Sportsfriends

Sportsfriends is coming to Steam this Friday

Windows version won't support Johann Sebastian Joust.

Sportsfriends, the wonderful compilation of four local-multiplayer-only games (BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders, Hokra, and Johann Sebastian Joust) is coming to Steam and the Humble Store on 19th December.

Local multiplayer is back, but is it here to stay?

The creators of Towerfall, JS Joust, Spaceteam and Turnover speak out.

The future of games, for years now, has been connected. This year's biggest blockbusters - from Titanfall to Watch Dogs to Destiny - are about bringing people together online, weaving players' experiences into one another's in new and pervasive ways.

A look at how Sportsfriends is shaping up

New modes and features for J.S. Joust and Super Pole Riders outlined.

Local multiplayer curio collection Sportsfriends is due this autumn on PS3, PC, Mac and Linux, and I had a chance to catch up with half of its development team at XOXOfest in Portland, Oregon to see how things were shaping up with two of its four games: Johann Sebastian Joust and Super Pole Riders.

Are the rich old men ruining Kickstarter?

The true nature of crowd-funding is being obscured by big names and nostalgia.

At the time of writing, Peter Molyneux's Project Godus, a new god game, has raised 247,044 towards its 450,000 goal on Kickstarter. There are 10 days left to go. Meanwhile, over in Cambridge, Peter's buddy David Braben has raised 699,729 out of 1.25m to make Elite: Dangerous with 24 days left to go. Neither project is guaranteed to be fully funded, but the point is that these grand old men of the British games industry have attracted almost 1 million of support from random people on the internet by promising to return to their roots.