This one's for the old-timers among you: A new company has launched made up of former Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI) employees called Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI). The company features the talents of former SSI veterans Paul Murray and David Shelley, and David Klein. In its early days SSI was known as one of the best war game publishers in the world, but by the late eighties it managed to secure the rights to make Advanced Dungeons & Dragons games.
Today Activision revealed that it will bring back Sierra, the game company that put adventure gaming on the map. Obviously Sierra will likely only be a label under the auspices of Activision, but there's a lot of questions concerning whether Activision also plans on bringing back some of the game franchises that made Sierra a household name like Space Quest, Quest for Glory, King's Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, and many other popular titles.
EA's "On The House" free PC game giveaway for the month of August is the classic space action game Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. As always you'll have to have an Origin account and the client installed to play the game. To get it you'll need to login to Origin and find it in the "On The House" promotional section (here).
UK-based Dovetail Games announced that it has signed a global licensing deal with Microsoft to develop and publish all-new games based on Microsoft’s popular flight simulation technology. The company said in a press release today that it is currently investigating new concepts in this area and is expecting to bring a release to market in 2015.
Dovetail Games also announced that it acquired the rights to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition via Steam. The new release on Steam will be sold under the name, Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.
The Command & Conquer community has launched a server to keep multiplayer going in a number of C&C games that had been abandoned by GameSpy Technologies, who once provided multiplayer services for the popular PC real-time strategy games. According to this Eurogamer report, users interested in playing online can visit C&C: Online, register with Revora and install a launcher which emulates GameSpy servers.
Did someone order something with extra cheese at Denny's, allegedly "America's Diner?" Well whether you did or not a new deal with Atari to transform some of its select classic Atari 2600 games is some of the cheesiest marketing we've seen.
The deal sees Denny's app offer three classic Atari games reimagined with new titles and food items as themes. There's Hasteroids (Asteroids), Centiup (Centipede), and Take-Out (Breakout). The games are free, and available now in both iOS and Android app stores via the Denny's app.
Nintendo announced that a bundle featuring the GameCube controller adapter is coming this holiday season. The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U controller bundle contains a Nintendo GameCube controller and adapter for Wii U. It will be available this holiday season for a recommended price of $99.99, the company revealed during its E3 2014 Digital Event.
The Wii U adapter allows four original Nintendo GameCube or WaveBird controllers to be hooked up to the Wii U for use with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The adapter connects to the Wii U USB port.
The popular puzzle game Tetris is 30 years old today. The game became popular when it appeared on a new hand-held system from Nintendo - the GameBoy - and the rest is history.
Bloomberg TV program "Bloomberg West" has a segment on the latest episode of the show featuring Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter discussing the popularity of Tetris and its impact on video games today.
A game like Legend of Grimrock 2, the old-school first-person dungeon crawler RPG sequel from Almost Human, would have no problem garnering support as an early access title on Steam, but the developer says it is not interested in releasing the game in that space.
Speaking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the studio says that it is "old fashioned" and wants to release a final polished game when the development cycle is over.
Epic Games and former GSC Game World developers have released updates to deal with Glu Mobile shutting down GameSpy Technologies' multiplayer services. Epic Games has released a new executable replacement file that redirects online play requests to a new in-house master server.
Harmonix's Kickstarter for the current generation reboot of its cult classic PS2 rhythm-action music game, Amplitude, is within striking distance of getting fully funded. Earlier in the week it looked like the project would not survive the Kickstarter funding process, but in the last several days the project has seen a surge of public support.
This week's Humble Weekly Bundle features classic games tweaked by the fine folks at Night Dive Studios to work on modern-day PCs. The bundle includes a number of great games including Sir-Tech's RPG classics Wizardry 6: Bane of the Cosmic Forge, Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant, and Wizardry 8; Looking Glass Studios' sci-fi action RPG System Shock 2; cult-classic horror game, Shadow Man; and the adventure game classics The 11th Hour; The 7th Guest, Harvester, and I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.
If you were hoping to see Mortal Kombat classics come to the Wii U Virtual Console, we have some bad news for you: it's not going to happen. Way back before the Wii U was released, Mortal Kombat series creator and NetherRealm Studios director Ed Boon expressed interest in bringing the series to the Nintendo console. In an interview with GameTrailers, Boon said:
Blizzard has made its classic Super Nintendo adventure game, The Lost Vikings, available as a free download (thanks Joystiq). It was one of the first games the company made (which was published by Interplay, long before it was known for creating Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft. In the game players take control of three Vikings and alternate between them to use their special skills to solve environmental puzzles.
