After Asteroids, Atari Eyeing Tempest and Missile Command Reboots

Atari is planning to reboot more of its classic games like Tempest and Missile Command, the company has announced.

Earlier this week, Atari launched Asteroid: Outpost, an open world sandbox survival game, in Steam Early Access, and with that announcement the company revealed that the game is part of its new strategy.

“We are going to be teaming up with young and innovative studios to take a refreshing look at each game from our extensive portfolio,” Atari Chief Operating Officer Todd Shallbetter said. “Asteroids is the first of a long series of re-births, and we are considering doing the same for our other iconic games such as Warlords, Adventure, Tempest, Missile Command and many more.”

Judging by how liberally Asteroid: Outpost interpreted the original top-down shooter, Atari could do anything with updated versions of the games mentioned above.

Shallbetter’s statement may also help explain why Atari has recently asked developer Jeff Minter to stop selling his game TxK, which it said is too similar to Atari’s Tempest 2000, a game which Minter originally developed.

After Asteroids, Atari Eyeing Tempest and Missile Command Reboots

Atari is planning to reboot more of its classic games like Tempest and Missile Command, the company has announced.

Earlier this week, Atari launched Asteroid: Outpost, an open world sandbox survival game, in Steam Early Access, and with that announcement the company revealed that the game is part of its new strategy.

“We are going to be teaming up with young and innovative studios to take a refreshing look at each game from our extensive portfolio,” Atari Chief Operating Officer Todd Shallbetter said. “Asteroids is the first of a long series of re-births, and we are considering doing the same for our other iconic games such as Warlords, Adventure, Tempest, Missile Command and many more.”

Judging by how liberally Asteroid: Outpost interpreted the original top-down shooter, Atari could do anything with updated versions of the games mentioned above.

Shallbetter’s statement may also help explain why Atari has recently asked developer Jeff Minter to stop selling his game TxK, which it said is too similar to Atari’s Tempest 2000, a game which Minter originally developed.

Resident Evil 5 Gets Steamworks Instead of Games for Windows Live, New Content

Resident Evil 5 can now use Steamworks on PC instead of Games for Windows Live for its online features, Capcom has announced.

If you purchased the game on Steam, you’ll be automatically upgraded to the full Steamworks edition so you don’t have to use GFWL anymore. If you originally bought a retail package GFWL version, you can use the GFWL activation code on Steam to redeem the Steamworks-enabled version. The game also has a built-in tool to allow you to transfer save data and Achievements from the GFWL version to Steam.

Sadly, any DLC content you bought directly from Microsoft’s GFWL Marketplace store will not carry over to Steam due to the lack of a CD or activation key.

If you want, you can also just keep playing the GFWL you have installed.

The new Steamworks version also adds the Gold Edition content that was released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Available for $15, the Untold Stories Bundle adds a versus mode, four new costumes, Mercenaries Reunion, and two new story-based chapters.

Some Developers Will Get Valve’s Vive VR Headset for Free

Valve and HTC will give their virtual reality headset Vive to some developers for free, Valve has announced.

Valve’s spokesperson Doug Lombardi told Ars Technica that the company hopes to start taking requests from developers soon. “More info and ‘sign up’ forms will be available to all interested developers, big or small, via a new site coming soon,” Lombardi said, adding that a new sign-up site might go live as early as next week.

So far, we’ve seen only a handful of developers make games for the Vive headset, like Owlchemy Labs, which is working on Job Simulator.

Giving the development kits away for free could help Valve and HTC encourage developers who are already making games for the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus develop games for Vive as well, which Valve said will be out by the end of the year. Oculus, by comparison, currently charges $350 for development kits, while the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (which is powered by Oculus and a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone) is already for sale at Best Buy for $199.

Changing PC Hardware Too Often Can Lock You Out of Origin Games, EA Confirms

If you’re benchmarking different PC hardware components in a short period of time you can accidentally lock yourself out of games that use Electronic Arts’ digital distribution platform Origin, the publisher has confirmed.

The news comes out of Guru 3D, where writer Hilbert Hagedoorn discovered he had locked himself out of Battlefield Hardline while running a graphics performance test using different graphics cards.

After using a “handful” of graphics cards, he received a notification from Origin that too many computers have accessed his account’s version of Battlefield Hardline. Hagedoorn thought that this was a new kind of digital rights management software associated with Battlefield Hardline, but Electronic Arts has since released a statement that this is a part of Origin in general.

“Origin authentication allows players to install a game on up to five different PCs every 24 hours,” Electronic Arts said in a statement. “Players looking to benchmark more than five hardware configurations in one 24 hour period can contact our Customer Support team who can help.”

It’s not going to be an issue for most players, but at least now you know that if you’re going to be testing a lot of new PC hardware components, you’ll need to contact EA’s Customer Support team first.

Changing PC Hardware Too Often Can Lock You Out of Origin Games, EA Confirms

If you’re benchmarking different PC hardware components in a short period of time you can accidentally lock yourself out of games that use Electronic Arts’ digital distribution platform Origin, the publisher has confirmed.

