Hey everyone! We’re excited to announce that Robokill 2, the exciting follow-up to the game you already love, is primed and nearly ready for release. We’re going to be launching the game very soon, but in the meantime feast your eyes on this awesome teaser trailer and some tasty screenshots. We’re going to release at least one more video before the game launches, so stay tuned for more!
Looking for something to do while you’re standing in those long Black Friday checkout lines? Why not fire up a game of Robokill? Better yet, grab the game on the cheap (or even for free) from Nov 25-28!
That’s right; in order to help you survive the annual onslaught of shopping we’re offering the iPad version of Robokill for $0.99, and the iPhone edition is totally free!
Remember, this is a limited time deal so don’t put it off for too long. Most of all, enjoy turning evil bots into scrap metal while watching crazy people fight over half-priced tube socks.
One of the great philosophical debates regards whether time is cyclical or linear, flowing like a river or lapping back and forth like the waves of the ocean. While we don’t yet know the answer to this great mystery, one thing we do know is that when it comes to 3D media, the public’s lust for and subsequent disdain of the technology comes and goes indeed. Hollywood directors have been trying to woo moviegoers with 3D for over a half-century, and every time the gimmick has fallen out of favor just about as quickly as it arrived. The industry’s most recent tryst centers around Avatar and a handful of other 3D films which brought in big bucks, sending studios around the globe into a frenzy to convert their films into those which required special glasses for viewing. In the midst of the hype Sony announced it would upgrade the PS3 to support stereoscopic display, and Nintendo created a whole handheld, the 3DS, in the hopes of cashing in on the frenzy. Unfortunately, it seems that 3D is set to die off yet again, and this time Nintendo will be left stranded high and dry.
Today a study was released…
It’s been all but confirmed that Gamestop is on the cusp of selling iOS devices alongside the other gaming systems it typically stocks. According to various sources the retailer will be carrying the full suite of iOS devices, meaning you can trade in your iPhone 4 for the iPhone 5 at the same place where you’re pressured to pre-order every mildly popular game coming out in the next three years. While it seems inevitable that Gamestop is going to jump aboard the iOS train, there are numerous reasons why they should just stay out of the fray. Let’s go through just a few of them.
Gamestop Knows Nothing About Wireless Plans
If Gamestop is indeed planning to sell the iPhone 5 (or any iPhone for that matter), aren’t they going to need to set up customers with a wireless plan as well? The device is pretty useless without an AT&T or Verizon voice, text and data plan attached, and that’s not exactly an arena where Gamestop employees are trained to advise customers. Some of these employees aren’t even that good at making game recommendations, how on earth can they be expected to cogently point out the pros…
This last weekend while hunkering down in anticipation of hurricane Irene I decided I’d kill the time between 60 mph wind surges and power outages by playing Limbo by Playdead.
(As an aside, this was after spending nearly 4 hour trying to get my Macbook Pro without an internal DVD drive to install Windows 7 in Bootcamp just so I could play Limbo… I’d replaced my DVD with the main platter drive and put in a SSD as the boot drive. That turned out to be a major roadblock to getting Windows 7 installed through Bootcamp… My experiences below may be colored by that frustration.)
First impressions about Limbo: Beautiful design that conveys its mood wonderfully well. A game that makes you think before you act. Just the type of game I love.
However, regardless of all this beauty and the thoughtful puzzles I ultimately don’t think it’s a great game.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good game. It’s unique and interesting. It’s certainly better than the majority of games you’ll play in its genre. But it doesn’t always play fair.
To explain what I mean and why I think this is important, I’ll…
One of the inherent advantages of developing for tablets and smartphones is that we don’t really have to deal with brick and mortar distributors. There’s no need to sell copies in bulk to Best Buy, Gamestop, Wal Mart, etc since those who want to play our games can simply log into their respective device’s app store and pick up a copy. Though traditional game publishers are starting to move in this direction, they still maintain deep ties to the physical retailers. That may start to change soon though, and Gamestop has for some reason decided to speed their own demise.
In case you missed the news, Gamestop has confirmed that they are opening new copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and pulling out the free OnLive code that’s packed inside. In a statement Gamestop public relations rep Beth Sharum has claimed that, “Square Enix packed the competitor’s coupon with our DXHR product without our prior knowledge and we did pull and discard these coupons.” Both Square Enix and OnLive have not offered any comments at this time.
The irony in all this is Gamestop is reliant on game publishers for their survival and now they are spitting…
Just in case you haven’t already picked up Robokill for the Mac yet another outlet is singing its praises. Mac Informer is currently featuring the game on its site and may also begin running it in the Today’s Highlight block. If you don’t have the game yet then you can grab it from the App Store right now for only $1.99. You don’t need to work today, blast some robots to pieces instead!
Square Enix has chosen to release Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions on iPhone this Thursday. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the company has opted to price the game at $16, much higher than typical iOS fare. Even worse, Square Enix has implied that while they are working on an iPad version of the game, it is going to be different enough to require purchasing and downloading separately. If the iPhone version is this expensive, just imagine what the tablet edition is going to cost…
First off, Square Enix has the right to charge whatever price they want for the game, that’s the beauty of the App Store. Rather than being tied to specific price points, Apple lets publishers set their own rates and the market is then allowed to decide how much is too much. Still, in this instance the decision to attach such a hefty price tag to a rather old game seems a bit shortsighted and potentially damaging. The publisher is playing with fire in this instance, and no matter the outcome someone is going to get burned.
It’s strange that the game is launching at such a high price point,…
We just wanted to thank everyone for making Robo-Readiness Week a big success and remind you that if you haven’t already downloaded it you can still get Robokill for free on the iPhone and Mac through the end of the week. Act now though, because come August you’re going to have to pay a few bucks for this exceptionally useful training device. Hopefully after this week you’re ready to battle the robo-hordes, and as your friends and neighbors running screaming and crying like cowards you’ll be prepared to face the mechanized death-dealers. If you’ve sufficiently studied your enemy and prepared both your mind and body you’ll likely find that you become the scourge of the robots; the very creature of nightmare they program their children’s minds to fear.
You are strong. You are ready. Let them come for you, if they dare.
When the robots attack you’re going to want to be ready, but regular old bullets and bombs aren’t going to be terribly effective against machines made of steel, platinum or various other alloys that will only be invented once they start killing us. So with that in mind we present some viable options with which to arm yourself when things take a turn for the worse.
A Logical Paradox
Robots are creations built on logic, and every question must have a clearly defined answer. Thus, if you can trap a robot in a logical paradox it should confuse the machine to such a degree that it self-destructs. Here, the Planet Express crew attempts just such a maneuver on Robot Santa. Unfortunately for them, it seems Santa has prepared himself for just such an attack. GlaDos attempts to drop a similar logic bomb on Wheatley in Portal 2, but it also fails to provide the intended results. Of course the likely reason for that is because Wheatley is an idiot and can’t even understand the concept of a paradox, let alone allow himself to be destroyed by one.
Waves Upon Waves of Human Meat Shields
In the event you find…