We’ve already covered the design behind the all-new robot hacking system, and now for the main course: the hacks themselves! The entire initial set is complete and ready for Beta 7, all 65 of them :D I’ll be talking about most hacks in this post, and you’ll notice their names follow a certain pattern throughout--all composed of two words, a verb followed by a noun, separated by an underscore in between. Essentially “verb_noun.” This style was chosen to clearly distinguish them from machine hacks. By default Cogmind uses a small-caps typeface so this choice may not be apparent right away from the screenshots I use here, nor does it really matter in game, but it matters for discussion outside the game. Using a consistent format will make robot hacks immediately identifiable in conversation, even if someone has never heard of a given hack before. There are several possible requirements for robot hacks, as described in the previous post. The vast majority of … [Read more...] about 65 Robot Hacks
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Subscribe to Retro GamerRetro Gamer is an award-winning monthly magazine dedicated to classic games, with in-depth features from across gaming history. You can subscribe in print or digital no matter where you are by clicking this link. This month's cover feature is Street Fighter—check out the amazing cover here.Every couple of weeks we feature a new guest article from our friends at Retro Gamer magazine, with their permission. This week, it's the history of Championship Manager and Football Manager, originally published in issue 178 in February 2018. The series once known as Championship Manager, now Football Manager, turned 25 years old in 2017—but its story begins further back than that, in 1985. Two brothers, Paul and Oliver ‘Ov’ Collyer, decided to try and make their own game of soccer management from their Shropshire home. “We were playing the other games—League Division One, Mexico ‘86, the sort of international version of it, and … [Read more...] about The history of Championship Manager and Football Manager
Westworld Season 2 has been surprisingly slow so far, compared with Season 1. Bernard has been piecing events together, while Dolores is making her way to The Valley Beyond. In Season 2, Episode 4, "The Riddle of the Sphinx," Bernard investigated a secret lab with Elsie (who's alive--yay!) and last week's mystery woman turned out to be William's daughter, Emily. But let's not gloss over the extraordinary revelation: Delos, under William's guidance, has been trying to recreate actual people, memories, tics, and all, as android hosts.Or, more specifically, they've been making a person. Jim Delos died decades earlier than the show's present, but some version of him--an endless succession of twisted, twitching golems--has been alive in a secret lab under Westworld for all the intervening years. William has been working for 30 years to perfect the technology to make a being who's more than a host, but less than a person. And he failed.Undoubtedly this is William's "greatest mistake," as he … [Read more...] about Westworld Season 2, Episode 4 Review: Westworld’s “True Purpose” Revealed?
AROUND 50,000 Minecraft players have been exposed to a computer virus that wipes a machine's hard drive and deletes backup data and programs. The malicious software is attached to the downloadable "skins" that can change the look of a player's character in the game. These add-ons are available on the Minecraft website, potentially putting the game's entire user base of 74million players in harm's way. Cyber-security software-maker Avast told The Sun that it's been in touch with Minecraft developer Mojang, and is working to fix the exploit. The company says it blocked 14,500 infection attempts in the last ten days alone. Avast notes that Minecraft's largest demographic of 15 to 21-year-old players (who account for 43 per cent of its user base) are particularly susceptible to the hack. "The bad actors may have looked to capitalize on a more vulnerable group of unsuspecting users that play a game trusted by parents and guardians," said the company. We've reached out to Mojang with … [Read more...] about Minecraft players warned over terrifying hack that could wipe your computer
Just last week I put out Cogmind’s tenth alpha release, and as we speed towards the end of the open alpha period, now is a good opportunity to look back at the very deliberate pattern behind the development of each release, a repeating cycle that has continued for over a year now. And not just development itself, either--I’ll also be describing how I use social media in parallel with this process, because that outreach and interaction with the community is important to growing and maintaining the audience necessary to drive a successful indie game (i.e. anything not backed by advertising dollars where you can basically just pay for your potential audience). Hopefully by sharing my approach here, other game devs might learn something useful, and players will better understand what goes on behind the scenes while waiting around for a new major version to drop :D Assuming no special circumstances or interference from external factors, I aim for one major alpha release every … [Read more...] about The Alpha Release Cycle: Running a Successful EA Program