When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to enjoy a handful of seasons racing karts. For a short while, I thought it might even lead somewhere: my first race, around a featureless corner of a disused air station in Cambridgeshire, saw a class victory (in a class of two, mind, my sole competitor an 8-year-old who, his dad told me, still thought he was Batman in his Batmobile chasing down the Joker when he was behind the wheel). Even then, by the time my next race came around at Hertfordshire's Rye House I thought I was the real deal, and well on my way to future glory. And I did alright, leading the first half dozen laps of the final until a little kid on his debut sporting a bright red helmet dived past going into the final esses. Afterwards I went to offer my congratulations on his success, just as his dad was packing up the kart into their beaten-up trailer. I think I might have been slightly patronising. "You'll do okay," I, a veteran of two whole races, said. At least I got that part … [Read more...] about Can video games save motorsport?
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Well hi, hello and how do you do? There's just one last festive tradition to tick off the list before we resume work for the new year, and it's the finest tradition of them all - the Eurogamer reader's top 50 games of the year! 2018 was a fascinating, diverse year for new games, and your list beautifully reflects that - as do your comments. Thank you so much for taking part, and see you all again soon! 50. Sonic Mania Plus What we said: "Mania takes everything that was memorable about Sega's pioneering 2D platformers - that joy in momentum always teetering on the brink of disaster, the deranged magnificence of those levels, the mournful bassnote as poor, faithful Tails stampedes into all the traps you've just triggered in passing - and rejuvenates it, to the point where you can only put down the pad in astonishment. Sonic the Hedgehog happened, everybody. "He's supposed to be all washed up - gaming's Birdman, a balding, leather-jacketed C-lister they wheel on whenever some Mario … [Read more...] about Eurogamer readers’ top 50 games of 2018
Is there something about space games in particular that causes developers to fall out with one another to the extent that it's deemed necessary to dispatch a squadron of legal vipers to sort things out? They've darted between David Braben and his one-time Elite co-pilot Ian Bell, and were once turned on his old publisher, Gametek. Outspoken space sim creator Derek Smart had a dust-up with the same publisher, long before he made it his mission to discredit Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts and his efforts on Star Citizen. A little less fiery but no less combustible is the stand-off between the original creators of Star Control and current IP owner Stardock, who last month were firing words like "rights", "permission" and "trademark" across one another's bow. Things have gone quiet since, but only because a couple of legal away teams are probably engaged in a bout of judicial kal-if-fee, for which universal translators are set to impenetrable. To use contemporary presidential … [Read more...] about The galactic tussle at the heart of Star Control: Origins