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Footage of David Benque's The Infinite Adventure Machine

September 1, 2011 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw



On the most fundamental level, The Infinite Adventure Machine is a random generator that crafts unfinished folk tales for the perusal of its users. Based on the work of Vladimir Propp, the chap who broke down Russian folk-tales into 31 basic components, The Infinite Adventure Machine aims to 'question the limitations and implications of attempts at programming language and narrative'. It's also pretty as all heck compared to most random generators.

Scheduled for an appearance at the Cite de la Mode et du Design in Paris, the Infinite Adventure Machine looks like it could potentially be the focal point for more than a few brainstorming afternoons somewhere. We don't have much information on it just yet but those interested in taking a gander can check out the video above and the other one that's under the cut.

[Source: Creative Applications]

Best of GameSetWatch: From Puzzle Bobble Online To Transformers Pinball

August 31, 2011 11:00 PM | Eric Caoili

[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from IndieGames.com's sister site and alternative video game blog.]

Over at our recently resdesigned alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week, including an online Puzzle Bobble released in Korea with social gaming elements, an expensive looking Trasformers pinball trailer, and more.

GameSetWatch's highlights from the last week:

Puzzle Bobble Online Goes Live in Korea - Created in cooperation with Korean online gaming service provider Neowiz, Puzzle Bobble Online mixes Puzzle Bobble's color-matching gameplay with a variety of social gaming elements. Players can join guilds and participate in score challenges, among other features.

The Digital Game Museum Makes An Appearance At PAX - Dedicated to the preservation of gaming's past, The Digital Game Museum brought its neat travelling showcase to PAX Prime this year, offering interested gamers a look into the history of the adventure genre, with plenty of early artifacts on display.

Browser Game Pick: Rizzoli & Isles - The Masterpiece Murders

August 29, 2011 6:03 PM | Cassandra Khaw

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I don't think I've ever said this about a game, but man, Rizzoli and Isles: The Masterpiece Murders looks like it belongs on the mobile platform - oh, wait! There is a free iPad version. Nevermind. Based on the TNT Original series Rizzoli & Isles, this point & click adventure will have you collecting blood samples, investigating evidence, acquiring finger prints, piecing together clues and generally doing all kinds of detective-y things.

I haven't gotten too far through the game just yet. However, it looks perfect for those days when you need something to surreptitiously mess around with (I.E: Monday meetings).

You can check out the game on Kongregate here. Alternatively, you could always take a look at the iPad version over there.

Super Crate Box Soon Available on the iOS platform

August 27, 2011 3:38 PM | Cassandra Khaw



If you're a fan of indie games, you're probably aware of Super Crate Box. You might not have played it but you most likely have heard of it. And if you haven't, you're probably doing indie games wrong.

That said, this is just an announcement to let the world know that Super Crate Box, thanks to the combined efforts of Vlambeer and Halfbot, is now headed for the iOS platform. It's also free [UPDATE: Actually, turns out it's not free, but cheap at least!] and will support the iCade and will only be available sometime next month. Bah, humbug.

In the meantime, go poke around their website if you haven't already.

[Source: TouchArcade]

Extrasolar: The Next Game From Lazy 8 Studios Revealed

August 26, 2011 9:00 AM | Michael Rose

Ready for some exciting news? We've got first dibs on the next game from Cogs developer Lazy 8 Studios, and it's looking pretty swish. The team has created a fake organisation and is looking for recruits to apply - welcome to the world of Extrasolar.

The idea is that players can joins an expedition on the surface of the planet Epsilon Eridani e, helping the eXoplanetary Research Institute - or XRI for short - to search the depths of the universe from the comfort of your web browser. Taking control of small robots, you can send over commands to check out the surroundings, gather informations on the alien species inhabiting the planet, and uncover the secrets of the far-out solar system.

It sounds like the content with be dynamic and ever-changing, as the solar system's sun (suns?) lights up different parts of the planet and the moons drift around their orbits. We're told that each player will have a personalized experience based on when they play, and where they roam.

The big mystery of the planet will slowly be unlocked, with the hope that players will become engrossed in the story and want to keep exploring to find the truth. Lazy 8's Rob Jagnow explained that Extrasolar is less a game, and more "an interactive narrative experience", with an emphasis on providing content that is as far from repetitive as possible.

The game will apparently be ready in several months time, although you can already sign up now as an applicant - I'd wager there will be some form of beta period before then. Check out the official XRI site for all the intriguing details.

