Get Your Game on Wednesday

Hello, gamers! Jo here, filling in for Brenda for a completely amazing week of game news. Legendary publisher Konami melts down before our eyes, and Spy Party bursts back onto our radars with a fabulous, diverse cast. Here’s the week in games news.

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Game Diary: Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel! (Finale)

Game Diary: Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel! (Finale)

Spoiler Warning

This week, Tracy and I finished up our playthrough of Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel! We called in the cavalry, fought our way onto and through an alien installation, and killed a many-faced alien god, possibly prompting some kind of interstellar war. But did it matter? Let’s find out!

 Developer(s) 2K Australia Gearbox Software Aspyr Media (OS X port) Publisher(s) 2K Games Distributor(s) Take-Two Interactive Composer(s) Jesper Kyd Des Shore Justin Mullins[1] Series Borderlands Engine Unreal Engine 3 Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux/Steam OS,[2] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Release date(s) Win, PS3, X360, Mac, Linux NA 14 October 2014[3][4] AUS 16 October 2014[3] EU 17 October 2014[4] Genre(s) First-person shooter, action role-playing Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, co-op Distribution Optical disc, downloadDeveloper(s) 2K Australia Gearbox Software Aspyr Media (OS X port) Publisher(s) 2K Games Distributor(s) Take-Two Interactive Composer(s) Jesper Kyd Des Shore Justin Mullins[1] Series Borderlands Engine Unreal Engine 3 Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux/Steam OS,[2] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Release date(s) Win, PS3, X360, Mac, Linux NA 14 October 2014[3][4] AUS 16 October 2014[3] EU 17 October 2014[4] Genre(s) First-person shooter, action role-playing Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, co-op Distribution Optical disc, downloadJo is: Aurelia, literal ice queen and downloadable extra. She creates an ice shard that tracks enemies and does ongoing cryo damage.

Tracy is: Wilhelm, cyborg henchman and a significant boss battle in Borderlands 2. He summons three drones, for attack, defense, and support. (more…)

Twiny Jam: Make a Game in 300 Words

Twiny Jam: Make a Game in 300 Words

This March, legendary interactive fiction and game creator Porpentine hosted a game jam challenging new and experienced authors to create a Twine story in 300 words or fewer. Twine is a game-authoring platform that helps creators make games without having to learn (too much) code. While it’s mostly used for deceptively simple text-based games, the platform also accommodates audio and visual elements, as well as scripting for the code-minded.

According to the Twiny Jam website, “low word count is a way to feel less intimidated about making something…+ focus on each individual detail and why it’s being included.” Twiny Jam is accepting submissions through April 9, 2015, and new authors are encouraged to add their entries to over 70 games that have already been submitted.

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Game Diary: Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel! (Part 3)

Game Diary: Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel! (Part 3)

SPOILER WARNING: Part three of Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel sees me and Tracy doing a bunch of chores, phoning friends for help, and facing down the person we assumed would be the boss: Colonel Zarpedon.

Developer(s) 2K Australia Gearbox Software Aspyr Media (OS X port) Publisher(s) 2K Games Distributor(s) Take-Two Interactive Composer(s) Jesper Kyd Des Shore Justin Mullins[1] Series Borderlands Engine Unreal Engine 3 Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux/Steam OS,[2] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Release date(s) Win, PS3, X360, Mac, Linux NA 14 October 2014[3][4] AUS 16 October 2014[3] EU 17 October 2014[4] Genre(s) First-person shooter, action role-playing Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, co-op Distribution Optical disc, downloadDeveloper(s) 2K Australia Gearbox Software Aspyr Media (OS X port) Publisher(s) 2K Games Distributor(s) Take-Two Interactive Composer(s) Jesper Kyd Des Shore Justin Mullins[1] Series Borderlands Engine Unreal Engine 3 Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux/Steam OS,[2] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Release date(s) Win, PS3, X360, Mac, Linux NA 14 October 2014[3][4] AUS 16 October 2014[3] EU 17 October 2014[4] Genre(s) First-person shooter, action role-playing Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, co-op Distribution Optical disc, downloadJo is: Aurelia, literal ice queen and downloadable extra. She creates an ice shard that tracks enemies and does ongoing cryo damage.

Tracy is: Wilhelm, cyborg henchman and a significant boss battle in Borderlands 2. He summons three drones, for attack, defense, and support. (more…)

PAX East 2015 in Indie Games: Games are for Everyone

PAX East 2015 in Indie Games: Games are for Everyone

“Games are for everyone,” we say to ourselves, or on Twitter, or when our moms ask us about #GamerGate: “That’s why this is happening. Because some people think games are for everyone, and some people don’t.”

PAX East 2015 is a convention that’s out to prove it: games are for everyone. And you know what? It works.

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