Thursday, March 13, 2014

That Weekly Link Roundup Thing

It's that time again! When Val is just to busy to sit down and write a compelling, thought-provoking, or silly article, we go to the stories around the web. And we have some good ones this week.

News Flash! Video Games are getting weird again! Wait. Weren't they already kind of weird? The Verge looks at the independent game Octodad: Dadliest Catch and it's charming, witty ways that have managed to capture the attention of gamers and non-gamers alike. It also dives into the history of these type of games, Parappa The Rapper anyone?, and how the current mobile game climate is the driving force for creativity.

Another independent game is turning heads on the FPS/war genre made popular over the years through Battlefield and Call of Duty. War of Mine has the gamers take on the role of the civilian in a battle-torn town. Instead of playing the solider, you're the civilian. It'll be brutal, no doubt. And while Kotaku wasn't able to pry out to the developers what the game play will be like, it's already causing quite a stir amongst the gamers. The game is set to release on mobiles, PC, MAC, and Linux in 2014.

A real-life version of Mario Kart was made available at SXSW (that's South by SouthWest) after a team up with Nintendo and Pennzoil, because that's a normal mash-up under any and all circumstances. Drivers raced karts equipped with RFID tags that responded to actions on the course. Run over the question mark field, and you got a random item to digitally use against another player. Slip on a "banana peel" and your kart stutters and slows down. Awesome idea. But! You had to be sober to play. No drinking and driving in your kart.

And on the rumor mill, Sony and Panasonic may be teaming up to work on disc technology that can hold up to a terabyte of data. Why bother working on physical discs when the world is moving more towards cloud based data usage? Well the cloud does have rainy days on occasion, and a physical disc allows for gameplay when you can't connect. And in some instances, disc copies of a game can run and install faster then an online service. Of course a game on a hard disc will always win out, but old school gamers like myself still want physical copies. It's believed that the new disc tech will be out by 2015. BTW, the photo linked in the article was the worse option ever. They used Titanfall, a Microsoft exclusive product, to talk about Sony. Good job NYPost!


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