I will never love any game with the same intensity and obsessiveness that I have poured into Flappy Bird. Released in May 2013, it wasn’t until early 2014 that most people became aware of the game’s existence. By the end of January 2014, Flappy Bird became the most downloaded game on the App Store. Less than two weeks later, the game’s creator, Dong Nguyen, would delete it following mass outcry over allegations of plagiarized gameplay mechanics and designs. Hundreds of Flappy Bird clones would take the original game’s place and, because the core design mechanic was so easy to recreate, often times the cloned version of the game would be technically superior. Of course, they were still clones. If you wanted to keep the original game, you couldn’t delete the app. With each new iOS update, the threat of losing Flappy Bird loomed, but never happened. When Apple released iOS 11 earlier this year, the company confirmed that developers would have to update their … [Read more...] about Time to pay respect to Flappy Bird, the best dead game of 2017
Losing respect for someone you love
Tim Rogers is a game developer and writer. His next game is Videoball for PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. Do the Souls games have a Secret Design Formula? Well, yes. As far as I can tell, here it is:1. Have good tasteNow that I've used up my "say something snippy" quota for the week, I want to be serious about Bloodborne and the Souls games: I like them a lot.I like them because they have great action design, they have great level design, and they have great experience design. I'll talk about those three things in that order. If you are one of those people whose first instinct is to ask for a "short version" in the comments, here it is: Souls games are great because of action warm-ups. Put action warm-ups on everything. If you don't know or can't deduce what I mean when I say action warm-up, I'm sorry: you're going to have to read the long version.Controlling a humanoid character in a game has always been, for me, a mildly body-horrible experience. Some games try to make the … [Read more...] about : You are the experience points
At PC Gamer, we believe strongly in the value of building your own PC. It's cheaper, and it brings you closer to the hobby that we all love. But we know buying a pre-built system has its advantages, too. Maybe you just don't have time to build a PC of your own, or you have dreams of a custom paint job or complex water cooling you can't do at home. Buying from a professional builder also gets you warranty coverage and professional tech support, sometimes even for the life of the system. It's hard to say if the warranty price outweighs the savings it provides in repair costs, but it definitely brings peace of mind.Once you've decided to go with a professional PC builder, the next question is: which one? Some companies differentiate themselves with custom artwork, unique case designs, or good service coverage. But there are a lot of choices out there. We looked at nine professional PC builders to see what kind of warranty options, service coverage, and other defining factors set them … [Read more...] about Nine custom PC builders compared: who gives you the best deal?
Update: Cloud Imperium's head of communications David Swofford got in touch to clarify a few points. As various readers have pointed out, the reason for the higher prices is because of VAT laws within the EU: "Euro laws mandate that VAT is included in the price. If Phil had his monitor turned on to US$ currency, then it will show up just as he depicted in his screen capture (assuming he had UK listed as his country). In the US, you aren’t mandated to include sales tax in the selling price, but you can bet that when you get to check-out, that tax will be added (depending on the state where you are purchasing)." In response to our comments that gift cards having VAT included on them meant that buyers were paying double VAT if they used the gift card - once for the gift card, then again on the items they purchased with the gift card - David explained CIG's fix: "The system is engineered explicitly so that you don’t pay double tax. If you apply store credit to an item in … [Read more...] about Star Citizen is selling a $50 gift card for $60… why not spend it on the new $420 Endeavor space ship?
