Former Scribblenauts dev gives insight into how the game was created

The following comes from former 5th Cell designer Liz England, and gives a ton of insight into how the world of Scribblenauts was crafted.

Scribblenauts objects definitely had systems and inheritance. They were placed in a 2-tier hierarchy. Ex: “Mammal -> Water Type -> Dolphin”

Some of the top level categories were things like “Tools” “People” “Food” “Buildings” “Plants” “Miscellaneous” (ridiculously useful)

There were some broad strokes things that could be inherited. Like, I dunno, “Mammal -> Water” all had a checkbox for swim underwater

And you could do things like if an object was X by Y pixels, automatically set it’s weight to Z.

In a perfect world these systems would inherit across categories and you’d have to do very little hand-authoring to tweak outliers.

In practice when you are dealing with cartoon objects - “stereotypes” - the most important thing is how they are different from each other

For example, all humans were scared of category “monsters” and ate from category “food”. This is why the “vegetarian” ate “hamburgers”.

Full feature here

Etrian Mystery Dungeon 10th Anniversary Memorial CD - cover art, details

▼ Disc 1
1 Midori Green Nokumi (DS sound source version)
2 Iron Hawk Arranged Ends Festival (DS Sound Source Version)
3 Labyrinth V Ruinsia Sinjuk (DS sound source version)
4 Sleepless battlefield
5 Reaching out for our future (Song: Ito Kanako)
6 Labyrinth I Historic Nocturneum (PC-8801 FM Version)
7 Battlefield Hatsujin (PC-8801 FM Version)
8 Sakuranobashi Bridge (PC-8801 FM Version)
9 Labyrinth V Amano Baza (PC-8801 FM version)
10 Investigation of sword fighting echoing on the battlefield (PC-8801FM version)
11 Contraindications No Forest
12 Blood Battle Betting Mission
13 Tarumizu Nozuki (PC-8801 FM Version)
14 The end of the warring raging waves (PC-8801 FM version)
15 Chernoba forest (PC-8801 FM version)
16 Hold a sword and take pride in your heart (PC-8801 FM version)

▼ Disc 2
17 Battlefield Collision Finally Fall (PC-8801 FM Version)
18 Justice of each war (PC-8801 FM version)
19 Warfare Call that abominable name (PC-8801 FM version)
20 Labyrinth I Hekkinoshiki
21 Battlefield Gale
22 Labyrinth II Fukutono Valley
23 Battlefield Single Death on the other side
24 Earth ground IV absolute cloud zone
25 Labyrinth IV Kinemono Bunko
26 Hold my conviction on my own
27 The end of hot wind blowing up
28 battlefield twinning and swollen
29 Labyrinth V circular annulus forest
30 Battlefield grabbing tomorrow is the destination of death battle

This 2-disc set comes with preorders for Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2, including the regular and limited editions. Supplies of the CD are limited.

Nintendo grabs trademark related to Virtual Boy Wario Land

Oh boy, now this could be interesting. Nintendo has recently grabbed a trademark for ‘Awazon no Hihou’, which is the second part of the Japanese name for Virtual Boy Wario Land. Why would they re-up the trademark for this now, at all times? Maybe' we'll find out in a few hours!

On top of that, Nintendo also grabbed a trademark for ‘DS Kondate Zenshuu’, which is the second part of the title for the DS software Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000′.

Atlus hosting Etrian Odyssey 10th anniversary live-stream this coming Saturday

- to be shown on both FRESH! and Niconico
- pre-show is taking place at 3 AM PT / 6 AM ET / 11 AM in the UK / 12 PM in Europe
- main event happening a half hour later


???: An event shrouded in mystery. Hint: It involves a special guest.
Series music popular vote result announcement: The results from the poll (which ended on April 9th) for the most popular Etrian Odyssey music will be announced. This music will be included in Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2‘s limited edition, with the 2-disc “Etrian Odyssey User’s Best Album (provisional name).”
Etrian Odyssey Maniac Quiz (Provisional): A quiz that the audience will participate in. Fans will have to use all of their knowledge as a skilled adventurer to answer in this event. Great awards will be presented as the number of correct answers increases.
Series class popular vote result announcement: The results of the popular class vote online will be announced. Comments from fans about their picks will also be shared.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 latest information: A new trailer for Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 will be released. Additionally, there will be a live gameplay demonstration.

- during the Etrian Odyssey pre-show, songs for the complete 2-disc soundtrack of Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology included with the limited edition will debut.

LizardCube dev on revamping Wonder Boy, wanting to remake Zelda

UPDATE - A portion of this interview has been removed due to request.

A portion of a USGamer interview with LizardCube's Omar Cornut...

On revamping Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap for modern consoles

"Wonder Boy was part of me knowingly saying, 'I'm going to make this because it's my comfort zone, I know the Master System technology.' It was a mixture of aligning my interests: Sega Master System and making games. It was a game I was fantasizing about for fifteen years. I always wanted to make something with the series.

It was also sort of a cop-out in a sense that I wanted to start my company, but I knew that designing a new game is so terrifyingly hard. I was happy to make something that seemed easy. It's always ten times harder than you realize, but making the game was still comparatively easy. I've been wanting to do it for so long that it was easier to scratch that off my list.

Improving an emulated game is pretty hard and I don't think people have done it a lot. That was a more interesting problem than just converting all of the code. I thought it was more interesting to build this thing where I could improve an emulated game. I don't think that's been done before. It sort of emulation-based, but it's hybrid and weird. The game is mixture of hacking the original ROM and hacking the emulator."

On a desire to remake the original Legend of Zelda

"Part of me wants to make new games. The creative me is sort of ashamed to be making remasters. The technical me finds the process very interesting. If we were to make another remake, we need to find something that first we love enough and then this game has to be something we can get the license for. I wouldn't mind remaking The Legend of Zelda, but Nintendo is never going to let us."

Official PR - First 4 Figures Presents Okami - Amaterasu Life Size Bust

Check out both versions here and here

Today we're happy to announce the FIRST Life Size Bust from our Okami line of collectibles. Okami - Amaterasu Life Size Bust is to be released in Q1 2018.

Exclusive edition
Representing the character straight from Okami, the game combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess, named Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf.

The package includes the following:-
- Okami Life Size Bust with lit-up Issun
- 'Flames' Animated Led Effect
- Base - manual rotatable turntable included
- 'Core' range - Okami Snapback Cap (WHITE version) *Only included in the Exclusive edition

Product Size:
Height - 26.5 inches (67cm)
Width - 16 inches (41cm)
Depth - 23 inches (59cm)
Weight: 19.2KG

Pre-orders for this edition are only available until May 16th 2017.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has bigger debut week than Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 7 in UK

Let's think about that for a second. The DS and Wii U had larger install bases at the time these games launched in the UK, yet somehow, the Switch version has managed to secure the top spot. It seems people are really, REALLY hungry for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!


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