Edge February 2018

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it’s a spiritual thing. a body thing. a soul thing

Ask any independent developer about Keita Takahashi or his games and they’ll tell you a different story. Capy Games’ Nathan Vella has a running joke with him, for instance, which involves the Katamari Damacy man (and co-designer of this issue’s cover) begging him for a job every time he sees him. Tommy Refenes, co-creator of Super Meat Boy, recalls the night he popped his Katamari cherry; visiting a friend in Amsterdam, he’d sampled some of the local herbal remedies when he sat down to play Takahashi’s bonkers roll-’em-up. He laughed his head off. The next morning, sober as a judge and sceptical, he loaded it up again – and had the exact same reaction. Takahashi, Vella and Refenes are just some of the independent game makers we spoke to while researching…

winter of content

While we might have phrased it differently, you have to admit Josef Fares has a point. The director of Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons and the forthcoming A Way Out gave December’s The Game Awards what UK viewers of a certain age might describe as its Jarvis Cocker moment – the bit where a guest goes wildly off script and ends up stealing the show. Host, and event organiser, Geoff Keighley’s face was a picture when, during a lighthearted interview about Fares’ EA-published adventure, his guest turned to him and asked, “Can I swear here?” After Keighley gave him the nod, Fares turned to the camera and shouted, “Fuck the Oscars!” And again, and again, and again, his middle finger extending as he somehow became even more animated. Fares is,…

all my friends

Masaya Matsuura is the founding father of music games. While best known on these shores for the pioneering Parappa The Rapper, he’s renowned in Japan for his prog-pop group, Psy-S (pronounced ‘size’), which released 14 albums in 11 years, disbanding when Matsuura decided his future lay in games. He’s still committed to music, however – when we speak, he’s busy preparing for his next tour, which will take him from Tokyo to Osaka and finally Nottingham, where he’s a headline guest at All Your Bass, a new videogame-music festival being held at the National Videogame Arcade in January. Matsuura, however, doesn’t see a distinction between these two seemingly discrete parts of his career. “The early ‘80s was a huge time, a revolution in using computers for music production,” he tells us.…

wild style

You might not normally associate graffiti with environmental activism or, indeed, magic. But Pixelopus’ puzzler-cum-action platformer is out to transform street art’s bad reputation. Releasing this year on PS4, Concrete Genie tells the story of a bullied teenager named Ash, who finds relief from his troubles through tagging his hometown. But there’s a twist: the paint is enchanted. “He discovers it can purify Denska’s polluted walls,” the game’s creative Dominic Robilliard, tells us. “For the creatures and landscapes that Ash paints, we take influence from children’s storybook illustration – especially some of the darker tales,” he says. The 3D world, meanwhile, takes inspiration from stop motion movies: “We love their handcrafted and magical quality. When you combine that with modern lighting and lensing techniques, it makes for a believable world that…


“The makers of [Detroit: Become Human] should be thoroughly ashamed. I think it’s perverse. Who thinks beating a child is entertainment?” Neither is brushing your teeth, Esther Rantzen, but believe us, David Cage can’t be stopped “We’ve been on this path for 15 years with day-one DLC, subscription passes, pay-to-win... does the ESRB have to consider a new rating that could deal with gambling and addictive mechanics?” Hawaii representative Sean Quinlan ensures the votes of a generation by calling out loot boxes “It’s nice to hate EA, blah, blah — I don’t care about that shit. All publishers fuck up sometimes, you know?” A Way Out director Josef Fares has his EA paymasters googling the phrase ‘Can you un-sign a cheque?’ “We discovered that it wasn’t the gamer who was mean or toxic, but the way…

my favourite game alan denton

CHILD’S PLAY As well as Sonic Boom, Denton is also a writer on Nick Jr show Sunny Day, which has an even younger target audience. “The secret for writing comedy for kids is just write stuff that you personally think is funny, and then make it appropriate for kids,” he explains. “I’m not going to worry about it going over the heads of the audience. I respect kids and I feel like they get it more than we give them credit for getting it. Growing up watching The Simpsons, they were throwing Citizen Kane jokes before I even had any idea what they were, but it didn’t hurt me – I liked it even more after I started getting them.” Alan Denton is a writer for children’s TV, and was creative consultant…