August 2010


Sony had a new, roughly 60% complete build of The Fight on hand at a pre-Gamescom press event, and I have to say, my experience with the game couldn’t have been more different from the one Chris Buffa had a few months ago (when the game still had its “Lights Out” subtitle). For one, I found the artificial intelligence to be at least competitive, if not overly hard. My computerized opponent — a thin, bouncy, tattooed Asian gangster — came at me constantly, using quick jabs to take advantage if I opened myself up with too many attacks and not enough guarding. The player who went before me actually lost to his computer opponent, a beefy black man in a wifebeater who countered an endless series of high, straight punches with some accurate low body blows.

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We already know quite a bit about how From Dust (née Project Dust) uses a few layers of basic elements to create a highly realistic and malleable virtual world. What’s been less clear was how Eric Chahi and his team were going to make an actual game out of this lava-filled sandbox. Until today, that is, when Chahi and producer Guillaume Bunier presented the first details of From Dust‘s gameplay in a Gamescom demonstration.

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A music game that’s just about singing? That’s so 2003. Or if you’re the SingStar franchise, it’s so, um, today. Sony’s PlayStation karaoke series has proudly focused on grading vocals for years now, but that’s about the change with this fall’s release of both SingStar Dance and SingStar Guitar. I got a chance to try both of these games at Sony’s pre-GamesCom press event, and have written up some quick initial impressions after the break.

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Music has “Weird Al” Yankovic. Pop culture has Saturday Night Live. Saturday Night Live has 30 Rock. And gaming has… these games, which call attention to some of the more ridiculous aspects of our favorite hobby by emulating them all too perfectly.
Get ready to have your mind blown!
(Note: I stuck with free-to-play PC and web-based games for this list, which leaves off a lot of worthy console satires like Half-Minute Hero, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Retro Game Challenge, Work Time Fun, Takeshi’s Challenge, and even more traditional games like WarioWare Inc. and Eternal Darkness. Check them all out, satire fans)
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Cafe World had been sitting comfortably at around 20 million monthly users for the entire month of July. So it was a bit of a surprise when Facebook’s public statistics (as reported by AppData) showed the game’s user base shooting up 75% over a period of three days, to a high of over 35 million monthly players at the end of the month. The change wasn’t limited to Cafe World either — dozens of games saw stratospheric increases in the same period.

Facebook eventually confirmed to Inside Social Games that the sudden increases were due to a bug in their reporting. But this temporary problem highlights the risk of trusting Facebook to report on the success of its own games without independent verification.

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