Race for the Galaxy is on Android & iOS

Race for the Galaxy is finally on Android on iOS and officially on PC.  It’s a good game.

Race for the Galaxy is a card game where you have to build a space empire.  On your turn you get to choose actions such as trading goods for points or more cards, concentrating on building up your military, settling worlds and developing factories.

On each turn you pick an action, but the quirk is your opponent can piggyback on that and copy your action.  You want to develop a world? He can too.

The theme’s pasted on, but thanks to the artwork on the cards it all works and definitely feels sci-fi.

Games don’t last long have interesting decisions.   The AI and game logic was developed by the same guy who did a fan-made version.

I really enjoy it and you should buy it.

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Off-screen footage of Skyrim VR on PSVR

Some people are complaining about this being a six-year old game.  So what?

I had to return my PSVR because of various issues – the tracking drift and wobble were issues – but the sense of scale.

That’s enough.  THat’s enough.   Mountains will seem like mountains.  Castles like castles.  You’ll feel dwarfed by the world.

Oh shit – and the DRAGONS.

 

 

Speedrunners is a fun little multiplayer game

Speedrunners is a 2D ‘don’t get caught off-screen’ racing platformer.    It’s fun.

Up to four players can play at once, with the host able to put bots in to make up the numbers.   You race around Super Meat Boy style levels, doing multiple laps.

The screen scrolls at the pace of the person in front.  If you’re in last place and the screen scrolls past your character, you’ll die and have to sit out the rest of the race.

 You can hit people with missiles, turn them to ice and even swap places using a grappling hook.

It’s free on Xbox Live Gold at the moment.  Play it with friends; you’ll end up calling them effing sees.

People in front of polling stations are not part of the election. Ignore them.

The people in front of polling station that ask for your polling card are not part of the election.  They have nothing to do the voting process.  Ignore them.

They work/volunteer for political parties.  They are there to keep track of who voted. This way they can see who is politically active.  You can ignore them and still vote.

A woman asked me for my polling card as I walked approached the station.  She had no identification on her.  She said she was from X party and pointed to her associate who had a political sticker on her coat.

I said I didn’t see the sticker.  The first woman then said that her sticker was on her baby – a baby that was on the ground in a box between her legs.

In retrospect, I should have said ‘Am I supposed to have checked the baby for ID, then?’.

Turn a reality TV show into a game. Describe it.

From NeoGaf:

I’ve been watching Highway Thru Hell. It’s a reality TV show about a group of recovery drivers in Canada that specialise in clearing crashed big rigs. Most of the show is filmed in winter when it’s very very cold and there’s heavy snow.

Before each job they go to, there’s a CGI video explaining how and why the truck crashed.

During each job they’ll show them picking up the big rigs with cranes and cables; the drivers will talk about the geometry of each wreck and how they’ll recover it.

Will a single tow truck do, or do they need a crane? Should the chains be attached to the top of the rig or the side, or both? If the trailer is full of supplies, how does it affect the momentum as it’s pulled upright?

It would make a great physics based game. The obvious part would be about having different ‘puzzles’ of crushed trucks, where you have to choose the right equipment to recover them.

You could even have a prelude section where you try to recreate the crash to understand it. It could be like Burnout’s crash mode, but more serious. You have to create a jackknife truck that ends up straddling concrete barriers in the middle of the road.

If you wanted an RPG element, you could unlock new trucks or try to manage party members – different drivers and how they relate to each other.

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyyINDKeRJ0

Film review: IceMan (1984)

IceMan is a film you’ve probably never heard of, but should probably watch.  A group of arctic scientists find a frozen 40,000-year old Neanderthal man who comes back to life.

It’s a slow film, without much dialogue or exposition, at least compared to modern films.  But it’s thoughtfully made and touching, asking the viewer to be patient with the story and characters and to think about what makes us human.

Trailer