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6 days ago

Feature: The house always wins

The Joy of unravelling the deception in The House in Fata Morgana

Visual novels arguably have less to impress gamers than other genres. With no real ‘gameplay’ to speak of, visual novels need to rely heavily on narrative prowess to make a lasting impression. Originally released in Japan in 2012, but only getting an English localization in 2016, The House in Fata Morgana is pegged as a horror visual novel. As the player explores the desolate mansion…

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7 days ago

Feature: Listen now, or we'll call the mammoths

Podcast: The bugs that make us laugh

 Hello, we’ve just released an update for the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. There were quite a few bugs and gltches in it before. But we’ve cleaned up the code and fixed several issues. Mammoths no longer fall from the sky during the intro music, for example. And we’ve sorted out the rat issue. We are still working on the duplicate Alices, however.…

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1 week ago

Feature: It wasn't all karaoke and killing

Games set in the 1980s don’t need to be painted in neon

I’ve never been myself, but if games have taught me anything about the 80s, it’s that they were wild. Big hair, big clothes, big music – it was all there. If you were to use Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a sole reference for the period, you’d assume that everyone was constantly walking around to the beat of their own pulsing, synth-infused soundtrack. When…

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Feature: A somewhat partisan issue

“For the what?”: Why Battle for Azeroth’s call to arms isn’t working for Horde players

The lore of the Warcraft universe is singularly focused on the divide between the Horde and the Alliance - or, if you’re older than a lot of its audience, orcs and humans. For many years, Blizzard has formed a sine-wave storyline that oscillates between the lows of factional, even nationalist warfare, and the highs of joining forces to face larger threats. No title, however, has…

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Feature: "I'm in"

How Exapunks represents hacking without limits

It’s pretty obvious that the excellent Exapunks is a game about hacking. Specifically, it’s a game about programming viruses and sending them into networked systems to monkey around with data, set in a great alternative 90s Wired cyberworld of PC cases flashed with black and red decals and zines set in Apple Garamond. For its makers, though, Exapunks is a game about limitations. Its format…

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Feature: All work and some play

The Suicide of Rachel Foster asks “What if Firewatch, but also The Shining?”

Midway through totemic 80s skin-crawler The Shining there's a scene where Jack Nicholson's disheveled caretaker, scouring the Overlook Hotel for the antidote to writer's block, stumbles on a scale model of the hedge maze his wife and son are exploring outside. He glares down at it (Nicholson's eyebrows really deserve an Oscar apiece) and the film cuts to a slow zoom from above, showing us…

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Feature: Monkey see, monkey do

I played every game about monkeys on Itch.io

I could detail the circumstances that led me here, to this place, at this moment in time, but it is a tangled web we weave, and the machinations of fate are as unknowable to us as the span of a gorilla’s back to the tiny flea, or something. Did you know there are 49 games about monkeys on Itch.io? I have decided to play them…

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Feature: They mostly only take a couple of minutes to play, you know

EGX Jam: Come play all 24 entries – or at least watch the GIFs

Recently, Rock Paper Shotgun teamed up with EGX, the UK's biggest gaming event, and held a game jam. This game jam came with the theme of ‘Eleven’ to inspire developers, in reference to it being the 11th EGX. A winner will be selected from the submitted games to be showcased at EGX in Birmingham later this month, and that'll be announced soon, but in the…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Read more

The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for reading stuff you apparently don't have the energy to during the week. I've got Ursula Le Guin in one hand, and the best recent writing about video games in the other. Neima Jahromi took a colossal dive into Magic The Gathering for The New Yorker. His piece spans the game's D&D inspired origins to the money-hoovering beast it's become, and how its…

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Feature: Workers of the world, unite (and play)

Priceless Play – September 8th 2018

In the United States, the first Monday in September is Labor Day -- a day to celebrate workers, and all the strides that working unions have made. Like many other Americans, I work on Labor Day. Freelancers work on Labour Day. Those in the service industry work on Labor Day. And though there are many calls to “remove politics from games,” (I honestly have no…

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Feature: WELL?

What are we all playing this weekend?

If you're reading this, then something has gone terribly wrong. The Alice machine isn't turning off and, if you see my words now, it did not turn off. More and more Alices keep on coming. They are all GREAT and we're having A WONDERFUL TIME, genuinely, but also we're running out of space in this science bunker and it's getting hard to breathe. I've rigged…

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Feature: Jack into the chat room

Let’s chat about: The Cyberpunk 2077 demo

Alice B: So we have now all seen the Cyberpunk 2077 demo footage. But also the world has! Which is interesting because Brendy mentioned on our Gamescom podcast that, because it was all behind closed doors, it’d be hard for us to compare it to the full game when it actually came out. Brendan: But then they went and released the footage to the public…

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Feature: Blobby blobby blobby

Pikuniku is an absurd world of armless, funny Mr Men

Oh no, the village bridge is broken. But that's okay, I'll ask for help from the spider in this tree. Come down mister spider, and help me fix the bridge. “Did you break it?” he asks. Yes, I say. I walked across the bridge – really just a piece of string – and it snapped. “Fix your own damn mess!” I consider his words carefully.…

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Feature: We've come down with a bad case of the deals

Best PC gaming deals of the week – September 7th 2018

While I've spent a genuinely unsettling amount of the past week playing Two Point Hospital, there's been no shortage of deals and discounts going on on the wild wild web - including a discount code on the game itself. That's why we're all here again, right? So, before I disappear into another weekend filled with darkly comic diseases, let's take a look at the best…

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Feature: Buses and Blitzkrieg from Budapest

The Flare Path: Hungarian Edition

Hungarofacts! Budapest is actually two cities, Budap and Est, separated by a low privet hedge and profound mutual loathing. LVTs were nicknamed 'Magyars' because fully-loaded and silhouetted against  the skyline they resembled the outline of Hungary. Secretly dug during WW2, a three hundred kilometre subterranean tunnel linking Lake Balaton to the Adriatic allowed twelve submarines of the Hungarian Navy to defect to the Allies in…

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