Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Merry Caristmas: Rocket League Festivities Announced

It’s beginning to look at a lot like Christmas, and not just because tweets from Americans celebrating Thanksgiving today are a great preview of this year’s Crimble arguments. The Christmas market has set up here in Edinburgh, and wee wobbly cars are skidding around the ice-skating rink with mittens trailing behind them on strings. Rocket League [official site] is preparing to get in on the festive fun too, announcing a ‘Snow Day’ event with an icy pitch and a big old puck to push. You’ll also get to pick up Christmassy accessories for your sportcar, like antlers and hats.

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Steal Christmas: Payday 2 Event Adds Heist, Masks, More

There aren’t nearly enough Christmas-themed videogames in the world. Where are the modern equivalents to Christmas Lemmings, or the videogame kin to seasonal movies like It’s A Wonderful Life? I’m not satisfied by Christmas updates to non-Christmas games, though I suppose they’re a start.

Payday 2 is doing its bit by running a series of jolly updates to the first-person, multiplayer heist-‘em-up. There’s a new mission to steal some snow-like white powder, and the first few days of updates have thus far also introduced Christmas-themed masks similar to but legally distinct from other beloved Christmas characters.

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WildStar Cancels Christmas, Hallowe’en, No Word On Pancake Day

This took me like three seconds, Carbine should have asked me to help

Can you imagine having to tell all the players of an MMO that Christmas is cancelled? That there will be no twinkly lights in pine trees or fine dustings of snow offering the chance to feel festive while simultaneously escaping your nearest and dearest? That actually you’re not only cancelling Christmas but Hallowe’en as well? That’s what WildStar developers Carbine have had to do.

The logical lore explanation for all this would have been, like, “Some Mordesh dude in a pinstripe suit tried to alleviate his festive ennui by poaching Christmas* and doing it himself. Everything went tits up, no-one could find the Aurin rag doll lady who fixes this kind of thing and thus the holidays are off and it’s probably Tim Burton’s fault, not ours”. Alas, they didn’t go with that explanation.

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The RPS Super Uplifting And Helpful Holiday Buyer’s Guide

It’s almost Black Friday! Also, I guess that Thanksgiving thing is happening somewhere in between for filthy Americans, but that’s just a warm-up. A sentimental stop-gap. What really matters is making sure you get all the things on the cheap before everyone else does. That’s the real spirit of the season. But you can’t do it alone. You need assistance, aid, a helping hand to pluck out the games that’ll help you get ahead in the race to complete your ill-defined goals. Being the holly jolly consumer that I am, I made a quick video for just that purpose. Because what kind of site would RPS be if it didn’t continue such a time-honored, social-pressure-ridden tradition?

(Note: The Super Uplifting and Helpful Holiday Buyer’s Guide is not in any way liable for any tears shed or sweeping life changes made on account of its patented Uncomfortable Truths. Also, probably don’t take anything it says seriously. It *is* out to get you.) 

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Merry Christmas: Here, Have A Free RPS Christmas Game!

Cursed ignorance fairies.

Edit: The game is no longer available, sorry!

As RPS winds down for the Christmas break, you need not fear. We’ll still be posting some splendid things throughout the holidays. But today – the gift-givingest day of the year – we have a special surprise treat for you! A Rock, Paper, Shotgun game! Horace’s Endless Christmas explores the blasphemous horror of what would happen were Horace The Endless Bear to lose his infiniteness. You can get it for PC, Mac and Linux below!

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Thy Fractals Shine So Brightly: Polynomial

My Christmas tree is rubbish in comparison. Not just to this one. To every other tree.

I have no complaints when developers add a couple of snowmen, a Father Christmas costume or a giant rolling snowball to their games at this time of year, but it’s rare for a seasonal update to impress as much as the level added in Polynomial’s latest update. I’ll admit, I’ve only ever played the demo of the “musical space shooter” but you’d have to be a fool to argue that its dancing fractals aren’t a wonderful sight to behold. Are you a fool? I hope not, because then you might not be overjoyed by the abstract made merry in the video below. Perhaps try the demo (Windows, Linux, Mac)? The full game is currently on sale for £1.49 over on Steam.

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Terraria Adds Snowmen, Shivs And Santa

almost certainly the best image I'll see today

Christmas has come early to Terraria, with a patch containing a Daddy Crimble costume, snow, ice, presents, candy canes and gift-wrapped blocks. Most importantly though, gangs of snowmen will attack, armed with knives, snowbombs and Tommy guns. What this means is that you’ll be able to decorate the world with lights and festivity and then die at the hands of Al Snowcone and his meltable mobsters. A cheerful video awaits you.

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