This week we have reviews of Beans Quest, Dirt Showdown and Sleeping Dogs. Brad checks out the Maid Cafe at manifest, plus Tim wraps up this year’s SEA leg of the Starcraft 2 world championship tournament. All this plus more on New Game Plus.
So it seems that the current Interplay CEO and entrepreneur Herve Caen is behind the re-opening of one of the industries most famous studios, Black Isle Studios.
Last year saw a group of local gamers put on one of the more intriguing livestreamed gaming charity marathons of recent times – a 24 marathon of 15 of the worst games out there. And sure enough, the lads not only pulled through to beat their goal of $2000 and somehow managed to retain their sanity, but also came close to tripling their goal! So it’s fantastic to hear that the Lame Game Marathon is back this year, and is set to be bigger than ever.
It’s been a pretty weird week for news so far. Especially in terms of jobs. Yesterday, EA announced that fifty people were being laidoff from PopCap, in addition to announcing Plants Vs Zombies 2. Shortly after that though saw an announcement that was a bit more surprising – Sony announced that they would be closing off Wipeout (or wipEout, if you prefer) developers Studio Liverpool.
It’s been a mixed couple of days for PopCap Games. Earlier in the week they announced a sequel to the ever-popular title Plants vs Zombies. This morning, however, the company informed its employees of an internal reorganisation that includes the laying off of about fifty staff members as well as the reevaluation of its Dublin office.
In a blog post on the company’s website, PopCap co-founder John Vechey explained the reasons for this course of action, citing the dramatic changes in the industry: “The change in consumer tastes requires us to reorganize our business and invest in new types of games on new platforms. It’s a completely different world from when we started.” Continue reading »