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Posts tagged “Nathalie Lawhead”

Feature: RPS says goodbye to Priceless Play

Priceless Play – 20 June 2020

Hey there, Priceless Pals. A melancholy day! This will be my last Priceless Play and the last Free Games Roundup here on RPS. Woe! I have had the undeniable pleasure of writing about the weird niche corners of free games for just shy of two years now, and I have loved every minute of it. Even though I won't be here to tell you what…

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Look at this wacky fish ARG about exploring abandoned websites

I don't know where to begin with this—literally, figuratively, existentially? It's a new browser ARG thing by Nathalie Lawhead who has made many odd things wot RPS folk have enjoyed like Froggy and Cyberpet Graveyard. Mackerelmediafish.com, which I suppose is the website and also the name of the game(?), is another such clever oddity.

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Feature: Games for troubled times

Priceless Play – 28 March 2020

Right. Well. It's a bizarre situation we find ourselves in (and I do hope you are in), and I am here to provide you with your weekly dose of free games. I can't deny that it's rather surreal to turn on my video game machine (that's my computer) and behave as though everything is some semblance of normal. While this routine remains the same, so…

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Feature: Free games of the week to tide you over

Priceless Play – 31 August 2019

Greetings, all! It's the end of August, and so, these dog days are over. The temperatures might remain warm well into September, but do not be fooled: autumn is on its way. It has been one year since I started writing Priceless Play, carrying the baton for Free Games of the Week. I love it! Bringing you weird writing on weird games week after week…

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Feature: Head to your local mass photocopy outlet today!

Priceless Play – 18 May

To this day, one of the most powerful things I've experienced is printing my own zine. Opening the box shipped to my door and seeing the neatly stacked little booklets with my handwriting inside is the sort of pride I imagine is reserved for published authors or narcissists. "Zine," for those not in the know, is short for "magazine," and it's honestly a lifestyle. Typically…

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Feature: Leaving on a jet plane

Priceless Play – 16 March 2019

Greetings from Terminal 2 of the Los Angeles International Airport! I'm seated in one of the ubiquitous hybrid chair/benches which grace all airport terminals across our great planet gearing up for a ten-and-a-half hour flight. Hooray! Like many people, the thing I love most in the world is shuffling into a gigantic airborne tube with numerous strangers for an extended period of time. (Bonus: I…

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Have your heart broken by a short-lived friend in RUNONCE

Usually, the last thing I do on a Sunday is clean up my documents from the week, organising everything I need and deleting everything I don’t. This week that’s going to be tricky, because I opened RUNONCE, the latest file-o-friend from Nathalie Lawhead. The little bunny within is currently stomping endearingly around my screen, asking me for my thoughts about death, and kindly requesting that…

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Feature: Ah! Love! That Many Splendour'd Thing!

Priceless Play – 16 February 2019

I don't like Dream Daddy. There. I said it. A game that de-eroticises queer romance in some apolitical neoliberal mystery world isn't it, chief.* There's a lot to love there, but so much about its technically-indie-corporate-sheen marketing gay romance rubs me the wrong way. I'm glad the game is there for those who need it, I'm glad there's a game where queer folks seem pretty…

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Your files want to smooch in A Desktop Love Story

Here's a free little something to raise a smile before I (mostly) disappear for the holidays - it's a new Nathalie Lawhead game-o-thing! Desktop Love Story is sweet way to spend ten minutes - living on your desktop in two folders are two files. They've never met in person, but the ambiguously_shy_file.exe has a bit of a crush on cute_file.exe, and it's your job as…

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Cyberpet Graveyard is Nathalie Lawhead’s latest digital concoction

At first I chose to completely ignore the cyberpet graveyard in Cyberpet Graveyard. I started walking down a country road instead, saying hi to the people I met along the way. One of them looked like this. ☜(˚∆˚)☞In Nathalie Lawhead's words, Cyberpet Graveyard is "a collection of strange, goofy, software that you discover by rummaging around in folders". She's calling it a "little treat-myself-project" after…

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Everything is going to be OK expands, feels less OK

Everything is going to be OK, the interactive zine/digital fever-dream from Tetrageddon creator Nathalie Lawhead always felt deeply personal to me. Its manic humour and wild imagination filtered through computer interfaces of yesteryear always felt underpinned by a very specific breed of frustration and sadness. Today, it grew just a little bit more, adding three new 'pages' set within hazy, unreal PC desktops packed dense…

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EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK is out

Something terrible has happened but you're still here, and... now what? EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK [official site] is the answer. It's a loud, colourful, surprising, earnest, funny, and devastating "interactive zine" from Tetrageddon developer Nathalie Lawhead, with dozens of scenes feeling around the aftermath and ongoing situation of living with bad things. Receive terrible and patronising advice, have even your desktop virtual pets…

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Everything Is Going To Be OK gets early access PWYW

Experimental project Everything Is Going To Be Okay [Gamejolt link] is having an early access-ish period to help developer Nathalie Lawhead (who you may know from her 2015 IGF award-winning project, Tetrageddon Games) finish it off. I hesitate to use the word game because that doesn't really encapsulate anything about the project - instead let's go with Lawhead's own description: "Interactive zine".

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Fantastic Arcade Bundle Serves Up Dog Detectives And Frog Combat

Got some extra cash to burn? Want to support the independent gaming community of Austin, Texas? Pick up the latest Fantastic Arcade Bundle, with five games from the festival hosted by game collective Juegos Rancheros. They include games from the maker of Downwell, the gang behind Bernband, and IGF winner Nathalie Lawhead.

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Feature: This week's best free games!

Free Loaders: Help There‚Äôs Frogs In My Computer

I didn’t mean for it to get this bad. They’re just harmless frogs, right? How was I supposed to know they would take over my life like this. I’m warning you, reader. Stay away from the frogs. Do not let them take you. Do not lose your freedom, like I did. Do not become a servant to their digital whims. No, don’t click to find…

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Feature: Anti-E3

The Indie Devs You Won’t Hear About At E3

Why do those big knuckleheads get all the attention? We all know about the yearly blockbusters of Ubisoft. And we can all see the behemoth that is EA. Yes, yes, they've got a new FIFA, that's great. But look away from these giants for a moment and you can clearly see the eco-system of game development harbouring thousands of other organisms. In the spirit of…

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Oddball IGF Winner Tetrageddon Games Released

ARMAGAD (also Tetrageddon Games) [official site], an updated collection of IGF Nuovo Award-winning oddities from Nathalie Lawhead, is now out. It contains games such as Froggy, sure, but Tetrageddon is... so much bigger and weirder. Loading Tetrageddon launches you into a fake desktop, an interface filled with hidden games, desktop companions, animations, chatbots, flirtbots, and... stuff. After a fair bit of fiddling and playing, I…

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Virtual Desktop Spudbud: Electric Love Potato

Electric Love Potato is not a game. However, nor are Windows or Twitch and we post about those. Creator Natalie Lawhead (of Froggy and the IGF-winning Tetrageddon Games) calls the free virtual desktop assistant "a game enhancer", explaining that "Like the Oculus Rift, Mouse, or Keyboard, Electric Love Potato will take your game, browsing, or workday, and take it to a new, positively reinforced, level...…

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