The Great Videogame Comment Amnesty →
The world is increasingly full of rage about videogames and the videogames industry. It has to express that rage all the time, in every possible place. Many are distressed by it. Many just wish they didn’t have to hear all the noise when they’re trying to read about something else on a website, forum or social network. But stopping that rage is simply not possible. An infinite engine...
Seeking a programmer for a cat-based game project
UPDATE: I’ve heard from a few very interesting people now, so I’ll see what comes of that. So no need to get in touch for the time being at least, and many thanks for your time and interest. Hello! I never use this blog, but this is too long and complicated for Twitter, so I’ll dust it off. I’ve always wanted to make a game. Hell, I even did make a couple back in the...
My favourite games of the year (so far) (for no...
1. XCOM 2. Hotline Miami 3. FTL 4. Dishonored 5. Legend Of Grimrock So there. I was also very fond of: Stacking*, Analogue: A Hate Story, Dear Esther, Iron Brigade*, Call of Cthulu the Wasted Land, Spec Ops: The Line, The Walking Dead & Thirty Flights Of Loving, but I don’t know what kind of a number I’d put in front of them. *Only made it to PC, and thus me, this year
What would the Alec Meer solo project look like?
“I’m working on that novel.” “I’m making that videogame.” “I’m writing that screenplay.” At least one of the above *has* to happen before I’m 35, or I’ll never forgive myself. Ask me anything. As long as it’s not about maths.
What was your favourite thing about The Elder...
The last dwarf is a phenomenal vignette, but the city built inside the skeleton of an enormous crab is my touchstone when I’m trying to sell the game to someone. God, I miss that Bethesda. What happened to ‘em? Ask me anything. As long as it’s not about maths.
Is there anything you'd like to specifically...
I need to learn brevity. Ask me anything. As long as it’s not about maths.
If you had to introduce someone who'd never played...
Peggle has worked beautifully on two nongaming girlfriends so far. Never doubt Peggle’s power. Ask me anything. As long as it’s not about maths.
Why, when you appear to be very handsome on video,...
I am often startled and usually gnomic. And always unphotogenic. Ask me anything. As long as it’s not about maths.
What was the best press trip you've been on?
Far Cry, Coburg, Germany, circa 2002. Being very politely asked by a nice German developer to please stop repeatedly shooting an NPC in the crotch and giggling at the physics. Podium dancing to vanilla ice. Incredible beer. My first encounter with a Republican. A man in a catsuit sadly showing a room full of people his genital piercing. Being dared to ask the Yerli brothers if they could possibly...
Is it still worth shooting for games journalism...
Good writers find a way: opportunity remains. Just don’t fall prey to thinking that magazines are the way in: they’re beautiful ghosts, sure, but they’re nonetheless ghosts. Ask me anything. As long as it’s not about maths.
Do you like London? And why!
‘Like’ doesn’t come into it. It’s everything a capital should be, for better or worse. Britain without it would be impossible. I suspect I won’t be in it for much longer, however. Ask me anything. As long as it’s not about maths.
What's the worst urge you've felt as a direct...
To paint my car yellow, after playing GTA 3 and thinking the yellow cars looked nicest. Ask me anything. As long as it’s not about maths.
The Fat Boy
His sweaty red face contorted into an animal snarl, he jabbed a Doc Marten-booted foot into my shin at speed. I staggered a little, but didn’t fall or cry out. Every muscle I had was clenched, and my fourteen-year-old mind a storm of fear and rage. But I didn’t cry out. I knew this bully couldn’t best me. He wasn’t strong enough and he wasn’t fast enough to seriously damage my frail...
Notes On A Tiny Scandal
‘Deus Ex 3 is PC exclusive’, say Bit-tech. ‘Oh no it’s not’, say Eidos. ‘Let us never speak of this again’, say Bit-tech, who duly remove all reference to the story, as though it never happened. The internet catches on fire regardless. This post isn’t about any particular post that resulted from that, just a general sadness about the spread of...
Space Hulk. Geek-love. And my copy should be arriving soon, after an epic quest and a drunken moment that almost saw me spend £180 on ebay. I didn’t, rest assured.
Three Frames →
Putting on my serious face to talk about the... →
Horribly/pleasingly lurid bootleg Transformers →
The Game Crafter: note to self, use this. →
Oh Jesus. Just found a lost disc full of stuff written for PC Format in 2001. It’s like my 22-year-old self repeatedly spitting in my face
A shave, a haircut, and a very serious think about whether I’m doing the...
Will I break a finger if I vent my stroppiness by repeatedly punching the bag of compost in the garden? I don’t want another broken finger.
I also need somewhere crasheable in Brighton on Weds night. Havnae planned for Develop at all…
Agent Loaf returns: http://bit.ly/15Dmjz
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I’ve discovered that listening to 40 consecutive Eddie Cochran songs causes a man to lose his mind. Highly enjoyable until around #25, mind
Irked by WoW ad on RPS: “it’s not a game. It’s a world.” No, you ditched the ‘world’ element in favour of pandering to people who like stats
Also, as Jim reminds me, the full landmass of WoW is only about the size of Newcastle. Geddem, trades descriptions!
Electric bike amplifies effort you put in by 50x, can hit 50mph. Want.