One of the greatest classics from the arcade golden age is being adapted into a board game. Space Invaders – The Board Game has just launched on Kickstarter, and, as of this time of writing, it’s already pretty close to achieving its $45,000 goal, with 30 days to go. The game is being developed as a partnership of Square Enix Holdings subsidiary TAITO Corporation, the creator and copyright holder of Space Invaders, and 612 Entertainment, a cross-media entertainment production company founded in 2017 by entertainment and media industry veterans. The announcement also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original 1978 Space Invaders.Space Invaders – The Board Game will be available as a standard and as a numbered collector’s edition. Both will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign. The board game incorporates today’s popular deckbuilding mechanics and combines them with a more traditional strategy board game, allowing 2-4 players to … [Read more...] about Space Invaders
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As a veteran of multiple console launches at Sony and Microsoft, Phil Harrison has been doing this for the better part of 30 years. By “this,” I mean sitting in a hotel room, being interviewed by a reporter about an Exciting New Thing, answering questions without really giving much away. In the course of my allotted 30 minute interview with Harrison, I (along with compadre Chris Plante) learned a few things about Google Stadia, a new streaming platform for gaming, that we hadn’t learned at Tuesday’s conference. But mostly, interviewing him is a useful, enjoyable exercise, in that it’s an opportunity to air the discourse, to shake out the conversation and hang it on the washing line. It’s not game journalist hyperbole to suggest that Stadia is a really big deal. Potentially, it’s the death knell of everything we know about console games, about hardware generations and the hierarchy of platform holders, publishers, developers, media, and … [Read more...] about Google Stadia: Phil Harrison answers our biggest questions
The sci-fi RPG series Starpoint Gemini will return later this year with Starpoint Gemini 3, a new game featuring 3D interactive NPCs (a first for the series), new systems to explore, "a deep character skill system," and ADAH, a new shipboard "digital consciousness" that will join you on your journey. According to the dev, you'll "fight, explore, take quests from various characters, visit stations across the universe, freelance, level-up, upgrade your ship, and very likely do some, well, illegal stuff," in an open universe you can explore as they wish, including through new "out-of-ship drone control and exploration." Ships can be customized via a modular upgrading system, and of course there will be plenty of space combat to keep things hopping. "Starpoint Gemini 3 is something new, and we're excited to offer you fresh and different experience this time," developer LGM Games said. "It will be a chance to know and feel our Universe like never before." There's not much in … [Read more...] about Starpoint Gemini 3 will bring us more singleplayer space combat this year
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Brp brp brp brp. Brp-brp brp-brp. Brp-brp-brp-brp-brp-brp-brp-brp. BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BRP. The dauntless descent of these extraterrestrial hordes was impressive in 1978. And it’s still a good timewaster today. As for its alien foes, they probably deserve to conquer the planet. It’s not like we’ve done anything particularly good since the late seventies. Maybe the creation of the internet? No, absolutely nothing worthwhile. Luckily for the Invadophile, an updated version, Space Invaders Extreme, is out today on Steam. Would you like to see what Space Invaders is like today? I lied! That’s not what it looks like today at all. That’s what it looks like 10 years ago on handheld consoles – the PSP and Nintendo DS – which is where this cacophonous imposter first appeared. But this is Space Invaders. It’s hard to keep … [Read more...] about Have You Played… Space Invaders?
Taito Corporation announced today that Space Invaders Extreme and Groove Coaster would be invading the PC community next month. According to the game’s official Steam Page, to celebrate the game’s 40th anniversary, Space Invaders will launch on PC via Steam sometime next month. Additionally, Space Invaders Extreme’s store page, as well as its PC configuration requirements, are now up. Space Invaders Extreme is an updated version of the critically-acclaimed 1978 title. Initially, the title was released back in mid-2008 for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox Live Arcade to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Space Invaders release. Aside from updated graphics, visuals, and interactive sound, the Steam version also includes a brand new World Ranking System for Arcade Mode, as well as Leaderboards and Steam Achievements. While the invader-themed rhythm title, Groove Coaster currently does not have a launch window, the … [Read more...] about Space Invaders Extreme and Groove Coaster Invade PCs Next Month