Along with all of the good that Humble Bundle already brings to the table, they additionally offer players the chance to snatch up a medley of video games for a whopping $12 the first Friday of every month by becoming a subscriber. Varying from popular titles to indie games you’ve probably never heard of, Humble Monthly generates a diverse curated bundle to help establish the most paramount game libraries. In addition, every subscriber automatically receives 10% off titles in the Humble Store. You can’t beat the facts, folks—that’s one heck of a deal.Humble Monthly teased us with three more stellar games in the form of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Northgard and Absolver. Tactics, strategy, and reflexes tickled our minds while waiting for the fateful day where the other games would unlock. Once the day came, we were met with brainteasers, peaceful and stylistic games, and pure history. Every game in this batch is interesting in different ways and your brains … [Read more...] about April 2019 Humble Monthly Overview: Food for the Mind
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TAMPA, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area. When: 7:10 p.m.Where: Tropicana Field at Cost: Click here for ticket information Info: The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Baltimore Orioles for a 3-game weekend series at Tropicana Field! First pitch is Friday night at 7:10 p.m. When: 8 p.m.Where: Carol Morsani Hall at 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, TampaCost: $17.75Info: In honor of Memorial Day, the orchestra salutes the American spirit, with music from America’s greatest popular composers, from John Philip Sousa to John Williams. When: 8 p.m.Where: Tampa Improv at 1600 East 8th Ave C-112, TampaCost: $20Info: Tony has entertained audiences in some of the nation’s hottest comedy arenas including Caroline’s, The Boston Comedy Club in New York City, The Peppermint Lounge in New Jersey and many more! He also tours the country playing theatres and areas as part … [Read more...] about What’s happening in Tampa Bay this Memorial Day weekend?
Frostpunk is the best game I've played this year (my review is here), a blend of city-building, survival, and society simulation. After a recent chat with 11 Bit Studios, the developers of the tense survival sim, I was sent some lovely concept art for the game's characters, buildings, and setting, which you can see below. To enlarge the images, click the upper right hand corner. I've also provided links to full size images.Inside the factoryIn Frostpunk you get to construct all sorts of buildings—houses, factories, workshops, temples, and other facilities—but you never get to see inside them. That's why I love this artist's rendering of the inside of a factory. You can see automatons being built—automatons being towering coal-powered robots that can take the place of a team of human workers, and can even be put in charge of operating the factories themselves.See if full size here.Scouting partyNot all of Frostpunk takes place in your city. You can (and in fact must) … [Read more...] about Here’s some chilly Frostpunk concept art
Over the past 20 years, Tetsuya Mizuguchi has seen his development studios shrink at a dramatic rate. When he started a team for Sega in the ’90s, United Game Artists, he oversaw around 100 people. When he left a few years later to form an independent studio, Q Entertainment, that number dropped to around 17. With his current setup, the number has sunk as far as it can go: Mizuguchi is the only full-time employee. His story isn’t a fall from grace, though. His latest game, musical shooter Rez Infinite, was one of the top-rated early VR titles, made money and won multiple awards. And the team that worked on it wasn’t as small as the numbers suggest — most just weren’t full-time. Mizuguchi is part of a growing group of game developers experimenting with a different way of working, a sort of extreme version of outsourcing. He runs what some call a “concept team,” a small, independent group that generates game ideas and designs, and then partners … [Read more...] about Directing from the sidelines
The first time Taylor Kurosaki and Bob Rafei saw a running PlayStation, they were in a Las Vegas hotel room. It was the 1995 Consumer Electronics Show. They, along with the company they worked for, Naughty Dog, were being given a behind-closed-doors look at Sony's first foray into the game console industry. When they describe the event now, they use words like "inspiring" and "enthralled" and phrases like "blown away." They didn't know it at the time, but the members of Naughty Dog in that room — Kurosaki, Rafei and co-founders Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin — were looking at the system that would host the team's next game: Crash Bandicoot. They were seeing the console their company would eventually create the unofficial mascot for — the console they would develop Naughty Dog's first smash hit for. It was Kurosaki and Rafei's second day with the company. Naughty Dog released Crash Bandicoot for Sony's original PlayStation in September 1996. In it, the team took an old … [Read more...] about Crash Bandicoot: An oral history