Tiger Woods Will Embed Himself Anywhere

By Alec Meer on January 25th, 2010 at 11:03 pm.

unpleasant hole-based pun #65

That is the first Tiger Woods gag I’ve ever made, anywhere, for the record – I’m entitled to at least one after these longs weeks of respectful silence, surely?

It’s made in reference to what’s a surprise move by EA, and a big ol’ happy event for the Unity engine. Which, just to remind the slowpokes, is a pretty darn beefy 3D game engine capable of running inside a browser. In this case, to power full-blown golf sim Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. Yeah, Disgraced Sex Pest Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. Get over it. The last word’s the important bit.

The game’s creators must be cursing the titular character’s recent pants-free errors, but that doesn’t serve to diminish how impressive Unity’s muscle can be when someone throws money at it. It’s rather pretty, and its controls are overcomplicated and bafflingly abstracted from the reality of hitting a ball with a stick, in the way that serious golf sims tend to be. Whatever happened to the whole swing the mouse back and forward like the arc of a club thing, anyway? Was that deemed too silly?

Currently, it exists in two states – a demo you can play immediately and with a minimum of clicks (so long as you already have Unity installed; it’s a snap to setup even if you haven’t) and a multi-map, multiplayer-enabled, vaguely MMO-like and socially networked open beta which requires jumping through several sign-up hoops first.

What the latter eventually blossoms into remains to be seen – will it be a traditional paid game, a subscription-based affair, or funded by micropayments and/or advertising? It’s a fairly bold move for staid old EA in a way, and a hint of what we’re in for once the major publishers start to accept that online and digital really is the way forward for PC gaming. This is seriously impressive on a technical level. You’d be pretty teed off HAHA I SAID TEE LIKE IN GOLF if you bought a 2010 game from a shop, or Steam etc with graphics like this, but it really does look super given everything’s streamed and in-browser, and it’s seems incredibly quick at downloading/loading too.

Can’t wait to see this kind of budget on this kind of tech applied to a genre I’m interested in – or even a sparkier take on golf, frankly. Just because I don’t especially care for the game doesn’t mean I don’t think this is an amazing achievement, though.

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18 Comments »

    • PleasingFungus says:

      That was random. Also, a decade old.

      (It was a good game a decade ago, but… hm. Perhaps discussion of Mr. Woods is more appropriate here.)

      (Unless you’re making some obscure pun, in which case, carry on.)

    • LewieP says:

      They are pretty similar games.

  1. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    I’ve never paid for a golf game in my life (not counting the demos Links LS series, built-in Golf in my Samsung (pretty slick actually) and such..), so I might check this out..

  2. ascagnel says:

    That link at the end isn’t a link, its just text.

  3. Krondonian says:

    You can press ‘T’ to toggle ‘true swing’, otherwise known as ‘fun mode’: now you can swing the mouse back and forward like the arc of a club :).

  4. ChaosSmurf says:

    Surely “Tiger Woods: Multiple Playa”?

  5. donaldduck says:

    This is fantastic. Seems pretty true to the console versions. Any idea of what it’ll cost?

  6. The Dark One says:

    As long as they’re more intuitive than bowling in GTA IV with a mouse/keyboard setup.

  7. Heliocentric says:

    The game “golf?” is the ultimate golf game. You can play multiplayer and screw around in the golf car while the other player takes their shot.

    Isn’t that all we really want?

  8. MD says:

    “Whatever happened to the whole swing the mouse back and forward like the arc of a club thing, anyway?”

    It’s still an option, just not the defeault. Hit ‘T’ to enable it.

    • MD says:

      Sorry, should have read the other comments. Also, my monster seems to have changed. I kind of miss the old guy.

  9. Leelad says:

    Stunning!! Really is. Golf might not float your boat but i’m liking that they quake live platform has been applied here.

    I’m actually thinking that Nadeo could do something quite special with TrackMaina and this browsery engine thingy.They deserve some good revenue and this could be something that makes it for them.

    As for the game itself truely impressed. Really appreciate this being brought to my attention

  10. joseph says:

    “Whatever happened to the whole swing the mouse back and forward like the arc of a club thing, anyway? Was that deemed too silly?”

    People are just retarded.