Tales of the Rampant Coyote

Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Ultima Underworld is Twenty?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 10, 2012

Ultima Underworld was released in March, 1992. Twenty years ago last month. I missed the landmark, somehow. But now I feel freakin’ old. By comparison, at least, Wolfenstein 3D doesn’t turn the big two-oh (that’s big, for video games) until next month. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, the much-lauded precursor to the entire 3D First […]

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The Game Jam Survival Guide

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 9, 2012

I suck at game jams. Yes, I know, I even wrote an article about a game-in-a-week experience once upon a time, and I have found I need to review my own article and take my own advice. I think a lot of my failings in the game jam setting are the same failings I have […]

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Fallout – Free!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 6, 2012

You’ve got just over 24 hours left to get the original Fallout game for free from GOG.COM If you don’t have it already, you have no excuse. Get it now, play it when you have time. Get a free copy to send to friends. Whatever.  Snag it.  It’s a classic.  Not perfect by any means, […]

Filed Under: Free Games, Retro - Comments: 9 Comments to Read

Mysteriously, Teenagers Prefer Friends Over Games…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 5, 2012

I really have a tough time feeling alarmed about this latest survey. I guess my biggest point of alarm would be seeing publishers panic and rush to the “social gaming” side of thing and abandoning traditional gaming. Like they always do whenever they detect the hint of a breeze in the marketing winds. I guess […]

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Legend of Grimrock Previews / Reviews

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 4, 2012

The Legend of Grimrock is certainly one of the more exciting indie RPGs of this year (and that’s actually saying something! It’s a good time to be an RPG fan…),  releasing next week via GOG.COM, Steam, and the developer’s own website. I’ve not played it yet – I’m here with the rest of you having […]

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A Game Dev’s Story, Part IX: King of the World

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 3, 2012

(You can catch up on the whole story here.) So the last time I left off, we were knee-deep in the development of Twisted Metal and Warhawk. While massive crunch-mode hours and stuff sounds cool and everything, and I was still thrilled at having the kind of job I’d dreamed about since my first confused […]

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Complexity Trade-Offs and RPGs

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 2, 2012

I was showing a friend the GOG.COM trailer for Legend of Grimrock over the weekend, and I found myself trying to explain the appeal of the title in a world full of games like Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, the recent Fallout games, etc.  Since he isn’t much of a gamer, appealing to the nostalgia factor […]

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