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The Stanley Parable

6 days ago

The Stanley Parable expands again in Ultra Deluxe edition

Splendid walk-o-laffer The Stanley Parable is being revisited and expanded again in an Ultra Deluxe edition. This will bring new endings, new choices, and I'm sure so very many new secrets. The main goal of Ultra Deluxe is to bring the game to consoles but hey, it'll come our way too so we all win. Have a peek at Stanley's anguish in the announcement trailer.

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11 months ago

2017 Steam Award winners include PUBG, Cuphead & Witcher

We've already seen which games sold best on Steam last year, but a perhaps more meaningful insight into movin' and a-shakin' in PC-land is the games that people feel warmest and snuggliest about. To that end, Valve have announced the winners of the 2017 Steam Awards, a fully community-voted affair which names the most-loved games across categories including best post-launch support, most player agency, exceeding…

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1 year ago

Feature: Author = Final Boss?

Death To The Author: killing creators in Dishonored, Portal and BioShock

When we meet the creators of fictional worlds, we often want to kill them. Whether its Bioshock's Andrew Ryan and his deadly Rapture, GlaDOS and the sadistic test chambers of Portal, or Kirin Jindosh and the Clockwork Mansion. The urge to destroy these builders is partly down to the nature of their constructions - deathtraps and mazes that make the architect a cruel overseer -…

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2 years ago

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Have You Played… The Beginner’s Guide?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The Beginners Guide, aka, the sad one. After the Stanley Parable warmed the innards of human animals across the world, the two creators went their separate ways. One of them resurfaced a couple of years later holding a free game with a superbly…

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Feature: 19 of the best bargain PC games right now

Our Steam Sale Picks, Round Two

We already chose 13 of our favourite games in the current Summer Steam sale, but more games have been discounted since. So, based on the entirely correct hypothesis that you all have completed every single one of our first round games and are now thirsting for more, here are 18 more to throw your spare change at. Everyone on the RPS team has picked three…

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3 years ago

Feature: A new, free game from the co-developer of The Stanley Parable

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist review

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is the new game from the new studio from William Pugh, co-developer of The Stanley Parable. It starts British comedian Simon Amstell, and could arguably be said to maybe possibly feature a grappling hook. It's free, and out now, and here's whether it's worth your precious, precious time.

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The Beginner’s Guide review

The Stanley Parable creator, Davey Wreden, is back two years later with a solo project, The Beginner's Guide [official site]. Released under his new development name, Everything Unlimited, this is an abstruse wander through a mysterious collection of games and game ideas, quite unlike anything else you've played. Does it work? Here's wot I think:

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The Beginner’s Guide To The Beginner’s Guide – The New Game From Stanley Parable Creator

I can't imagine a more daunting development task than having to follow up on The Stanley Parable. The truly stunning meta-game was a deserved phenomenon, catapulting developers Davey Wreden and William Pugh into the heights of indie fame. A game that pulled at the threads of gaming, seeing how they'd unravel, makes for a very tough act to follow. But that's what Stanley creator Wreden…

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Rick & Morty Chap Exploring VR With Stanley Co-Dev

The co-creator of splendid Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty (also the voice of their words and belches) Justin Roiland is planning some sort of virtual reality game thing for HTC Vive, working with folks including one of the Stanley Parable chaps. It's a bit of a mystery for now but he's a funny chap and Stanley's pal William Pugh is too, so that's nice.…

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Feature: And on the 9th day Ben said "oh wow it's still going"

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 9

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 9 of the sale.

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4 years ago

Have You Played… The Stanley Parable?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The Stanley Parable was big when it came out. Its sense of humour, its impossible architecture, its multiple narration strands all came together to form a wonderful breath of fresh air with a wide-ranging appeal. But it turns out there are at least,…

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The Impossible Architecture Of The Stanley Parable

About a year ago I interviewed Davey Wreden and William Pugh about the architecture of The Stanley Parable but never published the article. I'd been thinking about how the game intertwines narration and level design for a while, but it was a gif which finally converted solo pondering into getting the pair on Skype. Here's what happened when Wreden and Pugh dug into the ideas…

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5 years ago

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Davey Wreden & William Pugh: Life After The Stanley Parable

Struggling with success is always a hard sell for empathy. It’s all too easy to dismiss such expressions with an easy, “Oh, you poor rich thing.” But it is, of course, far more complicated than that. Davey Wreden, co-creator of The Stanley Parable, has already written in detail about how phenomenon of his game has personally affected him, in an eloquent blog post last month.…

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A Game And A Chat: RPS (And Friends!) Talk GDC Day One

RPS is at GDC! It's a match made in heaven because both of our acronyms are three letters long. Each day of the conference is jam-packed with formidable amounts of intrigue - far more than any single person could take in on their own without suffering catastrophic brain combustion. And so, I have elected to gather cadres of knowledgeable humans each day this week to discuss…

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IGF Factor 2014: The Stanley Parable

As we continue our way through the interviews with the PC-focused finalists in this year's IGF Awards, we will of course have to include some barely known, minority interest games. So it is today, as we talk to the creators of something called "The Stanley Parable". Probably raising awareness about the dangers of knives, I imagine. Sounds overly worthy. We spoke to creator Davey Wreden…

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Stanley’s Papers: IGF 2014 Finalists Revealed

It's all been a bit Massively Mainstream Games About Aliens today, so it's something of a relief to instead turn my gaze to some of the indie highlights of the last and upcoming year. Though that said, the finalists list - the finalistlist - for the 16th annual Independent Games Festival is, while awash with truly splendid games, somewhat short on surprises, which may add…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for boarding up the windows, counting the canned goods and panic buying videogames. Also, for doing things for the first time. Every year the Interactive Fiction competition attracts inventive entries in the words-you-play genre. Every year, Emily Short writes smart-words-you-read about the entries she likes, and it's worth spending a day diving through the round-up of her favourites, before playing the games for…

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Stanley’s Profitable: Galactic Cafe Shifts 100K+ Parables

Not bad going for a game that that's so very difficult to describe, eh? Galactic Cafe - aka Davey Wreden - have managed to flog over 100,000 copies of affectionate choice'n'consequence skit The Stanley Parable to date. Did he achieve this by following the rules and doing everything he was expected to, or did he choose another path, going his own way despite the nurturing…

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The Stanley Parable review

The Stanley Parable is strange. The Stanley Parable is smart, calculated. The Stanley Parable is pure chaos. The Stanley Parable is about so very, very many things - at least, until it decides to be not about them at all, often in the same breath. I'll be straight with you: reviewing this thing in any conventional fashion is more or less impossible. Yes, at heart…

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You Must Must Must Play The Stanley Parable Demo

I'm not going to explain it, because that would be madness. But you must. The full game is out on the 17th, and, look, just play this. Trust me. Don't not play it. Don't think that you're saving it up to play the full thing next week. That's not the right choice. Playing this is the right choice.

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