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S.EXE: Merritt Kopas On Porn, Pain, And Power

S.EXE: Merritt Kopas On Porn, Pain, And Power

21:00, 23 May 2014

This week’s S.EXE entry is an interview with a person who speaks and writes regularly about sex in games and who has made games about relationships along the way. I first became aware of the multimedia artist & game designer Merritt Kopas through her shrewd skewering of games on the website Nightmare Mode, for which […]

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The fallen price of indie games

The fallen price of indie games

21:00, 09 Feb 2017

“It was obvious hours into launch that I’d messed up.” In 2010, Terry Cavanagh released the platformer VVVVVV with a launch price of $15 but soon received complaints about it being priced too high. Kieron Gillen wrote in the RPS review of VVVVVV, “While I think it is worth the money, fifteen dollars does strike […]

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Ladykiller In A Bind dev reworks controversial scene

Ladykiller In A Bind dev reworks controversial scene

15:42, 26 Jan 2017

Ladykiller in a Bind [official site] is an erotic visual novel in which you’re trying to win votes from former classmates on a transatlantic cruise while impersonating your twin brother. There’s a fair amount of sex and the tale doesn’t shy away from exploring elements of queerness, roleplaying and various kinks as well as having […]

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The Offworld Collection Funded, Celebrates Games

The Offworld Collection Funded, Celebrates Games

17:45, 09 Feb 2016

Who pays for games journalism? Sometimes, you do: The Offworld Collection, which bundles a year of features from Offworld.com together into a book, has been funded on Kickstarter. The project needed $30,000 to go ahead and is currently sitting at $36,846 with 24 days to go. Better yet, all of the stretch goals listed currently […]

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Exploration And Reflection In Minkomora

Exploration And Reflection In Minkomora

10:00, 14 Apr 2015

I may read readme files but I don’t read video game manuals. What kind of a rube do you take me for? However, I made an exception for Minkomora [official site] and I urge you to as well. It’s a gentle free game about exploring a hand-drawn world filled with varied places and characters doing […]

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S.EXE: Gone Home

S.EXE: Gone Home

21:00, 26 Sep 2014

Quentin Tarantino has a monologue about Top Gun in the little-known Hollywood metamovie Sleep With Me. In it, Tarantino discusses in his typical teenage terminology how Top Gun, as well as being a romantic Cold War macho-off, is a film about the main character coming to terms with his own homosexuality. Tarantino names this subtextual […]

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S.EXE: Groin Gravitators

S.EXE: Groin Gravitators

21:00, 04 Jul 2014

My circumstances have changed yet again as I make my way around the world on a silly adventure with game developers. I find myself writing this week’s S.EXE in the muggy heart of the most boisterous American city, New York. It is currently pissing it down, and yet, as my friend Rob Dubbin remarks, it […]

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