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Posts tagged “Sierra”

Some Odd Gentlemen Are On A King’s Quest

Trailers don't always turn me into a shrieking teenybopper, but I'm not ashamed to say I made high-pitched noises — think long, loud "EEEE"s of raw and immeasurable glee - at the King's Quest announcement trailer. A joint production between The Odd Gentleman and the newly resurrected Sierra Games, the upcoming reboot is all about a doddering King Graham going, "In my time - "…

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Polygonal Pew Pew – Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

Activision reviving the Sierra name for a new supposed "indie" label is awfully cynical, but one can't really grumble when it's tied to a new Geometry Wars (and a new King's Quest, if you fancy). Geometry Wars is a fine arena shoot 'em up, so I'm wary but hopeful about Geometry Wars³: Dimensions. Series creator Stephen Cakebread isn't involved and it's making a move from…

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Feature: Mysterious For The Wrong Reasons

Lo-Fi Let’s Play: Mystery House

[I've been doing a series of Let's Play videos exploring old adventures, text games and lost design forms from the 1980s Apple IIe and Commodore 64 era. In a time when young men shout over new action games, I will talk softly over strange old ones. Come along on a visitation of a different era that's one part meditations on my childhood, one part adventure…

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It Rises: Sierra Returns With Geometry Wars & King’s Quest

The ritual is complete. Sinew gristle muscle fat slither and wrap around the blackened bones of Sierra. Blood skin hair. Its mouth opens and teeth pierce bone as they rise, a tongue unrolling from the back of the throat. "Gaaammesss," it hisses. "Video gaaames." Jelly congeals into eyes which flick around, taking in the year 2014. "I-inn independent gaaamesss!" As expected, Activision have resurrected Sierra…

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Unwrap The Bones, Light The Incense: Resurrecting Sierra

Necromancy is a perennial interest of the video games industry. Not the cool kind where Cara and I wander around a graveyard doing Morrissey impressions and chanting spells we learned from The Craft but the grim sort where someone realises they have a corpse in a freezer somewhere so sure, why not dig it out from beneath the frozen pizzas and curly fries and attempt…

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The Mötley Crüe Tribes 2 Theme Song Time Tried To Forget

When publishers throw a bucket of pop culture over video games with a celebrity endorsement or musical crossover, we get a fascinating glimpse of just what they think of people who play games, and those they hope to attract. Heartfelt ones can end splendidly, like Quake's soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails, but mostly they're just confusing and a bit odd. Take Eminem dancing in front…

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Two Guys From Andromeda Reform To Make Space Quest

You heard it here first, and now it's definitely happening. Space Quest developers Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy have announced they will be working on a new project, and there's a video to go with it. It's a peculiar one. A very peculiar one, seemingly recorded by Skype and animated from photographs. And most surprisingly, Mark Crowe is involved, having previously ruled himself out. Replay…

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A-Fforde-able Adventure (It’s Free!)

Before you even start Adventure: All In The Game, you're asked whether you think your knowledge of adventure games is Minimal, Adequate or Extensive. I immediately quit and opened the Readme to see if it was made by Games For Richard Inc. It wasn't. But it may as well have been. This is one of my favourite AGS adventures in ages, with great writing, solid…

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Space Quest & King’s Quest Join The Reunion

I'm stuck at this point. The problem is this: for years and years we had to suffer every mention of an adventure game being accompanied by a phrase somehow relating to adventure games being dead. I mean, I wrote them myself when I was young and stupid. They would go, "The adventure game may be dead, but here's one last gasp," or more optimistically, "The…

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Sierra vs History

Some are speculating this is related to the recent Actard merger, but it's possible it's simply ruthless, Logan's Runny culling of the elderly. Whichever, the facts are these: come November 1st, the plug will be pulled on the official servers for 21 Sierra PC games (of varying classicdom). Several RPS faves number amongst them: Jim's beloved Ground Control, my semi-beloved Aliens vs Predator 2 and…

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Project Origin Puts F.E.A.R. In Our Eyes

First there was the ludicrous nonsense over Sierra vs. Monolith for the rights to make the sequel to F.E.A.R., and the subsequent debacle that took place with Monolith organising a competition for fans to rename their sequel, resulting in Project Origin. Meanwhile Sierra stomped off with the ball, refusing to play nicely with others, and pretended they were making their own sequel which they would…

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