Douglas E. Smith, creator of the classic 8-bit computer game Lode Runner, which got a second life as one of HudsonSoft's most iconic Famicom titles in Japan, has died at the age of 57
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is a match-3 game from doublespeak games
, makers of A Dark Room
Pokémon Zeta & Omicron
are not ROM hacks
. They are standalone fan-made Pokémon clones created with RPG Maker XP
, featuring around 80 hours of gameplay
, 2 regions with 12 gyms, a coherent storyline
, "tons" of endgame content, Shadow Pokémon
, Delta Pokémon
, all 649 Pokémon
through gen V, secret bases
, mega evolutions
, challenge modes
), and sometimes quirky dialogue
. Though still in beta, it's a playable game
[YT], patches to which have slowed. Each new version is posted to the sub-Reddit /r/pokemonzetaomicron
Team Teamwork has released Katamari Da-Emcee
, a mashup album of the wonderful soundtrack from the 2004 Playstation 2 cult hit Katamari Damacy
with various hip-hop songs from artists including Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Big Freedia
, the New Orleanian queen of bounce music. [more inside]
Ubisoft dropped plans
to have playable female assassins in the multiplayer mode of the upcoming game Assassin's Creed: Unity
The studio "had to" cut female assassins from the co-op mode, Amancio explained in response to a question from Polygon's Ben Kuchera, because keeping them in would have doubled the cost of pretty much everything: "it's double the animations, double the voices, all that stuff, double the visual assets—especially because we have customizable assassins."
Once again from Ubisoft, Far Cry 4
will not have playable female characters in multiplayer either
"...I can guarantee you that in the future, moving forward, this sort of stuff will go away. As we get better technology and we plan for it in advance and we don't have a history on one rig and all this sort of stuff. We had very strong voices on the team pushing for that and I really wanted to do it, we just couldn't squeeze it in in time. But on the other hand we managed to get more of the other story characters to be women... We did our best. It's frustrating for us as it is for everybody else, so it's not a big switch that you can just pull and get it done."
Animator Jonathan Cooper, who is currently with Naughty Dog and has previously worked on the Mass Effect
series (whose main character could be either male or female, and whose final installment with multiplayer also featured female playable characters for multiple species including human) has another perspective on how the extra work could be planned for and handled.
Twitter, with the hashtag in the post title, has its own perspective. [more inside]
In a world
On May 30th the 15th Annual Golden Trailer Awards
were handed out in Beverly Hills, CA. There are a total of 75 categories; the 17 top awards were handed out live at the sold-out show and are linked below the fold. [more inside]
- the co-founder of innovative OS X and iOS software outfit Panic
reminisces about learning how to beat Dragon's Lair
in the pre-Internet age, but that's not the fun part...
Valve's annual Dota 2 championship was record breaking last year
. It took 3 months to raise the prize pool by a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding from 1.6 million USD to 2.8 million USD
This year it took a little more than 1 week to raise the prize pool from the same 1.6 million USD to 5 million USD
. And the tournament will only start in mid July. At this rate, even if the winners had never won cash before (and assuming they will the take half of the total money), they will become the highest earner in esports of all time
was a live, orchestrated performance by the New Japan Philharmonic of many of the songs from the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. Unlike most other video game soundtracks, which are essentially recordings of game music, all of the pieces for Smashing...Live! are completely re-arranged and fully orchestrated." [SLYPlaylist] [more inside]
For the past three days, the world of streaming gaming has been riveted by an unlikely phenomenon: Twitch Plays Pokemon
. Consisting of a live Twitch.TV
chatroom hooked up to a classic Game Boy emulation of Pokémon Red
, the program is set to recognize a limited number of commands and execute them in real time, allowing an audience of tens of thousands to collectively control the action as they watch
. An astonishing amount of progress has been made, including the dramatic last-second defeat of a third gym leader
) and the solution of a notoriously tricky puzzle on the very first attempt
. But all for naught, it seems, as Team Twitch finds itself hilariously stranded on the ledges of Route 19
where, as one viewer explained
, "they basically have to walk a small path for about ten spaces without anyone pushing down and jumping Red off the ledge," a grim democratic reality the dedicated subreddit /r/twitchplayspokemon has had all kinds of fun with
over the last dozen ludicrous hours
is a free (but not open source) program that allows you to fly through
vast reaches of the universe. Along the way, you'll see some pretty amazing vistas and probably want to take screenshots
of them. It incorporates a good amount of real-world data about the solar system, exoplanets
and the universe in general with procedural generation of everything we don't know. [more inside]
Objectivegamereviews.com is a website. Visitors to the site can read objective reviews of video games.
Each review is an objective assessment of a video game. The top of the review contains an image from the game. The review lists the genre, developer, and platform the game is available for. Reviews describe how the game is played. Reviews contain descriptions of the story, graphics, and sound. At the end of the review the game is objectively scored on a scale of 1 to 10. (description via SecretAsianMan)
has posted a bunch of "Best of 2013" lists for your enjoyment. Some of the games can be played in your browser (HTML5/Flash/Unity); others require a download—but they're all free! (And indie!) [more inside]
Wayside Creations' surprisingly high-budget, on location shot Fallout New Vegas fan-series returns with: Nuka Break Season 2
! (Full episode playlist
). Rejoin Twig the Vault-Dweller, Ben The Ghoul , Scarlet The Escaped Slave and the Mysterious Ranger as they deal with the explosive aftermath of Season 1.
(Nuka Break Previously
, Wayside Creations previously
Not content to simply riff on bad movies, Mike Nelson (formerly of Mystery Science Theater 3000
and currently of Rifftrax
) recently visited the Video Game Abomination
folks and played a little "Miami Traffic 3"
is a game about having sex with a flower, or maybe your computer. You are definitely having sex with something.
