Have You Played… Anatomy?

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

Anatomy [official site] is one of the most memorable horror games I’ve ever played. It took me days before I could shake off the unease it gently placed on my soul. So much horror is about manipulating our fears, but Anatomy is the rare kind of game that exploits our comforts — chiefly the feeling of being safe at home.

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Orwell Looks Like The Fun Parts From Watch Dogs

When I first laid eyes on Orwell [official site], all I could think of was Mr. Robot’s Elliot Alderman, or how cool I felt when I social engineered people in the Mr. Robot mobile game. I had a flashback to the first time I ever played Watch Dogs and was promptly disappointed because all I really enjoyed doing was “hacking” the people around me and getting into their private lives. So yeah, I’d say I’m pretty excited about this game. The first episode is now out for free, and the rest will follow (paid) weekly. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for recovering from a long week away and gearing up for a fresh run at a new week ahead. Let’s begin the day with some reading, shall we?

At Alphr, Thomas McMullan writes about the difficulties of turning modern warfare into a videogame, as it relates to representing the complexities of those conflicts, their factions and political issues.

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Emily Is Away Too Is Another Jab At That ’00s AOL Kid in You

Emily Is Away was a huge callback for me. It instantly took me back to the days where I would languish on AOL Instant Messenger and wait for my role-playing buddies to sign on so I could pretend I was talking to Dragon Ball Z’s Vegeta. So, despite my issues with the wishy-washy dialogue in some instances, I’m glad to see its getting a sequel in the form of Emily Is Away Too [official site]. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s When The Skyrim Special Edition Unlocks

Get ready for another 100 hour save file, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition [official site] is coming to Steam on October 28. Skyrim Special Edition will include all the RPG’s DLC and feature remastered art effects, dynamic depth of field, and other graphical improvements, but all you probably care about is getting back into that sweet, sweet Dovahkiin action. As we overlooked these details before, hey, now’s a good time to bring up the unlock times and system requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

Small Radios Big Televisions Looks Pretty Bizarre

The trailer for Small Radios Big Televisions [official site] uses a voice filter that reminds me slightly of the Max Headroom hack that happened during a broadcast of Doctor Who. It also kind of annoys me that there’s no comma between “radios” and “big” in the title, but that’s another story. In any case, I think this might be a game for me. The wait won’t be long, as it’s now received a release date of November 8th. Read the rest of this entry »

Space MMO Dual Universe Hits Kickstarter Goal

Novaquark’s Dual Universe [official site] this week ended its Kickstarter campaign having passed its goal of €500k, so now it’s time for the company to put up or shut up. The sandbox space MMO is touting some pretty lofty goals, so hopefully they’ll deliver… after asking for more money, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »