Aperture Science’s Holiday Greeting from GLaDOS

1 12 2008
Happy !

There's so much going on in this video. I love it!

ApertureScience.com, the site for a small Alternate Reality Game (ARG) back when Portal was about to launch in the Orange Box collection from Valve, has updated at some point (I don’t know when, as this could be really old…) but there’s a video with a holiday theme.  It’s so worth spending the 30 seconds to check it out!

And because I love Jonathan Coulton and GLaDOS so much, here’s a typographic video for the song “Still Alive”…  Enjoy!





Aperture Science's Holiday Greeting from GLaDOS

1 12 2008
Happy !

There's so much going on in this video. I love it!

ApertureScience.com, the site for a small Alternate Reality Game (ARG) back when Portal was about to launch in the Orange Box collection from Valve, has updated at some point (I don’t know when, as this could be really old…) but there’s a video with a holiday theme.  It’s so worth spending the 30 seconds to check it out!

And because I love Jonathan Coulton and GLaDOS so much, here’s a typographic video for the song “Still Alive”…  Enjoy!





Left 4 Dead Impressions

15 11 2008

 I’ve already mentioned quite a bit on this game, so I’ll try to keep my  impressions brief, and on point. This squad-based, intrinsically  teamwork-oriented shooter, set in the midst of a zombie  apocalypse, is primarily an online, cooperative game.  It was  designed for you to play with people, and to work with those people  to the benefit of your squad of survivors.  To their credit, Valve has  done an amazing job mixing up the shooter elements, the visceral  tension of the scenario, and the balance between individual success and teamwork mindset. Read the rest of this entry »





Valve Hacker Escapes Justice

13 11 2008

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Per a story at WIRED.com:

Moroccan-born, German hacker, Axel Gembe, is credited with creating the software “Algobot”, a malware program that made the rounds a couple years earlier.  He is also responsible for helping leak Half-Life 2 into the wild, well before its commercial release.

However, instead of jumping through the hoops required for extradition, Valve teamed up with the FBI to attempt to lure Gembe to the United States with a job offer.

In March of this year, a group of managers at Valve faked a forty-minute interview with Gembe, and offered him an expenses-paid trip to the states, to apply in person.  Of course, this is pretty good bait for ANYONE who can code, but apparently Gembe was tipped off or smelled something foul, because he never arrived.

It is believed that he is instead hiding away in Morocco.  So the question that remains, is when is Gordon Freeman available to take him down?

(See the original story for more details.)





Left 4 Dead Demo Impressions

12 11 2008
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

Before I start with anything, this will be a work in progress.  My home computer cannot handle the game well due to only having onboard graphics as well as very low RAM.  So, my impressions will thus far be based upon the opening movie, the options, and the VERY jenky, VERY low framerate gameplay.

First off, I LOVE IT!  Even with a computer that makes it look like a one-fingered man is trying to use a flip-book to show me the game, and with all textures and resolutions on six-feet-under-low… This game is fun.  I mean really fun.

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Had to tell you…

12 11 2008

I’m currently just under 10% downloaded for the Left 4 Dead Demo.  I’ll try to add my thoughts later this week.





Left 4 Dead – Soooo Excited.

10 11 2008

 

So, those of you who follow enthusiast press sites like 1UP.com, IGN, or subscribe to Game Informer (why?), EGM, or the defunct Games For Windows Official Magazine, or even follow sites like Wired.com, probably have heard of, and are likely excited for Left 4 Dead.

(trailer, as well as my thoughts, after the jump)

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