Mumble Indie Bungle. "The idea for the collection, in keeping with the titles, is that it’s meant to be this set of crappy indie games that someone perhaps bought for you, mistaking them for the originals," blogged Pippin Barr
at the outset of his latest project. Now you can play such not-hits as Gurney (not Journey
), Proteas (not Proteus
), World of Glue (not World of Goo
), Spy Parity (not Spy Party
) and 30 Flights of Loathing (as opposed to Loving
). Don't want to commit to playing these "games" yourself? Just watch this playthrough
.) [more inside]
(and its predecessor, Xong
) is a hybrid roguelikes that has the appearance, sound and mechanics of Atari age games. Levels are randomly generated, and the rules are up to you to discover.
Here is a video review for your elucidation
Available for PC, Mac and Linux.
"This week, I'm a ..."
Christopher Livingston (aka notmydesk
) plays mundane PC simulations so you don't have to! Read, heart-in-mouth, as he masters the art
of Being a Wolf in WolfQuest
, treats objects like women
as a furniture-fixated Hugh Hefner in Playboy: the Mansion
, makes a thrilling escape
from the life of a simple cruise ship captain in Ship Simulator: Extremes
, disappoints the masses
in Circus World
, and performs routine adminstrative tasks
and dates a cartoon lawyer in the frankly terrifying-sounding Love & Order
. [more inside]
German Truck Simulator. Bus Driver. U-Boat Simulator. Ski Region Simulator. London Underground Simulator. Street Cleaning Simulator. Who's buying all these niche simulation games, anyway? We found out
Another Day, Another Press Conference.
Yesterday's Playstation 4 announcement was perhaps most notable in what it didn't include: any female presenters. Also discussed by Kotaku
and The Verge
. (The Verge also notes similar trends in press events from Nintendo, EA, HTC, and Apple.)
The Death of Romance in the Shadow of the Colossus
reads the acclaimed PS2 game as a myth about the rise and fall of the European Romantic movement.
How competitive Tetris winners approach
an unwinnable game.
Flash Friday: Intrusion
is a 2008 run'n'gun side-scrolling flash game by Russian developer Aleksey Abramenko. Try the demo
of Intrusion 2
, his 2012 follow-up, finally out after three years of development
NEW from VIDEO Magazine, arising out of its popular "Arcade Alley" column, it's ELECTRONIC GAMES Magazine
!(page of PDF links)
Brought to you by editors Frank Laney Jr. and Bill Kunkel
, and filled with all the latest news on programmable home console games, computer games (with special coverage for the new ATARI 800 system), stand-alone electronic devices and arcade gaming. [more inside]
is the latest indie platformer by developer Nifflas
. If its anything like the other Knytt games, Knytt
and Knytt Stories
, its a gentle Metroidvania that emphasizes exploration and movement over combat. Knytt Underground is out for the PC and, unlike his other games, for the PS3 and Vita.
The Fantastic Adventures in Tabletop Entertainment (FATE)
system has produced notable games ranging from the pulp themed Spirit of the Century
, to the hard science fiction Diaspora
, to the adaptation of the urban fantasy series Dresdin Files
, and the high fantasy Legends of Anglierre
. However, there's never been a basic, official version of the 3rd. edition core system. Until now. [more inside]
is a fully funded Kickstarter comic by David Hellman (the artist of Braid) and Tevis Thompson that attempts to put the criticisms of modern Zelda games in Tevis' essay Saving Zelda
into comic book form. As Tim Rogers says,
"People are willing to pay money to make a comic book about Zelda‘s pedantry exist. What a weird time."
Back in 2000, R. Talsorian Games released on their website a series of overviews of what they considered to be classic Cyberpunk movies
, along with notes on incorporating their characters and ideas into games. [more inside]
Courtesy of that saint of old school gaming and dark god of the underworld Jason Sholtis, who runs the awesome, previously-posted
blog The Dungeon Dozen
, it's a new adventure to run using the game system of your choice:
THE SECRET PARTY-HOUSE OF THE HILL GIANT PLAYBOY (PDF viewer w/ available download)
. Looting, slaying, and party crashing beckon to the bold!
