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Night in the Woods

Night In The Woods review

Wonderful, peculiar, problematic and highly recommended

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3 weeks ago

Night In The Woods co-creator Alec Holowka has died

Alec Holowoka, the co-creator of Night In The Woods, died on Saturday morning, his sister Eileen Mary Holowka has reported. Alec Holowka was co-designer, coder and composer on Night In the Woods, and previously filled the same roles on Aquaria. Last Monday, he was accused of sexual assault and abusive behaviour several years ago by developer and writer Zoë Quinn. Alec's sister didn't state a…

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Night In The Woods devs “cutting ties” with co-creator following abuse allegations

Two of Night In The Woods's creators have announced they are "cutting ties with" Alec Holowka, the third co-creator, following allegations of abusive behaviour and sexual assault made against him this week. "We take such allegations seriously as a team," Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry said in Wednesday's statement. They have now cancelled one unknown "current project" and are postponing NITW's planned physical release.

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Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule and Night In The Woods co-creator Alec Holowka accused of sexual assault

Allegations of abuse have been made against multiple games industry figures in the past 24 hours. On Monday afternoon Nathalie Lawhead, developer of the IGF-winning Tetrageddon Games, wrote a post on her website alleging that Jeremy Soule, the composer of Skyrim, raped her while she was working for an unnamed Vancouver-based games studio. Seven hours later, comics writer and indie developer Zoë Quinn posted tweets…

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4 months ago

Feature: Listen now and make some pals

Podcast: The strongest friendships in games

 You’re a good person, reader, and I will always believe in you, no matter what. No, not you. The person behind you. No, to the left of... No, the other person. The one in the green-- No, you, with the... NO. The person BEHIND you, I said. The person with-- Oh great they’ve walked off now. This whole thing has been a waste of…

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1 year ago

Feature: Crunchy leaves and cold air and hot cocoa

Priceless Play – September 15th 2018

Since moving to California, I find myself missing the seasons. I grew up in Virginia, where the leaves change colour every September. When living in England, there was a yearly rotation of scarves and heavy coats to mark the coming of autumn. It seems silly to complain about the year-round temperate climate that blesses the beachy shores of SoCal, but it gets pretty boring here…

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Feature: Category fun

Mae be a cat, Mae be she isn’t

I was going to write today’s supporter post about how I'm finding No Man’s Sky and Yakuza 0 structurally tedious for different reasons while enjoying them both, but something more important has come up. Is Mae, the cat from Night In The Woods, a cat? I hope you kids have brushed up on your essential and accidental properties.

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Feature: Listen to our name-dropping

Podcast: The GDC special (with bonus Far Cry 5 chat)

♪♫ When you go to San Fraaaanciscooo, be sure to wear a lanyard with ‘Media’ inscribed on it round youuur nnnneck ♪♫ That’s what Adam, John and Brendan sang to each other as they gleefully skipped through the streets of California’s tram-infested hill city. The crew were in town for the yearly Game Developer's Conference where they spoke to developers, played games, and gambled on…

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Night In The Woods wins IGF Grand Prize

Rad trash mammal simulator Night In The Woods scooped this year's Grand Prize during the 2018 Independent Games Festival Awards at the Game Developers Conference last night, also lifting the award for Excellence In Narrative. Baba Is You, an upcoming puzzle game about shifting words to change how parts of the levels and game work, also picked up two awards. Looking across all the winners,…

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2 years ago

Feature: Listen now, chum

Podcast: Who are our best friends?

Hello chum! Sit down and have a nice glass of water and a pack of Bombay mix. That's how we greet our closest friends on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week, best pals John and Brendan discuss how friendship is handled in videogames, and what characters felt most like close buddies. John felt a kinship with Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins, and…

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Geralt may appear in Soul Calibur VI but here are the characters we really want

This is Brendan, broadcasting live from rumour world, where everything is made of a nebulous candy floss-like substance. The locals call it “hope.” Amid this sticky cloud, a figure has formed. It’s Geralt of Rivia, hero of popular Gwent spin-off, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The monster-hunting swordsman will “make an appearance” in another game later this year, according to CD Projekt Red community lead…

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Getting Over It, Night In The Woods, Baba Is You & Into The Breach lead IGF 2018 finalists

It's that time again already - 2018's Independent Games Festival hands out its best-in-indie gongs on March 21 (as part of the Game Developers Conference), and these are the games in line for a prize. And, more importantly, a big shot at success thanks to the profile, although it should be noted that a fair few of these have done rather well for themselves already.…

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Feature: Three top picks

Alyse Stanley’s favourite games of 2017

This year it has felt like there's been a string of quality games releases. Games that I’m proud to support, whether it be for their tackling of serious subject matter or excellent writing or unique concepts that push the industry forward. Games that are already redefining preconceived standards of play. In short: next year has a tough act to follow.

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Feature: Calendar condensed

Best PC games of 2017

The calendar's doors have been opened and the games inside have been eaten. But fear not, latecomer - we've reconstructed the list in this single post for easy re-consumption. Click on to discover the best games of 2017.

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Sad millennial simulator Night In The Woods gets new (and old) content

Depressed animal economic collapse adventure Night In The Woods exists in a strange place in my consciousness. While I absolutely love so much about it, from the characters to the art to the music and beyond, it's not particularly my sort of game - I'm more of a hands-on, solve problems kinda guy. I've also seen almost everything the game has to offer, thanks to…

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Night In The Woods getting director’s cut in December

The wonderful Night In The Woods will receive "a whole bunch of new content" later this year with its 'Weird Autumn Edition' update, developers Infinite Fall have announced. Promising "new weird", "new crimes", and "old tales", they say to "think of it as the Night In The Woods director's cut." I've just about come to terms with the initial coming-of-age crisis so sure, I should…

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Feature: Listen now or be damned

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks RiME, Endless Space 2 and OrbLands

The RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, was recently brought out of retirement for one last job. But it turns out that job takes place on a weekly basis. That's why the third episode is out now, in which Pip, Adam and I talk about sunny platformer RiME, alien-smashing grand strategy Endless Space 2, and walking simulator-with-bullets OrbLands. This week also features Quickfire Questions with…

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Feature: 43 absolute gems

The Top Best Bestest Games Of 2017 So Far

Update: The year is finished, which means you can now read our final list of the best games of 2017. 2017 has already been an extraordinary year for PC games, from both big-name AAA successes to no-name surprise indie smashes. Keeping up with so much that's worth playing is a tough job, but we've got your back. Here is a collection of the games that…

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Feature: A wealth of splendid 2016-17 games for the lousiest of hardware

13 recent games that run well on terrible laptops

'Terrible' only in the sense of their gaming capability. Honestly, I'm sure your laptop is lovely to look at and it was definitely a extremely sensible idea to spend all that money on it instead of buying a holiday or helping to save the pandas. Truth is, though, that playing recently-released games on the vast majority of laptops is about as effective as starting an…

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3 years ago

Feature: Wonderful, peculiar, problematic and highly recommended

Night In The Woods review

At one point I was sure I was going to write about how much I disliked Night In The Woods [official site]. At a later point I realised I was going to write about how much I loved Night In The Woods. I think there’s a lot to know about Night In The Woods from that. It is both extraordinary and wanting, fantastic and frustrating.…

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Night in the Woods delayedis out now!?!?!?

In a shocking turn of events, the colourful homecoming adventure Night in the Woods [official site] did not get delayed this week, causing it to become available on your PC mere hours ago. This is bad news for me. We've had our ‘Night in the Woods has been delayed again’ article ready to go for weeks, based on all the other times it’s been postponed,…

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