The Glory of an Enemy on Fire…
Hello my friends, and welcome to this episode of the Space Game Junkie Podcast! This week, Jim and I sit down with Mike Tipul, lead developer on a game I and many others are excited about, Enemy Starfighter. As we were insanely lucky to get a playable copy before the show, we kind of jumped in head first right from the get go with all manner of questions and suggestions for the game, and it leads to a very fun, spirited discussion. ;)
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Helllllooooo my friends, and happy Thursday! I hope y’all are having great week so far! Mine’s been okay, not enough sleeping and certainly not enough gaming, but whuddyagonnado, right? ;) You’re not here to read my babblings though (or ARE you?), you’re here for NEWS, so let’s do this thing!
- Star Citizen – The Mittani has posted their own hangar walkthrough showing off eight ships (well, four ships with several variants) and the official site has an edited version of the hangar launch video which was edited by a fan. Both vids will be below the cut.
- EVE Online – The official site has word that the Second Decade Collector’s Edition will ship on October 24th. This massive package (hurr hurr) inclides a 190-page hardcover book, a Rifter-shaped USB hub, a soundtrack CD and several in-game items. Dayum.
- Star Conflict – A new update has been released that improves ship slot systems, among other things.
- X3 Series – Via the Egosoft Facebook account, they’ve announced that X3: Terran Conflict and X3: Albion Prelude are in beta for Mac through Steam.
- Wing Commander – The CIC are reporting that an intrepid fan has gotten the original game to work on a Raspberry Pi, which is pretty damned cool.
- Star Trek Online – There’s a new dev blog looking further at dilithium mines, a new special project in the game, apparently.
- Drox Operative – A new 1.022 beta patch adds a ton of new fixes and reminds me I owe the expansion a preview, so stay tuned for that.
- Ring Runner – Over on Facebook, there’s a new logo for the game’s upcoming MOBA-like mode.
- Yargis: The Beginning – Found this game over on Steam Greenlight, and it looks pretty nifty. They also have an IndieGoGo campaign going on.
- Paragon – Finally, I brought this up yesterday because I was under the mistaken impression it’s a new game. It isn’t, it appears to be a modification based on the Pioneer open source engine. However, the Paragon site doesn’t mention Pioneer at ALL, which honestly bugs me a lot, especially since they’re on Greenlight asking to be sold on the biggest digital distribution platform around. I therefore wanted to apologize for giving the impression this was a new game and just be transparent about the whole thing.
But wait, there’s more. We have some deals today too! First off, there’s a new digital distribution platform called ShinyLoot and they have deals on some space games such as:
I already got that Honor in Vengeance II game, because $0.90 is amazingly cheap, but still, stuff is hard to find over there, so be warned. The other deal is the Humble Weekly Sale which includes AI War and all five expansions along with basically every other Arcen game for about $6 as I write this, an amazing deal if you miss out on the last one.
Finally, in kinda-related news, some intrepid fans made a full-scale model of U.S.S. Voyager from the show of the same name. Heck, I might even load up Minecraft my own self to check it out.
That’s it for today folks. Have a great one!
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Help Me Puppy! I’m Burred in News!
Holy crap, newsiness! It’s been a while since I posted some of this stuff, but DAAAAAYUM has life been crazy. Work has been INSANE, home life has been busy and I had a weird slightly-depressive funk I had to work my way through (nothing bad, just turning 40 stuff mostly), but things are balancing out again, which means it’s time for NEWS, and hooooooly crap is there a ton (over 180 items). Several weeks worth of stuff from all over the map (so much so that this post will likely be written over a mult-day period). This post will be so damned big I’ll have to put it behind a cut just to help make the front page look sane, so here goes…
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Save Your Moneys!
Hey guys! I’m still chipping away at that massive news post I keep promising with now about three weeks of news (around 150 items currently) backlogged, but some sales hit today that I wanted to make y’all aware of. First, Amazon is having a massive Last Summer Deals sale which includes some spacey goodness such as:
Steam is also having an unexpected sale, this time to celebrate one year of Steam Greenlight. Spacey game deals include:
If someone was to ask me what the best deals here were, I’d say X3: Gold in the Amazon sale (since it also includes Alnion Prelude, which is pretty decent) and Ring Runner. On Steam, though there’s not much of a game there yet, Kinetic Void has a ton of potential, so it’s a small price to pay for what hopefully will be a great game. Enjoy!
Edit: This just dropped as I wrote this post, but there’s a massive Paradox Humble Weekly Bundle that, white at its base doesn’t include any space games, if you pay $125 you get nearly fifty Paradox games which includes Sword of the Stars II. I’ll likely get the smaller bundle just for the soundtracks alone my own self, but wow, overall that’s a damned fine deal.
