I want to try something new here – I often see things on the web that I think are interesting and relevant for this blog, but don’t actually deserve a post of their own, mostly because I try to keep the posts mostly about what I do, not about what other people do. However, there are some things I really think anyone interested in what I do might also be interested in. So I’ll just make a “cool stuff on the web” post once in a while.
1. A computer science / media research guy from a Danish university created something a little different with an FPS engine. It’s called “First Person Victim“, and it puts you in 1st person view of a person in a city under attack, but instead of taking a gun and fighting the enemies, you’re pretty much helpless. While it’s more an educational tool than a game, I always like people who do things with FPS engines other than “take a gun and shoot everyone”.
2. I recently downloaded the demo version of “Analogue: A Hate Story“, the first Ren’Py game I ever tried. While I’m not a fan of the visual novel genre, it made me realize that Ren’Py does have some interesting potential for gaming mechanics, and even though it’s community seems more interested in visual novels, there’s no reason not to try something else. Another thing I might try sometime.
And by the way, if you do like visual novels – this one seems pretty well written. But it costs more than I would spend on a novel.
3. Last week I filled a major hole in my gaming education, and finally played a Call of Duty game (Modern Warfare 1). My conclusion, a little surprisingly – it’s an awesome game. I agree with the many who say they (and I mean generally the leading, huge budget games, not specifically CoD) put ridiculous amount of resources in graphics, and can’t innovate anything because they need to be accessible to everyone etc. – but still, there are things that huge amount of people with a huge budget can do very well. The gameplay feels perfectly balanced, and it’s an extremely fun game. Makes me realize that I don’t actually dislike FPS games like I thought, I just dislike ultra-fast arena style FPS games.
4. I love hearing game developers talking about how they made their game. I especially love it when they are hilarious people. And do you know who’s hilarious? The guys who made Magicka.
That’s it for now.