Thursday, April 03, 2008

Gaming Notes

Well, this is interesting (thanks GameLife):
Penny Arcade and Hothead Games announced Wednesday that the two companies have teamed up to launch Greenhouse, an online hub for digitally distributed PC games. While the first game for sale on the site will be Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Greenhouse will soon become a hub for indie game developers looking to share their creations with the web comic's loyal audience.

In almost any room, I think Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik are the smartest guys in the room, and I think anything they attempt has to be taken seriously. With their audience, and its degree of loyalty, I think Greenhouse is far more viable financially than something like Gamecock.

If you want to read more about this, GameLife has an exclusive interview.

The Sixaxis controller has been officially discontinued by Sony, and N'Gai Croal has a feature with some very funny quotes from Sony (some now ex-Sony) executives. Here's my favorite, from Phil Harrison (February 2007):
I believe that the Sixaxis controller offers game designers and developers far more opportunity for future innovation than rumble ever did. Now, rumble I think was the last generation feature; it's not the next-generation feature. I think motion sensitivity is.

He was right. It's called the Wiimote.

Also, if you're interested in Patapon, which is an incredibly stylish-looking game, N'Gai has one of his "Fight!" features with Stephen Totilo in two parts: round one and round two.

In an announcement this week, Peter Moore confirmed that Madden will not be coming out on the PC platform this year.

Damn! What are those three interns and that guy on work release going to do for employment now?

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