we get a Magika gibberish version of Fortunate Son in this!

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        March 1, 2011 2:43 PM

        Come jokes har blorp to wank the flu,
        Ooh, gorpen fred, kyle, and jew.
        Unt whap the hand flays "shake do da queef",
        Ooh, day prawn the gannon et tu, cord.

        Flim flam flee, flim flam flee. Que paint on genital fun, fun!
        Flim flam flee, flim flam flee. Guy ate Coruscant's gun, ho,
        Yeah!

        Egg yolks abound, quiver poon in spam,
        Gourd, poke shay kelp harm shivs, oh.
        Cunt hen ther flaxen claims queue her whore,
        Gourd, sure hairs flicks white uh Greenwich hail, mess!

        Flim flam flee, flim flam flee. Que paint on Gilligan's bum, oh.
        Flim flam flee, flim flam flee. Guy ate Coruscant's gun, ho,
        Yeah!

        Dumb pokes dehair shit poor tangled fries,
        Ooh, day rend flu crown to core, bored.
        Camden poo cask REM, "Cow march hood pee hive?"
        Ooh, pay lonely cancer shore, shore shore! Oh.

        Flim flam flee, flim flam flee. Que paint on capillary gum, gum.
        Flim flam flee, flim flam flee. Guy ate Coruscant's gun, gun.
        Flim flam flee, flim flam flee. Guy ate Coruscant's gun, ho, ho, ho,
        Flim flam flee, flim flam flee. Guy ate Coruscant's pun, ho, ho, ho.

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          March 1, 2011 6:30 PM

          I'm sorry to say I just sang the whole thing in my head. And it kind of worked.

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            March 2, 2011 9:10 AM

            you're damn right it works!

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      March 1, 2011 2:18 PM

      WTF?!

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      March 1, 2011 2:39 PM

      Next up, Magicka: Alive Space.

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      March 1, 2011 3:11 PM

      That is rad. Count me in.

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      March 1, 2011 5:11 PM

      "you didn't see this one coming eh?"

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      March 1, 2011 5:33 PM

      Sensational.

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