Posts Tagged ‘RPS asks’

RPS Asks: What Do You Think Of The Steam Controller And The Steam Link?

The first Steam Controllers and Steam Links are being delivered to those who pre-ordered. I received mine on Friday and spent a few moments this weekend playing with them. We’re not yet ready to offer reviews of either, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a nice chat about it. Do you have a Link or a Controller? If so, what do you think?

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RPS Asks: Why Are We Sad About Pre-Ordering?


Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about… pre-ordering video games. If you were overcome by sadness, don’t worry: that’s common.

Sadness is the primary emotion expressed on social media about pre-ordering games, according to one of Adobe’s marketing data arms. Their report is all very wishy-washy, but it can still start an interesting conversation: why do pre-orders make people sad, and why do we still do it?

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RPS Asks: Which Bits Of Games Would Gross You Out To Work On?

There’s an interesting piece over on Gamasutra about the effect that working on gross or violent aspects of gaming has had on three different artists and animators. “Gross and violent” in this case means watching colonoscopy videos for corridor design, animating arms being ripped off, and needing to research how bodies drop during a hanging.

I’m writing about it here, partly to flag it up because it’s an interesting read (the divide between animation and art is one I hadn’t thought about before) but I also want to ask this:

Which bits of level design or art research from games would give you the heebie jeebies?

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RPS Asks: What Are Your Hopes For E3 2015?

E3 2015 is a little under two weeks away which means that RPS is, between emailing, weeping and panic-vomiting, excitedly daydreaming about the games we care about: the XCOM 2s, the Fallout maybe-4s, the Deus Ex: Mankind Divideds. What might E3 bring of those games and what surprises might the show deliver? Could a new Hitman game be properly announced? Could Mirror’s Edge 2 live up to my hopes at all?

If you are similarly staring out your office window, thinking about not-work, then tell us: what are you hoping for from this year’s E3?

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RPS Asks: What Would You Do With Call Of Duty?

Yes, it still needs to have guns.

Activision have started vaguely muttering about this year’s Call of Duty, which is the first from Cod Blops folks Treyarch on the series’ new three-year development cycle. We knew that was happening, and all Activision had to say in an earnings conference call yesterday is that it’ll be “loaded with innovation”. Right-o. The FPS is now a decade into annual sequels and quite set on that path, so I wonder: what would you do with Call of Duty?

You can reboot, resurrect, reinvent, fragment, and spin-off all you like, but let’s assume you won’t get the green light from Activision without releasing a core FPS. Past, present, future, revolutions, invasions, operations, robots, dinosaurs, spacemen – go. Dream. Me, I’m thinking episodic.

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RPS Asks: Which Games Demand Too Much Time?


I have some pretty big games in my life. They’re mostly MOBAs but I’m still trying to make my way through one huge RPG, keep up with Destiny and I made the mistake of picking up Endless Legend just before Christmas. Add in a full-time job and the vaguest semblance of a social life and suddenly any new games which last more than, say, 30 minutes become part of an organisational nightmare.

Having read the RPS comments sections for while now I suspect I’m not alone in this. Open-world survival games, lane pushers, strategy games, sprawling RPGs often seem to be in competition with university, work, personal projects (or maybe just with other games we love) for our time and energy.

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RPS Asks: What Did You Play Over The Holiday?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s writers are stumbling about, eyes blinded by the light. What is it that we do here again? What does that button over there do? What’s a Twitter? Perhaps you feel similarly. Perhaps you’re still finding roast potato crumbs in your pockets and the memories of unfettered gaming in your brain.

Share those memories of gaming during the holiday in the comments below.

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RPS Asks: About Over-A-Tiny-Shoulder Gaming

For three weeks I’ve played only two games. I’ve re-played (for I think the sixth time) the wonderful Flow Free on Android (sometimes I consider converting RPS to an Android site, just so I can wax on about why this game is so exceptional, and why it’s distinct from all the other copycat games of the same type), and obsessively looping all three of the Hexcells games on my PC while watching Once Upon A Time on the other monitor. Between me and all this has been a new tiny human, my first kid, born three weeks ago. Hexcells and the morbid fairytale adventures of Storybrooke have predominantly been played between 1am and 6am, while a squirmy boy agrees to sleep only because I’ve one arm hooked ’round him. I’ve finished all three Hexcells games twice in the last week (and 24 episodes of OUAT), and it leaves me wondering, what games have RPS mums and dads played in these mad times?

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RPS Asks: Why And How Often Do You Finish Games?

'The game ended an hour ago, I just haven't had the heart to tell him.'

On a recent episode (mp3) of Start The Week, a BBC Radio 4 discussion programme, poet and publisher Michae Schmidt says: “It would be nice if we didn’t read books to finish them, but if we read books to enjoy them and be in them. There’s such a joy in reading. A lot of books now are constructed so that you– they aspire to the condition of film now, and not to the condition of music any longer.”

While convalescing in front of my computer at the weekend, I found (without remembering how) this Tumblr in which someone logs every game they finish. A noble idea, but I consider how many games I could put on a list of my own. This year… maybe two?

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RPS Asks: What Games Have You Had To Uninstall?

'Steam says he's played this game for 600 hours.'

Last week I uninstalled Football Manager 2014.

It wasn’t for the first time. The problem with Sports Interactive’s foot-to-ball games are well documented, but 2014 is the first in the series in over ten years to get its cleats into me. It got to the point that I wasn’t being productive in other projects anymore. It got to the point that I wasn’t playing other games anymore. It got to the point where I wasn’t even really having fun playing Football Manager; I was bored, but playing habitually because there was never a natural point to call it done.

So it’s gone, for now. And I’ve been wondering: What games have you had to uninstall from your computer to stop yourself from playing them? What are your problem games?

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