Last Tuesday I got food poisoning, and while it wasn’t life-changing, it certainly provided an opportunity to renew my appreciation for material comforts and life in a developed country. If you’re reading this, chances are you enjoy similar privileges. There’s a game out there that provides another opportunity for thanksgiving – without the porcelain worship. It’s called Fate of the World: Tipping Point, and for both educators and gamers willing to invest time in massive-scale simulators, it’s worth a visit. Continue Reading
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is gritty. Whoever suggested GTA: Pleasantville at Rockstar’s brainstorming conference didn’t get the thumbs up. You’re Huang Lee, orphaned, fresh off the boat, full of initiative, and a little too trusting. It’s chaos from the start, as the writers here don’t hesitate to end the lives of characters you’ve only just met. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will share that my expectations of which persona would fit into which cookie-cutter roles were quickly deceived.
In 2005, some will remember, film critic Roger Ebert provided a spark to the debate of games as art by labeling the form “inherently inferior to film and literature,” all because they lack “authorial control.” In other words, art can only be consumed by subordinate eyes and ears, not guided by thumbs. Continue Reading
Ever played EA’s Future Cop: L.A.PD.? Props if you did. A rundown if you didn’t: you’re an expensive pilot in the Los Angeles of 2098. Crime is legion, and you shift between two forms – mech and hovercar – to saunter deep into gang territory, dishing out instantaneous death sentences as you go. The backdrop had some serious swagger too, courtesy of the cutscenes. Somehow this third-person shooter failed to sell. Continue Reading
The juicy bits were plentiful in a recent interview between DigitalFoundry and Tim Willits, the creative director behind id Software. Unfortunately it ended on the sobering note that Xbox 360 users of the upcoming Rage would face a three-disc package. While that means loads of content, it also means that… well… you’ll have to get off the coach sometimes. Ah, the hardships of the wasteland. Continue Reading