The indie hit Celeste turned six this weekend, and as a special birthday present, Extremely OK Games (the makers of the original) have remade the game’s world in a low-poly, low-res fashion reminiscent of the Nintendo 64. However, given that the pixel visuals of the original Celeste are meant to evoke the 8-bit machines of the 1980s (and the game was originally thought up on a facsimile, the Pico-8)…is this actually a leap forward?
The 93rd Academy Awards, honoring the cinematic achievements of 2020 and the first two months of 2021, will be happening in about two weeks or so, and as I’ve done occasionally over the course of the past few years, I wanted to take a look at this season’s nominees for Best Original Song. I’ll offer my thoughts on each song, and at the end, I’ll predict which song will win and which song I would choose to win if I had the only vote. My predictions haven’t exactly had the best track record, but perhaps this might be a year I get it right.
In 2015 Lexaloffle Games released the Pico-8, a brand new game console…that doesn’t exist and never did. The Pico-8 is actually a game engine that self-imposes the limits of retro consoles, challenging developers to find the best methods of working around those limitations. There are those that prefer it!
As you may have heard, Limited Run Games is publishing the one title gamers have been begging them to publish all year: Celeste. Preorders go live in a few days, and there WILL be a Collectors Edition of the title. Though Limited Run tends to offer Collectors Editions of most of its titles, Celeste is the one game we figure warrants its own report.
A shipload of indie games were released in 2018….we’ve covered about two hundred or so on Popgeeks this year. If there was one clear winner in such a massive competition, it had to be Celeste, the challenging puzzle platformer with a touching storyline. According to creator Matt Thorson, Celeste sold over 500,000 copies throughout 2018.
The future of video games is finally looking brighter. Some of you might look at the loot boxes and predatory gambling tactics plaguing the AAA industry and argue otherwise. You’re not looking in the right place. The reason I believe games may finally turn around is the Nintendo Switch.