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Priceless Play - 7 December 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year

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Priceless Play - 30th November 2019

Games to play when feeling low

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22 hours ago

Feature: Go west

Priceless Play – 14 December 2019

As I am writing this right now, I still exist in that dreamlike anticipation prior to the UK general election. I don't know yet what the results will bring, but I sure am tense about it. And so, it has been helpful to delve into an eensy bit of escapism. Video games do an alright job with taking one's mind off things, and today I…

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1 week ago

Feature: It's the most wonderful time of the year

Priceless Play – 7 December 2019

Year after year, there are many hallmarks which signal the nearing holidays (aside from the shortening daylight hours and the date on the calendar). Snowy romantic comedies on TV. Office cookie swaps. Mulled wine, Christmas markets, my friends' annual Hannukah donut party, and an increasing sense of obligation to return to my parents' house to see family. There aren't many games I'd be quick to…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Games to play when feeling low

Priceless Play – 30th November 2019

I have been feeling a bit low lately. It's likely a combination of the season (where did the sun go?), drop in temperature (yes it's 11°C in Los Angeles, and my home is built to get hot air out of it!), and another year coming to an end. 2019 really didn't have too much to offer me and I am psyched to see it go.…

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Feature: Our grim task comes to an end

Motherlode: a pocket full of gravestones in Simento Mori part 3

When half the town was gone, an interloper appeared in an empty house. His name was Whitely and I still don't know where he came from -- he just arrived. Perhaps he saw an advert in the local paper for a house sitting vacant: "Previous tenant spontaneously combusted. Ready for immediate move-in. No questions asked." He needed to be dealt with. This is the final…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: 20 free games you can play right now

Priceless Play – 23 November 2019

I am floored by the sheer number of indie games available at the moment. If you look, there's a game about nearly everything under the sun -- multipalyer kissing, packing up an old apartment, baseball lesbians, haunted empty MMO servers, Bitsy poems about the sea, and alien art exhibitions. If you have only ten seconds to spare, five minutes, or two hours, there's a free…

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1 month ago

Feature: Feeling weird about/with games

Priceless Play – 9 November 2019

I've been thinking a lot about "weird games" lately. When folks call things weird it seems to be a shortcut for saying, "this is different from what I usually experience, and was, therefore, unexpected." Sometimes it is dismissive, sometimes it is contentious, sometimes 'weird' is worn as a badge of honour. In a past life, I considered myself an art historian (this is because I…

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Feature: Games about food to bring us together

Priceless Play – 2 November 2019

I love food. To me, food isn't just something I have to consume periodically throughout the day in order to survive -- it's a crucial part of my understanding of the world. I'm a food-oriented tourist (burrata in Florence! smoked fish in Copenhagen!) and a food-oriented friend (come over for dinner! let's go out for brunch!). Because of my penchant for produce and fervor for…

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2 months ago

Feature: Scare away with Priceless Play

Priceless Play – 26 October 2019

I know that Southern California is straight out of a horror movie because right now, this sliver of The Golden State is on fire. It's not the first time, and it probably won't be the last. I've seen ash rain from the sky, I've seen the sky turn ruddy browns in the middle of the day, and sometimes I think the very air is squeezing…

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Feature: Things are getting scarier around here.

Priceless Play – 19 October 2019

Hey Priceless Pals: welcome back to this corner's celebration of all things spooky, scary, and Halloween. Last week was a kind introduction to the reason for the season: spooky stories to play in the dark. Well, we're still riding that spooky rather than scary vein, but I've got to say: these games are scarier than last week's. I am a fan of the creeping, gnawing…

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Feature: Spooky - not scary.

Priceless Play – 12 October 2019

These days I love horror. However, I haven't always been a fan of all things spooky, scary, and skeleton-related. There was a brief period of time (I call this time "childhood") where even catching so much as a glimpse of a horror film would give me nightmares. Then my older brother brought home the game Fatal Frame. As the neighbourhood kids and I watched him…

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Feature: Free games of the week, short and sweet.

Priceless Play – 5 October 2019

Hello? Is this thing on? It's good to be back! I took a handful of weeks off to write exams (thank you all for your well-wishes!), and now I am returned to the RPS feeding tube of content. I'm poised and ready with my itch.io firehose, looking forward to blasting y'all week after week with those sweet, sweet video games. In my weeks off, my…

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3 months ago

Feature: The sequel to death, it's Simento Mori 2

Motherlode: combustion and singing in Simento Mori part 2

While playing through this second instalment of Simento Mori, an exploration into the limits and meaning of death in The Sims, I nearly swallowed a fly. I had casually taken a sip of my drink, only to feel the sensation of some foreign object (decidedly solid) making contact with the inside of my teeth. I had to extract its carcass from my mouth with my…

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4 months ago

Feature: Free games of the week to tide you over

Priceless Play – 31 August 2019

Greetings, all! It's the end of August, and so, these dog days are over. The temperatures might remain warm well into September, but do not be fooled: autumn is on its way. It has been one year since I started writing Priceless Play, carrying the baton for Free Games of the Week. I love it! Bringing you weird writing on weird games week after week…

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Feature: Simento Mori: Remember, You Will Sim

Motherlode: playing The Sims to death in Simento Mori

Six months ago, The Sims inspired an existential crisis. I say this with no particular gravitas, but to say it: The Sims is an undeniably powerful force. You can read about that existential crisis here, but suffice it to say that I have both a deep admiration for, and significant vendetta against, Maxis property The Sims. Perhaps sensing this rage/respect combo for The Sims, I’ve…

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Feature: Games of mourning and melancholia

Priceless Play – 24 August 2019

Whenever I go a week without writing a Priceless Play, my head goes a little fuzzy. It has become a part of my weekly routine and when I take a week off here and there to tend to other writing commitments, I feel a little lost. When I load itch.io back up again, my fingers feel a little clumsy, as if I have lost the…

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Feature: The tiniest slice of the Game Maker's Toolkit Jam 2019

Priceless Play — 10 August

The Game Maker's Toolkit Jam is, according to itch.io, the largest jam on its website. Wow! That sounds... overwhelming. The 48-hour jam is focused on "design, mechanics, and clever ideas" and ran from the 2nd of August to the 4th. There are nearly 3,000 entries and there's no way anyone is going to be able to accurately cover all of them in a sustainable timeframe.…

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Feature: Like birds of a feather, we game together

Priceless Play – 3 August 2019

When I moved to California two (!!) years ago, the flat block I lived in was overrun by crows. Just utterly crawling with cawing corvids. Initially, this was unnerving and unwelcome -- Los Angeles is meant to be populated with palm trees, smoothie bowls, and Instagram filters. I don't remember seeing shiny black feathers, beady eyes, and cacophonous murders in the brochure. Over time, however,…

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5 months ago

Feature: Are you feeling lucky?

Priceless Play – 27 July 2019

I was inspired by my serendipitous game-playing from last week. Did you know that itch.io has a randomizer button? It brings back memories of when I first discovered the "I'm feeling lucky," button on Google's homepage. It used to take you directly to the first result of any Google search, but nowadays it takes you to different random search pages related to different lucky-adjacent emotions.…

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Feature: Fortune favours the bold

Priceless Play – 20 July 2019

Luck, happenstance, pleasant coincidence and serendipity. Good fortune feels decidedly rare in 2019, what with a burning planet and all. There are days when I wake up on the right side of the bed, and my entire to-do list gets checked off -- and then some. Why does this happen on some days and not others? Who can say. Here is a collection of games…

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Feature: The NES carts of tomorrow, today

Priceless Play – 13 July 2019

The Famicase game jam, or A Game By Its Cover, has officially begun and will be accepting submissions for the month of July. This annual jam draws inspiration from the My Famicase Exhibition and usually shakes out to be one of my favourite jams of the year (it's co-run by my friend Dominic Johann, but what's that got to do with it!) Games run on…

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