Mostly fluff, but there is something to be said about a publication like WSJ covering the Xbox. It’s a little astounding how far video games have progressed for a new console release to be covered by mainstream culture.
One password, discovered over 20 years later, long after the Metroid password system had been completely reverse-engineered, does not grant you all items. This password just crashes and resets the game:
A Profanity-Laced Video Game Password That Breaks Everything | Max Woolf’s BlogMost of these passwords were gibberish that required a pen-and-paper to write down and remember. One password, however, is more memorable, and much more sinister.Max Woolf's BlogMax Woolf
I still remember when I would get the monthly flyers from Game Genie in the mail with the latest discovered codes for games.
How do GameShark codes work?This has always boggled me. Obviously GameShark and Game Genie never got inside access to place their own cheats into every game. I don’t think any developers gave them the source code to pour over...ArqadeLoveAndCoding
EA Senior Software Engineer and Architect, Bob Summerwill takes to twitter (Then quickly deletes his tweets) regarding the Wii U. This comes days after EA announced it has no future plans to develop games for the console.
EA Senior Engineer: ‘The Wii U Is Crap’ - IGNIn a series of Tweets, EA’s Bob Summerwill blasts Nintendo and explains why EA isn’t working with them anymore on Wii U.IGNColin Moriarty
This update is 100% created by the TF2 community. And when we say everything, we mean everything—the in-game content, the update hub website, the animated short, the comic, even the splash images in the Steam store. Even better, everything you created avoided the classic trap of using other companies’ intellectual property.
Valve has done something no company has done before; they outsourced the work of an entire update to the very people playing it.
Team Fortress 2
The latest batch features Game Dev Tycoon, a clone of Game Dev Story for IOS/Android. Even though it’s more or less just a mobile port, It’s still worth checking out.
Rift finally joins the ranks of games such as Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Aion, Tera, and Knights of the Old Republic.
Doing an image search for ‘Atari Breakout’ turns the page into a playable version of Breakout.
The toolkit finally allows players to create official mods for The Witcher 2, ranging from new quests to new worlds to explore.
I’m not ashamed to admit how excited I am over the possibility of a new Shaq-Fu game. I just hope this isn’t some crappy IOS game.
12/09/2019 update: There was a new game. And it was bad. The series did not age well.
A slew of articles about the new XCOM game was released this morning, but Andrew Yoon at Shack News sums it up perfectly:
XCOM as it is today can be best summed up as this: Mass Effect, set in the 60s.
Give people a blank piece of paper and ask them to “have fun!” A few might get excited and start writing a poem or sketch a masterpiece. But most will be annoyed, grow bored and give up.
People are quick to point out Minecraft as an exception to this. Sticking with the paper analogy; while most virtual worlds only give you a pencil, Minecraft gives you colored pencils, glitter, and scissors.