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The history of Carmageddon TV Damien Djaouti | 05-04-2015 | 14:01

A few months ago, we told you about the history of Carmageddon, a famous racing game praised for its gameplay and violence. After the first title released in 1997, two sequels were made: Carmageddon II in 1998, and Carmageddon TDR in 2000.

 
Carmageddon TV gameplay
A screenshot of Carmageddon TV before its cancellation

In 2003, SCi, publisher of the game series, started the development of a fourth episode. Titled Carmageddon TV, this new episode tries to explore a new direction. The universe is "rebooted": the game is now set in a "reality-TV" show, but the game still features a lot of car crushing and pedestrian violence. Unfortunately, the project is cancelled in 2005 by SCi. No images or information about this game have been released since. After several months of research, we are happy to be able to tell you the full story of this "doomed" episode in the Carmageddon series, in a French-written article published in the 27th issue of Pix'n Love bookazine. Available for 9.90€ in every book store, this issue also details the history of some famous video games, such as Final Fantasy VI, Earthworm Jim and M.D.K., with information obtained from the interview of their creators:

 
Pix'n Love 27

 

Besides the story of Carmageddon TV, our article also features some unreleased images of the game. There are some concept arts of the project, but also some images of the game itself before it got cancelled. These images are extracted form a very short gameplay video we dig up, and that we are happy to share with you below:

 

 

Last but not least, if you are a Carmageddon fan, you should know that a new episode is currently being developed by the creators of the two first titles, already available as an early access game: Carmageddon Reincarnation.

 

Enjoy!


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Weapon Regulator - a new game released! Dr. Ludos | 04-27-2015 | 07:57

Here is my latest game, created for the Ludum Dare 32 competition (game creation in 48h), under the theme "An Unconventional Weapon".

 

Weapon Regulator is sending you to a battlefield. Your mission is to seize any unconventional weapon that you'll see. You are neutral, so the soldiers won't hurt you, but beware of the stray bullets!

 
Weapon Regulator
 

Use arrow keys / WASD to move.
Use Space / Control / Shift to seize a weapon from a soldier (you have to move over the soldier first).

 

The weapons convention change regularly, try to capture unconventional weapons only!

 

Enjoy!


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Our list of 150 video game related books Damien Djaouti | 03-16-2015 | 13:11

If you like books and are into video games, then this resource may interest you. Ludoscience is building a big list of books about video games. It currently features more than 150 books dealing with various topics: history of video games, game creators biographies, Game Design, Serious Games, video games studies & analysis...

 

Ludoscience's big list of video games related books
 

Each book is presented through a personal abstract, as we have read each book before adding it to the list :). It gathers books in English or French language, and our abstracts are also available in both languages. We will regularly update the list, as our long-term goal is to provide you with the most complete list of books about videogames possible. If you want to suggest us a book, please feel free to contact us.

 

A little background about this project

Ludoscience is a French registered association dedicated to the study of video games. It gathers three academics with a love for video games. As we teach history of video games and game design courses in various French universities, our website gathers a lot for ressources for students: lessons materials (only in French for now), students game projects, and this bibliography. We have been building up this list of books for about 2 years. It started with the simple desire to share the video game related books we found interesting. And, as we are quite avid readers, it kept on growing to reach the 150 books mark a few days ago. One "unique feature" of this list for the English-speaking readers is that we also feature books released in French language only - and there is quite a lot of literature about history of video games that is unfortunately released in France only (such as this excellent biography of Shigeru Miyamoto, a worldwide history of 70's home consoles, or this brilliant essay titled "Philosophy of video games", to name a few). We have written a small summary in English for these French-only books, in the hope that some of them will be translated into English someday.

 

We hope you will find interesting books in this list!


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Attack of the Screen Scrollers reviewed by Youtubers Dr. Ludos | 01-13-2015 | 19:53

Behind the challenge of creating an original game from scratch in 48h, one of the main features of the Ludum Dare competition is the user community: people participating in this competition are able to give a very good feedback on the thousands of games created during the event.

 

But sometimes, the feedback comes from people not participating in the competition,  as it happened with Attack of the Screen Scrollers: it was reviewed by a Youtuber called KokoStern in his "Concept Hunter " show, dedicated to "games with an original concept":

 

 

The game was also featured by two other Youtubers, first TechValleyGameSpace:

 

 

then Ythmeve:

 

 

If being featured in a Youtube video happens to many games everyday, for me it was the first time that one of my games got such an honor, and I can't tell you how happy I feel about it! I think it's one of the best feedback a game designer can have. So thanks a lot to these three Youtubers and to all the Ludum Dare community for the incredible feedback during this event - and count me in for the next edition! :)


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Attack of the Screen Scrollers - a new game is released! Dr. Ludos | 12-15-2014 | 20:41

Again, I participated in the Ludum Dare 31 competition, where you have to create a game all by yourself in 48h on a given theme. This time, it was "Entire Game on One Screen."

 

The game is called "Attack of the Screen Scrollers". It's a top-down shooter, where you'll have to protect the background image of your single game screen against the deadliest enemy of pixels: scrolling! "Screen Scrollers" will invade the screen border, and force the image to scroll toward them. You'll have to shoot them all down before your image gets completely scrolled away!

 

Attack of the Screen Scrollers - Gameplay

 

Use the arrow keys (or WASD) to move, and click on the "Screen Scrollers" to shoot them with your laser. You'll earn points for each kill, so aim for the high score!

 

The game, created with Flash, can be freely played on our website. And if you are looking for a challenge, my personal record in 1292 points !

 

Enjoy!


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