👉 19th GUILD CLASH RESULTS!! 👈

The GUILD CLASH has finished!

(Cortez Voice)* Let’s check out how you did!

 

HANGING BY A THREAD 

Spaceguild Score
Is KP Farming 454
E.D.E.N. 376
Zen Masters 363

SHORT-FUSED

Spaceguild  Score
Is KP Farming 250
Zen Masters 206
Pizza 148

 NO RESERVATIONS

Spaceguild  Score
Is KP Farming 419
E.D.E.N. 228
Zen Masters 199

A WEAPON FROM THE PAST

Spaceguild Score
Zen Masters 599
Is KP Farming 464
E.D.E.N. 309

 THE BEAST’S LAIR

Spaceguild Score
Is KP Farming 318
Barney Wiki 204
Zen Masters 191

 

THIS WEEK, the competition will take place in the following MAPS:

–  HANGING BY A THREAD

– THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE

– WHITE NOISE

– UPSIDE DOWN

– MIND OVER MATTER

 

GLOBAL CLASSIFICATION:

 HANGING BY A THREAD:
Is KP Farming
 A LOW BLOW:
E.D.E.N.
 IN MEDIA RES:
E.D.E.N. 
 DOUBLE AGENT:
E.D.E.N. 
 THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS:
E.D.E.N. 
 IN SHOCK:
Is KP Farming
 A BREATH OF HOPE :
E.D.E.N. 
 A FISTFUL OF SAND:
Is KP Farming
 THE ENEMY WITHIN:
Pizza
 SHORT-FUSED :
Is KP Farming
 NO RESERVATIONS:
Is KP Farming
 A WEAPON FROM THE PAST:
Zen Masters
 THE BEAST’S LAIR :
Is KP Farming
 THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE:
E.D.E.N.
 WHITE NOISE :
E.D.E.N.
 UPSIDE DOWN:
E.D.E.N.
 MIND OVER MATTER:
Zen Masters

 
Good luck Spacelords!

👑 18th GUILD CLASH RESULTS!! 👑

The GUILD CLASH has finished!

(Cortez Voice)* Let’s check out how you did!

 

HANGING BY A THREAD 

Spaceguild Score
E.D.E.N. 667
Is KP Farming 584
Pizza 560

 IN SHOCK

Spaceguild  Score
Is KP Farming 259
Pizza 238
Zen Masters 210

 A BREATH OF HOPE

Spaceguild  Score
E.D.E.N. 506
Zen Masters 451
Is KP Farming 432

 A FISTFUL OF SAND

Spaceguild Score
Is KP Farming 370
CONTRA KAI 323
Pizza 322

 THE ENEMY WITHIN

Spaceguild Score
Pizza 238
Is KP Farming 234
E.D.E.N. 196

 

THIS WEEK, the competition will take place in the following MAPS:

–  HANGING BY A THREAD

–  SHORT-FUSED

–  NO RESERVATIONS

–  A WEAPON FROM THE PAST

– THE BEAST’S LAIR

 

GLOBAL CLASSIFICATION:

 HANGING BY A THREAD:
E.D.E.N.
 A LOW BLOW:
E.D.E.N.
 IN MEDIA RES:
E.D.E.N. 
 DOUBLE AGENT:
E.D.E.N. 
 THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS:
E.D.E.N. 
 IN SHOCK:
Is KP Farming
 A BREATH OF HOPE :
E.D.E.N. 
 A FISTFUL OF SAND:
Is KP Farming
 THE ENEMY WITHIN:
Pizza
 SHORT-FUSED :
Zen Masters
 NO RESERVATIONS:
Is KP Farming
 A WEAPON FROM THE PAST:
Zen Masters
 THE BEAST’S LAIR :
Raiders Justice
 THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE:
E.D.E.N.
 WHITE NOISE :
E.D.E.N.
 UPSIDE DOWN:
E.D.E.N.
 MIND OVER MATTER:
Zen Masters

 

Good luck Spacelords!

💀 SHAE CUSTODIA PRIME is AVAILABLE NOW!!💀

Shae is Custodia Prime, a group bounded by pain and blood to return the Rancidum Genus its old glory. Yet she currently has other plans in mind:

💀 DESTROY the HUMAN invaders first!! 💀

 

👇 Watch the trailer HERE! 👇

🔥 17th GUILD CLASH RESULTS!! 🔥

The GUILD CLASH has finished!

(Cortez Voice)* Let’s check out how you did!

