The game that defined the zany graphical adventure of the early 1990s, and gave genre legend Tim Schafer his start, "Maniac Mansion" is an incredible late '80s feat of non-linear gameplay and hilarious writing.
The dark forest is lit by a lone campfire. Four figures crouch next to it, eating heartily. “I can’t believe we did it, I mean we actually won!” Another speaks, “Well, my goblin friend, when the dice are on your side anything is possible. I’m gonna get some more ale … I think that fighter had some left in his pack.”
“Roll to hit.” “Okay, you hit. Roll damage.” “Okay, next player. Roll to hit…” Does this sound familiar? If so you might be suffering from Boring Combat Syndrome (or BCS). Sufferers of BCS will often feel withdrawn and distracted during play. If you or someone you know is suffering from BCS, please read on for suggestions on alleviating the issue.
The clashing of swords… the roar of gunfire… and the pitter patter of dice, in these next couple post I discuss tips and ideas for making combat fun and exciting for everyone. This post will cover some alternative combat mechanics I use to speed up combat that can get bogged down in rules.
Pac-Man fever hit the U.S. in the early 1980s, and several companies tried to ride the coattails of Namco's classic. Italy-based developer Zaccaria put a spin on the formula, casting you as a drug-taking bank robber fleeing from the cops. Really.
Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton star in the first trailer for BBC's "The Gamechangers," a movie that will explore the release of the Grand Theft Auto franchise and the violence it (allegedly) inspired.
Twitchy shooters and the PC go together like honey and peanut butter. Here's one of the early classics of the genre, with a raging online community that continues to support the game more than a decade after launch.
Cooperative play is nothing new in video games. But with major publishers like Rockstar Games, Bungie and others designing unique experiences that require Internet connectivity and coordination to pull off, are we entering a new age of gaming?