Gaming in the Real World continues as we ask level designer Sam Bass (Medal of Honor: Rising Sun) how he deals with the social scene as a game developer. We are still short one tar and/or feathering but I'll cling to hope for a while longer yet. Maybe we need to send John Carmack into a PTA meeting or something.Anyways, read on for Sam's reply!

Railroad Tycoon 3

Thy piercing, madly-whistled laughter! Thy echoes, rumbling like an earthquake, rousing all!If we can assume there is a traditional video game, usually one filled with wild explosions of color, and probably robots of some kind, then Railroad Tycoon III can pretty well be called non-traditional.

Violence in Games

Hooray, it's that topic again. However, the following feature put up recently takes a closer look at the 'phenomenon' than your average CNN/Reuters/whatever story. The first part - the Early Medium - briefly covers the history of violence in videogames in the context of technological evolution.
Inside Every Living Person Is a Dead Person Waiting to Get OutBecause weÂ're Â"Gamers With JobsÂ" one might assume that a few of us are also Â"Gamers With ChildrenÂ" although imagining some of you raising kids really puts a strain on my sanity.

November 10th- 16th

I think I'm just going to curl up in a corner and whimper for a while, the release list this week is huge. There are a few must-haves in there too which makes things that much more difficult. Which do you buy? Which game gets left cold on the shelf, softly calling your name?
More than six months ago I had the pleasure to chat with one of the guys behind World of Pirates. The MMOP! (Massively Multiplayer Online Pirates!), which also features city management aspects, is currently being beta-tested and it's interesting to see how things have developed since then. An update mentions some news on the latest build.

You Complete Me

So I'm not going to pepper you all with excuses. This has simply been one of those weeks. It hasn't been a bad week, necessarily, but it's been a busy one. I never used to let work or my personal affairs get in the way of my gaming. Perhaps that explains my vacuous love life in high school. Well, since you guys are funnier than I am anyway, you can have your chance to shine today.
If you own WarCraft III and love tweaking/modding games you have you might want to get this: I saw over at Shacknews that Blizzard has released the WC III art tools as promised earlier.Comprising a set of plugins for Discreet®Â's 3ds max®, these tools allow advanced users to create, modify, and quickly preview models and animations, including particle and ribbon effects, that can be used
I suppose an introduction to this new topic is in order, but as youÂ'll soon understand, I should be brief. Parenthetical Aside is a column that recognizes three things: 1) Not every topic needs a four page dissertation, 2) you donÂ't have time to read dissertations anyway, and 3) I sure as hell donÂ't have time to write Â"˜em.
The latest Castlevania wasn't really what I expected. From the early screenshots and initial previews I had the impression it would be side-scrolling, much like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. So when I finally ended the first cutscene and walked out into the game, I was in for a shock.