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
I want to play free games
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?
The list of new bugs is expansive, and there are many different variants of the same breed buzzing about your islands - you've been warned. There are four different types of cicadas (Brown, Robust, Evening, and Giant), plus Cicada Shells, which can be found at the base of trees (we'll get to that later). The cicadas' shrill, siren-like sounds are made worse by the almost imperceptible vibrating that they do while resting on trees - insert Blathers' bug shudder here. … [Read more...] about I didn’t play Animal Crossing for a month and I came back to an island infested with gross bugs
Right now, it feels like I’ve woken up too early – stumbling out of the campsite at dawn to see if the festival’s portaloos have been cleaned yet. It’s been maybe two decades since I was last at this sort of folksy fair in the woods, and maybe I’ll drop by later on once the crowds get going. If you’d like to join me, Oregon County Fair In The Clouds is free to visit in your browser all weekend. … [Read more...] about I woke up too early to enjoy the Oregon County Fair In The Clouds
But Quest feels like it goes a step further, as though in shaking off the weight of rules and complications, it's able to exist more naturally there, in the mind. Its abilities aren't based on calculations but what ifs, like they originate in the same unhindered place a child pulls ideas from. You know, it's a pity I can't see a way for abilities like these to work in video games, these worlds of numbers and calculation, because if they could, I wonder how liberating they would be. … [Read more...] about Excited and enchanted by new RPG Quest