The news comes out of Guru 3D, where writer Hilbert Hagedoorn discovered he had locked himself out of Battlefield Hardline while running a graphics performance test using different graphics cards.

After using a “handful” of graphics cards, he received a notification from Origin that too many computers have accessed his account’s version of Battlefield Hardline. Hagedoorn thought that this was a new kind of digital rights management software associated with Battlefield Hardline, but Electronic Arts has since released a statement that this is a part of Origin in general.

“Origin authentication allows players to install a game on up to five different PCs every 24 hours,” Electronic Arts said in a statement. “Players looking to benchmark more than five hardware configurations in one 24 hour period can contact our Customer Support team who can help.”

It’s not going to be an issue for most players, but at least now you know that if you’re going to be testing a lot of new PC hardware components, you’ll need to contact EA’s Customer Support team first.

Mortal Kombat X Sound Effects Made With Goo, Toilet Plungers

Mortal Kombat X‘s gory fatalities are a gruesome sight, but have you ever thought about the work that goes into creating the sound effects for them? Turns out, that process is almost as gross as the fatalities themselves.

Yesterday, Mortal Kombat X developer NetherRealm held a live broadcast, “Kombatcast,” where it offered some new information about the fighting game as well as a look behind the scene.

During the broadcast, NetherRealm showed some of the foley work (the process of recording sound effects) that went into the game. In the video, which you can see above, NetherRealm developers use green goo, a plunger, and some other tools to create the gross, goopy sounds you’ll hear during Fatalities. NetherRealm added that it destroys a lot of vegetables, fruits, and nuts with hammers to create other sound effects.

NetherRealm also discusses how it created the game’s music and other improvements it’s introducing to Mortal Kombat X, so the video is definitely worth watching if you’re a fan of the series.

The Mortal Kombat X release date is April 14 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions, however, have been delayed.

Mortal Kombat X Sound Effects Made With Goo, Toilet Plungers

Mortal Kombat X‘s gory fatalities are a gruesome sight, but have you ever thought about the work that goes into creating the sound effects for them? Turns out, that process is almost as gross as the fatalities themselves.

Yesterday, Mortal Kombat X developer NetherRealm held a live broadcast, “Kombatcast,” where it offered some new information about the fighting game as well as a look behind the scene.

During the broadcast, NetherRealm showed some of the foley work (the process of recording sound effects) that went into the game. In the video, which you can see above, NetherRealm developers use green goo, a plunger, and some other tools to create the gross, goopy sounds you’ll hear during Fatalities. NetherRealm added that it destroys a lot of vegetables, fruits, and nuts with hammers to create other sound effects.

NetherRealm also discusses how it created the game’s music and other improvements it’s introducing to Mortal Kombat X, so the video is definitely worth watching if you’re a fan of the series.

The Mortal Kombat X release date is April 14 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions, however, have been delayed.

Kill Zombies With Your Own Words in Typing of the Dead Custom Dictionaries Update

Typing of the Dead: Overkill will now let you type zombies to death with words of your choosing, Sega has announced.

Typing of the Dead: Overkill plays just like a light gun game you’d find at an arcade, but instead of pointing and shooting at zombies you type in specific words that appear on screen in order to kill them. With the Custom Dictionaries update, players can create their own list of words that will appear in the game, and offer them to others through Steamworks.

Basically, all you have to do is create a text file with a list of words and add it to the game. You can find instructions on how to do this here.

Players are already adding their own dictionaries to the game, and as you’d expect, using them for nefarious means. One user has created a “Social Justice dictionary,” which includes racist, sexist, and anti-semitic words. At the time of writing, the mod was still available to download.

Sega and developer Modern Dream has done a great job of supporting Typing of the Dead: Overkill since it was first released in 2013. They’ve released several pieces of DLC which let you play the game with different dictionaries, like the Shakspeare DLC, and the foul-mouthed Filth DLC.

The game is currently on sale for $5.

Kill Zombies With Your Own Words in Typing of the Dead Custom Dictionaries Update

Typing of the Dead: Overkill will now let you type zombies to death with words of your choosing, Sega has announced.

Typing of the Dead: Overkill plays just like a light gun game you’d find at an arcade, but instead of pointing and shooting at zombies you type in specific words that appear on screen in order to kill them. With the Custom Dictionaries update, players can create their own list of words that will appear in the game, and offer them to others through Steamworks.

Basically, all you have to do is create a text file with a list of words and add it to the game. You can find instructions on how to do this here.

Players are already adding their own dictionaries to the game, and as you’d expect, using them for nefarious means. One user has created a “Social Justice dictionary,” which includes racist, sexist, and anti-semitic words. At the time of writing, the mod was still available to download.

Sega and developer Modern Dream has done a great job of supporting Typing of the Dead: Overkill since it was first released in 2013. They’ve released several pieces of DLC which let you play the game with different dictionaries, like the Shakspeare DLC, and the foul-mouthed Filth DLC.

The game is currently on sale for $5.