Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios: When I was growing up I had a small budget for PC games so I often hit the bargain bin at Babbage's, Computer City, or Electronics Boutique. I would have a certain criteria that would need to be met before I was parted with my lawn mowing money, specifically how radical the box art was and how much the box weighed. If it was heavy there was a good chance that it’d have multiple discs, a large print manual or hopefully some trinket or figurine. The game would also win my favor for embossed artwork, metallic ink, a gatefold cover, or some striking illustration. These were all hallmarks of quality to a 12-year-old. … [Read more...] about Have you ever bought a game just because of its cover art?
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Then there's the cicadas, which hold a special, dark space in my psyche. You see, my Uncle Joey is chaos incarnate; he'll do anything for a laugh or on a dare or just to get a rise out of you. It wasn't until I reloaded Animal Crossing after nearly a month away that I unearthed an Uncle Joey prank that I had buried in my subconscious. On a hot, summer day in '98, Uncle Joey saw me peeking at empty cicada husks in the backyard, which stay perched on trees after they've been shed like some sort of cicada Pompeii. … [Read more...] about I didn’t play Animal Crossing for a month and I came back to an island infested with gross bugs
While there’s a loose mapping to the actual Eugene location. I go to Dragon Meadow – a hub of sorts, where “rooms” can be visited by clicking on paintings nailed to a small approximation of Stonehenge. Behind that is a backpack drop, watched over by a dancing cut-out while a “Gumby for President” sticker lurks in the corner. I press the space bar to summer a giant cry-laughter emoji, which lurks in my field of vision for an uncomfortably long time. … [Read more...] about I woke up too early to enjoy the Oregon County Fair In The Clouds
You could have a head of tentacles or a knee-length beard. You might be wearing a boned bodice and bumble around with no sense of space. Your home could be a city in the mist where your people are known for inventing the future, and perhaps it's the pursuit of pleasure you're after, the joy of being alive, although maybe this sometimes leads you down the wrong path. "That dark alley looks like fun. I'll be back in a bit." And what do you dream of I wonder? Maybe sparking an idea that transforms the world. These are all examples given in the book - there are pages of them. … [Read more...] about Excited and enchanted by new RPG Quest
Probably its defining trait isn’t the rockets. Although each of its main weapons is, yes, a rocket launcher, many of them are functionally much like regular guns, and it’s the damage model that matters. Instead of health ticking down from 100%, the game counts damage upwards, and when you’ve been hit enough, you reach a critical state where the next scratch of damage will blast you out of the arena for a KO. Treasonous readers who play games on platforms other than PC may recognise this as similar to the system in a game called Smash Bros. … [Read more...] about Rocket Arena preview: hands on with the new EA Originals 3v3 arena exploder