Dragon Age: The Ferelden Scrolls #4 – Ride A Red Hart

By Alec Meer on November 26th, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

Continuing my Dragon Age: Inquisition diary. Earlier chapters here, and once again there are mild spoilers of a sort.

I’ve spent most of my time so far rambling (and in the game, etc). Off to find a campsite over there; off to close a rift on top of these cliffs here; off to recruit a Grey Warden who’s hiding out in some fishing huts; off to do menial work for some dude who thinks it’s more efficient to send the lady who’s busy SAVING THE BLOODY WORLD twenty feet outside his village to collect some sheep meat for him than to do it himself.
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ASA Warns YouTubers To Disclose Promotions

By Graham Smith on November 26th, 2014 at 12:00 pm.

I use YouTube exclusively for watching the Shake It Off video, which is clearly a paid promotion for its own sick beats.

The Advertising Standards Authority has warned that YouTubers need to make clear when the videos they create are paid-for promotions. The comments were made by the ASA, Britian’s agency for regulating advertising standards authoritatively, after a BBC journalist brought YouTube videos to their attention where the relationship between presenter and product was unclear. Given recent hullabaloos over disclosure in videogame YouTuber land, this is worth knowing about.

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Freeware Garden: The Voyage of the Resplendent

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Words, lovely words!

Starting off in the Imperial Constabulary Headquarters of Emera City, Regalia, Haster it is almost immediately evident that The Voyage of the Resplendent takes places in an expertly crafted sci-fi universe. One filled with vast empires, cities protected by diamond domes and Empresses that care for a peaceful and above all stable reign.

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Going Underground: Rek’Sai Burrows Into LoL

By Philippa Warr on November 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Obligatory arm stretched towards the screen pose

With the cellophane wrapping barely peeled back from Kalista’s shiny new spectral spears, Riot have announced their next new League of Legends champion; Rek’Sai, The Void Burrower.

“Why would you want to borrow anything from The Void?” you might think. “Does it have a library now or something?” That is because you’re not paying attention. I said BURROWER not borrower.

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Over To You! Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Expansion Plans

By Alice O'Connor on November 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Things, effects.

You probably could fill a notebook with all the ideas you’ve had for improving video games over the years, and I rather wish you had. I’m curious, is all. But if you’ve had an idea for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Edmund McMillen wants to hear it. He and the Nicalis gang are starting to stretch, think about having a wee, fetching a glass of water, and vaguely preparing to return to work on an expansion for the splendid roguelikelike shmup. And they want to include items designed by fans.

The expansion will also bring a mysterious new mode that McMillen says “will almost double the amount of things you can do”. Oh, what a tease!

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Doyathinkysaurus? The Hunter: Primal

By Alice O'Connor on November 26th, 2014 at 8:00 am.

You Brad Raptor?

Didja see that Jurassic World trailer? Cor! All those dinosaurs, running around and causing trouble like that. I don’t know what they expected to happen, not after last time.

With dinomania on the rise, The Hunter developers Expansive Worlds have announced a reptilian spin-off of their hunting sim. It looks like it’ll end the same way as every other attempt to use dinosaurs for jollies. Folk will track and hunt dinosaurs across an alien world, which somehow is a dinopremise we don’t see much; dinogames tend to do cartoony things like battles or dinoriding.

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Cardboard Children – Five Tribes

By Robert Florence on November 25th, 2014 at 9:00 pm.

Hello youse.

Days of Wonder always make beautiful-looking board games. From Ticket to Ride to Small World to the out-of-print classic Colosseum, they’re all beautiful and all quite light. Great games to play with your family. Entry level. Lovely.

Well, now Days of Wonder are getting a little bit heavier, with the gorgeous Five Tribes: The Djinns of Nagala.

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Die With Pals: Take On Mars Adds Multiplayer & Survival

By Alice O'Connor on November 25th, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

Go on, take your hat off. I dare you.

What’s the point of going to Mars if we can’t asphyxiate beneath beige skies? Where’s the triumph if we’re all invincible? If I am not allowed to burst my own head by removing my helmet, I don’t even want to go to Mars. You might as well send a robot instead.

Arma makers Bohemia understand the need for peril, and for people to share that peril with. With the latest Take On Mars update, they’ve added “survival” bits and multiplayer to their Martian roving simulator. Is space-scurvy a thing? I guess we’ll find out.

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Wot I Think: Tales From The Borderlands Ep One

By Adam Smith on November 25th, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Tales From The Borderlands Episode One is the funniest adventure game Telltale have released in years. Given that The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us are the most recent offerings that might not seem like such a big deal. Throw in Back to the Future alongside those two and the average number of decent jokes actually goes down.

But Borderlands would stand out as a winner in any company and you don’t need to know, or be amused by, Gearbox’ games to enjoy it.

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‘Where Is My Hammer: Destroy Everything!’ Is Its Name

By Alice O'Connor on November 25th, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

Smashy smashy.

You know that bit in Red Faction: Guerrilla where you hit things with a hammer and they explode? It’s great, that bit. Where Is My Hammer: Destroy Everything! is, you might have already guessed, about bashing things to pieces with a hammer. Walls? Smash ‘em. Your car? Wreck it. Your art collection? Well, you hardly seemed to be using it. If you appreciate wanton destruction, take a few minutes out, put your feet up, and smash some things in this free game.

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Wot I Think: Far Cry 4

By Graham Smith on November 25th, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

You can crouch on vehicles and not be slid off by physics glitches! 10/10, 100%.

Far Cry 4 is a funhouse mirror. I love pointing it in in different directions and seeing the way its design reflects the videogames around it. Angle it one way and the first thing you’ll see in its reflection the only slightly distorted visage of its predecessor, as Far Cry 3’s every idea turns formula: there’s an exotic setting; an extravagant and verbose villain; crafting by way of animal hunting; a mixture of linear campaign and dynamic missions. This sequel could be considered a lavishly made standalone expansion pack and, if you enjoyed the previous game as I did, its slavish devotion to existing structures is no bad thing.

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Undead Lemmings: Zombie Night Terror

By Alice O'Connor on November 25th, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

Zomb-o.

The problem was never zombies. It was games unimaginative enough that they just threw zombies in. It was games with a skeleton of an idea, papered over with the sun-dried skin of the dead. Poor old zombies, having long-since bitten off their own tongues, couldn’t make a case against ho-hum game design. Bless ‘em. But there’s hope for them yet. Here, look at Zombie Night Terror, a game that’s aiming to be the Lemmings of flesh-eating. Its bendy pixel zombies are animated so charmingly, gosh, you’ll be glad to see the undead again.

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Riot Teams Up With MIT To Investigate.. Uh.. Teams

By Philippa Warr on November 25th, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

Look, I'm not used to drawing things when they have clothes on

Riot are teaming up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of their research into player behaviour and teamwork. This time they’re looking to explore “the ability of a team to perform a wide range of collaborative tasks” and want your help.

Posting on the League of Legends forums, Jeffrey Lin (lead designer of social systems) explained a little more about what will be involved in the online study and to seek out participants.

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