Where: Arcade UFO, 3101 Speedway, Austin, TX 78705
When: October 24th (THIS Saturday!) Register by Noon
How Much: $2 venue fee to enter, $10 per game entry fee
Prizes: Top 3, Cash Prizes will be awarded (60/30/10 pot split)
Tournament Structure is:
1st Round: Best 2 of 3 Semi-Finals: Best 3 of 5 Final Round: Best 4 of 7
For more information, call, check their website at arcadeufo.com or check out their forum thread.
I'm happy to pass along that Arcade UFO is certainly doing great and earlier this month they received the most votes and won the $25,000 in the Save The Arcades contest/prize!
Also, on a different topic, I'm glad to mention I've downloaded the update to Magic:The Gathering: Plainswalkers (XBLA) and Wizards of the Coast has managed to fix the nasty co-op campaign bug I mentioned in my blog last time. If you haven't played Magic:TG lately, you might want to go ahead and launch it to grab the update!
Finally, I've downloaded the DLC for Magic:TG:Plainswalkers, and if there's enough interest, I'll be doing a review on the DLC. So far it seems worth it, but, I haven't had much time to check everything out yet.
This is a 3:30 a.m. post. After catching my breath I must note this post should be tagged: Artsy Fartsy. Right? Take as serious as you want. Or with a pinch of salt.
I can't sleep.
I can't breathe.
I can't do anything until I get this out of me.
Some of you might have actually doubted Rev. Anthony's review of Braid.
But, in the end, he was proven right.
I came. I saw this masterpiece that is Runner. I came.
I understand if there's a difference of opinion. So far, here it seems to be a mostly LOVE IT or NOT group. Hardly any middle ground. But, all I can say is.. To me, the man is a genius! Actually, the three authors of this very well done piece of work are truely geniusii, err, geniuses.
I don't want to spoil it, with as little playtime as it takes, it will save my lazy hands from stating the obvious and ruining it for you. If you want that review, check this one (with spoilers) here. So just go and play!
I played it a bit different than many of you only using the keys/keyboard. I played the game on this controller right here:
I can always have memories of when I touched the game, or, conversely, when the game touched me.
Seriously, this game is that good. The game is not broke, it works great for me. (I only tried the last version #7, I think.) Just try playing it on a controller, (using a windows keyboard->controller keymapper) it made me feel things that I have no words to describe.
Almost perfect 9.8+/10.
My only complaint is the length. The game, though, has some playtime extension due to some challenges for the player. However, I can't recommend this enough.
If you haven't played it...[Looks towards a certain bearded Samurai.]
The new Outrun Online is coming soon, exactly when, nobody knows. The only thing Sega has said is that it will be available early 2009 on XBLA in USA and on PSN in Europe. Why they divided it into different regional releases, I'll never know. Anyways, this was posted up by Sega Europe and the list of achievements should be the same for both 360 and PS3, ["except 'obviously' the PSN ones are Trophy's"].
Happy New Year to everyone!!!!!! And to a few of you, I hope you're enjoying a 4-day weekend! Sorry if I've missed saying happy new years personally, really. But I meant to do this yesterday, srsly.
OK, I'm ready to Friday! And, after reading some c-blogs and random posts out on the internet right before the transition into 2009, I realized I'm not as happy with XBLA and NXE as I could be, and maybe some others could agree.
My XBLA Wish? XBLA needs something like a Home/Arcade-ish Room!! Damnit!! Naowww!! M-eowww!
NXE + a feature or two from Home or Second Life - furniture - random DLC = Retro MP Gaming Win?
I had an idea to try and help the frustration of wanting to play retro games and instead of just creating a room and sitting too long in an empty room alone.. Why not implement an easy solution in XBLA? But, as it will prolly be ignored/never implemented, after reading some playstation gamer's posts & comments about home, I'm wondering then, is the true answer to this problem that I should just buy a PS3 to "get what I need"? I already have Second Life though, and they have a retro arcade that has some light traffic occasionally. Heck, in SL one of the arcades even has a ticket dispenser and prizes that you can pick out and win for getting high scores, etc. But, SL really has alot to go in ways of having real arcade games. Sure they have skee-ball, and street fighter, but, well, it's pretty lame compared to actually playing Skee ball or Street Fighter in the real or XBLA arcade.
In sum, my 360 is fine for my g/f to play games, and voice chat, and find games with her friends on all the time. I can hardly get on it since about a year or so ago...(Hence my initial addiction to reading DToid.. LOL).. My main problem is all these other multiplayer games (particularly retro XBLA games made before Castle Crashers) needs some way of letting everyone that already owns them see that there is still some activity and people playing without going to online forums and pleading or begging someone to play with them. (Ok that just sounds bad.)
