The Infocom Cabinet: Explore Text Adventure History

If you enjoy digging through video game history, documents, and artefacts, you’ll want to have a poke around the archives of Steve Meretzky. Back in the ’80s he worked at Infocom, the interactive fiction specialists behind dozens of classics and curious including Zork, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Leather Goddesses of Phobos. Meretzky sure collected an awful lot of stuff over the years. A few years back, he let the chap behind the GET LAMP documentary rummage and scan things, and now Jason Scott has uploaded literally thousands of pages of design notebooks, letters, sales data, photos, and more as The Infocom Cabinet. That’s not even it all.

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Fallout 4: A Farewell To Power-Arms

Continuing a perma-death Fallout 4 diary, in which I begin with absolutely nothing other than a plan to to voyage around only the outermost periphery of the world.

I awaken on a filthy mattress in the back of a rusting lorry. Staggering to my feet, I recoil in terror from a looming shape.
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Thea: The Awakening Is A 4X Roguelike And Out Now

In spare minutes during the last day or so I’ve been trying to get my head around Thea: The Awakening [official site]. It’s a “turn-based strategic survival game.” It feels at times like a crossover between Civilization and my beloved NEO Scavenger, in that it’s a 4X but one in which you only ever have a single village and in which individual villagers have real value. But then its combat plays out as a card game designed by a programmer who worked on The Witcher 3’s Gwent, and your exploration of its world is marked by choose-your-own tales of Slavic mythology.

It is interesting. It seems quite good. And it left Early Access last Friday.

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The Witcher 3 Half-Price In GOG’s Thanksgiving-y Sale

One nice thing about digital sales is that no one ends up injured, arrested, or killed. If you want The Witcher 3 half-price, hey, don’t sweat it: GOG’s Thanksgiving-y sale lives entirely inside computers, so all shall be well as long as you don’t accidentally sit on your laptop. I’m not sure why it’s named the ‘Only On’ sale when TW3 is the fanciest bargain there and is definitely not, you know, only on GOG, but hey! Also on sale: old Star Trek, Dungeons & Dragons, and Warhammer games.

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Have You Played… Project IGI?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I’ll be honest: I haven’t. But I played the demo so many times over that I feel equipped to reminisce about Project IGI: I’m Going In.

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Rainbow Six Siege’s Final Beta Begins Today For Some

If you were previously given access to one of the Rainbow Six Siege [official site] closed betas, you can now preload the game’s final beta and start playing later today. If you’ve not previously had access, then no matter: the beta will explode open its doors to everyone tomorrow and run for all through till Sunday.

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Grand Theft Auto Online Plays Thanksgiving Handegg

29! 42! 38! 87! 69! Hut! Hut! Hike! And that’s how the Pilgrims came in 1492 to the land we now know as the United States of A. One genocidal colonisation later, Thanksgiving in November is now a happy time for families to come together to eat pumpkins carved into the shape of turkeys, bicker, argue, threaten to call the police for real this year, and shout “29! 42! 38! 87! 69! Hut! Hut! Hike!” while shoving each other, just as the Pilgrims did all those years ago. This I have learned from watching American sitcoms.

This year, you can even hop into Grand Theft Auto Online [official site] to do pushing in a new American Foosbalt-inspired mode. Numbers not included.

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Unravel: Nine Minutes Of Grappling With Yarn

I had seen Unravel‘s E3 reveal but not its Gamescom video, which means that the nine new minutes of footage below was the first time I realised the yarn-starring platformer was more than simply cute. It was the first time I realised it was also a smart, physics platformer about grappling hooks.

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Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 3 Out Today

Crumbs, Telltale Games aren’t half barrelling through their block-oriented episodic adventure Minecraft: Story Mode [official site]. While their recently-concluded Borderlands and Game of Thrones series would go two, three, even four months between episodes, Minecraft’s dropped three episodes within six weeks. Hark at you, Minecrafters, aren’t you so flipping special! Episode 3: The Last Place You Look is out later today, and this here collection of moving pictures (it’s even a talkie!) show a little of what’s to come:

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Broforce Unleashes Double Christopher Lambert

Only now that Broforce [official site] has left Steam Early Access are we actually getting some real action heroes! The first post-launch update has arrived with a Christopher Lambert double-header, adding new Bros based on Connor MacLeod, The Highlander, and Raiden out Mortal Kombat to run and jump and megamurder. Now we’re talking! The ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’ update also added new challenge missions designed around each Bro’s abilities, and handy new items like performance-boosting drugs and alien pheremones.

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