 

HANGING BY A THREAD 

Spaceguild Score
E.D.E.N. 926
Zen Masters 666
Is KP Farming 541

A LOW BLOW

Spaceguild  Score
E.D.E.N. 583
Zen Masters 467
[sic] 416

IN MEDIA RES

Spaceguild  Score
E.D.E.N. 529
Is KP Farming 316
Zen Masters 305

DOUBLE AGENT

Spaceguild Score
E.D.E.N. 455
Zen Masters 320
Is KP Farming 276

THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS

Spaceguild Score
E.D.E.N. 610
Zen Masters 472
Is KP Farming 294

 

THIS WEEK, the competition will take place in the following MAPS:

– HANGING BY A THREAD

– IN SHOCK

–  A BREATH OF HOPE

–  A FISTFUL OF SAND

– THE ENEMY WITHIN

 

GLOBAL CLASSIFICATION:

 HANGING BY A THREAD:
E.D.E.N.
 A LOW BLOW:
E.D.E.N.
 IN MEDIA RES:
E.D.E.N. 
 DOUBLE AGENT:
E.D.E.N. 
 THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS:
E.D.E.N. 
 IN SHOCK:
E.D.E.N.
 A BREATH OF HOPE :
E.D.E.N.
 A FISTFUL OF SAND:
CONTRA KAI
 THE ENEMY WITHIN:
Pizza
 SHORT-FUSED :
Zen Masters
 NO RESERVATIONS:
Is KP Farming
 A WEAPON FROM THE PAST:
Zen Masters
 THE BEAST’S LAIR :
Raiders Justice
 THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE:
E.D.E.N.
 WHITE NOISE :
E.D.E.N.
 UPSIDE DOWN:
E.D.E.N.
 MIND OVER MATTER:
Zen Masters


Good luck Spacelords!

SAD VALENTINE’S EVENT IS ON NOW!

Couple massages, tandems, arguing till 4 AM

Who needs love when you have a matchmaking system?!

Welcome to SAD VALENTINES WEEKEND, 3 days in which you’ll be able to forge amazing weapons, almost free!

 

Make sure you stop by and pay us a visit!

16th GUILD CLASH RESULTS!!

The GUILD CLASH has finished!

(Cortez Voice)* Let’s check out how you did!

HANGING BY A THREAD 

Spaceguild Score
E.D.E.N. 693
Zen Masters 592
Raiders Justice 581

THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE

Spaceguild  Score
E.D.E.N. 284
Raiders Justice 252
Is KP Farming 236

WHITE NOISE

Spaceguild  Score
E.D.E.N. 386
Raiders Justice 258
Zen Masters 234

UPSIDE DOWN

Spaceguild Score
E.D.E.N. 415
Zen Masters 368
Raiders Justice 288

MIND OVER MATTER

Spaceguild Score
Zen Masters 314
Raiders Justice 263
E.D.E.N. 232

THIS WEEK, the competition will take place in the following MAPS:

– HANGING BY A THREAD

– A LOW BLOW

–  IN MEDIA RES

–  DOUBLE AGENT

– THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS

GLOBAL CLASSIFICATION:

 HANGING BY A THREAD:
E.D.E.N.
 A LOW BLOW:
Is KP Farming
 IN MEDIA RES:
E.D.E.N. 
 DOUBLE AGENT:
E.D.E.N. 
 THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS:
E.D.E.N. 
 IN SHOCK:
E.D.E.N.
 A BREATH OF HOPE :
E.D.E.N.
 A FISTFUL OF SAND:
CONTRA KAI
 THE ENEMY WITHIN:
Pizza
 SHORT-FUSED :
Zen Masters
 NO RESERVATIONS:
Is KP Farming
 A WEAPON FROM THE PAST:
Zen Masters
 THE BEAST’S LAIR :
Raiders Justice
 THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE:
E.D.E.N.
 WHITE NOISE :
E.D.E.N.
 UPSIDE DOWN:
E.D.E.N.
 MIND OVER MATTER:
Zen Masters

 

Good luck Spacelords!

📝MSE Story: Carlos Rodríguez! (Part 2)✍

Learn a bit more about Carlos Rodríguez, father of MSE’s engine, used in games such as Scrapland and Spacelords! 😊 Read Part one HERE

What’s the first game you ever played?

