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Feature: New-wave hipster Mormons

Polyamorous representation and spitting on your friends in Spitkiss

Not a lot of people understand what polyamory actually means. Some consider it cheating, others conflate it with polygamy, and think polyamorous people are just new-wave hipster Mormons. I’m polyamorous, and while I’m both new-wave and a hipster, I’m not a Mormon, because from experience that isn’t what polyamory is. Without taking a good while explaining the nuances of polyamory (the different relationship orientations, the…

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Feature: Selfies, emojis and refugees

Bury Me, My Love review

"A game about Syrian refugees" has certain connotations, at least if you are not yourself a Syrian refugee. I expected sustained suffering, a maudlin and desperate tone, confusing cultural differences and a great deal of poetic misery. Which, well, probably says a few uncomfortable things about me, doesn't it? Because Bury Me, My Love, which plays out as a quasi-real-time text message conversation documenting one…

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Away: Journey To The Unexpected launches its charm offensive February

Away: Journey To The Unexpected is a preposterously cute game. Launching on February 13th (or earlier from GOG), it's a first-person action RPG by Aurélien Regard (The Next Penelope), and as much about making weird new friends as bopping monsters on the head. I've had the chance to play around with an early build, and it feels like an unusual blend of inspirations. Part PSX-era…

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Moddable JRPG Edge Of Eternity launches into early access

JRPGs seldom stray into the early access minefield, but Edge Of Eternity is doing a few things differently. Despite looking like a half-dozen famous JRPGs put into a blender until glossy (I'm getting hints of Xenoblade and The Last Remnant - tangy), it's being developed by a tiny nine-person crew called Midgar Studio. This initial release of the game is just the first act of…

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Dead In Vinland demo offers a week of Viking survival

A demo is out now for Viking survive-o-management RPG Dead In Vinland, inviting us to play through one in-game week and see if we can hack life on a mysterious island. "At its best, Dead in Vinland is compulsive, and a great example of systemic roguelike storytelling," Nic Rueben said in our Dead In Vinland review. But at its worst... ah, it's good that a…

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Feature: Tonedeaf in Vinland

Dead In Vinland review

A man finds a severed bull’s head and flees from the worms crawling in its rotten cranium. Dead in Vinland is a management/survival RPG in which you’re tasked with leading a family of exiled vikings as they attempt to keep themselves alive and sane in a strange new land. Strange is the operative word, and in between managing resources and relationships, you’ll be dealing with…

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Another Lost Phone found in autumn

Our John hugely enjoyed exploring a stranger's pocket telephone in A Normal Lost Phone, even relishing the guilt that comes with invading their privacy and interfering with their life. Good news, snoopers: French team Accidental Queens today announced that someone else has dropped their pockphone, and we'll get to explore it this autumn in Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story [official site].

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Roguebright – Away: Journey To The Unexpected

Away: Journey to the Unexpected [official site] looks like a cartoon come to life, in a way that reminds me of Rayman and his Oranges. It was no surprise to see that one member of the two-person team working on Away was a level designer on the Rayman franchise. The art and code is the work of Aurélien Regard, who you may know as the…

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