Posts Tagged ‘Irrational’

To 3 Mins 29 Secs And Beyond: Bioshock: Infinite In Action

By Alec Meer on December 10th, 2012.

No I'm not going to say anything about the professional cosplayer either
We’ve seen sad news that the next Bioshock will NO LONGER BE RELEASED ON MY BIRTHDAY GODDAMNIT WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD AM I BEING PUNISHED FOR SOMETHING I AM NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ANYTHING NICE IT’S SO UNFAIR I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU and we’ve seen Uncle Ken chatting about the game, but what we haven’t seen for a while is a big chunk of in-Infinite footage. I’m off to play the game tomorrow and will report back with findings shortly thereafter, but in the meantime the noisy death of popular culture that was the VGAs brought some new stuff for us all to look at with our human eyeballs.

The VGAs being the VGAs, it’s primarily shooting-men-in-the-face centric, but it does afford a good look at enemies, weapons and powers, as well as just what Elizabeth gets up to while the player’s busy attacking people will bullets, rockets and crows.
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Cognition: Bioshock Infinite’s Industrial Revolution

By Adam Smith on October 22nd, 2012.

The Dishonored pre-order ‘incentives’ incited my blood to boil by appearing to chop parts of the game off and deliver them piecemeal, but when I played the game I was so content that my blood remained at a comfortable, non-volatile temperature throughout. I don’t think any of the preposterous packages can have done very much at all. Bioshock: Infinite is now offering a means to earn in-game rewards before its February release and I expect and hope that they will turn out to be similarly unnecessary. While it’s essential to pre-order to begin the process of unlocking bonuses for a game that isn’t out for almost half a year, there is a nifty puzzle game tied to the promotion. Industrial Revolution is available now to anyone with a pre-order.

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Bioshock Infinite And The Beast of America

By Jim Rossignol on October 22nd, 2012.


Bioshock Infinite has seen a few high-profile members of the team leave of late, but that doesn’t seem to have caused it to waver from its February 26th release date. The latest trailer shows off happenings of light and fury, with lots of combat. The skyline, Elizabeth, and the Handyman baddy feature heavily. If the original Bioshock was a colourful and visually offbeat shooter, then we’ll need to dust off rarely used 19th-century adjectives for this one. Go take a look.
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Logic Problems? Logic Solutions: ir/iational

By John Walker on July 25th, 2012.

It tastes like oxygen?

A good understanding of the logic of logic seems like something that should be taught in schools. Along with tax returns, how to fight a bear, and English punctuation. As discovered by Eurogamer’s Ellie Gibson this week, ir/rational is a game that broaches the thought through topic of logic in a – strange way.

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Techno-Logic: ir/rational Redux

By Adam Smith on July 9th, 2012.

From the writer of Penumbra

A man is trapped in a room with a machine playing a browser game about a man trapped in a room with a machine. The first man, the one who actually exists, then notices that another man wrote about the same game, ir/rational, nearly three years ago. He continues to write about it anyway because it contains nifty logic puzzles, darkly amusing writing from Penumbra scribe Tom Jubert and has been reduxed so hard it looks and sounds brand new. Go try it.

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BioShock Infinite Out Oct 16th US, 19th Internationally

By Craig Pearson on March 1st, 2012.

October 19th! October 19th! October 19th!
In the RPS “When is BioShock Infinite Out?” sweepstakes, Jim Chose Oct 17th, John Oct 18th, Alec Oct 20th, Adam Oct 21st, and I swung in with September 19th 7019. It turns out none of us have particularly well-defined psychic powers, and I was WAY off: mark October 19th down on your calendar as “National BioShock Infinite release day”. That sweet trailer from December is below, to soothe your beating hearts.
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Levine On… Bias, Trust, SWAT & Tennis

By Alec Meer on January 24th, 2012.

Elizabeth is very sad because she won't get to play any tennis today

Yesterday, we brought you Ken Levine’s explanation of BioShock: Infinite’s 1999 mode. The response was, perhaps inevitably, divided. Here’s the second part of my chat with him, in which he anticipates that, as well as addressing the fact he can only offer a biased opinion of his game, the problem with out of context headlines, tennis in BioShock, why SWAT 4 would have been a very different game under his stewardship and, yes, why “if you’re a reader on Rock, Paper, Shotgun, you are sophisticated enough to not listen to what Ken Levine says.”

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You’re Going To Suffer: Levine On 1999 Mode

By Alec Meer on January 23rd, 2012.

Not Ken Levine. At least, I don't believe so. Haven't seen him in person since Freedom Force days.

Late last week, Irrational announced 1999 mode for BioShock: Infinite – an attempt to recapture the sense of binding decisions, permanent consequences and hard-as-nails challenge that we perhaps associate with a lost era of gaming. In this first of a two-part interview, I nattered to avuncular Irrational bossman Ken Levine about why they came up with 1999 Mode, what it entails, why it’s a very different prospect to simply a ‘hard’ difficulty setting, why he doesn’t want non-hardcore gamers playing that mode, and whether or not it’s a reaction to disappointment about BioShock from System Shock fans.
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BioShock: Infinite – I Find It Kind Of Sad

By Alec Meer on December 11th, 2011.

Press X to end starvation

Straight from the Gears of War / Mad World school of ironic juxtaposition-based maudlin marketing, this new vidotrail for BioShock: Infinite features EXPLOSIVE ACTION set against someone singing unhappily. It’s quite affecting, I’ll give it that, but I think we’ll need someone to do the excruciatingly dedicated frame-by-frame analysis thing to identify exactly what new stuff we’re seeing.
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Rational Discourse: Levine And Del Toro

By Adam Smith on November 18th, 2011.

Guillermo Del Toro: "videogames are the bridge to the future of genre narrative"

Do you enjoy conversation between passionate individuals? If so, the recent Irrational Interview featuring Ken Levine and Guillermo Del Toro is a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an hour of your day. The Mexican author/director is working on a horror game and the first part of this audio was posted on Halloween so I expected a focus on spooky happenings but the conversation is much more wide-ranging. There is some discussion of monsters but mostly it’s two men discussing the joy of the creative process, as well as the frustrations that can arise in the film and game industries.

Del Toro is frank as ever, at one point describing working on projects with no personal interest as like trying to “fuck without a boner”. He does swear a lot. Ken slowly warms to the idea of this navvy-like behavior and by the end they’re both at it. Two parts. Downloads here and here.

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Card Hunter: Irrational Co-Founder Goes Solo

By Alec Meer on July 20th, 2011.

The danger of a phrase like ‘Irrational Co-Founder’ is a bunch of people will probably presume you’re talking about Ken Levine. So let’s get that clear up-front: this is not a post about Ken Levine. This is a post about another founder member of System Shock 2/BioShock developers Irrational. Jon Chey has been with the studio since the very start, and prior to that did a stint at god-factory Looking Glass – so he’s someone you should take an interest in. Lately, he’s been heading up the former Aussie wing of Irrational, rebranded as 2K Australia and which did a bunch of the work on BioShock 2 and the upcoming XCOM (I know, I know) – but now he’s going it alone as an indie dev named Blu Manchu. The first project puts board games, card games, browser games, RPGs and strategy games into a blender, so he’s not exactly starting off small.
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