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?
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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
"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
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