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Sleuth through strangers’ FMV lives in Telling Lies

FMV investigate ‘em up Telling Lies has launched, bring you reams of stolen footage to search through at your leisure. There’s a good reason you’re nosing into the lives of these four strangers, I’m sure. At least, if you think naked curiosity is as good a reason as any. Which I do. Look, here’s a sneak peak via the launch trailer.

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Feature: Who watches the watchperson?

Telling Lies review

If I was really lazy I would just write "you know Her Story? It's like that but more," and call it a day. But I'm not lazy. I am a diligent and enthusiastic employee of Rock Paper Shotgun, and that sentence would be a bit of an oversimplification of Sam Barlow's new watch videos 'em up Telling Lies.

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Telling Lies will send you panning for FMV fibs next week

FMV sleuth ‘em up Telling Lies will be in stores next week, asking players to unravel a mess of fibs told by four strangers in order to figure out the truth behind a “shocking incident.” I expect task number one will be learning exactly what that incident was, because the new trailer isn’t going to tell you anything beyond what it feels like to peek…

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Feature: Another Story

‘I hate repeating a trick’ – the writer of Telling Lies on going back to the desktop thriller

When Sam Barlow released murder mystery game Her Story in 2015, he probably didn’t expect to get a two-page spread in Le Monde about this three-hour FMV game. Her Story worked because it was simple. You had a fictional desktop and a search engine that would bring up videos of an ongoing police interview. When you typed in “dead” or “argument”, you’d get a video…

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Telling Lies asks players to untangle one big truth from four sets of FMV fibs

Her Story was an interesting experiment in FMV sleuthing, and writer Sam Barlow's followup Telling Lies looks like the next step for the format. Players are asked to pick through four people's lives through stolen and secretly recorded videos, and unravel the truth behind a "shocking incident" linking them all, plus an oddly specific "96 small lies" along the way. Developers Furious Bee have roped…

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Feature: #interactiveTV #betterthanbandersnatch

Have You Played… #WarGames?

Before Bandersnatch, there was Sam 'Her Story' Barlow's #WarGames. You may well have never heard of the latter, as this interactive TV-like-game came out rather quietly early last year and didn't have the big ho-ha of being on Netflix or associated with one of the biggest TV shows on the planet. But if you thought Bandersnatch was the pinnacle of modern interactive entertainment, I'd argue…

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Feature: We can utilise a zeitgeist as well as anyone else

Some video games that are like Bandersnatch, but better

If you’ve choosed-and-adventured through Bandersnatch, the recent Black Mirror thing on Netflix, and aren’t already a fan of experimental interactive fiction: I envy you. It means you’re able to play actually good examples of interactive fiction for the first time. Sure, Bandersnatch has funny lines, surprises and scene stealing performances from Will Poulter doing a “pretty much exactly how I, the writer, talk in real…

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#SamBarlow’s #Wargames #goeslive #March14th

Sam Barlow, once lead designer on the Silent Hill series, has now made his name exploring the lines between film and gaming with 2015's Her Story. While we're still waiting for that games' spiritual sequel, Telling Lies, he's just announced the release date for #WarGames, an interactive six-part programme where the viewer controls the video feeds, which will, apparently, influence your experience of the series…

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Shall we play a new #game from Sam ‘Her Story’ Barlow?

I make references to old movies, because I am an old man who only thinks about the past. In this case, the reference is to 80s 'teen hacker almost accidentally nukes the world' thriller Wargames. Y'know, the one that no-one remembers anything about other than "shall we play a game?" But don't we all feel like best friends when we quote it together? We already…

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Her Story creator Sam Barlow is involved in Telling Lies

Oh no, is that headline libellous? Let me check my big copy of McNae’s. Actually, no, let’s live dangerously. Sam Barlow, the creator of crime thriller Her Story is caught up in Telling Lies! By that I mean he is making a new interactive video story called Telling Lies, and teaming up with a big ol’ film production company to do so. We don’t know…

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His Story: What Her Story dev Sam Barlow’s doing next

"Hello," said Graham, strolling into the RPS Treehouse. "Here's a link to a seven-thousand word article which was interesting and has information about Her Story creator Sam Barlow's interactive film project. BYE!" And off he went, out of the window, diving into a leaf pile and disturbing the local hedgehogs. It was a New Yorker piece by Raffi Khatchadourian about interactive films and is a…

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Her Story Creator Joins Interactive Filmmakers Interlude

With Her Story [official site] sweeping up 3 awards at GDC, more than any other game, you may be wondering what Sam Barlow is going to do next. (You could almost say: what his story is going to be.) He teased Her Story 2 in the past, in a wonderfully tantalizing tweet, but he has also decided to join Interlude as Executive Creative Director. If…

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He Said She’ll Say: Her Story 2 Teased

Most of Team RPS spent the end of June hunched over screens, looking confused and tapping away at their keyboards hoping that eventually something would make sense. Wait for it. And in the game. Thank you, thank you. FMV crime mystery Her Story [official site], which has players watching old police interview footage and trying to figure out what happened, ended up one of our…

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Feature: Perfect Crime

Game of the Month: July – Her Story

Videogames spilling out of closets. Videogames stuffed under your bed. Videogames in your hair, and in your eyes, nose and mouth. Shrunken videogames clogging your pores, marching through your arteries. Videogames like rocks in your stomach. Oh, hello. Are you suffering from too many videogames? That's why doctors* created Game of the Month. Take just one videogame monthly and you can fight the ill effects…

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Feature: Our Stories

In Conversation: RPS Discusses Her Story

Now that Her Story [official site] is available, Adam, John and Pip have gathered to discuss the structure and plot of the extraordinary FMV crime game. There are spoilers throughout and as much of the game revolves around the secrets and lies surrounding a criminal case, please don't read on if you haven't already played. Our spoiler-free review and interview should help you to decide…

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Her Story review

A camera records the statements that a woman makes to the police in relation to her missing husband. Years later, you sit at a computer and search through a video database by typing in keywords. The computer searches for the keywords in transcripts of the statements and returns up to five results. To dig deeper, you'll have to make connections, combine words, play detective. Her…

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True (Sort Of) Detective: Her Story Launches June 24th

Sam Barlow continues to stake his claim on the coveted title Basically Gaming's Soderbergh as he meanders between mainstream and indie culture. He's gone from writing a XYZZY Award winning interactive fiction game called Aisle in the late '90s to Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, AKA that Wii game wot was quite good, and is now a few weeks away from releasing one of the most interesting looking narrative experiments I've…

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Feature: Serial, True Detective And Alan Bennett

Text, Lies And Videotape: Her Story Interview

Sam Barlow has one of the most impressive CVs in gaming. By my reckoning, he only has six releases to his name but two of those games are comfortably inside my list of all-time favourites - the experimental interactive fiction of Aisle and the masterful Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. The latter might never come to PC but hopefully it'll arrive in digital download form on…

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