Posts Tagged ‘Starbound’

Should Have Sent An Accountant: Starbound Sells A Million

The giant brain world: would not go there.

So it turns out a lot of you like games about exploration and building things. Who knew? Starbound, the game that let’s you do that while travelling a universe of alien planets, has sold a million copies. That’s not bad for a game that only came out on December 4th.
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Twinkle, Twinkle: Starbound’s Future Is Looking Bright

I'm so entranced by the vast beauty of space that I've nearly forgotten about my impending doom by explosive decompression.

Starbound is finally playable by the unwashed masses, and it’s already so magnificent that even the washed masses became unwashed masses after sitting transfixed by its exploratory glow for days. But this is just a beta test, and even then it’s only on phase one of three. There’s much more to come. Space combat! Planet-sized dungeons! A not-quite-so-mean difficulty curve! Why, someday I imagine we’ll even be able to build Starbound inside Starbound. Actually, who’s to say we haven’t done it already, that everything you see in front of you is nothing but a hyper-elaborate Starbound simulation? You’ll never escape from voxel games. You are a voxel game.

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Impressions: Starbound

Starbound is a procedurally-generated universe, where you have a ship, a star-map, and an infinite number of planets to visit and plunder. It is a game that makes almost no definition between single and multiplayer, allowing you to bring your character across the void and back again, visiting the same places online and offline, and sharing those worlds with friends. Its first beta just welcomed weary travelers, and though it is missing a framework that would make it an easier game to follow, the foundation is strong. I’ve spent the weekend exploring the stars.
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Life Is Beta: Starbound Out Today

For what seems like years and years and *checks torn calendar pages* years (it was actually Feb 2012), the Starbound website has mockingly invited us to Play Starbound. But we couldn’t play, could we? It was not out, yet. That unfulfilled entreaty caused me to go into a bit of a emotional loop, where I’d click the site, get sad, leave, and then click it again. I’m doing it right now, but only as a final hurrah. The first part of the Starbound beta is out today. To whet your loins and gird your appetite, there is a trailer below.
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Starbound is Betabound, Landing Around Dec 4th

If ‘arrangements go through with Steam’, Starbound’s first beta will be available around December 4th. I’ve opened a can of fizz in celebration of the fact because Starbound’s procedural planets and penguins look splendid, and December 4th isn’t much more than a week away. Instead of counting down the days until Christmas, I’m going to start counting the days until Starbound, even if it might not be quite as punctual as Daddy Jesus Claus.

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Starbound Beta Starting ‘Soon,’ Unfolding In Three Phases

I'm pretty sure that trees species' closest genetic relative is the squid.

Humanity seems more prone than ever to heart-pulverizing squabbles and disgusting, knock-down-drag-out wars these days, but at least we can all agree on one thing: we really, really want Starbound to come out already. The wait for the Terraria-alike to end all Terraria-alikes has become unbearable, so you should be happy to hear that you won’t have to bear it for much longer. Starbound’s first beta is officially on the horizon, with developer Chucklefish gleefully chucking around words like “soon” and “really not very far off now.” More importantly, they’ve outlined how exactly the beta’s various phases are going to play out. If you’re hoping to join, this is probably required reading.

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Elastic Dreams: Starbound’s Grappling Hook

I am in danger of becoming over-excited about Starbound, but it looks so darned charming. If it were a baby, it would have dimples and would giggle at everything, and my girlfriend wouldn’t want to spend anytime with it in case I end up broody. Today’s over-excited squee from me comes from the reveal of the grappling hook technology. It’s a first-look, so there’s a lot that needs tweaked and fixed, but grappling hooks, people! Hooks that grapple! There’s a video of it below, as well as an hour-and-a-half playthrough with the developers.
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The Next Hour Is Starbound Hour

I’m very sad: there are people out there playing Starbound and they are not me, and unless you part of the development team, some of the Yogscast, or an evil hacker, then they are most likely not you. Are you sad, too? Would that sadness you’re feeling to end? I can’t really help with that, because a hug from another sad person is usually wet and broken. Best I can do is post an hour of footage of the game and fake a smile. This is taken from a presentation at Insomnia Gaming Festival, where three of the internet’s popular Let’s Players gave the first proper public demonstration of the space-faring co-op adventure game.
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Two (Yes Two!) Starbound Videos For You

I always feel like I’m playing catch-up on Monday mornings. Game news doesn’t stop, so I have to hop back and make sure we didn’t miss anything. But after drinking irradiated orange juice, I accidentally overshot the weekend by about three weeks. So here I am in the past, where everything is black and white and people are riding dinosaurs. Instead of abusing my position as a person unstuck in time, I am going to blog about Starbound. RPS missed this first video of Chucklefish’s space adventure game, so I can post it without causing a paradox and ripping the universe a new timehole.
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Space Jam In Starbound

Play that funky music, space boy.
I’m still waiting for Starbound to be released, and I blame David Bowie. If he hadn’t gone to space to make an album of space lounge songs with Flight of the Conchords, the Starbound developers wouldn’t have spent the time and effort to try and ape him. So instead of playing the game right now, which is what definitely would be happening if David Bowie didn’t exist, all I have to show you is a video of the latest crafting items that they’ve made for the game: musical instruments. After a long day Starbounding, if you just want to relax with friends, maybe pick up an instrument and have a “jam”, you totally can.
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