June 1st, 2012 | posted by berg | No Comments

Welcome to the first Suddenbrain.com Weekly Rundown.  In this new recurring segment Claymore and I will review relevant game and entertainment news that affected us in the past week.

1. Skyrim: Dawnguard DLC Trailer

Despite that E3 is starting early next week, Bethesda just couldn’t wait to show the world what to expect from the upcoming Skyrim DLC.  The trailer hints at a new narrative between evil vampire bat people and the Dawnguard, as well as showing off new combat possibilities (including crossbows!).  It looks like the player will have the opportunity to support either good or evil in the DLC and will be released on Xbox 360 for 1600 Microsoft points this summer (PS3/PC dates are not yet available). Check out the trailer below:

Further, for Xbox 360 players who just can’t wait, Bethesda is now accepting applications to join the Dawnguard DLC beta program.  If you’ve got an Xbox 360, I highly encourage you to check it out.

Lastly, it was discovered that Zenimax registered the trademark “HEARTHFIRE“.  Could this be a hint toward the next Skyrim DLC?

2. Minecraft Snapshot 12w22a

The past couple weeks of Minecraft development snapshots have been pretty cool, adding new features, tools, ores, etc. and this week’s snapshot continues that tradition.  A new tripwire item was added and used as part of the new Jungle Temples.  Jungle Temples are new pre-generated structures containing traps, puzzles, and treasure, similar to the Desert Pyramids found in last week’s snapshot.  This week also featured several refinements to the game, including more interesting Villager trading options and a less tedious enchanting system.  Further, it is now possible to receive experience orbs while performing a variety of actions, including mining ores and using a furnace.

We updated our private Minecraft server immediately and have been really enjoying it.  I don’t think Claymore has found any of the tripwires I placed around his house yet…

Head over to Mojang’s website to get the new server/client snapshot.

3. The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb DLC Released

I’m a big fan of The Binding of Isaac, both for its nostalgic connections to The Legend of Zelda and its unique blend of religious horror and difficulty.  The new DLC (Wrath of the Lamb) released this week adds a ridiculous amount of content, all of which enhances why I like the game so much.  This DLC adds alternative levels/rooms, 100+ new items, new enemies/bosses, and a new playable character.

What’s more, the DLC only costs $3!  If you don’t have it already, head over to Steam and buy it.  There’s literally no reason not to.  If you don’t have the base game yet, it’s on sale right now on Steam for 60% off for the next ~15 hours.  It’s only $2!  I cannot think of a single place where you can get so much game content for $5… except for maybe…

4. The Humble Indie Bundle V

For those who aren’t familiar, the Humble Indie Bundle is a charity collection of indie game titles which can be purchased for literally whatever price you want.  Each Bundle has outdone its predecessor in both amount of quality content and overall sales.  This Bundle is by far the biggest one yet, featuring the hit titles LIMBO, Amnesia: Dark Descent, Psychonauts, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.  And, if you give more than the average purchase price (currently about $7.75) you get Bastion as well!  All titles are multi-platform and DRM-free.  How could it get any better than that?

As the popularity of the Humble Bundle grows, so do the quality of titles and sales.  This Bundle collected over $2,000,000 in just over 24 hours!  You’d be a fool not to jump on this bandwagon.  Head over to the Humble Indie Bundle homepage to get your games now!  The only problem you’ll have is finding the time to play all these wonderful games…

What do you think?  What happened this week in gaming/entertainment that got your attention?  Leave a comment below.

Check back next week when Claymore takes over the Weekly Rundown, which is sure to be action packed given that E3 will be starting on Tuesday!  As always remember to follow us on Twitter (Berg and Claymore), Facebook, YouTube, and here at Suddenbrain.com for all your gaming/entertainment needs!

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