"It has been complex due to the release of Spintires and future plans," Fellas says when I ask why Oovee hasn't declared its earnings. Fellas goes on to blame "future plans" and "accounting procedures", including the risk of "double taxation", all of which "took time to resolve". Fellas doesn't go into detail about any of these. As for Saxton & Co., Fellas states it is just a holding company, and any transferral of funds means Oovee's money still exists - "just in a higher company". Importantly, it is a company which does not yet have to declare its finances. "I have to say we were not as quick to deal with this as we should have been," he offers. … [Read more...] about The bumpy road of Spintires development
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Somewhere else is Spintires' home turf, in fact. This isn't a racing game, and it's barely a driving game. It's a car game, in that it's a game in which you play a car. You inhabit that car. You become that car. This matters, because a sense of transformation, of becoming somebody else, is one of the first things so many games squander, isn't it? The moment you mantle and you don't feel the creaking in your arms, the moment you look down and you don't see your legs. Spintires squanders nothing. You are the car. Don't peer in through the mud-splattered windshield, because you know for a fact that there's nobody in there. You are the chassis. You are the axles and the juddering gears. Most of all, you are the wheels, the tires, the roots that clutch. (T.S. Eliot was fond of the shift from third to fourth too.) … [Read more...] about Games of 2014: Spintires
That's exactly what she did. While tinkering with OBS, Everett accidentally turned on the stream. Suddenly, thousands of Twitch users got a notification that the official Warframe channel was live, but when they tuned in, all they saw was a static image saying the stream would be starting soon and the sound of an Animal Crossing YouTube video in the background. "So it was like a 'starting soon' screen with an Animal Crossing video in the background for like six minutes and [people were] like, what is this? I was mortified that I had done that because I had no idea what it was doing. I couldn't sleep that night." … [Read more...] about What it’s like running one of the world’s biggest multiplayer games during quarantine
Alan Dexter: Half-Life: Alyx has been the cause of a few interesting home-based accidents. The subtle art of tossing a grenade has led to overhead lamp shade being smashed not once, but twice. Witnessing my son do exactly the same thing at roughly the same point of the game made me realise it clearly wasn't my fault. I also managed to take a chunk out of a door while trying to integrate a grenade into the combine ranks, which hurt me far more than the door. VR, it's dangerous. … [Read more...] about What’s your worst gaming-related injury?