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What Are We All Playing This Weekend?

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The weekend is here, let’s give it a cheer, in the hall of Horace we’re ready to start caring for you. By which I mean we’ll tell you which video games we’re playing this weekend. Then would you do us the courtesy of telling you what you’re clicking on?

Adam: Like Alec, I’m planning to finish Inside, which I’m enjoying well enough having put in just over an hour last night. It’s a game that I enjoy looking at, so far, and there haven’t been many NOW YOU’RE DEAD moments. It feels like a collage of scenes, most of which are recognisable from elsewhere (including the dev’s previous game Limbo), but they’re entertaining enough in isolation that I’m not too fussed by the lack of anything really startling or spectacular yet. Mostly, I just want to see the ending because I’ve seen such varied reactions to it, from John’s “good grief it’s utterly dreadful” to lyrical expressions of pure ecstasy. Whatever happens, I’m hoping it’ll move me to some kind of outburst.
Alec: I am planning to play the rest of Inside, with the pure and simple intention of discovering how wrong John Walker is about it. Unfortunately going on what I’ve played so far it rather seems that he is at least partially right about it, but never let facts stand in the way of a good argy-bargy.
Alice: With the Devil Daggers leaderboards starting over after the latest update, I am trying to clamber back up all over again. It’s been too long and I am far too bad at it – I’m a minute-and-a-half short of my previous best. Shocking scenes. It’s enough to make me dig out the swish gaming mouse I gave up in favour of an ergonomic doodad. Wrists be damned, I must kill those satans. God, it’s still one of the most beautiful games. It leaves my heart racing every time.
Graham: I’ve installed a lot of games this past week, and I think my choice boils down to either Vanilla Bagel: The Roguelike, which Adam brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago, or Duskers, which has been on my to-play list since a friend started raving about it a year or two ago.
John: This weekend I’m going to be playing a bunch of mysterious games of mystery. And no, I’m not being prickishly evasive, I mean games like The Black Watchmen (on Steam) and Extra Solar in browser, because my disappointment at The Temporal Invasion not reliving the magic of In Memoriam has made me want to play other games in the genre that I missed at the time.

If anyone has any suggestions for other fiction/real world blurring investigative games (not ARGs though), please do mention them in the comments.

Philippa: [Pip is on holiday and, as such, has been granted immunity from the RPS tracking satellites.]

But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?

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