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Kerbal Space Program

5 years ago

Feature: Giant Leap, Enormous Pratfall

Have You Played… Kerbal Space Program?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Most films and books about actual human space exploration are about triumph. There are challenges and accidents along the way, but they're stories of humans overcoming incredible odds in the noble pursuit of knowledge and exploration. Kerbal Space Program [official site] is different…

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Kerbal Space Program Is Seven Days Away From Launch

We've known that Kerbal Space Program [official site] was moving towards its 1.0 launch since January, but there are now just seven days left until the physicsy-sandbox space sim leaves beta. Developers Squad are marking each day with short, teasing videos introducing some of the new features, and the first is below with the first glimpse of women Kerbals.

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Feature: The joy of limitations

The Random Element: Scenario Generator

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Scenario Generator is a tool that creates random restrictions, goals and startup settings for a variety of games, and it's the reason I've become happily lost in Crusader Kings II [official site] and Civ V [official site] again. Reinvent an old favourite with the click of a button, as you find out precisely…

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Viking Space Program Is Exploding With Awesome

Long ago, before the seduction of fast food and motorized vehicles, there resided vikings in the land of Kerbin. It was not an easy time. These fearsome Kerbals lived and died with their colossal ships, which spat flame like the behinds of dragons. But like their eventual descendants, they persisted and grew from strength to strength. Their endless quest for naval perfection was known as…

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Feature: Better Than Ever?

Kerbal Space Program Beta: How Is it?

Kerbal Space Program recently entered beta, marking another step towards the stars for its mixture of spaceship construction, physics simulation and space agency management. The game has advanced lightyears since its early releases, where all you got was a quick tutorial that prodded you in the right direction (up) then left you to your own devices. While sandbox mode remains available for people who just…

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Kerbal Space Program Beta Brings Bases, Skills, Lots

Kerbal Space Program has been floating through the inky black of game development for years now, edging closer towards the ultimate goal of being a structured space program management sim. It's now in orbit above that target, having moved from alpha to beta and added new features like base building, refined features like ship construction, and a lot more. There's a trailer introducing the changes…

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Feature: Winning By Failing

Epic Fail: What Failing In Games Can Teach Us

I spent half my evenings this week advancing through Advanced Warfare. Call of Duty games are uniformly about forward progression, but some of their most memorable moments comes from points of scripted failure: missing your chance to grab a gun as a Russian soldier in the first Call of Duty, or the nuclear blast in Modern Warfare 1. You learn something about the realities of…

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Interns And Explosions: Kerbal Space Program’s Latest

You might think yourself a real Top Gun, the next Dan Dare, or a veritable Buck Rogers. Kerbal Space Program has been out long enough for you, oh mighty pilot, to master space flight and possibly get a bit cocky. Don't worry, the latest update has added new things to cock up. Your space centre is destructible now, for starters. It also bulks out the…

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6 years ago

Starbucks: Kerbal Space Program Expanding Career Mode

What a scientific utopia Kerbin once was! Seemingly the entire world came together in the spirit of exploration and discover, endeavouring to reach the skies, then out into space, and to the Mun and beyond, simply because they could. Eventually. With a little trial and error. A space-plane could smear across the runway or a rocket tumble from orbit and the Kerbals would still happily…

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Armageddon It: NASA Kerbal Mission Blasts Off

In its ongoing mission to tag the solar system with flags like a bunch of billion-dollar badboys, NASA plans to rocket off to an asteroid then drag it back over to Earth so we can have a good poke around. It'll be years before that happens though, so for now we'll have to settle for recreating the mission in the world's most realistic space simulator.…

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Oh, How It Pains Me To Do This: Kerbal’s Starscream Mod

I know, I know - 'pop cultural thing painstakingly recreated in sandbox indie game' is so 2010. But I have a great weakness despite my built-up resistance to covering Del Boy's Robin Reliant in Minecraft or a Terraria screenshot that looks like Michael Bolton's hair. Monkey see Transformers, monkey post about Transformers. In this case, it's duplicitous Decepticon seeker Starscream- or, at least, a robot…

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Ready To Launch: Kerbal Space Program 0.22 Is Out Today

I've seen plenty of movies and documentaries about humanity's mad attempts to explore outerspace, but each one of those was a story of triumph, of humans overcoming ridiculous odds to achieve the impossible. When I play Kerbal Space Program, that's not how things go. The indie game about building rockets out of blocks and executing your own space missions is about failure, exploding repeatedly on…

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7 years ago

Space Age: Kerbal Space Program Is Turning 0.22

Believe it or not, we've been coddled by super-cute and ultra-tough space-race simulator, Kerbal Space Program. Players who have a ring of dead Kerbals orbiting Kerbin, or who've left lonely craft to sink into the canyons of Eeloo because they forgot to add chutes, might beg to differ, but with upcoming update 0.22 more will be asked of you than ever before. No longer is…

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Feature: Trans-Lunar Gaming Scotsman

(Not) Rocket Science In Kerbal Space Program

There is nothing wrong in not being very good at Kerbal Space Program. Being bad at it is a state almost everyone will be in for a very long time indeed. Join me in admitting how tough it is. The elite rocketmen will sneeringly deride your honesty, saying: "It's not rocket science", but then you can point to the tube of metal and fuel that…

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Kerbal Space Program & Cubeman 2 DLC Now Free

You wait thirty years for a indie game project to be barraged by fans after saying they were going to charge for DLC and then changing their minds as a consequence, and then you forget how this sentence even began. In the case of Squad, who make the ship-building-and-flying space sim Kerbal Space Program, this occurred after fan misinterpretation of the promise that all "updates"…

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Steam Early Access Debuts With Arma 3, Prison Architect

"Oh boy! I can finally get into prison early!" Oh videogames, don't ever stop allowing me to create phrases of such ear-perking outlandishness that people could mistake me as ringleader of a merry band of elves. Other gems now possible thanks to Steam's paid-alpha-centric Early Access program include "Hooray! Frighteningly authentic war's happening even sooner than I thought" and "I wasn't planning on being shipwrecked…

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Kerbal Space Program Launches Demo Into Internet

As you probably know by now, Kerbal Space Program is a game about getting tiny alien people into the heavens. It comes with calamities and accidents. It comes with great victories and visions of orbital accomplishment. They've announced a new demo. That means you should download and play it if you haven't already. Gameplay video belooooooooooow. And you can read the developers explain themselves here.

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Feature: Space Interview

Trajectory: Squad Explain Kerbal Space Program

There's something wonderful about Kerbal Space Program, the sandbox game where you try to lob a race of cute aliens into their own space age. It's the kind of thing that only gets made by a very specific type of developer, with a very specific sort of love for what they are making. That developer is called Squad, and we had a few questions for…

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