I originally wrote this article with the idea of putting all of this year’s roguelites of note in it, but I stopped thinking that was a good idea somewhere around number 30. There are just too many good games that have been released so far and are scheduled for release later this year.
If you try to write something like that, you end up with a 5,000-word behemoth article that no one wants to power through for a half hour. And you know what? I can’t blame ‘em.
Instead, I’ve tried to roughly break the roguelites set for release this…
While the term RPG might be a bit of a vague grouping of game features aligned under one banner, platformers in contrast are pretty easy to describe. Are there platforms? Can you jump around? Is it all done in real-time?
There you go — you have a platformer. Sure, there are plenty of subgenres, but those vary in the details of the penmanship, not the broad strokes.
Shoot-em-ups (SHMUPs) and action-RPGs are a tried-and-true foundation upon which to build a rogue-lite.
Procedurally generated maps work really well in producing replayability — you’ll never know what the perfect angle of attack in any particular level will be. You can fit a wide variety of skills and items and characters and enemies into them. And permadeath or similar mechanics can lend an aura of tension to the whole bullet-hell thing that they often incorporate into their gameplay.
This year has already seen some exceptional releases in the SHMUP category, but there are even stranger releases, too. A casino game…
Tim Denning has some great pieces of writing. He has a wonderful way with words that expresses his personality and thoughts extremely well and has subsequently and unsurprisingly developed a massive following.
He also has some of the worst takes on the planet at times when it comes to compensation and writing, like some parts of this piece that he recently published.
It’s not that I think you shouldn’t write “for free.” It’s two things, really:
There are a number of ironic song titles that Metallica has produced over the years that could fit an article title about this topic, depending on your perspective. “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Sad But True,” “Seek & Destroy,” “Am I Evil,” “Harvester of Sorrow,” and “Damage, Inc.” all seem to be applicable in some way, depending on how you approach recent events at BlizzCon as streamed on Twitch.
But I went with “The Memory Remains.” Why? Because, for many of us, the memory still does remain. We remember Metallica’s lawsuit against Napster in 2000, and we get to look…
Ever wonder where certain words in the English language came from? And why some seem to make complete sense, while others just seem nonsensical? From portmanteaus to branding to the classics of literature, many of our words have similar entry points into the modern English lexicon.
Despite similar ways of entering the language, all of these words have a unique history. (Actually… all but 2 of them.) This article scratches that word-trivia itch that so many of us get when we hear a word and think, “That just sounds so weird, I wonder where it came from?”
Astroturf originally comes…
This is something I didn’t know about for a long time, actually. If you’re reading this, you probably don’t know about it yet. Or maybe you’re just looking for a refresher.
You’ve been at it all day. You have 3 different browsers open. You’re hunting some bug — it doesn’t matter what the bug is, all that matters is the sheer amount of
console.log() output that is going on.
You could say it all started on a Discord server.
I occasionally like to write what I consider “meme-fic” — a few paragraphs in an offhand comment, tying together current events, genre tropes, and other meme-able concepts and topics. My tendency towards absurdist humor makes it incredibly easy to just mash up random stuff and turn it all into truly bizarre alternative-reality fiction.
I’m not the best writer. I’m probably not even a good writer. But I am pretty creative at times.
However, general creativity only gets you so far. I often find myself reaching a point halfway through writing…
The year was 1983, and it was early in the morning in a bunker near Moscow when the sirens went off. The word запуск was displayed in bold red letters. A man stood up and stared at the screen. Perspiration began to gather around his temples.
A short time later, the siren went off again, and the screen again indicated what it had previously — that a missile launch was detected.
And again it happened. And again. And yet again. The alarms blared. Flashing red letters demanded attention to anyone watching the display. …
The passive voice is generally considered such a curse to writers that there now exist apps specifically built to locate and underline it with bright red squiggly lines. Think about that! Teams of developers creating tools that are devoted to automatically fixing a simple writing habit!
One of the first pieces of advice you’ll receive when you try to improve your writing skills is “Don’t use the passive voice.” While there is a lot of helpfulness in this advice for a new writer, it shouldn’t be treated as an eternal truth.
The passive and active voices emphasize the importance of…