Monthly Archives: October 2011

Roguelike Highlights: Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup

EDIT: If you are reading this from the FUTURE, please note that Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup was on version 0.9 at the time of writing, and the game has changed significantly since. Older versions are all archived here, however, if … Continue reading

Posted in Roguelike Highlights | Tagged , , , , , | 20 Comments

Roguelike Highlights: Brogue

[Be sure to read my introduction to roguelikes, and check out my first roguelike highlight here. Also, you can click the images for larger versions.] Brogue is a more traditional roguelike than Dungeons of Dredmor, but it’s still pretty easy … Continue reading

Posted in Roguelike Highlights | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Roguelike Highlights: Dungeons of Dredmor

[Be sure to check out my introduction to Roguelikes if you haven’t read it yet! Also, click on images for larger versions.] Dungeons of Dredmor has one serious drawback compared to many other roguelikes: it is not free. But for … Continue reading

Posted in Roguelike Highlights | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Roguelike Highlights: Introduction

Roguelikes constitute an interesting sub-genre. Known for extremely minimal graphics but extremely complex gameplay, they are games which ones plays forever, essentially, returning again and again over the course of one’s lifetime. Most players will never win, but the big … Continue reading

Posted in Roguelike Highlights | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Alternate History: Shogo: Mobile Armor Division [Guest Post]

There is too much gaming history to be covered by one man. Fortunately, jefequeso offered to help by contributing this guest piece on Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, the 1998 first-person shooter by Monolith. Read on for his thoughts on the … Continue reading

Posted in History Lessons | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Final Thoughts on Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I have finally finished Deus Ex: Human Revolution. When I recommended that you play it, I estimated I was only about halfway through, but it turned out it was more like one third of the way through. A long game, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

History Lessons: System Shock

In 2007, 2K Boston (now known as Irrational Games) released Bioshock, which proved to be a big hit. I wanted to play it but I didn’t have a good enough PC at the time. But as I read more about … Continue reading

Posted in History Lessons | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

History Lessons: Another World

Another World (known in the United States as Out of This World) was released in 1991, by a single man, Eric Chahi (who has recently returned to game development with From Dust). The original release was for the Amiga, a … Continue reading

Posted in History Lessons | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

On Tutorials

It used to be that, before playing a game, you had to read the manual. Otherwise you’d have no idea how to play, or what was going on. Today, no one reads manuals, although they are still included with most … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

History Lessons: Outcast

Outcast was released in 1999, which turned out to be very unfortunate timing. It was a time when graphics cards (known then as “3D Accelerator Cards”) had just taken off, and the games industry was running wild with crazy, high-resolution, … Continue reading

Posted in History Lessons | Tagged , , | 3 Comments