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Spiderweb Software 20th Anniversary Interview with Jeff Vogel

In business for almost twenty years, Spiderweb Software is still going strong. In honor of this milestone, they have answered some of our questions about game development, and what it's like to be indie.

With over two decades of experience making games and a record of being independent before indie games were a trend in the gaming world, Spiderweb Software is the hardcore for the hardcore.  Makers of such classic series as Geneforge, Avernum, and now Avadon, the company focuses on old school RPG experiences that most publishers and developers have abandoned..  While they primarily focus on the PC and Mac platforms, they recently experimented with mobile development, releasing Avadon and Avernum to iOS and Android with stunning success.  It seems classic games are classic no matter what system they’re played on. 

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Backloggers Anonymous System Shock 2 Part 1

Ok, well it's not exactly part one...

So, funny story, I think Backloggers Anonymous is cursed when it comes to handling games designed by Irrational. The reason? Well, this is actually our second first recording for System Shock 2. The first one somehow disappeared from my computer after we recorded it, and the backup is gone too. I half expected SHODAN to email me something like I'VE DELETED YOUR PODCAST, INSECT, but that didn't happen, so I'm gonna chalk it up to the curse.

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Push Start to Continue Episode 9: Food is Better with Kinect Edition

Not only is pizza better with Kinect, it renders all other ordering methods obsolete.

In this edition of Push Start to Continue Jesse talks a bit about the PixlBrew experiment and just a few impressions of his experience with BioShock: Infinite thus far.  And many games are discussed, like Star Fox 64 and its rumble pack, Soul Hackers, Professor Layton, Luigi’s Mansion and more!  And, of course, we couldn’t help but discuss how pizza delivery is better with Kinect.

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Fluidity: Spin Cycle Review

If you're expecting more of the first, don't.

While WiiWare never made quite the splash that competing services XBLA and PSN did, it still managed to offer a few gems. Fluidity was one such title, providing Metroid-inspired exploration along with physics-based puzzles starring an amorphous blob of water that could phase change between ice and steam. Spin Cycle follows that experience with a more linear adventure that’s broken out into a set of 60 levels. The shift away from the original design proves less successful, with a number of the levels falling flat in their implementation.

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Bioshock Infinite Review

Infinite Praise

The wait for BioShock Infinite has been extremely long for some. I however, failed to realize the hype until I finally finished the original BioShock just a mere six months ago. Though I experienced the game late, its effects still resonated with me, and I found myself extremely excited for more. Ken Levine’s promises sounded fascinating: A living breathing world, a constant and helpful partner, and a refinement to the core BioShock action. The only question for me was “can Irrational Games pull it off?” After finishing BioShock Infinite, I can easily say… yes.

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Nerds Without Pants Episode 20: Ten

Play it loud!

It's time again for Nerds Without Pants! This week, JD joins us for a very special look at growing up in the '90s, and all the great games we experienced back then. So lace up your army boots, tie a flannel around your waist, and chug some Crystal Pepsi folks, because this episode of NWP is full of attitude and is so effing XTREME!

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Shock the Body: The Evolution of BioShock Infinite

How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?

Irrational has honed their gameplay to new levels with each of their releases, from System Shock 2 to the upcoming BioShock Infinite. The defining elements of Irrational’s game design started off in a much more basic form with System Shock 2. When looking back at the success of that first game and its initially groundbreaking fighting mechanics, it becomes a little difficult to watch and replay today, considering how far Irrational games has come. However, the once simplistic mechanics from System Shock 2 has evolved into a refined railway shooter in BioShock Infinite. So let’s take a look at where Irrational has been as we look forward to where they are going.

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Bioshock Infinite - "Lamb of Columbia" Trailer

Who is this mysterious woman that Booker has to save from the clutches of the city of Columbia?

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Bioshock Infinite - "Columbia, A Modern Day Icarus?" [Part 2] Trailer

Alistar Bloom continues to delve into the mysteries of the city of Columbia.

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