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Reigns: Her Majesty swipes right to December 7th

Reigns: Her Majesty

Nerial’s Reigns was such a lovely surprise. An utterly unique take on role-playing that worked a little like King of Dragon Pass mashed up with Tinder. Slipping gracefully into your role as King, a procession of courtly visitors sidled up on your PC or mobile phone screen, and you swiped left or right to answer their queries and requests with either a positive or negative slant. Simple, but brilliant once it started layering in multiple advisory factions with their own unique goals, and distinct story-arcs began coalescing.

This time, it’s the Queen’s turn to rule, and rule you shall, if you can wait just a couple more weeks. Reigns: Her Majesty is set for release on December 7th. Look within for a peek at some gameplay.

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Reigns: Her Majesty coronated later this year

2016’s Reigns crunched the complexities of running a kingdom down to yes/no decisions selected simply by swiping left and right, causing Alec’s Reigns review to declare “Game Of Thrones + Tinder = You Died.” Today developers Nerial announced a sequel, named Reigns: Her Majesty [official site], which jumps forwards in time a little as the focus shifts to queens. A renaissance is upon us but revolution is in the air, and we’ll be swiping for our lives once more. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaming Made Me: Colossal Cave Adventure

Young Leigh herself, and an Apple IIe

This week in Gaming Made Me, our series of highly subjective game retrospectives, Leigh Alexander documents the profound escapism and giddy cartography offered by Colossal Cave Adventure, aka Adventure, aka ADVENT – aka the first-ever adventure game.

I’ve lived in New York City for nearly nine years now, and yet I still can become so easily disoriented in the grids of Manhattan. Nearly every time the subway stairs eject me blinking into the aboveground sun, I don’t know which way is north; I stagger for landmarks, and I am shaking my iPhone to dislodge the compass interference that will tell me which way to turn. My map reading skills are horrific.

It wasn’t always this way. As a child I was a cartographer of imaginary worlds, drawing maps by hand for my best friend Charlotte and I to play with.
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The Electronic Wireless: Leigh Alexander GDC!

RPS didn’t go to GDC. Leigh Alexander did. So we thought it a good idea to get her on the yap-machine to ask her about her experiences. Bit of an experimental RPS-cast this one, being done over Skype. Will the sound quality be enough for the audiophile RPS listeners? I think it’s okay – did some noise-reduction and leveling which seems to polish it up, though there’s a smidge of drop-out right near the end. Ah, that internet wireless. Anyway – you can download it direct here, it has an individual net-home and here’s the iTunes page, while the full running order – in case you want to skip past the bits where Leigh insists on talking about consoles – is beneath the cut…
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The RPS Electronic Wireless: Leigh Alexander!

We’ve been promising this for a while, but I’ve finally managed to go through and edit this. It’s still fifty minutes recorded when I was off in New York for NYCC and crashing overnight at game journalist dynamo Leigh Alexander‘s Brooklyn apartment. At near midnight, after hitting a bar somewhere, whilst drinking some manner of whiskey. We mainly focus on Leigh’s background in games and her ongoing interests – which includes lots on sex and sexuality in games, and culture generally. It’s both more off-topic and probably more explicit than usual. To say the least. It’s a fascinating carcrash between some fancy games and cultural theory and… well, just a carcrash. Also, takes a while to get the mic position sorted so Leigh’s laugh causes some peaks, especially early on. We know that some of you are sensitive like that. Anyway – you can download it direct here, it has a special internet home and here’s the Itunes home, while the full running order is beneath the cut…
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Red Alert 3 Trailer Analysis: “War and Boobs”

There's so many images in this one, I'll be damned if I'm going to caption them all. Fill in your own, eh?

You may have noticed that with Red Alert 3 EA are pressing the button marked “Sex” as if it were a magical device which ejaculated streams of money. Which it may well be. Now that they’ve actually released details of the full cast, being a serious games site, I thought it of critical importance we analysed whether by spending such tall-dollars they’ve managed to succeed in titilating us. I called the undisputed Miss Sex of videogame journalism, Gamasutra and Sexyvideogameland‘s Leigh Alexander, and we went through the trailer together, deciding who was hot and who was not. You might be surprised by the results. You may not be surprised to discover I was drinking.
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