The gorgeous, empty dystopia of Anno 2205

Beginning with its first release, Anno 1602: Creation of a New World (1997), the Anno series has distinguished itself from a crowded field of strategy games by making economic competition, rather than military action, the focus of its simulation. Though Anno looked to the past for the first decade of its existence, the series turned towards the near-future with the excellent Anno: 2070 (2011), which tread new “historical” ground in familiar, materialist footwear. Anno 2205, the latest release in Ubisoft’s dependable series, picks up where 2070 left off; humanity is on the verge of interplanetary colonization and a rush for…


Eve: Valkyrie gets Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck; ‘Take My Money’ memes abound

When it was announced a few hours ago that Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica was to voice a leading role in CCP’s VR Eve Online spinoff, the reaction around the virtual Kill Screen office was a celebration of Fry memes. (OK, one Fry meme.) On the show, Starbuck was a fiery pilot played by actress Katee Sackhoff, with a mountain of wiki-history I’m honestly not all that interested in reading. More important is what she will be doing in-game, which is lending her voice to a character named Ran, being the voice inside your head. It’s uncertain whether she will be the…