It has to be a Spectrum title. Maybe one of those little games that came with the console! I do remember games like “The Sentinel”, which caught my eye immediately for technical purposes. Guess it comes with the job! This one was a pseudo-tridimensional game whose main goal was to climb a terrain heavily guarded by sentinels. If you wanted to keep going up, you had to absorb those sentinels. And technically, for the time, it was ASTONISHING. They used to say there were 10.000 stages, and all I could think was: “That does not fit in a cassette”. The stages were generated procedurally, but you could always load that very same level with a key. Besides being pretty funny, it was really well done.

Has your vision on game development has changed over the years?

Everything is more accessible now. There are a lot of great tools and TONS of information online. Back in the day, programmers had “Basic”, and that was it. It was on you to learn by reading the manuals or buying specific books. If you wanted to make an algorithm you had to squish your brains to make it. Now, despite the fact you do your own programming, if you are willing to look for it, there are always ideas and approaches to it, which sometimes, can be the true key for game programming.

Both solving problems and getting results was pretty challenging, but now I believe the struggle has shifted.

If you wanted to create a 2D ship minigame, something pretty simple, you had to face the fact that you had to give it shape by yourself. No internet allowed, of course. Nowadays, it’s easier to solve an issue, but the important questions are “How complex?” “What are its features?”. Being able to shoot from a spaceship is no longer on the line. Everything is more complex, and it has tons of combinations, combos, weapons. The word might be “deeper”. The difficulty lies in diving in and diving deep, you know? As a developer, now you have to study a wider range of matters rather than learning few things on your very own.

Speaking of self-learning, how has that learning process reflected in Mercury’s Engine?

In every project, we have introduced innovations on the Engine, always in small doses. The problem we are facing nowadays is that it’s quite difficult to create something that’s not been already thought of. I believe the most common challenge now in development is being able to apply known technology, which is amazingly complicated. A few years ago, coming up with new ideas was not easy but possible meanwhile, the quantity of information we manage currently allows you to see features in other areas that you had never seen before in videogames. With Scrapland for example, we used two lightmaps, one with the direct lights and another with the bounce of the lighting to make the shadows work with the lightmass. The shadows showed you a lightmass or another. We had everything precalculated with global illumination and had shadows.

That’s what I meant. Before, you could see stuff like that in a game, and think “Oh! That’s a pretty good idea!”, which nowadays is quite rare. Everything tends to be an evolution of existing technology.

Another example would be breakables. You manage to see breakables, that have been refined a bit more than the ones you’ve seen before. They are tiny improvements that refine the system. I remember that a few years ago, we had a pretty cool demo that showed a procedural cristal breaking that our pal José González worked on. The rupture started from the point the bullet collided with it which was crazy. It’s not that impressive now, but they were things that none had ever seen in a game before. Nowadays, you work on an illumination system to create a certain effect that’s undoubtedly a pretty close match to a system someone has done somewhere!

There are some times that to make those improvements you have to dive into the GPU, search for new uses far beyond software. It gives you more freedom (you can draw in tris, boxes, or ellipsoids!), but at the same time, it creates dependencies of development. Once you go GPU, you never go back!


Lightmap with all the bounced light

 


Lightmap with bounced light + direct lighting. 

 

What’s the last game you played?

Hum. That’s a good one! I believe that the last time I completed a game was years ago, now I get stuck watching some technical details. I used to be a heavy graphic adventure and simulator player. No seriously, like pretty heavy! I’ve played all the adventures I could find, like Grim Fandango and Monkey Island.

But back to the question, I guess the last one I played and finished was Jedi Knight. Now I caught the bad habit of picking a game, playing a bit, and never look back! But now that I think of it, I do play often Factor 2. Perks of being on a League!

Do you think there are differences between old games and games now?

I guess I do value the simplicity of the games back in the day. My kids, for example, don’t like to play with new consoles. I restored several old computers for them so they could test them out. And they love it! They used the Spectrum for a while, but now they are switched to AMIGA500. And oh, man. They are really having fun with old games like “The Sentinel”, “Bomb Jack”, and “R-type”. The youngest one has his own AMIGA500 and I believe he’s now playing the original “Monkey Island” which was like 3 diskettes long. The oldest and the one in the middle have their own FPGA, which is a programmable chip that allows you to build a CPU. They are both playing with a core of AMIGA500 to “The eye of the Beholder” and “Maniac Mansion”. And of course, “Monkey Island”! I do believe all three are playing it at the time!

🏆 15th GUILD CLASH RESULTS!! 🏆

The GUILD CLASH has finished!

(Cortez Voice)* Let’s check out how you did!

