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Spoiler Alert! When Microsoft went digging in the desert this past April, they found the fabled resting place of thousands of Atari 2600 cartridges (including hundreds of copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial). Over the years, many people tried to pass off the mass burial as some kind of hoax or urban legend. But the truth was never really in doubt. Atari had trouble selling their games during the Christmas season of 1983 and trucked their unsold stock to a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
So instead of focusing solely on the dig, Zak Penn’s documentary, Atari: Game Over, also looked into the culture of the company at the time and how the then biggest movie of all time could produce such a lousy tie-in game. This includes conversations with Atari executives, local politicians from the Alamogordo area, game historians, and the developer behind the infamous game, Howard Warshaw.
If you were in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, you had a chance to see the premiere screening of Atari: Game Over for yourself. The rest of us will have to wait until this Fall, when it debuts on Xbox Live as one of the first (and last) Xbox Entertainment Studios offerings. For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with the trailer embedded above.
Last night’s game jam judging was amazing! We got to play so many terrific games, and lots of people loved our game, Party Pooper! We didn’t win anything, but I’m still pretty confident that our game rocks, and with more than two hours of work on it, I think it would go places. For right now, it’s going in the queue of “games we want to make.”
Let’s see, what game deals are out there today? At the Humble Store, you can pick up Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion on sale for just $9.99. You can also get Saturday Morning RPG for $2.99, Steal & Steam for $2.49, and Monster Loves You! for $4.99. Over at Steam, the Weekend Deal is Ace Combat Assault Horizon – Enhanced Edition for $4.99, and the Daily Deal is Broken Age for $12.49.
The best part of today is, by far, these t-shirts!
Tonight is the Game Jam showcase and judging at Philly Dev Night! The theme is Extreme Mastication, which is pretty awesome. I made an analog game but only got to work on it for about three hours, so I’m not sure if it’s even playable. We’ll find out soon!
There are new games available over at the Humble Weekly Bundle: Plug in Digital! Pay what you want for Ethan: Meteor Hunter, Finding Teddy, and Mechanic Escape. Pay $6 or more to unlock Legends of Persia, Kill the Bad Guy, early access to Freaking Meatbags, and Project Temporality. Pay $10 or more to unlock WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship.
Over at Steam, their Weekend Deal is a free Dead Island weekend! Play the game for free from today until the 28th, and if you decide to purchase, it’s just $7.49 for Dead Island, Dead Island Ripper Mod, Dead Island Riptide, Dead Island: Riptide – Fashion Victim, Dead Island: Riptide – Survivor Pack, and Dead Island: Ryder White DLC. The Daily Deal is early access to the amazing Viscera Cleanup Detail. Get a single copy for $4.79 or a four pack for $14.39. Scoop ‘em up!
And now, t-shirt time!
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Uncharted film will get a planned release on June 10, 2016, bumping The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018.
This may come as a surprise to some, given that the production team has changed directors and writers multiple times. From David O. Russell’s weird crime family concept, with DeNiro and Pesci as Nathan Drake’s non-canonical father and uncle, to Neil Burger’s short tenure as director, the production has been stuck in development hell for a while.
This version of the film is being written by David Guggenheim, not to be confused with Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth. David Guggenheim has action credits under his belt with movies like Safe House, and Nicholas Cage vehicle Stolen. Slightly more promising is the current director Seth Gordon, director of Horrible Bosses and the WarGames remake. More importantly for gamers, he directed the quintessential documentary about what a horrible person Billy Mitchell is (also Donkey Kong), King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
No word yet on whether or not the production team has made the right choice and decided to hire Nathan Fillion to play Drake.
I spent all of yesterday at various doctors appointments – and I mean all of yesterday. I left my house at 9am and got home at 5pm. I might as well have been at work!
There’s a brand new Humble Bundle available, and it’s the Humble Square Enix Bundle! Pay what you want for Thief Gold, Daikatana, Mini Ninjas, Anachronox, Hitman: Codename 47, and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. Pay more than the average of $8.16 to unlock Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex: The Fall, Hitman: Absolution, Nosgoth Veteran Pack, and Battlestations: Midway. Pay $15 or more to unlock the final tier: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, Just Cause 2, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition, and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. That’s a ton of games!
The Shoe Bundle is the latest over at Indie Royale. Beat the current minimum to get Stealth Bastard Deluxe, Savant: Ascent, Mr. Bree+, Jack Lumber, Fly’n, Oozi: Earth Adventure, Akane the Kunoichi, and Doomed’n Damned.
Finally, Steam has some deals going today as well. The Midweek Madness is all about Eve Online – you can get “75% off the Starter Pack, 50% off subscriptions, 33% off the Entrepreneur Bundle, and 10% off PLEX.” Go check it out. The Daily Deal is Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for $4.99. Scoop ‘em up!
There are a few t-shirts as well. Check them out after the jump!
When Anthony Amato and I started dating, we played a little bit of Terraria. Well, he played a lot – I played a little. Now that we have much better computers, we’ve started playing it again. We had some connectivity issues (boy can it be a butt to play multiplayer on PC!), but I think we’re ready to start building. Or rather, Anthony has built a lot, and I think I’m ready to move in. :D
There’s a new Humble Flash Sale – get it while it’s hot! It’s the Humble Flash Re-Bundle Simulators. Pay what you want for Bridge Project, Trainz Simulator 12, Euro Truck Simulator, and Wildlife Park 3. Pay $6 or more to unlock Agricultural Simulator 2013, Agricultural Simulator: Historical Farming, Pool Nation, and Professional Farmer 2014.
Let’s check out some t-shirts, shall we?
It’s Friday, hooray! And that means getting time to finally relax after a long week. There are tons of things going on in Philly, but the truth is, I kind of just want to go home and play video games and maybe eat some water ice. That’s OK, right?
The most important thing you need to know right now is that the Indie Royale Blasting Off bundle just got a very awesome addition – PHL Collective’s Clusterpuck99! This awesome eight-player local competitive game is one you’ll definitely want to add to your collection. The bundle is worth it just for that game alone!
There are a few new sales at the Humble Store as well. They’ve got Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing Transformed for $4.99, Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Going East for $6.49, and Anomaly Defenders for $6.99. And at Steam, the Daily Deal is Prototype 2 for $9.99, and the Weekend Deal is Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for $14.99.
And finally, t-shirts!
The Destiny beta begins today for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners. Well, Sony players would already be in it, if it weren’t for the PSN being down. It’s a great game from what we’ve seen so far, so I’m not surprised at the network-crashing high volume.
What else is going on today? The Humble Weekly Bundle is brand new – it’s the Simulators 2 bundle! Pay what you want for Universe Sandbox, Cook, Serve, Delicious!, and Out of the Park Baseball 14. Pay $6 or more to unlock Turbo Dismount and Tropico 4: Steam Special Edition. And finally, pay $10 or more to unlock Euro Truck Simulator 2, which includes a debut of the Fantasy Paint Jobs Pack.
There’s also a lot happening at Steam. The Daily Deal today is early access to Starpoint Gemini 2 for $16.74. The Weekend Deal is Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition for $24.99, which lasts until Monday at 10am PST. And since Quakecon started today, their special deal is Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition for $10.19.
Just one shirt today, but it’s a good one!