Posts Tagged ‘madness’

E3 2014: RPS Predicts Things That Will Definitely Happen

110%, even.

At this time of year it’s customary for the videogame press to put together their predictions for the looming Electronic Entertainment Expo. What new games might be announced? What franchises might extend into new platforms? Who might “win”? And what of any of this can we say without breaching the NDAs for the things we already know?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun is videogame press, so we took some time today to make our own predictions. At least two of the entries count as fan fiction and one of them is a Twine game, but we think there’s a very real chance that all of what we said will come true with the fullness of time. Enjoy.

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The Joy Of Six: Multi-Monitor Crazy-Gaming

please don't hurt me Alan

I don’t need this. But by God I want it. ATI’s upcoming Eyefinity (ouch) tech allows rich, mad men to run six monitors from one graphics card, all of which combine to display one game. Six monitors! Where in Dolly Parton’s name do I get that many? Still, exciting stuff: ULTRO-SCREEN LIVES. It requires, inevitably, a brand new graphics card – the titular Eyefinity range, ATI’s next generation of 3D chips – but that the one card can share a real-time 3D image across up to six screens is incredimagic. It’s refreshing to have a card upgrade that isn’t simply about nebulous performance boosts, too.
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“Time For Madness”

Some madness, yesterday. reports that Pirates Of The Caribbean director Gore Verbinski has told developers at the DICE summit in Las Vegas that “This is the time for madness.” The wealthier-than-thou mastermind behind the Pirates series has decided that games aren’t being crazy enough with the creative juices. (Tell that to ACE…)

“I understand why companies are making sequels. But if a developer is making a game from scratch, why are they making another Halo? There are so many other places to go,” said Verbinski. (“Well duh,” said half the gaming world.)

“In order to be fiscally responsible, you must operate outside of the data. You must possess some madness.”

The problem with videogames, you see, is that most of the time they’re made by the people who want to make videogames. And mad they are not.

It’s Good To Stalk

A quick anecdote from Stalker, which I’ve been replaying on and off, just to see what I can change/break.

I was playing through one of the early sections where an NPC character arranges to set up an ambush with you to rescue his captured colleague. The ambush was set, but things went batshit – completely different from the smoothly executed sequence of events I’d seen the first time I’d played through this section. For some reason the game spawned a hostile bandit patrol just within aggression range of my NPC partner. They shot at him at the exact moment the scripted ambush was supposed to occur. To deal with this random occurrence the game made the chap we were supposed to rescue vanish entirely, and then filled the other NPC with a murderous rage. He moved into the nearby building complex, with me still in tow, and systematically hunting down and killing every single bandit in the area.

Only when we reached the roof and the last bandit lay dead did the NPC stop and complete his designated plot device. He turned to his now non-existent companion and said “No problem, but you have this Stalker to thank.” Then he just stood there, frozen and unable to continue his existence thanks to the earlier interruption. When I returned an hour later he was dead.

Stalker is much more stable than its cousin, Boiling Point, which is in some ways a shame, because the sheer incoherent madness than Boiling Point produced was a kind of comedy you can’t get elsewhere. Games that are so broken that they become surrealist nightmares are some of my favourite experience, and I’d hate it if that element of weird reality-breaking were completely ironed out of gaming.

Stalker: ultra-bleak survival shooter and unintentional slapstick death-comedy.