Splash DamageApril 2010

April 2010

Happy World Tapir Day!

Tapir Day!Today is World Tapir Day, dedicated to these magnificent creatures which have delighted us for many years. Sadly, all four species of tapir are currently endangered and facing extinction, so the good people behind World Tapir Day have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness about them and their plight.

If you want to help conserve tapirs for future generations, please donate to the World Land Trust, this year's World Tapir Day beneficiary. You can do so either by heading directly to the donation page, or by sponsoring our very own Ed 'BongoBoy' Stern's Trundle for Tapirs. Any contribution, no matter how big or small, will go along way towards saving our snuffling friends.

Also, many zoos around the world are hosting tapir-related events and activities this week. Check out our events list to see what's happening where.

Lastly, gaze upon this video from Adelaide Zoo, which neatly sums up what this day is all about:

 

World Tapir Day 2010: The Events

World Tapir Day takes place this Tuesday and in addition to the previously announced fundraising effort Trundle for Tapirs, zoos around the world are hosting tapir-related events and activities. Here's the latest list courtesy of Anthony Long, the driving force behind World Tapir Day:

Australia

Belize

Germany

Malaysia

United Kingdom

United States

Things You Were Too Afraid to Ask: Dann 'SRS-Kap' Yeung

Moving and shaking things in the latest installment of our dolphin-friendly series of staff interviews is Senior Gameplay Programmer Dann 'SRS-Kap' Yeung. Dann summersaulted into our offices from fellow British developer Lionhead Studios where he worked on Fable II and The Movies. Now part of our gameplay programming team, Dann gets to implement the outlandish feature contraptions dreamt up by our design team and makes sure they end up working the way they're supposed to.

To find out at least five (but no more than seven) things about Dann, including how he ended up in the games industry, his tips for breaking in, and his life at Splash Damage, race over to the full interview in this profile.

New Brink Interviews on Games On Net and gamesTM

Brink's Creative Director Richard Ham continues to make the virtual rounds, with his latest stops being British magazine gamesTM and Australian gaming website Games On Net.

If you'll remember, Games On Net turned to the community a few weeks ago, asking their readers to submit their burning Brink questions. These turned out to be about player collision, anti-cheating measures, persistent character advancement, and the in-game developer console among other things - head on over to Games On Net for Richard's replies to all of these!

Elsewhere, British gaming magazine gamesTM has a lengthy new interview with Richard as well, addressing things like anti-social behavior, fair matchmaking, and how Brink will get players to work together as a team. Both of these Q&As are interesting reads, so be sure to have a look as you run off into the weekend.

World Tapir Day 2010: Sponsor BongoBoy, Save a Tapir

If you've visited our site in the past, accidentally or otherwise, you'll probably have noticed that we have a very special love affair with tapirs and willingly hurl ourselves at any opportunities to save them from extinction. Taking place on 27 April, World Tapir Day is just around the corner and seeks to raise awareness about tapirs and their plight through all manner of themed events and opportunities to get involved. We'll be taking a look a some of these in a series of blog posts, with this one conveniently being the first.

This year's World Tapir Day seeks to quite literally put the fun in fundraising by introducing Trundle for Tapirs. How does it all work? Well, essentially, you commit to run/walk/ride/skate a certain distance during the week of World Tapir Day and then seek sponsorships from your family, friends, co-workers, and whoever else is willing to save the tapirs. The funds raised by these sponsorships are then donated to the World Land Trust's Ecuador Rainforest project, which will help protect the environment of the Mountain Tapir, the most endangered of the four tapir species.

We're fully behind this cause and have volunteered our very own Lead Writer and Chief Tapirologist Ed 'BongoBoy' Stern to be our corporate trundler. Ed will be doing his best to trundle in the most poignant (and stylish) way possible. If you're interested in becoming one of Ed's sponsors and save some tapirs in the process, follow these simple steps:

Quake Wars: Tactical Assault 0.3.4 Update Released

A new update for Quake Wars: Tactical Assault is now available containing weapon tweaks and a variety of other fixes. Tactical Assault aims to turn Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars into a more, well, tactical affair by adding realistic movement and increased damage for all weapons. The mod works with all of the 12 stock maps in the game (including bot support) and also comes with a slew of other features such as improved spectator controls, class limits, and several new weapons like the BFG10K. You can find the full changelog for the 0.3.4 update as well as download locations in the Tactical Assault thread in our forums.

More Brink Coverage From Around the Web

Brink previews and interviews continue to trickle in from all over the internet - here's our latest round-up.

