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Submission + - IndieCade 2012 Finalist Nominations Announced (

AdamTrace writes: "IndieCade, the video game industry's Sundance" just posted it's 2012 finalists.

Kellee Santiago, the Jury Awards Chair, wrote: "These finalists showcase true artistry in game development, combining a wide array of both artistic and technical skills, ranging from art direction, to interface and interaction design, to computer programming and sometimes hardware hacking, to sound design and interactive musical composition, to writing, to the mysterious alchemy of “game design.”"

Comment I'm a Diabo 3 hipster... (Score 4, Insightful) 540

I liked Diablo 3 before it was cool to hate it.

Seriously, you all go ahead and not play. Make your protest and stand up and shout about how lame it is that you need to be online. The rest of us (or maybe it's just me and my friends) are having a TON of fun playing.

If you don't like it, that's fine. But don't tell me that *I* don't like it. 'Cause I do.

Comment An anecdote -- driving habits (Score 1) 95

I just bought a hybrid car. When I drive, it shows me my current MPG, and when I get to my destination, it shows me the MPG for the trip. If I get over 35 MPG, I get a little "Excellent!" message that flashes.

It's not much, but I'm surprised at the effect this has had on my driving. I notice myself driving differently when I have this feedback.

Now imagine we all had cars that published (tweeted, for example) our total MPG, and some sort of public leaderboard/ranking system. I think that alone would change the way a lot of people drove, and save a lot of fuel.

Comment Ikari Warriors for the PC... (Score 3, Informative) 267

I remember buying Ikari Warriors for the PC, way back in the day. The box had killer screenshots... the game looked exactly like the arcade game!

I loaded it up, and was met with horrific 4-color (white/black/cyan/magenta) graphics.

When I looked more closely at the box, it had small print that said something like "Arcade-version images shown. PC images may be different", or something to that effect.

I was pissed. :(

Comment Re:This is why... (Score 1) 175

On a certain Anonymous web image board, someone posted an image of a female rear end with a sharpie sticking out of it (aka "sharpie in the pooper").

Enterprising individuals examined the EXIF data on the picture, and saw that it was taken with an iPhone, including lat/long data. This was quickly plugged into Google maps, and all sorts of hilarity ensued.

Beware, indeed.

Comment LOVE this game... (Score 3, Interesting) 148

I've been playing computer games for about 30 years now, and RDR has grabbed me like few other games before it. Very few games would compel me to take time out of my day to write a post about it.

I don't like or dislike Western movies/games any more than the next guy, but they really nailed the atmosphere and setting. The game is beautiful. I've stopped to admire the vistas by starlight, and watched the sunrise from the porch of the general store while I waited for it to open. Riding through the wilderness in a thunderstorm, I was struck at just how wet and miserable everything looked. At atmosphere is great.

The writing and voice acting in the game is superb. Seriously, top notch. The writing is especially smart and poignant, and very engaging.

I really enjoyed both GTA:SA and GTA IV. I'm a big fan of the open world, where you can choose to follow the story line missions, or do side missions, or simply go out and explore. RDR has this in spades. It's so fun to load up your game and decide "what do I want to do today?" You always have a list of jobs to do, and they are all optional, so you can choose your own adventure. Hunting animals for skins (to sell for money), playing poker and other mini games, deciphering and following treasure maps, getting in shootouts with bandits, to say nothing of advancing the storyline by doing the set missions.

I haven't set foot in multiplayer yet, but I hear that is a lot of fun as well. I feel like I could go on and on. I'm completely smitten by this game.

A brief caveat is that there are some bugs. I've only seen one or two myself, but lots of people are reporting lots of issues.

If you've watched or read any reviews and the game sounds at all interesting, I can't recommend it enough.


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