Month: December 2010

Story as evolutionary success or failure lessons

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Idle thoughts for a rainy December evening. Viral player stories.  When you create games with deep systems, player run into amazing, emergent scenarios on a regular basis.  From these moments of player experience grow myths and legends.  Players tell them.  Press repeats them. Your game goes viral without requiring any of the whirring, queasy machinations of your local social network dealer. Why does this occur?  It happens without prompting.  It requires no points, no bribes.  It is […]

Steambirds: Survival: Goodbye Handcrafted Levels

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Steambirds: Survival, the sequel to our original steampunk airplane strategy game was just released today. ¬† You can go play it right now at Steambirds.com. Steambirds: Survival takes place on a grim fall morning at the start of the Battle of London. ¬†The British forces are taken by surprise as thousands of Axis steam-planes descend upon the doomed city. ¬†Outnumbered and outgunned, your heroic mission is to delay the invaders long enough that a handful […]