" is a fake trailer, for a movie that, for now, is not going to be made, about the incredible power of its characters to defy the physics of the world they live in, almost as if they were cheating a videogame.
The initial beta release of SteamOS
became available for download yesterday. Intended to run on Valve's emerging SteamBox platform [Prev]
, you can also install it on a fairly modern desktop PC today, presuming it can match up with the adoption-limiting early hardware support requiring UEFI BIOS and Nvidia GPUs ("AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon!"). [more inside]
A furious 18-minute rant
posted Wednesday has drawn attention to YouTube's new automatic content ID system, implemented in earnest this week.
VentureBeat: YouTube suddenly begins flagging hundreds of game-related videos for copyright violations
Ars Technica: YouTube goes nuts flagging game-related content as violating copyright
Any copyright claim against a video immediately results in the removal of ad revenue at the moment the claim is made, even if 1) that content is clearly fair use, 2) the game companies who own the content say they're not making a claim
(like Deep Silver, which posted a statement
assuring reviewers they "will not be alone in this"), or 3) the claim comes from an odd third party who doesn't appear to have a clear ownership interest.
Kotaku has good quotes
from gamers who strongly disagree with YouTube's claim that "channel owners can easily dispute Content ID claims if they believe those claims are invalid." Earlier today, Angry Joe posted a calmer, more detailed 31-minute video: Whats Broken & How to Fix it
Twenty years ago tonight, id Software uploaded Doom
to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completely changed the video gaming industry. [more inside]
Lonely? Bored? Well, the 2013 Solitaire Print and Play Contest
is here to help you stave off boredom this weekend (and burn through all of your printer ink). This year's winner is Maquis
, a "solitaire worker-placement game with variable goals and a play time of approximately twenty minutes. The player places his resistance agents on spaces around town to achieve his goals - blowing up trains, publishing underground newspapers - but at the same time Milice collaborators and Wehrmacht soldiers patrol the area." [more inside]
Do you love to play a well crafted video game, and are also interested in learning more about The Ashes? Then this video commentary
is not for you. (SLYT, blue language)
(John), creator of the fun, meta and little blue elephant-filled games This Is The Only Level
, and Achievement Unlocked
returns with This Is The Only Level 3
and Achievement Unlocked 3
and an homage to SimTower-like games of yore: Corporation Inc
John Carmack, co-founder and technical director at id Software, has left the company
to focus his full-time attention on his role as chief technical officer at Oculus VR
"I wanted to remain a technical adviser for Id, but it just didn't work out. Probably for the best, as the divided focus was challenging."
Carmack and Id are known for creating the Commander Keen
video game franchises.
The Very Organized Thief
for Windows or OSX) is a creepy, short game about prowling about a house while nobody's home.
Last night over 500 people watched as Spelunky
(previously: 1 2 3
) player Bananasaurus Rex
successfully completed the game's first solo eggplant run
. [more inside]
"Meow." He forms his hands into claws and performs a slow cat-scraping motion. To his left and to his right sit the esteemed producer and the director of Super Mario 3D World. "Meow," they both say, before also demonstrating the clawing feline action. Shigeru Miyamoto on Super Mario 3D World
, arriving next month on Wii U.
Copies are beginning to show up in reviewer's hands: Super Mario 3D World is shaping up beautifully. It's a visual stunner, with gorgeous effects and lighting that take Mario graphics to an entirely new level, certainly showing greater flair than the 2D New Super Mario Bros. U. There are some attractive textures at work, with the art style flourishing with powerful hardware, alongside a rock steady and terrifically fluid frame rate.
Eurogamer offers a look at 5 levels [part one | two | three] • Previews from Nintendo:
E3 2013 Developer Direct | October trailer | Gameplay trailer • Nintendo Minute: Multiplayer | New Power-Ups
Azen. PC Chris. Korean DJ. Mew2King. Ken. Isai. Mango. The Smash Brothers
is a 9-part, 258-minute documentary on the history of competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee
. Series discussion
CRYPT WORLDS: Your Darkest Desires, Come True!
