September 10, 2019

KFC is making a Dating Sim

Welcome to the most delicious dating simulator ever created. Do you have what it takes to be the business partner of and win the heart of the most famous chicken salesman of all time? Play to find out! Go ahead, Colonel Sanders is waiting.

Sure, fine why not. The developer behind this has some experience making narrative-based games, so it won’t be terrible. Probably. I loved the gimmicky-ness of Dream Daddy and Hatoful Boyfriend,  so I look forward to giving it a try since it’s free. But only time will tell if this dethrones Burger King’s Sneak King as greatest fast food video game tie in. 

Also, why are we not talking about how weirdly on-point whatever the hell @KFCGaming is doing on Twitter and Instagram?

September 9, 2019

Eleven new games come to the Atari Lynx in 2019

Atari Gamer, has been running the Atari Lynx 30th Birthday Programming Competition over the past few months and we now have the final submissions! All eleven of them! That’s right, that’s eleven new games for you to play and rate. We do admit that some are very well polished and others are more on the tech demo side, but all are worth having a look at.

Admittedly, I never played the Lynx hardware when it came out, but I find it fascinating people are still developing games for the platform.  Maybe even more fascinating, while the games are free and legal to play on hardware emulators, some are even still making the cartridges for the games themselves.

August 20, 2019

Respawn CEO says some developers ‘crossed a line’

I keep going back and forth between how I feel about the whole situation. On one hand, this is exactly what community managers are for. As developers, it’s not our responsibility (nor do we often have the experience) to interact directly with fans. It’s not really a surprise that some developers resorted to name-calling and poor judgment when they started to receive death threats. 

But, on the other hand, you need to act in a professional manner when you’re representing your product. 

One thing is certain though- this is just another example of how toxic gaming communities can be.

July 17, 2019

Respawn’s Plan to Deal with Apex Legends Cheaters

Apex Legends developer Respawn is looking to deter cheating by forcing those who break the rules to play together.

Too bad they don’t take this concept one step further. If painted in the right light, this could be a huge opportunity for a hacking type of competition, much in the same vein of Facebook’s CTF. They could even go so far as offering rewards for players who disclose exploits, as a sort of bug bounty program.

May 2, 2019

A Dark Room Removed From Switch eShop

In concept, it was a great idea to have a hidden high level code editor right there on a console as an easter egg. But in practice, this opens the console up to a slew of exploits. there’s no saying what kind of system access the editor really has, and players that do not know how to read code could potentially brick their systems. Nintendo made the right call to remove it.

May 1, 2019

Epic Games Acquiring Rocket League Developer Psyonix

I’ve had a Steam account long enough to know how annoying Steam can be. It started out terrible, got better, then somewhere around the time of trading cards, music player, and other useless features, its started to turn to shit. It does have some great features for everyone though; Steam workshop and game forums for example. Epic isn’t even trying to compete in these areas, making it clear they arent trying to make a better platform, they’re just trying to steal users.

With worsening PC platforms, this just makes consider buying my next game on Plsystation or Xbox instead.

March 15, 2019

No Man’s Sky Beyond

No Man’s Sky Online includes a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together. Whilst this brings people together like never before, and has many recognisable online elements, we don’t consider No Man’s Sky to be an MMO – it won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.

All for free too. It may have took some time, but the game is finally delivering on everything it promised, and then some. Even at it’s initial release with it’s limited features, I had fun exploring the galaxy. In fact it was a little overwhelming. The new update looks to not only add new features, but make the game easier to get into.

March 14, 2019

Google shuts down its in-house VR film studio

Google is shutting down its Emmy Award-winning VR film division, Spotlight Stories, after six years of building out content

Between this and they’re Daydream platform not being updated for over a year, it’s clear Google is exiting VR. A shame, because projects like Spotlight Stories highlighted the notion that VR can be used for other forms of entertainment besides just video games.

March 3, 2019

Boy Problems – A Carly Rae Jepsen TTRPG

It is many years into the future. A wealthy and powerful person (or persons) has claimed a rare and much sought after prize: the “vault” of 200 unreleased (this is real!) songs from renowned Canadian pop artist, Carly Rae Jepsen. Hired by an anonymous sponsor, your team of highly trained individuals will raid a well-defended location to retrieve said item. From planning to set-up to execution, you will see this heist through to its completion, whether that be a success or failure. There will many twists and turns along the way, and don’t always trust the specialists by your side.

I love everything about this, and cant wait to play this with my group.

February 4, 2019

Titanfall 3 Is Not In The Works, Respawn Says

“The world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not – this is what we’re making,” he said. “To try and convince a skeptical audience for months with trailers and hands-on articles, we’re just like, ‘Let the game speak for itself’ – it’s the most powerful antidote to potential problems. We’re doing a free to play game, with essentially loot boxes, after we were bought by EA, and it’s not Titanfall 3. It’s the perfect recipe for a marketing plan to go awry, so why have that – let’s just ship the game and let players play.”

This was…a very smart move. No one would have cared about the hype of another battle royale game coming soon. Instead, they hit 1 million unique logins within 24 hours.

But the real story here, is that Titanfall 3 was in development. With the poor sales of the previous game, I’m not surprised if EA canceled development of 3 and repurposed it into Apex Legends. Either way, it will be a long time before we a proper third game in the series.