Zachary J. Slater

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Far Cry 3 Review

Over at I’ve reviewed the exceedingly fun Far Cry 3. There is also a pre-recorded live stream if you’re into that.

ioquake3 moving to github

I finally gave in and moved ioquake3 to github.

You don’t know it, but your FOSS game project has a deadline.

Bart at Free Gamer:

“Your number one duty to your pet FOSS game project is to get it into a playable state without giving up.  If you miss your deadline, whenever that may be, you’re consigning your idea (and your time) to the graveyard of projects that never saw the light of day.  Make your project playable and get it out there, and it has a much bigger chance of succeeding in the long run.”

Amen, brother.

The Walking Dead Season One Review

My review for Walking Dead: The Video Game: Season One has been published.

Touch My Katamari Review

Do it.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Review

Over on your premier source for months old gaming news I reviewed Alan Wake’s American Nightmare a while back and didn’t link it from here.

Player Investment

Forrest Smith on Extravagant Cheating via Direct X has this gem about player attachment to scores and other virtual rewards:

“Do you know what one of Microsoft’s top anti-cheat measures on Xbox is? Achievements. Players are incredibly invested in their profiles and achievement scores. It takes years to build up and most players won’t dare risk losing it all by cheating.”

It is a good point, but only true for an established account. The hackers are also using free trials of Xbox Live Gold (needed for online multiplayer) to get around this hurdle without regard for the account. The next level is wholesale console banning, which developers and publishers cannot do outside of the scope of their games. There isn’t an API to alert Microsoft to a cheater. So a cheater can be banned from ThirdPartyFunGameTime 3: The Quickening, but it takes a few more steps to have their console or account banned from the service as a whole.

Services like punkbuster were never successful due to the speed at which cheaters would bypass the system. Valve is more successful, their gamers have poured hundreds or thousands of dollars into their game libraries. Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have this to an extent with their forays into digital distribution.

The next logical solution to cheating is player investment in server operation and administration. Battlefield 3 on the Playstation 3 already lets players rent servers without leaving the game. Making server operation and administration as straight-forward as the rest of multiplayer gaming has become will move some of the burden from first and third parties developers to the player.

Think about a player created server where admins can speedily review killcams and other replay data to ban players.

Operatic Plumbing

Super Mario Violin

Team Pop Culture

Wow. That is how you make good machinima.

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