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Thoughts on GameTek: The Math and Science of Gaming

Earlier this year, I backed a Kickstarter project that had the goal of publishing the best GameTek segments of the Dice Tower podcast over ten years as a book. I didn't know what Dice Tower or GameTek was, and I still have listene...

 
 
 

Video game awards shouldn't be Oscars but Emmies

Player Unknown Battlegrounds is a nominee for Video Game Awards' GOTY title. Understandably, that sparked a debate on whether early access titles should be eligible to be nominated for such an award: a game that hasn't been reviewed by...

 
 
 

OkändOnsdag 10/2017: Mixed bag 2

This time, I wanted to list games I've played at least a bit. That's the only connecting thread between them... which makes writing this introduction rather bothersome. I don't have nearly as many screenshots of Youtube videos this tim...

 
 
 

Replaying Blade Runner (Westwood, 1997)

After reading all the recent stories of Blade Runner (Westwood/Virgin Interactive, 1997), I decided to play through it again while streaming. Trenchcoattailing didn't turn out to be a good idea, though. One playthrough is now done... a...

 
 
 

Enjoying games after turning them off

If you've seen The Sixth Sense, the final twist could've left you thinking over it long after the credits had run out. Like Brothers: Tale of Two Sons (Starbreeze Studios/505 Games, 2013) didn't leave me be after I had finished the gam...

 
 
 

Bring out your dead, Wii Shop Channel...

Wii Shop Channel is closing down and with it, some games will again stop being on any digital storefronts. A week ago I asked for suggestions for games that might be worth taking a look at before they're rendered unavailable. Here are ...

 
 
 

OkändOnsdag 9/2017 - Living in 1981

1981 (or 7*283). The year Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones made their appearance in the cinemas. In Poland, Solidarity elected Lech Walesa as its president (Solidarity's, not Poland's). And Polybius was supposedly release...

 
 
 

Game Music Collective's Debut Concert

On September 20, 2017, Game Music Collective (a professional orchestra with over 20 members) had their debut concert in the concert hall (Finlandia hall) of the Finlandia Hall. Through a stroke of luck (meaning, the tickets were nearly...

 
 
 

Fake schooled: Monkey see, monkey do (maths)

It'd be too easy to talk about how I learned English from video games... or despite video games, including one game that set up me the bomb in junior high school. At least Zero Wing (Toaplan, 1989) taught me to not trust all published ...

 
 
 

From my backlog: All Star Cheerleader 1+2

All Star Cheerleader 1 and 2 (Gorilla Systems Corp./THQ, 2008/2009) - the other cheerleading games on Wii. Known somewhere as All Star Cheer Squad. They're also the less fun cheerleading games on Wii in my eyes. I didn't know cheerlead...

 
 
 
 

OkändOnsdag 8-2/2017: More Legendaries

I posted the first part of this two-part cblog two weeks earlier. The main reason was that the blog was already well past 3200 words. To recap the first part, the theme this month was famous game programmers who aren't making games (th...

 
 
 

OkändOnsdags 8-1/2017: Past Legends

To cover forgotten games, choosing "famed game programmers" as a theme is an invitation to fail to find forgotten games. Even worse would be to cover the said creators, who are often covered by other sites, especially Eurogamer. My sol...

 
 
 

OkändOnsdag 7/2017

Another month, another set of... well, not-so-forgotten games this time. This month's theme was offensive or controversial titles now, then, or imagined. On one hand, we have a case of video games viewed as a part of the cold war propa...

 
 
 

A look at Levels+ on Switch

Levels+ is a mobile port for Nintendo Switch. You can get the original Levels as an ad-funded free-to-play title with in-app purchases at least on Google Play. There, I said it. So what is Levels and what's the difference between ...

 
 
 

Cave flying with Gravitron 2 (2008)

My pick for today's unknown game definitely wasn't unknown, with Eurogamer having run a story on it just recently. Instead, here's a quick and hastily written look at one old game that can be found on Steam and seems quite unknown. And...

 
 
 

Fledgling retrodev: controller and VDP constraints

Caveat: as the title suggests, I'm a beginner in creating games for old hardware. This is more or less my journal as I try to get the game done before a contest deadline flies by. Last time, I got the engine up and running at a decent ...

 
 
 

Fledgling retrodev: Balancing space/time 2 - space

Space. The long-bygone frontier. These are the chronicles of Fleggy and its on-and-off journey to discover the pains of creating games on old hardware, to go where the pioneers went over thirty years ago. Today... If you're a consumer ...

 
 
 

Fledgling retrodev: balancing space/time 1 - time

My latest retro game project is by far my most ambitious game project I've ever started for an 8-bit system: an on-rails shooter that is about flying in narrow corridors like those segments in Terminal Velocity. Except fugly.  Yes...

 
 
 

Easy algebra for karting

Back when I thought I had a future in academia, my colleagues and I tried answering a pair of questions posed by prof. Terence Tao, a famous present-day mathematician. With the launch of MK8DX this week, I thought those ...

 
 
 

Where's Master System Classic Mini?

So the Internet is again ablaze with discussion over a rumour involving Nintendo, more specifically the SNES Classic Mini and not the "Switch Mini". SNES Classic Mini isn't a system I want. NES Classic Mini wasn't the device I wanted m...

 
 
 

Crowdfunded: Turrican music

I've spent too much money even on Kickstarter. The game I'm most happy to have put money into? Captain is Dead, which was later on picked up by AEG. Oh, you wanted a video game? Well... you're still not in luck. Kinda. Instead of a gam...

 
 
 

Creating simple games is complex

There are short stories and then there are novels. And many other things such as novellas between the two, but let's just focus on short stories and novels for now. At one point, I considered trying to write a collection of short ...

 
 
 
 

Experiences with ZX Spectrum Vega

In the UK, now-Sir Clive Sinclair's ZX Spectrum, released in 1982, was a big huge thing in the 1980s. It was one of the many 8-bit microcomputers of the time, and one of the few to be really successful. Come 2015, an Indiegogo project ...

 
 
 
 

Unfortunately limited Endless Ocean (Wii)

Endless Ocean is a series of two Wii games that do not appear to be on Lord Spencer's Wii review list. I think that's reason enough for me to cover them. To my surprise, Destructoid did review them at their times, with Chad Concel...

 
 
 

Game hard copies in magazines

In the 80s, one type of "community-created content" in computer magazines was to include reader-created game programs, and in at least one case, it meant including a hard copy of the game's source code. Type in the program code in the ...

 
 
 
 

Everyone's got a take on Switch, even me

I started watching the Switch preview trailer with little interest. I came out a bit more interested, but unimpressed. I'm viewing this through the eyes of someone who has in the past two months spent 20h with Endless Ocean (Wii), 40h ...

 
 

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