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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for settling into a new life, one not surrounded by packed boxes. Now we live in a house surrounded by unpacked boxes! Who wants to build the world's biggest cardboard fort? Who wants to first read some of the past week's finest games writing? One year after release (and before the launch of Friday's update), Oli Welsh at Eurogamer revisited No Man's Sky…

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Have You Played… Attack On Titan: Wings Of Freedom?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Attack On Titan: Wings of Freedom [official site] is a solid 7/10 kind of game, but its concepts and combat are unusual enough that I find myself thinking about it a lot more than other, better games. In short: Attack on Titan is Spider-Man vs. Godzilla…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for thinking that maybe you could set up a Twitter bot to write these introductions. Would that be a markov chain? I don't know. Let's round up the week's writing about videogames while we think about it. A good selection this week. Amr Al-Aaser writes about cyberpunk, its rise in popularity as an aesthetic, and why games which fail to acknowledge the ideas…

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Have You Played… Clustertruck?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Clustertruck [official site] is a first-person platformer about leaping across the tops of a pack of moving trucks, like the most ridiculously overblown movie action sequence. But it didn't live up to its premise, for me.

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Have You Played… Ridge Racer Unbounded?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. A take on Ridge Racer by the developers of FlatOut, Ridge Racer Unbounded ditched blue skies and smooth racing line for muddy browns and a driving system that rewarded you for destroying things.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds interview: New modes, modding plans, and his meteoric rise

Since release in March, battle-royale-'em-up PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds [official site] has sold 4 million copies, and at the time of writing it's the third most played game on Steam in terms of concurrent users. That's not bad given that its creator, Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene, has never made a game before, only got involved in modding a few years ago, and doesn't really consider himself a gamer.…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for... I don't know. We can do anything, can't we? The world is our lobster, as the saying goes. Let's start with what we do know, and round up the week's writing about games. International treasure Robert Yang wrote this past week about the indiepocalypse, and his points are worth thinking about as always. I have friends who making a living from their…

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Have You Played… Black & White?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I was vibrating with excitement by the time god game Black & White came out, having read umpteen development diaries about its physics, its AI, its morality system, its gesture controls... So many ideas! So much potential.

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for trying to make a videogame. I'll be honest, that's what they're always for, I just don't mention it. But they're also for rounding up some games writing from across the week. At Gamasutra, Bill Borman did some statistical analysis to try to discover 'hidden gems' within Steam. It is, by his own admission, not a perfect method, but it does turn up…

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Steam Charts: Doing my duty

John has been writing these charts for just a few weeks and already he's had to book a week off in order to recover. I am made of more sterling stuff, and while he's gone it falls to me to share the details of which games sold the best last week on Steam.

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for enjoying Father's Day with a long lie, and relaxing even more after the prior day's modest birthday celebrations. 32, eh? This seems a decent age to read some decent games writing: Christian Donlan at Eurogamer writes about Sony's E3 press conference, finding little that truly excites among its polished, melancholic worlds of violence. I felt this way about E3 as a whole,…

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The Last Night gets new trailer and the creator apologises for old tweets

The Last Night [official site] was revealed at Microsoft's conference yesterday. It looked great, but that first trailer was focused on showing how the game's world looked more than how it played. Now there's a second "gameplay" trailer of sorts which... Mostly focuses on how the world looks, rather than how it plays. It is longer however, and it does give a better sense of…

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