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
Bioshock Infinite is the worst game of the year.
An essay on the sad state of videogame criticism.
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.
Requiring one player to independently control two characters, one with each hand, the recently released Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
(Steam/360/PS3) has been receiving high praise for its intertwining of emotional storytelling and gameplay. "Brothers is a compellingly beautiful game, yet remarkably dark... it’s a single-player co-op, executed sublimely." - Rock Paper Shotgun
. "The resulting journey is so singularly devoted to creating a specific tone and atmosphere that you won't likely be able to stop thinking about it until long after you've seen it through to the end." - Giant Bomb
. "We see so many games striving to be interactive movies, but Brothers is something more akin to poetry. Mechanics are stanzas, and together they pack more of an emotional wallop than some scripts achieve with thousands upon thousands of hollow words." - Polygon
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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]
is a soothing little art game where you help Jerry make clouds. (via Terry Cavanagh's freeindiegam.es
In 1975, the blockbuster movie Jaws
was released. The series culminated in 1987 with a fourth movie, Jaws: The Revenge
. The NES game Jaws
(online) was released that same year, incorporating elements of both the original and fourth movie. But you probably don't know about the game that Mirrorsoft commissioned in 1984 from the husband-and-wife coding team, Dave & Sara Crud. They made a ZX Spectrum movie tie-in for the original film, only for rights holders to back out and leave it unreleased for nearly three decades ... UNTIL NOW!
Or at least that's the backstory MeFite malevolent
wrote. [via mefi projects
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"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.
was a series of video games released between 1995 and 2003. Created by Yukio Futatsugi
, the series quickly became a hit among gamers for its arial combat
and great soundtrack
. And if that weren't enough, apparently the ending of the third installment helps explain the Holy Trinity
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]
Welcome to the real world, my dear Battle Penguin
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Valve is in the middle of hosting The International 3
, a DOTA2 tournament with the largest E-Sport prize pool in history - over $2.8 million dollars to be given out this weekend. This coincides with the official launch of DOTA2 itself, which saw player activity spike to over 500,000 concurrent users
and 5.7 million unique monthly users. The game launched to wide acclaim, scoring an 89 on Metacritic
, praised for its deep and rewarding multiplayer action [Gamespot]
and "true" free to play model, where all gameplay elements are fully unlocked for everyone [Destructoid]
- possibly the only competitive free-to-play game that is totally uncompromised by its business model. [PCGAMER] [more inside]
"The very first single-player dungeoncrawl game was not a video game. It was a series of charts printed in the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, back in 1979. By rolling dice according to the instructions, you could generate a dungeon which was illogical, arbitrary, super-lethal, and which often didn't even produce useable results.
THIS GAME USES THOSE CHARTS
Dungeon Robber is a flash text game that simulates playing AD&D by the AD&D Appendix A dungeon generation rules
. You'll probably die a lot, but the game saves every time you head to town. Blog of the creator
⇒ Dungeon Robber comics!
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is a depressing Czech adventure game/dungeon crawler. The only record of it left is this Let's Play.
Dragon Quest X
is on its way to Windows later this year, and they've released perhaps the most charming benchmark ever
(download is the green button about halfway down for those who can't read Japanese) so you can see if your computer can run it. [more inside]
. For when you have a game that needs grids that are made of hexagons.
Footage of the "Sync" level from the indie game Fez.
is mainly known for its central gimmick – it's a 2D platformer set in a 3D world
– and for the complexity of its puzzles (which include a constructed alphabet
, a code based on Tetris tetrominos
, and a "practically impossible"
final puzzle) – "Sync" is a retro-colored world with blocks whose rhythmic appearances and disappearances trigger notes when the player is near them. The result is somewhat enchanting (as is the rest of the game). [the Fez soundtrack with the Sync backing track; a Fez remix soundtrack with the various block rhythms added in; Fez previously on MetaFilter]
YOU ARE 29 YEARS OLD, AND IT'S YOUR FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB.
ACCEPT WATERGATE ASSIGNMENT? [ YES / NO ]
The cult 2010 video game Deadly Premonition
gets a Director's Cut
this week. The brainchild
of a guy who calls himself SWERY
, one could make a strong case for Deadly Premonition
being the most entertainingly bizarre game ever made. It's undeniably influenced by Twin Peaks
and more than a touch of Japanese horror, yet that doesn't begin to explain how unique, disturbing and hilarious the game is. The humor is intentionally unintentional
. Everyone agrees there are significant gameplay problems, but the phrase "so bad it's good" does the game a terrible disservice
. "Capable of swinging
from zany to nasty, inspired to absurd within
of a single sequence
," and boasting
an eccentric, often inappropriate soundtrack
, Deadly Premonition
is either a joke, a masterpiece or both. (Previously: It's like watching two clowns eat each other.
After the huge success of the NES, a whole host
of bootleg consoles came out around the world. The Dendy
console brought a new age of video gaming to the newly born Russian Federation. Kinaman presents a retrospective of the numerous pirate Mario games on the Dendy system in three parts: 1
. (Russian with English subtitles)
After a two-year dormancy, host Robert Ashley posted a new episode
of the video game podcast A Life Well Wasted
: the studio that produced the surprisingly high-budget fallout Fan series: Nuka Break
(with Dougie Jones
) have turned their attention to the office politics of our favorite hive of mad science: Aperture R&D.
French group Golden Mustache contemplates the sex lives of various video game characters
(video, English subtitles, surprisingly SFW, wait for Tetris)