Rants and raves

Guinness World Records thinks George Stobbart is older than Tex Murphy

The first Broken Sword game was released in 1996. It was a great game — at least, I think so. I really enjoyed it a lot. It was dry, humorous, exciting, gorgeous, and well-written, even if it moved a tad slowly at times. So I’m not going into this because I hate Broken Sword. I… Continue reading Guinness World Records thinks George Stobbart is older than Tex Murphy

Rants and raves

I don’t like Myst or Myst-clones

Everybody’s gone all nuts about this game The Witness now. And, before you say anything, I know it’s not a Myst-clone. I know because Agustín Cordes says so. A damn shame people are giving The Witness bad ratings because they were expecting another Myst (thankfully, it's nothing like Myst). — Agustín Cordes (@AgustinCordes) January 27,… Continue reading I don’t like Myst or Myst-clones

Podcast news

Prepping for the podcast’s season 3 – with special guest interviews

Exciting things are happening. This year will finally be the year when the Space Quest Historian Podcast resurfaces for a long-awaited third season. Yes, I know that sounds like I’m blowing smoke up my own ass, but really: a fair number of people have said they missed the show, and that makes me really happy.… Continue reading Prepping for the podcast’s season 3 – with special guest interviews

Guest appearances · Upper Memory Block

Feelies, boxes, stuff in the physical world

This weekend, I made a brief appearance on the 4th Upper Memory Block Patreon Hangout. Actually, I hadn’t planned on showing up at all, ‘cos I wasn’t feeling up to it (rough weekend) and I didn’t feel I had much to talk about on the subject. But I couldn’t resist jumping in and saying ‘hi’… Continue reading Feelies, boxes, stuff in the physical world

Rants and raves

Games can be art, and we should not discourage that

You probably already know about the recent “controversy” that’s arisen alongside That Dragon, Cancer, but if not, here’s the tl;dr: It’s an artsy game about the parents of a cancer-stricken kid and their struggles to deal with his eventual death. The gameplay consists mainly of exploring environments and reading/listening to bits of dialogue about the… Continue reading Games can be art, and we should not discourage that