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ZombiCon Gunman Still on the Run

Now I know that not everyone might have heard about this, for some reason when shootings happen at something like a nerd convention, or doesn't involve businesses or schools it sometimes gets pushed to the side, but I have to say as a convention goer this is something that definitely affects me.

ZombiCon happened over the weekend in Fort Myers, FL. It should have been a time of fun, meeting new friends, learning new stuff, and of course be a safe place for like-minded individuals to get away from the real world. The thing is that that was not the case, the real world came CRASHING in and it took the life of one con-goer and injured four other people. This is something that should never happen. Why would anyone ever want to do something like that?

You know what the worst thing is? As of right now that gunman is still out there, and chances are there's a good chance that they will either take their life, or the cops will take it from them, and so we will never know why they did it. Deep down, when something/anything happens, we as human beings want to know why, but we want to know from the source, not some body looking to push some sort of agenda on us.

So here's the deal, for all my fellow con-goers, be safe, let us hope/pray that this is an isolated issue, and that we will be able to capture the joy and amazement that allow us to keep going to conventions. Protect one another, and be vigilant. If something/someone seems a bit odd, it doesn't hurt to point it out to security, police, or someone of authority.



Voxel Blast, a Star Fox-esque Game You're Going to Want

Are you ready to take down rogue agents trying to take over a computer simulation? Well in a Star Fox meets Tron world type of feel, you're going to do just that in Voxel Blast. I will warn you though be careful of the enemies that you find in there, if you let them be for too long you might find that they will take advantage of this and combine together to truly bring the pain back on you.

This game comes out October 22nd on Steam, and will be $11.99, but as usually the case there will be a discount of 20% for the first week, which after looking at the trailer, I'm sure you're going to want to jump on. There's also the fact that there is 4 different game modes that will allow you to find your favorite mode.

  1. Challenge
  2. Survival
  3. Arcade
  4. Multiplayer



With the Show Cancelled, What about the MMO?

As many of you probably know at this point SyFy is going through a cleaning house sort of movement ending most of the original programming that has been around for a while, and then giving us brand new shows to sink our teeth into.

So what will become of the TV show that has ties into a MMO with the same name, Defiance? Well it turns out that part of the reason why the show is in St. Louis and the game is in San Francisco is so that if one or the other ends that there can still be the other. Trion has gone on record again and again stating that the game will continue on and new content will be added periodically just like before.

So if you were thinking about getting into the game, or have been playing the game have no fear it shall continue on. Now of course the weekly codes will probably stop, well they will have in all probability already stopped the codes, and the new adventures with the characters from the show will probably be a bit different since you won't have the full background of the show to lean on, but there will be new content, at least for now from the developer to keep the game fresh.



Bow Hunter 2015 Tournament with $500 in Prizes

Alright I'm going to be honest, I've never really gone for the hunting games genre, but there are definitely those out there who like to have a little bit of hunting done from the comfort of their mobile/tablet devices. If you are one of those people then you are not going to want to miss out on your chance to win a little something for being awesome at Bow Hunter 2015. If you haven't played it yet, have no fear there is still time to hone your skills before the tournament takes place.

The tournament will run from October 23rd to the 25th. You will be competing in 15 different hunts where you'll need to be fast, accurate, and of course successful in your hunt.

For more information here's the rules, and the placement payouts:

-- Total Hunts: 15 (5 hunts per day).
-- Goal: to achieve the highest score every day.
-- Players can replay each day’s hunts to maximize their daily scores.
-- Day 1: 5 hunts.
-- Day 2: 5 hunts. Scores will be multiplied by 2 to calculate the final score for the day.
-- Day 3: 5 hunts. These hunts will be the key to winning the tournament, since scores will be multiplied by 4.
-- Each day, the top 5 players’ scores will be featured on the in-game leaderboard.

-- 1st prize: $150
-- 2nd prize: $100
-- 3rd prize: $50
-- Winners placing 4th through 20th will receive payments via PayPal from $35 to $5 (based on player rank on leaderboard)

So what are you waiting for, get to hunting, go snag yourself some trophies and then aim to win at the end of the month. If you don't think you have what it takes just yet, have no fear there will be future contests to compete in.



Killing Floor 2 Map Contest Could Net You Some Serious Cash

Are you a person who has mad skills at creating Killing Floor 2 Survival maps? Well then you might be someone that could win part of the $50,000 pot. All you need to do is create a map that demonstrates your mastery of the map editor, and of course your special little twists to make it unique. 

Judges will be from Tripwire Interactive and here's the criteria:

The judging of the submitted Maps will be done by individuals employed or selected by Tripwire Interactive. Judges will choose from the entries of each Wave and will select the top Maps to receive the awards and prizes. Key criteria for the main “Survival” map mode contest will include (but not be limited to):

  • Gameplay and Fun
  • Performance
  • Graphics
  • AI Pathing
  • Complexity
  • Technical stability
  • Polish
  • Creativity

And proper use of Killing Floor 2 features, including trader locations, specimen and item spawns. The following is a (non-exhaustive) list of examples:

  • Pathing is completed and the ZEDs can get to the player, without getting stuck
  • Zeds can spawn into the map reliably
  • Boss can spawn into the map reliably
  • Pickups are in the map and working
  • Trader Pods are in the map and working
  • Doors are in the map and working
  • Portal entry solution for Zeds implemented

Now if you can do all of this and win the judges vote, here's how the prizes break down:


Best Survival Map

  • 1st Place - $5,000 USD
  • 2nd Place - $2,500 USD
  • 3rd Place - $1,500 USD
  • 4th Place - $700 USD
  • 5th Place - $300 USD

Non Survival Map Prize Pool

  • $5,000 USD

Phase 2

Best Survival Map

  • 1st Place - $10,000 USD
  • 2nd Place - $7,500 USD
  • 3rd Place - $5,000 USD
  • 4th Place - $1,500 USD
  • 5th Place - $1,000 USD

Non Survival Map Prize Pool

  • $10,000 USD

So here's the deal, get to creating your map and then submit it through the ModDB Submission Page. Now of course the best part is that if you win the contest you're map is going to be added into the official rotation. What that means is you better plaster your name, or gamertag in different places in the level so that you can truly prove that you created this masterpiece.


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