Sundays are for heading into the Catacombs beneath Paris with thoughts of Deus Ex on my mind, seeing a smidgen of mass in Notre Dame before supping tea whilst overlooking a panoramic view of the city by the Seine. Okay, that may be just me. And maybe just today. But I’ll stop showing off and compile a list of interesting reading from across the week and strive to not include a link to something sound-based entirely unrelated to PC Games.
- Paradox Interactive’s Frederik Wester talks to Gamasutra about (well) Paradox Interactive. Proper company-model stuff, and very much the sort of space which this blog likes to see people exploring. Meanwhile, C&VG do a profile of Creative Assembly leading up to the release of Empire. Which frankly, I’m getting a little antsy over.
- While we’re talking Gamasutra, the oft-brilliant Chris Remo did an article about the new old wave of pc games. Yet again, this is what we’re all about.
- CrispyGamer with a Dead Space post-mortem. I still wonder whether this will do a Prince of Persia – as in, transform initially underwhelming sales success into a mass property on the second incarnation.
- I haven’t had a chance to actually read this properly yet, but frankly David Kidd over at Trembling Hand is getting linked for writing an article about how the second law of thermodynamics is core to the appeal of Left 4 Dead. Bravisimo. Calling out to all hard-science/videogame cut-up artistes.
- One of the more publicly interesting elements of Tom Bramwell’s second year of ruling Eurogamer has been the use of the Editorial blog, which seems to be Tom doing a 1-UP-esque attempt at transparency. Well, kinda 1-UP esque – it’s the only model of actually professional journalists using the blogging model for that sort of thing I can think of. This time, he talks about the concept of exclusive reviews following 9/10ing Killzone 2.
- Point/Counterpoint. Tom Chick on 5 ways MMOs are broken. Lum the mad on 5 ways Tom’s take on MMOs is broken.
- Iroquois Pliskin writes about videogames he’s hallucinated whilst sick with ultraflu. Has anyone else ever hallucinated a videogame, readers? Closest I came was when in hospital once and had semi-lucid monstrous visual hallucinations straight out of Silent Hill (though could hear the normal world around me). I wasn’t very well, as you may surmise, but my emotional state was annoyance rather than fear. Just stop being there! You’re annoying me.
- Actually, no pop music, but a quick plug for my favourite new comics podcast, House to Astonish. Paul O’Brien (The X-Axis) and Al Kennedy (Ninth Art) yabber on all things demi-mainstream in comics with a barely detectable Scottish twang. Yay them! Also, while we’re talking, how many people out there have Spotify? I’m thinking about starting to include Spotify links here.