I was pretty excited when I found out that Bioware had partnered with Failbetter Games (producers of Fallen London, a browser game that anyone who likes gothic storytelling should check out) to produce a text based choose your own path type game for Dragon Age, as part of the run up to Inquisition.
The game, which is called The Last Court, is out now on the Dragon Age Keep! You play the ruler of a small and somewhat isolated region in Orlais and you have to try to steer it through a potentially turbulent time in its history.
Accessing the Last Court
You can access the game via the left hand menu on the Keep website. Click on the icon just to the left of the word Tapestry to bring the menu up.
When you do that, it looks like this (below). Click on ‘The Last Court’ to bring up the game.
You get to pick a name for your ruler and choose from two different personalities/ rulership styles and then you are off!
Personally I think my great grandfather sounds more like an inspiration than a shame!
And if you have played any of the Failbetter games, you won’t be surprised that there are parts where you draw virtual cards. And if you have played any browser game you won’t be surprised that after you have played for awhile, you will have to wait for your resources to restore.
Gamergate even gets called out by Blizzard, that’s how toast they are
Apologies to anyone who feels aggrieved by some of the same things as the Gamergate numpties but “the movement” really is beyond parody now. Zen of Design has a roundup so that you don’t have to read their shit.
The one that made me laugh was that one of their number made up a comically implausible Facebook post purporting to be from the owner of Gawker and some of them bought it. (The italics are from the Zen of Design blog linked above.)
“At the beginning of the week, screenshots were being circulated that purported to show a conspiracy of remarkable breath – if true. They purported to be Nick Denton, the owner of Gawker, giving his secret facebook group a big ‘thank you’ for stirring up shit to make #GamerGate’s life miserable. Later, another screenshot came op of a secret facebook followup, where Denton claimed to be very cross with whoever leaked the first. Seriously, read these and, while you do, keep in mind that people fell for this.”
But really, who would fall for something that obviously daft?
“However, this turned out not to be the case – but the truth is even more hilarious. Hot Wheels (the founder of 8chan) wrote this spectacular expose. Seriously, read this.”
And in other news, Mike Morhaime denounced GamerGate in his opening speech at Blizzcon; he didn’t specifically name GamerGate but in the interview afterwards, the interviewer did and he didn’t disagree.
New Blizzard IP/ TF2 type game
I cannot be the only person who watched the intro trailer for Overwatch and hoped that maybe they were going for a superhero MMO to fill the CoH sized gap in the market. Alas no, it’s going to be a TF2 style team PvP shooter.
Probably a wise move to stick to the contained PvP style of gameplay that Blizzard does execute so well, and the whole game looks bright, fun and interesting if you like that sort of thing. In another mikedrop to the Gamergaters, Blizzard specifically aimed for a bit more diversity in the lineup and I’m not seeing any obvious sign that this did anything rather than make the game look cooler.
But urgh, did we really have to sit through the worst cockney accent since Dick Van Dyke? This may be one to play with the volume off.