Linux game developer Chronic Logic will be having a promotion on their Facebook fan page today. A wall post will go up where fans can name their favorite Chronic Logic game, upon which they’ll receive it for free.
Unfortunately, it’s the Diamond Edition, which is problematic to install in Linux. There’s an older Linux install guide for the original retail release of Diamond, but I don’t know how much of it still applies (I can’t test as I’ve had NWN since the original pre-expansion pack release). Anyone willing to take a chance and see?
There are also two contests running until November 24, to celebrate the release of Neverwinter Nights:
The game provides players with very an useful and extensive set of tools to create their own quests and adventures. We encourage gamers to create a NWN module entitled “The DRM Monster and the Treasure of GOG” :). For those of you who are skilled enough, we encourage you to take part in the second contest where you have to create a model of the evil DRM monster. From all entries we will reward the authors of the 5 best quests and the author of the best model of the DRM monster with free GOG games, plus we’ll post a special mod spotlight highlighting the winning entries.
Markus “Notch” Persson has released the Halloween update for Minecraft, his sandbox mining/exploration/construction game. Changes include a new hell-inspired “Nether”-realm, new monsters, higher difficulty, and new craftable items (fishing poles, watches).
There’s also a recent interview with Notch at Develop about the game’s popularity and future:
I chose Java because it’s really fast to develop in, even if it’s a bit verbose at times, and because applets were starting to become much less annoying than they had used to. Without something like Lightweight Java Game Library, it wouldn’t have been possible to make a game like Minecraft at all in Java.
For the single player game and co-op game, I plan on adding some kind of overarching narrative to the game to drive the player forward and provide a sense of direction, and add many more new features, like monster towns and alchemy.
You can also see the game’s new varied terrain environments (dubbed “biomes”) in the video below: