Posts Tagged ‘Fallout 4’

The modders making games more gender-diverse

Hannah just wanted to be a farmer. Not a male farmer. Not a female farmer. Just a farmer that didn’t have to suffer NPC after NPC lumping them into one gender or the other. Hannah’s hopes rose with the release of Stardew Valley, but after jumping into the farming sim they discovered it offered only male and female gender identities, with he/she pronouns to match. As someone who identifies as non-binary, Hannah couldn’t help but be disappointed.

“I’ve almost come to expect little to no representation,” says Hannah. “Being able to play a character that is different from myself is fun and interesting, but playing one true to myself I find is often more fun. It feels more real if you are in the world rather than just an observer playing a person in that world.”

Unwilling to sit idly by, Hannah took it upon themselves to broaden Stardew Valley’s gender diversity, modding the game so that NPCs referred to the protagonist with gender-neutral pronouns and replacing the gender symbols in the character creator with ungendered body-type indicators.

The response from other players was overwhelming. Read the rest of this entry »

The RPG Scrollbars: Making the RPG genre work in VR

About a year ago, I bought myself a HTC Vive. Since then, it’s gathered a fair bit of dust. I swear, it’s not that I’m a VR skeptic, so much as someone without a whole lot of space to play with who prefers being able to go to the toilet at night without tripping over what I’m going to call ‘a Maplin’ of expensive cabling. Of late though, I’ve been feeling the urge to go back in, largely I must say inspired by stuff I can’t actually play, like the intro to I Expect You To Die (Vive version is coming, I can’t be arsed with Revive) and watching the new Psychonauts and Arkham VR experiences from the PSVR.

So, I did. And I had some fun playing around with some new stuff.

My RPG based dreams though feel further away than ever.

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Steam Charts: guns vs swords

Blood for the blood god, it’s only the weekly Steam charts! These are the ten games which sold best on Steam last week.

The debate has raged for an eternity. The infinite dilemma that has defeated even humanity’s greatest minds.

Which is best: guns or swords? Today, I have a definitive answer for you.

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Fallout 4’s official high-res texture pack is out

As promised, Bethesda have released an official high-resolution texture pack for Fallout 4 [official site]. If your pigrig is ripped full of beef with chops to spare, you can download the pack for free to admire post-apocalyptic cups and corpses like never before. It doesn’t massively change how the game looks but does make it look… more like itself? Good-o! If you don’t fancy rifling through fan-made packs to figure out which changes least/most in a way you like, hey, install this and Fallout 4 will look better. Read the rest of this entry »

Fallout 4 high-resolution texture pack out next week

The official Fallout 4 [official site] high-resolution texture pack is coming free next week, Bethesda have announced. You’ll need a computer far beyond Fallout 4’s original recommend spec to make good use of the pack, mind. Can your box blast bonny Boston? Is your rig ready for the roof felt? Can your hog handle HD hats? Is your silicon-snorting framecrusher pumped for 60 reps of sand a second? Will your deck deck the decking? Read on for the system requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

Obsidian are making a new game and/or trolling us

‘Project Louisiana’ is the name of oft-revered RPG studio Obsidian’s next game, they’ve revealed, along with a graphic implying farmlands and a quote about facing up to some grim reality. Now, last summer rumours flew that a ‘Fallout: New Orleans’ was in the offing, based on an unverified and subsequently removed European trademark registration.

A whole mess of people looked at Obsidian expectantly, given that they were behind – don’t mention the war – well-received Fallout 3 spin-off New Vegas. They all but shot down the idea – but now they’ve pointedly codenamed their new’un after New Orleans’ home state. Read the rest of this entry »

Fallout 4 mod Revolted adds an in-game ’90s-style FPS

The new Fallout 4 mod Revolted [Nexus page] combines past and present in an impressive yet horrifying combination by adding a rude ‘tude ’90s FPS to the apocalyptoworld as an in-game video game. The checklist:

A growling protagonist? ☑
With politeness issues? ☑
And a cigar welded to his teeth? ☑
Crates? ☑
Barrels? ☑
Colour-coded locked doors? ☑
First-person platforming? ☑

The nuked-out world of tomorrow is more grim than ever before. Read the rest of this entry »