Expiration DateI love the Team Fortress 2 short movies. They're like little Pixar films......just with violence, blood, dismemberment and a general disregard for health, safety and human life.Usually they're quite brief, but the latest to surface is a whole 15 minutes. Positively feature-length!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLlLQ3LmZWU.It's making me want to revisit those TF2 "auxiliary units" I designed a couple of years back.
Chaaaaange?“Why don’t you launch a Kickstarter campaign?”“Have you heard of Patreon?”“Why doesn’t your site have a Donate button?”Put simply, I have this (evidently archaic) opinion that; if you want to make money, you have to do the work first. I don’t like the idea of taking money off people unless they get something for it immediately, not [insert timeframe here] down the line. It feels like a scam. That’s why I produce all those cheap digital comics: to finance my larger projects (and which is why I get pissed off when I find them being distributed freely online, because it slows everything down).Even for large projects, like video-games that only have a niche audience and which big publishers won’t ever assist: I don’t see crowd funding as a particularly good way to go about getting production capital. I prefer the early release approach, such as that Mojang took with Minecraft.No complete product? Giv
Inspiring GamesI’ve been asked to list which video/computer games I like. I actually compiled a list a while back, with the intention of writing something slightly lengthier than a journal update.The list is not so much what I think are good games – games age and some of them now play like a dog – but they are titles that most inspired me. They either introduced me to new concepts or changed how I saw things.I won’t go into detail on why each was important to me (that’ll take too long to write!) but if you’re familiar with both my work and these titles, you’ll probably spot where I picked up certain things from.(Listed in the order of which I first played them)Cops and Robbers (C64)The Last Ninja (C64)Spy vs Spy 2 (C64)Lemmings (Amiga)Sonic the Hedgehog (Megadrive)Sim City (Mac)Prince of Persia (Mac)Diggers (Amiga CD32)Monkey Island 2 (Mac)TIE Fighter (PC)Alone in the Dark (PC)Darkstalkers (Arcade)Myst (Mac)Ultima Underworld (PC)Tomb Raider
Star Wars fan-animationHoly f**k!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tBM2ZfncoU
Baleifying BenI got bored....and I had a microphone handy.....
Creativity is addictive.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23572742I believe that Minecraft is the future of massive multiplayer games, and I'm surprised that none of the big developers/publishers have cottoned onto it yet.They look at Minecraft and think its success is down to its business model, or to its blocky, retro charm.It's not.It's down to the fact that you get out of it what you put into it.With a MMORPG, there are pre-scripted quests. With Minecraft, you set the quests yourself or others.User created content is the key. All you have to do is provide the players with the tools to build.There are two types of gamer: wall builders and wall breakers.Wall builders are the ones that spend an age in an RTS game getting their base just right. They play SimCity and act as Dungeon Master during an RPG.Wall breakers are the type to follow the mission brief. They get set a quest and they follow it. They're the Call of Duty crowd and they're never more happy than when
Remember RememberPeople across the pond often explain Britain's "Bonfire Night"/"Guy Fawkes Night" as the UK's version of their July 4th celebration.Ummm….no.Penchant for detonating sparking, explody things aside, they're not at all similar.One is about a nation celebrating its independence (or the defeat of alien invaders, depending how strong your grip is on reality) the other is basically a nation trolling terrorists, rubbing their faces in failure.That the thwarting of the November 5th gunpowder plot is remembered is arguably one of the two reasons why the Brits are universally unafraid of terrorism (the second being that Fair Blighty has faced down the largest war machines the world has ever seen. A random yahoo that wants to blow himself up is an irritant by comparison). You leave the nations of the UK alone and they fight among themselves in a 600mile long drunken brawl. However, if an outside force so much as prods them with a stick in a manner that they find remotely unpleasant, they unify
We all drive Jaguars, here.I thought this Jaguar advert was only going to air in the US, but i recently saw it pop up over here, too.I guess if you're going to hire the likes of Sir Ben F**king Kingsley (full name) and company to peddle your products; you want to go multi-region to get your money's worth.Theatrics aside, it made me ponder on why Britain has this villainous reputation, and I started to compile a list:The British Empire was the biggest drug-dealing organisation in history and made a fortune selling opium to China. In the mid 19th century, when the Chinese Emperor tried to stop them, they sent in The Nemesis – basically the Death Star of the era – which proceeded to decimate the entire Chinese fleet. Then they stole Hong Kong.In an emergency, such as a disaster or terror attack, an intelligence committee is convened. Its codename is “COBRA”.The British military’s communication network is called “Skynet