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Posts tagged “dave gilbert”

Feature: Canonically Jewish

B.J. Blazkowicz and the need for more diverse Jewish characters

For a series built around the deconstruction of Aryan bodies, it’s taken a long time for players to take the hint that Wolfenstein’s ubermensch William Blazkowicz is Jewish. That hesitation betrays our definitions of Jewish identity as old-fashioned, and also reflects that the few prominent Jewish characters in games play into and reinforce stereotypes. While Blazkowicz is the most high profile character to break the…

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Feature: Repossessed

Unavowed aims to be an adventure that borrows the best of RPG narrative

It really doesn't feel like it, but it's been five years since Dave Gilbert released one of his splendid point-and-click adventure games, and twelve years since he worked on a brand new story, following his series of Blackwell games. Unavowed is that brand new story, due out later this year, and it's ambitious in ways I wasn't expecting: it's a very traditional-looking adventure, that belies…

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Feature: Fairytales of New York

Wadjet Eye Interview: Urban Fantasy Adventure Unavowed Returns To World Of Blackwell Series

Part RPG, part adventure game, Unavowed is the next project from Wadjet Eye Games founder Dave Gilbert and even though it features entirely new characters, it takes place in the same world as the wonderful Blackwell series. I met with Gilbert at GDC and he explained the game's origins and intricacies, as well as talking about his love of urban fantasy, and his development as…

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Feature: Mallone in the dark

The Blackwell Epiphany review

Dave Gilbert's Blackwell Legacy series finally draws a veil over itself today with its final chapter, The Blackwell Epiphany. But does even New York's unluckiest and most underpaid medium stand a ghost of a chance of ending things on a high in this spirited finale? Here's Wot I Think... There's little harder to write than a good ending. For every Breaking Bad, there's a Lost,…

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Feature: Resonant

Interview: Dave Gilbert On Adventures, Blackwell & Pixels

Dave Gilbert is, I like to argue, the unsung hero of the resurgence of the adventure game. When things were quiet, he was industriously creating interesting, professional projects in the then-low-key world of Adventure Game Studio. With the likes of Gemini Rue and Resonance he and Wadjet Eye Games have become more prominent, and soon his long-running Blackwell series comes to an end with Epiphany.…

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The Blackwell Epiphany Will Be The Last In The Series

Wadjet Eye Games, the studio I would credit with being the forerunners of the current adventure resurgence, has announced the final Blackwell game. The Blackwell Epiphany will be the final outing for Rosa Blackwell and Joey Mallone, the intrepid alive-n-dead pair who have been guiding lost souls to the afterlife since 2006's The Blackwell Legacy. This time out, the soul they're trying to save is…

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Mourning Glory: The Shivah – Kosher Edition

Wadjet Eye are situated within an extremely comfortable niche. I think it's a niche. It's bigger than a cranny or a nook but probably not big enough to be referred to as a rift. I haven't played all of the company's published output, which includes externally developed titles as well as their internal creations, but despite my fondness for the Blackwell series, The Shivah is…

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גוט נייַעס: The Shivah – Kosher Edition

The very first game I played by the excellent Dave "Wadjet Eye" Gilbert was The Shivah. Released in 2006, it was in what adventure gamers know as The Shut Up About Them Being Dead Years. And I'd not kept up with the thriving AGS scene, I'm ashamed to say. So The Shivah was such a fantastic surprise. A sad, careful and deeply smart game about…

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Feature: Blackwellsploitation

When Giveaways Go Wrong: Wadjet Eye Interview

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene! Oh, crumbs. It's not Halloween at all, is it? It's the other one. The one when we burn effigies on a fire and watch on in horror as our pet dogs cower in a puddle of their own wee, thinking they've been caught in the middle of a war. Let's pretend it is still Halloween though because Dave…

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They’ve Got It! Wadjet Eye Announces Blackwell Epiphany

Adventure supremo Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games has announced a new entry into the lovely Blackwell series. The fifth game of the ghost-n-detective adventures is called Epiphany, and once again has Gilbert writing, with Ben Chandler on background painting and sprites. Which is exactly as you'd want it.

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Puzzle Bots Released, Demo Out

I'm trying to think of a way to link the new puzzle/adventure game from Erin Robinson and Dave Gilbert, Puzzle Bots, to a hung parliament in the UK election... Right, okay, here we go. In this hybrid game you control up to five robots at once, who are all forced to work in coalition with each other in order to complete tasks that would otherwise…

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Wot I Think: The Blackwell Convergence

Dave Gilbert first grabbed people's attentions with his adventure game, The Shivah. His deft touch with the AGS engine, and ability to tell simply, emotional tales, saw him and his developer, Wadjet Eye Games, win a bunch of awards. The series he's known for now, the Blackwell stories, has recently released its third instalment: The Blackwell Convergence. Here's wot I think.

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Get Spooked: The Blackwell Convergence

Fans of Dave Gilbert's Wadjet Eye Games should already be looking forward to The Blackwell Convergence. The creator of some really fantastic independent adventure gaming, like the award winning The Shivah, and the previous Blackwell games, Legacy and Unbound, has been building up to The Blackwell Convergence for quite a while, and now there's a new series of teaser cartoons to build up to the…

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