Updated Editor’s Note 11/7/2017 – In an effort to further commit to our editorial vision of quality content about nothing but games or the industry, we are leaving this note here to let you know that this article does not meet the standards of that vision as it exists today. This article may be poorly written, or it may be well-written but with charged political content, which we have stepped away from. It’s not the ideas we have a problem with, as we do not discourage any viewpoint, we are just moving away from this sort of content. This article no longer represents TechRaptor’s editorial vision today and into the future. You can read more about why we are doing this here. 11/26/2015 17:33 CST: I reached out to Bonegolem for comment on Johnathan Holme’s assessment of Deepfreeze.it. He came back with me with a number of corrections and clarifications that weren’t properly One thing that I should clear out, both in regards to the … [Read more...] about [UPDATE] Sympathy for the Devil: Understanding Relationships, Criticism, and Ethics in a Post-GamerGate World Pt. 3
“When I’m here, [my real self] is at home. I’m my character. But right now, I’m not my character, because my character hates that guy’s character. He fucked up my life in the game. But Alex [the person behind the character] is lovely, he’s always been good to me. So if I introduce you to him, don’t be a dick, because that’ll be on me then.”I’m about to meet The Mittani. Or Alex. Maybe both. He’s a very small part of this story, but an important one. “Do you play EVE?” He asks me, after establishing my credentials and showing a high-level of knowledge about RPS coverage of EVE in the past. When I admit that I don’t, he has an immediate response: “Then we have something in common. I don’t play EVE either.”It’s the final day of Fanfest and even though I don’t have an EVE Online character, and whatever my reply to The Mittani might have been, I feel like I’ve been playing … [Read more...] about Searching for the truth of a fake world at EVE Fanfest
River wolf. Space sheep. Selfless alpaca. Selfish reindeer.I know you told Father Crimbo you wanted Porpentine prose, but she’s traveling and asked me, Noyb, to write in her stead. There, there, reader. D…don’t cry! She’ll be be back very soon! Maybe some free games will help pass the time? Gridrunner++ by LlamasoftJeff Minter released his 2002 glowy shooty sheepy game Gridrunner++ as donationware last month, and it’s still worth a go if you missed out on its original release or Adam’s words when it happened. The Gridrunner series takes strong cues from the core loop of Centipede: worm-like enemy chains slither around the screen dropping pods when you destroy their individual segments. Fail to shoot the pods and they’ll restrict your movement, in this iteration by firing lasers in the four cardinal directions. Save sheep to increase your multiplier and upgrade your basic autofiring weapon, culminating in a giant sheep’s head … [Read more...] about Live Free Play Hard: Dracula for the Holidays
Along with the incoming wave of indie multiplayer games like TowerFall, Nidhogg and Samurai Gunn, there comes an undercurrent of disgruntlement.In the comments at the bottom of every review of TowerFall, there's someone complaining about the absence of an online multiplayer mode. From the comments on Polygon's own review:Sorry, but with no online play, no interest from me. It's simply amazing that the dev couldn't understand that the lack of this simple feature is necessary in this day and age for multiplayer. Party play in a room is just an [added] bonus.Or from one commenter at GameSpot:offline multiplayer only? that's annoying… some are online-only, this is offline-only... get your sh!t together devs... make both in one package!This is an attitude shared by most reviewers, too, like Chris Carter in his review of Samurai Gunn over at Destructoid.Sadly, there's no online multiplayer to be found — not even peer to peer, so you're stuck hooking up controllers to your PC and … [Read more...] about Why you don’t want an online mode in TowerFall
Yesterday morning I found myself trying to play Shadow of Mordor. I look forward to playing more today, but yesterday I didn’t get much further than the tutorial before putting the game down to share some feelings. There’s a basic design mistake right at the start.One of the very first things you do in the game, following a brief sword-fight with your son and some Uruks, is kiss your wife. This isn’t an ordinary kiss, it’s actually a tutorial for how to sneak up on someone and murder them — that much is immediately clear from the controls, even before you actually kill Uruks moments later.You’re learning a skill that will later be used almost exclusively in combat. The developers likely thought this was a good time to poke fun at boring tutorials with a joke, which, fair enough, some people who I respect enjoyed, although I’m curious if that enjoyment was sarcastic or sincere.I imagine that, after a lifetime of reviewing AAA games, it … [Read more...] about Kissing vs. killing: How Shadow of Mordor fails at explaining the difference
Anthony Severino revealed earlier that the modern reincarnation of Twisted Metal has been delayed from its October 4th release date into the vague scope of early 2012.Many journalists and fans, including us, began musing that this was a deliberately strategic move to push Twisted Metal out of the holiday block, up against heavy-hitters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, and Uncharted 3. This rather reasonable prediction, however, has sent David Jaffe into a grammar-destroying tizzy: Regarding the peeps thinking we delayed TM to get away from mega games like CALL OF DU, UNCHARTED 3, &BATTLEFIELD 3: amazing how the world has conditioned them2B so cynical. I get it-you don't respond that way unless u've had xperiences that bear out your world view but when u R the guy on the other end of it- as I am now-it's amazing how little trust there is in the world when companies issue a statement. It makes me question my own cynical views of politicians and wonder if I've … [Read more...] about Jaffe: Twisted Metal Delay Is “So F***ing Win/Lose With People”