Dragon Age Toolset


If someone asks me about BioWare, I feel a chill down my spine, then I start sweating, and probably I end up pretending I have no idea what is he(or she) talking about. Why would I do such a thing? Simply because Neverwinter Nights 2 is still on my waiting list, together with a lot of other great games that I would gladly play, but since a day only has 24 hours, they are out of my reach... and, to make things worse, BioWare just announced the release of a fully featured Toolset for one of its another games worth your time(if you have it...), namely Dragon Age: Origins.

Almost every time I had the chance to play a good game, I felt the need of creating my own content for it, but - as it happened with a lot of my friends, too - I didn't have the skills and time required to do it, but if you're one of the happy Dragon Age: Origins<-125x125 Button - right-> players with enough time and skills to start modding, here it is..

"Attendees of the Penny Arcade Expo will be the first ever to see the new toolset in action as BioWare will provide a live demonstration of some of its exciting features and capabilities," says the press release from BioWare.

If you're wondering about where & when, here you have the answers... and a bit more: "The Dragon Age Toolset will be part of a stage demonstration during the Penny Arcade Expo at 1:30pm, August 31, on the main stage at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington."

Are you happy now? Great, now go grab Dragon Age: Origins, give it one more spin, and think about what would you like to see added. This time, you're the on in control!

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How To Reduce Stress


No matter what some may say, stress is not only a minor issue, because those who call it a plague of the modern world are absolutely right. If you're not stressed, then you're either one of the ones rich enough not to be stressed by their wealth, and having what it takes to live without worries, or you may be one of the happy ones who really succeed in hovering above daily problems and taking it all with a smile. Unfortunately, tens of millions are looking for methods to cure stress, and sometimes taking a deep breath and cursing your boss, the weather, the traffic or the share market is not enough. That's exactly when you need something more, more of...a game!?!

Yes, you heard that right - a game that promises to help you "reduce stress and boost self-confidence in just 5 minutes a day!" Its name is well chosen, since stress is nothing more but a state of mind usually induced by external factors and allowed to go on and on by one's weaknesses, so "MindHabits" should be a fine name for a scientifically tested brain game, don't you think?<-125x125 Button - right->

The story goes like this - Got Game Entertainment just announced that MindHabits for PC and Mac, has been shipped to retailers across North America, but you can also play it online. It offers progress tracking, has an intuitive interface, and it's based on the principles of social intelligence - inhibition, association, and activation.

More details can be found on MindHabits.com, and if you want to purchase a license, its price is only $19.99, but the best part is that it has no side effects! So...how to reduce your stress? Start your day with MindHabits, and be sure to get back here and tell us about your experience!

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Computer Games, Forever!


Do you think I am too enthusiastic sometimes? I do, I admit it, and I am not going to try to change that, as long as my heart will keep pumping. Why the title? Who's threatening the computer games? EA's approach to the digital future, as it became pretty clear in the online gaming research article we published last month. Now, it seems they are changing the direction...

...since now, the senior VP and general manager for European publishing in Europe at Electronic Arts, Dr Jens Uwe Intat, just told GamesIndustry.biz that we may still get those beautiful game packages for at least 20 more years. "On the specific question of where packaged goods will go - there are two factions, but I'm clearly in the camp that doesn't think it's going to go away before I retire. So that's hopefully another 20 years or so...," he said. Great, finally someone from EA who doesn't want to kill the games as we know them and switch to digital distribution!<-180x150 Small Rectangle - right->

"The reason why I'm so convinced is that I've always been saying our software developers eat up storage space so much quicker than telcos can build distribution. You can always see technological quantum leaps in terms of digital distribution capacity, it's all true, but if you see how those guys increase the size of games... it's just unbelievable."

He continued by saying that games will continue to grow in size as resolution and in-game worlds continue to grow, seeing this as the main reason for the need of a physical medium to distribute them. To be honest, that's not what I wanted to hear, but it's better than nothing. After all, the fact that packaged games won't disappear makes me hope I'll be able to grab some special editions in 2040, too, if everything goes well until then.

So...are you a fan of packaged games, or a digital distribution freak? Let us know what you think about this, because it's a very interesting topic, in my opinion!

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