Back when I was 17, I took a chance on a CD single I found in a record shop where I'd wait for my bus home from sixth form. The song was called Birthday and it was by a band called The Julie Dolphin. No, you won't have heard of them. I was an awful indie kid. The mid-90s was the golden age for kids like me. We were emboldened by the rise of grunge and Britpop was about to explode. I say 'we'. Truth is, I lived in the countryside outside Ipswich and few of my friends were into music, which meant that my music lived entirely between myself, what the NME told me to think, and the few CDs I could afford. But I was fiercely protective of a taste I'd cultivated for nearly a whole year. So, knowing The Julie Dolphin were extremely obscure and finding Birthday (an enthusiastic blend of My Bloody Valentine (who I'd yet to listen to) and Pixies (a friend wore their T-shirt)) pleasantly jangly, I ordered a copy of Lit, their first and as it turned out only album. I was so proud. I'd discovered a … [Read more...] about Can you discover games for yourself in the algorithmic age?
Why celebrate valentine day
You have got to hand it to Epic Games. Despite Fortnite: Battle Royale being plagued by frequent spurts of server downtime over the last few weeks, the studio continues to run at a breakneck pace when it comes to embellishing the game with new content and updates, most of which are free for everyone to enjoy. Last week, we got the Valentines’ Day crossbow, and Epic laid out an exciting state of development roadmap for the future, detailing 6 changes coming to Battle Royale that already have us doing our best victory dance. Today’s update, which is now live and playable, brings a host of new tweaks and goodies to the mix, on top of a special surprise for any PS4 players who want to express their true and blue colours with a touch more pizazz. Read more 12 things I wish I knew before playing Fortnite: Battle Royale The impulse grenade is a new projectile weapon that knocks both enemies and allies into the air if they’re caught within its explosion … [Read more...] about Free PS Plus costumes, impulse grenades, and more have arrived in Fortnite: Battle Royale, with today’s big update now live
Given that today's the day so many people celebrate Valentine's Day, organizers of the 2018 Game Developers Conference thought it might be fun to highlight some of the great talks taking place at the conference next month which tackle the tricky topics of how to handle love, lust, and friendship in the games you make. Some of these are tongue-in-cheek suggestions, while others are earnest explorations of how to write great relationships into your work, but all promise to be both fun and informative. For example, veteran game writer and narrative designer Michelle Clough is coming back to GDC this year to deliver a great talk at the Game Narrative Summit on "Eros in Play: Writing and Designing Sex Scenes (Part 2)." A follow-up to her successful talk in a similar vein at last year's show, this talk aims to offer a more detailed examination of crafting emotional, erotic, and impactful sex scenes in games. If you stay awhile and listen to Clough's talk, you should come away … [Read more...] about Enjoy this Valentine’s Day-themed look at a few great GDC 2018 talks!
Video: Tim Tracy | Design: Collin Oguro- posted Feb 14, 2006 Some people might argue that the closer you get to video games, the farther you get from having a normal love life. But that's only because those people don't know that some pretty powerful romantic relationships have been portrayed in video games over the years. OK, so watching two people get all lovey-dovey in-game is no substitute for the real thing, but that doesn't mean the love of two game characters can't teach you valuable lessons about what to do, and in many cases, what not to do, and perhaps most importantly, whether or not you should totally beat up your twin brother. Without an equivalent to the "romantic comedy" movie in the video game world, love stories have popped up in a number of different genres, and sometimes in the most unlikely places. Most notably found in adventure games and RPGs, love can also be found in brawler, action adventure, and platforming games. And, like the love stories told in … [Read more...] about Great Loves
Bungie may be preparing to bring back Crimson Days next month to give players the opportunity to share love and romance with their significant others in Destiny 2. The return of the seasonal event is based on the discovery of new ornaments by a data miner (via Gamerant) in the lines of code. While the prospect of giving exotic weapons a new unique look does not directly translate into the joyous holiday-themed activity, many of the icons attached to the new ornaments suggest that Cupid is readying his love-filled quiver. Crimson Days was a time-limited event from the days of the first installment that ran during the week of Valentine’s Day in February. The usage of past tense is because Bungie cancelled the seasonal event last year to give the development team additional time to work on Destiny 2. With the sequel out and running, there is no reason why the event should still be locked away. Crimson Days brought a new player-versus-player (PvP) playlist called Crimson Doubles … [Read more...] about Destiny 2 Might Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Crimson Days Event