XCOM creator Julian Gollop's 'Chaos Reborn' has managed to surpass its Kickstarter crowd-funding goal. The Kickstarter closed at $210,854, well above the $180,000 goal it was originally seeking. The project is based on Gollop's classic 1985 ZX Spectrum game, Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. The turn-based fantasy strategy game puts players in the shoes of a lone wizard with a small but powerful collection of spells.
With a little over 60 hours to go, X-Com creator Julian Gollop's latest project is going to the wire - his crowd-funding campaign for Chaos Reborn is very close to its funding goal. As of this writing, the campaign has managed to raise $160,268 of its $180,000 goal from a little over 3,900 backers. The project is based on Gollop's classic 1985 ZX Spectrum game, Chaos: The Battle of Wizards.
The crowd funding campaign for Chaos Reborn is well over the halfway mark, with 14 more days to go until it expires on Kickstarter. The game is being developed by Julian Gollop, the co-creator of the hit tactical strategy PC game, X-COM. As of this writing the game has generated $115,958 of its $180,000 goal from 2,870 backers with 14 more days to go.
Playdek has released a brand new update on the Kickstarter page for its game Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians. The latest update, answers a lot of questions fans have about this game being made by several principles that worked on such hit Japanese tactical strategy titles as Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. More importantly, Playdek is almost near its funding goal of $600,000, but the campaign only has a little over two days to raise the $90,669 it needs to get fully funded.
Peter Molyneux, creator of the original 1997 strategy game hit Dungeon Keeper, recently described EA's free-to-play mobile reboot as "ridiculous" in an interview with the BBC.
Since its release on iOS and Android versions, the new Dungeon Keeper has managed to raise the ire of fans and critics alike for forcing players to choose between spending significant periods of time farming resources, or to pay lots of real-world money to buy items that allow them to skip those requirements.
Playdek has released a new update on the Kickstarter page for its game Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians.
Infocom co-founder Dave Lebling will be giving a (long overdue?) postmortem talk on the classic text adventure Zork at GDC 2014. Lebling, who currently works as a Senior Principal Engineer at BAE Systems, created the "grue" and co-authored Zork I-III, as well as several other classic text adventures.
Here's a pretty cool story from Gamasutra - and a particularly awe inspiring thing if you happen to be someone developing a roguelike game. Glenn Wichman, one of the original co-creators of the super popular 1980s dungeon-crawler Rogue, served as a judge on the "Ultimate Roguelike Challenge" competition.
While various classic Fallout games are no longer available on GOG.com, license holder Bethesda promises to make the classic games - Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics - available again as soon as possible. So where will customers find these games in the future? According to Bethesda's Twitter feed, they'll be on Valve's Steam at some point in the future:
In mid-December GOG.com gave away Fallout games for free to kick off its massive Winter sale. If you wondered why that was happening, the answer is simple enough: both Interplay and GOG.com knew that they would soon lose the rights to sell these classic games as of January 1, 2014. So now if you want to buy any of those earlier Fallout games, you'll have to find them somewhere else because they are no longer on GOG.com. Of course if you purchased the games before Dec.
The Internet Archive is expanding its Historical Software Collection to include a free Console Living Room beta, which recreates some of the best classic '70s and '80s video game systems on the web for the sake of preserving history. The library currently includes hundreds of games for the Astrocade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, and Magnavox Odyssey. Naturally not every game is available for every system and some games don't currently have working sounds, but things are still being tweaked.
According to a recent interview with Oculus VR chief executive Brendan Iribe on GamesBeat, John Carmack is spearheading Oculus VR's mobile efforts. Carmack left id Software earlier in the year to work for the company out of its Dallas offices, and apparently he is spending a fair amount of his time focusing on mobile platforms.
Backers of Richard Garriott's and Portalarium's online-focused RPG Shroud of the Avatar, will get a taste of the game beginning today with the launch of Shroud of the Avatar Release 1. The early version of the game's client will allow players to log in to their accounts, download the client, create a character and begin to explore the streets of Owl's Head, the game's first town open for business. The release comes nine months after the project was announced by Portalarium in early March.
Sony Online Entertainment announced that its next annual fan gathering, SOE Live 2014, will be held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from Aug. 14 - Aug. 17, 2014. The 2014 event will celebrate 15 years of SOE's games, with activities and events that revolve around its line-up of games including DC Universe Online, Dragon's Prophet, EverQuest, EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2, Vanguard Saga of Heroes and the upcoming EverQuest Next Landmark and EverQuest Next.