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3 months ago

Feature: It'll take you all of 2019 to play them

Best PC games of 2018

The doors have been opened, the games inside have been devoured, and now it's time to recycle the cardboard. Below you'll find all of our picks for the best PC games of 2018, gathered together in a single post for easy reading.

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11 months ago

Feature: No limit on complexity

How to take SpyParty from a 1000-hour to a 5000-hour game

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they’ve taken to make their games. This time, SpyParty [official site]. If Chris Hecker was going to make a mistake with SpyParty, he wanted it to be the opposite mistake to the one Spore made. The way Hecker sees it, Spore’s problem was that it was all accessibility and no depth.…

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12 months ago

Feature: More Poker than Go

Embracing the bluff: how SpyParty’s long development changed the game

Chris Hecker has been working on SpyParty for almost a decade now and I get the impression he'd be happy perfecting it for the rest of his career. Some developers want to move from one project to the next, an internal clock ticking down and reminding them how few ideas can be realised in a lifetime, while others are better suited to exploring one design…

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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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4 years ago

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Invite Only: Chris Hecker On SpyParty’s Six New Guests

SpyParty [official site] - that reverse Turing test of a game where you have to disappear into a party of AI characters, dodging suspicion as a fellow player armed with a single sniper bullet scans for tells - has now unveiled its third group of characters. Amongst the group are 40-something rocker Ms L, Sikh gentleman Mr K and a pair of doctorate-holding identical twins.…

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5 years ago

Feature: High-frequency Hair-dos

Interview: Shooting The Queen With Chris Hecker

Excellent and terrifying human behaviour sim SpyParty is still in development. I know this because party host Chris Hecker sent an invite to the RPS inbox, asking if we wanted to see the new art for the game. It would be an exclusive soiree just for us. I dressed for the occasion, meaning I put on clothes, and prepared my notebook with all the questions…

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6 years ago

Feature: I Spy Myself

So, Uh, We Got Chris Hecker To Interview Himself

There are times when the RPS Action News Team 3000 is just too busy. Like that time I missed posting about Half-Life 3's secret crowd-funding effort because I was cleaning the bath (it failed, btw). At those moments, when developers are emailing us exclusives and wiring money to our Swiss bank accounts, we just want the developer to step-up and do the job for us.…

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Feature: I Spy (Party)

Hands On: Spy Party

If Spy Party developer Chris Hecker were to look back over the game's connection logs from the past year, he might notice some strange behaviour. He'd see me arriving, spending a minute in the lobby, then disconnecting. This pattern would be repeated a few times. It wasn't a technical problem, Chris. Don't go bug-hunting. Those cold digits spilling over your screen as you search for…

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Feature: The Suspense of an Ending

A Dying Art: Man Versus Machine

What if your computer wanted to kill you? Imagine entire worlds that contain nothing more important than a terrifying machine intelligence that absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. Through the filter of aliens, robots and an Atari 2600, here are some thoughts on why it's good to run, to hide and to die.

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7 years ago

Spyparty: Learn To Party Like The Spies

SpyParty remains one of the most fascinating propositions in indie gaming, but it's perhaps not all that clear from the outside how the game plays out. Fortunately for the SpyParty-oblivious, Indiegames have spotted that Mr Hecker has posted a tutorial video for his early-access beta folk, and that gives us a good impression of the game's systems, as well as an idea of how to…

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8 years ago

Spied: Spy Party Beta Access Pricing

Chris Hecker has posted over on the SpyParty blog to explain his early-access beta pricing for the game of spy-spotting. "$15 gets you access to the beta SpyParty and all the updates during the beta, access to the private beta website, which includes forums for announcements, finding games, and discussing strategies, and eventually a bug/feature tracking system," says Hecker. He's also allow the truly excited…

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Spy Party To Unwrap “Paid Beta” Access

According to the big K, Chris Hecker's clever game of spies and parties, Spy Party, will soon enter a $15 paid-for beta. It won't be a free-for-all, however, and there will be waves of invites sent out initially. You can declare your interest by signing up here in a flourish of names and email addresses. Many more details lie beyond that link. For some further…

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9 years ago

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Spy Party Hard: Hands On With Spy Party

Andy “Monaco” Schatz's cat is being slowly broiled alive. It crawled behind the oven, which was in the process of cooking Macaroni & Cheese. It's only later that Andy's Delightful Wife is alerted by the frantic yelping of a distressed pussycat. We're about to play SpyParty at my hotel room when the alert comes through, leading to a frantic cross-San Diego dash to try and…

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You Only Shoot Once: SpyParty

I've wanted to write about SpyParty for a week now, since Destructoid's brilliant write-up. When Wired article's followed the urge only got worse but... well, I've really got nothing else to add to the coverage, as I haven't played it. So I'll just point you there. Read both pieces and get excited. It's the every-controversial Ex-Maxis' Chris Hecker's indie game of competitive asymmetrical multiplayer. One…

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