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of August 26

August 25, 2011 11:00 PM | Eric Caoili

In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at Treyarch, Sony Online Entertainment, Autodesk, and Nickelodeon.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on online worlds, cellphone games, 'serious games', independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Treyarch / Activision: Lead Multiplayer Designer:
"Founded in 1996, and acquired by Activision in 2001, Treyarch has grown to become one of the most successful game developers in the world. Treyarch's latest offering, Call of Duty: Black Ops, encapsulates the studio's years of experience in developing Call of Duty games, first person shooters, and online multiplayer games. With a successful track record, extensive infrastructure, and strong management, Treyarch has the solid foundation it needs to pioneer the Call of Duty franchise in the future."

Sony Online Entertainment: Senior Server Programmer:
"Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games which have entertained millions of players around the globe. SOE creates and delivers compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchise EverQuest, its successful online trading card game Legends of Norrath, as well as the recent kids' phenomenon Free Realms, SOE continues to raise the bar for online gaming and players worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, with additional an studios in Austin, SOE has a slate of engaging, high-quality games currently in development across new genres for all platforms and audiences."

Best of GameSetWatch: From Dhalsim Dollars To Pixelgalaxy

August 24, 2011 11:00 PM | Eric Caoili

[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from Gamasutra's sister site and alternative video game blog.]

Over at our recently resdesigned alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week, including a book project dedicated to the Game Boy and its lofi graphics, bills for fake video game currencies, an awesome Solitaire sculpture, hundreds of games built by indie devs (including Minecraft creator Notch) last weekend, and more.

GameSetWatch's highlights from the last week:

Unreleased NES Platformer Mr. Gimmick Reproduced, Available for Sale - "Mr. Gimmick is a wonderful little Famicom platformer that never found the audience it deserved. The Sega Genesis and Super NES had firmly established themselves stateside by the time a U.S. version was considered for release, leading to its tragic cancellation in 1992."

Microsoft Kills Off Japan's Xbox 360 Mascot San Roku Maru - "As a fan of console spokespeople/superheroes like Segata Sanshiro and Johnny Turbo, it breaks my heart to see the Xbox 360's Japanese mascot San Roku Maru unceremoniously laid to rest, but that's exactly what has happened."

Trailer: Faraway (Steph Thirion)

August 24, 2011 3:00 PM | Michael Rose

Steph Thirion's Faraway has been in development literally forever. Lit-er-ally. Back at GDC '10, I remember thinking it was going to be the iOS hit of 2010. Then it was an IndieCade finalist in October, and it became quickly apparent that we weren't seeing it until 2011.

Now... there's a release date! Hurray! Along with the above new teaser trailer, which appears to show off some slick new visuals for the title, we also now know that the game will be released via iPhone or/and iPad this 'Fall', or 'Autumn' as us British lunatics call it.

While the video doesn't exactly show much, it's still great to have a release date set. You can also read my original Gamma IV write-up for the game for an idea of what to expect.

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of August 19

August 19, 2011 11:00 PM | Eric Caoili

In the latest postings over the last seven days, Gamasutra's jobs board plays host to roles in every major discipline, including opportunities at Maxis, Activision Publishing, Nexon America, PopCap Games, and ZeniMax Online Studios.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across Gamasutra's network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on online worlds, cellphone games, 'serious games', independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted this week include:

Maxis: Java Web Developer:
"Maxis, a division of Electronic Arts, is located in Emeryville, California. The creators of popular franchises The Sims and SimCity, Maxis games are best known for their deep simulation, creativity, and unique style of gameplay. We foster a fun and creative environment, filled with people who have a strong passion to make great games."

ZeniMax Online Studios: Staff Software Engineer, Game Systems:
"ZeniMax Online Studios, LLC, a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media, Inc. is a premier developer of online games, focusing on Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs)."

Best of GameSetWatch: From Storage Wars To Zone of Enders 3DS

August 17, 2011 3:00 PM | Eric Caoili

[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from IndieGames.com's sister site and alternative video game blog.]

Over at our recently resdesigned alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week, including the Storage Wars episode that featured a $13,000 NES, Hideo Kojima teasing Zone of Enders 3DS, "the Michael Bay's Transformers of iOS trailers", and more.

GameSetWatch's highlights from the last week:

Storage Wars Hunter Assumes Janky NES Is Worth $13,000 - In the latest episode of A7E's Storage Wars, high-roller Mark has paid $925 for a locker auction, and finds it's mostly filled with junk like cell phone accessories, a propane stove, guitars, and audio equipment. But then he thinks he's struck gold after discovering an old NES '001' model.

What's Kojima Tweeting About This Time? Why, ZOE 3DS (Possibly) And Boktai - The latest tweets from Kojima Productions head and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima playfully hint at a Zone of Enders 3DS project (or he could just be teasing the poor fans of the mechan series), and shared shots of the developer's proposal for the Boktai games on GBA.

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