Space racing indie game

[intro] This racing game in space is made by an Indie developer and can be played in the browser. [/intro] The idea is to stay on the road with your car. Drive off it and you are wasted. While driving it counts how many miles you have been driving for. You steer with your mouse … Continue reading “Space racing indie game”

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This racing game in space is made by an Indie developer and can be played in the browser.

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The idea is to stay on the road with your car. Drive off it and you are wasted. While driving it counts how many miles you have been driving for. You steer with your mouse by moving it over the screen in the right directions. Further away from the car with the mouse cursor means faster movement, closer by your car it will slow down.

The car will never stop, so it needs to drive on all the time. The driving game called Hotline is accompanied by funky bassy music, which changes (and slows down) when you drive off the road.

To play this game, you will need to use a browser that supports HTML 5 as it has been programmed for this.

Every now and then the road and all graphics of space start to blink and you easily drive off the road if you don’t watch it carefully. This is probably done to add some extra difficulty.

Rezoner has made everything himself, graphics, music composed using special software and his keyboard and the programming on HTML 5 Canvas using Javascript.

Recently I heard that Chrome, made by Google, will soon stop support for Flash. This means that if you create games for in the browser, you are best off by creating them in the all-integrated HTML 5. That’s exactly what Rezoner here has done.

Beautiful graphics, fantasticly smooth gameplay, a simple game but rather addicting gameplay, either because of the music or because you want to get more miles scored!

Check it out:
http://rezoner.net/labs/hotlinetrail/ (HTML 5)

Game on!

Steven

(My highscore sofar?: 80,5miles)

GW2: Tower of Nightmares

[intro] Next to the still continueing Mad King and Blood Prince Halloween event, has a new living world story started. [/intro] This new storyline adds quite some content for the player to explore. To start off with, this is the so called Krait that usually are cloaked and hidden away from our vision that have … Continue reading “GW2: Tower of Nightmares”

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Next to the still continueing Mad King and Blood Prince Halloween event, has a new living world story started.

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This new storyline adds quite some content for the player to explore. To start off with, this is the so called Krait that usually are cloaked and hidden away from our vision that have been uncovered suddenly. Last week we’ve already been able to see that there had changed areas in the game, now they have been revealed.

And with the reveal of this evil tower in the middle of Kessex Hills map, also a lot of enemies (Krait and Toxic Alliance members) and a lot of poisonous air has come free. Along are there these weird Toxic Obelisks and some other Toxic plants that can be looted for a trophy that can be used for either crafting or the meta achievement line. When you meet the requirements for this meta achievement, you will be awarded with a personal Krait Obelisk in your home instance which serves as a place of power for those Crystals or to get a skill point.

If there are any new crafting recipes, it is probably smart though to stock up on those recipes, because they are likely to disappear soon again after the event has passed.

You will also be awarded with a skill to clean you and your allies from toxic poisonous clouds of confusion and torment.
Kessex Hills has been greatly transformed, so that is one thing to look for. Otherwise as soon as you enter the area for the first time, you will be automatically put into a personal story instance to play out a little storyline first. If you skip this (by running outside the area) you can still redo this instance later by talking to one of the NPC’s at the spot where you are supposed to meet up (see your ingame mail about this).

As always, The Black Lion Trading Company comes with new items. Some new skins, a finisher and a few sets of armour skins to accompany you on this new story.

Those black lion boxes that you need a key for will have a chance to give you special scraps which you can buy rewards from in this event.

Otherwise they changed some minor things on both crafting and all professions.

See the full patch notes below:
https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/release-notes-for-tower-of-nightmares/

Game on!

Steven

Minecraft 1.7.2 content preview

[intro] Soon Minecraft version 1.7.2 will be launched. In today’s video we will show you some of the content that will come available. [/intro] We can not show you everything that is new, as many things that have been changed are on the background. They have been doing over a million lines of code, including … Continue reading “Minecraft 1.7.2 content preview”

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Soon Minecraft version 1.7.2 will be launched. In today’s video we will show you some of the content that will come available.

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We can not show you everything that is new, as many things that have been changed are on the background. They have been doing over a million lines of code, including rewriting on a lot of existing functionality. The sound and music system is better and faster, the generation of worlds and biomes is smoother and better and a lot of extra work has been done to be able to launch the MOD API someday soon as well as some changes that have to do with future namechanges(!).

In this video we show you what we can show you and what we did find.

In our video we put our attention to better looking biomes, new settings, a secret setting, bigger portals, glasspanes, new flowers and plants and trees and more.

Check out our video:

Game on!

Steven

Mojang October Update

[intro] From Mojang two major updates either already there or coming soon. [/intro] Scrolls Judgement Week it is called and it is a new update that came out last Monday to add a new game called Judgement mode. In-short, you build a deck on the fly and use it in a series of matches against … Continue reading “Mojang October Update”

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From Mojang two major updates either already there or coming soon.

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Judgement Week it is called and it is a new update that came out last Monday to add a new game called Judgement mode.

In-short, you build a deck on the fly and use it in a series of matches against other players online. Then you’re rated, and get to pick a portion of your Judgement deck to permanently add to your collection. The better you do, the more scrolls you get to keep. Judgement mode will initially cost 1000 gold or 150 Shards to enter.

