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Levels Of Detail Podcast: We’re Horrible, Horrible People Edition (09.15.11)

Games and Gaming, News

And once again, we return to you belatedly and with sadness in our hearts. Real life stupidly keeps on intruding into our efforts to bring you our particular brand of meaningless babble, and so here we are. This week, we cover such late-breaking news as Ubisoft removing the DRM from From Dust, freeing us to wonder why you would want to buy the game in the first place, EA continues making up for lost time with their dickery, the PC is resurgent while Nintendo continues to watch the bottom fall out of their business models, and we promote two things worthwhile: One, a pre-release beta of Minecraft‘s 1.8 Adventure release (which, due to our timeliness, is already out officially), and a Kickstarter donation page for the NASA astronaut sim MMO game, which is still ongoing and can be found here. Please, go forth and donate to a worthy cause, and remember to Share and Enjoy.

LOD Podcast Episode 37 (09/15/11)

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Moonbase Alpha: I Wanna Be An Astronaut, Daddy!

Games and Gaming

The NASA Learning Technologies program is releasing Moonbase Alpha on Steam on July 6, 2010. It’ll be free hooray!

Produced in conjunction with evil child-warping propagandists and America’s Army developers Virtual Heroes using the Unreal Engine 3 (is there anything that isn’t, any more?), it’s apparently going to be a ‘realistic multiplayer game that will allow players to experience a hypothetical day in the life of a lunar astronaut’.

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You’ll be an astronaut stationed on a lunar outpost in the year 2032, when Bad Things Happen. A meteor strike damages the outpost, and you’ve got to put the knickknacks back on the shelves and make everyone a nice cup of tea. Or something like that. NASA says there’ll be 20 minutes of play, but then they also say it’s multiplayer, which makes it all a little confusing, so not an EPIC ADVENTURE here, but it should be interesting, and, one assumes, scientifically accurate.