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The Westport Independent

The Westport Independent review

All aboard the censorship

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3 years ago

Feature: All aboard the censorship

The Westport Independent review

The Westport Independent [official site], once a gamejam experiment, is now a full game. As it succinctly describes itself, it's "a game about censorship, corruption and newspapers". As the editor of a paper in a fictional post-war country in the mid-1940s, you must work out how you will approach your job under an increasingly fascist government. Does it successfully speak its mind, or might it…

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Newspapers, Please: Westport Independent Out Soon

Catching a ride on that sweet, sweet bureaucracy-in-a-time-of-oppression gravy train, The Westport Independent [official site] has drawn inevitable comparisons to Papers, Please. Though this one involves editing a newspaper rather than manning an immigration booth, the key dilemma is whether to comply with or push back against the state. It's been in the works for a while - including popping out an alpha demo -…

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Be Graham: The Westport Independent Demo

The Westport Independent [official site] may well remind you of Lucas Pope's dystopia-o-deskjob games Papers, Please and The Republia Times, which are fine games to be reminded of. It's a game about editing a newspaper in an oppressive state where the government is increasingly trying to censor and control everything. As you edit articles and put issues together, you can fight The Man, support Him,…

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4 years ago

Run Your Own Newspaper: The Westport Independent

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