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Honest question: If I write a game for a platform from the 1980s, is it called a retro-themed game, a retro game or what?


Monopoly Deal (card game) has no business being as fun as it is with the words Monopoly and Deal in its title.


A trivia bit on November's BoB prompt that never became a blog: the bonus fruits in Pacman were slot machine bonuses. (See video at 35:40)


I was a "Magical Sound Shower" fan until I became a "Camino a Mi Amor" fan.


My best "black friday" purchase: twenty pairs of socks. Beyond that, a SCART-HDMI converter that'll hopefully let me use a HDMI capture device for older/less well conceived devices (like ZX Spectrum Vega) and Giana Sisters TD: Owltimate Edition.


I wonder if one day there'll be a Splatfest with the sides being "Left" and "Down". And no, not as a political statement.


I'm considering getting someone else to help in designing my next retro game, starting from the genre. If you're a Dtoid Discord regular and have an idea, let me know. I know I can't make a fighting game just by myself, for example.


Do you think felines and gaming fit together well? Jaguar, Tiger Electronics, Tiger Telematics, Bubsy, Lynx, Blinx, ...


I feel I need to write a serious warning cblog on Startide (Switch). I'm currently in a system where it feels like 50-50 chance of the game crashing upon loading a level, and my patience has worn out.


I just finished Ghost 1.0 in survival mode. I wonder if it was the first 2D metroidvania I've ever finished.


For once, I've watched an aria on YT before the opera (Les contes d' Hoffmann, The Tales of Hoffmann) itself live. No regrets on doing either.


1500 words on how to mitigate sprite flickering, including searching for an optimal sequence of sprite plane permutations. This is where I have the most fun with video games. Doing the illustration for the blog, not so much.


Quick judgment on Startide on Switch: don't bother, the framerate isn't good and I'd rather play X-Type+ (similar in how the enemy ships are dismantled) on Wii U instead.


Working on a snap review (only a few hours into it, but I'm pretty sure I've seen most of what there is) on Fairy Tale Puzzles ~Magic Objects~. A pretty accurate tagline for the review: 2048*7 is...?


Well, I can't use Hori's Taiko drum controller (the one that came in the drum bundle set) on Switch for some reason -- Switch doesn't appear to recognize it. I'm tending towards regretting buying the game at this point.


Looks like MSXdev'18 is getting a good number of contestants. I'm sort of glad my game isn't in the same category as Shoulder Blade OVERDRIVE.


Of course the rare time I get my preordered game the day it comes out (Drum'n'Fun) is the time I won't have the time or energy to play it for several months.


My big revelation of the year: I'm more interested in the more abstract side (history, design, mechanics, ...) and the implementation of games than in playing them or how they play. Big props to Barry Kelly for helping me finally realise this.


Finally sent my game (BSR) to a retro game dev contest. Still some bugs left in it, but I'm not sure I'll have the time to work on it before the deadline.


Finished Obra Dinn in under 10h. I probably cheesed through too many names. A few thoughts closer to spoilers in the comments.


Related languages are sometimes strange. Estonian "maasika" means the strawberry ("mansikka" in Finnish), but in Finnish "maa" means "ground" and "sika" means "pig". Finnish "maasika" is no groundhog, though, but the aardvark.


Somehow, giant mechas with flammable oil made me think of an old Transformers comic. Probably "Man of Iron", which looked and felt very different from the other stories in the magazines. Thanks, Torchman.


On one hand, I'm happy and surprised that TheC64 Mini got a firmware update. On the other hand, I'm not surprised that my XBox360 controller still doesn't work with it.


Been thinking of collecting a bunch of video game trivia questions and then organizing a prizeless quiz for Dtoid Discord regulars. The latter part is the problem I don't know how to solve.


My take on Kemono Friends Picross: the puzzle images fail badly because the resolution of a puzzle is insufficient to display an identifiable face of a Friend.


Seriously thinking about writing a map generator for a metroidvanialike (I'd never make the actual game) and a blog about it, because that sounds to me way more fun than playing a metroidvania.


The last thing I think of when I fall asleep is work, the first thing I think of when I wake up is work. If this is love, I want nothing to do with it.


No Indy, you are the skeleton now. (Photo of "The Art of Point + Click Adventure Games", 2018)


Ben Daglish has passed away. Thank you for the music and rest in peace. (My source: Eurogamer.)


About Flegmaone of us since 11:34 PM on 01.17.2015

Very much unprofessional writer, don't take anything I write without a truckload of salt.

On a hopefully long-term break from saying anything.