There's a new preview over at NowGamer, with Sam Bandah taking a long look at Brink and its features. Sam also had the opportunity to sit down with Brink's Creative Director Richard Ham for an extensive chat about the game as well as the team behind it. The multi-page interview covers a sizeable pile of topics, including what Brink will bring to console gaming, the inner workings of its dynamic objective system, the duality inherent to Brink's narrative and many more.

If that wasn't enough, Richard also managed to make Q&A pit stops at both Skewed and Reviewed and HipHopGamerShow, resulting in even more great reading (and in the case of HHG, listening) material for the week.

Finally, if you're in the UK and fancy a pair of Brink posters, head over to If Men Had Wings where you can win exactly that in their Brink press mailer giveaway. Good luck!

If you've spotted any other Brink coverage online, post it up in the comments and we'll be sure to include it in our next round-up.

Tribal Wars 1.1 Update Released

With the Tribal Wars modification for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars barely out a month, the team behind it has already released an update containing a variety of tweaks and fixes. Among other things, jetpacks are now more powerful and most of the mod's weapons are on the receiving end of balance changes and new behavior. Visit the Tribal Wars website for the full 1.1 changelog as well as download links and installation instructions.

Want more Tribal Wars goodness? Check out our recent Tribal Wars interview with Alex "Arcanox" Halchuk!

Things You Were Too Afraid to Ask: Ronald 'Conine' Koppers

Making This Look Easy in the latest installment of our series of staff interviews is Programmer Ronald 'Conine' Koppers. Before quietly abseiling right into our offices, Ronald was at fellow British developer Free Radical (now Crytek UK), where he worked on Haze for the PlayStation 3, and a few other bits and pieces. Ronald is now mentally and physically One with our programming team and takes care of All Things PlayStation 3.

To find out more about Ronald, how he end up in the industry, his tips for breaking in, and how guinea pigs can change the course of entire heavy metal bands, parse the full interview in his profile.

Community Interview: Tribal Wars Mod for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars

With the recent release of the Tribal Wars mod for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars, we thought it would be fun to fling a few questions at the people behind the mod and pick their brains. Tribal Wars artist Alex "Arcanox" Halchuk was kind enough to answer every single last one of them and sheds light on what the mod is all about, its origins, the team behind it, their plans for the future, and much more.

Currently Hurling Controllers/Mice At... Rainy Company of War

Welcome to the latest edition of Currently Hurling, our semi-regular look at what games we're playing here at Splash Damage. These past few weeks have seen numerous anticipated game releases, with Heavy Rain, God of War 3, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 all being released into the wild. Here at the office, Left 4 Dead 2 and Rock Band 2 maintain their iron grip on lunchtime gaming, though the Blur multiplayer beta has been making regular appearances in our gaming area, as well.

Let's find out what games our guys and gals have been getting up to in their spare time, shall we?

Brink Coverage Round-up Brings Interviews and Ice Cream

We hope everyone had an enjoyable few days off - what better way to get back into things than this calorie-free Brink coverage round-up?

First up are our friends at IncGamers, who have put together a slick video interview with Splash Damage head and Brink Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood, Creative Director Richard 'Rahdo' Ham, and Lead Writer Ed 'BongBoy' Stern. The three of them discuss Splash Damage's early years, teaming up with Bethesda, Brink, and interactive ice cream (chances are it's not what you think).

Meanwhile, If Men Had Wings has a new written interview with Richard Ham, stuffed with interestings things like the importance of online avatars in today's games, how SMART differs from previous free running efforts in games, and how AI teammates will fit into Brink's big picture.

Rounding things out on the coverage side today are Machinima.com, where a new video preview cunningly combines all manner of (previously released) Brink footage with fun facts about the game, and Girl Gamers UK, which sports a nicely written preview summarising Brink’s major features.

Lastly, if you're feeling lucky / sweepstakey, don't forget that you can win a top of the line home theatre system over at GameStop (US only) as well as loads of Brink posters over at Bethblog.

Splash Damage Unleashes Tapir Wars 3 and T.R.A.M.S.

Splash Damage is delighted to announce Tapir Wars 3: It Just Got Chilly™, a startling new on-rails shooter heading directly at gamers and penguins everywhere. Gently plodding along in Splash Damage's rich and unique Tapirverse™, Tapir Wars: It Just Got Chilly is set to devolutionise gaming with a barrage of never-before-sniffed features, led by the leaf-breaking T.R.A.M.S. (Totally Repeatable Automatic Movement System) button.

TRAMS analyses the current status of the PlayerTapir, his surroundings and any nearby enemies to automatically dictate the best possible course of action, guaranteeing infinitely, totally, unwaveringly consistent gameplay: the millionth game will play exactly the same as the first... guaranteed!

You can find out all about the game on the Tapir Wars 3: It Just Got Chilly mini-site.