It’s an unusual Sunday in many ways. I sit in Comrade Rossignol’s front room, belly full with the fruit of the pig with men in cars on the television. But while the situation may be unusual, I still have a familiar task ahead of me. To compile a list of some of the smarter and most enthralling links I found this week for you to read while relaxing, and trying not to link to a video of a sadly-missed San Diego revue-punk bands.
- You may wonder what goes through a developer’s mind as they stand on the edge of release. Well, Cliffski writes for Bit-Tech about his feelings in the days leading up to Kudos 2’s release. There, there. It’s all over now. Except for patches and stuff, obv.
- Penny Arcade are hosting a series of columns where a series of luminaries talk about an area which is all too often left undiscussed in the modern PC Gaming landscape – Piracy and DRM. Kotaku’s Brian Crecente, Ex-Shacknews splendid-Journalist Chris Remo and Three Rings developer Daniel James have a little head think about the topic.
- Spore and Civ4’s Soren Johnson reprints his old Game Developer piece on the seven rules of strategy games. This is all good stuff, and worth thinking abouty – but I still want to write a riposte piece, as I think there’s a crucial element he’s missing which his rules would entirely annihilate. But you should read it in case I don’t get around to it. It’s a busy week, after all.
- Nate Ralph of Wired writes about the importance of GTA4 to the PC and Games for Window. Interestingly, since I added it to my document, it appears to have been toned down considerably, which is a tad annoying as I wanted to have a good old rant about it.
- This is a content-over-form one. Massively write about Eve Online’s server model, focusing on the difficulties of the enormous server bank required to keep this one-game-one-world set up going.
- Actually, for those of you who’ve been charmed by Kudos 2’s visual style, you may be interested to hear that a preview of artist Jamie McKelvie’s new comic – PHONOGRAM: THE SINGLES CLUB – is online. Looks good if you… oh, who am I fooling.
- Rocket’s from the Crypt – Born in ’69. Miss you guys!