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Barkley 2's guns are alive, and other interesting facts

Barkley 2

In Barkley 2, the sequel to Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden (opens in new tab), guns have families. That and other extremely interesting facts about Barkley 2 are contained in the interview above with producer Liam Raum.

If you're not familiar, Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaidan is a JRPG-style freeware game starring pro basketball player Charles Barkley, who becomes hunted after performing the deadly 'Chaos Dunk.' Nearly eight years later, the Kickstarted sequel (opens in new tab) is just as absurd, if more cautious about legalities.

I'm especially interested in wandering an action RPG world that doesn't care about me. "As time progresses, certain characters are looking for help," says Raum, "and other times they can't be fucked with you." The idea is that we'll all have different experiences as the world ticks along regardless of our priorities.

Barkley 2 is scheduled to release in 2023—a spoof of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's lack of a release date—but I suspect Tale of Games' will have it out before eight more years are up.

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.