Aug 12, 2011
I posted about Popcap Games
a few months back, and how I spent a hundred bucks to download every single game in their catalog, simultaneously giddy and terrified at the prospect of...
Jul 5, 2011
Gather ’round, children, while I tell you a tale of video game history. Time was, there weren’t any games out there where you could heroically gather your might and magic and fight other people on a battlefield of honor. Fortunately, there soon came some dude who made a game called King’s Bounty, clear back in the 80′s, before graphics deserved the name. Shortly thereafter he made...
Mar 4, 2011
My relationship with video games goes back a long, long way. And I’ve already written here about retro games, strategy games and big, bad-ass stabby games. But lately I find myself gravitating more and more to casual games. Which is gamer parlance for “the kind of game your mom plays.” And it’s true. My own mother used to email me her “Bejeweled” high scores, while I...
Feb 24, 2011
Here’s a fun game to play sometime when you’re in a crowd and you don’t mind looking like a nerd. Say “You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.” and see who looks at you. Well, depending on how loudly you say it, that might be everybody. But the point is that if you say these words in a group of...
Nov 23, 2010
If you know me at all, you know that I have no shortage of video game options. I have an Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii. I have a computer with wireless mouse and keyboard hooked up in the living room so I can play Torchlight on the big screen. I have an old PS2 laying around just in case of Psychonauts-related emergencies, and a NES knockoff that plays the original cartridges (which, admittedly, I turn to...
Oct 15, 2010
Always leave them wanting more. For all the charm, wit and geeky goofiness packed into The Kingdom of Loathing, that simple, proven axiom is the secret of the game’s long-term success. It’s a free internet browser game, which means it would be easy to stay up all night playing until you get all crazy-eyed (like you did with Bejeweled that one time, don’t lie) and then become sick of it....
Sep 24, 2010
If you took Rogue, NetHack, Diablo, Diablo II and Fate, threw them all in a blender, then strained the pure awesomeness out into a brand new game you would be sued for copyright...
Sep 8, 2010
Hidden object games are One Of Those Things: you love them, or else you think the people who love them are mentally deficient in some way.
Part of the problem is the genre itself. In its infancy, the HOG wasn’t much more than a glorified feature from Highlights for Children: here is a picture, find 15 hot dogs.
Over time, the artwork has improved, and gameplay has gotten more sophisticated. Most...