Posts Tagged ‘radiator’

Star-Quashed Lovers: Radiator

By Adam Smith on July 9th, 2013.

Look to the skies. It’s a trailer for the new Polaris, a reworked and extended version of the first of the Radiator experiments. It’s a stargazing, although I imagine some people will consider the eyes to be firmly placed on the navel or shoes. New additions in this version include “completely re-done graphics, interactions, voice acting, narrative, a bit of full-frontal male nudity, and neck-strain-tastic Oculus Rift VR support”. The video contains a rear-end but we’ll have to wait for the full version for the full-frontal. It’s due in August and, for those who haven’t played it before, I’d say it’s the game that has best captured the beauty, stress and banality of being on a date.

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Mods And Ends: Radiator And THAT

By Adam Smith on September 16th, 2011.

Kitchen sink drama

Something old for you today, which you may well have seen before, but I think it’s worth reminding people of. It’s Radiator. I’ve included something new for good measure, but nothing blue because this isn’t a wedding, it’s a little article about mods. Sorry if that’s disappointing. You’re going to be even more disappointed if you don’t like pretentious artsy mods. I’m talking the kind that have trailers with sombre piano music playing and try to evoke a sense of loss while definitely never having guns anywhere in them at all. Imagine you’ve walked into a small cinema in Paris. Instead of popcorn and nachos, the butler (for there is a butler) provides you with a glass of port and invites you to take a seat. He places a keyboard on your lap and a mouse in your hand.

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At the Mounting Anticipation Of Madness…

By Kieron Gillen on February 23rd, 2010.

This would be a bad time to tell you about my hay-fever, yes?

Hurrah! More of the critically acclaimed (by us) Radiator in the near future. Robert Yang sends news of its third part to debut in either March or April. One of the two, unless it doesn’t. What’s it about? Well, it’s called Much Madness and Robert describes it as: “You’re trying to escape a sinking submarine after stabbing your husband in the back repeatedly — to make matters worse, Emily Dickinson’s ghost keeps reciting those blasted poems of hers… Maybe drowning to death isn’t so bad?”. Bloody Emily Dickinson, that’s what I say. The trailer follows, but you can download the previous episodes over at Radiator’s site
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Handle With Care: Gamer Homophobia

By Kieron Gillen on October 6th, 2009.


We’ve covered art mod series Radiator before, both first part Polaris and the second Handle With Care. Because we are all about the art-wank. Or wanking generally, in my case. However, some people are less into splendid art-ejaculate, and Robert Yang writes about their responses over in this week’s Escapist. Of course, their problem isn’t pretension or even iffy Half-life-two-level design. It’s because you were “tricked” into playing a gay protagonist…

You might have, as some players did, invented a female persona for your player character and assumed it was the same young “lady” dating Dylan from my previous mod, “Polaris.” And then you would find out, whether from seeing the name “James” so often or from reading forum posts – that I had managed to “trick” you into playing as a homosexual male.
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Shrink Rapt – Radiator #2

By Alec Meer on July 17th, 2009.

Art-mod Radiator returns, and its (entirely standalone from the first part, worry not – but you do need HL2 Ep 2) second instalment is a dramatically different affair to the maudlin stargazing of the first episode, Polaris. It’s no less introspective, but if you’re the kind of chap who’s turned off by even a hint of navelgazing, consider this: it has explosions.
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Star Trick: Radiator Episode 1

By Alec Meer on June 11th, 2009.

2009 is looking very much like being the year that mods grew up. A little while back, Dear Esther nudged real emotion out of gamers’ stony hearts, and now experimental, one-room Half-Life 2 mod Radiator successfully creates a sad, beautiful sense of moment and place through minimalistic events and controls. Oh, and it also teaches basic astronomy to boot.
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