Weekend Reading 22/10/10
Welcome reader, to another compilation of Citizen Game’s Weekend Reading. We round up links to interesting content from around the web so you don’t have to. You’re welcome, you ungrateful gits. Regular Gamecast listeners will know just how much Danny and Tamoor love this little feature. If you do too, let us know. Please. I crave approval.
- This one’s for Danny. Former comrade Andy Johnson interviews music duo Chromeo on their work with EA and appearance in FIFA ’11 over at Resolution Magazine. The self-described “only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture” chat about working with the games industy, their favourite games and their new album. And their music’s not so bad either.
- You know how I always say “PC is best”? I’ve yet more proof. Super sexy digital distribution platform Steam now boasts over thirty million users. To put that in context, Xbox Live was touting twenty million in January of this year, and you don’t have to pay to use Steam’s community features, cloud storage or play online. (Even if Steam’s store pricing for new titles is still bloody ricockulous.)
- Off the back of Halo: Reach, IGN have put up a massive piece talking about the fiction of the Haloverse and how it’s been developed over the years. Halo fans can geek out a little reading this, while everyone else will get some insight into just how much effort has gone into constructing the setting we see in the games.
- Minecraft is now freakin’ everywhere (and justly so), and sole developer Markus Persson has been giving interviews left right and centre. MTV’s Mulitplayer blog have a nice little Q&A with him this week. And if you still haven’t checked out Minecraft itself (and man, what is wrong with you?) get yourself over to Minecraft.net.
- Facebook is also in the news again over more privacy concerns and the popularity of film The Social Network, but the GamerLaw blog has got an interesting post on comments made by Facebook’s Deborah Liu recently in San Francisco. Essentially, Facebook is looking to expand its Facebook Credits totally-not-real-currency into a sort of international virtual currency. The blog speculates on the implications and issues.
- And finally, speaking of Facebook, that Mario sure can’t take a joke.