Trigger Happy - Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution
Steven Poole, journalist, writer, and composer for television and short films, has decided to give away his first book, Trigger Happy, for free. It discusses the aesthetics of videogames - what they share with cinema, the history of painting, or literature; and what makes them different, in terms of form, psychology and semiotics. It was first published in 2000; the version given away is a revised edition with the afterword written in 2001. The book is offered as a PDF file under a CC license, for a limited time only, with no digital rights management whatsoever. Grab it here.
New Discovery Channel video game documentary series
A little late on this... Rise of the Video Game, check it out if you have access to the channel. It airs an hour long episode every Wed. that started with yesterday and for the next four weeks. There are five "levels" episodes in all.
Interplay to restart its in-house development studio.
On November 13, 2007, Interplay Entertainment Corp. announced that they will restart its in-house game development studio using money that they received through its sale of the Fallout IP to Bethesda Softworks. Gamespot has reported that Interplay has current plans to develop sequels (contingent on if it can secure funding for the projects) for the following classic Interplay IPs: Earthworm Jim, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Descent, and MDK.
Tec Toy (known among gamers for keeping old SEGA consoles alive) announced last Monday (11/12) their next release, scheduled for December 5th: a portable Genesis console. It will cost R$ 199,00 (about US$ 115,00), will come with 20 embedded games and no cartridge slot.
MobyGames now has details of 2000 Commodore 64 games. This includes classics such as Paradroid, Wizball, Pirates!, and IK+. There are also lots of obscure or novel titles featured, such as Avoid the Noid, Critical Mass AKA Power, The Toy Shop and Steigenberger Hotelmanager. Thanks to everybody who's contributed to this 2000, and keep going - Lemon 64 documents over 4000 titles, and even this is a fraction of those listed at Gamebase (although many of their extra titles are SEUCK games, Pinball Construction Set modules and simple arcade clones.
Caution: Exploding Game Entries. Stay behind the yellow line
Some tools have recently been created "behind the scenes" to aid in the merging and splitting of game entries. To recap, Mobygames does not automatically consider games on different platforms that share the same name to be the same game. What determines whether different ports of a game go together is gameplay, perspectives, and rating categories (and to a lesser extent, developer/publisher companies involved in it's designed). So therefore, the Game Boy Color version and the better known Nintendo 64 version of Perfect Dark are considered to be two different games. Even though they share the same name. Likewise the game TaleSpin, though featuring similar characters, is played differently depending on if the player is experiencing it on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Sega Genesis or the Turbografx-16. Even though many other games listings and database projects consider that to be ONE game on multiple systems, we consider it to be three distinct games that happen to have the same title.
So above I've presented our viewpoint. However as often happens, process and reality can end up two different things. Everyone here, approvers and contributors alike, are human. Over the years mistakes have happened. That's why we're so excited to have these improvements available as they allow us to more efficiently deal with these corrections. Over the next few weeks, people who keep careful watch of the New Content will probably notice a lot of games showing up as they are split away properly from other games that share their name. There's quite a queue of games we've written down anticipating this tool, so please be patient as we work our way through the internal lists. This is part of our ongoing goal to provide the most complete and accurate videogame database anywhere.
To those who happen to notice games such as these that SHOULD be split away due to drastically different gameplay (some good indicators are the information in the genre information, developer/publisher information and major screenshot differences), we remind everyone to click the Contribute link present on every gamesheet and then choose Corrections. Please understand however that as mentioned, there is a large queue of issues to fix and some may have already been reported.