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1 day ago

Minecraft’s honey can be used to build flying machines

Minecraft's long overdue recognition of bees just became a bit more significant to the practical minded player. With the new 19w41A snapshot patch, the honey they produce can be agglomerated into usable blocks, whose unusual properties have been a boon for in-game builders, engineers, and even athletes. The internet had already recognised the importance of bees, but with the possibilities honey blocks offer, Minecraft players…

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4 days ago

Feature: Does not commute

Unknown Pleasures: The Incredible Sulk

They're sending me to EGX next week. Playing games is one thing, but talking to people? Talking? With my mouth? The whole point of games is to stay indoors, damn it. I know how it'll go, they'll all be there playing proper games that normal people have heard of, and here's me going "eh um, have you played Bees vs Cops II? It sold almost…

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5 days ago

6 days ago

Someone stole Gabe Newell’s minigun

An enterprising thief allegedly burgled Valve's Bellevue office last June, making off with a prop (I assume) minigun and an estimated $40,000 (£32k) worth of games and equipment. The intruder shoved the goods into a wheelie bin and lugged to his car across the street. There will be no jokes about this grave matter.

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1 week ago

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is out today

Trine, the tritagonistic puzzley platformer, had a bit of a rough time in its last outing, as a bold foray into the z dimension was costly enough to cut the game shorter than fans expected. Happily that's not the end of the series, as Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince comes out this very day, returning the bouncy adventure trio to their 2.5D roots.

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Feature: A necessary absence of proportion

Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones is about coping with terrible reality

"Lovecraftian" is a word that I wouldn't exactly called abused, but it's both easily recognised and a little open to interpretation. Stygian's intepretation of Lovecraftian horror is almost meta. I'd call the core of Lovecraft a confrontation of reality. It's not that the truth is gory or big or even scary. It's that it just doesn't fit into the human mind without shattering it. It's…

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Rain Of Reflections: Chapter 1 is talky, stealthy, and out now

Rain Of Reflections: Chapter 1 slipped past me on Friday, so I'm glad I had a bit of time to try it out today after Matt's mention of it last year. It's a talky light adventure game with hacking and turn-based stealth bits, and based on my brief time with it, does a great job of shearing off the worst habits of each of those…

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2 weeks ago

Kill every Nazi in Warsaw now

The Warsaw Uprising isn't the easiest of settings for a game. The obvious thing is to wargame it - make it a detached military sim that doesn't risk being too heavy or stressful. Warsaw is going for something a bit more close range, though. It's a turn-based tactical shooter that's as much RPG as strategy game, about managing morale and resources as well as getting…

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Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG could be the modern Fallout we need

The shadow of Fallout and Fallouter still looms over RPGs despite a decade of Bethesda's mega-blockbuster 3D sequels. Similarly, Stalker continues to inspire a remake or mod or attempted successor every other month, and it's at the conference of these two phenomena that you'll find Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG, which entered early access last week. I've played it for much longer than I was…

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Watch the 1999 San Antonio Spurs dorking about in StarCraft

Have you ever heard a football or basketball or (snort) baseball fan talking in depth about their passion? The numbers they can memorise alone puts some EVE veterans to shame. Some of them probably take it even more seriously than some of the players. Meanwhile, what's a star ballchucker to do in their downtime, with the press circling and anything dangerous or unhealthy off limits?…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: Five of the best games with the smallest names

Unknown Pleasures: The only game in the office

The office is eerily empty tonight, as RPS has vanquished another foe, and been locked out in turn by my guerrilla forces. I am alone in the building. There is only me, Candide the rainbow llama, and the endless invisible stream of code I must consume to sustain my terrible power. It is time, my friends, for Unknown Pleasures, our regular delivery of the best…

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Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones is a creepy Cthulhu RPG

Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones is an RPG set in Arkham, the big Cthulhu mythos town, after it's been zapped into another dimension of unending horror and madness from which none can hope to escape. A bit like living in England, then. Although the whole Cthulhu business isn't a particularly uncommon inspiration for games these days, this one is definitely going for something a…

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King Of Dragon Pass successor Six Ages will arrive on PC in October

The cows have been sacrificed. The rituals have concluded. The RPS god-talkers return from their tent and declare that Six Ages: Ride Like The Wind, will finally be released on PC on October 17th. Six Ages is of course the spiritual successor to the legendary King Of Dragon Pass, the 1999 strategy-RPG hybrid about leading an iron age village to prosperity in a dangerous land…

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Wattam coming to the Epic Games Store in December

Bright and bouncy befriend 'em up Wattam is expected to hit the Epic Games Store in December, according to a tweet by its publisher, Annapurna Interactive. There's no word on whether Epic plan to hit it back. I won't lie. I've been paying this no attention whatsoever, but even just a few moments of the below trailer was enough to convince me I should. It…

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Epic Games Store paid £8.43 million for Control exclusive

Epic Games Store exclusives are everyone's favourite subject that nobody dreads writing about at all. Fortunately, some specific numbers have recently emerged to hopefully replace the speculation. Remedy Entertainment's Control was subject to an exclusivity deal, as we reported back in March. Epic apparently valued Control at a chunky $10.45 million (roughly £8.43 million, or almost twenty train tickets), according to recent financial report released…

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4 weeks ago

Adventures With Anxiety is free and good

Adventures With Anxiety is a free work of interactive fiction by Nicky Case. It's about Sergeant Jack Magnum, elite leader of the deadly facepunch squad. Or it's about anxiety, whatever. You play as the anxiety. It's a little red dog that clings to its human like a raincoat, but detaches when it detects danger it must warn them about. It'll take about half an hour…

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