Like many gamers, 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown was my first exposure to the vaunted PC franchise. I was always interested in the original games, but could never get over the more dated aspects of their presentation and was intimidated by their presumed difficulty.
At some point, hours into Vanilla Hills on the iOS release of Roller Coaster Tycoon 3, I was struggling with the profitability of a certain balloon proprietor trying to suss out why none of my park patrons could be bothered to purchase any of his wares.
I want to believe that, despite the travesty that was their previous PC gaming initiative, Games for Windows Live, and the almost none-existent Xbox integration with Windows 8 that Microsoft really means it this time. During the Windows 10 event, Phil Spencer took the stage and announced some things that give a glimmer of hope.
If my TigerDirect and NewEgg order histories are to be believed, most of my last PC hailed from 2010 which is both a testament to those parts and sad that it took this long for me to get around to building a new PC. Now, most of my life is spent being as frugal as possible but after the Evolve Alpha and some attempts at in-home streaming on Steam (and some gentle nudging from one Jay Osterday) I decided to go all out on this one. I needed a rig that could run the newest games, stream them to my living room, and do more intense video/photo work.
History. Its vast, its varied, its pretty well documented, and its those qualities that make it such an easy target for story-tellers looking for inspiration or setting. Its also too cumbersome to examine in its entirety which is why we’ll focus on the land of the free and home of the brave, America, and how its history has been used in video games.
Vlambeer, the developer behind titles like Super Crate Box and Luftrausers, is at the forefront of a new type of game development. Using the Twitch streaming service, they’ve been hosting sessions of live development.