Other cancelled projects include RPG, which was likened to The Elder Scrolls; a Minecraft-esque voxel game called A.R.T.I., SimTrek, which was in development by Kerbal Space Program developers (in 2017 Valve quietly hired some of the people who worked on Kerbal Space Program); a Half-Life VR game set on the time-travelling Aperture Science boat Borealis from Half-Life 2; and a mystery Left 4 Dead game purposely codenamed Hot Dog so eagle-eyed fans on the internet wouldn't know it was a Left 4 Dead game. … [Read more...] about Valve cancelled a lot of games over the last 10 years, including Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3
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The first game that comes to mind is CHASM: The Rift with its lizardy dog-like creature snarling at you through a triangular portal. It’s festooned with a jester’s hat as well as a blood-drenched spinning saw blade. It’s such a weird assortment of elements that through some stroke of genius find a bizarre cohesion that captivated me. Embossed cover? Check. Shiny metallic foil? Check? Gatefold cover? Now that’s where the party really gets started. Fold that flappy flap back and you’re treated to a glorious illustration featuring more of those zany enemies you’ll come to love. Egyptian cat-men brandishing spears, axe wielding executioners, cybernetically enhanced soldiers from the future? In Chasm, anything goes. … [Read more...] about Have you ever bought a game just because of its cover art?
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
"Join our highly motivated team that's doing hardware design, prototyping, testing, and production across a wide range of platforms," Valve said (via Engadget). "We're not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here - help us invent whole new gaming experiences." … [Read more...] about Valve job ad adds weight to Steam Box rumour
Better yet are abilities which require your role-play involvement, because as we tend to say, the more you put in, the more you get out. If you're an Invoker, a kind of Paladin, you can take yourself off during quiet moments to slip away to an astral plane to speak to higher wisdoms about how you're doing. And you actually have to have a conversation with them - you, the player. Or if you're a Ranger you can dish out proverbs, folk songs and myths to affect people in varying ways, but you actually have to perform them at the table in order to do so. … [Read more...] about Excited and enchanted by new RPG Quest