Go Home Dinosaurs Merch Site is ALIVE!

It is our profound pleasure to announce the launch of our new Merch site for Go Home Dinosaurs. Right now we have t-shirts for sale of T-Rex trying to use a grill with his tiny arms as well as an awesome poster by our very own Jacques Pena detailing an epic battle at BBQ Point. Your walls and your torso will thank you.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MERCH! (handled via the good people at Red Falcon)

 

 

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Go Home Dinosaurs (Proudly) Delayed!

Most of the time a delay of a game is met with some hand-wringing, some doom-saying, some  finger-pointing, some cynical-…talking? Sometimes a delay means that a game is in a mess of development crud and the sheer enormity of issues has forced the developer or publisher to hold off. Other times a game just isn’t quite ready to be released and could use a little more time in the development vats where games are formed.

Other times a game starts looking pretty awesome near to when it is supposed to come out and the devs go “wow, we’ve made a lot of progress in a super-short amount of time… why don’t we ride this wave a little longer and make our good game totally awesome?” That’s kind of where Go Home Dinosaurs is at present.

For the past several months we’ve been saying the game would be out by the end of the year, something we took very seriously internally. We even had builds that were basically ready to go. But we looked at how far we had come and realized just how much more polish …

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Global Game Jam: Sleepwalking Backwards

At the Global Game Jam this past weekend, I was part of a team that created a Commodore 64 game called “Sleepwalking Backwards.” It’s a short narrative experience, written and designed by Jonathon Myers. Go play the game here!

Why a C64 game?

The C64 is the first computer I had as a kid, and the machine I learned to program on. The programs I would write would be simple things written in BASIC. They might ask you questions and give simple responses, or draw some ASCII art on the screen. Most of them would involve rapidly flashing the colored border around the screen, because it was an easy and fun effect. I remember filling several floppy disks with these little experiments.

Early last year my interest got rekindled in the old machine, and I started playing around with programming for it again. I remembered several things that I wasn’t able to figure out as a kid — machine language, bitmap graphics, sound — and thought it would be cool to go back …

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Games we are playing: Rayman Origins

Rayman Origins sometimes feels like playing a half-watercolor, half-oil painted version of LocoRoco” -Eric

There have been a lot of Lums at lunchtime here at Fire Hose becuase we’re playing Rayman Origins. It is a bright and colorful platformer that offers fun environmental puzzles and Super Mario Wii-esque four player gameplay (with slightly less griefing).

“It’s awesome!” wrote Jeff, Fire Hose programmer, “Collection performers are totally my thing, in 2D or 3D.  I loved the first Jak and Daxter, I loved Ratchet and Clank, and …Rayman is just really, really polished fun.”

“I agree with Jeff,” said Eric, another Fire Hose dude that was kind enough to bring the game in for everyone to play, “I’ve been playing Rayman Origins and loving the hell out of it.”

We have found that playing with four players can be a bit busy, with onlookers only being able to keep up with Globox, the largest and bluest character.

He kind of stands out.

Everyone else seems to blend into the scene, with cameo appearances made when they make sweeping jumps or fall behind enough to stick out …

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Top 10 Holiday Games!

There are some terrific games coming out this holiday season; but today we want to take a look at some of the greatest holiday themed games to grace a console or computer. We even put them in order for you based on fun and overall ridiculous-ness.

10. XMAS Lemmings

Originally released as  XMAS Lemmings in 1991 and later becoming a full game in 1993 available on the  Amiga, PC, and Macintosh; Holiday or Christmas Lemmings features all of the fun puzzling of the original Lemmings title. You still lead a troop of ever-willing Lemmings along a treacherous path to a door but this time the Lemmings are outfitted as Santa!

 

9. Christmas Nights Into Dreams 

Released as part of a Christmas console/game package in 1996, Christmas Nights Into Dreams almost made up for the fact that you got a Sega Saturn when you had asked for an N64. Christmas Nights is a two level version of the cult favorite Nights Into Dreams from Sega. Fly through wreaths, collect pretty baubles, and weave your way along a path filled with goodies to achieve …

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