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Getting Funky with Uncle Spelunky

Getting Funky with Uncle Spelunky

Since re-playing Spelunky back in March, I’ve been on it extensively every day since. It’s a bit like Minecraft in that respect. You may only hit it from time to time, but when you do it’s probably for long, intensive bursts. I find it to be hugely addictive, partly because it taps into the simple, colourful pleasures of the arcades and the 16-bit era of my youth, and partly because the game is so beautifully and precisely polished mechanically. (In fact, Spelunky’s mastermind, Derek Yu, has written an entire book about its creation). But behind the simplicity and the chunky little [...]

May 18, 2016 Neurotic Editorials, Tips & Tricks, Varia 0

32 Years of Alien Games (Part 1)

32 Years of Alien Games (Part 1)

Two weeks ago, it was widely reported that Rebellion’s Aliens vs Predator (2010) and the notorious Aliens: Colonial Marines had both disappeared from Steam. Last week, it was reported that they were back again, with the whole thing shrugged off as a bit of standard legal business whilst SEGA’s Alien franchise licensing rights were renewed with 20th Century Fox. To make a long story only slightly shorter, this led me to reinstalling the 2010 AvP, playing the Marine campaign for about 15 minutes, then quitting in terror before I’d even met the first alien (which is exactly how I played [...]

January 14, 2015 Neurotic Editorials, Retro Gaming, Varia 1

Good Godus! Molyneux’s latest could be good

Good Godus! Molyneux’s latest could be good

Let’s begin by getting stupid. BuzzFeed stupid. I’m going to roughly guess your age by the answer you give to one question. In fact, not even a question, I’m just going to say a name. Here it is: Peter Molyneux. Okay, so if you exploded with rage or seethed momentarily with righteous indignation, then you were born some time in the late 1980s to early 1990s. If you nodded and silently made the face that says ‘Respect, dude’, you were born in the early 1970s or earlier. And if you just looked confused and said ‘Who?’ or shrugged and went [...]

January 7, 2015 Neurotic Impressions, Varia 2