My Mighty Norrathian Mercenary
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 1:15 pm
Mercenaries became part of EverQuest with the Seeds of Destruction expansion, which came out back in late 2008.  So as a feature they have been around for a bit over a decade, or more than half of the life of the game. However, at that time and going

Double Fine's radioactive adventure 'Rad' arrives this summer
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 12:40 pm

Tim Schafer and Lee Petty of Double Fine Productions made a short appearance on Nintendo's Nindies Showcase today to help introduce a new rock-flavored action game. And no, it's not Brutal Legend 2. Instead, it's a new property titled Rad, which follows a young man as he swings a baseball bat through an irradiated wasteland.

'Stranger Things 3: The Game' arrives alongside the show on July 4th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 12:48 pm

When the Duffer Brothers said Stranger Things 3: The Game would tie in with the third season of the Netflix series, they weren't kidding. Bonus XP's suitably retro beat-em-up is due to launch on the Switch (and most likely other platforms) on July 4th, or the same day Stranger Things 3 is available to stream. The title has you playing one of 12 protagonists from the series and battling through events from the show, including the Starcourt Mall that has been at the center of Netflix's teasers from day one.

Source: Nintendo of America (Twitter)

'Cadence of Hyrule' for Switch puts a Zelda spin on an indie classic
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 12:57 pm

Hyrule is about to get down. Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (what a mouthful) is heading to the Nintendo Switch this spring. It's a top-down 2D roguelike that infuses the universe of The Legend of Zelda into the rhythmic world of beloved 2015 indie game Crypt of the NecroDancer.

Source: Nintendo

Epic Games has 250 million 'Fortnite' players and a lot of plans
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 1:20 pm

When Tim Sweeney built ZZT in 1991, he didn't know how to program graphics. Instead of coding actual characters and objects into his game, he used text symbols, and the main character was simply a smiley face trailing across the screen.

"That included both a game goal, and just running through levels and shooting monsters," Sweeney told Engadget at the Game Developers Conference. "It also included an editor so everybody could build their own levels."

'Detroit', 'Heavy Rain' and 'Beyond' will hit the Epic Games Store
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 1:20 pm

Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain are all making their way to PC for the first time in 2019 through the Epic Games Store. To date, the games have only been available on PlayStation 3 and/or PS4. The Quantic Dream titles are a bit of a coup for Epic as it takes aim at the likes of Steam, though Epic had plenty of other news about its store at GDC, including a Humble Bundle partnership and deals for upcoming games.

Disney revives Lucasfilm Games as EA flounders with 'Star Wars'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 2:03 pm

There hasn't been a Lucasfilm Games-badged release since before 1991's Monkey Island 2, but that isn't stopping Disney from resurrecting the classic label. The company recently posted several job listings for producers and marketers under the Lucasfilm Games badge, all of whom would oversee the development of games based on "Lucasfilm IP" like Star Wars. The team plans to support a wide range of platforms that could include living room consoles, PCs, smartphones and "AR/VR platforms."

Via: PCGamesN

Source: Disney Careers

'Nuclear Throne' and other Vlambeer games come to the Switch
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 2:21 pm

Vlambeer hasn't really had a presence on the Switch, but it's rectifying that in very short order. The indie studio is bringing three titles to Nintendo's current console, starting immediately with Nuclear Throne. While the top-down wasteland shooter is largely unchanged from what you've seen before, that's not a bad thing if you like its Robotron-meets-post-apocalypse vibe.

Source: Nintendo (YouTube 1), (2)

Work In Progress
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 November 2016, 4:11 am
Working some things out. Hope to post the Mobhunter archives soon.

Happy Holidays!
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 December 2016, 11:45 am
I hope all of you have a safe and happy Christmas, or whatever holiday you may be celebrating!

