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Matt Diamond

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BareFeats asking for donations

07 August 2019 - 07:47 PM

Rob-ART of barefeats.com is asking for donations to help him buy Apple hardware to test. I've used his site often enough over the years-- I chipped in $10 bucks. The link is on his home page if anyone else is interested.

iDevGames RIP

15 July 2019 - 06:59 AM

I have no inside information, but the iDevGames website has been down for a few weeks now and I don't expect it will come back this time.

Like IMG, the main site has been inactive for years except for the forums. But even that was hobbled-- the moderators closed it to new members because too many spammers were getting through. So the writing has been on the wall for a while.

For those who aren't familiar with it, in its heydey (2002-2006-ish) iDevgames was an influential hub for amateur Mac game developers and its annual "uDevGame" contest launched many memorable free games, gave away prizes worth many thousands of dollars,  and even gave some people a pathway into the computer game industry.

I remember some of those old contest entrees fondly, and keep many on my hard drive even though most of them don't run any more. (My own uDG contest entrees are still available on my website mindthecube.com, and I did patch them from PowerPC to Intel, but I have no plans to make them 64-bit.)

Pour one out for another fallen Mac game institution..

Baldur's Gate III announced

06 June 2019 - 07:24 PM

The makers of Divine Divinity 2 Divinity: Original Sin 2 are now working on Baldur's Gate III.

1990 transcript of adventure game designers discussion

29 December 2018 - 05:17 PM

Just putting this here in case someone is interested.

Poking around some old disks I found something interesting: a transcript of a 1990 online conference featuring some big-name designers of classic adventure games. I have posted it to my blog: https://www.mindthec...compuserve-1990

Turns out a computer game historian posted an edited version of it earlier this year. His intro and footnotes are very good, but I think when he edited the discussion it lost some of the flavor. The participants joked around a lot and the edited version lacks a lot of it. But he's the historian so see his blog for the excellent intro and footnotes.

My "new" Xbox 360

26 November 2018 - 01:42 PM

For the last couple of years I've cut back on game purchases to play my backlog. But I was in a GameStop on Black Friday weekend and they had refurbished Xbox 360's for free after rebate. And it turns out I have no willpower at all when things are free.

In my defense, the main reason I caved is that I had been wanting to play some Assassin's Creed ever since I read Richard Moss's oral history.

I do have some questions:

1. I have the Xbox plugged into my computer monitor, which thankfully had an audio out jack. I had been planning to upgrade to a 4k or 5k monitor next year. But I'm not seeing 5K monitors that are HDMI compatible, even with an adaptor. Am I missing something?

2. Any recommendations for games? I already picked up Batman Arkham Origins and Assassin Creed 2 Revelations (though I might ditch that in favor of AC1, Brotherhood, or IV).

3. If I play a Halo which should it be? (I played the first one on Mac.)  There seems to be some consensus online that its either Halo 3 or Reach.