Diablo II claimed hundreds of hours of my life. I'll never get them back, but I had a great time losing them. Enjoy the oral history of one of the most enduring and popular action RPGs of all time.
Designer Erich Schaefer:
No regrets. It ruined a lot of lives, but it was worth it.
I'm wedded to the belief that a lot of Diablo II's magic is in its "aesthetic completeness." Every element—design, art, music, pace, tone—are polished to perfection and add up to a perfectly gloomy gothic world. Even its self-seriousness and irony levels are dialed-in just right, avoiding the inherent Hot Topic-ness that afflicts many similar things. Read the rest
Something about the name Sushi Go had me hesitant to take the game seriously. It landed in my game closet over a year ago and remained untouched. Then last week my family wanted to play something new, so I finally ripped open the Sushi Go’s plastic wrap and broke out the super cute cards. And good thing I did!
Sushi Go is a fun, fast-moving card game that keeps you on your toes as you choose a card from your hand and then pass the rest to the player on your left (receiving a new hand from the player on your right). The goal is to score the most points by strategically collecting groups of sushi (or a piece of sushi and a spot of wasabi to dip it in) while working to block your opponents from collecting what they need. Each type of sushi has a different value, which is listed at the bottom of the card. For instance, egg nigiri is worth one point per card, while sashimi is worth ten points for every three you collect. Make sure to collect as much pudding as you can, since the person with the least amount of dessert at the end of a round will lose six points.
Although two people can play, it’s much better with three to five players. And you can play a game (which consists of three rounds) in around fifteen minutes, making it perfect for anyone on-the-go who needs a quick game fix.
Sushi Go by Gamewright Ages 7-100, 2-5 players $11 Buy a copy on Amazon
Tim Walsh says: "As you may have heard, last October my friend Peggy Brown and I created a Crowdfunding campaign to help the inventor of Operation, John Spinello, pay for oral surgery he couldn’t afford. Because of lots of amazing people, John recently had his first oral surgery! John’s spirit and positive attitude are absolutely contagious. Despite the raw deal he struck in 1964, when he sold his patent for $500 and forfeited his right to royalties on Operation – which went onto sell over 45 million copies – he’s not at all bitter. Instead, he focuses on the joy his game has given to so many millions of kids and families.
"A funny thing happened on the way to helping out our fellow inventor and friend: We fell in love with the guy! And we weren’t the only ones. Our campaign invited people to write to John and share their stories with him. He received over 2,500 notes of thanks and encouragement. Some of the email came from nurses, doctors and surgeons. They wrote to thank John for inventing a game that inspired them to enter the medical field. John’s story of validation and recognition after a 50 year wait is amazing. He learned that the game he invented has touched many more people, in many more ways, than he could have ever imagined. This is our film: Buzz Heard ‘Round the World: The Inventor of Operation and the Power of Play! We’re halfway through filming. Peggy and I have $25,000 of our own money into the production." Read the rest
Jason writes, "'The Bafflement Fires' is a digital recreation of a Freemason board game from the 1950s." Read the rest
When you click through the Windows 10 "agreement," you agree to let Microsoft subject your games and hardware to authenticity tests and to shut down anything it doesn't like the looks of. Read the rest
Having confirmed their own plans to publish an updated version of classic survival horror game Resident Evil 2, Capcom's asked a fan-led effort (nicely) to put theirs to bed. Read the rest
But they don't have my favorite high-ticket D20: the one made from sky-metal.
Just remember: if you don't shame your dice, they'll never learn.
CNN Money investigates the crazed market for the video games of yore, fueled by the likes of RetroLiberty, a YouTube channel about finding vintage video games at swap meets or parking lot deals, and Videogamesnewyork, a shop specializing in vintage game gear from the last century. Read the rest