Posts Tagged ‘Eat Sleep Create’

Premature Evaluation: Crest

Crest seeks to explore the way religions evolve, say the devs - although “devolve” might be more accurate here, your various edicts warping with the strange whims of your followers. There is certainly precedent for that, in the long and bloody history of religious misinterpretation. One of the most famous instances of such semiotic slippage in Christianity occurs when St Jerome - the patron saint of translators, no less - attempts to produce a new Latin translation of the bible from the original Hebrew, rather than from the Greek which had been the basis for the Latin translation hitherto. And in so doing, he unwittingly creates a pervading racist slur that plagues an entire people to this day.

Each week Marsh Davies brings a rain of fire upon the Sodom ‘n’ Gomorrah that is Early Access and comes back with any stories he can find and/or succumbs to the sordid pleasures therein. This week he fixes a puritanical eye upon the hapless hedonists of Crest, a god game in which your only interaction is to set a list of commandments and hope the humans heed your Word.

The god of Godus was less Jupiter than janitor, a god whose entire divine being was dedicated not to righteousness but to relentless menial labour. Crest’s god, by contrast, has a bit more responsibility, being required to describe an entire moral framework with a few judicious instructions. Though, that’s not to say your chosen people won’t find your religious writs open to some degree of interpretation. 180 degrees, in fact. Tell them to seek food and look after the elderly and, a few generations later, the tribe is waging a xenocide on gazelles and dancing until they drop dead.

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Play God With Otters: Free Lake Simulator Among Ripples

All this scene needs now is a foolish woman close to hypothermia.

Ponds, ponds, ponds – they’re all I talk about nowadays. Yesterday I had a lovely swim in 2C water with crackling ice in the center, and I’m leaving now for today’s dip. I never know what’s beneath me in the murky waters, but it might be handy. I get paranoid when a cormorant’s diving near me, wondering if I’d even notice if it plucked off a numbed toe, and last week I think I kicked a fish.

Obviously, I’m delighted to find lake ecosystem simulator Among Ripples free on Steam.

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