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Remember This Nightmare? ;)
Hey folks, welcome back to the Space Game Junkie podcast! After a short break, Jim brings on one of his oldest friends, Mike, to talk about the joy of old games and the fun involved in getting them to run on newer hardware. We also go all over the place, as per usual. ;)
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This Is How It Begins…And How It Ends…
I’m gonna be honest right up front here: I’ve not clicked with an X game since X-Tension many years ago. While I’ve tried every iteration, the further series has progressed, the more it’s felt like a business simulation in which your office just happens to be a spaceship. I’m totally fine with trading in space sims, but I’m here to fly, haul and fight, not manage a business. That sounds a lot like WORK. So it was with some trepidation that I approached X3: Albion Prelude because I knew I had something of a bias against the series. I figure one of the beauties of this blog will be to help me possibly overcome such biases by looking at games more critically that I might have if I were just playing certain games for my own amusement. With that said, I tried to approach this game with as little amount of trepidation and bias as possible. Read on to find out if I was successful in overcoming these biases and actually find some fun underneath all the numbers.
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Helllloooooo everyone, how are you all? Sorry about the lack of news yesterday, I got super busy and was already suuuuper pooped from the weekend, so I didn’t have much energy left in me to post stuff, but I’ve got energy today, so let’s do this! :)
- Star Citizen – Since they’ve continued to crowdfund on their own website, they just past the $10 million mark! Yay! Chris Roberts recorded a thank you video for helping Cloud Imperium reach this goal, which I’ll embed below.
- Void Destroyer – There have been so many updates on their Kickstarter that, again, I’ll just link to their update page because dayum. That’s a very good thing, I just don’t got tiiiiiiime to post ‘em all individually. There’s also a new version of the game on their website for y’all to play with. The lead dev for this game will also be our guest on this week’s podcast, so stay tuned. :)
- EVE Online – On the official site, we have an article detailing changes to the naming policy. On The Mittani, they have an article speculating on changes in Odyssey, a look at fan-made music for the game and an entry in the EVE Darwin Awards. They also have two articles covering the recently launched Fountain Campaign.
- X3: Albion Prelude – The Mittani’s review of the game is almost as late as mine! ;) (It’s coming, I swear!)
- AI War – Two new patches entitled “So That’s What A Vines Map Looks Like” and “Controllers Out Of Control” address map and turret issues, among other things.
- Freespace Open – A new version of wxLauncher has been released. Apparently this is a cross-platform launcher striving to be the main launcher for all mods and total conversions. I’ll have to check it out.
- Infinite Pixels – If you’re a backer of the game on IndieGoGo, you can now download the latest alpha of the game. If you’re not a backer, you can now buy the game outright on their official website. I’m not a huge fan of IndieGoGo for some reason, so I’ll likely go that route.
- Distant Worlds: Shadows – Space Sector has their review up for your reading pleasure.
- Dominium – The first newsletter of what I hope will be many is available to download.
- Quintet – Congrats to Carmine, as his Kickstarter finished by passing their modest funding goal many times over. There’s a thank you note from Carmine as well. :)
- Beyond Beyaan – Brent keeps making improvements to the game, the latest is hard-coded star names using both random generators and the name of Kickstarter backers. ;)
- Artemis – You can now purchase patches and other stuff at their merch store.
That’s it folks. Have an awesome day!
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ai war, Artemis, beyond beyaan, Distant Worlds: Shadows, Dominium, eve online, freespace open, Infinite Pixels, quintet, star citizen, Void Destroyer, x3 albion prelude
Welllllllcome to episode #16 of the Space Game Junkie podcast. This week, Jim and I have no guest and the baaaaarest thread of a topic. This results in what has to be the most random, off-topic podcast we’ve done yet. I mean what other space game podcast (is there one?) talks about space pirates, Marvel Heroes, Squirrel Girl, being renamed Paul and so on? I blame the fatigue my own self. ;)
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We would love it if y’all would chime in about your stories of being a pirate in space games, because honestly that career path doesn’t much fit us, you know? :) We look forward to your stories, as well as your comments, below, and invite you to subscribe to us if you’ve not already. Thanks for listening, and enjoy! :)
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Aaahhhh, Time to Relax…
As I’ve said many times before, I’m always trying to strive a balance between blogging game time, free gaming time and the rest of the time I have available in my life. Typically on weekends I use the free time I have to play games for this blog, like last weekend wherein almost all I played was X3: Albion Prelude and Distant Worlds: Shadows.
Welp, it’s a holiday weekend here in the States, and that means I’m taking a holiday to play some games for ME. ;) Since I got this WONDERFUL little Xbox 360 Gamepad for my PC, I’ve just been reinstalling games that were fun with a keyboard, but focused on playing with a gamepad. This includes:
- Beat Hazard
- Renegade Ops
- Batman: Arkham City
- Viking: Battle for Asgard
And HOLY CRAP am I having more fun with these than ever before (and also doing much better as well). I am so loving this gamepad it’s silly. It’s really revolutionizing the way I play stuff. Truly.
So yeah, I’ll return to form next week with a review of X3: Albion Prelude and whatever else I can fit in. :) I’ve already decided how I’m gonna do my review of Shadows (spoiler: It’ll be a pirate gang run by the nicest pirate y’all ever did see ;), so stay tuned for that as well.
What are you folks playing this weekend? :) Have a good one!
I Want to Go To There. ;)
Heyyyy folks, welcome to this edition of the Space Game Junkie Podcast. In this episode, Jim and I sit down with Brendan Anthony, former Bethesda developer who is currently working on an awesome space game called Rodina. We talk about the game at length, but due to a good deal of wine on my part I think, the conversation goes all over the place as well. It’s a fun ride, and we hope you enjoy it.
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