Monday, 28 November 2011

Ghost Trick

I *finally* took the time to get to the end of the story.

Definitely a great game with a good balance of difficulty puzzlewise. The plot gets a bit... silly at times, and I'm not sure yet whether I'm totally happy with the ending revelation or not (Although I did start suspecting eventually that two characters having rhyming names was significant.) but it was fun.

... really, ten years? Isn't that a bit harsh?

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

if wishes were courses

Today's google logo is a little ink-doodle playable adventure game in honor of science fiction author Stanislaw Lem.... Unless you're in the US in which case it's probably overridden by Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

holiday madness

So, along with the 50% off on Magical Diary you can get this week, there are a number of crazy deals on Amazon in honor of thanksgiving/black friday.

(These links are US-only! Sorry. I'm not there *either* at the moment, although I did bring some gingerbread mix back to the UK with me to make later this week.)

For example, you can get Fatal Hearts for only $2 this week!

And if you're feeling particularly daring, you might click on the link by my name and find out that my *other* games on Amazon are *also* available for ridiculously low prices this week only. (Minor caveat, however - these tend to be *older* versions of games, and I can't upgrade Amazon purchases the way I can purchases from my own site. If you buy these super discounted copies, you will miss out on all the bonus content added later. On the other hand, cheeeeeeep.)

Matches and Matrimony, the Jane Austen dating sim, is also only $2 this week.

You can alsoget the downloadable version of Mass Effect 2 for only $5... if you haven't played it, actually care and/or don't hate shooters, can download 10GB (or more if your download repeatedly fails) without crying, and don't despise the evil soul-sucking origin technology needed to play the download. I got it as a free bonus and I was still resentful.

.... and argh, I need to worry about buying holiday presents for people, now, don't I? Sigh.

Monday, 21 November 2011

oh sony

UK gamers can no longer play the same copy of a new PlayStation Store game on more than two devices.

On 18 November Sony cut the number of consoles and handheld devices that users can tie to their PlayStation Network (PSN) account from five to two.

The change only applies to games and other content bought via the PlayStation Store after 18 November.

The limits are believed to have been imposed to stop people sharing games with friends.

Well, at least it only applies to newly-bought content, but really... Is clamping down on legal sharing which only a small number of people were fully taking advantage of (and probably quite enjoying) the best way to go about drumming up business rather than negative feelings?

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Very busy, very tired, still haven't finished ghost trick due to a million other things going on. (I think I'm around chapter 11 though) Running a Star Trek LARP this week.

Monday, 14 November 2011

not that you really need reminding but

EA? Still evil.

Origin? Still useless evil shit.

Games you paid for? Still not playable.

Please research companies before buying from them and buy from people who don't suck (Like me!)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

noble soap opera generator

So in the current batch, I have one fellow who married his first cousin, had a bunch of kids with her, divorced her, and then married another first cousin... Then there's the Countess's gold-digging third husband who had a torrid gay affair with his stepson, then died under mysterious circumstances, and then the stepson slept with his sister...

At some point I have to start trying to turn this mess into a coherent plot but right now it's just funny!

noble soap opera generator

So, working on a tool to create relationships for the past few generations in order to create backstory for a medieval intrigue setting. Still fine-tuning, but while looking at the results of one of the last runs, I found a duchess who disinherited the elder of her two sons, then had an affair with him, after which she put him back into the succession ahead of his brother, then died and passed him the titles. He died only a year after without an heir, so it still passed to the second brother.

This is how people develop issues.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Hyper Princess Pitch

It's about a bratty princess (clearly slightly punning Super Princess Peach from name and design) who was always a naughty girl and never got presents from Santa.


(Not quite out yet. Is due to release next month for Christmas.)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

department of silly ideas

Why can I not find a nobility generator? Surely other people have at some point needed to instantly generate the past several generations of the entire power structure of a fantasy kingdom?

(Working on an intricate web of deceit. It is necessary to know who inherits what as all the players get bumped off.)