Every day in October, StreamFriends will be streaming a different spooky game for ~~~*ScreamFriends*~~~. As part of that, every single day I’ll be streaming Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times (a.k.a. “Harry Potter Animal Crossing”) in what I’m calling the ScreamFriends Witching Hour… Though there’s no guarantee it will ever be exactly one hour long.
Yesterday’s debut episode is embedded above, and if you miss any of the streams live you’ll be able to catch the archived episodes the very next day on StreamFriends.tv. 2Spooky5Me!
Steam’s curator feature is the most helpful addition to the service introduced in its latest overhaul. It’s easy for me to make such a definitive statement in this case, because the other “helpful” features introduced are recommending that I buy games that have been removed from sale because their devs vanished, or games that have been on my wishlist for quite some time already. If it wasn’t just a poorly programmed algorithm I’d mistake it for the sales guy at a local game store who likes to condescendingly recommend games that I’ve “probably never heard of”. You know, likeAssassin’s Creed.
But curation is different. Curation has potential.
Recently thousands of game developers got together for another round of the Ludum Dare game jam, creating a mountain of games in the space of a single weekend. The theme for the most recent jam was “Connected Worlds,” and plenty of devs took it in unique directions. Among them was the team behind Octodad: Dadliest Catch.Together they produced Antbassador, a game whose comically loose physics and lighthearted attitude make its lineage clear.
Antbassador may be short, but it absolutely left me wanting more.