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The Essential Guide to Flash Games: Conspiracy?

We've been very lucky in receiving a copy of "The Essential Guide to Flash Games" to review. Whilst preparing the review we've uncovered something quite startling, almost sinister, which we need to share.

Chapter 11, "Creating an Optimized Post-Retro Game" features a game called "Blaster Mines", here's what it looks like,

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Notice the liberal use of that strange looking symbol. This is where it gets weird, we checked out a random sample of games, just plucked them out of the air, and found the following.

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From top left to bottom right, Adventurous Eric, Gone to the Dogs, Dream Racer 2, Billiard Blitz 3 - Nine Ball, Ionic, Quartet, Space Chaos, Ununicum, Star Fish, K-Million, Rowowor and Traffic Madness:Desktop Edition.

What does this all mean ? We believe that the 8BitRocket boys, authors of the "The Essential Guide to Flash Games", secretly run the entire Flash game scene, that their reach goes everywhere.

Want further proof ?

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What kind of sick twisted mind would include us as a reference to "Other Great Web Resources" ? Clear proof they're just toying with us.

Somehow, Jeff & Steve have managed to put together a six hundred plus page definitive guide to Flash game development, a truly essential guide to modern game development in Flash which covers everything from blitting to using Mochi services, and yet at the same time have managed to take over the web.

Just by exposing this I'm in fear. If I should be discovered dead in a cupboard with a belt around my neck and my pants around my ankles, more than likely coated in semen and maybe wearing make up, you know they've got to me. That could be the only explanation.

The only way to stop this spreading further is to buy their book. Buy their book.

Squize.

Comments (7) -

  • Squize

    7/6/2010 2:13:57 PM |

    I think it's more akin to,
    http://accidentalpenis.com/

    :)

    It's like Hitchcock used to appear in all his films, just a bunch of devs seeing how many games they can get that symbol into.

  • Matthew

    7/6/2010 9:20:56 PM |

    Glad I bought it on release day and side-stepped the David Carridine ending in the wardrobe

  • Squize

    7/6/2010 10:21:44 PM |

    Yeah, he didn't have Kung Fu on his mind that night. Apparently his family are suing the production company [ Of the film he was working on ]. Long story short, because they failed to pick him up for a planned meal that night it was their fault as he was left to his own devices.
    There is something badly wrong where someone can't be trusted not to kill themselves wanking if left alone for one night in a hotel.

    Anyway back to the point, I've still not had a chance to read the book properly yet, this is just a pre-review. I find it really hard to read about code after writing it all day. So I figured a pimp just for the sake of it won't do any harm for the boys until either I or Olli get chance to review it properly.
    It does look really good, we were hoping to reskin one of the games, a kinda "This is what you can produce with very little work" but again it's just trying to find the time. Maybe one day soon.

  • Steve Fulton

    7/15/2010 5:54:29 AM |

    Hey, you missed the the other two references in the book to these things! I expect a youtube.com conspiracy video from someone soon.

    thanks for this, really cool and really nice of you.

  • Squize

    7/15/2010 8:55:24 AM |

    No worries mate, glad you like it.

    As to the other references in the book, there's at least another 10 games with the symbol in too, so I'll leave that update to someone else to do :)

  • 8bitjeff

    7/15/2010 3:26:21 PM |

    Shit! How did you figure us out?

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