- Llamasoft Founder Jeff Minter
confirmed that TxK is out today on PS Vita, with details on the title's history, development and PlayStation Vita gameplay below.
To quote: TxK is the latest in a particular genre of arcade-style shooters which can be described as "neo-retro".
These games are characterised by gameplay inspired by arcade games of old, but take advantage of modern hardware to provide graphics and audio that far surpass anything that was possible back in ancient times.
Often they take as inspiration some aspect of an older display style and, through modern graphics hardware and techniques, seek to create an experience that is evocative of its ancestry but far nicer-looking.
You've all seen games like "Geometry Wars
", where the enemies and player characters are made of glowing lines.
These line-based displays go back to an old, obsolete yet beautiful display technology that was used in the arcades, called "vector graphics".
Back then it was not possible to generate pixel-based displays that had a high resolution, and as a result images in games tended to look blocky, as if made out of bricks. "Vector graphics" was a different way of driving a graphics display, causing...