Spectator mode has also been added to Scrolls. You are able to watch every game happening in Scrolls LIVE (as long as the players are cool with it). Just click the button in the Arena and you’ll be presented with a screen to enter spectation mode. From there, it’s pretty simple to watch a match.

Don’t worry if you don’t like the idea of people getting insight into your play. It’s easy to disable spectators in the options menu.

Furthermore Scrolls has increased the gold earned for lost matches, 44 new scrolls have been added to add some spice to your gameplay and they are adding more stuff to the store.

Minecraft
For Minecraft came yesterday a pre-release out which you can test out from the launcher.

The upcoming 1.7.1 patch will be named “The Update that Changed the World”. They have been putting a lot of time and effort in completely rewriting some code in the game that has made the game more stable, added more functionality and diversity and that has opened up for the upcoming and planned MODDING API.

To name a few interesting features:

– New World generation with the double of amount of biomes.
– New ‘Amplified’ world option, whatever that means
– Less ocean, more awesome terrain.
– New types of wood, stained (coloured) glass both block and pane, packed ice, red sand and new types.
– New flowers and plants.
– Portals can be of bigger size.
– More fish types to fish as well as junk and treasure
– Less laggy map creation and when put in item frame, you can hang them up on your wall. Nice poster of your city in your house?
– Some major changes to achievements
– Server icon for server listings
– See who’s online before logging in on your server
– Providing recommended resource packs to your players
– Multiple resourcepack changes, including sound
– bugfixes, bugfixes, bugfixes.
– And much much more…!

How to test?
To help test the pre-release, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher.

They hope to launch Minecraft 1.7.1. next monday, but we will never know for sure, because of the possible amount of new bugs found during this pre-release test phase.

Game on!

Steven

Which games to play on your next LAN party?

[intro] Last week we told you how to start your own LAN party. Today I just want to give you some ideas of what you could play on such party. This information will get out-of-date soon enough I suppose, but at this moment this is quite popular. Can’t mention them all, there is plenty more, … Continue reading “Which games to play on your next LAN party?”

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Last week we told you how to start your own LAN party. Today I just want to give you some ideas of what you could play on such party. This information will get out-of-date soon enough I suppose, but at this moment this is quite popular. Can’t mention them all, there is plenty more, but will mention some that worked quite well on our last own LAN party.

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Real Time Strategy
Games such as Starcraft 1 and Starcraft 2, but there is also Commander Conquer in a free version called OpenRA. Also the old Warcraft series work well, as long as your PC can run it ofcourse.

First Person Shooters
Call of Duty is good for this, but even more CounterStrike in every possible way, version and modded version: such as Counter Strike Global Assault and Gary’s Mod. Another more indie game is The Boat. I also see the free Team Fortress in this list and we could also think about older games such as Quake and Rainbow Six.

Zombie
Take for example Left For Dead, but also Ace of Spades where you also get to play the Zombie when you die.

Builders / Adventure
Minecraft is ofcourse a popular game as well for LAN parties, whether that means you build together or battle many monsters. Hunger Games and similar adventures are also part of this game.
Terraria lays in the same area as Minecraft, apart from that it is 2D.

Simulators
You can play OpenTTD, the re-creation of Transport Tycoon on networks against or with each other. Do we know any others?

Strategy Action
There is a new genre of gaming, that fall actually under eSport games. I am not sure if I should call it strategy or adventure or something else. It’s the games that are very challenging but you need to rank up in them to get anywhere and battle a lot of battles through. Games such as League of Legends and Dota2 belong to this list.

Card Games
UNO is still very popular. There are also places where you can play Solitair, Spades or Poker. Some for money, some are free. UNO I once had myself on my PC and it can work over network. But I prefer to play that game offline, away from the PC on a normal table with friends and family.
A newer game would be Scrolls by Mojang. There are several similar card games that are popular, such as Pokemon and the Might and Magic series.

RPG
As for the RPG genre, I would say that Diablo 1, 2 and 3 work well for that. But also Torchlight 1 and 2 and most MMO’s.

HTML 5 games
Well I don’t know many, but discovered a really cool one last weekend called CurveFever. It is like the classic game of Snake with the line and you cannot go into the walls on the sides or in yourself. In this version you see sometimes that the line breaks up, here you can pass yourself (or others). The game has also added addon bubbles which can be picked up for your advantage or other players disadvantage. Really nice game to play on a LAN. Need a browser that supports HTML5 though.

Not all games work on all platforms. If you have Windows and your friends use Linux or Mac, you cannot play all games easily (unless they manage to simulate Windows). For games on Steam it is generally valid that games that are SteamPlay, can be played on all platforms. Games like Minecraft can be downloaded for all types of platforms.

I am not going to write a top x list as opinions differ very much.

Oh and next to the PC games there are ofcourse the console games you can play together with others. Party games with mini games do really well, dance games or singing games are also great fun.

As I said before, there are really extremely many games you can play on either just LAN or on both LAN and over the internet. More and more games will become internet based, so that more people can join in into the fun.

Game on!

Steven