Development

Trifecta: Poke for OSX, Itch.io, and the Ender’s Game Trailer

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Poke & itch.io

Six years later edit (April 20, 2019): You can no longer download Poke from itch.io. Sorry folks

Item one: there is now a Mac OSX build for Poke, the game I mentioned in my last post.

It can be downloaded from item two, which is my profile up at itch.io. Itch.io is a web site made by another Ludum Dare person. It’s designed to just be a place where indie game developers can host their game files. The site supports pay what you want models, with the minimum price being set by the developer and $0.00 being a viable minimum price. It’s a neat site.

Ender’s Game Trailer

Then there is item three, the first trailer for the Ender’s Game movie adaptation.

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Games

Prince of Persia Movie Review

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I’m pleased to say that I’m pleased by the movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. One thing it has going for it is that I can recommend it to just about anyone. As movies in general go, it’s pretty good; the acting is good, the pacing is good, the action is good. The soundtrack felt a little generic, but it suited the film just fine. The story is solid, coherent, and whole — which, again, is more than can be said for most movies based on video games. In short, it’s worth watching.

What I Wanted Going In

I played Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time right about when it came out. About 79% of the way through the game (or so my save data assured me), I lost the contents of my hard drive. I must confess that I left off finishing the game in despair. As any gamer knows, losing your save data unfairly is a great way to make you feel like doing anything but playing that game. It’s been seven years now, and I still haven’t picked it up again.

I’ve forgotten much about the game’s story. That will be rectified soon, since I’m reinstalling the game as I write this. However, that meant I went into the movie recalling certain elements and the feel of the game. While watching the movie, some things about the game came back to me. Most of the things I found myself remembering were different from the movie, but the changes made were good ones.

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