Polynauts Central (8/10 Archived)


Thanks to Cobaltios for allowing the delayed usage of their Pokémon header!

It's Monday, October 8th and once again it's time to see whose Polymon faints first in battle, here at Polygon on The Verge.

It's the start of a long week folks so remember it's always thumbs up on Mondays!



1: Maine GOP: 'World of Warcraft' politician attacked over violent comments, not gaming habits by Alexa Ray Corriea

The Maine Republican Party's criticism of Democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz' participation in World of Warcraft isn't fueled by her gaming hobby, but rather what the party describes as Lachowicz' violent comments in the game's forums, a spokesman for the party told Polygon.

"We're not attacking Colleen for being a gamer, our website and mailers are focused on Colleen's extremely offensive remarks made in connection with her gaming, including saying that Maine's governor must have been a child prostitute or drug dealer, and how she might drown conservative activist Grover Norquist in a bathtub," Maine Republican party communications director David Sorensen told Polygon.


2: Hands-on with 'Hundreds,' the addictive new iOS game from the 'Canabalt' team by Michael McWhertor

Hundreds is an evolved remake of an already released Flash puzzle game that goes by the same name. The Flash version, created by Greg Wohlwend, is much simpler — as players progress, the game tosses more and more bubbles onscreen at once. The iOS version, coming to iPad and iPhone, builds impressively on that simple foundation.

According to developer Semi Secret Software, whose past games include Canabalt, Wurdle, and Aquaria, the iOS version of Hundreds will add "something akin to a narrative layer." The IndieCade demo occasionally presented screens with text like "A mouse has one snout but a human has ten" and at least one with gibberish, with letters that twitched and swapped.

3: Watch this: Ohio State marching band performs a videogame-themed halftime show by Nathan Ingraham

The halftime show at this week's Nebraska / Ohio State football game featured the marching band, as usual, but its performance was likely quite special to any video gamers in the crowd. The band's 10-minute performance featured a wide variety of classic gaming songs (complete with sound effects), including selections from Pokemon, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, The Legend of Zelda, Halo, and more. While the band's brassy versions of these nostalgic themes were spot-on, the accompanying choreography was incredibly complex and quite mesmerizing.


4: Kixeye CEO on firings and racism allegations by Megan Farokhmanesh

Kixeye CEO Will Harbin responded to the racism accusations against the company and subsequent firings made during an interview with Venturebeat, calling the responsible team "a micro-culture" within Kixeye that "didn't meet the [company's] standards."

Controversy sparked on Tuesday, when a former contractor made a post via Tumblr detailing several accusations of racism and discrimination. In wake of the post, Harbin opened an investigation and fired several employees involved.


5: Sony sues Bridgeston and the actor behind Playstation's Kevin Butler by Megan Farokhmanesh

Bridgestone Tires and Jerry Lambert, the actor best known for his role as the fictional vice president of Sony, are being sued by Sony Computer Entertainment of America for creating an ad that the company says uses their character to help promote both tires and rival Nintendo.


1: Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 discussion by Cobaltios

Well, as I'm sure many of you are already aware, the first numbered sequels in the Pokemon main series are out tomorrow (at least as of this post, I'll update it properly tomorrow) which will mean that we'll need a place to discuss things. Now, I'll probably be on serebiiforums tomorrow as well talking about my progress during my "breaks", but I'll also make it a habit to post about it here too. I suggest you guys do the same as well.

2: Polynauts Play: London Cab Challenge by PaddyStardust

Hi everyone! Once more, Shaun and I have braved the nightmarish depths of crappy games, and boy do we have a stinker for you today!

We have the wonderous London Cab Challenge, from the eponymous Phoenix Games, so watch along as we find out about the REAL Crazy Taxi :D

3: EB Games Expo 2012: Day 2 Impressions by Salias

Today was day two of the three-day expo (in reality: 2.5 day expo). We decided to wake up and leave a couple of hours later, as there really wasn't any impetus for us to get there right as the doors opened.

As I said yesterday, my main goal was to hunt down Good Game, so that was the first 90 minutes or so there.

While this reference will be lost on most of you, totally got a slow mo hug from Bajo. After that, it was hitting up the main exhibition hall to wrap up a few more games, then off to the indie section.

There are plenty more posts (too many to post) from the Polynauts community over the past few days - go check them out via this handy link!


David Pierce brings you the most recent '90 Seconds on The Verge'.


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