Mike Laidlaw can still remember his first day at BioWare, even though it was over 15 years ago. He even remembers the date he answered the phone and found out he had got the job: 23rd December 2002. Laidlaw was used to answering the phone; at the time he was working at Bell, Canada's largest telecommunications company, in the province of Ontario. When Laidlaw first joined Bell's call centre, he worked the phones. Later, he got promoted to lead a team on the phones, "which was somehow way worse than being on the phones," Laidlaw told me last March, the day after his star turn at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. "I went in and said, I'm sorry, I'm quitting. I'm not coming in tomorrow. They said, 'you can't quit two days before Christmas! If you quit you'll never work here again!' I said, 'that is pretty much the plan, yes.' So I walked out, and a bunch of people high-fived me because - yay! - I got out."We're upstairs at Zero Zero, a pizza and pasta place just a 10-minute … [Read more...] about Being the boss of Dragon Age
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My history with the Steins;Gate series begins with the first anime years ago. I watched and watched — getting so confused that I actually pulled up the Wiki for the game and anime and had an episode-by-episode guide to the terminology of the games so that I could understand what in the holy heck-a-moly was going down in this weird, weird science-fiction story. And then it hit me: I loved Steins;Gate. So, I played the first game, and I loved it. And now, I’ve been given the opportunity to take a close look at Steins;Gate 0‘s PC port, which will be coming to eager series fans May 8, 2018. Thanks for supporting my addiction to heartbreaking tragedies and needlessly complicated storylines, DualShockers and Spike Chunsoft! Let’s start out with what you are all wondering: Steins;Gate 0 makes an excellent transition to PC and is your chance to play one of the best visual novels from one of the best visual novel series from the comfort of … [Read more...] about Steins;Gate 0 is Still One of the Best VN’s Available, Three Years Later
File photo: The first recovered Atari cartridge and packaging recovered from the old Alamogordo landfill are shown in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Wilson) Some of the best video games ever were made ages ago. Super Metroid, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, and hundreds of other amazing games were produced for platforms that don't really exist anymore. They were made for systems that used cartridges and PCs that ran Windows 95. Some have aged well and some haven't, but they've all made their mark on video game history. Unfortunately, you can't easily play them in their original forms on current systems. Consoles stopped using cartridges many moons ago, and what worked on Pentium-era Windows 95 PCs baffle Core i7-era Windows 10 machines. Add an unsettling trend of dismissiveness in archiving classic games and you run into the very real risk that some of the best video games ever will some day be lost, or remain just out of reach. Fortunately, you have … [Read more...] about How to play retro video games
Like its source material, Steven Spielberg’s dystopian virtual reality adventure Ready Player One is steeped in references to pop culture from the past century, from King Kong to Donkey Kong. We already know that the film based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 book includes cameos drawn from source material like Back to the Future, Halo, Hello Kitty, The Iron Giant, Overwatch and Gundam, but is Knack — PlayStation’s Knack — in the movie? There have been published reports that Knack, star of PlayStation 4 launch game Knack and last year’s Knack 2, will appear in the chaotic battle scenes of Ready Player One. He’s apparently joined by characters from other PlayStation properties like Kratos from God of War, Nathan Drake from Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy, according to pre-release reports. But the movie’s wiki, hosted by Fandom, is currently on lockdown because of vandalism. Fans and trolls have battled via the wiki about Ready Player … [Read more...] about Is Knack really in the Ready Player One movie?
Asymmetrical multiplayer slash-'em-up Dead by Daylight is getting a new DLC expansion today, this time inspired by cinematic movie juggernaut Saw. Dead by Daylight's eighth major expansion, known simply as The Saw Chapter, includes a new killer, a new survivor, and a new map, all of which should be familiar to Saw fans. On the killer front, the Saw expansion introduces The Pig - otherwise known as Jigsaw's accomplice Amanda Young, in the series' frequently seen pig mask. Not quite as iconic as Dead by Daylight's previous cinematic additions Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, or Michael Myers, but still probably not something you'd want to run into on the way home. Playing as The Pig, killers gain the ability to place the movies' infamous Reverse Bear Traps on survivors, adding to the already significant stresses of a match. The Pig also introduces three new killer perks: Hangman's Trick prevents tampering and permanent damage to hooks (and alerts the killer to sabotage attempts), … [Read more...] about Dead by Daylight’s latest cinematic serial killer expansion is Saw-themed