The Edge ExPlay Panel: UFO: Enemy Unknown and the beauty of self-set objectives

UFO: Enemy Unknown

The secret of why 1994’s UFO: Enemy Unknown (released as X-COM: UFO Defense in the US) is so good, and why still it has so much to teach other games, is that it lets you play it your own way.

Now, criminally, many readers won’t have played the Gollop brothers’ classic game, or even the excellent remake that came out last month. So for those, here’s X-COM 101.

The Edge ExPlay Panel: gunfeel

Rage

It seems to me that gunfeel is an important science for videogames. This is not because guns are fundamental in any way to our medium – although I think you’ll agree they are quite popular – but because guns in videogames represent a quantum of interaction. A single click. In fact, this piece might have been entitled ‘clickfeel’ but, I think, it’s with guns that the aesthetic of this interaction is thought about most frequently and most keenly.

Explay 2012: Why Robert Briscoe turned down Valve to make Dear Esther

Dear Esther

Delivering the keynote address at ExPlay 2012 in Bath today, environmental artist Robert Briscoe talked attendees through the evolutionary process Dear Esther went through from its original state as a Half-Life 2 mod to full-blown standalone release – and how he turned down a job offer from Valve to make it happen.

“Plan ahead,” he warned attendees. “Take whatever estimate you have in your head, then double it. Then add an extra six months for good measure. It will never go as planned.”

ExPlay Festival announces game jam

Organisers of the ExPlay festival have announced plans for a two-day game jam in Bristol and London, in association with the Wellcome Trust.The game jam, during which teams and individuals alike will have 24 hours to develop a game to a theme set by biomedical scientists from the Wellcome Trust. Set for October 5 and 6, the London event will take place at the Science Museum, with the Bristol jam at Pervasive Media Studios. The two locations will be linked by a live audiovisual feed.

ExPlay festival details 2012 plans

ExPlay festival details 2012 plans

Organisers of the ExPlay festival have revealed the first details ahead of this year's event, which takes place in Bath. Edge is the exclusive media partner for the festival's second year following its move from Plymouth.The programme, to be revealed in the months to come, will feature industry talks, games, parties and competitions.Also planned is ExPlay Boot Camp, a bespoke training programme that promises to help start-ups and small studios go from concept to commercially viable game in just six months.