Carmack Details Mutant Bash TV: RAGE iPhone Spinoff
id Software's legendary Technical Director John Carmack wowed us all at this year's QuakeCon with an iPhone port of RAGE, their anticipated new IP. Tim Willets filled us in on some more choice details during our Eurogamer interview, but Carmack has now unleashed the big picture in a (very technical) post on the Bethesda Blog.
Entitled Mutant Bash TV, this standalone title will be a fast and furious FPS that focuses on immediate fun rather than canonical exposition. Score and multipliers will play a key role in gameplay, taking place in a brutal reality TV show set in the RAGE universe.
Beyond basic survival, there are pickups, head shots, and hit streak multipliers to add more options to the gameplay, and there is a broad range of skill levels available from keep-hitting-fire-and-you-should-make-it to almost-impossible. - Carmack
Sounds like fun- and a perfect fit for a handheld device. Unfortunately there won't be much hope for a full RAGE iPhone port, however, as Carmack continued to state that it would be a "hopelessly bad idea" despite the fact that it's technically possible. [BethBlog]
New 360 Dashboard Screws Indie Devs
As an rabid exponent of Xbox Live Indie games, I was utterly dismayed to discover that Microsoft have squirrelled the Indie Games channel behind yet another menu in the redesigned game marketplace. Despite the fact that this impressive stable of Indie developers are arguably the main unique selling point that the 360 has to offer (the jury's still firmly out on Kinect), their online presence has been buried alongside Game Room's bloated decaying carcass and behind the Avatar Marketplace!
Many Indie developers have railed against this new state of affairs, stating (rightfully) that the decreased visibility will negatively affect their sales. This rides on the back of months of poor Microsoft communication and broken sales lists that have dented Independent sales even further. Microsoft should be making the Indie Games service more visible and accessible- not hiding it! Remember, however, that you can also browse the catalogue and queue up demos or downloads in your web browser, here.
Oh, and don't you dare stop at the avatar marketplace on your way to the Indie Games. I'll know.
UPDATE: Vote here to bring the service to Microsoft's attention! It'll only take a minute to register and will make a huge difference.
Inafune Delivers Parting Blows To Japanese Games Industry
Keiji Inafune may have given in his notice to Capcom, but that doesn't mean he hasn't finished running his mouth. In a series of parting blows to both Capcom and the Japanese gaming industry in general, the former R&D chief explained that the current system forces hardworking creatives to become salaried drones and encourages laziness.
In short, it's like a communist state. Working as hard as you can is your own loss. Not working hard becomes more advantageous. But doesn't that get in the way of making games? You can't make good games by just taking it easy. -Keiji Inafune to 4Gamer (thanks, NeoGAF)
LOTR Online Goes Free To Play Today
Just reminding you that Lord Of The Rings Online is now free to play in Europe. We brought you the news back in June, but the F2P model is now up and running. It's a big download, but probably worth a look.
Thanks to Janine for the tipoff, and silkhuk at Hot UK Deals for getting the word out!