Morning Caffeinated! -- An Epic Planetary Wasteland 2 Edition

It's Friday, Shackers, and a slow one at that. So it's time for another edition of the Friday Feeding**, where I open the floor for any topic you...

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It's Friday, Shackers, and a slow one at that. So it's time for another edition of the Friday Feeding**, where I open the floor for any topic you want to discuss. It can be anything from things in the industry to things on TV to what's going on at Shacknews. I'll kick things off with a few observations, and you readers can take it from there.
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Planetary Annihilation has hit their second stretch goal on Kickstarter for gas giants and expanded orbital units. But they also revealed their fourth goal of a Galactic War, which is meant to add a bit of a single-player possibility without a full campaign. Unfortunately, their case stream has slowed quite a bit since the initial announcement, and I'm skeptical (but still hopeful) that they can grab another $500,000 in the remaining seven days. And they still have one more stretch goal to announce. If you have been under a rock and missed out on what the project was, then you will want to check out the massive interview we did with Uber's Jon Mavor on the project.
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It's really cool to see a company expanding as much as Epic Games has in light of all of the recent studio closings and layoffs. First, they embrace the ex-Big Huge Gamers to form Impossible Studios, then they gobble up Gears of War: Judgment dev People Can Fly, and now they are opening an as-yet unnamed studio in Seattle. The wording of their release left a lot of room for interpretation on what their plans are in the Great Northwest, so it will be interesting to see what cleverness they will unveil next.
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A wasted opportunity?

Anyone else a bit surprised by that Wasteland 2 video? When fans donate more than $3 million dollars to your game, I would think that you'd want something a bit more flashy to show off as your first vid. I know Brian Fargo qualified it as just showing camera angles, but is that REALLY that exciting? Don't get me wrong, I like Fargo and inXile, but this just struck me as a bit off. I hope the next reveal has some meat on its bones.
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Random bits & Quick hits: Ghost Recon Online is on hold for the Wii U? That's a pretty big slap in Nintendo's face by Ubisoft after the game was one of the show pieces to the Wii U hardware announcement at E3 2011 ... I never got into the Madden games, but to think that the equivalent of 47,000 full NFL games were played in the first week is pretty mind boggling ... Diablo 3 continues to get tweaks, this time with crowd control under the microscope. Oh, and for those who didn't know, we already have a Barbarian that hit Paragon level 100. Not sure if we should be congratulating him or feeling sorry for him. Flashback: Richard Garriott is taking his new game, Ultimate Collector, to Zynga. Lord British has been pretty much out of the gaming limelight for a while, but I do miss his influence and his company, Origin Systems. I will always remember the day Lord British was killed in an Ultima Online beta test when Garriott forgot to set his invulnerability flag after a server crash. What is your most memorable in-game event? Now make with the discussion. Have a good weekend, Shack. ** Friday Feeding is a more front-page friendly name than the previous DGAS Fridays in Chatty. Embrace the change.
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    September 7, 2012 7:50 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Morning Caffeinated! -- An Epic Planetary Wasteland 2 Edition.

    It's Friday, Shackers, and a slow one at that. So it's time for another edition of the Friday Feeding**, where I open the floor for any topic you...

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      September 7, 2012 8:00 AM

      Hate it when I forget to fill in the summary properly:

      It's Friday, Shackers, and a slow one at that. So it's time for another edition of the Friday Feeding**, where I open the floor for any topic you want to discuss. It can be anything from things in the industry to things on TV to what's going on at Shacknews. I'll kick things off with a few observations, and you readers can take it from there.

      Today's topics in the Morning Caffeinated: Planetary Annihilation, Epic Games, Wasteland 2, Diablo 3, and learn why Friday DGAS became the Friday Feeding.

      Make with the conversation folks, and have a good weekend.

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        September 7, 2012 8:02 AM

        Keefer! What should I play this weekend for all to marvel at my incompetence at a hobby I've had for 3 decades? http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=28844131#item_28844131

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          September 7, 2012 8:11 AM

          Buy Dark Souls you cur.

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          September 7, 2012 8:27 AM

          I'm on an old-school kick at the moment and all the games on my desktop are six months old or (in the case of TA) much older. But if I had to pick a current game, I'd probably try Darksiders 2 (but only after I played the first one) ...

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            September 7, 2012 8:31 AM

            I've only got the first one, which I've spent a grand total of about 30 minutes on. From the list I posted, the favorite seems to be Amnesia, which I've never really tried.

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              September 7, 2012 8:38 AM

              Do Borderlands to prep everyone for the sequel out soon.

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                September 7, 2012 9:03 AM

                That's a good idea.

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                  September 7, 2012 1:29 PM

                  See, I've been staying away from grindy/lootfest games because BL2 is coming out. I want to have a lot of lootfest urge built up so it's a big hot gun-collecting explosion all over my screen. (also I'm trying to get everything important done first so I can free up some time)

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      September 7, 2012 8:24 AM

      Oh, David's post reminded me!

      New Stay Awhile & Listen stories coming Monday from Mr. Craddock. Stay tuned!

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      September 7, 2012 9:48 AM

      I'm not concerned about Wastelend 2. I agree that the video wasn't too exciting but it was really just a brief technical demo to show backers (and I guess industry folk) that they are actually doing something. I don't think the game is in the state yet to be able show entire areas and systems. If we fault them for anything it would be for showing the game at all when it's still so early. But I personally am glad to get a bit of an idea of what the game will look like. They already seem to have more to show than Shadowrun which started about the same time. They have pretty much only shown some concept art and a mock-up painting of what a typical scene might look like in the game.

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      September 8, 2012 8:29 PM

      Lol, love the Deal With It shades on the Shack logo

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