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Imagine waking one morning to discover that two of your staff had been detained in a foreign country over allegations of espionage. What would you do? You're not the head of MI6. You don't employ spies. You employ developers who make video games. You discover the news in your online forum but soon it's spread like wildfire, to local radio and TV, and people are knocking at your door for comment. What do you say? What do you tell the families of the arrested men?
ArmA 3 developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have sent a letter from their Greek cell thanking all those who have wished them well.
ArmA 3 developer Bohemia Interactive has asked for your help freeing two members of staff arrested on espionage charges for allegedly photographing Greek military installations.
Bohemia Interactive's civilian helicopter flight sim just swallowed a big mouthful of WAR thanks to it's latest update, codenamed Downtown.
Zombie-themed Arma 2 mod Day Z has received over one million unique players, according to its official site.
PC tactical shooter Arma 2 - the game that you have to buy to play DayZ - has today deployed a new expansion.
Patch 1.62 has been rolled out for ArmA 2/DayZ, Bohemia has announced.
This will make "zombie hunts less prone to crashes and should improve server stability", Bohemia wrote, referencing DayZ - the booming hardcore zombie mod for ArmA 2.
The patch highlights are:
Zombie-infested ArmA 2 mod and gaming phenomenon DayZ has just smashed through the 500,000 player barrier.
There were a few developer sessions at this year's inaugural Rezzed show that were so full we had to turn people away. One was Peter Molyneux, obviously (who did not disappoint - he swore, he used the word "sperms", it was generally amazing), and another was Randy Pitchford, who did a long demo of Borderlands 2 and spent ages answering questions from the audience.
Just how popular is DayZ, the ArmA 2 modification that has set the game industry, and PC gaming, alight?
It's been called a lot of things already. Perhaps it's the best zombie game ever made. To others it's an increasingly rare Actual New Game. Playing it is nothing if not memorable. All this and DayZ is still in alpha.
Back at the start of January, we wrote of our hope that 2012 would bring us more Actual New Games. As much as we like stuff like Diablo 3 (when we can play it), we also want games that "invent new styles and genres", as I said at the time.
DayZ hackers have been slapped with global bans.
ArmA 2 zombie mod DayZ has suffered a security breach after one of the game's forum admins deliberately uploaded an infected .exe file to the game's servers.
It's a telling sign of just how stagnant the current console gen's Autumn years have got that one of the most exciting and talked-about games in the month's leading up to E3 2012 is a PC mod.
Bohemia Interactive has announced a downloadable expansion called Army of the Czech Republic for Arma 2, due for release in Q3 this year.
You'll be able to bolster your Arma sandbox with a range of authentic Czech Army units and vehicles, including the L-159 Alca, Pandur II, and Dingo infantry mobility vehicle.
Fresh armaments include the locally produced CZ 805 BREN, CZ Scorpion EVO III and CZ 75 PHANTOM.
Two possibilities: Either you're excited about DayZ, or you haven't heard of it.
Broadcasting standards agency Ofcom has slammed ITV for mistakenly labelling a clip of video game Arma 2 as real-life footage of a Libya-funded IRA attack.
PC shooter ArmA 2 gets a massive Christmas update today encompassing all expansions and DLC, Bohemia Interactive has announced.
New additions include an FXAA anti-aliasing mode for Operation Arrowhead, alongside a number of performance tweaks and bug fixes.
See a list of selected highlights below.
Arma 2 developer Bohemia has shared an eye-opening statistic about piracy levels on PC.
ArmA 2 developer Bohemia Interactive does not expect ITV's recent Gaddafi documentary gaffe to impact ArmA sales one way or the other.
Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel told Eurogamer he does not anticipate a sales boost despite ArmA 2 recently hitting headlines. Nor does he expect a public backlash over the game now being linked with the Libyan dictator.
"We don't expect this bizarre event to influence sales of our products either way," Spanel said, "but still it's good to see gaming covered in more mainstream media."
UK media regulator Ofcom will investigate ITV after it used footage taken from ArmA 2 in a documentary and claimed it was an 1988 IRA film.
UK TV regulator Ofcom has recieved 25 complaints after an ITV documentary mistakenly labelled footage from video game ArmA 2 as a 1988 IRA terrorist attack.
UPDATE: ITV has commented on the error, insisting it was all down to plain old human error. Here's the statement:
Bohemia Interactive has released ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead for PC.
ArmA II expands with Operation Arrowhead.
Bohemia Interactive has confirmed to Eurogamer that ArmA II expansion Operation Arrowhead will be released worldwide on 29th June.
The expansion is set three years after the events of the main game and sees players fighting in the streets and mountains of Takistan.
