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The Flare Path: Slightly Dead

The compiler of this column has always been, and will always be, an equal opportunities emplaner. Just because a flight game is Dimensionally Challenged - just because its spread of sky lacks a North and South, or an East and West - doesn't mean I won't clutch it to my kitten-clawed bosom or spit scalding Criti-Bile™ in its eye. Unhappily, 2D flight games with a…

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Olympic Debt: International Racing Squirrels

Today I paid my bills, considered the pros and cons of renting a nicer apartment, opened a bank account that seemed vaguely exploitative, feared that I was in danger of spending beyond my means and made a squirrel wear hob-nailed boots so that it could kick its athletic opponents in the back of the knee. Then I wondered if squirrels have knees. I've actually done…

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The SuperMes: Arch Social Criticism?

I'm not sure whether Channel 4's The SuperMes is an extremely extensive advert for The Sims 3, or an arch criticism of the nature of reality television. Either way, it's a man commentating over edited footage of the game, in an attempt to create a Big Brother-style narrative. You can see the first episode, spotted by Gamasutra, below.

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A Nice Cup Of Tea: Fallen City Screenshots

There's some game called Fallen City. It looks SHIT/AMAZING. It's by some idiot/genius called Jim Rossignol and so on and so on. Indeed, what is a Rock, Paper, Shotgun to do when one of its own accidentally plops out a game? Should we not cover it out of modesty and propriety? Should we aim to be "objective", as if that's a thing? Should we overly…

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Gaming Guilt: Sweatshop

Ooh, this is clever. It's the new free web game from Littleloud, they of The Curfew and Bow Street Runner. Like those, Sweatshop's noble aim is to expertly mate education and social conscience with smart and satisfying game mechanics. In this case, it's a canny twist upon tower defence games that also highlights the abject horror and terrible exploitation of sweatshop factories - and the…

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A Documentary About British Game Dev

I've often idly remarked that it'd be lovely (by way of fascinating) if someone made a documentary, or a even documentary series, about some of the more unusual aspects of British game development. Headlight Pictures have gone and done precisely that. Crunchtime, a three-part series which which will first air on Sunday 27th, at 7:25am, on Channel 4, examines the Dare To Be Digital competition…

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Interview: Channel 4’s Alice Taylor & Jo Twist

As you'll see if scroll down a bit and your eyes still work, Channel 4 Education revealed ten new webgames from British studios this morning. We sent roving reporter Keza MacDonald to speak to the Commissioning Editors for Education, Alice Taylor and Jo Twist, over three cups of coffee and a ridiculous over-abundance of pastry treats. Wish to read comforting things about how lovely the…

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Channel 4 Reveals Next Wave Of Games

Today Channel 4 unveiled a new selection of gently educational web gamelets for 2011, funded by its educational division. Like this year's previous commissions, which included Littleloud's The Curfew, Zombie Cow's Privates, and SuperMe - a whole set of games from Preloaded intended to make teenagers “better at life” by mucking about on the internet - they're all being made by UK indies. What are…

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We Are Watching: Curfew Character Teasers

We've previously discussed the graphic-adventure-for-web I wrote with Littleloud for Channel 4. Anyway, since then, they've lobbed up four interrogation-scene character trailers to introduce the main cast. And you'll find them below. Out towards the end of next month, and available free to play online to everyone. And I'm not saying any more to avoid spoilers. Yes.

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The World Of Love Report

Last Friday we attended World Of Love. It was the first of what will hopefully be many UK-based independent games development conferences organised by the folks at Pixel-Lab, and specifically Mr David Hayward, who pretty much did everything in terms of Making It Happen. What he didn't do was host the event - that was handled by the indie-supporting media cabal at Channel 4, so…

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Don’t Come Out 2nite: The Curfew

Videos of Littleloud's contribution to Channel 4's British Indies initiative has surfaced online. The Curfew is a graphic adventure set in the near future with a satirical Civil Liberties theme, built on the technology which powered the previous BAFTA-winning Bow Street Runner. There's a minor conflict of interest on this one, which I should probably make clear before progressing: I wrote it. So - er…

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I Like Big Boats: Trafalgar Origins

News reaches us that Preloaded have done another of their education games. You'll remember the Tim-Stone favoured 1066? Of course you do. And if you don't, you'll have clicked on that link. This time it's Trafalgar Origins, an arcade game based around tall-ships and Nelson generally kicking ship-ass. Or Stern, as I believe it's known. My quick play reveals a game which simplifies a little…

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Cash Channel: Channel 4 Commisions Brit-Indies

Sometimes, the future creeps up when we're not looking. Part of me wonders whether this will be part of it. Channel 4, after some impressive successes with webgames like the Bafta Award Winning Bow Street Runner and the Tim Stone admiration winning 1066 have decided to spend a load more on making games, reports Develop. Key quote... The move is part of a £4.5m fund…

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Bow Street Runner

British Broadcasters Channel 4 send word of the first of their new online games, a rather well produced point-and-click detective adventure Bow Street Runner, which is set to arrive in a number of episodes in the coming months. The game is aimed to educate players about the work of the early police force - The Bow Street Runners - who were tasked with cleaning up…

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