Monday
May112015

Koji Igarashi Takes on a KickStarter Project

I know that for most of you the name Koji Igarashi sounds so familiar, but perhaps you can't put your finger on it. Well what if I asked you if you knew of a series called Castlevania? You see he's had his hand as a producer for many of the Castlevania games, most notably Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. 

Well he's going to be heading up a project on KickStarter, that you might want to check out, if you are a Castlevania fan. Sure it isn't Castlevania, but its about as close as you can get without lawyers coming after you. It is called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (yes I know, 0 points in the creativity department), but it goes back to the sidescrolling roots, and promises RPG and crafting elements.

Now the potentially cool thing, for those out there who are interested is that if you back this game in either its PC, PS4, or XBOX ONE forms is that you're going to get the actual disc and not a download code. So for those who are looking to actually have the presentation piece, this game is for you. 

So go ahead over to the site, and take a look at Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

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Thursday
May072015

GOG Release Its Competitor to Steam

I feel like seeing this title should immediately be followed by an announcer's voice saying "a new challenger has entered the arena". Anyways I think the title basically tells you what you need to know. GOG (Formerly known as Good Old Games) has decided to jump into the digital distribution marketplace for real, and to do that they would like to introduce everyone to Galaxy. 

Galaxy is basically what you think of Steam, and EAs evil child Origin. Its got a library of games, and of course there's going to be more games being added to it as time goes on. There is one difference, though, that might be worth noting. You know how on Steam, and I'm sure on Origin as well, when a patch comes out for a game you are playing, you HAVE TO DOWNLOAD and INSTALL before you can continue to play the game? Well in Galaxy they make that an optional thing. 

Do you enjoy the odd way a level plays, or perhaps a character can do something its not really supposed to do? Well you can continue to play the game that way, if you'd like. Now I do wonder how publishers will view that choice. I'm sure that this will only pertain to offline/single player portions of the game. There's no way that you can ignore a patch if you are going to be playing in an online setting. At least I'm pretty sure there's a server ping that checks your versioning of the game. 

So if this sounds like something you at least want to dip your toes into, I highly recommend going over to their site and getting the beta version of Galaxy today. 

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Thursday
May072015

The Human Gallery Goes for Greenlight

Some of you might recall that I talked about a very unique looking game called The Human Gallery, well the developer has now decided that it is time to start gauging the interest, and of course hopefully gaining the support of Valve/Steam, by putting the game up in Steam Greenlight

So I would say that you need to at least head over to Steam, if you are a person who uses Steam, and check out the page, and hopefully vote for it so that this adventure of a painter, lacking inspiration, who decides to jump into the mind of a psychopath can be made. 

I'm just saying that that description alone should make everyone want to see what this game can actually do if it got greenlit. If you aren't sure about this developer, look no further than their previous work, Silence of the Sleep.

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Thursday
May072015

Official MomoCon Schedule is OUT

 

Alright folks, I know that there's a ton of panels going on at MomoCon this year, and if you could I'd say check out all of them, but seeing as that isn't possible may I recommend a couple of panels, that I might have a slight bias on. 

 

  • Writing for Video Games Thursday @ 2 PM in Panels 402 (A-402-403) 
  • Destruction of the Game Industry Saturday @ 8 PM Panels 302 (A-302)
  • Completed Your Indie Game, Now What? Sunday @ 11 AM Panels 315 (A-315)

Now if you'd like the complete schedule of ALL the events, follow the link.

 

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Thursday
May072015

Nintendo Coming to Universal Studios Theme Parks?

Yes you hear right, apparently Nintendo plans to keep throwing open doors, first with the mobile ports, and now it would appear that they have struck a deal to put Nintendo themed pieces into Universal Studios Theme Parks. From my understanding there have been rumors of a Nintendo Theme Park for years now, but instead of rumors and dreams smashed, we're going to get a Harry Potter kind of treatment. 

Universal Studios will be giving beloved franchises and characters the royal treatment as they get integrated into the park. So what I'm thinking that means is a Mario Kart themed race track, perhaps something involving green pipes, and of course I'm sure that there will be some Zelda thrown in there. Oh and maybe some sort of Metriod shooter? Damn, now I'm getting excited, and the ideas are starting to pop in my head.

This is really exciting, but at the same time I fear that there's going ot be such a high expectation that there are going to be those people out there who are going to feel like it wasn't done to their internal expectations. The thing is that if this really happens, that's a win in my book.

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