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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

5 years ago

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S.EXE: Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines Part 2

This is the second part of my Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Diary. You can read the first part here. All of this is huge spoilers so it's only your OWN fault if you read any of this and then ruin your whole life because you spoilered this wonderful game and then you will never like anything again and love will seem hollow.

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S.EXE: Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines Part 1

When you think of California, you probably think of sun, people wearing shades, the wide, flat pavements sunbleached and neat. But when the night falls in Santa Monica, CA, it gets mortuary cold. I'm staying there this month and I found myself thinking of Jeanette the other night. Something about a tumultuous relationship, smudged kohl, and Jeanette. So I paid for another copy of Vampire:…

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8 years ago

Most Able: Fallout’s Tim Cain Joins Obsidian

Good, in fact excellent, tidings for those who find themselves able to enjoy Fallouts both old and new, and for anyone who lived through the 90s heyday of PC RPGs. Tim Cain, the main brain behind the original Fallout and later co-founder of the much-missed Troika, has fetched up at Obsidian. Until this July, he was at Carbine, working since 2005 on what turned out…

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Undying: Vampire Bloodlines Patched Anew

I'm guessing all these patches are iterative and not of much interest to the rmore casual Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines observer by now, but whenever one of these fan-made updates passes by my inbox I still can't help but double-take and think 'wow.' You guys are wonderful. Completely mad, but wonderful. Bloodlines is now seven years old, was essentially abandoned by its publisher after its…

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9 years ago

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 1/5

Here at Rock, Paper, Shotgun we take the business of PC gaming entirely seriously. There is no smiling, or making rude noises at the back of class, there is only important gaming fact. So when it came to compiling an exhaustive list of the greatest, most important PC games of all time, we realised that the only way we could articulate the importance of the…

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Vampire: Bloodlines Unofficial Patch 7.2 Out

Who remembers the above charmer? I polished him off with a sledgehammer. Felt good. The umpteenth unofficial Vampire - The Masquerade: Bloodlines patch has been released, bringing us up to version 7.2. This time the few changes are all very minor, so I'm really posting this as a reminder. If you haven't played Bloodlines with these unofficial patches that not only fix the game, but…

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11 years ago

Interview Without A Vampire: Bloodlines’ B Mitsoda

A while back I posted about the tragedy of games like Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. Following that one of the original Troika team, writer Brian Mitsoda, got in touch to talk about the project. A veteran of Troika and RPG-devs Obsidian, he's had plenty of experience in the words that make up videogames. What follows is a discussion of Bloodlines, Troika, dialogue, character design,…

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Forever Young, The Tragedy Of Vampire: Bloodlines

There's a bittersweet flavour to playing Bloodlines. It's not because of the vampiric moodiness and the twilight tales that it tells, nor the real-world tragedy of its costly development finally undoing brave development studio, Troika. No, the sense of sorrow comes from the realisation that there's nothing like this on the horizon. The idea is begged: why should there be so few games like this?…

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12 years ago

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Vampire: Bloodlines – Heather and Me

[This is an extended version of something I wrote for PCG. Well... I didn't write it for PCG. I wrote it for myself after something had moved me in the flawed-but-oft-magnificent Vampire: Bloodlines and I sold a cut down version of it to PCG months later, as it's spoiler central. It's very much my personal experience with a memorable section...] "Power Corrupts" has never been…

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