So IndustryGamers and others are reporting a new controversy surrounding Infinity Ward’s upcoming Modern Warfare 2: it looks like, for at least a small portion of the game, you will play as a terrorist, with the objective of gunning down civilians in an airport terminal. It’s sparked quite the little inferno. I’m okay with this, and I’ll tell you why. But I do worry about the mainstream kneejerks… and I’ll tell you why.
So there I was, minding my own business last Friday night, when a friend of mine – a lawyer, I hasten to add – calls me up and, over the course of a half hour, literally tricked me into picking his wife up at the train station and driving her 35 miles back to his house through a massive end of the world storm, without my ever realizing that I was being manipulated. And he did it with Borderlands, which I’d bought over Steam. The PC version didn’t come out until the 26th, so I was patiently waiting. All that changed when Pete bamboozled me into collecting his wife with the bribe of co-op 360 Borderlands.
Looks like the joint publishing venture between THQ and Russian 1C company is about to come to fruition: 4A Games’ Metro 2033, based on a Russian novel series of the same title, is nearing completion and will find its way to Westerm shores (hopefully with that great voice actor narrating) sometime in 2010. Metro 2033 tells the tales of a postapocalyptic Moscow, where citizens hundle in the subterranean Metro system, and hints at a game …
Sir Peter Molyneaux, Commander of the British Empire, has dished publicly about what he believes to be the five most innovative games of the past 20 years. I agree with him on all but one.
And to think that just a few short years ago, Polish developer CD Projekt was nothing more than a small localization company that did translations of big games (they did Baldur’s Gate) for the Eastern European market. All that changed with The Witcher, the first CD Projekt-developed game. While the RPG was initially troubled by technical issues and long load times, CD Projekt’s continued support and releases of major upgrades allowed the game to get …
Kotaku’s Mike Fahey has written a candid and powerful article about his Everquest addiction – one of the worst cases I’ve seen – and how it nearly destroyed his life. It takes a lot of strength and courage to write something like this about oneself, and Mike’s story is as heartrending as it is personal.
1UP illuminates us this morning with a review of Borderlands, Gearbox’s anticipated open-world shooter whose chief claim to fame is the procedurally generated weaponry that literally allows for something like twelve million firearm variants. I bet you can’t guess what score they gave it.
Review by Steerpike Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor Developer Tiger Style Games Publisher Tiger Style Games Released August 10, 2009 Available for iPhone, iPod Touch Time Played Finished Verdict: 4/5 Thumbs Up “Spider is a platformic puzzler that benefits from exquisitely tuned controls and a surprising depth hidden in the world, for those who take the time to look. It’s also a wonderful game.“
Shameless self-promotion? Yes. No! (But yes). We love The Escapist here at Tap-Repeatedly, with all its escaping and its clever videos and its pretty graphic design and its outstanding contributions and its willingness to publish me, little tiny me, every now and then. Today they published my article on IGDA reform, a subject near and dear to my heart. You should read it! So should your friends!
Fall is my favorite season, and Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. Canadian Thanksgiving, of course, no sense putting a perfectly good holiday in late November when there is fifteen feet of snow on the ground and igloos litter the landscape like so many sugar donuts. Fall and Thanksgiving are tightly entwined with my childhood memories of the grain harvest on the farm when I was a kid, when my mom and me would sit in a …