For those who haven’t heard of it already, Lovely Warriors of Friendship is an… interesting crossover fan game based on My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. With characters and story concepts based on everything from Doctor Who to Wario Land to Mega Man and Pokemon, it’s basically a low rent Mushroom Kingdom Fusion clone with all the ambition and about a tenth of the production values. Basically, it’s your typical over the top fan game.
But apparently, someone out there… had their hopes set a bit too high. Why?
Above: Yes, this actually happened. You can tell from the pictures alone that this is not going to pass quality control…
Because in a baffling as heck move, they actually submitted the game to Steam Greenlight. Yes, because as we all know, a mega crossover with about fifty series represented is going to last so long on a paid service when absolutely no permission was gotten from anyone involved in the IPs that make it up. Or when the whole game looks like it was made by a beginner in a basic game maker type program:
The end result was pretty much exactly as you’d expect; the game got taken down via DMCA notice about three minutes after it ended up mentioned on Reddit and other popular social sites. Maybe because someone at Hasbro (or another one of those companies) realised it wasn’t a good idea to let any old Tom, Dick or Harry profit off their work by trying to sell an unathorised fan crossover on Steam.
Either way, don’t try and sell fan games on Steam. Or anywhere else for that matter, since selling the equivalent of fan fiction is even more legally grey than releasing it for free in the first place.
What do you think about this example of utter lunacy?
Over the last couple of years or so, SEGA’s arcade taxi game series hasn’t really had a whole lot in the way of new titles. Okay, you had a compilation in 2007 and a mobile only game in 2014, but as far as major installments go? You’d have to go back to 2002 for one of those.
Above: The last main installment this series ever had
But regardless of that gap between releases, did you know that Sega had plans for a fourth game at one point? Indeed, at one (currently unknown point in the past), their Australian branch actually pitched Crazy Taxi 4 to the rest of the company, complete with some basic concept art and ideas that suggest a home console game more in line with the originals. Here’s the artwork they used for to pitch this undeveloped game:
Above: A basic piece, but it seems to share the madcap style from the earlier games quite well.
So what come of this mystery game? Well for reasons unknown, SEGA declined the pitch and the idea was scrapped. Was it due to the mobile game market? A lack of confidence in older IPs? Who knows, but what we do know is that such a game could well have been an amazing title had it actually gotten into development and a certain level of effort put into the game’s design.
But what do you think? Is the idea of a fourth Crazy Taxi game something you’d have been interested in?
If you’ve been reading up on gaming news any time within the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard of Twitch Plays Pokemon. A series/experiment where a ton of Twitch members try and complete a Pokemon game by using certain chat key words as in game commands, it became popular due to how so many people could play the same copy of a game at the same time yet still somehow get to the end. This was hundreds of thousands of people trying to play the same game on the same virtual ‘controller’ at the same time. Yet they completed it.
But now, it seems the next Twitch Plays series is not going to be quite so easy. Why? Because as the title suggests, they’ve picked the infamously difficult Dark Souls games as their title to ‘crowdsource’ playing. You know, a game which destroys many a player trying to beat it on their own without a couple of hundred thousand people all trying to do different things via the same controller. But they’re trying, and you can watch the series here:
It’s been pretty obvious for a while, but today it was officially confirmed that Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9 has been delayed until 2016. So what’s the reasoning for this?
Above: Why is this game delayed?
Well, as the company puts it themselves, “there are still bugs and issues pertaining to the online features that are included in the game.” There’s also a bit of a longer explanation on the Kickstarter page, if you prefer reading that:
Just a day ago, we compared Yooka-Laylee, Lobodestroyo and A Hat in Time, but guess what? Just earlier today, yet another new indie 3D platformer had a Kickstarter campaign announced! Behold Poi 3D, a new 3D platformer by developer Polykid:
As you can see, it’s a bit different to the others we’ve covered recently. With a human protagonist and a much different style of world design, the game seems to be going for the Super Mario Sunshine type of design; open and content packed levels that sometimes link off to linear and mission centered secret ones. Except with a water powered jetpack and an acapella version of the Super Mario Bros theme.
So what’s the story? Well, we’ll let the Kickstarter page explain that one:
One day, a young and rambunctious runaway was napping under a tree when suddenly something heavy landed squarely on his forehead. Rudely awoken, he discovers the culprit to be a mysterious and worn book with the words “Explorer’s Log” printed in large gold letters on the cover.
Flipping through the old pages, the boy discovers notes and sketches of wondrous far off lands. Curiously, he also finds a page titled “How to be a Master Explorer.” Reading further, an overwhelming sense of adventure ignites and he decides right then and there to become a master explorer. Quickly grabbing his backpack, he turns around and is startled to see an old man standing in front of him. To the boy’s surprise, the figure tells him the book belongs to him and that he is the Master Explorer.
“So you want to be a master explorer, eh? Travel the world and find explorer medallions! Maybe then you’ll be worthy of that title.” -The Master Explorer
Amused by the child’s reckless enthusiasm, the Master Explorer decides to take the child aboard his airship and bring him along in his journey to uncover the many secrets scattered across the world of Poi.
And here are some other pictures of the title, as per the campaign page:
The ones above are the main characters (you can choose a male or female main protagonist) and the Master Explorer mentioned in the story. The levels shown are the explorer’s airship, Cozy Canyon and Mount Magma. Which look a tad rough around the edges (hey, it is still in development), but do seem promising regardless.
Either way, to become a reality, Poi needs to gather $80,000 before September the 3rd. And for console platforms? It’s currently planned for the Wii U and Steam, but additional stretch goals exist to have the game also released on the PS4 (and maybe Xbox One down the line?)
It’s a pretty nice looking game in our opinion, and one we’d definitely recommend backing for those 3D platformer fans out there. Let’s restore the genre to the glory days of the Nintendo 64 and Playstation 1!