Posts by Rob Waugh
- Rob Waugh at Plugged In9 mths ago
Desert Bus is often described as the "worst game of all time" -- a driving game where you pilot a bus, in real time, for eight hours, along a perfectly straight road.
"Your task is simply to remain conscious," says TV illusionist Teller, who revealed the secrets of the game's creation in a New Yorkerarticle this week.
There is no traffic. The game cannot be paused. Worst of all, the bus lists constantly to the right -- so players have to steer constantly.
If the bus swerves, it goes off the road, and players have to start the eight-hour drive again from the beginning. Completing the mind-numbing journey earns players one point. High scores are, understandably, thin on the ground.
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- Rob Waugh at Plugged In10 mths ago
“You could argue that it’s a storm in a teacup - a very vocal minority of passionate gamers,” says Sony Computer Entertainment chief executive Andrew House, speaking to Yahoo! News in Los Angeles this week. “This huge outpouring of feeling around the concept of ownership of content. But I have to say I don’t see it that way.”
British-born House was speaking in the wake of Sony’s press conference at the E3 game show, where Sony revealed that, unlike rival Microsoft, it would not use a digital rights management system to allow publishers to control the resale of used games.
Loud cheers erupted as House and his colleagues announced the feature - House describes it as a “visceral moment”.
“I think we saw a lightning rod for feeling that has been bubbling up - that doesn’t just apply to games, but to entertainment overall,” says House. “I think there’s an increasing nervousness about what ownership of content means, in the absence of physical goods. When that nervousness was starting to migrate into control over physical goods that consumers have purchased, that was a bridge too far.”
- Rob Waugh at Plugged In11 mths ago
How do you follow up a game series that earned more than $3 billion -- a multi-billion entertainment machine in the same league as Star Wars and Harry Potter? That's the challenge facing Halo creators Bungie, now working on a new sci-fi epic, Destiny.
The team are now testing the game's sci-fi world daily -- and the result could “transform” shoot ‘em up games with a new take on multiplayer gaming, according to design director Joe Staten.
The "shared world" game will see players battle together online against alien forces in a dark sci-fi world set in the ruins of a human civilization that once spread through the Solar System. No release date has been announced for the game, which will appear on consoles including Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4.
“We’ve got a much bigger team of writers to do it - the structure of our story is very different,” says Staten. “Destiny is designed to give players something new to do every week. And that means we’ve moved away from the more traditional linear film-like structure we used for Halo."