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2 weeks ago

Our picks from the Steam autumn Sale discountapalooza

Hurry, hurry. There are only 37 Steam sales each year - miss a bargain now and you'll regret it for the rest of your days. (Until the next one). As always, the latest Steam Autumn sale is a sensory overload of cut-price delights. We're here to guide you through the white noise and make a few informed choices.

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2 months ago

GOG celebrates its tenth anniversary with a makeover, sale and giveaway to vote on

The store formerly known as Good Old Games is ten years old, and GOG is celebrating by slashing prices on a bunch of games, as you do. The site has also been revamped with a new, wider and roomier design, and there's a vote happening now to decide what game they'll be giving away on October 4th - Shadow Warrior 2, Superhot or Firewatch? Take…

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8 months ago

Campo Santo acquired by Valve, booze acquired by Campo Santo

While the company webpage still reads "Campo Santo is a small but scrappy video game developer in San Francisco," that will probably need some updating in the immediate future. The twelve person team behind Firewatch and the forthcoming In The Valley of Gods has been acquired by Valve, where the team will remain intact. Campo Santo is responsible for critically and commercially successful titles, and…

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1 year ago

Firewatch team go tomb raiding with In The Valley of Gods

Archaeology might be coming of age. There was a time when the hunt for relics and the raiding of tombs and other forgotten places necessitated a thousand explosions and firefights. The Crofts, Joneses and Drakes of the world perform a very noisy kind of historical research and recovery. In The Valley of Gods, the next game from Firewatch creators Campo Santo, looks like it'll bring…

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Steam now fighting review bombs with diagrams

All social problems can be solved by data, any naive tech company can tell you, which is why Valve are attempting to solve Steam 'review bombing' by adding graphs to its player reviews. Review bombing is the practice of players organising to leave negative reviews that drive down a game's rating in an attempt to punish or manipulate developers by damaging their future sales prospects.…

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2 years ago

Inside earns 4 awards as BAFTA winners announced

Eerie puzzle platformer Inside [official site] has nabbed four awards as the winners of this year’s videogame BAFTAs were announced at the annual ceremony in London. Firewatch and Overcooked were also lathered with attention, winning two awards each. But some skinny bum in a dirty shirt called ‘Nathan’ took home the Best Game award for something called Uncharted 4, which is, like, probably not even…

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BAFTA noms: Inside, Firewatch, Dishonored 2, Overwatch

Although the Britain of tomorrow will be merely the county of Kent surrounded by 100-foot high razor wire, I am confident that the BAFTAs will endure forever. Long-established and highly coveted by the black tie crowd, they're one of those award shows which tend to reward the already successful, which can make them rather safe and predictable. Still, bar a deluge for PS4 system-seller Uncharted…

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Escape Escape Escape: Firewatch Free Roam Is Live

As if Henry wasn't already lousy enough at his job, now he gets to wander around idly, doing whatever the hell he pleases. You want to make America great again? Then make shmoes like Henry apply a little elbow grease for once. Instead of, say, rambling through beautiful canyons and forests, taking photographs and watching a new day/night cycle in Firewatch [official site]'s new free…

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Explore Henry’s Lookout Tower From Firewatch In VR

Henry's lookout should be quite familiar to anyone who spent time within Campo Santo's Firewatch [official site]. You only had to stay up there for the first half-hour or so of the game and multiple times throughout. If you didn't get enough of the scenic overlook and the personal belongings within, now you can head there via the magic of Valve's Destinations VR tourism doodad.

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Firewatch Movie Being Made By Oldboy Producers

Sorry, it’s the US remake of Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin. Still, didn’t see that coming, did you? Yes, the creators of countryside hike-em-up Firewatch [official site] have partnered with production company Good Universe to make a movie about the game, as well as work together on future projects, says the Hollywood Reporter. There aren’t many details about the movie itself, or what these 'future projects'…

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Firewatch, Ford, And Copyright Infringement Online

Olly Moss's work on Firewatch [official site] is so beautiful and distinctive. It's how I became aware of the game before I even knew it was a game - pictures of his creations tweeted into my timeline. They tap into that glorious "See America" tradition of stylised, romanticised imagery of national parks and other awe-inspiring spaces. I can see the appeal of that style when…

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3 years ago

Come Learn About Firewatch’s Art At Rezzed

Firewatch [official site] is a masterful and beautiful first-person narrative game in which you play a fire lookout who watches for trouble, becomes embroiled in mystery, and has adult conversations with another adult in ways you control. To quote John's review, it "expands the possibilities for how a narrative game can be presented, without bombast or gimmick." Want to learn more about how it was…

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Firewatch’s Steam Community Screenshots Are Beautiful

Firewatch is a first-person game about exploring the Wyoming wilderness as a fire lookout, which means much of your time is spent wandering through meadows, trundling alongside lakes and staring at vistas from clifftops. What keeps it interesting is how beautiful its environment is as you explore it at different times of day. Consequently, the game's Steam community screenshots are stunning - and without narrative…

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These 17 Minutes Of Firewatch Look And Sound Great

Firewatch [official site] looks increasingly exciting to me. It's the first game from Campo Santo, the studio formed of former Telltale, Double Fine and 2K Marin developers, and casts you in the role of a park ranger attempting to protect a forest from fires, partying teenagers, and maybe sasquatch I dunno. There are 17 new minutes of the game being played by developers Sean Vanaman…

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Heating Up! Firewatch Coming In February 2016

Fine-looking first-person explore-o-adventure-a-mystery Firewatch [official site] will arrive for Windows, Mac, and Linux on February 9th, 2016, developers Campo Santo announced today. Firewatch, if you've missed it, is a thriller of sorts set in the wilds of Wyoming. John played a bit and dug it, and you can carry a tortoise, and gosh dang its trees are gorgeous.

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4 years ago

Firewatch Livestream: Funnier Than The Trailer Suggested

Five days ago, the Firewatch trailer attracted plenty of oohs and ahhs: a first-person narrative exploration game in which you play a newly-hired recruit into the thrill-a-minute world of watching-for-fires, set in a very pretty forest. The trailer raised a lot of questions about the exact nature of your interaction with that game world though. Is it Dear Esther with a walkie-talkie? Is it Gone…

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Firewatch: Alight Here For First Trailer And Screenshots

Goodness me, the Firewatch trailer looks a bit good. Just shown for the first time at PAX by Campo Santo - a team made of developers from DoubleFine, 2K Marin and Telltale - it seems to be a freely explorable, though narrative-led, mystery adventure. And good gravy, it looks pretty. The first trailer, and first eight screenshots showing the 1980s Wyoming first, are below.

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5 years ago

Game Dev Super Group Finally Announces Game

Campo Santo is a new studio made up of top tier talent from - DEEP BREATH - Double Fine, Klei, Telltale, and 2K Marin. OK, that didn't require much air to say out loud at all and I can type without breathing for probably, like, hours, but you get the idea. With the powers of Mark of the Ninja lead Nels Anderson, Walking Dead: Season One…

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