We dropped by Tucows yesterday to take Elliot out to lunch (roti! mmm). Elliot's US guild and my US guild are raid partners, so we had the occasion to hang out in Azeroth every now and then too. Here's Tucows' current schwag tee:
How did he take these, I wonder? And wouldn't it make a fantastic set of framed prints for the gaming room? I wonder what the legal stance would be on selling photographs (technically screenprints? Or are they?) of games like this. Inquiring minds want to know.
GameCamp is a free, public one-day event for people interested in
gaming and play. The objective is simple: to talk informally with
like-minded people and get excited about stuff involving games of all
We've already confirmed some stellar attendees from across the games
biz - from founding fathers to revolutionaries to cogs in the machine.
Expect a whole spectrum of games-related people to be there! Plus,
Harmonix's Rock Band. Yes, Rock Band.
What a laugh. I wouldn't miss this for the world if I were you and anywhere near East London in early May.
The Internet is full of free books. But who has time to search for
them? Let Voluminous bring the books to you. It finds, downloads and
organises a vast library. Buy now, and access hundreds of years of
classic literature. Take the free trial and see what's on offer.
There are some great sounding features too, such as automatic bookmarking, and separate stacking for part-read books. Very neat.
Canis was one of the original programmers on Startopia, so I expect rathergood things from this application.
Kieron G has written up the Mucky Foot story: how a handful of developers peeled away from Bullfrog when it was purchased by EA, and went on to create (amongst others) the brilliant and much-missed Startopia.
It's a poignant read.
For McGechie, staying at Bullfrog was becoming
untenable. "The EA rule book was brought in. I remember Gary and myself
getting told off for running in the corridors," he says. "That was it
Holy crap that's hilarious - who knew EA was such a boarding school?
Innovative and often brilliant, there was one main problem with both of Mucky Foot's games: They didn't sell. Urban Chaos managed a half-million, which was disappointing for a game hyped as a possible successor to Eidos' Tomb Raider franchise. Startopia
did worse, barely scraping 110,000 units sold.
"That was just beyond
being a flop, really," says Diskett. "It was unimaginably bad. It was
even worse, because at the time we were shipping Startopia,
we had absolutely no doubt it was going to be an amazing success. I
certainly didn't. We thought it was the bees knees and we thought the
whole company was just weeks away from being millionaires. And then no
bugger bought it."
Wouldn't marketing (or lack of) be the fault of the publisher? Such a pity - one of their projects, Skyships, sounds fantastic - a steampunk pirate game? Yes please. Maybe one day they'll reform, like an old and weathered but potentially-better-than-ever band. Can but hope.
Vivendi's blockbuster IP game, "Surviving High School," now in its
third iteration, gives consumers the choice of playing jocks, nerds and
other iconic high school stereotypes through a script that is expanded
with weekly episodic content.
According to the publisher, the game has
already been downloaded more than a million times, with an additional
6.5 million episodic downloads.
So FreeNode has always been the place to be on IRC (well, after Quakenet, natch). These days it houses more than geek conference backchannels and the infamous #joiito; there's also gaming to be had now, over at the new BoingBoing Gadgets channel, #boingboing.
This week's game? Rule 34 Challenge. The game starts at 1pm PST / 4pm EST / 8pm GMT / 9pm BST.
Rules Rule 34, as all men know, is the cosmic rule
that demands that porn can be found on the Internet to fit any concept.
The rules are simple: numerous times over the course of one hour, I
will shout out the Rule 34 Challenge. Contestants will then scramble to
Google to find an image or link that puts that person, character or
concept in pornographic light. The first three people to present an
appropriate link in channel will get points. At the end of the hour, we
will add up the points and have our Rule 34 Champions! And we'll knock
up the chat log so everyone can bask in our depravity firsthand.