Polynauts Central: (Fri 19/10 Archived)


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It is that day. Yes! That one! Friday! (Link thanks to Fox!) It's October 19th and we're here at the cusp of delicious weekend (for most of you!), bringing you today's Polynauts Central at Polygon, on The Verge.



1: "We're Polygon and we want you on our team" by Justin McElroy

"As we hurtle towards the launch of our homepage in the coming days (it's at http://www.polygon.com if you still haven't bookmarked it) we're looking for a few more staffers to join us here on the ground floor. What do we need? Well, so glad you asked"


2: "CD Projekt Red's 'Cyberpunk 2077' sends Cyberpunk universe far into the future" by Michael McWhertor

"The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red announced the final name of its Cyberpunk-inspired video game at a press conference in Warsaw, Poland today. The game will be titled Cyberpunk 2077, sending the sci-fi role-playing game franchise further into the future.

CD Projekt Red says Cyberpunk 2077 will be an open world, sandbox-style game set in the "corrupt and tech-advanced world of the year 2077." The goal, the game's developers say, is to give players the freedom to explore the locations of Night City on their own terms. The game, which is still undated, promises advanced RPG mechanics based on the pen-and-paper role-playing game upgraded to match the 2077 setting."


3: "'Apotheon' combines 2D platform action role-playing with a distinctive ancient Greek style" by Michael McWhertor

"Developer Alientrap Games will release the lovely-looking Apotheon, a side-scrolling action-RPG presented with a unique aesthetic that looks like ancient Greek pottery come to life, on Steam in 2013.

Apotheon appears as ambitious as it does visually stunning. Alientrap, creators of alien world adventure Capsized, says the game will feature a "large single player campaign in a massive open world Mount Olympus" as well as online multiplayer with deathmatch and team-based modes."


4: "Former Microsoft 'Gears of War', 'Gears of War 2' executive producer to helm Epic's Seattle studio" by Brian Crecente

"The former chief of WB Games Seattle, and executive producer at Microsoft Games Studios on the first two Gears of War games, is now overseeing Epic Games' new Seattle studio.

Laura Fryer, who's long history in gaming includes conceiving Microsoft's Zone.com and executive producer of Gears of War and Gears of War 2 while at Microsoft Games Studios, was named general manager of Epic's blossoming Seattle studio today. Most recently she was the general manager of WB Games Seattle where she oversaw work on Guardians of Middle Earth and Gotham City Impostors."


5: "The Skylanders that could have been" by Tracey Lien

"The hugely successful Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure has gone on to sell millions of units, and the upcoming Skylanders Giants is expected to sell even more. But long before Toys For Bob's idea to use Spyro figurines as game save and data storage devices, the studio was working on a pre-alpha Spyro game that eventually lost out to Skylanders.

One of Swords reports that in the late 2000s the game that would eventually become Skylanders started out as The Lost Realm of Spyro's Kingdom. In this game, Spyro was to be a full-grown dragon and the king of Spyro's Kingdom. The player would be assigned quests by Spyro and receive help along the way from the purple dragon himself."


1: "What game/device you feel has the most wasted potential?" by nessinpaintmaster

"I think we have all had that moment in gaming when we see something that comes out that could have been so awesome, yet missed the mark. That sensation, for me, is caused by the Kinect.

Microsoft is obsessed with having it be a hands free gaming device. This is the single reason why it (mostly sucks). Think of the possibilities of peripheral based gaming in conjunction with the device.

There could be a game where it comes with a peripheral pistol and assault rifle that each have two clips and a cocking mechanism. If you need to reload, swap the clips, and the Kinect detects this and you reload in game. Once the new clip is in, don't forget to cock the gun into action. It would be a blast in of itself because it makes the gamer more aware of the core aspects of what they are doing and every thing more rewarding. Just a touch of what they could do with this style of game obviously."

2: "The Perfect Time Between Must-Have Titles" by GiantBoyDetective

"Ever feel like your back log is going to fall on top of you and kill you in an avalanche? Or maybe you're so thirsty for a good game that you're just replaying old favorites over and over.

Playing a game that you love is awesome, but having three or four of those games come out at once is almost overwhelming. On the other hand going months at a time without a good game can be terrible too. There hasn't been a must-have in my opinion for a good long time. For me there probably hasn't been one since last fall. Opinions may vary, but I'm wondering what you, as gamers, prefer. How much time do you need with a great game before another should come and take its place?"

3: "Chronology of the Greatest RPGs" by cuckfupertino

"The purpose of this post is to create a chronology of the greatest and most influential Role Playing (video) Games. My vision is that eventually this piece will showcase branching paths, tracing the evolution of the RPG over the past twenty or so years. The inception for this was my desire to play through the greatest RPGs of all time. By creating a chronology, it is my hope that we can trace the evolution of the genre and discern the greatest games and discover their influences."

The above posts are highlights of numerous posts. There's a whole Gaming forum out there! Why not check out other new articles by fellow Polynauts?


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