[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from Gamasutra's sister site and alternative video game blog.]
Over at our alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week, including a visual novel about falling in love with pigeons, the greatest Quick Time Event Ever, and more.
GameSetWatch's highlights from the last week:
Hatoful Boyfriend Illustrates The Forbidden Love Between Man And Pigeon
- A popular set-up you'll find in many Japanese visual novels is being the only guy at some all girls' academy. In addition to all the comedic possibilities that such a premise allows is the chance of romance, literally at every turn. Whether it be with classmate or teacher. So in many ways, Hatoful Boyfriend
is no different from those games. Except for one key difference: replace girls with pigeons.
This Is It. This Is The Greatest QTE.
- Finally, we can give the Quick Time Event (QTE) a dignified burial thanks to the concluding scene in Namco Bandai's recently released Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
, captured in this video. No one is allowed to put a QTE in a game after today. It would be disrespectful to everyone.
Documentary Examines Link Between Army Recruitment, Video Games
- Filmmaker Piers Sanderson says the film is intended to look at how "the United States Army has embraced technology at all stages of soldiering. The recruitment centers feature video game consoles, they interact with potential recruits on Facebook, and play [Americas Army
] with future soldiers."
NBA Jam Pitch Video Showcases Prototype Gameplay, Scrapped Features
- Video Game Ephemera creator Chris Bieniek has uploaded a rare pitch video for Midway's 1993 arcade smash hit NBA Jam
, revealing a number of features that never made it into the final product.
Prom Week: Facade Follow-up Social Game
- Remember Facade
, that experimental AI-based interactive story in which you could hold conversations with a strained couple, helping bring them back together of pushing them further apart? Michael Matea, and a team of UCSC students have created what they're calling "an evolution of Facade
's social simulation AI" with Prom Week
, in which you "can shape the social lives of 18 highschoolers."
Best of the Independent Games Festival Now At Brisbane
- The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has once again brought the "Best of the Independent Games Festival" to Australia with a free exhibition at South Brisbane's digital culture center The Edge, as part of the "Games: Body and Console" program.