Wow, we're already a month into the start of a new decade! Is it too late to start making New Year's resolutions? I resolve for 2011 to stop smoking so many cigarettes... All right, you got me, Zach. It's not April 1 just yet.
Latest awesome things in the Deadly universe:
- SWERY at GDC 2011! The 25th Game Developer's Conference is coming up this month, and our very own Hidetaka Suehiro will be giving a lecture on his storytelling process and crafting the world of DP. From the press release:
"...In this session, DEADLY PREMONITION's Game Designer, SWERY, explains his unique method of architecting games. How did this awesomely strange so bad it's good game come to life? What processes were used to create the meticulously calculated storyline and characters? What exactly are the lovable unnecessary elements that SWERY speaks of? This talk touches upon the 7 points to check if your game's storyline might already be dead with this a frank and candid session."
Although it would be impossible for me to actually attend, as much as I would love to, I'm sure we'll hear eventually from someone who actually went to this lecture. In the meantime, let's take a (very) short trip back to 2010 and catch up on some accolade news:
- Awards season may be over, but Deadly Premonition will always be GOTY in my heart... And those of you who agree with me know who you are. DP might not have swept the ceremonies, at least not where mainstream gaming sites were concerned; but sitting next to giants like Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption, DP managed to hold its head up high. Here's a few of the accolades DP snapped up, mashed in at random with whatever late-in-the-year articles people have been writing since I got too busy to update the site proper:
- Some of the most pleasantly unexpected nods came from Gamespot's Best of 2010 Awards, where DP was nominated in four categories: Most Surprisingly Good Game, Funniest Game, Best New Character (York), and Most Memorable Moment (the shower scene). DP also showed up in the Reader's Choice Polls for Best Story and Best Game No One Played, but these weren't listed in the Nominees page for some reason. DP won both the Official and the Reader's Choice Awards for Most Surprisingly Good Game, unsurprisingly.
- Paste Magazine named Deadly Premonition #20 on their Top 20 list for 2010, in which DP's underdog status is subtly noted in the introductory paragraph. That's right, gamers. When you stick that ice pick, you're sticking it to the Man.
- 7 Reasons Deadly Premonition is GOTY by J.P Grant at Infinite Lag... Or should I say, 7 more reasons? Another great series of articles, with some excellent additional analysis for all you Lynch fans. Speaking of which...
- The Chronoludic blog dedicates its second "Sonoludic" podcast episode to the music of Deadly Premonition! Mike also gives a shout-out to Planet Redwood, so thanks for that, and I can't tell you how grateful I am that someone who probably knows way more about music than I do decided to take their own crack at comparing DP's soundtrack to that of Twin Peaks. Definitely worth a listen.
- And now for some miscellaneous stuff that I didn't know how to categorize.
- Last and least, I finished Spy Fiction a while ago, and added a short section to the Easter Egg page about references to it in DP. ***SPOILERS*** for both games abound!
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What is Deadly Premonition, you may ask? For the uninitiated, and those who are just looking to find out more about the game, you may want to visit the FAQ. For those who are thinking of picking it up or have just started to play it for the first time, I recommend the handy Spoiler-Free Beginner's Guide. In the middle of a game and having difficulties? Check out the Troubleshooting section of the FAQ or any of the Walkthroughs and Maps in the GAME INFO section. And if you've already completed the game and are craving for more, check out the Fan Stuff and Links sections above, as well as the Red Room for random end-game goodies. Finally, if you're both a Twin Peaks and Deadly Premonition fan, head over to TP VS DP for a list of comparisons between the two works.
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