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Philippa Warr

1 year ago

Feature: All that shimmers

State of the Art: How Isaac Cohen uses shimmering virtual cloth to explore emotions

Over the last few months I've had a slow back-and-forth with Isaac Cohen – a game creator whose work caught my eye at GDC because it's got this wonderful experimental attitude to spaces and play. He also has these gorgeous textures and iridescent effects I haven't seen elsewhere. I wrote about my own experience of specific games Cohen made like Blarp and Warka Flarka Flim…

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Feature: Plunkbants

Plunkbat: An Alice and Pip chat

After what feels like YEARS of making excuses, Pip is finally ready to try Playerunknown's Battlegrounds [official site] with Alice. She knows that there are "bants" and she knows that there's a "plane" but everything else is veiled in mystery. Alice, meanwhile, has consumed more chicken dinners than you've had... hot meals? Everything will be fine... Pip: ALICE! Alice: Pip, are you ready to drop…

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Feature: Weeeee are the warriors!

Pipwick Papers: Pip’s last Supporter Post

As a final supporter post for RPS before I depart, I found myself going back through the archive of stuff I've written for this site. At first I was seeking inspiration, going back through old posts in case there was something I wanted to follow up on. But then I started finding things I'd forgotten writing - the conversations with interesting people who make games,…

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Team Deathmatch comes to LawBreakers

Gravity-bothering FPS, LawBreakers [official site] has launched a "significant" patch, boosting player lifespans, dunking in a new map - Namsan - and bundling in a bunch of new features. There's also a new game mode in the form of Skirmish - Team Deathmatch. I'll get into a bit more detail on these bits after the jump but basically it's the start of the developers at…

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Terroir winemaking game exits early access cellar

Low-poly winemaking tycoon game, Terroir [official site], is out today. It caught my attention because it reminded me I'd always meant to try Viticulture - a worker-placement board game themed around cultivating a vineyard in Tuscany. Terroir seems to have a more modern setting, what with a plane and electric lighting appearing in the trailer but I have a fondness for hyper-specific management scenarios hence…

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Breeding ground: Niche offers turn-based genetic survival

Remember Niche [official site]? I told you about it a while back - it's a genetics-focused survival game where you forage and hunt and breed and explore little hex tile islands. The idea is to keep you little tribe of creatures alive and one of the keys to doing so is to try and breed particular desirable characteristics for how you want to play or…

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Cabin – a cool tiny project that will make your eyeballs ill

On an afternoon trawl of cool free projects I came across Cabin [Itch.io link]- a "fleeting experimental game about spending time in a cabin" in which you can "relax", "drink a beer", "stare at the moon" and "paint the sky". I'll admit that it was the latter which was of most interest as I can do the other three IRL once the sun sets.

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No Man’s Sky adds new default ship controls for PC

No Man's Sky [official site] patch 1.37 has added a new (but toggle-able so therefore optional) ship control scheme for mouse and keyboard. Hello Games say: "This option can be toggled, and changes ship controls to be cursor based, meaning you'll be able to direct your ship easily using your mouse". Pip says: "I just booted up the game and hopped in my ship, immediately…

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Clickuorice Allsorts: Cute Subnautica Lego pitches

A reader sent me some links to really well-done Subnautica Lego pitches on the Lego Ideas forum so I wanted to share them! Here's Survivors of the Degasi and Exploring the Safe Shallows. The Lego Ideas forum lets people pitch ideas for sets that they want Lego to convert into real products. You need 10,000 supporters for a set to qualify for review and these…

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Feature: The science of skillz

Statespace: the neuroscientists who want to improve your gaming skills

With the proliferation of esports and the potentially huge sums of money involved if you make it to the top tier in some games it's not surprising that there are so many third-parties carving out a niche by offering to help improve your performance. One which caught my eye recently was Statespace [official site] which is being set up by Wayne Mackey and Jay Fuller.…

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Rogue Islands review

Roguelikes and roguelikelikes are not my thing. I get bored, I get frustrated, I absolutely hate the idea of starting all over again when I've finally had a good run and it goes sour, I hate Spelunky's bats, I hate FTL's fights and I would happily push Don't Starve's bees into a volcano. However, after making a video of the game last week, I have…

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Battleborn: No more content after Fall Update

Gearbox's FPS/hobby-grade coop campaign/genre blended, multi-mode competitive e-sports/meta-growth, choice + epic Battleborn heroes game, Battleborn [official site], is being put out to pasture. By that I mean that the shooter has no more planned content on the horizon and creative director, Randy Varnell, is moving to another project but the servers are staying up for the time being.

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Rogue Islands video: Playing an early island

I popped into Rogue Islands [official site] to take a look around the fantasy action-FPS thinking "this isn't my thing at all but the monsters look really cute". It's nearly four hours later and I had forgotten I had started this news story at all, so that felt like a nice surprise! I've made a video of the super early stage so you can get…

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Hollow Knight will welcome (???) the Grimm Troupe as free DLC this Hallowe’en

Hot on the heels of the Hidden Dreams free DLC, the Hollow Knight [official site] devs have announced the second in their trio of free-of-charge content packs for the gorgeous, insecty Metroidvania. This one is called The Grimm Troupe and will hit PC at Hallowe'entide, so the end of October. There's a super cute movie poster-type promo image which I'll pop after the jump along…

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Rust introduces sitting down and frozen lakes

Rust [official site] now has the ability to let players sit in chairs. I feel like, despite my own lack of Rust experience, sitting in chairs is not a core part of the Rust survival game experience. I was kind of hoping that the game was taking an unexpected detour into the ancient sport of trying out furniture while a sales assistant hovers nearby but…

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Subnautica introduces cute companion Cuddle Fish

Hello! It's your unofficial underwater correspondent, Pip! I'm here to discuss the latest dance music fish trailer and update info for Subnautica [official site]. There's a thing called a Cuddle Fish and you can feed it snacks! Also, do you have any idea how many notification systems I have for news about this game? And if any of them fail I have also apparently trained…

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Feature: Winging it

Fugl: A flappy first play of the early access bird ’em up

I've been keeping an eye on Fugl [official site] for a while now - it's a beautiful swoopy bird game/experience set in a voxel world. The emphasis is on relaxation and the feeling of flying, but there's also exploration and a metamorphosis mechanic where you fly or land near things to take on their appearance. It's just moved to early access while the team continue…

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