What’s the Point of This?
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 January 2017, 1:49 am
I went to the trouble of fiddling with a new blog look, so I might as well do something with it. But what? Were I to focus this blog on game design, as Mobhunter (sort of) was, I’d never publish anything–the last several years are evidence of this. Why? In part because I don’t have […]

I Am Not Alone in My Slothiness
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2017, 1:00 am
I happened to look through a folder of old bookmarks I had tucked away, and stumbled upon a plethora of blogs I used to follow back in the day. Clicking through the links, I found a number of old favorites still active, but also noted that many of the writers I avidly followed haven’t posted […]

A Seat at the Table
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2017, 1:16 pm
GDC is always a mixed bag of usefulness and frustration. There are great sessions to hear and participate in, but also disappointments and stinkers. While writing in video games is kind of my thing, I don’t typically find value in attending the narrative roundtables. The useful bits and helpful advice tend to get overshadowed, at least for […]

The Blog Graveyard
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2018, 7:48 pm
Finding myself with a little time to kill this weekend, I began clicking through various bookmark folders in my browser. The most cluttered of these was “Blogs”, a list of a few dozen gaming sites I used to check with some regularity. This folder has stayed by my side for going on two decades. It […]

Twenty Years of EQ
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 March 2019, 4:53 pm
My career in games is based on a series of unplanned events. My story is hardly unique in that regard. But at the foundation of all of them all rests a single name: EverQuest. And on this twentieth anniversary of its release, it’s only right that I send it a birthday card. Since high school, […]

Canny Apex Legends have figured out a way to get crafting materials from levelling up the Battle Pass instead of loot boxes: by pretending to be in Belgium, a country which has cracked down on loot boxes. This results in a slightly smaller overall reward but materials do let players craft specific skins rather than […]

Apex Legends update [Season 1] – Apex Legends Season 1 patch notes analysed
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 11:00 am
Season 1 of Apex Legends has arrived, bringing with it a variety of long-awaited features. Our Apex Legends patch notes and update guide will walk you through all of the changes that Season 1 has brought with it, from the introduction of the Battle Pass and the new character Octane to much-needed quality of life […]

The Division 2 best builds – LMG build
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 11:02 am
So you’re now into the World Tiers in The Division 2. What’s most likely is that you’re now in a position to mix and match your gear into optimal builds. Not much is known about the best builds in The Division 2, given that the game has only been out for a short time. However, […]

Best gaming mouse 2019: Top wired and wireless mice
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 11:15 am
With so many different gaming mice to choose from these days, trying to find the best gaming mouse can be difficult. Not only have you got to find one that’s comfortable and fits your hand, but it’s also got to be the right weight and not cost the earth. Fortunately, I’ve gathered all my top […]

Apex Legends characters [inc. Octane] – abilities, hitboxes, top tips for each Legend
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 12:09 pm
Season 1 of Apex Legends has brought with it a new character: the High-Speed Daredevil that is Octane, the ninth Legend in Apex Legends’ formidable roster. So we thought it high time to revisit our Apex Legends characters guide and refill it with thoughts, tips and tricks on each Legend in turn, comparing their strengths, […]

The Division 2 brand sets – full brand set list
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 12:24 pm
When looting all the gear in The Division 2, you may have noticed that some of them have special bonuses that are applied when equipped. These are brand sets and their bonuses get better and better as you equip more items from the same brand of clothing. But you may want to have a full […]

You may have heard that Apex Legends, the recent slide-n-shoot battle royale from Respawn, is a pretty damn good game. And now that Season 1 has been released, it looks set to be even damn good-er than before. Certainly enough for me to spend hundreds of hours collating the below 100 top Apex Legends tips […]

Leaked memo promises major Xbox streaming news at E3
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 10:40 am

Google had some major news on the gaming front Tuesday when it announced Stadia, its game-streaming service. Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer was among those who paid attention to Google's event, and he was quick to remind his team Stadia wasn't the only big-name upcoming game streaming project. "Google went big today and we have a couple of months until E3 when we will go big," he wrote in an internal email obtained by Thurrott.

Via: The Verge

Source: Thurrott

The new Oculus Rift S arrives this spring for $399
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 11:40 am

Oculus announced at GDC today that an updated version of its Rift virtual reality headset is on the way this spring. Oculus Rift S will cost $399, an increase of $50 from the Rift, while it's set to offer improved resolution and the same integrated audio system as the Quest (which is also debuting in the spring) and Go headsets.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Oculus

AIs are better gamers than us, but that’s OK
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 March 2019, 12:00 pm

We're only just beginning to scratch the surface of what artificial intelligence is capable of, from medical advancements to movie recommendations. Despite AI being a potential goldmine of help to humanity, even the greatest minds are partial to the odd spout of fear-mongering. The robots are coming to take our jobs, overthrow humanity, enslave us and the like. Skynet is but a dystopian dream at this point in time, but in some ways, AI is already winning. It's beating us at some of our favorite games, from Go to StarCraft II. Machine has begun to best man, but that's a good thing... honest.

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