Miyamoto: ‘I wish I had designed Angry Birds.’

Posted in News on April 12, 2012

Apple, not console makers Microsoft and Sony, has become Nintendo’s closest competitor in recent years, the American computer giant pilfering the latter’s staff and carefully marketing the iPod Touch as a handheld game system to rival the Nintendo DS’s turf. Meanwhile, the App Store continues to dominate over Nintendo’s rather lacklustre e-Shop, while Apple management Read More »

Fez and the death of the pixel

Posted in Games on April 3, 2012

“Gomez is a 2D creature on a voyage of discovery into the mysterious 3rd dimension.” Polytron’s official description of Fez, released today for Xbox Live Arcade, succinctly explains the game’s core conceit. But it also points to a larger truth about the game: that this is a 2D platformer released into a medium where, in Read More »

Interview: Schafer’s Millions

Posted in News on February 11, 2012

There are many reasons why Tim Schafer is the kind of guy people want to give thousands of dollars to. Here’s one. Last week, I sent him an email asking if he’d speak to me for a new website I was setting up. He got straight back and said: ‘Yeah, I’ll call you later in Read More »

Review: Beat Sneak Bandit

Posted in Games on February 7, 2012

One of the big challenges of writing about the current crop of downloadable games is that it’s increasingly difficult to be really mean about the art direction. Back when most of us were only reviewing console shooters, for example, we could almost always get in a dig about how dull and brown everything was. Nice Read More »