the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

Heroes

ece4co has a bunch of browser based Shockwave games featuring a cat in a number of dangerous situations. The balloon one is my favourite. Frontal Assault is a … unique Windows game: The idea is to perform various moves on breasts. The move icons float to the screen and you must make the move before the icon disappears. Lose too many icons and the game ends. Once the quirky novelty of it passes, the game itself is rather bland. My…

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Free Play is Good Play

Remember rRootage? If that interested you, then check out the aptly named Warning Forever. In it, you face a never-ending onslaught of “bosses”. Each one’s arrival signaled to you through a shmup cliched warning. Good stuff. Similarily, there’s Bullet Philharmonic Orchestra — which is nothing more than a glorified bullet dodger. The interesting thing about it is that you specify the music for the game to play, and the bullet patterns are generated based on that music. Think of it…

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Cunt Trump

Came across Indie Gamer today. While not the best looking of sites, nor the most chock full of information, it does serve as a sort of “mini-portal” to the independent game dev scene. There’s some links to other indie game review sites and some developers. I think I’m going to check out some of the more original games I find there. Perhaps that might offset all the complaints about the lack of originality coming down from the big publishers. On…

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I to the C to the 0

I have written about ugly Americanized box-art for Japanese games before, particularly Mobile Light Force, but there’s one sore example that I did not realize until today: Ico. I have always wondered why such a markedly original and artistic game as Ico had such overly generic box-art. I never looked into it, but I have stumbled upon the answer. This is the Japanese and European cover art, and it is brilliant. The surreal, and obvious, homage to de Chirico fits…

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Game Design as Cultural Practice

You know, if they had courses like this when I was going to school, maybe I’d still be going (or graduating by now). Regardless, this texts page for that course is a good resource. A List Apart is finally back! Unfortunately, the latest story seems to be nothing more than a promo for yet another weblog publishing tool. I guess that developments are slow in the standards department. I’m going to be selling my extra copies of Rez and Metal…

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Lag-tastic

I’ve been off to Bye-Bye-Land the last week, fully detached from the outside world with a wandering mind. I feel really out of it right now and the computer is the last thing I want to be near to. Over the last few days, this trusty old laptop (which I call Supernaut) has functioned primarily as a glorified music player. The headphone output goes straight into the stereo’s input. Winamp handles the rest. Airwave radio tends to get boring real…

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Mode 7 Memories

Under no circumstance do I sell or trade in any of my games. Not anymore. When I was young and foolish, I did such things. I traded in all sorts of SNES games. I sold my NES and most of my games so that I can get the latest SNES titles, including Final Fantasy III. I went through a large number of games, only to be left with a few. When you’re young, you don’t know any better. All you’re…

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Call the plumber

I didn’t sign any stinking NDA, so I hold no remorse for linking to the leaked MGS3 trailer. It is definitely interesting, and it certainly piques one’s interest. Given the jungle setting (Zanzibar?), it looks like 3 will be more of a homage to the original Famicom Metal Gears than the previous two Solids. I anticipate it, but given that this is Kojima the trailer is likely to be very unindicative of the final product. Metal Gear Solid 2 was…

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Drag-on Dragoon

Square-Enix recently announced its E3 line-up. There’s definitely a stronger showing than last year’s one and a half games on show, but having four of the new titles contain the words “Final Fantasy” is a bit much. Their only original title, Drakengard, looks like it has potential. The movie on the official Japanese site is impressive, albeit completely lacking in any gameplay footage. The Magic Box has some screens and a (very) brief description, labeling the game an “action RPG,”…

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May Day

I was going to write something — on two occassions — but once again I was denied by Rogers. The connection went down on Monday night. In a few sporadic moments of connectivity, I found that there was scheduled maintenance that night. Fine, I’ll accept that. The problem is: the connection continued to be as sporadic as Hale-Bopp through to today. That is definitely not fine. Now that I’m finally back online again, I can’t remember what I was going…

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Pong-Man

A short history about the early days of video gaming: From Pong to Pac-man.

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Rebel Strike

Nintendo has launched its E3 site, and while its sparce at the moment, it does have a number of titillating screen shots. Most noticeable is the new Mario Kart. However, what’s even more exciting is the new information on the Rogue Leader follow-up: Rebel Strike. Next month’s issue of EGM, which you can view at the preceding link (warning: you need to register and download proprietary software. I do not know if it is spyware infested or not), has a…

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Ikaruga

I’ve been anticipating Ikaruga for months, and now that it’s finally here, I’m pleased to say: not only does this game live up to the lofty expectations I gave it, it exceeds them. By far, Ikaruga is about as close to gaming bliss as you can get during this console generation. Sure, the Metroid Primes and the Wind Wakers are more thorough game experiences, but neither of those achieves the simple adrenaline rush that Ikaruga provides. It’s hard to describe…

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