This Month On Edge
When we weren’t doing everything else, we were thinking about stuff like this
The things that caught our eye during the production of E317
The Videogame Soda Machine Project bit.ly/vgsoda Jess Morrissette must be thirsty. The Political Science professor and amateur game developer has taken it upon himself to document every known case of a soda machine appearing in a videogame. There are close to 1,700 examples on his regularly updated blog, from the infamous Nuka-Cola outfits native to the Fallout series (including vending machine assets from the cancelled Van Buren project) to drink distributors to the less obvious Outlast and Virtual Boy game
Nester’sFunkyBowling. It’s a wonderfully useless effort, with fans sending in snaps too. If you’re oddly fascinated by this sort of thing, there are links to similar blogs on the ‘About’ page, a little below a curious admission from Morrissette: not one of his games features a soda machine.
Shadow Of The Colossus – Boundary Break bit.ly/sotcbreak With the recent release of Bluepoint’s PS4 remaster, it’s the perfect time for YouTuber Shesez to dig into Team Ico’s original PS2 adventure. The Boundary Break series charts his discoveries as he uses free cameras in emulators to uncover the visual trickery in videogame levels. ShadowOf
TheColossus uses some deliciously odd devices, including hiding colossi under the world before they appear in the game, and a spooky countermeasure to Peeping Toms. Zoomed-out angles on certain fights further illuminate the game’s breathtaking sense of scale.
The World Begins With You bit.ly/worldbegins Despite the title, this is not the unofficial prequel to Square Enix’s celebrated ARPG. The vibe of Fabian Denter’s bewitching puzzle platformer couldn’t be more different, hauntingly scored in shivering synths and suffused with magical light. Its young, caped protagonist and mysterious setting recalls Tequila Works’
Rime, as you stumble and hop across rocky pillars or push through gigantic mazes. At other times, Playdead’s Inside comes to mind: one sequence involving an escape on a boat leads to some disturbing deaths, our hero crumpling under the gaze of deadly turrets. The short story is more suggestive than satisfying, the platforming is floaty and wayward, and poor signposting throughout can frustrate – but this solo game jam project has an elegance that often takes larger teams years to achieve.
Super Nt bit.ly/supernt Seattle firm Analogue is fast carving out a niche as a designer of luscious reimaginings of classic gaming hardware – and better yet, it’s learned to control costs since the release of its $450 NES, the Nt. Clocking in at a comparatively reasonable $189, the Super Nt plays original SNES cartridges in 1080p using a field-programmable gate array chip containing reverse-engineered SNES circuitry. That means that games play natively, rather than through emulation, with zero input lag added along the way. There are trade-offs, particularly for retro purists; while the Nt had analogue and digital outputs, this only has HDMI. An adaptor for CRT users is, at least, in the works. Finally, some justification for still having that Hat-TrickHero cart we’ve somehow never been able to bring ourselves to part with.
Crate strides EA’s Battlefront II patch improves progression, buffing payouts
Scarlett fever Sasha Hostyn makes StarCraft history as the first woman to win a major
Burning Burni passion Inspired by Firewatch, a US teenagteenager becomes a fire-totower historian
Man Ma or beast Monster HHunter: World’s creaturesc wewere mocapped by actual, flflailing humans
Hard pass Indie retailer Gameware refuses to stock Xboxes after Game Pass update
Stone dead Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite misses Evo – and the Pro Tour. Sheesh
Skies the limit Failbetter layoffs follow slow Sunless Skies sales. Our best to all affected
Any port Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy hits Switch and PC this year. Please, stop
Home automation apocalypse: Alexa has begun understanding my 3 yr old. “Alexa, turn up the temperature in the living room.” “Alexa, order more peanut butter.” “Alexa, play Justin Bieber.” All are basically domestic equivalents of nuclear launch orders
Mark Noseworthy @knowsworthy Executive producer, Destiny2
Hmm, both Bitcoin and Dow Jones plunging? Good thing I put all my money into the safest investment: developing an independent videogame
Johnnemann Nordhagen @johnnemann Creator, WhereTheWaterTastesLikeWine
I’m hitting the road for a week starting tomorrow, so I’m making sure that every time I go back to the base in
MonsterHunter I carry Poogie to the sunny spot on the carpet by all the plantsants because I’m a god damned twelve year old that’sat’s overly invested in digital animals
Zoë Quinn @UnburntWitchburntWitch Co-founder, Crash Override Network