Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
Berlin’s A Maze festival is pretty great, so I hear. Unfortunately, as will happen when hordes travel to a big event, a fair few people had stuff nicked this year. Laptops, phones, passports, and so on totalling 17,000€ were yoinked by dastardly scoundrels, so a group of indie folks are trying to raise money to buy replacements for the unfortunate.
People like The Stanley Parable‘s William Pugh and McPixel‘s Sos Sosowski are working on The Magpie Collection, a bundle of ten specially-made games along with art, music, and other stuff. You’ll find it on Indiegogo.
McPixel is a wonderful little jolt of a game, as much an excuse for silly things to happen as it is a puzzle game. McPixeleer Sos Sosowski’s latest game skips straight to the silliness, with none of that slouching nonsense. Stomp It Up is made to be played on a dance mat. Oh sure, but can play on keyboard if you don’t have one on hand, but tapping away won’t be nearly the same as jumping and stomping along to the enervating and highly irritating soundtrack.
GOTTA STEER, GOTTA STEER, OH JEEZ OH JEEZ OH JEEZ *steering wheel pops off* NONONONONONONONOOOOOOOO
WELL MAYBE MY FINAL MOMENTS WILL AT LEAST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PLEASANT MELODIES ON THE RADIO *accidentally tears off radio* WHHYYYYYYYYYYYYY
RPS Feature A Wee Bit Silly
SOS’s McPixel successfully made its way through the Steam Greenlight process, and even advertised itself on The Pirate Bay. I’ve weed and vomited and pushed and farted and made out with Obamaed my way through every level of this splendid madness, and can tell you wot I think.
McPixel has exploded onto Steam and is the first game to reach Valve’s storefront through the Greenlight process. There’s a feature about the indies and Steam coming later, courtesy of Nathan who has been visiting Fantastic Arcade where he was witness to a Valve panel all about Greenlight. I didn’t go to Fantastic Arcade but I did wake up at 7.30 this morning, endure the difficult commute from my bed to my computer and put on my Serious Journalist Hat. Primed and ready, I sent a list of very important and serious questions to Sos Sosowski about being the Armstrong of indies: the first man on Greenlight.
RPS Feature Piracy For Fun And Profit
If you’re a frequent RPS reader (or an infrequent RPS reader with uncannily good timing), the image on the front page of ubiquitous, recently-banned-in-the-UK-under-extremely-dubious-circumstances torrenting site The Pirate Bay might strike you as a bit familiar. If not, you may have still been able to guess that it heralds from Sos Sosowski’s McPixel because, well, the first four words on the page will tell you all of that. This, however, is the first time a game has ever been featured as part of Pirate Bay’s “Promo Bay” program – wherein, a creator gets to leverage the site’s incredible reach for exposure. But how’d this come about? And what does it say about the ever-evolving role of piracy in the gaming industry? Plus, given that many file swaps on Pirate Bay are technically illegal, does anyone really deserve a pat on the back in this situation? I spoke with both McPixel’s Sos and an organizer from The Pirate Bay to find out more.