Back in the comic book heyday of the 1990s, there was one studio of wild young guns that had a vision: To own their comic book creations, and presumably get stinkin’ rich in the process. And for a while, it worked! Image Comics was formed, and leading the charge into a brave new world was superstar artist Todd McFarlane, with his Spawn comics. These days, Spawn is more or less an excuse to create some bitching cool toys. But the character himself has survived for many a year, by adapting his look.
A few years can make a big difference in your appearance. It can make you look more mature, trustworthy and responsible. In my case, it can send more people than usual running away and screaming. I really do need to get a more contemporary haircut. After a four year gap, Nathan Drake returns in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End next year. And man, time has been kind to him.
Asking me which console to recommend these days is the equivalent of quizzing me as to which testicle I’d like to keep in a life or death situation. I love all three two of very much you see. What I will admit however, is that the Xbox One has a superior controller in my humble opinion. Sure, the PS4 controller may have more features, but they’re barely used and the damn thing has the battery lifespan of a Mayfly which has gotten rather drunk and hasn’t buckled its seatbelt on before driving off. But to make the Xbox One controller, the design team behind it went through tons of design iterations.
Doom Designer John Romero argues that despite massive advancements in technology, we haven't seen major advances in gameplay. Considering the amount of nostalgia around classic games, I can't help but wonder if he's right.
You know you’re watching a low budget sci-fi flick when the computers are big, and the hair is even more massive. Some of these flicks haven’t stood the test of time, whereas as some have used the technology of their era to create a signature look. And Alien Isolation is looking to the original Alien film for some MS-DOS inspiration.
If there’s one aspect of game design that is criminally underrated, it’s audio design. Visuals can only take you so far when you design a game, because audio is the subtle finisher that helps a great title perform a full package DDT at the end of the day. And inFamous: Second Son, knows all about the art of audio.
It’s not the hardware underneath, or the line-up of games that allow for love at first sight when deciding which console to buy. Much like real life, looks really do matter, and fortunately for the Playstation 4, it’s got a sexy shell housing all those electronics inside of it. A design which the original Xbox designers recently critiqued.
I always love seeing what designs are knocked around before a console settles on its final look. Or until a slimmer version arrives. The Xbox One was no stranger to this design process, going through a heap of concepts and ideas before settling on the Betamax version. Here’s what some of those designs looked like.
You know what the most overlooked aspect is of console design? Longevity. Few console features looks that will last a decade or two. I mean hell, just look at Atari? Wooden panels? Yeah, that’ll go nicely with the drapes. The Playstation 4 on the other hand, is a sexy beast of a console. And that’s all because Sony didn’t want to embarrass you.
Just before I went to the land of nod last night I saw this new teaser video posted up by Sony PlayStation which gives us a blurred flashy look at the new upcoming PlayStation 4.
While at the Call of Duty Championship last week, I got the chance to have a quick one on one with Black Ops 2 Game Design Director, David Vonderhaar. Maniacally enthusiastic about the game that Treyarch has worked on, here’s what Vonderhaar had to say about design, evolution, co-operation and next-gen ideas.
When it comes to controllers in the current generation of gaming, hands down the Xbox 360 has the best input device on the market. It’s a comfy, well designed piece of tech with some decent heft, something that even Nintendo copied for their Wii U pro controller. But the PS3 gamepad? That’s an antiquated piece of design that feels like it could snap in my hands at any second. And it looks like Sony has been listening to Geoff, because their next console is going to feature something…new.
It hasn’t been an easy week for Diablo 3 lead designer Jay Wilson. Blizzard North co-founder David Brevik was critical of some of the design decisions that had been implemented in Diablo 3, something which many fans would agree on as well. Wilson, and a couple of other Diablo 3 designers, weren’t too happy with Brevik criticising them, and they went on to Facebook to voice that, using some salty language to do so. And now, Wilson has apologised for doing so.
Sony Needs You… to help them decide on what design/colour the next DualShock 3 will be. It’s a nice crowdsourcing idea that gives all PS fans around the world the chance to submit ideas and then let everyone else vote on them.