Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




July 2015

Cashtronauts : Get out there and get rich

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Indie, Kickstarters, Steam

Cashtronauts is a twin-stick shooter where capitalism rules over all. The goal is to collect as much money as possible by salvaging crates, mining asteroids, fighting pirates or whatever else it takes. The game is a beautiful example of the contribution indie games can have on video games. This article is based on an early-access copy of the game and, as-such, might not reflect perfectly the final content of the…



June 2015

Knights of Pen & Paper : Repetitive Genius

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, Android, PC, RPG, Apple

In 2013, I was working on a small RPG game for mobile devices. The idea was to make a game from core concepts of RPGs, such as Legend of the Red Dragon, to the smartphone. Unfortunately, several months before I could complete my project, Behold Studio releases Knights of Pen and Paper. To be fair, it was a much better game than anything I was working on, so I moved…



January 2015

Farewell Transformers Universe

by Alexandre Denault, on PC, Videogames, Tranformers

On December 16th, Jagex and Hasbro announced that Transformers Universe, a third person multiplayer online battle arena game featuring Transformers, would close. Both companies stated the "decision comes at an important time for both companies as they both realign their plans and focuses for 2015". The game was first announced at Botcon 2011 and has gone throught several revisions over the years. The game reached the Open Beta phase on…



October 2014

Trying out the Oculus Rift DK2

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Oculus Rift, VR

In the last two weeks, I've had the opportunity to try out a couple of demos. Here are a few quick impressions. Tuscany was one of the first demo available for the Occulus Rift, allowing a user to visit a beautiful garden house. I was very impressed when I tried the demo with the first Occulus kit. Thus, my expectation were high with the second kit. I was not disapointed.…



August 2014

Oculus Rift DK2 Quick Impression

by Alexandre Denault, on Videogames, PC, Oculus Rift, VR

When it comes to 3D VR technologies, I am negatively biased. Products like the Virtual Boy and the Nintendo 3DS offered a disapointing 3D experience, and the only added entertainment I get from a 3D movie in theater is a pounding headache. The first time I placed a Oculus Rift Developement Kit on my head, I fully expected to be disapointed. Instead, I was blown away by the Tuscano demo.…