A game for PC, Mac, and Linux. By Elizabeth Deadman
Audio by Liz Ryerson
, who made Problem Attic
will persuade you to consume it.The guide
will tell you how to walk and urinate.
It is pretty cool.
Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013
is a groundbreaking simulator taking place in the incredible world of Robot Vacuum cleaners, with additional 2-player duel mode [more inside]
"Like nailing jelly to kittens."
- Unloved, hugely delayed and plagued by bugs, GTA
almost didn't see the light of day. This is the story of how a small team of developers at DMA Design saw their vision through and kickstarted a gaming revolution.
Old School FRP
is a tumblr blog with a ton of illustrations and art from the golden age of Dungeons and Dragons and games that were totally not Dungeons and Dragons.
A game that would be at home in an arcade cabinet beside Robotron, FORGET-ME-NOT
is a classic-style, that is to say, neon-filled, randomness-laden, bone-hard 2D maze/shooting game, with cute characters and retro effects, inspired by the Commodore game Crossroads II
and Pac-Man CE. Collect all the FLOWERS in each random, single-screen level to make the EXIT appear. Then, get the KEY and take it there to move to the next level.
The only controls are the arrow keys (or screen swipes in the iOS version). Face down a large variety of randomly-generated enemy types, and get as far as you can! You automatically shoot in front of you, but beware: your shots can wrap-around, and if they hit you they hurt! They key to playing well is grinding
: push into a wall as you sail past it to build up a charge. Charge up enough and you start glowing; while glowing, you instantly kill any enemies you touch, but if you charge to much you blow up.
. Not free: iOS [more inside]
Phil Fish, the volatile and sometimes controversial developer of indie game Fez
, has abruptly announced its cancellation
: "this is as much as i can stomach. this is isn’t the result of any one thing, but the end of a long, bloody campaign. you win." Though this follows in the wake of a popular podcast's host
calling him a "tosspot", a "wanker", and a "fucking asshole", Fish has been the subject of massive Internet antagonism ever since his appearance in Indie Game: The Movie
; he's been hounded for saying that Japanese games suck
, though he claimed the comment was taken out of context
, for Tweeting that "PCs are for spreadsheets
" prior to Fez's PC release, and for not patching a save-corrupting bug
that he claims Microsoft was charging him "tens of thousands of dollars
". Fish has often responded poorly
to critics in public, but Jonathan Blow
) and C418
) each claim that Fish has been at the receiving end of far worse, and far more frequent, vitriol.
Viscera Cleanup Detail
is a free PC game that casts as a space station janitor
mopping up after a hero who left the station encrusted with gore. Via Gamers With Jobs' podcast on 'mundane games'.
It's actually the third game about a space janitor, after Space Quest
and Space Station 13.
A month after its release, Naughty Dog
's sweeping interactive epic The Last of Us
is being hailed as one of the best games of all time
, with perfect scores even from notoriously demanding critics
Inspired by an eerily beautiful segment from the BBC's Planet Earth
, the game portrays an America twenty years after a pandemic of the zombiefying Cordyceps
), leaving behind lush wastelands
of elegant decay
teeming with monsters
and beset by vicious bandits, a brutal military, and the revolutionary Fireflies.
Into this bleak vision of desperate violence
journey Joel, a gruffly stoic Texan with a painful past, and his ward Ellie, a precocious teenager who may hold the key to mankind's future.
Boasting tense, immersive gameplay
, compelling performances
from a diverse cast, a movingly minimalist score
from Oscar-winning Gustavo Santaolalla
, and an array of influences from Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men
to Cormac McCarthy's The Road
, it's already being slotted alongside BioShock Infinite
and Half-Life 2
as one of modern gaming's crowning achievements
. And while it's hard to disentangle plot from action, you don't have to buy a PS3 to experience it -- YouTube offers many filmic edits of the game, including this three-hour version of all relevant passages
And don't miss the 84-minute documentary
exploring every facet of its production. [more inside]
How does your EVE Online alliance top losing 400 billion ISK
to corporate espionage? Why, by losing 309 billion ISK on a single ship
of course! [more inside]
There's no sexism in gaming: "Furthermore, reasonable people would see that asking to put male soldiers in the
Call of Duty series is simply not do-able. Since the age of the Amazon, women have waged wars, because they have a higher pain threshold than males and have more stamina in every area of war. Who would take a male
Battlefield seriously? Including men would simply cloud the matter; when crawling through tunnels, as is often necessary in war, our eyes would fall on the male backside - from then on women would be irreparably compromised."
