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‘Swing Copters’ is way harder than ‘Flappy Bird’

- August 23rd, 2014

Remember when Flappy Bird was released earlier this year and the general mass public went cuckoo over its “insane” difficulty?

Creator Dong Nguyen does, and he’s back with a game that amplifies the insane difficulty of Flappy Bird tenfold.

Swing Copters is Nguyen’s first foray back into the world of game development after he decided to quit the industry altogether following massive backlash from critics and players alike over the in-game advertising in Flappy Bird and the simpleness of the game.

Like Flappy Bird, players are given the challenge of flying a tiny pixelated helicopter through a series of crevices that become smaller as the game wanes on.

Or that is, I imagine they become smaller as the game wanes on as I haven’t actually gotten past the first opening to test my theory.

Oh yes, it is that difficult.

Cnet’s Nick Statt described the game best: the definition of a “masocore game.”

The beauty of the game is the immense difficulty players are challenged with from the get-go, a quality many modern games seem to lack as more and more developers are adding difficulty adjustment settings to broaden their marketing appeal.

It’s beauty, moreover, is the reason this game will most likely be downloaded thousands of times and become an overnight phenomenon like its predecessor.

It’s a rush to check the score of a good friend or most despised nemesis and furiously start tapping in an attempt to beat their score, all in an effort to brag about your latest crowing achievement via Instagram, of course.

Short attention spans of iPhone and Android users must be taken into account, however, so it’s probably best to download the game quickly before we toss it into the trash pile of games we’ll only pick up during a coveted bathroom trip without a seconds thought.

Mobile games are a dime a dozen, and eventually, there will be a new masocore game just begging for the attention of cellphone users around the world.

Until then, though, the best of luck to all you pilots.

May you hopefully attain a score of one faster than I did.

Atari files for Chapter 11 in U.S.

- January 21st, 2013
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Atari has filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., according to a press release.

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Ouya: The little Kickstarter console that could?

- July 24th, 2012

If you build it, they will come.

That famous line whispered into Kevin Costner’s ear in the movie Field of Dreams may have been about baseball-playing ghosts but it sure does describe the much talked about Ouya console to a tee.

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Los Angeles-based developer Boxer 8′s $99 open-source Android box is quite possibly the ballsiest project being payed for over the internet on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

Over 42,000 backers have pooled together over $5 million bucks towards the system’s early stages of development and it’s all based on a simple idea.

All games should be free to try.

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Ouya haters gonna hate

- July 11th, 2012

The Ouya console will run on relatively low-powered hardware and sell for $99. This makes some people unhappy.

If you have even a passing interest in video games, you’ve probably heard about Ouya, a low-cost, Android-based video game console that’s in the midst of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. They’d hoped to raise $950,000 by Aug. 9 to fund production of the thing. Two days into the campaign, they’re at $3 million and counting.

And so begins the backlash.

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