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4 days ago

Gamer Network is hiring for a new tabletop site

RPS used to have a boardgame column and we still regularly get people asking if they can write about tabletop games for us. There will soon be a better location for that kind of work, however. Gamer Network - the corporate overlords of RPS, Eurogamer, GamesIndustry.biz, and more - are launching a tabletop website and YouTube channel. They're now hiring for all sorts of roles…

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4 weeks ago

We’ve increased our freelance rates, so come write for us

As John carefully detailed before his departure, RPS was founded by four freelance writers who were frustrated by the falling rates they were being paid. Though those founders are gone, almost all those of us left behind (abandoned, dirty, grieving) were freelance ourselves at one point or another and have dealt with the same frustrations. So here's a thing: we're increasing our freelance rates. If…

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Feature: A thing you should definitely do

How to pitch an article to Rock Paper Shotgun

Hello! We regularly receive pitches from freelance writers. Many of these pitches are excellent, many of them are bad, and many more forget to include the article idea and just yell at us at length for stopping them from ad blocking on the site. If you're interested in pitching an article of your very own to us, read on, as we're about to explain how…

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1 month ago

Thank you and farewell, John Walker

I have a lot of conversations with a lot of people about what RPS is, and after years of trying to sum up this dumb website, I've settled on using the same answer each time. I say: ask ten people to describe what RPS does, and you'll get ten different answers. One will say we're that website which writes silly, in-jokey nonsense about PC games.…

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2 months ago

3 months ago

THQ Nordic held a Q&A with 8chan, a website de-listed from Google for hosting suspected child porn

"We're doing an 8chan AMA and we have no idea why," announced THQ Nordic on their Twitter account earlier this evening. If you're not aware, 8chan is an imageboard website which has been de-listed from Google search results for hosting "suspected child abuse content," and which is associated with Swatting and Gamergate. THQ Nordic's marketing director has since apologised and claimed ignorance, but both are…

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6 months ago

Feature: So many great games this year

The RPS Omnibus: A roundup of our features and reviews

The past week saw the start of the RPS Advent Calendar, our yearly celebration of the best PC games of the year. You can find those and more linked below, among a roundup of our week's features and reviews. Oh, and if you'd like a newsletter version of something similar to this, then we've now got two of those for you. There's a daily which…

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Feature: Toot-toot

The RPS Omnibus: The ’90s came with thieves and hackers

One of the things we hear most often from readers is that we're too handsome, too clever, too lovely. Putting this quantity of quality into the world makes it hard to keep up with us. So as an experiment, I'm revising an old RPS format: the Omnibus. Here, we'll roundup the prior week's offerings - like a Sunday Papers but only for our own articles,…

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The RPS Advent Calendar guessing game is underway for 2018

Every year in December, the RPS team pick the 24 best games from the previous year. We then reveal those games across the month, one a day, and call it the RPS Advent Calendar. Also every year in December, the Advent Calendar Guessing Game is organised by the fabulous members of the RPS forums, in which readers of RPS trawl through our reviews, features, Twitter…

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7 months ago

8 months ago

Hello ad block users: we’ll probably be saying goodbye soon

Over the the past year, we've been showing a message to those of you who use an ad blocker. This message basically says, "Hey, could you not?". It then offers a few options: whitelist RPS in your ad blocker, become an RPS supporter to get access to an official ad-free version of the site, or ignore the message and continue reading the site anyway. We…

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The winner of the EGX Jam is… Fingerolympics!

Last month, we partnered with our brothers, sisters, uncles and grannies at EGX to host a game jam. The EGX/RPS Jam invited entries on the theme '11', in honour of EGX being in its 11th year. We got umpteen excellent entries that you can read about and play here, but from that group we've picked one winner that will be playable on a stand at…

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9 months ago

Feature: A pinball-platforming palate cleanser

Yoku’s Island Express review

There's an easy grace available to you in Yoku's Island Express. Steer the main character onto any of the pinball flippers embedded in the floors and walls and you can punt him into the air as predictably as a jump in any other platformer. Use those paddles to aim Yoku into one of the other pinball-inspired mechanisms, however, and the game takes hold, shooping Yoku…

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10 months ago

Faeria is now free to members of the RPS Supporter Program

We've just added another game to the RPS Supporter Program. If you're already a supporter (or if you sign up now), you'll get access to a key for Faeria, the collectible card game that Brendan's review says is "more interesting" than vanilla Hearthstone and "many times more thoughtful than Duelyst." Read on for more details.

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Welcome to the new Rock Paper Shotgun

Hello! Why yes, something has changed - thank you for noticing. We're so excited to finally show you our new-look website. RPS's design hasn't changed much over the past five years, and in the five years before that it never received much more than an occasional nip and tuck. The result was a website design that we loved like an old friend, but which didn't…

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11 months ago

Gamer Network is looking for backend web developers

Since its inception Rock Paper Shotgun has run on Wordpress, a blogging platform built upon the very best web technologies available in 2003. That could soon change with your help. Gamer Network - the corporate overlords that own us, Eurogamer, VG247 and more - are looking for backend web developers to help unify the sites onto a single new platform. If that sounds interesting to…

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ArenaNet throw two Guild Wars 2 writers to the wolves

ArenaNet have fired two Guild Wars 2 writers for tweets they made this past week. In doing so, they've thrown their lot in with players and harassers who make unreasonable demands of game developers. Good work, ArenaNet. Let's start at the beginning. On July 3rd, Jessica Price wrote an interesting Twitter thread about the challenges of writing compelling player characters in MMORPGs. In response to…

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