Friday Downloadable Fun: Pixelships
is a freeware combination of Pokemon and Defender. Destroy, collect, and upgrade 160 pixelized spaceships in a series of randomly generated levels. The sequel, Pixelships Retro
, is now out and is available as shareware.
Beloved gaming website Insert Credit
is back, and has kicked off its relaunch with an eight page manifesto about game journalism.
During its hiatus fans hungry for intelligent videogame commentary migrated to the forums at Select Button
and Tim Rogers' site Action Button
(Tim uses the IC manifesto to discuss leaving game journalism).
Over at Kotaku, Mike Serrels asks whether something is wrong with video game reviews. Via Gamefilter
The Rad Project
is an in-depth documentation of the changes that turned the standard Japanese NES platformer Magic John into the tubular Totally Rad.
showcases awesome and artistic videogame box art. Eastern Mind
writes about obscure Japanese videogames, with a focus on adventures and music games.
Rockstar Games/Team Bondi's open world adventure game LA Noire
was released last month to near-universal praise.
However, several long-form essays have been written exploring it's problems. The Shadows Of LA Noire
criticizes its lack of noir feel. Press X For Beer Bottle
(some spoilers) uses the game's lack of freedom to explore the nature of gaming. Finally, Kill Screen Daily's review
finds a metaphysical explanation for some of its most obvious issues.
is an upcoming online wargame designed by the US Office of Naval Research to help find solutions to the problem of piracy.
Players will either assume the role of an anti-piracy task-force or of pirates.
Rather than being an action game MMOWGLI will relay on players providing short, Twitter-like solutions to tactical scenarios.
The Blue Sky In Games campaign
is an old but still relevant call to embrace bright colors and happy themes in videogames. It's the opposite of the currently prevailing Real Is Brown
style. Because of cheerful Sega games like Outrun
, it is often referred to as 'Sega Blue Skies'.
Mortal Kombat has been banned in Australia.
In the highest profile censorship incident since last year's butchering of Left 4 Dead 2
, the new Mortal Kombat game has been "refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and will not release in Australia". This should galvanize efforts to implement an R18 rating for Australian games
, though so far progress has been slow.