Why StarCraft crashed frequently during development
How we could have fixed the most common causes
The Starcraft Path-finding Hack
The making of Warcraft - Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
Game development articles thanks to Patrick Wyatt (about
) who led the development efforts on Starcraft, programmed extensively on Diablo and Diablo II and later left Blizzard to help run ArenaNet
and release Guild Wars.
is an essay about gaming after the loss of a friend.
"Peter Molyneux has had a long and storied career. As the creator of Populous, Black & White, Fable, and the recent iPhone experiment Curiosity, he's been no stranger to ambitious concepts throughout his 30-year history in the industry. I had a chance to sit down with Peter at E3 this year, and picked his brain about three of the top fart apps on the app store
David Gaider, senior writer at Bioware, delivers a talk on sex, sexuality, and sexism in video games and the gaming industry
at the 2013 Game Developers Conference. (single-link 49-minute video)
Alternate Reality Game puzzle design
- Adam Foster of Valve talks about the design of the Portal 2 ARG, (previously
) and do's and don'ts for future ARGs.
Hullloooo, this is Scott Manely
! He likes making tutorial videos
of Kerbal Space Program
, a space flight simulator game. After more than a few design suggestions from his father, who's an engineer, Scott decided to let him 'show me how it's done' and design a spaceplane
A DOS attack
on Sunday, 3 June caused the moderators of the MMORPGs EVE Online
and Dust 514
to shut down the server cluster that hosted both games. The games were offline for most of the day and into the following morning, having just recently been restored. The COO of EVE's parent company, CCP, described the situation this way:
What we can now confirm is that a person was able to utilize a vulnerability in one of the back-end services that support the operation of the Tranquility server. This vulnerability has now been secured and thoroughly tested.
We would like to stress that at no time was customer data compromised or accessible in any way.
The effort of returning the complex server structure of the EVE Universe and associated websites to service in a methodical and highly-scrutinized fashion began hours ago and Tranquility has now been brought online (at 10:13 UTC). Our teams will monitor the situation carefully in the coming hours to ensure that our services are accessible and that all customer data remains secure.
CCP also took the precaution of shutting down the games' websites, and so communicated with players via Twitter
("Your patience has been legendary and appreciated.") and its Facebook page
. [more inside]
The secret at the centre of Peter Molyneux's iOS game, Curiosity, has been revealed.
The winner, Scotland's Bryan Henderson, will be 'God' over Molyneux's next game, Godus.
Peter Molyneux explained that
"You, the person who reached the center, will be the God of all people that are playing Godus. You will intrinsically decide on the rules that the game is played on. "You will share in the success of the product. Every time people spend money on Godus, you will get a small piece of that pie."
Microsoft has unveiled their new console
, and it wants to dominate your living room. How Xbox One plans to fight Sony, Steam, and everything else.
is a text-based "massively-multiplayer zero-player game" in which you play a god with rather tenuous control over a hero. Changes to the game, including quests and items, are crowd-sourced and voted on by the community
The game is playable in browser and via Android and iOS apps. Official game wiki.
Microsoft's IllumiRoom takes gaming visuals outside the box and onto the living room
. Basically projection mapping for your living room, based on a 3D scan using Kinect, Microsoft Research's IllumiRoom
lets you show either all of a game's environment, or only certain parts, projected on your living room walls.
Introducing Super Monster Bros by Adventure Time Pocket Free Games
! Where the characters are Pokemon (kinda), the gameplay is Mario (kinda), and the content will cost you up to $99.99 to unlock!
Quintin Smith (of Shut Up & Sit Down
) argues that we're entering a golden age of boardgames
(45m Vimeo talk). [more inside]