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Dishonored

Wot I Read - YOU: A Novel by Austin Grossman

An Alternate History Of PC Gaming

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6 years ago

Feature: Fell out of bed

Libraries And Liquor: A Day In The Life

Alec wrote about some of his favourite gaming moments last week and I was inspired to put together something similar. Ever the structuralist, I decided that I'd string my favourite moments across a fictional interpretation of an actual day. Here is one of many days in my life, from a breakfast of champions to the blurred bottles at the heart of Saturday night.

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7 years ago

Feature: "I think we became an artform with Pong."

Interview: Spector On Fears, Legacies and Returning To PC

There are a lot of words being written about the new consoles this week but when I spoke to Warren Spector a few days ago, he was clear about where his future lies: “I think all the interesting stuff is happening on PC now… Assuming I make more games, which I intend to do, PC and Mac are going to be my targets.” It’s good…

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Feature: The Art Of Fancy Screenshots

New Adventures In Hi-Fi: Some Screenshots

This is the latest in the series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills.Games move pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss them. The pretties this week come courtesy not of a particular game, nor indeed me, but of the Dead End Thrills Flickr group, a…

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Feature: Not Even Close To Done (Wall)

Arkane On The Future Of Dishonored, Stories, Multiplayer

Dishonored lacked multiplayer, $5828375 worth of microtransactions, and hyper-linear setpiece rollercoasters, yet for some reason everybody loved it. It's almost like people want intrigue, options, and whale-oil-based societies from their games. Almost. So, with the new (and excellent) Brigmore Witches DLC bidding adieu to the first game's creaking, disease-infested Dunwall, what's next for the best sneaky-stabby series to come along in years? Bethesda's officially calling it…

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Feature: "sneaky back-stabbing bastard"

Have An A-Mod-Zing Weekend

Jim is basically the J. Jonah Jameson of RPS: I was handsomely making sweet news for you guys when he stormed into the forbidden RPS chatroom of mystery, slammed his fists on the desk with the rage that only an editor can muster, and demanded I find some mods. "It's the weekend!", he angrily typed. "If you don't find at least three mods by the…

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8 years ago

Feature: The Man Behind The Neck Stab

Dishonored Dev Joe Houston On Violence In Games

Just before Christmas, Nathan wrote a piece asking for a conversation about the role gaming violence plays in our lives. And as so many have when discussing the topic, he featured an image from Dishonored at the top - a man getting stabbed through the neck. For Joe Houston, the former Arkane developer who created that stabbing scene, this was the prompt he needed to…

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Feature: Getting Pumped

The Gaming Pulse: Dissecting Dishonored’s Heart

There's no question that Dishonored's Heart deserves celebration. Fortunately RPS contributor Paul Walker has done that in fine style, digging in to what makes the object so significant to the game, and speaking to co-creative directors Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio about how it came to exist, and their feelings about its part in the game.Dishonored's Heart is an object which lives up to its…

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Feature: On cushions, in a playground

Games Aren’t Best When Things Go Wrong

Yesterday Jim wrote a superb piece arguing that games are best when everything is going wrong. That the measure of a game's potential for generating anecdotes, and its depth of connection to the player, is based in the amount of peril it's able to generate. Citing games like Day Z, FTL and XCOM, Jim's argument made one small mistake: it was all wrong. Games aren't…

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Outta Dunwall: Thief Remake The Dark Mod Updates

With Dishonored reactivating long-dormant stealth glands the world over, now seems a fine time to revisit perhaps its primary ancestor, the Thief games. Doom 3 total conversion The Dark Mod is a mightily ambitious attempt to recreate Thief - its mechanics if not its actual missions - in a more modern, and very much darkness-orientated, engine. It's just had a major update and a promising…

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Feature: Culture Wars: The Educatening

Please Value Your Education In The School Of Games

I once read a suggestion by conservative philosopher Roger Scruton, that you could drop all of culture into two broad categories (I paraphrase): “High culture”, which is best appreciated with some formal education about what is going on with it (difficult literature, opera) and “Low Culture”, which is basically everything in folk, primitive, and pop culture, for which education is not required. Sounds stupid and…

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Feature: Hiders & Seekers

The Stealth Letters, Part One

Stealth game fans pay heed. Over the next two days RPS hosts a conversation between Nels Anderson, Lead Design of Mark Of The Ninja, and a number of other stealth-game luminaries, as they discuss matters of of sneaking and hiding in videogame form. Anderson talks to Patrick Redding, Game Director on Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Andy Schatz, creator of Monaco, and Raphael Colantonio, co-creative director of…

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Feature: Putting It All In Perspective

Interview: Unmasking Dishonored’s Harvey Smith

Dishonored is pretty great. Incredible, even – at least, in places. We've had many wordthinks about it, and odds are, the future will bring many more. Those, however, are for another time. Today, we're giving the angular, Viktor-Antonov-designed spotlight over to one of the main minds behind the whale-powered wonder, Harvey Smith. From System Shock to the original Deus Ex to an ill-fated Area 51…

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Feature: So I turned myself to face me

Trendspotting: How Gaming’s Changing In 2012 (Sez I)

No doubt there are big things yet to come from the last quarter of 2012, but even by October it feels like it's been an uncommonly important, even vital, year for games. The hit rate of great things, expected and unexpected, has been pretty steady, but on top of that there have been major emerging trends as gaming starts to move out of the awkward…

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Feature: On layers and length

Dishonored: The Onion

There's going to be a backlash against Dishonored. It can't be helped: when a game makes big promises, a justice squad will quickly arise to loudly demand that it accounts for not meeting them to the very letter, and in this case I suspect there's an additional flock of people who have been led by marketing to expect an all-out action game. I can predict,…

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DIshonored: The Animated Movie

Dishonored's whale oil-powered hype tank keeps on rolling, this time with a three-part animated prequel series detailing the backstory of the first-person assassination sim's (yes, I know that's a scarcely representative description) world and the city of Dunwall. It's short, but it's moody, subtle and rather beautiful, in a sinister sort of way. Dunwall is not a cheerful place, as the following two minutes of…

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Dishonored Devs Try To Pin Down “Immersion”

The Dishonored video bombardment will leave nothing standing. Eventually all that will remain of former gaming websites will be a flickering screen and a hyperlink pointing at digital vendors of Bethesda's next big game. The latest salvo attempts to define that most nebulous of game design concepts: immersion. The key devs on the project show up in this ten-minute mini-documentary to discuss how this concept…

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Feature: Through The Looking Glass

Pondering Dishonored With Co-Lead Raf Colantonio

At last week's German mega-convention, GamesCom, I sat down for the second time to play Dishonored. This game of stealth, magic, and assassination will be one of the handful of truly important games in 2012, and whether or not it is entirely a success, its release and development will have been an important event in game design history. Read on for more thoughts on why…

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Feature: Deus Hex

Oops, I Broke Dishonored

I'm in love with Dishonored - or at least, what I've gotten to play of it at various press events and things. Torrid, disgusting, fluid-filled love. And QuakeCon's demo, which saw me infiltrate a fancy mansion party to assassinate one of three "Lady Boyles" (only one of whom was my real target) might actually be my favorite section yet. Co-creative directors Harvey Smith and Raphael…

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Dishonored “Daring Escapes” Trailer Is Blinking Good

We've already begun to talk at length about the variety of options that Dishonored will present us with, and the trailers have begun to back up that analysis. The latest one, which you can see below, shows off this with a clever choose-your-own path thing, demonstrating how the short range teleportation, possession, and time-bending powers come into play when getting out of unpleasant circumstances.Go take…

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