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5 years ago

Feature: Dependence Day

Interview: Oculus’ Luckey Promises Big Pre-Facebook

Now here's a weird thing: when the news broke that Facebook had suddenly made Oculus VR's reality much, much greener, you want to know what I was doing? Transcribing a last-day-of-GDC interview with... Oculus Rift's resident wonderchild, Palmer Luckey. In retrospect, he almost certainly knew his company would be under Facebook's globe-spanning blue umbrella come Tuesday, but that obviously never came up. Instead, Luckey spoke…

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6 years ago

ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK

ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK no, I know that guy didn't find it funny the first time today so I'll stop now. But! There is a sequel to Robot Unicorn Attack, the most important videogame ever to feature an Erasure…

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7 years ago

Feature: SimCity Simpressions

SimCity Social Casts Net Wide, Ends Up Simple

SimCity Social's open beta first really started bothering me when I stopped playing it. And not for the reason you might think. Someone called me on the phone while I was poking around and still mourning the fact that "OppressionVille" was too big for the city name field, so I looked away from my burgeoning burg for, oh, 15 minutes. When I returned, nothing had changed.…

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EA Closes The Book On Dragon Age Legends

Alec didn't care for Dragon Age Legends too terribly much, and apparently, neither did most of you. As such, to be perfectly honest, it's no great tragedy to hear that the Facebook-friend-unfriendly spin-off is headed for the big server farm in the sky. Unsurprisingly - especially given EA's previous track record with these things - the legend of Legends has hit the end of the…

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Gaikai Lets You Shoot A Man In The Face On Facebook

I'm writing this in one tab as a tractor is idling away in another, and it's not even a webgame: right now I have Farming Simulator 2011 running on Facebook, via Gaikai. That's kind of neat. The cloud-streaming service is hosting seven demos of PC games, with five available in Europe and (Magicka, Sniper - Ghost Warrior, The Witcher 2 - Assassins of Kings, Orcs…

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Feature: Hovering A Mouse Over A Teenage Girl

Impressions: Prom Week

I just got Chloe a date with Doug, and now I’m manipulating the emotions of a high-school Prom judge. This is sick. Prom Week’s plots are raging, emotional torrents of cruelty, humiliation and, if you’re inclined, affection. If you’re old enough to look back on youth as a learning experience, making a teenager insult someone so their enemy becomes your friend has that horrible air…

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Microtransacting The Fridge: Indy Facebook

I was nosing at Uncharted 3 on the playbox last night (professional curiosity!), marvelling at its graphics and likeable characters but becoming exasperated at its extreme train-track constraints, and its acrobatic adventures had me yearning for another good Indiana Jones game. A character who doesn't say too much but when he does it's gold; a character who doesn't immediately die if he jumps from the…

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Are There Any Good Facebook Games?

I had a fun weekend blowing the minds of distant relatives by showing them that the PC can actually run games better than the Xbox. They were pretty sceptical, but a brief trip through hi-resolution land later and they were nodding along amiably. I tried to show my teenage cousin the stealthy, choice-rich excitements of DXHR, too, but he wasn't convinced. "I just use my…

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8 years ago

To Arms: King’s Bounty Legions Open Beta

King's Bounty: Legions, the "the fighting bits" Facebook version of the King's Bounty series, is now in open beta. Which means if you weren't one of our lucky subscribers who got access to the closed beta, even you can play. Yes, we instinctively sneer because of the word "Facebook", but the day is coming when a perfectly decent selection of games will be on it,…

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King’s Bounty: Legions Starts Invite Beta

As we mentioned back in May, King's Bounty: Legions, the Facebook incarnation of the well loved RPG/TBS series, has now begun its invite-only beta test. The game, licensed from 1C and developed by Russian developers KranX Productions, has access to all the assets created by creators Katauri Interactive. But the original developers are not otherwise involved. The "freemium" game can now be accessed by those…

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Words With Friends Will Eat The World

Facebook games struggle to make an appearance on RPS without a boo-hiss from the crowd, but this one bears a little more patience. Words With Friends - owned by but not created by FarmVille frighteners Zynga - was a quiet giant on mobile platforms, due to basically being a persistent, online, score-based, multiplayer Scrabble, geared towards play with chums'n'family. Now it's on its way to…

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King’s Bounty Joins Facebook

RPS favourite King's Bounty, as revived by Katauri Interactive, has been providing us with huge amounts of fun over the last few years. It even gave Alec a wife. Albeit a dead one. So it's with confusion that we meet news that publishers Nival have licensed the game from 1C and had a different team create a Facebook version: King's Bounty: Legions. We're genetically programmed…

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Attention Seeking: Deus Ex 3 Asset Nonsense

If I were Square Enix, and I were planning a promotion for Deus Ex 3, I might just avoid something where I ask gamers to unlock the results. Just for a couple more weeks, maybe. But that's what's happening with a campaign to "unlock exclusive content via Facebook". But apparently rather than employing the techniques of Chippy1337, we're supposed to do this by "liking" the…

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Please Stop It: Dragon Age Legends

I'd heard decent things about EA's Facebook-based Dragon Age side-project, Legends. I am scarcely free from cyncism about Facebook gaming in its current form - so uncomfortably dependent on building compulsive play then charging to continue immediately -but I by no means believe it won't improve. I am always willing to look and see where it's going. A big license and the promise of deeper…

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Want Diablo 3 Screens? Get On Facebook

After two and a half years of gobbling niblets of information on Diablo III from Blizzard's outstretched hand, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's started to get a little aggravated. Why the need for this opaque development? Why can't they estimate a release date? We still don't know. But here's something new- as of this week Blizzard has announced that for each 25,000…

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Civ World Closed Alpha Starts Jan 12th

Yes, the free-to-play Facebook Connect version of Sid Meier's Civilization, Civ World, (which was mentioned in this interview) will enter a closed Alpha next week. No details on the game just yet, but interested parties can apply for a slot in the Alpha here. If memory serves the lot of you love Facebook games, you just can't get enough of them, so I am sure…

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Preview: Python’s The Ministry Of Silly Games

We don't often cover Facebook games on RPS. I've a feeling that's going to start changing as they become more involved, more inspired, and less like another Farmville clone. And one example of a bit more imagination going into a game is The Ministry Of Silly Games, an official Monty Python-themed project that seems to combine about seven hundred and sixteen genres.

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Monty Python Facebook Games Inbound

I plucked this odd story off the Edge tree. UK studio Zattikka, creators of, uh, Isoball 2 and mobile phone title Mr Bean: Out Of Control, has announced that it's acquired the rights to produce "social and browser games" based on Monty Python's Flying Circus. They've also updated their site with a 'Coming Soon' header hinting at a 'Ministry of Silly Games'. According to Zattikka…

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250m Gaming On Facebook, 19% Addicted?

Sometimes I wish I could just walk past a story that makes some daft claim about addiction or gaming violence. I'm trying with this one, because it's about Facebook. But then again, it's rubbish, so I should say so. All Facebook, an unofficial fansite, has produced what it describes as "10 Mind Blowing Facebook Games Statistics". Some of which are indeed mind blowing. One of…

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