Intelligent Artifice points out the best Breakout clone ever – due to the game’s heavy use of physics to create a Breakout experience like you’ve never seen. The movie is well worth watching, just for a notion of how a simple twist can completely transform a 20 year old idea.
A new entry into the gaming advertising space advertises their services thusly:
How can I increase revenues from my game investment? You (and us) have been there more than once. DoubleFusion provides the service that allows you to manage your in game advertising real estate, expose it to a large network of advertisers and maximize on in game advertising revenues.
This pitch is accompanied by a screenshot of a KFC ad on, I shit you not, a cow.
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A friend of mine spent the three day weekend playing a lot of the Dark And Light beta, the upcoming MMO whose primary feature is that it’s big (as previously discussed). It’s currently targetting a late April release. His response was overall favorable, although in his rundown of what happened to him during the play session, I found this quote hilarious:
[paraphrased]This guy took me for a ride on his dragon. He took me 3 miles in the air, then dropped me and told me to aim for a lake.
The National Institute on Media and the Family has recommended, among many of their other recommendations, that parents set up their children’s bedrooms as media-free zones (buried in page 1). I find this interesting – I grew up in a media rich bedroom – mostly books and music, which I doubt NIMF is trying to get rid of. That being said, I never had the luxury of having a computer, game machine or television in my bedroom. If I wanted to play at night, I had to sneak across the house in the dark. More likely, I’d read under the covers with a flashlight. And yes, sometimes, I’d get caught, and get in trouble. Continue reading
It’s always kind of cool to see Meridian 59 acknowledged. You must understand, the game was a small hobbyist game that never wracked up big numbers even when 3DO put their weight behind it. 3DO published it with very little in terms of development or marketing investment, and used the disappointing results to claim that Internet gaming would never take off. Oops.
So it was with some pleasure that, when I finally watched The Video Game Revolution on PBS, they began their MMO chapter with a 2 second footnote about Meridian 59 being the grandfather of them all. Which is an oft-quoted claim, but isn’t wholly accurate – games like Legends of Kesmai, the Realm, Underlight, Dragonrealms and a raft of Mythic properties came beforehand or about simultaneously.
Meridian was first at something, I’m sure. What that is, I have no idea – something like “First 3D, Flat Monthly Fee MMO By A Major Publisher.” Funny how that ‘major publisher’ was outlasted by ‘the little guys’ like Mythic and Simutronics. One wonders if 3DO had invested in online to make a game of DAoC’s quality, if they’d still be around now. We really need access to ‘What If’ universes to answer vital questions like that.
Of course, PBS is cool and all, but it’s even cooler to see Meridian acknowledged, even in passing, by the boys over at Penny Arcade, who mention that EQ2 seems to be moving towards a free client model that the smaller games like Meridian and Puzzle Pirates use. Oh yeah, Meridian’s still going, a labor of love by this lunatic, who I note still bitches to me about bugs I left in Meridian’s code-base nearly a decade ago.
Wow, a decade. I gotta go sit down.
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From the aforementioned thread of WoWerized fiction:
To farm, or not to farm: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outraged PVE-ers,
Or to take arms against a sea of mobs,
And by kiting end them? To die; to log;
No more; and by logging to say we end
The grinding and the thousand little quests
That leveling is tied to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to log;
To log: perchance to live: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that life offline what dreams may come
When we have logged off this MMORPG coil,
Must give us pause; there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long grinding
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Here’s their game: take your favorite movie, and update it with WoW references. Gems include:
I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire all his shots in his ammo bag?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a Flawless Arcanite Rifle, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
“I say we Hearthstone out, then AoE the entire instance from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”
I am Inigo Montoya. You ganked my alt. Prepare to die!