bloke

Surprise! Prison Architect dev's unsettling new game Scanner Sombre out in two days

bloke

1 year ago

I've played the Beta and FWIW - it wasn't single session for me. OTOH I am 97.

(Counts as Pimpage as IV are clients)
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Prison Architect locks down console launch date

bloke

2 years ago

@geeza2020 - both digital and boxed
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Dear Charlie: A letter to my son about video games

bloke

2 years ago

I'm actually tearing up a bit after reading that. Lovely.
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Escape From New York IP-holder wanted to sue Metal Gear Solid

bloke

3 years ago

@darrenkenna - which reminds me; when are they going to do a movie/mini series based on Lord of Light?
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bloke

3 years ago

@goggyturk - was thinking of setting up 50 sock accounts just to +++ this more :-)
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bloke

3 years ago

John Carpenter - interesting person and director - (I encourage anyone who hasn't, to watch Dark Star - surely inspiration for Red Dwarf) - but I always thought he directed movies partly so he could make sure he wrote the soundtracks.

One of my proudest moments was persuading the lovely Sony Psygnosis team to get him to write the musical themes for my homage to Sentinel - Sentinel Returns. He did an amazing job. I believe the Sony guys had to find the only recording studio in New Mexico which would allow smoking in the facility (as he did it in the downtime on location he had while filming Vampires).

Happy days :-)
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The God who Peter Molyneux forgot

bloke

3 years ago

@treaclewench Mike went on to found Mucky Foot and did some good stuff - Urban Chaos, then the great Startopia. IIRC he recently did a Kickstarter for a Syndicate-like re-boot.
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SingStar Ultimate Party review

bloke

3 years ago

Loving the Special Guest Star appearance Ms Gibson. (A bit like Zsa-Zsa Gabor turning up for a cameo in an episode of The Persuaders)
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Microsoft to buy Mojang for $2 billion - report

bloke

4 years ago

You can do something pretty useful for humanity with $2B - (well $1B after tex, etc) - so it's not for any of us to judge them, if someone takes the money or not (because, seriously, who wouldn't) it's what they do with it afterwards that counts (cf what Lucas did with some of the Disney money), isn't it?
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Inside Sniper Elite 3's Rebellion, Britain's best guilty pleasure developer

bloke

4 years ago

@ziggy_played_guitar Yes - ditto on that - barely passed the Turing test :-( Most odd
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How the first Grand Theft Auto was almost cancelled

bloke

5 years ago

" I'm just generalising on the sad state of affairs we are in with monopoly publishers dictating the freedom of speech."

On mature reflection, I'm sure you will appreciate that this statement is somewhat OTT.
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Simon Read: The star of New Star Soccer

bloke

5 years ago

Didn't recognise him in a suit :-) Great story 'though; nice to see the good guys sometimes winning.
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GamesMaster: The Inside Story

bloke

5 years ago

Brilliantly put together article - a classic EG read :-)
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Game legend Ian Livingstone to be made CBE

bloke

5 years ago

It's the 'boring but important' stuff he's done recently in Games Education with Govt like the "Next Gen Skills Review" which deserves this latest herogram from HMG. And he's genuinely one of the good guys.
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This is what Activision's The Walking Dead FPS looks like

bloke

5 years ago

Oh dear.......
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Layoffs at Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier

bloke

5 years ago

@Stoo Monster - RLF is a living legend and very sound on his sources; if he thinks a bloke call Jesus lived, I'll buy it, even 'though I'm not a big fan of imaginary friends. He's also written a brilliant book called The Unauthorised Version - which is the story of who and when the Bible was written. Fascinating stuff. Well worth a read.

Re the layoffs - sad for those concerned, but 14 out of over 200 is nothing to get out of shape about. It's a business; these things happen....
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UK government's cultural test for video games revealed

bloke

5 years ago

I take it that everyone gets the fact that the 'culture' test is purely to get around EU legislation against state funding of indigenous companies?

