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What are we all playing this weekend?

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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!

Adam: I’ll be taking a look at the Early Access release of Card Quest, which is, somewhat unsurprisingly, a fantasy RPG using cards for combat. It appears to be all combat. I had a quick go last night and stabbed some zombies and hulking horrors. It seems pleasant.
Alec: I will be playing XCOM 2: The Long War, which I honestly hadn’t expected to have suddenly arrived. I found XCOM 2 itself nothing like as tricky as I’d expected, presumably because I played XCOM 1 too many damn times, so I’m looking forwards to getting roundly humiliated this time. I for one welcome our new Chryssalid overlords.
Alice: I’ve busted my right wrist up with all this here tappy-typing so I’m not sure what I can play this weekend. Mousing is out but maybe I can manage Isaac if I’m delicate. Obviously I’m still playing Isaac even if I can’t. I’m also slowly watching Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, a charming Japanese comede-o-rama series about the people passing through a late-night diner. If I don’t take my time, I’ll be back to whichever megatrash horror movies Netflix ‘recommends’ because I can’t help myself. Oh! I’ve just read Brendan’s bit ↓ and yes, finishing Virginia might work nicely.
Brendan: I’m chomping my way through the IGF nominees like a voracious crocodile. I’m halfway through Virginia and very much liking its silent detective vibe, its Blendo jumpcuts, and all the tiny clues of body language between background characters. I also like the dream sequences, which are bizarre but always rooted in reality or communicate the main character’s innermost hunches. I’ve heard it gets a bit supernatural, and if so I might just ignore that. Because right now it’s strong, psychological detective fiction.
Graham: I’ve become hooked on Pictopix, the Picross-style game John reviewed so positively a week or so ago. It’s everything he said it was in his review, in terms of the slickness of its interface and quality of its boards, but I admit I still find myself wishing I was playing it on DS. That way I could lie on my back under a duvet on a couch while playing.
John: This weekend I shall be mainly lying down, whimpering, wincing each time I swallow against the hellmouth that has opened up on the back of my throat, and worrying that this is how I’ll feel for the rest of my life because that’s something I do every time I’m ill because I’m a lunatic.

Games? I imagine it depends on how well sitting up goes, but I really want to take a look at the disturbingly titled Love Engine, and also play a bit of Mainlining.

Philippa: This weekend I’ve decided I want a fancy cocktail. Just the one is fine. The only rule is that it has to be fun and frivolous. I have a cocktail bar in mind and I’m going to go in with zero suggestions in mind. I just want to look at what other people are having and read ingredients I then need to Google and imagine flavours and settle on something stupid in the moment. I also really want a glacé cherry to be involved but in the interests of not imposing a weird restriction on this expedition I might go and buy glacé cherries right now. Cocktail bars don’t frisk you to find out if you’re packing cherries, right? Oh, and I’ll probably play some games at some point.

But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?

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