Michael takes us on a blast from the past this week, down into the world of the humble ant, and a game that conquered the world for Maxis long before SimCity became it’s own metropolis. Let’s re-meet the humble kingdom of the ants in SimAnt.
This week Michael Blaker joins the Game Industry News blogger crew, bringing his unique perspective as a scholar of Japanese art and culture to the game industry. We’ll be re-running some of his best work from his popular Windborne’s Story Eatery blog.
Meg checks out Rollers of The Realm at this year’s SXSW, a hybrid pinball RPG. Yes, we said a pinball-based RPG. While it may sound kind of odd, Meg found it to be quite charming, and it was a finalist for the SXSW Gamer’s Voice award. Ready to roll with it?
This week Meg takes a look at the game Free Free Free Free Free To Play, which makes fun of the whole free2play genre in some ingenious ways, while raking in a little f2p coin itself. So is this a genius parody or just another cash in on gamers.
New Casual Game The Hunger Games Adventures Is More Appointment-Based Panem-Ville Than Adventure Story The Hunger Games novels suggest so many good games — a minigame hunting prey with Katniss’ arrows (a popular choice for the middle-school girls in my game design classes), a crafting and survival game like Lost In Blue set in the forest outside District 12, a combat game in the Arena, or even a social RPG, like Whitewolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade, set in the Capital — that I had high hopes for The Hunger Games Adventures. Even when I realized this game had some appointment-style mechanics, … Continue reading Panem-Ville: Hunger Games
This week Meg is enthralled with a game called The Silent Age from a little studio called House on Fire. Come see why this throwback hit might just be a masterpiece.
This week we introduce a brand new feature, the GiN Blog spotlight. GiN will be teaming up with the best bloggers from within the industry as well as commentators and reviewers. We’ll be simulcasting their best and brightest work right here. First up: Meg Stivison, who knows this industry from all angles.