Posts Tagged ‘Videoball’

Videoball Is Out Now, Now You Can Videoball

With all the European football out of the way the whole continent is currently nursing a sporty hangover. So there’s never been a better time to sit inside and play pretend sports. Videoball [official site] (or VIDEOBALL for the caps lock inclined) is a sport you can pretend to play right now because it came out this week. Come and learn more about it and watch an 18 minute infomercial (!) about this game.

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Videoball’s Final Trailer Heralds July 12th Release

The RPS Euro 2016 sweepstakes have been formed and in the random draw I have been assigned Portugal. That’s not a bad pick and I’m particularly pleased to be matched against Alec’s Iceland in the first match. If you’re not familiar with the rules of football however, you might like to check out the final trailer for Videoball [official site]. It’s being released on July 12th and is broadly similar to its non-video cousin: teams of one, two or three people launch triangles at balls to knock them into the opponent’s goal zone.

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S.EXE: OutRun 2006

The sound of the sea on the menu of the classic arcade racer OutRun 2006 is drifting through Tim Rogers’ Oakland apartment. For whatever reason I find myself in the ex-Grasshopper Manufacture designer’s house, and this guy is making a game, ‘Videoball’, that demands that the voice actor on his new game sound like she comes from OutRun 2006. So I am playing OutRun 2006. It is eye-wettingly beautiful. It is heartbreakingly so. I could cry but I’m dehydrated from California’s stubborn sticky hotness and how gosh darned vegan everything is.

The screeching of the children from the school from across the freesia-fragranced, sun bleached street has subsided, and Tim is cutting audio clips and swearing at the wi-fi. And the game’s menu, the game that Tim once called ‘Love: The Videogame’, well, the game’s menu is doing a perfect impression of contentment. This game is no longer available due to licencing troubles, but man, if anything was ever a game, this, THIS was a game. And I’m on a quest for the ‘ejaculatory gag’. You know, the one that Kieron mentioned in 2008, and I have never found: “I’m still terribly amused by the hyper-cheesy ejaculatory gag half-way through.”

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Watch: Binding Of Isaac-Ish Wizard’s Lizard, Promising Indies

Pictured: Cyberpunk death competition Gunsport and creator Brandon Sheffield TOTALLY SELLING OUT to Doritos and, um, Pabst Blue Ribbon. In an art gallery.

I recently attended a San Francisco indie event called Good Game Club, and it was, er, good. There were games as far as the eye could see… well, except for where the walls were dotted, spotted, and blotted with art. It took place in an art gallery, though, so that – arguably *a little* more so than rows of clickity clacking PC game terminals – kinda goes with the territory. While there, I came across a few especially tantalizing standouts, so I decided to snap some quick (and, let’s face it, not particularly pretty) videos of each. Soon I will transform RPS’ videos into truly unique, attractive snowflakes (read: they’ll probably all just be hosted by cats), but until then enjoy some raw, gritty-as-a-mouthful-of-cat-litter Guerrilla Video. The games on display include the Binding-of-Isaac-ish (but with a dual-world twist) Wizard’s Lizard, gorgeous-looking story puzzler Gorogoa, local multiplayer retro cyberclash Gunsport, and minimal wonder Videoball.

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