In which our beauties are in place. Tom F and Marsh are joined by excellent nice man, AI expert and actual doctor, Mike Cook. They discuss: Master Spy, Kingdom, Nuclear Throne, Rainbow Six, Dark Nexus Arena and Pony Island.
Plus: what Mike and Marsh have been making together; whether our Ocu-lust has been diminished by the newly announced VR hardware price points; the last year’s AI highlights; what artificial intelligence even is anyway; the most awesome Awesome Games Done Quick; and why horses should fear Marsh’s inner sociopath.
- Mike Cook is a very smart man. He made Angelina, which, in turn, makes games. He also runs Procjam. And now, newly announced, he’s making Rogue Process with help and well-meaning hindrance from Marsh.
- Ultima Ratio Regum is a very impressive game which uses procedural generation.
- Desert Golfing is a deceptively simple mobile game that messes with your perception of authorship.
- Moonhunters is an upcoming game of exceptional promise, in which you create your own mythology by playing.
- The Oculus price was announced – millions of wallets suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.
- You should probably wait for the Vive anyway, sez Tom.
- Here’s the trailer for the VR stealth game we mention, called Budget Cuts.
- Master Spy is a punishing platformer about stealth.
- Awesome Games Done Quick happened! There are lots of videos. Find the ones we mentioned here.
- Apparently someone did a No Gold Pacifist run of Spelunky.
- Kingdom is a sidescrolling citybuilder that Tom F enjoyed but will likely never play again.
- Nuclear Throne is a top-down shooter that Tom F is intermittently very angry about but seemingly can’t stop playing.
- Rainbow Six: Siege is GOTY for all past and future years, according to Marsh’s erratic whim.
- Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a MOBA which seems intent on releasing parts of itself into Early Access in exactly the wrong order.
- Pony Island is a funny, weird game about a crap arcade game possessed by a demon.
- Tom’s infamous “Plan B” Gal Civ diary is temporarily lost to us thanks to CVG’s demise, but you can still read his earlier Gal Civ diary in which he plays a slightly less pacifist race of space bunnies.
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