Round-up: Hipster Garbage

Its arguable that Valves greatest achievement wasnt Half-Life 2, but the amount of vitriol generated when they created the Steam Tags system. All sorts of games were cruelly tagged as the system opened up, with no title escaping the bitterness of Steams crowds of teenage old vandals. Despite Valve suppressing the offensive tags, two attendees at the Develop Conference in Brighton last week admitted that their games had been tagged as Hipster Bullshit on Steam.

Enter The Author: The Move to Literary Games

I was the writer on a game (http://pandora.proxy-studios.com/). Like many writers in games, I wasn’t brought in at the start, but towards the end of the project. My job was to provide a backstory, dialogue, characters, and descriptions for everything in the game. All of which the game had managed perfectly well without until quite close to release. And, to be honest, this was a more word-heavy, creative game than many out there.

State of Play: Kingdom Builders

The kingdom or city builder genre is all about giving players godlike power to shape a realm however they like, and hopefully enable it to survive. The realm itself doesnâ??t matter so much, though differing settings give you wildly different objectives - the aim of Theme Park, for example was to massively increase the salt on your cheap fries so that everyone was forced to buy your horribly overpriced soft drinks. Or at least that was the way I played it. After all, they can't call you megalomaniac, if you really are in charge. ...

The Golden Age of Simulations is Now

Look at that title. What hubris, to call the modern day a Golden Age! Sceptical scientists out there will argue that games are neither valuable nor chemically inert enough to justify such a moniker. Yet, when I think of the simulation games of my childhood, huddled in the realistically-cast shadow of more exciting, more gamesy games, modern sims have come a huge way. ...

Democracy 3 now in beta / pre-orders

Democracy 3 is the ultimate political strategy game! A game that puts you in the role of President or Prime Minister. Can you keep the population happy, whilst simultaneously fixing your country's problems and getting the economy back on track? www.positech.co.uk

The Red Solstice is up for sale!

As of 16th of August 20:00 GMT + 1, 2013, The Red Solstice is available for purchase in its alpha stage on www.theredsolstice.com After some 5+ years in the making, the first title by an independent game development studio from Croatia, Ironward, is made available to the public via their own website.

The Red Solstice is a strategic, team-based action shooter from the top-down perspective with a strong focus on unique and cooperative multi-player. Check out the game at www.theredsolstice.com

The Red Solstice Alpha Gameplay - First Look...

The Red Solstice is a strategic, team-based action shooter from the top-down perspective with a strong focus on unique and cooperative multi-player. It is set in humanity's dark, final hours on a lonely, isolated Mars colony. It's one of those rare games that go beyond standard cooperative games in which players only need to watch for friendly fire and item setup. The game is being developed by Croatian developers 'Ironward'. You can find out more about the game at the developer's website here: www.theredsolstice.com

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REDSHIRT Design talk May 2013

THE MAKING OF FROZEN SYNAPSE: Red

As old-school PC gamers, we used to love the box-product mentality of the "expansion pack" - a big load of diverse (sometimes fairly wacky) content which transformed the base game. The modern DLC drip-feed approach can work really well in certain games, and there's obviously nothing wrong with it fundamentally, but FS was always about delivering a huge payload of stuff in one go ...

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