 

HANGING BY A THREAD 

Spaceguild Score
E.D.E.N. 472
Raiders Justice 301
LegionDeLaNoche 294

 

SHORT-FUSED

Spaceguild  Score
Zen Masters 153
Is KP Farming 142
Honkie Tonkies 131

 

NO RESERVATIONS

Spaceguild  Score
Is KP Farming 152
Zen Masters 143
Raiders Justice 117

 

A WEAPON FROM THE PAST

Spaceguild Score
Zen Masters 411
CONTRA KAI 265
Barney Wiki 239

 

THE BEAST’S LAIR

Spaceguild Score
Raiders Justice 200
cykmp 179
Zen Masters 174

 

 

THIS WEEK, the competition will take place in the following MAPS:

– HANGING BY A THREAD

– THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE

– WHITE NOISE

–  UPSIDE DOWN

– MIND OVER MATTER

 

 

GLOBAL CLASSIFICATION:

 HANGING BY A THREAD:
E.D.E.N.
 A LOW BLOW:
Is KP Farming
 IN MEDIA RES:
E.D.E.N. 
 DOUBLE AGENT:
E.D.E.N. 
 THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS:
E.D.E.N. 
 IN SHOCK:
E.D.E.N.
 A BREATH OF HOPE :
E.D.E.N.
 A FISTFUL OF SAND:
CONTRA KAI
 THE ENEMY WITHIN:
Pizza
 SHORT-FUSED :
Zen Masters
 NO RESERVATIONS:
Is KP Farming
 A WEAPON FROM THE PAST:
Zen Masters
 THE BEAST’S LAIR :
Raiders Justice
 THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE:
On Target
 WHITE NOISE :
E.D.E.N.
 UPSIDE DOWN:
Barney Wiki 
 MIND OVER MATTER:
E.D.E.N.

 

Good luck Spacelords!

🙀 SPECIAL WEEKENDS 2.0 🙀

So people don’t tell anyone but here’s an image I managed to lay my hands on. Note that this is super-secret information. 

-Anonymushackerman33

 

“Hey, Raiders! 

As the Special Weekend worked pretty well, we’ve decided to create SPECIAL WEEKENDS 2.0, using the feedback you guys gave us!”

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming next!!  (HA, sneak, not anymore)

 

 

Thank you everybody for embracing the special weekends! 

We love you!” (And I love my dog, Motherboard) 

🐱‍👤 14th GUILD CLASH RESULTS!! 🐱‍👤

The GUILD CLASH has finished!

(Cortez Voice)* Let’s check out how you did!

 

HANGING BY A THREAD 

Spaceguild Score
E.D.E.N. 572
Is KP Farming 432
Pizza 406

IN SHOCK

Spaceguild  Score
E.D.E.N. 370
Is KP Farming 240
Pizza 177

A BREATH OF HOPE

Spaceguild  Score
E.D.E.N. 346
Zen Masters 269
Is KP Farming 241

A FISTFUL OF SAND

Spaceguild Score
CONTRA KAI 300
Zen Masters 275
E.D.E.N. 271

THE ENEMY WITHIN

Spaceguild Score
Pizza 200
Dragons Cave 137
Honkie Tonkies 134

 

 

THIS WEEK, the competition will take place in the following MAPS:

– HANGING BY A THREAD

– SHORT-FUSED

– NO RESERVATIONS

– A WEAPON FROM THE PAST

– THE BEAST’S LAIR

 

 

GLOBAL CLASSIFICATION:

 HANGING BY A THREAD:
E.D.E.N.
 A LOW BLOW:
Is KP Farming
 IN MEDIA RES:
E.D.E.N. 
 DOUBLE AGENT:
E.D.E.N. 
 THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS:
E.D.E.N. 
 IN SHOCK:
E.D.E.N.
 A BREATH OF HOPE :
E.D.E.N.
 A FISTFUL OF SAND:
CONTRA KAI
 THE ENEMY WITHIN:
Pizza
 SHORT-FUSED :
E.D.E.N.
 NO RESERVATIONS:
E.D.E.N.
 A WEAPON FROM THE PAST:
E.D.E.N.
 THE BEAST’S LAIR :
E.D.E.N.
 THE MOUSE AND THE SNAKE:
On Target
 WHITE NOISE :
E.D.E.N.
 UPSIDE DOWN:
Barney Wiki 
 MIND OVER MATTER:
E.D.E.N.

 

Good luck Spacelords!