"I have a constant fear that something's always near." -Iron Maiden
Whether you’re trapped in a dark elevator shaft, cornered near an air duct, or just plain surrounded by zombies, only a handful of game designers have stimulated that dark-fearing, claustrophobic child within all of us. Scaring your audience is one of the hardest things to do as a designer – gamers are a giddy bunch: constantly giggling at twitching corpse glitches and missing limbs, the task itself is a scarier prospect than the execution. The games that truly frighten us don’t need the fanciest graphics, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accomplish.
TaleWorlds released a new update for Mount & Blade: Warband today, adding a duel mode due to high demand. The user base has been duelling based purely on an 'honor system,' - if two people are in a fight, don't go kill them both (tempting as it may be), but the new patch implements pure 1v1 duels without interruption. Duel mode supports up to 64 players.
We swear constantly. When you’re in a server full of belligerent scrubs, you can’t just tell them to “stop right now, otherwise I’ll trace your IP (which you won’t) and kick your ass" (which might be 6’15” and bench a VW). It doesn’t work like that here – this is the Internet, a place where men are kids the age of twelve, women are “women”, and anyone seeding a torrent or claiming to be under eighteen is an FBI agent. It’s a different world here; the inability to act accordingly results in paramount grief. So what do you do?
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The only magazine capable of relating seafaring pirates to your gaming splendor has returned, and this time, with booty. You need to hoard the cash (and the cache) for gaming excellence, and nothing is more excellent than spending a weak $498 on a new rig (for those of you getting the calculators out, that’s nine games). Time to dig up that pirate’s treasure from your backyard, let’s take a look at these parts.
APB: All Points Bulletin received poor reviews right from the start, in part due to the excessive number of severe defects shipped with the game, the balance and matchmaking, and general frustrations. Luckily, the developers are listening to us (kind of), and they've responded with a large list of fixes to be released in the 1.3 patch. According to Neil Castle, you can look forward to these fixes and enhancements:
It's a phrase I picked up while working as a test technician at a large computing company, but was most often spoken with sarcastic undertones. A phrase coined with the intent of mocking heedless higher-ups exhibiting a careless disregard for bugs found during the test cycle. Unfortunately, the same words can be applied to any gaming company – but most often the larger, corporate types: “ship it!”
EA unceasingly flaunts defective titles as a prime example of what not to do, expressly with the company's recent manifestation of a 'ship it now, fix it later' mentality. If a particular game design concept is in vogue, provided that clever marketing reinforces it, hype will naturally ascend to a point where the gaming populace wants it now. Just as no rock star would deny an audience his presence, no large publishing conglomerate would withhold a game of such desire. There are exclusions to this statement – most prominently Blizzard, known for their tongue-in-cheek “it'll be done when it's done” release dates, but not everyone is so immune to the entrancing allure of money (usually in the form of millions). This post will examine the reasoning behind far-too-early releases, and more importantly, how you can protect yourself from becoming the owner of a shiny $50 coaster.
Drawn-out summer days have been interfering with midnight gaming for decades, with little protecting gamers from inevitably venturing into the light. Do not drift into that light! It is said that many never return the same (if they return at all). However, you have naught to fear, for Gamers Nexus brings you reason to stay within the confines of your castle, where the steady hum of your rig is ever-present. Actually, we brought you fourteen reasons in eight flavors.
Thanks to the support and generosity of our favorite small game developers, we have an inbox full of redemption codes ready to be dished out to rightful owners and pwners alike. Check out the list below to see what's available in our contest, and more importantly, how to win!
There used to be a time when every sprite in a game was very clearly pixelated, and believe it or not, some artists and developers planned for their limitations. At least, that's what Toru Iwatani did for the original creation Pac-Man. See the concept art after the jump.
You are on a gaming website, reading an article about gamers, and likely admiring the box art on the left side of the screen (made you look). You are a gamer, a part of a special breed and a member of a unique subculture. We're outfitted with our own language, often varying between the hardcore and the forumites; our own traditions, including April fools site overhauls, t-bagging, griefing, and rick-rolling; we even have a code, sort of the unspoken laws of the Internet: don't hack, don't speak of piracy on official forums, don't spam friends when they scrim, and depending on what platform you game on, for some unfortunate reason, flame all who speak of competing consoles. But what does it actually mean to be a 'gamer'?
Dreamhack 2004 - Source: Wikipedia.org
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