•••• The “is Valve making a console?” rumors got a lot more interesting as Apple is now being linked to the Steamers (as I like to call them), but in terms of “wearable computing” (i.e. Google’s first potential Project Glass competitor). Huh? [Metro]
•••• Video game sales continue to plummet, down another 20% in March. The steepest decline in the area of hardware might be due to the fact that the current most popular hardware available is really freaking old. You’re not helping either, Vita. [Zacks]
•••• On Friday we brought you the story of “Caine’s Arcade,” a touching film about a 9 year-old boy who built his own cardboard arcade in the back of his dad’s auto shop. Well, if that didn’t sufficiently yank your heartstrings, how about this story of a 10 year-old who made a video game for his blind grandmother? [Kotaku]
•••• If you’re a “Crysis” fan you already knew this was coming, but EA officially announced “Crysis 3” will be released in spring 2013. [EA]
•••• Speaking of EA, there are reports that the company is laying off between 500 and 1000 employees. EA has denied such a report. [Joystiq]
Out This Week
•••• “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” makes its much-anticipated console arrival tomorrow. The critically-acclaimed RPG seeks to meld hack-and-slash fun with a compelling story based on the “The Witcher” novels of Andrzej Sapkowski.
•••• ”Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet” is available tomorrow on XBLA and Steam. This puzzle shooter is the latest entry in what may be the strongest year yet for downloadable, artfully sophisticated yet fun games. You might recognize the art style from the films “Iron Giant” and “Ratatouille,” both products of artist Michel Gagne.
Game Cache Classic
It’s probably been more than 15 years since I’ve even thought of “Captain Skyhawk.” Once I loaded up this gameplay video, I remembered just how addictive this vertical-scrolling plane shooter was. There were probably other games that did this before it, but this is the first title I can remember that gave a somewhat real impression of three dimensions in a vertical scrolling game, not just panning over a flat surface. Why an F-14 pilot was bombarding weird orbs and alien shapes is anyone’s guess, but “Captain Skyhawk” is a title worth revisiting.
Free Mobile Challenge
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, confused and fatigued by all the ninja-related games on the App Store and Google Play. However,if you’re not still addicted to CoinDozer like I am, check out “NinJump” (iOS/Android). It’s simple, addictive, and a great game to pick up for a couple minutes and set down. Based on timing your taps to jump-attack between buildings, “NinJump” looks and feels great.
Really Important Video
The gents over at Smosh have released their latest entry into the “If Video Games Were Real” series. One day, live-action parodies of video games will get old. That day is certainly not today.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun