Humble Indie Bundle 9 (Update)

Update, September 18th

Four more games (and soundtracks!) have been added to the bundle if you beat the average ($4.67 as of this writing):

  • LIMBO (soundtrack included) [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 2, 2011 by PLAYDEAD
    Metascore: 88

  • Bastion (soundtrack included) [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 16, 2011 by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    Metascore: 86

  • Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (soundtrack included) [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Oct 15, 2012 by Ratloop Asia Pte Ltd
    Metascore: 74
    Mac and Linux debut!

  • A Virus Named TOM (soundtrack included) [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 1, 2012 by Misfits Attic
    Metascore: 65
    Mac and Linux debut!

You have a week left to take advantage of this bundle.

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E3 2013 Impressions and XBox 180

First of all, there were many great looking cross-platform titles, and even cross-generation.

Metal Gear Solid 5

Battlefield 4, Dragon Age 3, Rayman Legends, The Division, Watchdogs, Destiny, Witcher 3, Dark Souls 2

I already wrote about exclusives by the first parties: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.

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Nintendo E3 2013

Nintendo didn’t have the standard E3 press conference, but had a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct video and game demos at the show. 3rd party support appears to be recoiling from Wii U development, but I’ll be honest, I want pretty much every Nintendo game they showcased. And while I’m being honest, full disclosure, I’m a bit of a Nintendo fanboy.

Nintendo showed all the games they said they would and had one new game reveal, but lets go through these chronologically.

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Sony E3 2013

Sony’s conference started kind of slowly and generally had much more talking than was necessary. They finally revealed the appearance of the PlayStation 4 console, a modern looking, slanted box; not nearly as large as the XBox One and it can be placed vertically – I like it. There weren’t nearly as many games as in the Microsoft conference. A new game, The Order: 1886 was teased; a Victorian Steam-punk setting with …werewolves? Yes, please. inFAMOUS Second Son looks good and I’m sure Killzone: Shadow Fall will be a competent and pretty shooter and Knack looks decent. But nothing I saw made me think I must have “Next Gen” on day one (though that remains a strong possibility, regardless).

At one point, Sony had a bunch of indie developers each on their own piece of stage playing their game. It’s always great to see love for the little guys. The games that stood out to me were Mercenary Kings, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Outlast, and Galak-Z. And, of course, Transistor.

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Microsoft E3 2013

Microsoft started things out exactly how they said they would: games. Lots of games for the XBox One were shown, many exclusive (thanks to deep pockets), and many look very promising. It was a really strong showing overall, but I was particularly impressed with Titanfall.

I also have a soft spot for Killer Instinct, and both Quantum Break and Project Spark look intriguing.

The XBox One will be available in November for $499. The high price point was expected as the new, more powerful Kinect is included. It would be interesting to learn if Microsoft is selling units at a loss and how much of one.

Microsoft didn’t comment further on their controversial online requirements, which makes them all the more likely to be set in stone.

Use a PS3 Controller on Linux (USB)

With Steam recently coming to Linux, and all the great humble bundles, it’s becoming more and more important to have a good gamepad to use on your Linux PC. If you’re a console gamer, you probably already have an XBox 360 or a PS3 controller. In fact, plug in your controller via USB and it probably already works. Unfortunately, many games (Hotline Miami, Super Meat Boy, Bastion, etc.) assume you have a 360 controller and the button mappings of a PS3 dualshock controller will be horribly skewed (the PS3 select button is 360’s A button). In some games, like Cave Story+, this is not a problem because they allow custom key mappings within the program. Some correctly detect the PS3 controller. However, many games just assume a 360 controller, so it simplifies things if you make the dualshock pretend to be a 360 controller. Luckily, there’s a program that does just this: xboxdrv.

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