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Rumor (But Probably Confirmed): STALKER Developer GSC Shut Down

This was a news item/mini-editorial originally posted at Digital Hippos. I’m re-posting it here for portfolio purposes.

GSC dead. Yes? No? Maybe. Probably.

As reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun via UkraNews, the developer of the much-loved to play (by some… what we call a “niche” or “cult” or, dare I say, “PC gamer”) but much-loathed to type (by everyone) S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series has been shut down by owner Sergei Grigorovich. (Whom I’m pretty sure is a Metal Gear Solid villain. Or maybe it’s just the ethnocentrism of the ‘80s and early ‘90s American movies and video games that raised me that make me think that… yeah, that’s probably more likely.) Continue reading

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Cities in Motion and Magicka Paying Tribute to Japan!

This is a news item originally posted on Digital Hippos. I’m re-posting it here for portfolio purposes.

The news-cycle may have moved on to more immediate concerns, but Japan is still reeling from the effects of the recent earthquakes and tsunami. The good news is that the game industry is still standing behind the land that made us.

Paradox Interactive today announced Cities in Motion: Tokyo and Magicka: Nippon.

Cities in Motion: Tokyo is a new expansion to the public-transportation sim that introduces Tokyo as a new setting for wanna-be public transit administrators to oversee, building Tokyo’s public transportation system over the course of four decades, beginning in the 1970s.

Magicka: Nippon is a new Japan-themed DLC pack for the innovative co-op action game, featuring a new kimono robe, katana sword and bamboo staff for Eastern-themed wizards to enjoy.

Best of all, between May 31 and June 3, 50% of revenue for each product goes straight to Japan’s tsunami/earthquake relief. Buy a game and donate to a good cause at the same time — what more could you want?

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Have You Heard of AMY?

This is an old news item originally posted at Digital Hippos, now included here for the purposes of portfolio building. AMY has since been released and seemingly disappointed everyone. Too bad.

I opened my inbox this morning to find some screenshots for AMY, a new survival-horror game coming to PSN in June. Why am I reporting this? Why should you care? Fans of niche survival-horror titles that revel in creating fear through disempowering the player might want to read on…. Continue reading

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