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There's so much going on within the...

July 17, 2005

There's so much going on within the walls of XGen Studios these days, but the XGen Classics Collection is what many people are waiting to get their hands on.

Being the lead designer for this project, I thought it would be fitting to devote a mini-series to explore what the XGen Classics CD has to offer. This week, I'll introduce one of the mini games from the newly expanded version of Stick RPG Complete - the so-called "Get Your Groove On" dance game.

You've been yearning for a more exciting way to earn charm in Stick RPG, have you? Well, now you've got one! Anyone who's ever seen a rhythm based dance game before will immediately recognize the style of game play found Stick RPG Complete's rendition.

The concept is easy to learn, but difficult to master. You'll start out nice and slow, and as you clear more levels, the pace will quicken and your fingers will start dancing. The longer you go, the more charm you'll earn, and the more people will crowd around to watch you get down with your bad self!

As with all the mini-games found in Stick RPG Complete, you can compete with friends and fellow XGenites to see who the better dancer really is.

Lastly, there are multiple tracks to listen to while you dance the night away, all of which were created in-house at XGen Studios. One of them, I'm proud to say, was a creation of my own. See if you can figure out which.

Next week I'll touch on another mini-game offered in the XGen Classics version of Stick RPG Complete. Stay tuned!

I've just returned from FlashForward...

July 9, 2005

I've just returned from FlashForward 2005 in New York City. It was our first year attending this particular conference, and I must say that I was very impressed. The quality of the sessions was overall very high, and it was inspiring to see what others have been doing to push Flash further than ever before.

Skye is still in New York for a few more days to meet further with some more members of the Flash community, but we'll be launching back into coding at full-speed early next week.

Finally, Macromedia made some really exciting announcements regarding Flash 8 during their keynote at FlashFoward:

"We've dramatically improved the performance of the player as well as adding more graphical expression than has been possible in the history of Flash. We've included radical new video and text-rendering quality. This is a larger number of improvements than in any previous update to the player."

We had the opportunity to see some of these new features in action, and I can say one thing - it's a great time to be a Flash developer!

Hey guys! ...

June 29, 2005

Hey guys!

Well I just want to say I am really excited about our newest product - The Xgen Classics Collection.

Fishy and Castle are fun to begin with, but in full screen its a whole new game! Not to mention the new features in Stick RPG Complete. The dance game is so addictive.

Check it out here!

The XGen Classic Collection is now...

June 24, 2005

The XGen Classic Collection is now available! This brand new compilation includes all your favourite XGen classics; 'StickRPG Complete', 'Castle', and 'Fishy' - playable for the first time in glorious Fullscreen. StickRPG Complete has been enhanced with three new mini-games; Get your groove on, perform advanced chemistry, and shred the treadmill to earn stats and cash.

This beautifully packaged collector's item also includes a ton of extras and easter-eggs, as well as offline gameplay, improved performance, and no advertisements - Get yours today!

I'm undoubtedly a sucker for a good...

June 21, 2005

I'm undoubtedly a sucker for a good Sci-Fi flick and I've been known to enjoy the occasional zombie movie, especially if George Romero is involved in the project. That's exactly what we're getting for the summer blockbusters this year.

War of the Worlds: obviously a remake of the classic H.G. Wells book starring Tom cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg. Trailers for the film look extremely promising and this one is definitely in my date book (as if I had one...) for the night of June 29th.

Land of the Dead: yet another "(BLANK) of the Dead" movie. Some of you may be tired of this genre but I always find something fascinating about end-of-the-world scenarios. Featuring the talent of John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, this one opens on Friday. Trailers here.

The DS has recently dealt a blow the the...

June 14, 2005

The DS has recently dealt a blow the the sleeker and more powerful PSP. Sales of the Nintendo DS are dwarfing the Sony PSP by double. Partly responsible for the gap is the release of Nintendo's own Nintendogs, which is selling extremely well in the kooky land of the rising sun. The game is basically a new age Tamagotchi. You become the owner of a new puppy and take on the responsibility of feeding it and keeping it entertained, while it also keeps *you* entertained. In theory.

A description hardly suffices to describe the game and even screenshots barely do it justice. Gameplay movies will probably spark your interest. Expect these digital canines to reach North American shores on August 22nd.

After spotting a 'leg and partial torso...

June 7, 2005

After spotting a 'leg and partial torso fall from the sky' article on Fark.com, we were relieved to learn that Defend Your Castle fans hadn't taken matters into their own hands. In other news, the NES classic Base Wars made one small robotic step towards reality today.

Some may say that this is old news but...

June 3, 2005

Some may say that this is old news but it still provides me with hours of entertainment and very informative directions. Google Maps is arguably the best map solution on the internet and only more so now that they have begun adding in satellite imagery. Geeks worldwide have been scouring the images provided to find landmarks, notable locations, and just plain weird stuff. Here are some of the more notable finds:

Yankee Stadium - The White House - Area 51 - The Skydome and the CN Tower - The Grand Canyon - Niagara Falls - Alcatraz Island - A Huge Maze - An Airplane Graveyard - Neverland Ranch - Disneyland

See if you can find your house!

Now that Star Wars has wrapped up the...

May 30, 2005

Now that Star Wars has wrapped up the series, my attention turns toward yet another great movie series of old that is getting a new spin with a new flick. Indiana Jones is making a triumphant return to the big screen in the as of yet untitled fourth movie. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have finally agreed on a revision of the script and now all that remains is for Harrison Ford to approve it before it moves into production. The movie will be a long time off but it is indeed something to count the days for.

Something else interesting: The guys over at PointlessWasteOfTime.com have posted an extremely good read detailing what is wrong with the games of today. Plagued by jumping puzzles and needless crates, it seems that the whole industry needs this stern lecture. Be warned, the article contains strong language.

Star Wars mastermind George Lucas...

May 26, 2005

Star Wars mastermind George Lucas recently revealed that he has an idea for another add-on to the series: a prequel to Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

This film would take place some 88 years before Anakin Skywalker was born, in a time when the Jedi are fighting to regain control of the universe from the Dark Lords.

It would be the first of the films to portray Yoda (at this time, a much younger Jedi than in the other films) in a starring role as he leads the Jedi to victory in this epic battle.

It remains to be seen whether this will remain an idea in George's head, or if it will eventually become a reality. One thing is for certain, with Revenge of the Sith continuing to break box-office records, people are sending a strong message that they want to see more from Lucas.

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