Friday, February 29, 2008

Variety on FusionFall

Variety's game blog, Cut Scene, has a nice report about FusionFall at GDC. Jeez, does EVERYONE have a game blog these days?

And I'd like to point out that while Chris likes to compare FF to "Crisis" I am much more comfortable with the "Secret Wars" comparison. So there!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Forbes on FusionFall

Forbes video network reports on FusionFall, while also covering LEGO Universe and some new titles from LucasArts.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Massively on FusionFall

They came, they saw, they blogged. Joystiq's Massively reports on their experience with FusionFall at GDC.

Monday, February 25, 2008

DBZ MMO

It's true. There's a DBZ MMO. It's called Dragonball Online. But it doesn't appear to be out yet. And it looks like it's in Japanese. But it might run in a browser window. Can you say Kame-Hame-Kaching?

Thanks to Tim, of Pac-Gentleman fame, for sending me the link.

Pac-Gentleman

My friend Tim showed this to me last week at GDC. (On his iPhone, natch.) It's the steampunk Pac-Man, dubbed PAC-GENTLEMAN! How much does that totally rock? It's like the mini-tabletop cabinet, sculpted out of plastic and bronze. Check out a full blogpost with more pics here.

And while on the topic of steampunk, check out Zeitguyz Game Developers. I saw these dudes walking around GDC in full steampunk regalia, complete with gearworks appendages and crazy weapons made of dusty metal. Full props for walking the walk!

FusionFall @ GDC

Well, we're back from the Game Developer's Conference, where FusionFall was showcased to a number of media outlets during the show. The reactions from the folks who got to see and play the game were quite encouraging. Thanks to all who came out!

Bits and blurbs are starting to appear on the World Wide Internets. Check 'em out below. I'm looking forward to reading more!

See the following links for FusionFall reportage from: The Escapist, IGN and MMO Gamer. Woot!

Meantime, I did manage to break away for a few GDC sessions, some quite worthwhile, others...not so much. Stand by for more thoughts from me.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Marvel MMO Dead

Microsoft's Shane Kim confirms on MTV's gamer blog that the Marvel MMO is no more. He says:
“I’ll confirm. Marvel and we have agreed to end development on the MMO. It was an amicable decision…. It’s just something that we felt that, for us and for them, it would be better if we ended development. Which is disappointing, because that had a lot of promise. But sometimes you have to make these decisions.”
If anything, this would explain the recent rumor that Cryptic was picking up the Star Trek MMO development duties. That one was a puzzler to me, but in light of this disappointing news about the Marvel MMO, maybe not so much.

Where does this place the SOE project for DC Comics? Still on the landscape, but what is the status? I've heard nary a peep.

Friday, February 8, 2008

WGA Recognizes Game Writing

Today, NPR reports that the WGA is bestowing awards on game writers. Here are the nominees:
CRASH OF THE TITANS, Written by Christopher Mitchell, Sierra Entertainment

DEAD HEAD FRED, Written by Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan, D3 Publisher

THE SIMPSONS GAME, Lead Writer Matt Selman, Written by Tim Long and Matt Warburton, Dialogue by Jeff Poliquin, Electronic Arts

THE WITCHER, Lead Story Designer Artur Ganszyniec, Dialogue Sebastian Stepien, Additional Dialogue Marcin Blacha, Writers Sande Chen and Anne Toole, Atari

WORLD IN CONFLICT, Story Design Christofer Emgard, Story Consultant Larry Bond, Script Consultant Ed Zuckerman, Sierra Entertainment
This is hardly a charitable effort. I'm sure the guild can't wait to get companies like Activision and EA on their list of signatories. Nevertheless, it's nice to see the work of interactive writers get noticed. (Although all too often I imagine it's washed-up screenwriters "slumming" with the gaming types.) In light of the WGA strike, which is rumored to be coming to a close, I guess I applaud the WGA's ability to get recognition for writers across all media. Hooray!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Still Out of This World

IGN Retro posts a loving tribute to Out of This World, one of my favorite games of all time. (Peep my profile picture, if you don't believe me.) I played through it again at some point during my GameTap tenure, and it really is a title that can stand the test of time. I even watched a speedrun, just for kicks! Check out the designer's official site for the latest news about the game, including a chance to play it if you missed it the first time around.