Not because George Osbourne is a repressed game designer?
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Who spilled Hot Coffee?

bloke

5 years ago

Nice lunchtime read - cheers EG.
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George Osborne: UK games industry tax relief will be "among the most generous in the world"

bloke

5 years ago

I'm not a big one for state subsidy - but, to put this into some perspective - if you move some of your studio to Canada, some states will GIVE you 40% cash money back of the wages you pay into that studio. So this move should help retain jobs in the UK and help the mid-size dev compete globally.
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The final hours of City of Heroes

bloke

5 years ago

Great article, epic game (RIP Pub Landlord), and typical corporate wankdom (and bad businesses) that let it end with a wimper rather than the bang it deserved.
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After 70 days awaiting trial, jailed ArmA 3 devs refused bail

bloke

6 years ago

@panos_sxh - +1 to your observations and comments

I assume they're taking the line that they were on holiday (even if they weren't) because to admit to taking photos knowingly may be an admission of 'guilt'.
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bloke

6 years ago

So - up front, I like Greece - had a lot of good times there, and regret the bad times the country is going through. But it's not surprising to me that this occurred.

Last time we were on hols in Greece, it was with a friend of mine who takes a lot of pictures. Lots of pictures. Of weird, arty things.

We were staying in a tourist harbour town - cute it was. Going out for an early morning walk, he was detained and taken to the police station by plain clothes officers for 'documenting the harbour'. There were no military installations in the place, or units, or anything other than a few dredgers, rusting fishing boats, etc. They just didn't like the way he was taking photos.

Luckily, after cooling his heels in a cell for an hour, and after an interrogation, they just confiscated the media and booted him out, telling him not to take any more photos.

We all considered he'd got off lightly - but tell you what, I haven't gone back since.

Best of luck to those guys.......
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The lost worlds of Lionhead and Bullfrog

bloke

6 years ago

Love him or hate him (I think it's probably possible to do both at once) - PM was (and probably still is) still one of the best conceptual designers in the world. Milo and Kate would have been one of those 'Change the World' products, IMHO.
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Forza Horizon review

bloke

6 years ago

I buy 1 arcade/racer a year - so it was going to be this, or NFS:MW. The latter looked great at E3, but didn't feel so good - Horizon was just so much fun to play, even back in June. Demo sealed the deal - Rivals mode alone is going to make me play it lots. So I fully endorse this review :-)
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The Dota 2 Experience, Part Three

bloke

6 years ago

Epic series of articles - thanks!
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Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Review

bloke

6 years ago

@SKU confused peeps - it's on PC, XBLA, PSN and iPad. (Type "Magic 2013" to find it on iTunes)
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Carmageddon: Reincarnation Kickstarter funded

bloke

6 years ago

@X201 - Kickstarter is *not* an equity investment in a company - which would involve vast amounts of regulation and red-tape. It's much more akin to a very, very early pre-order with benefits.
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Reality Crumbles: Whatever happened to VR?

bloke

6 years ago

I spent a zillion hours in the Virtuality kit, as I was consulting for them on Game Design for a few years. Was a fantastic piece of kit for its time and Virtuality was a amazing place to be during that period.

However, sadly - IMHO - there are generic human factors which mean that headsets can never be a mass market solution.
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London riots PSP student mugger faces "long prison sentence"

bloke

6 years ago

@super_monty - just saying SM, but that kind of thing doesn't seem to work so well in the USA.......
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Syndicate Review

bloke

6 years ago

Really wanted this to be epic............ :-(
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Spelunky Preview: This Year's XBLA Masterpiece?

bloke

6 years ago

*Pimpage alert

In the meantime XBLA fans - play the under-rated and quite lovely Shuggy :-) - Indie XBLA Platformer

More seriously - and not pimping - for every souped up classic that works (Prince of Persia for example); lots crash and burn. Platformers like this are all about precision - lush treatment doesn't necessarily sit well with that. Who amongst us cannot love N+ for it great take on minimalist polish?

Well - at least you can try before buying on XBLA......
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The War of the Worlds Review

bloke

7 years ago

Really wanted it to be great - lots of money lavished on it obviously. Never got further than the demo 'though. Very poor, sadly - it's like they forgot there had to be a game at the heart of it :-(
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Daytona USA Review

bloke

7 years ago

9 is a little fanboi-ish I have to say........
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The EGTV Show: Forza 4 Vs. Top Gear

bloke

7 years ago

Am simply amazingly envious that JM got to drive around the TG track in the RPC...........
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Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

bloke

7 years ago

Anybody wavering about trying From Dust - please do. Even though I have nothing to do with it - it's really is (IMHO) something special - (even the demo).
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Independents' Day

bloke

7 years ago

/Bit of (relevant) pimpage

Out today on XBLA is The Adventures of Shuggy: the team - 1 ex-Rare designer programmer in the UK, 1 artist in Oz. It's been a long hard road for them getting onto the platform, so support the little guy and at least give the demo a download - it really is a labour of love by two talented guys (with a bit of help from Pompom).

