After Atari was acquired by Warner in the 1980s, the new chief executive it installed called the game designers “a bunch of high-strung prima donnas” in an interview. Atari’s designers retaliated with this shirt. On display at GDC Retro Play this week.
Track: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next | Artist: Manic Street Preachers | Album: This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
When not on hiatus, Yoshihiro Togashi brings Hunter x Hunter to life. And in that famed manga, it appears he keeps making secret references to idol girl group Keyakizaka46.
Ready to feel melancholy? You’ve come to the right place. It’s time to listen to the ultimate break-up song.
Matsumoto Castle and the North Alps. Matsumoto, Japan. By Joey Elam.
The shittiest kidnap van I’ve ever seen was doing laps around GDC all today. I guess if you want to kidnap kids you spray-paint “Free Candy” on the van but this is what you do if you want to lure in tech bros? When it fills up do they drive them straight to Burning Man?
Why is Sonic blue? Because Sega’s logo is blue. A simple answer to one of life’s great mysteries. From the Sonic panel currently ongoing at GDC.
Harold Halibut is an adventure game where everything is handmade. “Almost every object you see in the game exists in real life,” one of the game’s developers told me during an Xbox event at GDC yesterday. The demo I played felt like a streamlined take on standard point-and-click adventuring (with some worrisomely…
Afterparty now has a trailer giving us our first good look at the new game from the makers of Oxenfree. You play as two dead college kids who need to out drink Satan in order to return to earth and walk among the living. Afterparty’s due out sometime in 2019.
Ark: Survival Evolved is coming to Switch this fall. According to Studio Wildcard, the Switch version will have the same features as on PS4 and Xbox One. No word yet on whether it will be cross-play with the PC version. Either way, you’ll soon be able to poach dinosaurs on the go.
Track: The Girl From Ipanema | Artist: Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz & João Gilberto | Album: Getz/Gilberto
While contemporary T-ara is little more than a footnote in the vast, vast history of Korean pop music, they used to be a driving force behind K-Pop trends in the early-to-mid-2010s, and it all started here with Bo Peep Bo Peep, perhaps the ultimate definition of a “earworm”.
Bad North is described as “a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite”. That’s enough to get my attention. It’s coming to Switch first in the Summer, then Xbox One, PS4, PC and mobile a bit later.
What The Golf is my favorite game of GDC so far. Its developers assert that golf is boring, so they’ve made tons of tiny levels that turn the sport on its head. The game is riotously funny. In one level, I scored a “hole-in-one” by launching a typical golf hole into a giant 1-shaped crater. Another gave me, playing as…
If you like video game music, this is for you. A little while back I (Kirk) went on the podcast Level with Emily Reese and talked about a bunch of my favorite video game soundtracks. The episode is now up, with lots of musical examples mixed in. Grab some headphones and listen along!
Rainbow Six Siege’s latest update arrived today. Currently live on PC and coming to consoles later this week, Patch Y3S1.1's most notable contribution is fixing the issue where equipped skins would reset after getting disconnected. The glitch making some players occasionally go invisible is also no more.
A report today by The Verge details the recent history of Telltale Games leading up to last fall’s layoffs, including feelings among many of the staff that the studio was stagnating creatively and had also become a toxic work environment under the leadership of co-founder and former CEO Kevin Bruner.
The Switch is getting Lumines? We’re so doomed. Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s rhythm puzzle game is coming to the Switch this spring as Lumines Remastered. We’ll be Shinin’ like it’s the 2005 PSP launch. Update: It’ll also be out on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Look for it in May.
Thanks to a live-action TV series kicking off in May on Freeform, teen super team Cloak and Dagger score their own Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 level pack today. The $2.99 DLC features a short adventure plus character unlocks for Mister Negative, Blackout, Shroud, Nightmare, and Silvermane. Don’t do drugs, kids.