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18Jun/153

Wishful Thinking 3

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Cross-posted from Escape Vectors (follow on Twitter).

In his regular “Wishful Thinking” column, blogger Durandal muses about games that have been lingering on his list of wants. This time: Walkerman, Abyss Odyssey, StarCrawlers, Serena, The Fifth Day and Avernum: Escape from the Pit.

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17Jun/150

I Spilt Some Minecraft on Your Coffee Table

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When I saw Minecraft briefly appear in that Microsoft HoloLens demonstration video a few months ago, I muttered the word hype. I muttered the word hype so many times during that video it sounded like I was hyperventilating (hype-ventilating?). As with every new technology, it's only once HoloLens gets into the wild that'll we'll discover what it will be used for in practice.

However, now that Minecraft has been shown off on the HoloLens for real, I have to step up to the plate and draft an actual response instead of assuming it was just some CGI vaporware thing.

So you can now explore Minecraft on your coffee table, provided you wear a gizmo on your head. I admit that there may be some cool aspects to this alternate vision of the game, "Minecraft God Sim" - but it'll be nothing like the Minecraft we know and love. In Minecraft, you can inhabit another world in which you can build pretty much anything you want. You can make a stone cathedral or a lava cave or a zombie prison and wander about your own creation. Minecraft VR would really be something but HoloLens offers not virtual but augmented reality.

When I remove my rose-tinted HoloLens, all I see is uber-expensive hardware downgrading Minecraft into a virtual set of building blocks that can sit on your coffee table or living room floor.

Save your money and go buy some Lego instead. It does pretty much the same thing and is already in the shops.

16Jun/150

Side by Side: Season One Trailer

For those who have still not sampled the digital fruits of the Side by Side series, here's a ONE MINUTE montage of clips from the first series. There were 17 episodes; to check out everything on offer, have a look at our video page or plunge straight into the first season playlist.

10Jun/156

A Week on Twitter

Here’s a little post that I’m not even going to bother sharing on social media. It’s just for you happy Luddites who don’t do Twitter. These are the big stories in my Twitter feed that, try as I might, I couldn’t ignore. A lot seemed to happen in a few days. I think also some games were released but no one was interested in those.

MONDAY 1 JUNE

Never mind whether Hatred is any good, your review of Hatred is not good enough.

TUESDAY 2 JUNE

Public shaming of the week award: That Polygon Rock Band 4 preview is the worst game journalism EVER. It’s like the Hatred of video game journalism.

“Shooter” book launched - anthology of essays on FPS games. (Ethan Gach kept retweeting about this all day. It felt a bit heartless if I blocked him for this crime.)

Oh my god there’s a Fallout website oh my god oh my god it’s got to be just got to be--

WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE

---yessss Fallout 4 is real! Squeee! Hold up, those graphics taste like horse manure smeared on toast.

Steam refunds are proof that Valve is out to destroy all games less than 120 minutes in length.

THURSDAY 4 JUNE

If you think The Witcher is racist then maybe you are the racist.

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3Jun/1518

Shutdown

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It's the start of another sabbatical month. I'm taking a month off writing to try to reboot my brain, drain away the anxiety and tinker with other projects that have become stuck.

But what if I walk away from the site for two months? Or three? What happens if Electron Dance goes dark for six months?

Because that is what I'm thinking about.

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27May/150

Wishful Thinking 2

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Cross-posted from Escape Vectors (follow on Twitter).

In his regular “Wishful Thinking” column, blogger Durandal muses about games that have been lingering on his list of wants. This time: Drox Operative, Vector Thrust, The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus, The Plan, Interplanetary and Forced 2: Rush.

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26May/1510

The Minecraft Industrial Revolution

A video essay on Minecraft's survival mode.

Proteus indulges the fable of the “simple life” where we co-exist peacefully with the ecosystem. It asks me to lose myself in the majesty of nature and its joyous, playful manner is beguiling... but the code protects the island above all else. We cannot even take a blade of grass or petal of a flower with us and we leave no footprints behind. Violations of Proteus law are forbidden. Nature is immutable. Nature is God.

Watch the video here or direct on YouTube.

 

Credits

  • Video by Joel Goodwin

Games Shown

  • Minecraft, Mojang
  • Proteus, Key & Kanaga

Footage

  • Mountain Men, History Channel
  • Space 1999 "Breakaway"
  • Space 1999 "Dragon's Domain"

Music

From the album Minecraft - Volume Beta by C418:

  • "Alpha"
  • "The End"
  • "Ballad of the Cats"
  • "Mutation"

 

21May/156

The Strange Case of the Roguelike Suicide

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Perhaps you’re at home. Perhaps you’re on a train. The location doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you’re enjoying your current favourite rogueish-type-like. You think you’re on top of your game, got all the enemy moves figured out. Yeah, baby, you know what to do.

And then something goes horribly wrong.

You just click, click, click quickly through three moves in one go, as if you’re trying to beat the computer before it gets in a countermove.

And of course you don't get to be quicker than the computer because the game is turn-based. No, you get to die. You die, because you were stupid.

You’ve just experienced a brain phenomenon I call the roguerush. What the hell happened there?

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19May/156

Side by Side: Bloop

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is episode 17 of 17.

In the final episode of the first series, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly twist their fingers around Rusty Moyher's Bloop. A game so simple it makes you wonder why no one did it before.

Watch the video here or direct on YouTube.

  • "It has a lot more depth and play to it than we thought."
  • "Now there's not much to this, but it's remarkable how enjoyable that was."
  • Bloop is available on iOS, Android and Kindle.
  • Side by Side hasn't done stunningly well, but we're not about to throw in the towel yet. We're planning on a second series which will start later this year.
  • If you enjoyed the series, please like our videos and subscribe to our channel.

The series theme is the delightful "Adventures in your sleep" by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra.

14May/156

Side by Side: Shot Shot Shoot

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is episode 16 of 17.

This week Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly try to make every shot count in the amazing Shot Shot Shoot by Erik Svedang. With an aesthetic that's much closer to the Atari 2600 than the NES style that passes for "retro", Shot Shot Shoot challenges players to fire a barrage of missiles at their opponent to level all their bases. It's like a two-player missile command and it's bloody good.

Watch the video here or direct on YouTube.

The series theme is the delightful "Adventures in your sleep" by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra.