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    Jamming Jamming

    Jamming

Jamming

By Graham Somers  

I rock out to a whole mess of tunes while I’m working. It’s been that way for the last fifteen years. At my office at Ensemble Studios, Ben “SOLUS” Donges and I took turns as the DJ for the day, providing the tunes – because if we wore headphones we had to take them off and put them back on 100 times a day to talk to each other and co-workers.

Since my daughter Layla was born, and I started working at home, I wear headphones but only with one ear covered so I can […]

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    Optimist Prime – May 2017 Optimist Prime – May 2017

    Optimist Prime – May 2017

Optimist Prime – May 2017

Optimist Prime returns with a collection of oddities overheard in the BonusXP office over the course of the last few weeks. Props to BXP Programmer Mike Petersen who keeps Optimist up and running so he can do his job.

Surely these all make more sense in context…

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    Let’s Hang Out Sometime Let’s Hang Out Sometime

    Let’s Hang Out Sometime

Let’s Hang Out Sometime

By Alex Swaim  

I’ve noticed a neat trend in a lot of the single-player story-based games I’ve been playing: they want you to hang out with your character’s in-game-world friends, and they give you the tools to do that.

In Persona 5 you spend half the game running around town with the lovable cast of high school misfits that are your party members: getting ramen with them, studying for the big test with them, working out with them, or even just going to shop. Doing that has long been a core system in the Persona series: spending time with […]

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    Inspired to Grow Food Inspired to Grow Food

    Inspired to Grow Food

Inspired to Grow Food

By Clare Hallock  

nature_post001Some of our recent posts have been about cooking, and I found them rather inspiring. I decided that this year, I was going to grow some of my own food. Not much, mind you, but a few herbs and maybe some tomatoes; enough to be fun without becoming a second job to maintain.

I went out and bought all the supplies I’d need, picked out some herbs, a couple of vegetables, nothing too exciting. I took them home, planted them all, and went on vacation! Yeah!

Upon my return, […]

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    WASD vs ESDF WASD vs ESDF

    WASD vs ESDF

WASD vs ESDF

By Eric Fowler  

WASD vs ESDF…is this even an issue? Probably not. But perhaps it should be…

Every PC gamer knows what WASD is; typical first person controls for movement. ESDF on the other hand might take some thinking, but simply put, it is WASD shifted one key to the right.

Soooo…what’s the difference? Glad you asked. Quite a bit, actually.

First of all, some brief history. Why did WASD come about in the first place? Back in the early days of PC gaming, when first person shooters started to emerge, people would play the […]

By |April 27th, 2017|Games, Team Blog|0 Comments
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    Rose Colored Glasses Rose Colored Glasses

    Rose Colored Glasses

Rose Colored Glasses

By Graham Somers  

Bruce just wrote a post about developing the original Civilization game, one that I played a ton of. My brother was actually the one that bought Civilization and got me playing it. My brother and I played our fair share of computer games when we were kids. Our family never had a game console for various reasons, but our Dad bought a computer in the late 1980s. It was used and the previous owner included his collection of games with it, which was mind blowing at the time. You didn’t […]

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    Remembering Civilization I Remembering Civilization I

    Remembering Civilization I

Remembering Civilization I

By Bruce Shelley  

civ_boxOur friends at Firaxis Games recently published Civilization VI, a turn-based strategy game, and over the past few years there have been a number of conference presentations looking back on the 25th anniversary of the first edition. It was a huge opportunity for me to be on the team that built Civilization I. We didn’t have many formal job titles then, but I did work that today would be tasks for a producer, writer, assistant designer, and test manager/lead (teams were much smaller around 1990 :).

Civilization […]

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    Learning to Cook Learning to Cook

    Learning to Cook

Learning to Cook

By Marc Porto  

I love to cook. I spend a good portion of every weekend in the kitchen cooking something ridiculous (bacon weave) or time consuming (ravioli). A while back, I decided that I wanted to learn to roast chicken. So I did what any reasonable semi-adult would do. I looked it up online, and I called my Mother.

I chatted with my mom some and spent a bunch of time online reading about recipes and techniques. At some point I realized that I learned to cook the same way that I’ve been learning to make video games. Tribal […]

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    Investigating Incorruptibles Crash Investigating Incorruptibles Crash

    Investigating Incorruptibles Crash

Investigating Incorruptibles Crash

Update: Our server issue has been resolved – game on!

We are currently investigating a reported crash in The Incorruptibles that has been effecting some players. We’ll update everyone when we know more.

Thank you for your patience while we look to correct this issue.

 

By |April 3rd, 2017|Company, Games|0 Comments
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    Podcasts Part One Podcasts Part One

    Podcasts Part One

Podcasts Part One

By Alfonso Callejas  

podcasts_part1A podcast is kind of like a radio show, but on the internet. You can download or stream them on your phone and listen to them at your leisure. A few years ago, I started listening to Podcasts of radio-shows like RadioLab and This American Life. Since then, I have delved into programs that are exclusively podcasts.

One of the great things about being an artist is that while your hands and eyes are occupied with work – your ears are free to do whatever they want!

As […]