Anyways.. I think the solution is simple, and would look something like this...
There could be a LED or light bulb in the (already too slow) games library list that can show you how much online activity there is for those games.. (kinda like how within Bungie's site, or within Halo 3 there is all kinds of stats.) Ok, enough whining on why I'm not really as happy with XBLA/NXE as I could be.
Now that's done.. I'm now going all personal and livejournal-ish here, so if you want just skip this, to keep your Friday happy, please feel free to skip away!..
I usually try and make some resolutions that (unfortunately) are usually broken rather quickly. But, the main thing I wanted to focus on here and now is RELUCTANCE.
Reluctance isn't usually something for a resolution.. I mean, I could, and have said weight and dropping a few pounds (or more) is needed.. Or, to quit smoking, drinking or something else addictive.
Nah, those are always going to be a daily struggle and I've made those before.
Reluctance can be something far more problematic, in a way. My reluctance to care, change or take a chance on something (or someone) is something I've had more problems with as of late. I'm getting more negative or jaded thinking now, about stupid local things like people (who act like I better be a walking wallet or I should just go die in a fire..geez too much drama to get into here) >.> and about success as an indie developer again I guess.
Also, the big projects I have around (unfinshed game projects) that are demanding me to finish them and I don't have everything I need to continue. Seeing Randombullseye's BonerQuest come to fruition has given me some hope to continue working on indie projects again (even if they seem like they're teh doomed at the start, in a way lately)..I apologize if anyone's still been waiting on me, or them, coz holidays kept us overwhelmed and well, I need more time and resources to continue working them. There is also, realistically, the chance they may now not get done. Ever. Why? Well, if things don't change in 30-45 days, (like a stable job that doesn't jerk me over, besides all this area's many problems) my indie game designing dream will be over. For good, for real.
Back on my main point, about reluctance. Where I live, people love to be stubborn, this attitude does not bode well or seem very helpful to someone like me. As so far as when I mention I make games to people. They straight up laugh in my face like I'm some kind of circus clown or I'm chasing the stupidest dream imaginable. Point, in fact, an aging politician ran for re-election (for Senate) based on TV ads that he was stubborn. He was re-elected. This is a very reluctant kind of life. I don't want this, and I won't embed the commercial of him coz its pointless politics and just moot now.
I hope to resolve my shortcomings sooner or "die trying" .. Video games (as well as Technology and Science in general - Pluto is no longer considered a planet now) move way too fast for a reluctant kind of life. Ignoring new things is probably the surest way to fail with technology. I guess if I'm not open to change, not open to new things or ideas I will be teh doomed to fail, or a Republican. LOLOL ;D
Credits: All (C) screens are all rights reserved by respective owners. No claim or infringement is intended. Arcade picture/poster http://cinemarcade.com/desktops.html. This post text in and of itself is 100% me. Also, cough...MS if you want to use this idea, then can I have some $$? loollol.. In other words, a man can dream can't he?
We were hoping to have this done a few days ago, but I had to include some shoutouts and make sure it wasn't broke. IT ISN'T A BROKE GAME! I dare for anyone to play it and say otherwise.. LOL.
This game is inspired by some classics of old.. My g/f came up with the idea for a game she wanted to try and make and play. She got it started, and I had to come along and finish.
It is a minigame that wants to be a full game. But it will have to settle staying mini for now, coz otherwise looooong game can get loooooonger if we didn't stop somewhere.
Have some screenshots..
Thank you all for your support, everyone here at Destructoid is awesome as always, you make the pain of making games worth it. I have alot more to say...Too many boring details...So I'll let the game speak for itself, drop me a line or donate if you feel it was worthy of it. We already have a major game already in the works. It will be BIG. I mean REALLY BIG. I'm not at liberty to say a frickin' word about it since it was not designed by us whatsoever. But, until we can discuss, we hope to be able to bring you more stuff to play, (maybe an 3-D'ish RPG).. So until then, unless anyone has questions or concerns, I'm going to take a little break now. I'm hoping everyone will have a chance to see and play the next big thing coming very soon, (next month or so...).
Ok, fingers not working, back & neck sore.. Eyes blurry.. Let us have your comments and feedback here.. Why not post your high score and/or level you made it to. Enjoy!!
Awesome game is awesome. The gameplay, in sum, is sorta a wipeout xl meets klax game that you can play your own music, and the level map is constructed around your music beats and tempo.
I dunno if there's anyone without Steam, but it is a free game launcher for PC. There is also a free Audiosurf demo on Steam in case anyone wants to try before buying. But, to me this is a really awesome game at a steal of a deal!!