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How To Make A Great British Bake Off Game

The latest series of The Great British Bake Off has come to an end, causing those of us hooked by its cream-filled buns, end-of-the-pier puns, and oddly sincere celebration of the human spirit, to feel as empty inside as an incompletely prepared batch of jam donuts. After a few days spent facing a future free from sugar, gluten, and the strange tension between Paul Hollywood…

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Love In The Dark: Steenberg Releases Exo Test

You may think you're something of a video games whizz. After a few minutes of button-bashing and mouse-waggling you'll figure out any game, you like to think. No. Nope. Not with this. Love maker Eskil Steenberg has released a public test version of his next game, Exo (formerly Dark Side of the Moon), and you should read the helpful file named How_to_play.txt. Without it, you…

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The Steenberg Emails

Well, email. "Emails" just makes it sound cooler, like a political thriller. I'm sorry I lied to get you in here, but there's something fun waiting for you. I promise. You might remember the post from last week when I DRAMATICALLY REVEALED Love guru Eskil Steenberg was working on a strategy game, codenamed The Dark Side Of The Moon. It was all very exciting. I…

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We Can Finally See The Dark Side Of The Moon

Lovely Love-maker Eskil Steenberg has finally revealed what his next project will be. He just popped a video up on Youtube, showing off the prototype for a Dark Side Of The Moon, a "real-time strategy stealth action game". The video is a quick look at some of the units he's preparing for the battlefield. It looks like he'll be focusing on smaller battles, rather than…

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Eskil Steenberg’s Love Is Free

It's as if he wanted his own pun thread. Love, the strange and beautiful co-op building/combat MMO, is now completely free. If you have never played it, you should, because it is one of the great outliers of game design. Eskil has been quietly working on in for several years, and it's packed with surprising features, clever AI behaviour, obscure solutions, and hallucinatory visuals. I…

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Falling In Love Again

Delicately enigmatic online shootery buildery co-opery thing Love is just a slightly bit less enigmatic now, waving in new users to its impressionistic world via a demo. The one-man MMO show has just welcomed an expansion, Dark Matter Spreads Over Fair Land, where the world you're on is a slowly corrupting via a powerful artifact. As Eskil Steenberg puts it: "Bad things happen". The demo…

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Love Grows Stronger, Deeper, Cheaper

In stark contrast to the usual internet drum-banging that occurs whenever a developer patches a new feature into their game, Eskil Steenberg has been growing Love- his beautiful, enigmatic, online building game- on the sly, with new features arriving simply as precious treats for the game's existing community. As of this week, he's dropped the price of the game to €10 for 180 days and…

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WoL Footage: Harris, Steenberg, Betts

So we already posted the Subversion wobblecam footage from last year's big indie event, World Of Love, but now there's much more from a bunch of other speakers. Almost certainly the most interesting of these is the talk by Cliff Harris, who speaks in plain terms about the practicalities of making a living from producing indie games. If you don't have a cash-button formula like…

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Free Love Weekend

No, nothing like that. It's Eskil opening up his minimally-multiplayer shooting and building game, Love, to everyone, just for this coming weekend. Being co-op down to its procedurally generated soul, it's a game that is best played with chums, so why don't we get on there and have a RPS love-in on Saturday night, perhaps from about 7pm BST? You can download the client now…

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Love Spreads: Free “Avail” Expansion

Steenberg has announced that there's going to be a free expansion for his mini-MO, Love. It's called Avail, and it's going to allow players to benefit more from their progress within the game, specifically in a player advancement system and in being able to extract a number of precious resources from the landscape. Progression will be based on standing with other players who are online…

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Eskil Steenberg Made Love

Beautiful and weird co-op combat and settlement-building MMO Love has been released. After months of furious development, one-man studio Eskil Steenberg has finally brought his project to completion, and it's one of the most individualistic, esoteric experiences in gaming. It really is not like other games, and as such it's my opinion that you should probably try it for yourself. Love is a challenging thing,…

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The Incredible Secret Future Of Videogames

This is a heavily revised version of an article first published in PC Gamer UK, last year. It's based on a presentation given by Ray Kurzweil at GDC 2008, and subsequent conversations I had with the author Charles Stross and the game designer Eskil Steenberg. This article began back in 2008, when I was sat in the audience for GDC's keynote speech by futurist Ray…

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“What Is Love, Beta?”

The "beta" version of build 'n' shoot micro-MMO Love has almost arrived. It's not beta in the usual sense, of course, because like the previous alpha-test version you'll need to pay a 3€ fee for access. Currently the testing stage is only for previous subscribers, but it'll be opened up as access for all on the 7th. Eskil has been working hard squashing bugs and…

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Worlds Apart: Love & Neverdaunt 8bit

Oddly, Love isn't the only trippy single-programmer MMOG with an emphasis on player landscaping and building that's currently in beta. There's also Neverdaunt 8Bit, or N8, which swaps procedurally generated gorgeousity and lethal roaming AI for a retro aesthetic and plain old messing around. I took a closer look at both of them recently and find myself liking one an awful lot more than the…

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Morning, Love

Having pootled around in Love for a while last week, and watching Steenberg's updates on Twitter, I decided it was time to have a decent session in the alpha build of the game. This led to me tell my girlfriend that I'd be spending the morning "in Love with James." She didn't bat an eyelid, used to such early-morning incoherence, and continued getting ready for…

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Love Test Client

Nothing playable yet, but Steenberg has released a test client that will (via the menu screen) show how well his impressionistic multiplayer game will run on your PC. It's kind of tantalising and frustrating to download this and not be able to log in, but by running it you'll be helping Steenberg out by gauging interest and general PC specs for his potential audience. Also:…

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Automagic: Love Footage And Tools Demo

Graphics wizard and solo MMO developer Eskil Steenberg has just posted up a couple of videos from GDC. The first shows a substantial amount of footage from the game itself, with Steenberg playing around in the game world, building, deploying items, creating infrastructure, setting off remote radio bombs, sabotaging AI manufacturing plants, exploring deserts, and so on. Amazing stuff. Perhaps even more impressive, even for…

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Love Gets Closer

Just a random bit of newsflash from one of the games we've been following most closely this year: Eskil Steenberg's latest blog entry closes with the line: "I don't know if is possible to "manufacture" great control bugs, but its worth a try, maybe I already have. Next week when i get back home from LA, my first alpha will go out so I guess…

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RPS Interview: Love

Following on from the recent trailer, I decided to see if one-man-studio Eskil Steenberg would answer a few more questions about his city-building MMOFPS. Below we find out a little more about what we can expect from his strange indie project. Jim: So, my first question is about the visual style of Love. Was it something you envisioned, or did it come about via experimentation?…

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