Despite being an expansion Operation Arrowhead is a standalone effort.
For those of us that like our games khaki and complex, 2009 has to go down as a bit of an Annus Mirablis. We trundled about the Ukrainian countryside in splendid steel coffins courtesy of the best WW2 tank sim since Panzer Elite. We hovered with intent behind Georgian tower blocks in the most detailed fake helo ever fashioned. We foxed Fokkers and forswore parachutes in a great Great War aviation recreation. I could have GOTY-ed any of these gems, but instead ArmA II, the clear victor in this year's battle of the soldier sims, gets the nod.
Bohemia Interactive has announced that ArmA II's 1.05 patch will be released this month and includes a free downloadable campaign and new multiplayer mode.
The Eagle Wing mini-campaign expands on one of the full game's alternative endings, giving players control of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter as the war in Chernarus "has overgrown into a conflict between the USA and the Russian Federation".
Meanwhile, the new "When Diplomacy Fails" gametype expands on the warfare mode introduced in the original ArmA, which consists of a mixture of FPS and strategy elements. When Diplomacy Fails includes three-side support for diplomacy between all factions, and allows for up to 32 players.
IDEA and Bohemia have revealed an expansion for modern-day war game ArmA II.
Bohemia has patched up top-notch war game ArmA II, re-wiring computer-brains and tweaking the multiplayer and co-operative campaigns.
Building destruction has been improved, thank goodness, and grenades no longer topple them by impact alone.
A full and exhaustive list of improvements, additions and fixes can be found on Steam.
Bohemia and 505 have popped a demo up for ArmA II on the game's official website.
Prototype has unseated The Sims 3 at the top of the UK all-formats chart after its second week on sale.
Are you a time-poor career-focused go-getter? Does your busy modern lifestyle make it difficult to fit in activities like reciting Anglo-Saxon epic poetry, shaving mammoths, and reading lengthy game reviews? If the answer's 'yes' I've got just the thing for you. RCEFOFTTs are Reviews Constructed Entirely From Official Forum Thread Titles. They're brief; they're pithy; they melt in your mouth not in your hand. Here's one for ArmA II, the latest compendious soldier sim from Operation Flashpoint creator Bohemia Interactive Studio:
"Awesome moments. This is real war. Give the AI a medal! The campaign - absolutely incredible! So atmospheric. Landscape almost real. I killed a rabbit! Thank you so much BIS. Heaps of bugs. Buy this game."
BIS does indeed deserve our gratitude. In Chernarus, ArmA II's Georgia-meets-Yugoslavia-meets-Czechoslovakia setting, it's created a seamless battle venue bigger, more beautiful, and more believable than any you care to mention. In the game's staggeringly well-equipped armoury, it's provided dozens of ways to travel around that venue and slay its nastier inhabitants. And, perhaps most significantly of all, in Operation Harvest Red, it's created a single-player campaign that doesn't suck osel varlata. (Look it up in a Chernarussian phrasebook.)
Moo! I am a cow, wandering peacefully through a warzone. Splat! I am now a tank, running over that cow. Boom! I am now an armed insurgent with a rocket launcher, claiming revenge for my bovine brethren. This is Armed Assault II: military simulator as pure, instant fantasy. While an elaborate campaign and intrinsic co-op play are what will sell the game, it's the amazingly easy to use editor that will keep people playing. You can create a war in minutes, then immediately jump into it as a soldier, civilian or dumb animal of your choice. The editor is truly remarkable, and astoundingly accessible.
The release date for PC-exclusive war game ArmA II has been brought forward by a week.
505 Games is bringing ArmA II (Armed Assault II) to PCs in Europe on 26th June.
Developed by Bohemia, the game focuses on realistic, tactical warfare, where people paint their faces and dress up like trees. It's appealing.
The sequel treads a gamier path, adding "wound dressings" to patch-up downed comrades and a beefy storyline complete with narrative and NPC dialogue. But hardcore fans need not be worried: Bohemia has gone far from soppy.
Bohemia Interactive has instructed lawyers to protest directly to Codemasters about its "marketing tactics" for Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising.
In the moments when they're not busy fabricating the follow-up to the world's most realistic soldier sim the staff of Bohemia Interactive Studio like nothing better than stroking kittens. It's true, I've seen it with my own eyes. Bohemia's surprisingly rural base of operations is home to a couple of cute black felines called Lock and Load (okay, I didn't actually get round to finding out their names, but it's probably something along those lines). On the day of my visit, these two moggies are stroked at least three times an hour.
Bohemia like you.
505 Games has announced that it will be publishing ArmA II in Europe during Q1 2009.
In-game, we're promised.