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4 days ago

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Hope; Or How We Survived is less about zombies and more about friendship

I love shooting zombies in the face in Left 4 Dead, and I love uncovering the histories of characters through stories like Gone Home. I’m also a big fan of seeing different versions of the end of the world. As such, while Hope; Or How We Survived doesn't look like either Left4Dead or Gone Home, it still felt like it'd be a bit of a…

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Have you played… ZombsRoyale.io?

You'll possibly have guessed from the general leaning of the guides I write that I rather enjoy playing Battle Royales. PUBG, Fortnite, Apex Legends, CSGO: Danger Zone... But if you've played any of them for any stretch of time, you'll inevitably have encountered what I consider to be the biggest problem with the genre as a whole: third-partying. There's no feeling so hollow as having…

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5 days ago

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Last Day Of Spring and seeing trans lives through cis eyes

Last Day Of Spring by npckc is a short visual novel set in contemporary Japan. It tells the story of a cisgender woman, Erika, and her attempts at organizing a birthday for her trans woman friend, Haru, whom she had met during the events of npckc’s previous game, One Night, Hot Springs (npckc recently announced a third game in the series will be out at…

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If you like Star Wars you should play the 22 year old Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2

Star Wars is, for me, first and foremost a video game franchise. I know there are films, I’ve seen some of them (seven of the eleven by my count), but I’m far more likely to tell you that A New Hope took place between the events of Jedi: Fallen Order and Dark Forces II than the other way around. When I see that title fade…

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Can’t Stop Playing – Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Let's not pretend that Star Wars isn't good. Answer me this: if Star Wars isn't good, how come they got away with having BB-8 branded oranges?? Less reliably good are the official Star Wars video games. Despite throwing out some absolute bangers in the LucasArts days, or stone cold classics like Knights Of The Old Republic giving us big Force energy, the more recent quality…

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Wildermyth is a simple, beautiful, brilliant RPG. Play it, you cowards.

As I write this I am on my week off, so I don't have to be professional. Blarg bloog bleeg. You see? Not even real words. I can say what I want. They knew what would happen when they hired me. This is on them. Or, I might just openly berate you for not playing Wildermyth, a tactical RPG with turn based combat. It launched…

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Have You Played… Tabletop Simulator?

The first thing you need to know about Tabletop Simulator is that it isn't goofy physics nonsense, in the vein of goat or bread. It's an earnest attempt to let you play board games over the internet, recreating each component rather than translating games into a digital interface. The second thing you need to know is that, for the most part, it works.

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6 days ago

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Stay comfy: games you can play with a hot mug in one hand

Winter brings out a part of me that immediately seeks a mountain of blankets in which to burrow. Even in my seasonally confused state of Texas, the weather has tended towards the chilly and left me with little excuse not to have a kettle boiling interminably as I layer on socks and pull the biggest comforter from the top of the closet. But this presents…

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Screenshot Saturday Sundays: horrific cards, rolling kittens, and some strings attached

Screenshot Saturday Sunday: a day to beat the drum for indie developers bravely sharing their projects with an often cold and uncaring internet on Twitter. You gotta respect such bravery. This week I’ve brought you round cats, MS Paint horror cards, and quietly crying mecha. Let’s get to it!

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for finally going to the climbing place you and your housemate keep saying you'll check out. Probably. Here's the best writing about video games from the past week. Holly Gramazio has been writing a series on how to play games, and I'm ashamed I only just noticed. The fourth installment is about how to play with people who are better than you, namely…

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1 week ago

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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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The 10 best visual novels on PC

On a rainy night, some people enjoy getting comfy, grabbing their beverage of choice, and curling up with a good book. Some others like doing the same exact thing, but with a game. I say, “why not both?” Visual novels are the perfect genre of game to curl up with. Here’s our collection for the ten best visual novels.

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Disco Elysium offers a dark mirror to my mid-life crisis

In the yard below, a corpse hangs from a pine tree. It is my failure and my shame for all to see, rotting in plain sight. Martainaise, the broken-down home of Disco Elysium’s broken-down police story, is an excoriating light shone not just upon its broken-down policeman, but also upon me, and my failure to be the person I thought I was. It is my…

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The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Alphabetised wargame and sim news. Every four weeks or so I hang up a streamer of industrial strength fly paper in The Flare Path dunny and see what wargame and simulation news stories adhere to it. Below is this month's bag - 25 bite-size stories involving virtual vehicles and surrogate slaughter. If you wince when someone calls a locomotive a train, and…

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17 reasons to be thankful in games

Gather round, descendants of unwelcome occupiers. It is time to celebrate turkeys again. Now, I don’t have any comically large birds to slaughter, but I do recognise the emotional benefit of reflection, which is what this questionable holiday is all about. Being thankful. There are many small things we videosgamers take for granted, the stuff you don’t even think about. But tiny “quality of life”…

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The first Path Of Exile convention turned its developers into monsters – and asked fans to kill them

Two weeks ago Auckland, New Zealand was the home of ExileCon, the first of possibly many conventions celebrating the increasingly popular action RPG Path Of Exile. While the mood was obviously buoyed by a trio of well-received announcements (a mobile spinoff, a pair of expansions, and Path Of Exile 2), what I found on the other side of the planet was a community and studio…

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