On a new Gears of War image posted here they show someone, presumably Marcus Fenix (the protagonist from the first Gears of War game), holding several dog tags.
If you look at them closely you’ll see that one of them has numbers on it:
033 116 117 126 071
If you were to assume that those were octal values and look them up on an ASCII table (like this one), you’d see that they convert to:
ESC N O V 9
Looks like hidden in plain sight is the release date for Gears of War 2–November 9th.
No official confirmation from Epic on this yet, but its not likely that the numbers on the dog tag are random, so looks like a release date to me.
Good catch, DieNasty!
No official word from Epic on exactly when Gears of War 2 will be released, but according to Lester “Mighty Rasta” Speight, the voice behind the game’s character Cole Train and football player turned actor, says that it’s coming on November 16th.
Previously all we knew was that the game would be arriving this November so this is the first time we’ve heard an actual date mentioned.
If nothing else its a good guess since that date is entirely possible.
Google announced today that Google Docs, their web-based suite of office apps, will be available to run offline via Google Gears over the next few weeks beginning today for a small number of users.
I haven’t personally used Google Docs at all yet, though its been on my list of things to check out for some time now.
Once this offline mode is available for all users to access could it be considered a valid alternative to MS Office? In some ways I’d imagine that it could be for relatively simple documents. If nothing else it’s a step in that direction.
For more info check out this entry on the Official Google Docs Blog.
To check out Google Docs for yourself you can find it at docs.google.com.
Here’s a video of the new offline mode in in action:
The first Gears of War for the Xbox 360 rocked. It also had some really frustrating moments, but it rocked way more than it sucked.
You knew there would be a Gears of War 2, but until today it wasn’t official.
At the end of Microsoft’s keynote today at GDC they dropped the Gears of War 2 bomb and showed a teaser video that revealed very little but was still pretty cool to watch if for nothing else to see the chainsaw bayonet in action.
Very little is known about the game right now, but Cliffy B did take the stage as the teaser video finished to say that the game would be an Xbox 360 exclusive and would be shipping this November!
Hopefully the game won’t hit any delays–I know I’m looking forward to playing it this holiday season.
BTW–that’s the temporary box art so expect it to change before the game hits retail.
Could Epic Games, creators of Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, and the Unreal Engine (among others), be an acquisition target for Microsoft?
GamePro editor Travis Moses thinks so and in the latest issue of GamePro he says “Microsoft will buy Epic Games for $1 billion this summer.”
“Epic Games is one of the few highly regarded indie developers … partly for their games but mostly for their Unreal engine technology,” Moses wrote. “Microsoft has lots of cash on hand, and in buying Epic, could collect royalty rights for Unreal technology across other platforms.
“Given Epic’s tight partnership with Microsoft, along with widespread use of the Unreal engine, and this move makes a lot of sense, particularly in light of [Electronic Arts]’s Pandemic/BioWare merger [as] well as the Activision/Vivendi shockers.”