Playpen

Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 19:14 on 15-03-2012, Wardog
Yes, and super-cute! :D
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at 18:56 on 15-03-2012, Dan H
Dude Hermione is kinda cool too, as are the Twins.
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at 18:53 on 15-03-2012, Axiomatic
It's just like one of my japanese Animes!
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at 18:42 on 15-03-2012, Michal
Awww - look gender-swapped Harry Potter!

You mean...Worst Witch?
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at 16:19 on 15-03-2012, Wardog
Awww - look gender-swapped Harry Potter! Part one and part 2. Hot sneering girl Draco is particularly delightful.
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at 16:11 on 15-03-2012, Arthur B
It's more or less the computer game equivalent of releasing albums for download and letting people pay what they want in a tip jar. If you're Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails then of course it's massively successful, there's people out there who'll pay top dollar for a few drops of your sweat. If you're Sweaty Joe and the Generics, who formed yesterday and have recorded a few MP3s in your bedroom, nobody is going to care.
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at 15:58 on 15-03-2012, James D
Honestly I don't see how this kickstarter thing can continue on for much longer; the wild success of a few of these is going to bring in hoards of hungry developers, and there are only so many 'nostalgia sequels' from known quantities to fund. Once it becomes a sea of people you've never heard of asking for money for something you never wanted, it's going to lose its lustre pretty quickly for most people.
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at 14:55 on 15-03-2012, Arthur B
I still wait for the day when one of these really huge Kickstarter projects fails because the developers realise they've run over budget and simply cannot afford to complete the project without more money.

The screaming will be glorious.
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at 14:44 on 15-03-2012, valse de la lune
Compared to that The Ant Experiment is a bunch of people asking for money from an audience who mostly don't know who they are, for a project nobody crying out for someone to attempt, in order to make a game idea which sounds interesting on paper but where I suspect most people will have little to no clue as to whether or not they'd like it.


Yes, but that describes a lot of kickstarter projects that mysteriously get funded anyway (all those weird smartphone accessories and god knows what else). I don't think this one'll do all that well either, but it's either interesting or troubling that some indies are turning to what amounts to pre-orders for empty air to fund themselves.
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at 13:15 on 15-03-2012, Arthur B
@valse: I can't help but think that the Ant Experiment is missing a lot of the things which made the Double Fine kickstarter a huge success and pushed the Wasteland 2 kickstarter past the finish line with over a month to go still. Namely:

a) Known developers with a proven track record.

b) A type of game which had real commercial success in the past and, therefore, a lot of people feeling nostalgic about it (and a fair few who feel bad about missing out on the golden era of the genre in question).

c) And the key point: the developers of a) are specifically known for being genius innovators in the genre of b), so people have confidence that if anyone is going to be able to make an old school game of that variety, it's these guys.

Compared to that The Ant Experiment is a bunch of people asking for money from an audience who mostly don't know who they are, for a project nobody crying out for someone to attempt, in order to make a game idea which sounds interesting on paper but where I suspect most people will have little to no clue as to whether or not they'd like it.

@Kyra: Shimmin has the right of it, plus if you qualify for even the lowest tier of the kickstarter rewards you get the game in question. So it's not so much like buying DLC so much as buying the full game.
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at 12:41 on 15-03-2012, Shimmin
I suspect they reason that Kickstarter projects = creators making what they want for an audience of people who want it, without clueless publicity and managerial types causing grief, or compromise for mainstream commercial interests. So artistic freedom, direct connection to the fanbase, and so on.

In contrast, people are pretty suspicious about DLC being stuff cynically omitted from the game to sell separately, or at least stuff that would have been in the game as sold had it been made before DLC was a thing. So they sometimes view it as ripping them off, and it certainly doesn't have the made-to-order, fan-supporting feel as a default.
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at 12:28 on 15-03-2012, Wardog
I find it slightly weird that people are all YAY KICKSTARTER but immediately freak the fuck out if asked to pay money for DLC...whu?
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at 10:49 on 15-03-2012, valse de la lune
Goodness, now everyone wants to use kickstarter to fund indie projects.
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at 03:39 on 15-03-2012, Arthur B
Or maybe it will be Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 3!
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at 03:35 on 15-03-2012, James D
Bioware doesn't own the rights to Baldur's Gate anymore, Atari does. There's speculation it'll just be an HD remake, which would be pretty cool, but we'll find out soon enough I guess.
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at 03:15 on 15-03-2012, Arthur B
The official Baldur's Gate website now has some sort of weird countdown on it. Having ruined their two most recent franchises, have Bioware returned to their roots to ruin their past classics?
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at 01:06 on 15-03-2012, Arthur B
I just pitched in. Kickstarter in question is here and is already most of the way to being funded.
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at 20:55 on 14-03-2012, Axiomatic
On the subject of Kickstarters, there's a new one up!

This time, Brian Fargo wants to do a sequel to Wasteland (1988). It's going at about the same insane speed as the Doublefine kickstarter did.
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at 16:44 on 14-03-2012, valse de la lune
"I'm not your little princess!"

She has such ridiculous hair. Still remember the first (or second?) episode of the first season where she's bent over and nopenopenope.
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at 16:27 on 14-03-2012, Wardog
Heard vaguely that this particular trailer is marketed towards making Game of Thrones more appealing for teh wimminz. I've no idea if that's the case or not - but it seems vaguely plausible in that it seems to have bought into the wholesome that having characters shout I AM A STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER (almost literally in some cases) is the same thing as not being horribly horribly sexist. And, don't get me wrong, I love A Game of Thrones...
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at 15:35 on 14-03-2012, Arthur B
It would be hilarious if Double Fine Adventure's ending was a straight parody of the ME3 ending, followed by this slideshow.
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at 15:26 on 14-03-2012, James D
Breaking news: Tim Schafer ripped to shreds by a hoard of rabid fans after making a sub-par game
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at 22:30 on 12-03-2012, Dan H
I think it's easy to overstate the number of dialogue choices that oldschool games gave you, but ME3 really did seem to cut it down to "Paragon Line/Renegade Line". And "Paragon Line" always seemed (from my over-the-shoulder perspective) to be the one that made *sense*.

In other RPG news, Brian Fargo late of Interplay is making Wasteland 2. As far as I understand it, Wasteland was like Fallout-Before-Fallout, and it's going to be turn based and Isometric, I am excite.
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