Friday, March 27, 2015

In Loving Memory of Matthew Carpenter

My sister's boyfriend, father of my nephew, and one of my friends since childhood, died this morning in an automobile crash.  He was an incredibly kind man and I'm just in shock that he's gone.  He'll be terribly missed.

Matt Carpenter
April 10, 1984 - March 27, 2015

Use The I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream Enhanced Soundtrack In ScummVM

The GOG and Steam releases of I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream included an enhanced version of the soundtrack.

With the help of ScummVM developers, two fans by the names of SirAlastor and Alpheon, went through the game and found all the music cues, and Alpheon posted instructions to change the music from the included soundtrack to tracks that ScummVM would read, so the music could be played within the game itself.  He also posted a video showing the enhanced music in action, compared to the music from the original game, which has been embedded above.  The difference is quite striking.

The Perils of Man Will Be Released On April 28

IF Games has announced that their adventure game, The Perils of Man, which has a design by Bill Tiller and Gene Mocsy of Autumn Moon, and is also co-written by Mr. Mocsy, will be released on April 28, 2015 for Windows, Mac, and iOS. Episode 1 of the game was previously only available on iOS, and for those who have already purchased the iOS version of Episode 1, the app will be updated to the full version at no extra charge once it's released. They also released an announcement trailer for the game, which has been embedded above.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Life Is Strange Episode 2 Is Out Now

Life is Strange, the cinematic choices and consequences adventure game created by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, received the second of its five episodes on Tuesday.

The game follows Maxine Caufield, a student who, after witnessing a devastating event, finds that she has the ability to rewind time and can now change the course of events.  The choices made will alter and affect the story with long and short term consequences.

Broken Age Act 2 Coming On the 28th Of April

The release date of Broken Age Act 2 has been announced. It will release on April 28, 2015 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It will be released for Windows, Linux, Mac, and will be available for cross-buy on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. It's unknown if the separate release dates for regions relate to the computer versions as well, since the IGN article makes it seem this way. This is unlikely though since Steam and GOG.com don't have any region blocking for ordering (unless, presumably, required by law), as far as I know. However, even if that ends up to be the case, at least it's only a day.

While you're at IGN, if you don't mind spoilers for Act I and the first part of Act II, they have a video up where they play through the same 12 minutes of the game that was previously revealed, but this time they play through it with Tim Schafer. They discuss what has transpired in the three years since the Kickstarter was announced, the decision to split the game in half and what to expect from the rest of Act 2.

Game of Thrones Episode 3 Is Out Now

Telltale's Game of Thrones Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness is out on nearly all platforms now. Only Android and iOS are left, and people on those platforms don't have to wait long, as they will get the game tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Watch the First 12 Minutes of Broken Age Act 2


IGN has just posted a video of the first 12 minutes of Broken Age Act 2 from the PlayStation 4 version of the game. I doubt you're going to be watching this if you haven't played the first act yet, since it's going to be spoiling a bit of Act 2 for you, but just in case, it should be noted that the video does contain spoilers from Act 1.

In other Double Fine news, The Humble PC & Android Bundle 12 is going on now, and the original Costume Quest is in this bundle, which has been released to Android for the first time. If you pay more than the average (currently just over $5) you get Costume Quest and five other games (with more to come soon) for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you pay $10 or more, you'll also get Shadowrun Returns.

While we're on the subject of Costume Quest, you may remember that a Sackboy costume was advertised to be included in the PlayStation versions of Costume Quest 2. For undisclosed reasons, its release was delayed. It appears that whatever has been causing that delay is no longer an issue, as Costume Quest has finally received an update on PlayStation platforms which makes the Sackboy costume available to purchase in-game from Costume Quest's black market dealer, Shady.