Also from Sholtis: the one-page dungeon FLESH FOR THE WITCH QUEEN
. (PDF viewer with download) [more inside]
"Rumours have been swirling for years about a possible sequel to Black Isle’s legendary and powerful roleplaying game Planescape: Torment, but the closure of the original studio and the jealous guarding of the Planescape rights by owners Wizards of the Coast seemed to have put paid to any comeback. But with original Interplay boss Brian Fargo very much back in the RPG business with current studio inXile’s wildly successful Wasteland 2 crowdfunding, everything changes. He and his team have come up with a way to make a new Torment game: this is really happening.
" [more inside]
The physics of Bad Piggies: Scale
, scale again
An Unknown Alien Being acquires a child's forgotten book and mistakenly believes that it depicts proper protocol for interaction with the human world.
The book is a collection of Peanuts comics.
Woodsnoopy 45 stares into your open heart. Her yellow head squirms and pukes up feathers.
It makes you uncomfortable when she looks at you. She makes a demand.
Her demands come often and always create uncomfortably simultaneous feelings of resentment and obedience.
That is the territory of the Lucy faction. They are the ones who gather nickels. Woodsnoopy 45 is overstepping her boundaries.
Being a mere Woodsnoopy 799, however, you can do naught but obey."
For Zelda Day, some points of interest regarding Zelda II, the black sheep of the Legend of Zelda series of video games:
Jeremy Norman, an avid gamer for nearly 30 years, says violent games may have had nothing to do with shooting tragedies, but they no longer "provide an entertaining release."
Norman was a reporter during the Virginia Tech shootings and now has children a few years younger than the ones killed in Newtown. "I don't want to explain to my son why daddy is shooting the guys on the television. Why that's okay, but when it happens in real life, people cry."
Ever played Monopoly? Then you've played a board game that was designed by a woman
(it was, under its original title, "The Landlord's Game," the creation of Elizabeth Magie
). Want to play more board games designed by women? Let's go! [more inside]
GameSpy's long-defunct Daily Victim was a daily first-person essay and illustration (by Dave "Fargo" Kosak, now of Blizzard Entertainment, and Michael "Gabe" Krahulik, then and still of Penny Arcade) which paid humorous tribute to the various individuals one meets online. Users would vote 1-5 on each one, and on the weekend, the top-voted Victim would get an additional essay and a properly colored and shaded image, often feeding into an ever-growing continuity. This website
presents an archive of the complete series, along with some explanatory articles, all long gone from Gamespy's website, and in so doing provides a glimpse into the internet culture of a decade ago. [more inside]
Both characters remained fully clothed and there were no genital shots. But this was still the most explicit sexual content Wildenborg had seen in a video game. “It was at this point I decided to release the patch to the public,” he says. “I tossed the name 'Hot Coffee' on the file, based on the fact that the girlfriends would ask CJ in for some 'coffee' as a euphemism for sex. Hot Coffee was the first modification for San Andreas.”
- The history of Grand Theft Auto's infamous "Hot Coffee" mod.
Matthew Baldwin (MeFi's Own*
): " ...That’s why I come armed to every social engagement with board games, to help facilitate that whole human interaction thing that people thought was important before smartphones gave us an excuse to avoid eye contact with others. It’s also why I give games as gifts—and why, for more than a decade, I have been helping others do likewise. And so, my annual Good Gift Game guide
, showcasing those board and card games from the last year or so that are easy to learn and teach, fun and engrossing to play, and that can be completed in 90 minutes or less." (additional notes & more games for the 2012 guide
) [more inside]
"The experiences of women may not be easy to portray in the aggressive world of videogames. If such a game is made - and I hope it is - it will be because its creators demanded to be heard. It will be created because women made it." (Source)
While the vast majority of video game titles are designed primarily by men, women have been a part of video game development
since the earliest arcades. Here are some of their games: [more inside]
The Humble Indie Bundle
made its name by offering pay-what-you-want pricing for DRM-free, cross-platform collections of independent games, but the latest bundle merits a double-take: it's Windows-only, requires Steam activation, and features seven titles by major publisher THQ
. The Bundle has already experimented with music
, and a past indie bundle included the EA-published Shank
. But despite promises that indie games are still "a core of our business," is the latest foray into AAA gaming a step in the wrong direction
Women in the gaming industry have taken to twitter
to talk about the sexism they've faced under the hashtag #1reasonwhy [more inside]
Gaming made me
- RPS writer Patricia Hernandez on how Fallout 2 shaped her world view, her politics and her sexuality.
