I’ve finally got around to purchasing the follow up to Corpse Party, Corpse Party: Blood Drive which is apparently more of a spin off, although I’ve heard it’s a direct sequel, so I guess I’ll find out soon enough.
The original Corpse Party game is fantastic and you can read the review here. Unlike the first game Blood Drive is a first person game not a top down game.
I’ve also decided to create a Zine, so far it’s going to be really simple because I don’t have much in the way of creating nice looking prints or what have you. Anyway, I have ordered paper, pens, rulers, scalpels and printer ink. I’m going to include little game reviews, illustrations and other game related stuff. Eventually I’d like to get other people to offer up stuff to put in the zine, comic strips, drawings, poems etc. For now it’s gonna be a solo project just to get the actual zine creation process down. I just want it to be a fun thing to look at. I really love zines, especially Will Laren’s work Slurricane and the Nightwatch zine, amongst others. They’re just interesting to flick through.
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: 29 November 2013
Initial Price: £349.99
I guess I’m not terribly late to the party on this one but I didn’t get a PlayStation 4 at launch, mainly because there was nothing I was interested in game wise at launch. I was more than happy with my more than capable PC that can play games at 60 frames per second and in 1080p, so Sony spouting the very same capabilities with the PS4 wasn’t much of a selling point, especially since I’d be handing over three hundred and fifty notes for the honour of doing so.
When I was a kid I would frequent (live at) my local video rental
place and one day a game caught my eye, it was a Dizzy game for the
mega drive, the box was incredible. Here’s this egg swinging from a
vine (any children reading, before vine was a short-video creation
tool for racial stereotyping and stop animation, it was a long rope
made naturally from plant life which Tarzan would swing from to save a
blonde woman in the jungle) looking all determined and capable, this
was years and years before video game mascots looked sick of life,
full of wistful ennui, already bored at the adventure ahead of them,
smug arseholes they are. This guy is ready to get amongst it, he’s
ready to get to the top of this cloud castle and kick seven shades of
shite out of whatever is in his way. The box art relayed to me this
game was a world of adventure, never ending possibilities and
challenges. I wanted this game.
Flappy Bird was an overnight sensation, it’s a simple little game. You fly, or flap, through suspiciously familiar pipes to try and get a highscore. That’s it! (I told you it was simple). I suspect the difficulty has a lot to do with people’s interest in the game as it wasn’t exactly easy.
As soon as Flappy Bird had come home to roost, he’d flown south for the winter. Flappy Bird is no longer available on the App Store or the Play Store, left in it’s place a myriad of poorly made clones, each one with more and more disgusting In App Purchases, died three times? Buy more lives!
The reason for Flappy Birds disappearance is an odd one, the creator admitted how unhappy the game has made him Dong Nguyen said on his twitter, “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.” he then later admitted “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” he kept his promise and now it’s gone.
I do wonder exactly what made him feel like way, what kind of problems could this game be creating for him? It’s genuinely sad and I really do hope he’s alright. I’m sure like most of the internet and it’s users he’s under constant abuse, if you happen upon his twitter send some love his way.
Another weird quirk in this story is that people started to sell their phones with Flappy Bird installed, initially these were going for silly money on eBay but as they picked up notoriety fake bids descended like bird poo from the sky and ruined this.
Here’s a link for the game to be installed on your android phone or tablet, save yourself a million pound and download this instead.