Small indie studios are all the rage these days, often creating something that outsells the Triple A companies that have dominated gaming for so long. The mainstream trend right now seems to be bringing back gaming gems from the past; Crash Bandicoot being last years big reskin and this year we’re set to get both Spyro the Dragon and Medievil, two games I adores from my childhood. However, remakes don’t need to be the only way to bring a bit of classic gaming back, as Two Point Hospital is coming to prove.
Ladies and gentlemen, geeks and nerds, we are gathered here in memoriam of those we have lost but not forgotten. This is a sad Top 10 to have to write, because the games companies we have assembled below have all contributed titles to history that have inspired and driven creative minds world-over to go into games design, or in some other way create incredible works. For reasons beyond their own control these companies have fallen by the wayside to create no more.
Join us, one and all, as we mourn the Top 10 games companies who are no longer with us. (more…)
You may have noticed the Stonekeep series slowed down for a while – But fear not, this will be back to normal, along with more series in the near future. Read on as Timlah lists the ongoing series he’s going to start running.
Stonekeep, the game that started it all for me as a Dungeon Crawler fan. So it’s no real surprise that I’d start my YouTube channel with one of the games that was an early fond memory for me. I was so keen to see more people get to experience Stonekeep, that I didn’t even realise the amount of work behind a YouTube channel, let alone editing your own videos, scheduling and publishing the associated articles with them.
However, we’re now past the holiday season, many of us are going back to our day jobs and here at GeekOut, we’re switching on the overdrive! Yes, I will be diving back into Stonekeep and doing 2 weekly let’s play episodes of the series once more… But this time, Stonekeep won’t be alone on YouTube. No, I don’t just mean one off episodes for articles either; I mean I’m going to work on making a new series or two for the channel to go along with it.
I haven’t forgotten about it, don’t worry. I’ve actually gotten two episodes recorded as of time of writing, but I decided not to bring this series back until I had released this article. I expect to finish this series by mid to late February, as it’s one I’d started but then stopped releasing episodes of (foolishly).
I love the game, I love Bullfrog games and you can expect to see Theme Hospital come to a close within the next two months. It’s time to pick up the Slack Tongue and cure many more patients. I am not sure if I will fully finish the whole game in the series. Only time will tell!
Final Fantasy IX
If you’ve stuck around GeekOut for more than a couple of days, you might be aware that I’m hugely fond of the Square Enix masterpiece, Final Fantasy IX. I’ve been looking at many ways to connect my PSP up to my PC and now that I’ve got a way of playing FFIX on my PC, it’s almost time to start recording it. I expect to start putting out FFIX LPs by the end of February – After I’ve finished my Gamely Giving streams.
I have a few goals on that series:
- All four optional bosses, Quale, Tantarian, Hades and Ozma, will be defeated.
- Find many secrets and explain how to get them.
- Build a team using Zidane, Vivi, Steiner and Freya – An all-out aggressive team!
- I hope this series proves to be as entertaining as Stonekeep has been.
This comes at a really opportune time too, as recently it was unveiled that there will be a Final Fantasy IX remake! Well then, let’s hope that is a good remake for what I feel is the best Final Fantasy game in the series. I’m looking forward to playing it natively on my PC, but in the mean time: Time to get this one going!
Beyond Good & Evil
A masterpiece of a game, involving more beauty shots of pig-men than any other game, Beyond Good & Evil set the bar when it came out for truly innovative storytelling. With the unique premise of being a reporter for Jade & Co’s Reporting, it’s up to you as Jade to take on aliens, military and more to find out what has been happening in your home world of Hillys.
Featuring a brilliantly unique photography system where you uncover clues and earn money for your published images, Beyond Good & Evil didn’t work on many Windows PCs when it first came out. A lot of people encountered day one bugs with it, which stopped them from enjoying it. Recently however, I’ve been able to make the game work via WINE and now it’s time to show off this RPG Phenom… You’ll be left wondering why you haven’t played it before, or yearning to play it again.
There are more series planned throughout the year, however these are the upcoming ones. I’ll also still do the occasional one-off video. What do you think so far? Are you happy we’re going to diversify a little bit with our Let’s Play series? Do you think there’s anything else I should play on the channel (bearing in mind my very underpowered machine)? What series are you happiest to see come to our channel? As always, your comments are much appreciated below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to Subscribe, Like and Comment on the GeekOut YouTube channel and we’ll see you over there soon!
Every week, I am delivering two episodes of Stonekeep via YouTube. However, if that was all I was doing, it’d not be very interesting, would it? To switch it up a bit, I’m also working on a GeekOut Plays Theme Hospital series, where each episode, I will try to do all of a good portion of a level. These are being done once a week and the next episode will go up on Saturday, along with this weeks episodes of Stonekeep.
If you’ve never heard of Theme Hospital, then you’re in for a treat. It’s an old game made by the British video game company Bullfrog. At the time, Bullfrog were on top of the world, with insanely popular titles such as Dungeon Keeper, Theme Park, Magic Carpet and of course Theme Hospital. This game was considered one of the greatest games to come out of the UK at the time, which is high praise indeed as the UK was full of great developers, such as Team17 and later Jagex.
Episode 1 – Zany Doc!
In this episode of GeekOut Plays Theme Hospital:
- I tell a doctor how zany he is.
- There’s a shortage of good quality doctors and nurses from the get go.
- My doctors pop a few heads and re-inflate them.
- We issue an invitation to a VIP.
- A year in my first hospital passes…
- … And I complete level 1!
Episode 2 – I Suffer Slack Tongue
This time on GeekOut Plays Theme Hospital:
- We buy a second building.
- We put down plenty of seats and drinks machines.
- Caretakers get frustrating.
- I send a patient home for having a more slack tongue than me.
- A year and three quarters pass…
- …. And I complete level 2!
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Cast your mind back just two weeks ago and YouTube was a foreign concept for GeekOut. Occasionally, we may put a video up, but nothing to the frequency of what we’ve been doing recently. Read on to find out what we’ve got planned as well as how the process has been going so far.
Theme Hospital. This game consumed so much of my youth, it’s not even funny. It’s as if Theme Hospital was made to be one of these games that you sorta go “Okay, perhaps I’ll play it through again… Just because I remember it being good.” Then you play it… And you remember that it’s actually quite slow during the gameplay, so you’re constantly set to speed setting 5 (That’s the fastest)! Well okay, that doesn’t sound like a good thing but it actually is. I’ll explain more about that as we take a trip down memory lane.
The game was created by Bullfrog Productions back in 1997. Bullfrog were well known around this time, one of the most established British games companies out there in fact. They were in charge of the highly successful Theme Park franchise, which still goes on today under the guise of RollerCoaster Tycoon. The latest in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, RollerCoaster Tycoon World, is set to be released this year and utilising the Unity 5 engine.
When I heard about this fantastic game, I immediately started to think about how I grew up through gaming. I thought back through some of my earliest games on the PC, the amazing games made by the British development team, Bullfrog Productions. These guys had some of the pioneers of gaming behind them, including the very popular Peter Molyneux and Stuart ‘the Balrog’ Whyte (most recently Studio Director of Lionhead Studios).
Whilst they made some great games such as Populous, I am right now focusing in on two of their greatest games: Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper (I and II). When I attended Rezzed this past week, I was able to play some alpha builds of some truly phenomenal indie games that are coming our way.