Street Viewtiful

GAME: stop. Carry on

You may have noticed a few news stories floating around about Game Group lately. Just a few. Not stocking various big releases, share price plummeting, not stocking another big release, rumours of impending administration, not stocking some more big releases, not stocking another big release, potential buyers –...

That Midas Interactive touch

Looking through their back catalogue, budget publisher Midas Interactive released more games on the PSone and PlayStation 2 than some of the big publishers out there. It was certainly a case of quantity over quality though – you can count the amount of games worth playing on one...

Zynga Towers

Social gaming behemoth Zynga has been in the news a bit recently. You might have noticed. One particular highlight was Edge tearing apart Zynga’s assertion that it’s forthcoming game Dream Heights is the continuation of a long line of tower-based games, rather than a clone of Tiny Tower....

Visiting the Christmas number one

There’s little festivity inherent in the world of games, so where to visit via the medium of Google Street View at this most festive of times? How about Bethesda, developer of the UK’s Christmas number one, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? Yeah, let’s do it. Off to Maryland!...

We’re about ready to Rocksteady

Okay, so Batman: Arkham City has pretty well established itself as the best thing around right about now. But where did it come from? The simple answer is those talented chaps at Rocksteady Studios. They’re owned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment these days, but retain their own studio...

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Montreal

Last month, on our tour of the video games world via Google Street View, we paid a visit to Eidos Montreal, and discovered that the studio’s building is called ‘Le Gordon Brown’. It was a surprise, and no mistake. We’ll stay in Montreal this month, and pop over...

Gordon Brown’s Deus Ex

Deus Ex: Human Revolution has been met with rapturous reviews and chart topping sales. So it should be happy days at Eidos Montreal. Even better, Square Enix is reportedly looking to double the headcount at the studio. Apparently, the current office wouldn’t be able to accommodate that number...

Team Bondi: where the badness happened

It’s been a busy few months for Team Bondi. MAY: Their first game, L.A. Noire, is released to much acclaim, after seven years in the making. JUNE: Freelance journalist Andrew McMillen sheds light on that development hell – in that it was hell for the people working on...

Mobile domination by a retail park

Last time in Street Viewtiful, we went to Finland to check out the shiny offices of Angry Birds developers Rovio. That got me wondering about British mobile super-publisher, Chillingo. Firstly, I seem to have missed the news that they were bought by EA last year. And that Clickgamer.com...

In a respectable area of Finland…

So far in Street Viewtiful – our jaunt around the world of games – we’ve taken in Sega just off the M4, Rare’s Twycross HQ, and Game Group in Basingstoke. Not very worldly. So let’s expand our horizons, and travel to foreign climes. Those Angry Bird chaps, Rovio,...

Basingstoke: centre of the Game universe

I only recently realised that Gameplay is a part of Game Group, as well as Gamestation. And Game, obviously. I’d ordered a few games from a few places, and they had the same Basingstoke return address. “Aha!” I thought. “How mildly notable.” So what is this mysterious distribution...

Brickwork this good is Rare indeed

Our trip around the world of gaming via the medium of Google Street View continues. In the Nintendo years, Rare was a notoriously secretive company – which made the developer all the more fascinating to its fervent fans. Under the ownership of Microsoft, that mystique has faded somewhat...