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Posts tagged “Sam Barlow”

#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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Feature: Just one more thing

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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Have You Played… Aisle?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Aisle is one of my favourite games. It's a snapshot of a life in progress that unfolds into a complex character study that you can guide toward tragedy, farce, drama, thriller or romance. The confines within which it operates - a text adventure…

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