“Smile if you love Lemmings!”
Ah, it feels great to be writing about a game so burned into my skull. Normally I would re-visit an old game before doing a ‘Flashback’ on it – making sure I remember it well enough. Not necessary this time. These little idiots with their green mushroom-cuts were a pretty integral part of my childhood, were fairly consistently referenced by my sister and I. This was probably, in most part, because of the preference my friends and I had at the time for our own hair to be cut into mushrooms.
First of all, It’s only suiting that my review of Duke Nukem Forver is late.
To those of you living on Mars, Duke Nukem Forever was in development from 1996 until it was released in 2011 (Although to be fair, im sure even Martians know this).
I remember everyone debating the possibility of the game being bad, but I kept saying “Even if it IS bad, it’s Duke friggin Nukem. I know that I’m gonna like it regardless”; I had no idea what hot water I was getting myself into.
“Live has been successful on the Windows Phone. Live will be built into the PC. It will be the service where you get your entertainment. We were talking about it — you will not just see consoles and handhelds at this show next year, this show’s going to morph into other devices.” – Microsoft VP of Global Marketing Mike Delman
I played a lot of games as a kid, but there were a few games during my rat bastard childhood that just had me glued to my computer ANYTIME i was “home sick from school”. These are games that basically raised me. Many dinners got cold next to my keyboard and mouse. Many errands were missed, though to be fair, i didnt really run “errands” as a kid.
I can still hear my dads voice booming down the stairs “David!, let someone else use the computer!”. Now keep in mind this was pre year 2000; the only other reason to use a computer was for ICQ or mIRC accounts, so I didnt see why anyone but me would even need it.
These are my top 10 pre Y2K PC games
So Dave and I have recently been trying out Terraria, and if you’re wondering why we’ve had so few posts in the last week, it’s because we are both addicted at this point. Terraria, a PC game available on Valve’s Steam service, is 2D Minecraft. I didn’t want to portray Terraria in this way, but there’s no avoiding it, it is completely based on Minecraft. I’m not going to explain how Minecraft works in this post (I’ll save the basics for the review), but Minecraft – and by virtue of its shameless emulation – Terraria are sandbox games. Tasked with doing nothing more than you want to, you’ll merrily chop away at pixelated blocks of dirt and stone to gain materials to craft awesome weapon and armor items. You can also craft all manner of decorative items to build your own little house, or in our case giant castle. Those are the core elements of the gameplay, but there is so much more. Read the rest of this entry
Mode 7 Games‘ Frozen Synapse is a turn-based-strategy game for PC and Mac that focuses solely on tactics and does away with base-building. I’m a huge turn-based-strategy and asynchronous multiplayer fan, so I’ve been really hyped on this game for a while now (Rock Paper Shotgun‘s coverage of the game got me really excited). I finally got my hands on the game last week, and I’m happy to report that Frozen Synapse is everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s like playing with little army men when you were 5 years old all over again.
My interest in Nidhogg started when it was shown at the Games Developer Conference last year. It’s a PC game with retro graphics and music. It’s a 2 player (on the same keyboard) game where you have sword battle. The goal is to run as far as you can towards your enemies side of the screen. If you defeat your enemy, you get a few seconds to cross as much distance as you can before the dead player respawns. If you reach the next screen, the opposing player will respawn. As far as I can tell, the goal is to try to make past as many screens as you can, but I don’t know what happens when you win. Oh yeah, you can also THROW YOUR SWORD. We don’t have a firm release date, but until then here is Nidhogg’s second trailer: