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Lighting for Game Design

January 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Here’s an article on the principles of lighting a game for game design. It’s very different from lighting things for illustrative/art purposes.

It talks about how simplified and concentrated lighting can be way more effective in leading the player than artistically lit environments, or lighting that ignores the fundamentals of game design (Condemned for example, breaks these rules to such utter frustration, that I found myself throwing the controller not because of player deaths, but because of running in circles unable to progress).

http://www.l4d.com/blog/post.php?id=2129

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Mirror’s Edge Demo Up

October 31, 2008 1 comment

The Mirror’s Edge demo is up on PSN, and should be available soon on Xbox marketplace.

It’s graphically impressive, but not nearly as impressive as when I first saw it. I do like the look and style of it, gameplay seems rather interesting, though it might be my expectations, but it didn’t impress me nearly as much as I had hoped. Download the demo and try it out yourself.

You know what’s interesting, when I first started up this blog, the domain name mirrorsedge.com had not been taken. I am seriously kicking myself for not grabbing it when I had the chance…

Child’s Play from 1up.com

October 27, 2008 2 comments

This is a very old article, but it’s still one of my favorites:

Would today’s tykes tolerate the classic games you grew up with? Kids do say the darndest things in this uncut version of an EGM article—now with a bonus game not included in the original story!

Your average gamer these days is in his late 20s—young enough to still find new ways to destroy brain cells, old enough to worry about bills and 401ks, and wise enough to reminisce about the good ol’ days of videogames. But was the age of Pong, Atari, Mattel handheld football, and Donkey Kong really all that great, or are we just blinded by fuzzy, warm nostalgia?

That’s the question we asked—and answered—back in the November issue of EGM, in which we rounded up nine children of the PlayStation generation—ages 9 to 12—and forced them to play a variety of titles from the late’70s to the mid-’80s. Now read what the little scamps had to say, plus check their comments on a bonus game—Super Mario Bros.—that got cut from the EGM article. If you grew up with these classics, prepare to feel very old.

Note: Everything written here was actually said by these kids. Really. The only change we made was to remove the more gratuitous usages of the word “gay”.

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So much gaming, so little time.

October 14, 2008 7 comments

It’s going to be a crazy two months ahead. Due to the approaching Black Friday, games are being pushed out in time for the holiday season, and the buyer frenzy. Just on DS and PS3 alone, we’ve got a mass amount of titles that will make you either flinch in agony as your time is whittled away, or leap for joy at all the drooling goodies.

We’ve got Little Big Planet coming out on the 21st, in addition, on that very same day is the new DS Castlevania – Order of Ecclesia. Let’s not forget Rockband 2 is being released for PS3, which I happily preordered.

On November 11th, is supposedly Dragon Quest IX for DS, Eternal Poison for PS2, Castlevania Judgement, and super-drool Mirror’s Edge! And the day after that is Valkyria Chronicles! A week from that day is Tomb Raider Underworld!

Some of you may already have Eternal Sonata, Dead Space, and Bioshock on your radars too.

Personally, I’m going to skip Eternal Poison and Castlevania Judgement. I’ll have to let a few of these games pass “Day One GET” in favor of my wallet and my time constraints. I’m still trying to play Uncharted!

I’m definitely going to get Valkyrie Chronicles. Played the UK demo, and I’m supremely impressed with the game mechanics.

Mirror’s Edge is an obvious DAY ONE GET. What I am kicking myself for though, is the fact that when I registered this blog, mirrorsedge.com was available, and I didn’t take it. Why? I’d say a sudden lapse of stupidity.

Another GET is Tomb Raider Underworld. I’ve always loved Tomb Raider, and seeing it improve so much over the last two games has really injected new love for the series for me. May not be a Day One Get though, but definitely one of the higher priorities.

I’m also a huge Castlevania fan, and can’t wait to see what this new DS installment will bring to the table. The new combat system sounds interesting, and I’ve always wanted to see a female lead since Dracula X.

Little Big Planet is already preordered. I don’t have to say anything else. The reviewers have said their word, and I agree. Beta showed me the light.

The demo for Eternal Sonata didn’t impress me very much. I really like the art style. It’s beautiful. But it doesn’t seem to add much to the RPG genre. Nothing interesting at least. I was really anticipating this game when I saw it on the 360, but after playing the demo, decided that I’ll buy it “when I have time”. I have enough RPGs to tide me over for potentially the next 5 years! 😦

If I can’t purchase all my wants, then hopefully, someone else will for my christmas present.

Vader to appear as downloadable content for Soul Calibur 4 xbox360?!

July 25, 2008 Leave a comment

Not sure if it’s photoshopped or not. It’s highly possible. But Regardless, it would be nice. I’d pay for it.

Edit: confirmed. Video found here

More Soul Calibur 4 Characters unveiled

July 8, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest addition to the Soul Calibur 4 roster, a demon-girl named Kamikirimushi. Not much else is known about her right now other than the fact that she carries a giant mace.

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Sticker Gunk : How to Remove it Without Destroying Everything Else

June 23, 2008 17 comments

You’ve all experienced it. You go to EBgames or Gamestop to buy a game, and the only copies they have are gutted, with the sticker on it. Or you go to buy a pre-owned game, which is guaranteed to have a sticker on the case. And then after you buy it, they put this giant sticker on it to seal it as proof that it hasn’t been opened (blame piracy for that one).

You take it home, and try to peel off that god-damn sticker as carefully as you can and it throws you a bomb before it can be thwarted – it tears, leaving behind a papery sticker gunk residue. You then spend the rest of the day picking at the gunk until it virtually destroys the case’s would-have-been-shiny-finish, and have also dented the insert underneath. You try applying tape to it, but it does nothing! Then the sticky parts collect dirt and eventually turn black, making your game look thoroughly used!! Maddening!!!

But! There are ways to remove it without so much as breaking a sweat! You can apply this method to DVD cases, manga, and other stickers stuck on shiny surfaces!! How?! Read on!

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