Most of us have seen fake Twitter accounts of real celebrities or important people that poke fun at them or their profession. The petermolydeux account for example is a parody of the real British game designer Peter Molyneux, and is full of all sorts of Molyneux-like game ideas that couldn’t possibly ever work like “I will soon be showing you something beyond belief. I’ll leave you with this thought. What if a virtual character was able to control YOU?” They are ideas you could see Molyneux pitching in an alternate universe. Well the President of Sony, the real one, has decided to use his real account to poke some fun at those worried about the PS4 and DRM.
According to Kotaku Shuhei Yoshida has been using his Twitter account for a bit of trolling over the last few days. When people starting complaining about a PS4 that possibly uses DRM they took to Twitter using #PS4NoDRM to express their distaste. Yoshida caught wind of this and instead of issuing some boring press release or doing something else that would make Sony look completely out of touch, he decided to troll his fans a bit by promoting the new PS Vita game Death Ray Manta which, coincidentally, is also abbreviated DRM. Using the hashtag #DRMPSVita he fooled many fans into thinking that there was some sort of official announcement or that he was just unaware. Judging by how much fun he seems to be having in that thread it’s safe to say he just successfully trolled everyone paying attention to the whole PS4 DRM debate and managed to promote Death Ray Manta at the same time – win/win.
This is kind of an older YouTube video from back in 2009, but after seeing it the other day I had to share it. Titled the “Evolution of Video Games Epic Medley,” YouTuber adolfobaez managed to create a tribute to the evolution of music in games using nothing but the composer in Mario Paint. I’ve seen some impressive things with this composer, but nothing like this. I can’t image how long it took to make, but it’s really impressive to see someone stretch some really old tech in this fashion. When was the last time a game was released that came with a music editor like this?
Mojang’s turn-based trading card game Scrolls is finally about to enter Beta, and they’ve released a trailer which outlines pretty much all of the game’s basics. Players will be able to collect and trade cards online which can then be used to create decks for the game’s turn-based online arena. It’s a cool concept, but it definitely looks a lot like a niche game for those who are interested in that sort of thing. I doubt very much that it will see the success that Minecraft has (really what could?), but it does seem to be robust enough to stand on its own two feet. Player’s won’t have to use real money to get new cards, as some were afraid of. Instead players will be able to use in-game currency to unlock more cards to trade or simply use. The game will be released on June 3rd, next week, and will most likely follow the same type of slow rolling development cycle that made Minecraft so popular.
Video Games: The Movie has reached its Kickstarter goal of $60,000 meaning that now the project is entering the stretch goals phase of their fundraising. Good news for those looking forward to the film which is now pushing towards $80,000 meaning there will be some sort of celebrity narration. There are already plenty of gaming celebrities interviewed for the film, but I think they meant a “real” celebrity. According to the project they have a few main points they want to make with the film; gamers are a misunderstood group, the industry itself is misunderstood, and to tell the whole story of games and not just bits and pieces.
Whatever happened to that DayZ standalone game we were all promised a few months back? After months of hype and controversy over the hit Arma II mod, development on the project seems to have stalled, understandable considering it’s pretty much all being done by one person. Well apparently people have been playing the Alpha version of the standalone for some time, with a push for a public Alpha build available through Steam. According to an interview with Gamasutra, DayZ will be available very much in the same way Minecraft was – it will be very cheap for those who purchase the alpha, but slowly rise in price as more content is added. I don’t know about you, but if I can score this game early for ten bucks that’s what I’m going to do. If it’s anything like the mod it seems it will be well worth the price.