MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas led all scorers with 18 points, including an acrobatic drive that extended the Road Warriors advantage, 87-83, with 1:12 to go. Alas also grabbed nine rebounds.The Aces, who drew a beastly effort from Calvin Abueva, missed their last five attempts from the field inside the final three minutes.Abueva wound up with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Alaska, which had 24 turnovers and shot only 4-of-20 from downtown.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tigresses on wrong side of history as Lady Warriors finally end skid Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City NLEX’s Kevin Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX booked a historic trip to the semifinals after sweeping Alaska following an 87-83 win in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Michael Miranda emerged as the unlikely hero for the Road Warriors, who arranged a best-of-seven semis duel with No. 2 Magnolia beginning Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Miranda reentered the game with 3:20 left in the game after replacing JR Quiñahan, who fouled out, and scored five unanswered points, a 3-pointer and two free throws, that put NLEX ahead for good, 85-80, with 2:06 remaining.He finished with 12 and three rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We knew before the game that Alaska was going to get back at us a lot harder than in our first game. Our luck held up and the team deserves the credit,” said Yeng Guiao, who is only in his second season as NLEX’s head coach.“They really wanted this. They’re very hungry to make the semifinals and make our fans happy, make our supporters happy, our management happy. This bunch of guys were able to at least get to the farthest level that we can get.”
Video games are back! As easy as it’s been to decry the safe, boring, and arguably borderline offensive state of the firmly established modern AAA scene, independent games have been doing more than their fair share to keep the medium interesting. With mid-tier games from big publishers virtually nonexistent now, indie games moved in to occupy a similar space, only with a lot more creative freedom. And that creative freedom was on full display at this year’s IndieCade East at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. Here are some of the biggest trends from the show.Sony was the only console maker to have a significant presence at the show. That wasn’t surprising as Sony has almost perfected the art of courting indies to its platform. Remember when that was Microsoft’s thing? The main demo space featured plenty of PlayStation branding as well as kiosks for upcoming offbeat PS4 games such as Push Me Pull You, Gang Beasts, and the perfectly titled 100ft Robot Golf.Richard Marks, director of the PlayStation Magic Lab in Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Research & Development division, gave the keynote about what works and what doesn’t in virtual reality. Lots of student projects on the show floor experimented with VR technology, so it was a useful, timely talk for aspiring developers.Sony had a PlayStation VR demo in the Strange Arcade area. Unfortunately, it didn’t involve getting zipped inside a sleeping bag like another VR demo, Anamorphic Agency, on the same floor. Most indie games you’ll find on the PS4 you’ll find on the PC as well on services such as Steam or itch.io, but it’s encouraging to see Sony bringing these tiny titles to a bigger audience.Speaking of the audience, it was great to see so many children at the event. Another unfortunate side effect of AAA gaming’s self-seriousness is the erroneous belief that video games can’t or shouldn’t be for kids anymore. And while you may not want your kids around nightmare fuel like psychedelic RPG Hylics or Dreams and its vagina controller (unless you’re an awesome parent) there’s no reason families can’t enjoy an indie game like Nest. This local multiplayer game by Ken Amarit’s features an adorable, stop-motion wool art style, and watching kids approach its homemade arcade cabinet all weekend never got old.Based on the games highlighted, I could also see indie games beginning to pivot towards the kinds of games kids these days dig. Gigantic eSports such as Dota and League of Legends, along with their profitable young communities, are among the most important trends in all of gaming. And at IndieCade East it was obvious indie game creators are trying to get in on the electronic sports action, too.I must have played a dozen games that were all variations on “chaotic multiplayer game with vague soccer elements.” The only one that sticks out is the accidental remake of Warlords for the Atari 2600. I don’t remember its real name. On the second floor volunteers hosted matches for games like Pocket Rumble and Ultimate Chicken Horse on a projector throughout the day, complete with running commentary. So no matter what scale you’re operating at, it seems eSports are a smart investment.There were so many weird, intriguing games to play at IndieCade East that ignoring a glut of forgettable eSports was easy. I strapped on a surgical mask and played a veterinarian game where I pounded on a plush dog’s chest and gave it mouth-to-mouth. I joined a drunken game of co-op Tetris where ten players controlled their own falling blocks working together to try and create unbroken lines. I fiddled with a game called Ziff (no relation to Ziff Davis) in which you control a character by manually rearranging limbs on a toy. Take that, amiibo!I replayed Ape Out, a promising NYU student game I check out a few months ago, and enjoyed it even more. Players control an escaped ape navigating a maze of hostile humans with a satisfying combination of stealth and brutality. It’s like Donkey Kong Country meets the first Metal Gear Solid.But my personal game of the show is Disc Jockey Jockey. This Strange Arcade game featured an audio mixing board controller. Players had to listen to various radio channels and skillfully crossfade between music and voice for smooth transitions. My colleague KT Tandler (who also provided these photos) compared its blurred line between play and labor to Papers, Please. It also reminded me of the secret best rhythm game of all time, DJ Hero.IndieCade East was more than just a place to play great, unique games. It also hosted several panels with great, unique perspectives on the industry. Since I’m not a developer, I mostly sat in on panels about the social side of the industry. I saw panels about diversity in video games themselves as well as diversity in who makes video games. I saw a panel about male vs. female objectification using the Street Fighter V “Hot Ryu” meme as a starting point. But the most entertaining panel by far was Robert Yang’s “Let’s Get Lit: How to Light Your Game Like a Strip Club.” Beyond being a thorough introduction to how film lighting techniques can improve game visuals, Yang never missed an opportunity to show a clip from Magic Mike or casually, lovingly diss other video games like Metal Gear Solid V and Overwatch.Overall I really enjoyed my time at IndieCade East. I think it demonstrated the health of an increasingly important part of the video game industry. But next time I have to remember to bring a comb. VR headsets, my small afro, and a public space full of prying eyes definitely don’t mix.