Not Quite Halloween Special!
Happy Halloween, gamerfriends! I come bearing gifts of, well, not-so-spooky videos that caught my attention this week. And maybe there's one or two spooky ones thrown into the mix, Just Because. We'll just have to see, shall we?
Learn to Play Spacebase DF-9
[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZX6PXN1G_E"] We're starting out strong here! Double Fine's preview video of their game Spacebase DF-9 (born from their much-popularized Amnesia Fortnight event) reminded me of the good old days of my gaming youth, building stuff and toying with sliders and assignments, feeling like the sky's the limit until it all crosses the threshold of catastrophe and the entire dream comes crashing down into a delightful ruin. Good stuff.
Assassin’s Creed IV GeForce GTX Tech Video
[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6YUVwGQvzM"] GODRAYS. That's all you need to know. I've been ambivalent on the whole issue of Assassin's Creed IV since its announcement, but I do like a nice-looking pirate game. This showcase of some PC-exclusive graphical features is eye-rollingly technical (GODRAYS!), but I do like the one that increases the shadow softening the farther the object is from the surface being cast upon. PHYSICS AT WORK, PEOPLE.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes DEMO walkthrough
[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEjnhmoKWM8"] Ladies and gentlemen, behold the best Marvel Superheroes game ever created. It's fascinating how it took the LEGO franchise to bring all of these great iconic characters together in a way that everyone will recognize, from fans of the Silver Age to kids to grew up with today's Avengers-verse. I just don't like how Tony Stark sounds like a whiny little prick, but I'll get over that quickly.
Markiplier plays Lone Survivor: Episode 1
[youtube_sc url="http://youtu.be/OgUuJ1ywOvI"] What's that, you say? A SCARY GUHAAAAAMMMME? YOU BET! In this video, LPer Markiplier dives deep into the retro 2D survival horror title Lone Survivor. It's scarier than it looks, and for a pixellated 2D game, it looks quite unsettling to begin with. Markiplier himself is probably more of a polarizing personality to watch, but I think he's entertaining and he does the LP thing well.
GOG.com tells the story of a haunted PC
[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYKJXggEE-w"] I'd like to assure you that we're not complete shills here, but I just wanted to include this inspired Halloween promo video from GOG.com. This video stars a dude who tells a legitimately spooky campfire story while shining a flashlight up his face, and for a cheesy production, it's quite good! See if you can name all the spooooky games intercut with the narration as well.
Boo! That concludes our not-so-Halloween Wideo Wednesday update! If you found my selection less than satisfactory, feel free to leave a scathing comment below. Or put a curse on me or something. Do it! Doooooo it!