Free Loaders: Flipping the bird in Helping Hand

Humans are great communicators. We’ve developed not only spoken langauges, but reams and reams of written ones throughout history. Not to mention Braille and sign language. Truly, the human ability to express emotions, needs and desires is an unparalleled proof of our shared greatness as the planet’s most wonderful species.

Hey! Quit doing that rude gesture! Stop it! I mean it!

Sigh. Here’s some free games.
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Necrobarista is about hipsters, baristas, and death

I'm going to eat this picture for dinner.

You know how, sometimes, games look so good you just want to eat them? You want to print out all the screenshots in glorious, glossy photo paper, and just put them into your mouth? You know that feeling? Yeah, that’s how I feel about upcoming visual novel game Necrobarista [official site]. Read the rest of this entry »

What are we all playing this weekend?

I don’t know about your corner of the world, but mine is being brightened immensely by these lengthening days. Three minutes a day really adds up. That three minutes to cherish each day. The little things, yeah? Gosh howdy, get me with this folksy twinkle. Let’s talk video games: what are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re clicking on!
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Best Cities: Skylines mods

Cities: Skylines [official site] is one of those games that if given the chance will swallow you whole. Like any simulation game worth its salt, it’s comprised of so many moving parts that only by digging deep into its systems, mechanics and quirks can you hope to scratch its veneer and begin to understand what makes it tick. It’s a wonderful game once you do, but getting there can be a daunting task – even for the most tenacious of players.

User-made mods, of which there are now thousands, make this process a wee bit easier. It’s been the best part of two years since Alec shared his favourites (which are absolutely worth checking out), however the following list gathers the ones I’ve come to find essential in crafting my own homegrown cities and keeping my populace happy.

That last part might be a lie, but I swear that’s not my fault. (It totally is.)

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Wot I Think: Urban Empire

Urban Empire [official site] is a city-building strategy game about politics and people rather than residential zones and monuments. Placing you as successive members of a dynasty, each acting as the mayor of a city developing against the backdrop of the previous two centuries of European history, it’s about votes and influence as well as taxation and construction. But how does this more personal and political approach to urban management work? Well, it’s unlikely to win the popular vote. Read the rest of this entry »

Bloody 90s-styled shooter Strafe is coming out in March

The blocky, gore-filled FPS Strafe [official site] is sidestepping onto PC on March 28, channeling the rocket launchers and shotguns of 1996 and combining them with some roguelite shiz. You pick a main weapon out of three guns to start then pile-drive through randomised levels, leaving the blood of your enemies behind as a “guidance system” – a blood-soaked corridor that shows you where you’ve been. It’s solid stuff, says our Adam, who wrote that it was more than a simple parody of the olden days and that “it has enough tricks of its own to feel elegant and modern, despite its grungy graphics”.
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Steam expands controller support, adds game-moving

A belter of a Steam update launched last night, bringing better controller support and finally adding a way to move installed games around your hard drives. The controller changes let Xbox pads and generic X-Input controllers use the fancy Steam Controller configuration tools, playing with controllers in games which don’t officially support ’em and rebinding as you please. Hooray, lessy faffing in folders or finding tools. Read the rest of this entry »