Veteran game designer Jeff Minter - who once referred to Digitiser2000's Mr Biffo by the "C-word", after the unsightly Digitiser overlord possibly wrongly suggested that Minter's career was largely built upon releasing new versions of other people's games - has had the multiformat release of his new shoot 'em up TxK blocked by Atari.
Though TxK was released on the PS Vita last year, Atari has now thrown a spanner in the works of all future versions, citing a copyright violation. Apparently, Atari feels that the Tempest-like shoot 'em up too closely resembles its own Tempest-like shoot 'em up, Tempest. This is despite Minter being the creator of Tempest 2000, a remake of the 1981 Tempest-like arcade game, Tempest, for the Atari Jaguar. We have nothing more to say.
You can read Minter's full account of the TxK-blocking story here.
Several escapees from developers Rovio, Remedy Entertainment and Digital Chocolate have founded a new games studio - dedicated to games that you wear.
The Helsinki-based team's CEO, Aki Järvilehto offered the following words to GamesIndustry.biz: "As developers, this year presents an unrivaled opportunity to craft completely original gaming experiences for a global audience... We see wearable tech as the most exciting new platform of 2015."
The as-yet-unamed company expects to release its first smart watch games later this year.
"My other half keeps promising to come over here and unblock it for us, but there's always some bloody excuse. Last week he said he had a 'sleepy wrist'. What's a bleeding' sleepy wrist when it's at home?! You ever heard of a sleepy wrist? He's got a sleepy brain more like. Oi! What you doing? You want a chip fork, just take one out of the dispenser slot. You don't need to tip the whole box upside down."
The sad parting of Terry Pratchett - famously a games fan himself - has been felt across the industry, not least at developer Frontier. The Elite: Dangerous studio has decided to honour the Discworld author by adding "Terry Pratchett's Disc Starport" to its sprawling space trading and combat universe.
Executive producer Michael Brookes lamented the following to Eurogamer: "For me personally, Terry Pratchett was one of very few authors whose books I could buy without needing to read a review or even ask what the story was about. His talent for social commentary, humour, unforgettable characters and vivid worlds not only provided joy as a reader, but inspiration as a writer."
"Me other half has some of his books though, I think. Are they the ones with the pictures on the front? Yeah, I know all books have pictures on 'em. I mean, like, the pictures of the... I dunno what I mean. Oh, bloody... You gotta be kiddin' me. Look. We're out of chip forks again. Look at that. We had a full box this morning."