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Bonesweeper in Development

Last year I wrote about the prototype Josh ‘Cheeseness’ Bush’s created for Bonesweeper, a game that’s a little bit like the classic Minesweeper but looking for fossils instead of digging for mines. So you’ll hear a soft crunch instead of a game-ending boom when you make a small mistake in deducing which squares are safe to click. The prototype was promising and Cheese has been working on a more complete full game based on the Bonesweeper prototype, streaming the development on their Twitch channel and I recently played a very early version that is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, through Cheeseness’ Patreon.

You can watch the video of Bonesweeper above but as it is very early in developing this new version, please note that you can expect crashes, incomplete or temporary placeholders, and other issues to be visible. If you’d like to try last year’s prototype, that is still available on itch.io.

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Chess.com Becomes NFT Grifting Site

Users of the Chess.com were surprised today to find out that their previously played games could be minted on a blockchain as part of an NFT grift. Chess.com has an announcement about the scam, and the only way to opt-out of having previously played games minted is buried at the end of a support document linked from the announcement (that’s an archive.org link, the live page is here). According to the support page, users are required to contact Chess.com support to opt-out or their opponents can mint their games as NFTs. When I tried to opt-out just now for my Chess.com account, the button to “Contact Us” did not work in the Safari web browser, I had to use Vivaldi.

According to chess.com:

Treasure Chess is a place for chess and crypto fans to turn their games into unique “Treasures” to collect, share, trade, and sell. You can mint any of the games you played on Chess.com into a Treasure, which will then exist as an NFT (Non-Fungible Token) on the Polygon Network.

Any of these things could happen without engaging in cryptocurrency or NFT scams by using a technology invented decades ago called a database. By using a database you can also back up the system and protect against the scams and fraud which happen every day with cryptocurrency and NFTs.

The Chess.com support site says I’ll hear back in 1-2 business days about my request to opt-out of letting the games I played in the past become NFTs. I’ll be very surprised if they’re able to keep up with the volume of people opting out within that time frame. I didn’t play there much, but now I have no intention of ever playing a game using Chess.com again.

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Teardown Exits Early Access

Teardown is a blocky destruct-em-up from Tuxedo Labs that was in early access for a long while and has just hit version 1.0 today. It’s a lot of fun and I’ll stream the campaign and sandbox mode a bit tonight to see what’s changed since I’ve last played Teardown.

Teardown is $20 on Steam for Windows.

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Cook Serve Forever, Announced

Cook, Serve, Delicious!, already has three games in the series and now Cook Serve Forever (maybe it should have been Cook Serve 4Ever?) is on the way for early 2023 with promises of local co-op through the campaign about a food-cart chef who wants to be a celebrity chef like their hero. It looks like Cook Serve Forever is continuing with similar gameplay of combining what the developer says are hundreds of new ingredients to make new recipes. Watch the video above for more on that.

I reached out to Vertigo Gaming and asked about Linux and an Apple Silicon native macOS port but Vertigo’s Production Manager Erik Johnson said anything other than Windows would have to wait for after Cook, Serve, Forever hits 1.0 some time early next year. Cook, Serve, Delicious!  & Cook Serve, Delicious! 2!! shipped for Linux & macOS, but Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! only released for Windows and macOS, it never got to Linux.

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Densha de GO! PSVR Mode Looks Like Good Fun

Densha de GO! is a series of train simulator games from Taito that require so much from their players, even honking at the right time for virtual rail fans in the game. Alex from The Yamanote channel on YouTube and Twitch plays PlayStation 4 Densha de GO!! Hashirou Yamanote Sen in the video above with the PlayStation VR and a special train controller from Zuiki. The Zuiki controller can be used with an adapter called the Titan Two.