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Posts tagged “Robert Yang”

Get 14 romantic visual novels while supporting Black trans folks

If you missed the giant Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality on Itch last month, you've got yet another shot at good games for a good cause. The Visual Novel Romance Collection for Black Trans Lives is precisely what it says on the tin: fourteen romantic games (several of which the RPS crew have quite liked) in support of The Okra Project.

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Hard Lads is a short meditation on masculine fragility and deck chairs

Sometimes you've just gotta take off your shirt, light up a smoke, and get your best mate to smack you in the back with a stool. The latest game from Radiator 2 and The Tearoom creator Robert Yang, Hard Lads is a brief tale of alcohol, furniture, and cigarettes, all in service of adapting the viral tale of two English lads trying their hardest to…

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Feature: The most wholesome unwholesome free games

Priceless Play – 30 May 2020

Ok. I'll bite. What's a "wholesome game"? I watched the Wholesome Direct a few days ago, which gave me 53 examples of wholesome games, and I'm still not quite sure I know what falls under the label. Here are a few components of my working definition: wholesome games are nonviolent, often star anthropomorphised animals, and are soundtracked by ukuleles or a delicate piano line. They're…

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Feature: Raindrops on kittens and whiskers on roses

Developers of your favourite games share what they’re most proud of making

Times are strange and frightening. But one point of great solace for me has been hearing people celebrating things in their lives. It feels especially important right now to hold on to what makes us all proud about what we do and who we are. And what I really love is people showing off things they’re proud of making.So I’ve been asking a bunch of…

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Feature: Feeling weird about/with games

Priceless Play – 9 November 2019

I've been thinking a lot about "weird games" lately. When folks call things weird it seems to be a shortcut for saying, "this is different from what I usually experience, and was, therefore, unexpected." Sometimes it is dismissive, sometimes it is contentious, sometimes 'weird' is worn as a badge of honour.In a past life, I considered myself an art historian (this is because I got…

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Feature: Saxophone solo

Soundbyte: Why sex games are important and what makes a good one

 To experience this #content, you will need to enable targeting cookies. Yes, we know. Sorry. Manage cookie settings Soundbyte is back, and a lot sooner than it took for us to get from episode one to episode two! In this one, we’re talking about sexy, sexy sex games, why they’re interesting, what the rest of the industry could (and should) learn from them, and…

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Feature: Sex: from hyperreal to hyper-abstract, text, sext, and Flash.

Priceless Play – 23 February

**This week's Priceless Play is NSFW!!!**Sex in games is certainly nothing new. There are, of course, the various moral panics -- GTA's famed "hot coffee," for instance -- to countless articles about the sex lives in SecondLife. Our Very Own Kieron Gillen wrote a primer on Sporn (that's "Spore porn," for the uninitiated) eleven years ago. Cara Ellison had a column, called S.EXE, here at…

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Feature: Presents of mind

We asked developers: what would you gift the games industry?

We ask the tough questions here at RPS. We’re like Jeremy Paxman but in a very long bear costume. We once asked 15 developers what they’d do if they were stuck in a room with a clone of themselves. This is important stuff. Today, we ask another question: What would you gift the games industry for the holidays? We put this query to a bunch…

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Gleaming: Robert Yang remasters Rinse & Repeat

Robert Yang has whipped out his digital loofah to scrub, exfoliate, and polish Rinse And Repeat, his 2015 game about scrubbing the hunky stud you're crushing on in the gym showers. Rinse And Repeat HD is updated with new graphical fanciness and gamepad support (though moving a mouse still seems a more fitting motion for a sponging). And yep, it's still fascinating, still about returning…

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Feature: Movies

Priceless Play – 16th November 2018

Some games, not all games (but some) have a degree of representational movement in them. A couple of years ago I went to see a panel discussion of designers at the Southbank Centre (a dream lineup: Naomi Alderman, Cara Ellison, Emily Short, and Meg Jayanth; moderated by Simon Parkin) and one of the designers mentioned the way players automatically notice the effects of their own…

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Feature: Shoot the real me!

We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?

Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario:"You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you entered the room, but as every second ticks by they are…

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The Forgotten City has me stoked to solve murder-puzzles, again

The Forgotten City, true to the spirit of its theme, is both a game that has yet to be released and is a game that has been available for years. While I've always been one of the few hold-outs that's been annoyingly "meh" about Skyrim, I fired up my copy this week to play through the The Forgotten City, which began as an extensive mod…

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The DreamboxXx Bundle supports LGBTQ+ and Immigration non-profits

If you read our site, you're probably familiar with Robert Yang at this point. One of my first introductions to Yang's work was through this RPS article on The Tearoom, which is a "historic bathroom simulator" that dealt with gay issues but could not include gay sex, so the in-game penises were replaced with guns, because no one in the industry will ban a game…

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The Tearoom is a ‘historical public bathroom simulator’

We’ve been teased for months by Robert Yang, creator of Radiator 2 and Cobra Club, with 3D models of high-grade urinals and promises of pee physics but now the game he’s been working on is out. The Tearoom [itch.io page] is a “historical public bathroom simulator about anxiety, police surveillance, and sucking off another dude's gun”. You might think that’s a euphemism - and, I…

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Student games: stealth vomit, injury hell & sandwiches

You may know Robert Yang through his games or his creative Level With Me series of interviews, which ran on this very website, but did you know that he is also a teacher? One of his courses at Parsons is described as "Building Worlds" and yesterday he shared some of his students' mid-term projects. They're "autobiographical" games that you can play in your browser, and…

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Robert Yang’s Gay Hunks Arrive On Steam In Radiator 2

We've spanked a hunk, watched a hunk suck a lolly until it all turned sinister, wanked off a car, scrubbed a hunk, and snapped dick pics in Robert Yang's recent sexy gay games. They're funny, yeah, and intimate, caring, thoughtful, celebratory, and challenging. Now he's remastered those first three to be a bit fancier and collected them in Radiator 2 [official site], which is out…

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Feature:

Free Loaders: Not Safe For Work Or Your Mum’s House

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the human penis is in want of a photographer. A fundamentally interesting organ, it is versatile, yet vulnerable. Undeniably ugly and yet, somehow, ugly in all the right ways. It is this humble male appendage which brings us all together this week. Suffice to say, do not read on if your boss is sitting next to you. Unless…

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Feature: Half-baked ideas.

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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Rub-A-Dub-Dub: Robert Yang’s Rinse And Repeat

It's late in the year, but between Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015, Metal Gear Solid V, and now Robert Yang's Rinse and Repeat [official site], might 2015 become known as The Year of the Video Game Shower? Maybe. You know. It could happen.A game about scrubbing a hunk in a gym shower, Rinse and Repeat is the latest in Yang's fascinating series of free…

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