Welcome to the boozyman beardyman shortyman twoman podcast, in which just Chris and Marsh gather to discuss Steam VR and Lionsgate’s acquisition of Telltale. Plus! Chris monsters Evolve and Marsh goes full petard in Medieval Engineers.
Extra double plus! Our most irrational Mass Effect enthusiasm-induced pathologies, C&C listener top trumps, braving the strange tendrilly taste of hentai games and how to procure / stem the stinking tide of Thursten’s mucky butter.
“A terrible use of boots.”
- The announcement of Steam VR has been announced.
- The Pebble is just a bloody watch! How good could it really be? $10,934,944 (at time of writing) says “quite good”.
- Darpa’s MIND-CONTROLLED arms.
- Big Dog will remember this.
- Lionsgate have bought Telltale, saying, “The convergence between premium filmed entertainment brands and original game properties is a natural direction in which to continue diversifying our content business, and Telltale is the perfect partner with whom to explore this dynamic area of growth.” Wow! I for one am JAZZED!!
- Nathan Ditum hasn’t written about Lionsgate after all, but you should follow him on twitter and listen to his excellent podcast with (also eminently followable) Sarah Ditum, The Mispronounced Item.
- Evolve – imperfectly conceived asymmetric multiplayer made by Turtle Rock, not Turtle Beach and definitely not Turtle Head.
- Rich Stanton’s much more positive review of Evolve for the Grauniad.
- Sleep Is Death, The Castle Doctrine and A Mighty Quest For Epic Loot are all games in which a player is encouraged to create an entertaining experience for others – could their mechanics be applied to the asymmetry of Evolve?
- Make castles and smash them to bits in Medieval Engineers. Relevant RPS column coming on Monday.
- Marsh’s lukewarm appraisal of Eden Star – a survival / wave-survival game.
- Besiege, a game in which you build catapults and, uh, whatever this is.
- Everquest Next – voxel building/destruction in an MMO.
- But what fate for its developers at Daybreak, formerly SOE? Layoffs abound.
- Raph Koster is a smart man who was the lead designer on Ultima Online.
- Spacebase DF-9. Meant to be Dwarf Fortress in space – but it didn’t work and then got abandoned by its devs.
- Indiebox, a subscription service for deluxe boxed versions of indie games.
- Luftrausers Love Trousers are a marketing venture waiting to happen.
- A great choose your own adventure with stat-juggling: Long Live The Queen.
- Recettear: a game we can’t pronounce.
- And finally, some technical documentation for Final Fantasy 7.
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