Wednesday
Mar112015

Upsilon Circuit, a Game You Play ONLY Once

So here's a very interesting concept, and at the same time definitely gives the game somewhat of a lifespan. You see in this game you play once, and the NEVER AGAIN. I know that many of you out there know what perma-death is, its the act of once you die you have to start all over again, if you wish to play, well this is the SUPER perma-death, once you've died in the game, that's it, it's over, you will never play this game again. 

Now this of course raises so many questions, but first I need to take it a slight step further. This is a MMO RPG. You will be one of EIGHT people to play the game, on a single server. It is 4 v 4, and here's the really interesting twist the people that have next game are chosen from the livestream audience. Actually that's not 100% true, you have to be an active participant in the audience, you can't just have your name there. You see in a very unique move you, the audience member will be leveling up the way you want to from the kills occurring in game, then when it is your turn the build that you have produced as a result is the character you bring into the game.

So HOLY CRAP, I don't even know where to begin, but I do have to say that this is a social experiment that I want to be a part of because seriously if you have ONE life to live, how would you create your character, what would your strategy be, and of course how can you train for something that you can't play until it is your one chance?

There is no set release date on this as of right now, but if you want to know when all of this is going to go down I recommend you sign up for the newsletter.

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Monday
Mar092015

PlayCast Streams Games to Your OUYA

Looks like we have a streaming service that has popped up on the OUYA and it is called PlayCast, you will be able to play tons of games, streamed directly to your OUYA. The only catch is that it is a subscription service, and there are quite a few unanswered questions, at least for me.

Let's think about this, its a streaming service, so immediately that means have to have that online connection. My question is they recommend 5 Mbps speed as the minimum, how bad is that going to look, how much buffering is going to be needed, isn't there going to be stuttering or the potential for lag?

Another thing is I would assume that they are looking at single player only games, there's too much, in my mind, that could go wrong with a streaming service when it comes to latency and if you are alive or dead as a result. The more I think about this the more I find that this is the tip of the iceberg. 

I have never been a fan of the OnLive deal, and I feel like this is just more of the same, so I think it is safe to say that I'm going to pass on this one, and look for games that are being developed for the OUYA instead of some potentially dark magic to make games potentially work on a system that they are not officially on.

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Thursday
Mar052015

OhNoo Studio's Tormentum is Now Out

Are you looking for a point click adventure game that is dark and twisted? Well do I have a game for you. Tormentum has just come out onto Steam, and is ready to be digested, if you can stomach it ;) for all those looking for something that has heavy hints of H. R. Giger. 

We have just recieved our copy and will be diving in soon, but I think that you might want to just go ahead and dive in along with us, instead of waiting for our review. I have a feeling that you will not be disappointed.

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Thursday
Mar052015

Dungeon Crawlers HD Gets Greenlit

I would love to say that I was the vote that put this game over the top, but the fact of the matter is that this is a solid game that I've had the chance to play on several platforms, and it has definitely earned its right to gain an HD version for the PC gamers out there. So I'd like to take this brief moment to congratulate Josh Chudnovsky, hopefully he didn't have to do EVERYTHING that he outlined in his request video.

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Wednesday
Mar042015

EA Shutters Maxis Emoryville

What most people think of as the company Maxis, the creators of Simcity, Spore, and other games, is being closed by EA. Now of course this company has been notorious for closing down studios that have that nostalgia effect or feeling attached to it. To be honest after the latest Simcity game had such issues I figured it was only a matter of time, especially since EA is more concerned about the dollar signs and less concerned about keeping around studios that once upon a time were juggernauts in their own right.

I'm not say that I'm siding with EA, hell I think I've made it more than a little bit clear of my feelings when it comes to EA, but at the same time knowing EA's thought process this was going to happen, and its just an odd and slightly bizarre time to announce this closing as GDC, the Game Developers Conference, is currently in full swing. 

I can only hope that those that were apart of Maxis knew this was coming before they went to GDC, if they didn't well that's just EA for you. For those worried about the franchises that are going to be left behind, have no fear EA is going to redistribute them to other companies under their control. Although I don't know if that means they will in turn forget about the franchises, or what will happen.

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