/end of pimpage
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Gatling Gears

bloke

7 years ago

It's a quality game - but even with all that polish, somehow fails to inspire. Shame.

Worth playing the demo to make up your own mind 'though.
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Alan Wake

bloke

8 years ago

Highly entertaining and informative review - thanks Ellie.

JC
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Eight more leave Infinity Ward

bloke

8 years ago

@ukdm

Best advice I've heard given to developers about about self-publishng was the first slide of Martyn Brown's excellent presentation. It says:

It's not Self- Publishing......





It's Publishing.
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Queen's New Year list honours Brit devs

bloke

8 years ago

Rod ("The God" as he is sometimes called) - has been a mover and shaker in the Biz since - well - more or less before there was a Biz. But less well known outside the industry is his work in getting the same Biz to cough up money for charity either via some of the early charity compilations, or via the early days of the InDin, which since the dawn of Man has been the annual UK Biz booze-up. At 300UKP a ticket, it raises quite a tidy sum. It's all added up to a lot of cash over the years - so good on him.

Good on the Colliers too - great to see creators of original UK IP getting gongs on a regular basis now.
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Magic XBLA game heads to PC, PS3

bloke

9 years ago

Still in the top 3 in the US XBLA chart too..........
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Need for Speed: SHIFT

bloke

9 years ago

@hyperkineticninja - tone it down a bit pal, you're coming across like you're on royalties on this title :-)
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System Failure: Why PS3 and 360 drop dead for the same reasons

bloke

9 years ago

Only just got to read this - great piece Richard.
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US Xbox Live gets PayPal support

bloke

9 years ago

Only Visa and Amex?

That must be new - as I buy my point via a Mastercard (that still seems to work OK).
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Magic: The Gathering for XBLA tomorrow

bloke

9 years ago

Pimpage Alert..........

Noooooooo - it's a pretty straightforward implimentation of Magic:

http://www.wizards.com/magic/digital/Due...
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Peggle just 59 pence on App Store

bloke

9 years ago

Sold! :-)

(Maybe this will wean me off my Flight Control addiction...........)
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Punched Out?

bloke

9 years ago

To Lawlost - I think TIGA have been OK re lobbying, certainly focusing on that over the past year.

The fact is, we're just not as glam or as luvvy or as cuddly as TV or Film, who can wheel out starlets galore to make Junior Ministers feel wibbly all over.
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EG meets Konnie Huq

bloke

10 years ago

Really fantastic interview Ellie - best yet.......

You should really be thinking about getting yourself a proper job sometime :-)
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The Trader's Dilemma

bloke

10 years ago

When everyone is doing their sums comparing games to the music biz and film, please try to bear in mind they are very different production processes and business models.

It's not like for like.

For instance, every time you're buying a console game, you are effectively paying Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo some cash for subsidising your initial console purchase. Quite a lot of cash.

Clearly it's not like that in the music biz.

Likewise - a band can go into a studio and make a CD in a week. Cost....not very much. The big games *do* cost a lot to make nowadays - similar (sometimes amny times more) than a movie budget.

Movies - we'll, let's forget all the tax rules which can make investment in film so -errr- tax efficient in many places. But as well as theatrical exploitation, there is now very significant secondary reveune from DVD, not to mention TV rights, etc. There's no real equivalent in games.

I'm not trying to bang a drum for the games biz - but just bear in mind, it is very different.
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bloke

10 years ago

Hi Rob - interesting article.........one thing I would want to pick-up is the questionable $800M number quoted by Gamestop. Only a fraction of that credit is going back to the games biz.

Let's say that the 800 is correct at store level - even if 100% of people are buying full price games with the credit (unlikely) after sales tax, that is going to be reduced by at least half after dealer/distributor discount. But the fact is a lot of these folks are going to be buying - yes - more used games - where all the revenue goes back to Gamestop.

Of course, if someone buys a used game with credit, it's a double whammy for Gamestop, as their margins on used games is so phenominal.

If a used game is sold several times - that can generate many times the store credit over and above its initial value.

I've not really run the numbers, I'd be surprised if that 800 figure actually equated to much more than 100 tops to the game biz.

If punters sold those games on eBay, that would probably generate more cash to be spent on new games than this, IMHO.
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