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4 weeks 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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1 year ago

Feature: No free-to-play, just free.

The 50 best free games on PC

The best free games are on PC, and if you want to know what the best 50 are then you've come to the right place.

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5 years ago

Have You Played… 2:22AM?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I should've mentioned 2:22AM in our end-of-year-wrap-up-o-rama. It still lurks in the back of my head, popping into my thoughts at unexpected moments, and I think lots of folks might like it if they knew about it. So I'll ask: have you played…

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Feature: A bit moony

Self-Reflection On Dreamy Summer Nights

Without tarot to draw, tea leaves to swirl, crystals to tune, bones to cast, or ants to observe, this summer I turned to video games for divination. I watched between the static of late-night TV, chatted with hitch-hikers, listened to a mountain, sought forest spirits, and even consulted an oracle.

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Eerie Late-Night Public Access TV – 2:22AM

"Play alone," 2:22AM instructs. "Play at night." Approach in that dreamy state of mind and it flickers into life, drawing you into an eerie late-night public access television show. 2:22AM's a free game made of little vignettes from mundanities like frying an egg to, well, things more surreal and sinister, mixed with bleary video clips and wrapped up in analogue crackle and tracking errors. It's…

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