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Ernesto RPG is a "quick RPG" played entirely in clicks on a field populated by pixelated icons. Start at a cave and form a path to another cave by clicking on icons right next to each other, such as medkits, poisonous spiders, weapons, tunnels that may or may not be insta-death traps, and enemies;...

January 21st 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments
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All eyes are on Stephen Elop. Just hours ago, he introduced Nokia's first Windows tablet; he's also overseeing his division's integration into Microsoft; and Redmond is even considering him as its next CEO. During our interview today, Elop understandably couldn't comment on the prospect of taking...

October 22nd 2013 at 6:10pm 0 Comments
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Amazon Studios has been forging ahead with its push to develop original movies and TV series, and it has now introduced a new tool that it's hoping will help foster further development. Dubbed Amazon Storyteller, the tool lets writers quickly turn their script into a storyboard without the need fo...

June 7th 2013 at 9:54am 0 Comments
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"Wait, save that. No one's done it that way before. You made it more complicated."Daniel Benmergui reached out to grab the mouse and save a screenshot of my panels in his comic-book narrative game, Storyteller, where I had just concocted a tale of love and loss based on the page's prompt, using a t...

April 4th 2013 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Thus far I've managed to keep my nose out of Massively's MMO Blender column. This is primarily because I don't need 1000 words to describe the ideal MMORPG when a short phrase like "Star Wars Galaxies minus the IP" basically sums everything up. That said, something happened a couple of weeks ago t...

October 26th 2012 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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I'm always captivated with NPC life in MMOs -- what these not-so-essential characters are doing in the background of our unbridled heroism. Here's a charming scene in Lord of the Rings Online's Hobbiton, where a matronly storyteller is spinning a yarn for two fascinated children and one sleeping...

July 24th 2011 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Daniel Benmergui creates games as if he were a tortured artist trapped in a game developer's body, and his newly announced project, Storyteller, appears to be from his lighter Existentialist-Satire period. Benmergui calls Storyteller his "most ambitious project," mixing comic-book style narrative...

July 3rd 2011 at 10:45pm 0 Comments
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When I penned this week's Soapbox about Star Wars Galaxies and the NGE, I had no idea what was in store for MMO gamers today. In fact, I was so confident that the pre-eminent MMO sandbox was going to be around forever (or at least another eight years) that I reassured commenters that there was no...

June 24th 2011 at 4:00pm 0 Comments