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Posts tagged “Space Week”

Save World Space Week With Space Games?

Rage might be all the news today, but I would also like to point out that World Space Week - which is like RPS Space Week, only more downbeat - is also a disappointment. I suppose one could blame the lack of panache in this United Nations-sponsored initiative's website, but I blame the lack of private enterprise capitalising on Space Week. Only one single F2P…

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RPS Omnibus: Mar 30th – April 5th

It's the Omnispacebus! Space week has been and gone, but if you missed even a single syllable of our vaguely thematic wittering about stars and planets and spaceships and jetpack brontosauruses and dear Christ so much Eve, here's where to catch up. Oh, worth quickly mentioning a site-tech snafu, as folk keep mailing us about it - we are aware that the RSS feed is…

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Dawn Of War 2: First Screens

We return from a Friday night consultation with the Imperial Tarot (aka Booze) to discover that the Dawn of War 2 site has gone live. You'll find the first three screenshots here. Stare at them, then contemplate our prior analysis of what Dawn of War 2 may offer here. Oh, and you can watch the trailer on the main page here. And then you should…

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The Ancients’ Tome

Space space space. Sick of it yet? Of course you're not. Here's some more! I'm fully counting this as space because you defend yourself against UFOs, and UFOs are totally from space. In fact, if we wanted we could count anything as being about space! We're entirely floating in it right now. Anyway, the point would be, Pondwater's The Ancients' Tome is an excellent freebie…

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Making Of Jumpgate: The Reconstruction Initiative

[With Jumpgate Evolution incoming and Space week entering its final quasar-packed moments, I though it an opportune moment to dig out an Old Making Of I did about the original Jumpgate. I spoke with their Ryan Seabury at an AutoAssault press-event, way back then. The article originally appeared in PCF and has been slightly edited.] You never know what to expect at a press event.…

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Verdict: Sins Of A Solar Empire

Kieron: Ready? Jim: Ready. Kieron: Okay. I stick on Mogwai Fears Satan, as it's the most piece of SPACE WAR music I have to hand. And let's consider Sins Of A Solar Empire, the game people are literally calling “Sins Of A Solar Empire”. It's a Space-based RTS from some guys who we mainly know for Homeworld Cataclysm, published by the guys who made Gal…

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Dawn of War Faction Speculation & Sweepstakes

Dawn of War 2's a go. Which means it's time to indulge in some completely groundless speculation, intermixed with gags and geek-local-colour. The big question is... what races do we get to play? 40k is a big place. There isn't room for everyone. Who'll make the grade in a grim universe where there is only war (again)? Beneath the cut you'll find a breakdown of…

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The Thursday Papers

Hell, any day can be round-up day. Rather than Kieron's regular Sunday collection of notable word-sciences though, instead this is a one-off, rather more hotchpotch grab-bag of happy happenstances that have caught my eye today, as I fight the urge to pretend this has any relevancy whatsoever to Space Week. First up, we've got the announcement of Tom Clancy's HAWX, which totally sounds like a…

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SPACE WEEK: Stars Over Half Moon Bay

In a slightly more controlled frame of mind, after the sweary action below, Mr Sims, Rod Humble, of course provided us with a space-themed game last year. Stars Over Half Moon Bay is an altogether far more sedate and serene setting, focusing eyes on the stars, and moods on the chilled. If you've played Humble's previous game, The Marriage, you'll know that his private game…

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SPACE WEEK: Fuck Space!

Yeah! In the cosmos! Thank goodness for this game. Fuelled by a cold, and Morgan's Spiced Rum, my rage was complete upon discovering Space Tripper doesn't bloody work on my machine. It's too good or something, meaning the game grinds to an unplayable halt after a couple of minutes. Well bang goes the idea of writing about that for Space Week then. But then what…

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Making of: System Shock 2

[Since it's Space Week, it's a good time to pull my Edge-commissioned Making Of System Shock 2 feature out of Stasis. The material for this was drawn from the lengthy conversation I had with Ken Levine last year. So, yes, before Bioshock. I'm quite fond of this piece, if only as it reveals the secret origin of the Psychic Monkeys...] The lights are low. Everyone's…

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

I've been pleased to see the new Crispy Gamer column about Game-health issues, as we could never write it - despite our previously discussed gaming hypochondria - because we are phenomenally lazy. Steve Steinberg gives some tips to combat Warcraft Back, which includes things which look suspiciously like Yoga. We're not good at Yoga. We think Yoga taught Luke Skywalker to do that stuff with…

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Confessions Of A Shameless Gravitart

Well, not confessions exactly, just me using Space Week as a feeble excuse to recommend fine freeware involving spaceships, cramped tunnels, and towed pods. TerraFire is the obvious place to start. Creator Owen Thomas deserves a tooth-loosening pat on the back for single-handedly crafting this gem, and a big wet French kiss for cutting the price to £0.00 last summer. DosBox may be required, but…

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Dawn Of War II

It's official: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, the highly anticipated sequel from one of the industry’s premiere Real-Time Strategy developers, Relic Entertainment, is set to bring the 41st Millennium’s savage warfare to life like never before in spring 2009. Powered by an enhanced version of Relic’s proprietary Essence Engine 2.0, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II will take players to the brutal frontlines of…

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Sins Expansion Confirmed

Excuse me if I whoop and perhaps punch the air, but I am uncharacteristically over-excited by the announcement that RPS' favourite space RTS of the moment, the gigantic and enthralling Sins Of A Solar Empire, is going to get an expansion pack. Wired are the couriers of this splendid news: While he couldn't nail down a date for the expansion pack's release, Mr. Wardell did…

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“Explore The Solution Space”

I'm not quite sure how I missed this video about Maxis' work on Spore earlier this week, but fortunately VG247 flagged it up. A brief but pleasingly insight into the studio that is developing Spore. We'd explore your solution space, GameTrailers. Incidentally, we know RSS is all messed up. It'll return to normal as soon, probably. (Hopefully.)

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Thunderlizard Dreams

Amorphous dream landscapes are sort of like space, right? Good - then this can receive the hallowed 'space week' tag. It's the first, gorgeous footage of Jetpack Brontosaurus, the next game from Flashbang Studios - who you may remember from such indie physics-delights as The President's Neck is Missing Offroad Velociraptor Safari. The ethereal soundtrack helps, but even without it I'm pretty convinced this apparent…

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Mr Robot for Mr No Money

Now, as I'm looking at Kotaku paraphrasing and linking to our Ubisoft-on-Steam-but-not-for-non-US-peeps story, I notice a story which I'm now going to paraphrase and link to. That is, Mr Robot is now free and on Gametap's ad-supported service. You may remember Mr Robot from when we've previously talked about it, but it's a hyper-cut retro-mash-up of Knight Lore and a jRPG, with System Shock's plot.…

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CCP’s Torfi Frans Olafsson On The Future Of Eve

This interview with Eve Online's senior technical producer, Torfi Frans Olafsson, focuses on his work on the "walk-in stations" concept for Eve Online. This initiative is the thing that will finally give the disembodied character portraits of Eve some substance. We'll be able to hang out on stations, interact, and participate in station activities with embodied avatars. As always, the theme is human interaction, only…

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