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Posts tagged “The-Escapist”

The Escapist: Hard Times

The Escapist runs my article on the future of inaccessible and difficult videogames. Where now for men who like to feel pain? basically. I start like this... "The Pickford brothers were completely bewildered. What Rare had asked was unprecedented, strange and curious. They'd never heard anything like it. Who'd make such a request?" And ramble off, as always. And since I quoted Ste Pickford, he's…

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Footprints: The Fall of Mucky Foot

The Escapist's Post-Mortem issue is live. I contributed a piece about Mucky foot, describing the birth and descent of the makers of Urban Chaos and Startopia. It's quite the story. This does the VH1 Behind the Music approach, talking to the four primaries and them recalling all the inspired and foolish decisions they made, with the benefit of hindsight. It also includes details on games…

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Generation Games

This wonderful 1958 video, in addition making me wish there was a game that used that art style, reminded me of the idea of "futures lost" within gaming. A few years ago I wrote an article for The Escapist that grazed that issue, without ever capturing it. Consequently I was inspired to update and modify the piece for RPS. Read on, and then perhaps share…

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The Computational Side-Effects Of Gaming

It had entirely escaped my attention that I recently wrote something for The Escapist. It's interesting, because I say word stuff wot read good. Like this: What if games could do something practical while they entertain us? What if by playing games you weren't simply entertaining yourself and others, but adding to the grand sum of human knowledge? This is the idea behind an ongoing…

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Yahtzee On Net Fame

Russ Pitts of the Escapist interviews various Internet Youtube supa-dupa-stars on their awesomeosity. While The Guild's Sandeep Parikh is chatted with it's (perhaps predictably) Zero Punctuation's Yahtzee who gets centre-stage. But predictably doesn't mean undeservedly, and I was amused to see a little more about his reception at GDC this year, which I'd already heard about in snippets delivered by GDC-veterans. "...Croshaw did have his…

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The Virtua Corps: Rossignol at the Escapist

Jim is away today. Don't be sad. He left something for me to post later and until then you can get your Rossignol fix over at the Escapist, where they've just published his Virtua Corps article. It's about hardcore Solder-Sim fanatics online. One of the finer pleasures of being a journalist who spends too much time in the depths of PC gaming is the number…

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Let Me Be Your Fansy

Pre-empting my Rainz was a Patsy JFK/Lord British feature idea, The Escapist has an interview with Fansy the Famous Level 5 Bard, the infamous old-skool Everquest Griefer. For those not aware of Fansy's infamy... well, get to the page, already. In short, on the original hardcore PvP Everquest server - i.e. anything goes - he found a loophole which he abused in such a dramatic…

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Endless Escapism

We don't link enough to occasional Corporate Paymasters The Escapist, I think. Let's put that right, as their new issue has a few interviews which are of obvious interest to RPS-heads. Firstly, the have an interview profile on Tim "Grim Fandango/Psychonauts/Walker's Future Bride" Schafer, where he deals with his decision to leave Lucasarts, start Doublefine and general tribulations. Here's a quote where he talks about…

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Peggle: Let The Dissenters Unite!

Oh, praise the Lord of Gaming - someone, finally, agrees with me about Peggle. Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, developer of the wonderful Trilby adventure games, and now Mr Famous for his ludicrously good Zero Punctuation Flash reviews on The Escapist, entirely concurs with me that a) Peggle is fun and distracting, but not incredible, and b) Bookworm Adventures is better! Mr Yahtzee - marry me. Here…

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