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From Mutant Bash TV To Indie Dashboard Anger - News Roundup 2nd November 2010

Jonathan Lester
iPhone games, John Carmack, Lord of the Rings Online, News, RAGE: Mutant Bash TV, Xbox Live Indie Games

Carmack Details Mutant Bash TV: RAGE iPhone Spinoff

From Mutant Bash TV To Indie Dashboard Anger - News Roundup 2nd November 2010

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

From Mutant Bash TV To Indie Dashboard Anger - News Roundup 2nd November 2010

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.

Mark my words, you haven't heard the last from me on this issue. I foresee a rant in the near future. In the meantime, why not check out our latest XBLIG Roundup and Chaos Gateway Competition!

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

From Mutant Bash TV To Indie Dashboard Anger - News Roundup 2nd November 2010

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)

Inafune went on to restate that Japanese developers are complacent compared to Western studios, and that he plans to form his own independent games company. [NeoGAF via VG247]

LOTR Online Goes Free To Play Today

From Mutant Bash TV To Indie Dashboard Anger - News Roundup 2nd November 2010

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!

Add a comment2 comments
ShatteredFoX  Nov. 2, 2010 at 16:59

I actually agree with Keiji except for one small fact(which to his dismay he may find out is true once he comes over.)

Most games lately(Japanese or not, this is a global problem.) seems to be suffering from Gaming Disposition Disease[made up]. Companies believe if they can polish up an engine make some nice looking characters and world that they can just throw out some dartboard story and muscle testosterone character skipping all character development. Other things they hide behind is very good advertisement and hopefully enough people will buy it before they realize it's garbage.

Sadly at the sametime us at a gamer seems to prefer this blendered garbage over other games. Graphics look nice, and I would prefer good graphics over bad in most cases but it's not going to make a game for me if the game itself is terrible. In fact I have finished so many more games that have bad graphics, or even terrible control schemes, or blocky gamEplay(Silent Hill, Rule of Rose). The story was good that it kept me in.

So as long as WE as a consumer keeps buying garbage we will continue to get garbage.(In our defense we can't really check out the games other than demos and advertisements.) So if Keiji decides screw this and wants to make his own company with original games; power to him and I'm gonna gladly support him.


As for the indie games, ouch :(. There is no reason to do it either, there is nothing stopping microsoft for having it in the front without looking out of place. Granted I am hating the dashboard with each iteration and thinks it needs a complete overhaul, but that's another rant lol.

LanceVance  Nov. 2, 2010 at 17:57

I know that this new update is (mainly) meant to help with Kinect. The users that have no intrest in it don't really want to have it shoved down their throats. Why don't mike roy soft give you the option of using the old setup with the new additions. The new colours are utter metro-sexual crud as well. I HATE IT.


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