Thanks to the efforts of Goonswarm and their “Burn Jita” campaign in EVE Online, freighters of any size are becoming rather rare. The massive, aggressive, and implacable alliance of suicidal madmen that is Goonswarm is killing everything to enter the main trade hub of the game, and that means a sudden market is going to open up for jump freighters. Check out this article to see how to build them. After all the killing and the screaming ends, of course. Ten Ton Hammer has the story.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is exactly what it sounds like; a shameless imitation of Nintendo’s own Super Smash Bros series. What that means is a bunch of PlayStation characters beating holy hell out of each other on varied and wacky stages. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and could turn out to be something quite interesting. The real trick now, is to see if Microsoft is planning something similar for the own Xbox console. There’s a video. IGN has the story.
The intro to the SNES Star Fox was pretty cool, but the technology of the day let it down. Check out this fan remake of the intro using modern hardware. Oh, and creepy puppets pulled from the original marketing images. Destructoid has the story.
In the early days, no one really knew what to make of video games. Especially, they didn’t know how to market games. There was this youth market, a strange and nebulous horde, and the suit-skinned execs who controlled the cash flow didn’t know a thing about them. So when it came time for game commercials, you got rap videos. Bad rap videos. Cinema Blend has the story.
In protest for certain recent actions by CCP, the makers of EVE Online, one of the largest and most aggressive guilds in the game, Goonswarm, has decided to lay waste to the game’s major trade hub. The campaign of destruction involves an awesome number of ships descending on the trade hub to murder everything in their path. The hub system is protected by insta-kill NPC space cops, and thus, supposedly safe. We’ll see how well that holds up against 14,000 suicide bombers. Eurogamer has the story.
I didn’t want to talk about the upcoming test chamber editor for Portal 2 until there was a video. Now there’s a video. Let Cave Johnson explain how Aperture Science plans to outsource test chamber construction in the future. You know, that future where he’s been dead for decades. The guy was pretty thorough at recording messages for every occasion. GameInformer has the story.
CISPA stands for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, but what it really means is another backdoor attempt to sell out the internet. Supporters of the bill pushed up the vote on it, taking critics by surprise. They also amended the bill to make what few protections it offered into paper-thin shams. SiliconAngle has the story.
Some people get obsessed with games, some with just a single game. Scott Williamson loves him some Star Castle, an ancient arcade game that could have been on the Atari 2600 in its heyday, but never saw the programming firepower it needed. Now, a few years later, that’s changed. Oh, and it comes on a custom cartridge. To use in a custom Atari 2600 machine. That’s transparent and lights up. Boing Boing has the story.
For those of us who can’t get enough action and adventure, a video game version of Thoreau’s Walden Woods is now under development. A large grant from the National Endowment for the Arts is funding the project. The game will center around the natural beauty of the area as taken from Thoreau’s notes while he lived in a cabin away from society. The Guardian has the story.
For a trailer with mecha in an abandoned city, this one is remarkably beautiful. And free of explosions. Reset bills itself as a puzzle adventure game involving time travel to solve problems with alternate versions of yourself. So there’s that. First, though, check out the trailer. Kotaku has the story.