Archive for category: Gaming

This Is Unnatural

12 Jul
July 12, 2015

Wait, the new Call of Duty game features cyborg manshoots AND a stylish 1940s noir Left4Dead-alike campaign mode?

What…what is this unfamiliar feeling?

Am I…am I actually feeling *interested* in a new Call of Duty Game?


The Shadowrun Movie That Wasn’t

09 Jul
July 9, 2015

If only, eh? If only.


25 Jun
June 25, 2015

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit this, but I hadn’t really played Minecraft until yesterday. I loved Lego as a kid, but these days I tend to get bored of open-ended sandboxes.

So, while I enjoyed seeing the cool things people build, I didn’t feel it was for me.

Last night, though, I was feeling like trying something different, but also looking for something relaxing. So I loaded it up….puttered around, punched some trees, built a little cave fort in a hill. Got killed by a zombie that managed to get into my fort…

Was still feeling kinda ambivalent, like once the demo was done that would be that.

Then I found the cave.

It was a pretty sweet cave, and I immediately started imagining this multistorey dungeon with a fortress built on the hill above it.

I had just started laying in some rooms, adding a staircase down, killing the skeletons at the bottom, when the demo ended. :/

That’s when I realized it was past midnight.

This…this is going to be a problem. 😐


Videogames Are Awesome

06 Jun
June 6, 2015

CD Projekt prevents infinite money exploit with Cow Defense Monster.

Valve Rethinks Paid Mods

28 Apr
April 28, 2015

In the face of various problems and a boat-load of criticism, Valve and Bethesda have decided to rethink their paid mod model.

I have to give Valve credit for being open to listening to their audience and admitting when they get something wrong. And I suspect we’ll see this feature again soon, probably in a new title where it won’t be so disruptive to an existing communities culture.

So we’ll just have to wait and see where this goes

Ain’t No Party Like A Boarding Party

25 Apr
April 25, 2015

Space piracy simulator Galaxy Heist is looking like it might be something special. Not to mention, rather beautiful.

Certainly worth following development and keeping an eye out for their kickstarter. 😉

Steam’s Paid Mods

24 Apr
April 24, 2015

Daniel pointed out to me that Valve have announced paid modding support in Steam, starting with Bethesda’s Skyrim. My thoughts below.

Like Daniel, I have mixed feelings on this. You could say that I’m cautiously optimistic.

On the one hand, as a developer, I like the idea of paid mods. The Unity asset store is one of the best things about the Unity engine; people earn money, some of them very good money, from making things that enhance the experience for everyone. I like that ‘we thrive together’ philosophy.

And supporting modding is a bigger enterprise than some might realize, especially the kind of modding you can do in a game like Skyrim. That translates into development time, which translates into money. It’s not a trivial cost. Being able to earn a cut of mod sales will provide an additional financial incentive to developers to support modding, and to continue to support the modding scene in the future. So that’s a plus.

I also like to see more avenues for hobbiests to transition to paid professionals without having to have a lot of up-front capital. As I said, some people make a good living producing assets for the Unity asset store. I can see the really popular mods making a tidy bundle for their creators, too.

The financial incentive may also result in fewer promising mods being abandoned halfway by their creators, or left to get outdated over time.

That being said, I do understand the fear that all the mods that used to be free will go paid and the rich, mod-supported experience of Bethesda games will dry up into a wasteland of paid, half-assed products and cheap money-grabs.

The fact that Steam still offers users a 24 hour money-back refund might help alleviate the gold-rush aspect a bit. So long as you play the content when you buy it, a few hours is more than enough to get a decent sense of whether the mod is worth a few bucks.

The other thing to keep in mind is what happened on Apple’s app store. The glut of competing products resulted in tremendous downward price pressure, something we’re seeing on Steam now, too. I’m guessing that for all but the best mods, the competition will drive the price down into the $1-$3 region, over time. Which is not exorbitant, especially since you can get your money back if you quickly decide this isn’t a mod you want to play with, long term.

We’ll have to wait and see where prices stabilize to.

We’ll also see if some spirit of communal sharing is maintained. There are still free assets released on the Unity Asset store, developers who choose to give back to the community. I’m hoping that at least some of that same spirit will survive the relentless engine of Capitalism. 😉

Not A Hero

23 Apr
April 23, 2015

I didn’t know I wanted this game until today.

Lovely High Rez Art From The Order 1886

21 Apr
April 21, 2015

Spiderweb Software no longer developing games for iPad

17 Apr
April 17, 2015

Sad news. Jeff’s a great guy, this must be a real blow.