"Why did small business owner and gamer dad Mike Hoye spend the last few weeks hand-tweaking the text
in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker so that the main character was referred to as a girl instead of a boy? As he put it, 'I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero.'"
For about three years, the A.V. Club ran Sawbuck Gamer
, a regular column reviewing the week's most notable free and cheap games across all platforms, from web games to handhelds to console downloadables. It's a treasure trove of content, especially since more literary sister site The Gameological Society took the helm
, and it's publicized great desktop projects like the luscious platformer Frogatto
), feature-rich Super Mario Bros. X
), the evocative faux-web Digital: A Love Story
), interactive fiction gem Rover's Day Off
, and the hyperkinetic RunMan: Race Around the World
). But if you're in the mood for something more immediate, why not start with a list of all the original column's free A-rated online titles? [more inside]
Derek Smart has been making games for over 20 years. He sold his first games in plastic baggies at hobby stores. Yet his longevity is somewhat of an anachronism. Many gamers today don't even know who is is, in spite of the fact that his games have sold well enough to keep his company in business since 1992. And the games themselves, well they're mostly terrible. Especially his first, Battlecruiser 3000AD. The Verge
takes an in-depth look at the hotheaded perfectionist millionaire game developer whose impenetrable
, terminally overhyped
games sparked one of the most legendary flamewars in internet history
With 32 million active players per month, League of Legends
, the world's most played video game
, just finished it's second World Championship
with teams from the US, Russia, Korea, Taiwan and Europe competing for a $2 million dollar prize pool. The tournament was filled with stadium sized crowds
, nonstop action
, major upsets
, even controversy
. [more inside]
Meet the Green Candidate.
Is Maine ready to elect America's first Orc Assassin Rogue senator?
or System Shock 2
but have trouble running them on a modern computer?
A user over at the French-language Ariane Thief
forums has uploaded
a pair of unofficial patches that not only allow the games to run well on modern hardware, but also update the games' underlying Dark Engine
to greatly improve graphics.
So far, Kotaku has a short write-up
on the patch but otherwise this is still breaking news. Dedicated Thief fans at TTLG are currently putting the release through its paces
to see what the updated engine is capable of.
Thief 2 v.1.19 patch (apparently also supports Thief 1)
- Thief 2 HD Patched Demo
System Shock 2 patch
- SS2 HD Patched Demo
(Thiefy stuff previously, previouslier.)
Got a few hours to kill and want to spend a little time in gaming history? Don't have anything else to do until 2013? Check out Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021
), one of the earliest 4X
games ever made, dating to 1987-88. The original version was DOS-based, but the creator, George Moromisato, released a Windows version in 2004 which has significant updates. [more inside]
Stephen Totilo of Kotaku tries to determine the correct chronology
for all the games in the Super Mario
: As founder and CEO Steve Perlman departs
, The Verge looks at how OnLive failed and what remains of the revolutionary, restructured
cloud-based gaming company. [more inside]
I’m about to tell you a story about videogames, kitchens, and internet forums that has a happy ending. Stop laughing, I’m serious.
- A woman gamer declares Gaslamp Games's Dungeons of Dredmor forums awesome.
Fans of flora versus undead violence rejoice! Plants versus Zombies 2 has been announced for Spring 2013
. However all is not well at PopCap games, with a recent layoff of 50 employees, or 10% of its staff
, citing the increased popularity of Free-to-play, social and mobile games
. Somewhat stickily amongst those reported laid off was Plants vs. Zombies creator George Fan