stories by Sebastian Haley
Twisted Metal Game Director David Jaffe was one of a few speakers selected to give a presentation at DICE this year. Jaffe’s vulgar language and lack of self-censorship have placed him in the media hotseat many times over the years, most recently with an admittedly tasteless fellatio joke during a GameTrailers interview at the Twisted Metal launch party.
[vimeo 36649937 w=640 h=376] Comedian/actor/grand wizard Jay Mohr was in Las Vegas this week to host the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards for his seventh year. In addition to the DICE award ceremony, Mohr has also been a longtime host for the annual (usually) BlizzCon fan event.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOUCDIP9uV0&w=560&h=345] Update: Swapped in a better version of the video.
KISS frontman Gene Simmons has revealed that he’s in talks with Rovio to develop a KISS/Angry Birds game.
One of Steve Jobs’ last major acts before passing was to launch an attack on Adobe Flash. Mobile Apple devices began blocking Flash-powered content, and Apple even went so far as to prevent iOS developers from using Flash — one of the most popular multimedia programming platforms — in their apps. Apple positioned HTML5 not as an alternative, but as a replacement. A few months later that decision was reversed based on “developer feedback” (i.e. Internet outrage), but the battle between HTML5 and Flash rages on.
Zynga is synonomous with ripping off other developers’ games, but very rarely do they get called out for it.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0i9HzJazfQ&w=560&h=345] The above is the ending to 2010′s Darksiders, which featured War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as the main protagonist. In the cutscene, War’s three siblings (pictured below) are seen coming to his aid, leading gamers to believe that Darksiders II would feature multiplayer, or at least more than one horseman.
Hanging With Friends is a multiplayer puzzle game by Zynga where you guess the secret word your opponent has entered. It’s like Hangman, without the lynching.