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Feature: Where we're going, we'll need loads of roads

Why road-building in Cities: Skylines is a pleasure

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Cities: Skylines [official site]. Cities: Skylines is a game about building roads. Its lovely set of road-building tools allow you to scribe beautiful curved boulevards into the gentle slopes and combes of virgin lands, and it has inspired 19-page forum topics entitled Show Us Your Interchanges…

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Feature: Dying IRL

Diary: Our Real Lives And Deaths Across The Globe

Real Lives [official site] is an educational simulation that has been around for years. It randomly puts you into the shoes (or lack of shoes) of people from around the world, then tasks you with making the best life you possibly can. You may start as a fisherman's daughter in Sri Lanka, or an orphan in Brazil. But your life is only ever halfway under…

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Now You Can Too Be A Cruel And Clumsy God

Thanks to a childhood mired in Sid Meier's simulations, I've developed a soft spot for god games. In a world buffeted by unpredictability, it's so very nice to be in charge of helpless little lives, lives that could be brutally ended on a passing whim. This fascination with flippant sadism may be the reason why I’m rather excited about the release of Clumsy God [official…

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Feature: Narrow guage

Premature Evaluation: Train Valley

Each week Marsh Davies boards the Steam locomotive as it chugs its way through Early Access and comes back with any stories he can find and/or is cannibalised by rabid commuters while delayed in a siding. This week he’s played Train Valley, a chirpy but challenging rail construction sim. My attempts to run a railway system make a good case for nationalisation: the absurd delays…

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Feature: Inside Simudyne

How Games And Simulations Will Save Us From Disaster

“Were you the one that said I was a super-villain?” It’s not the most auspicious question to be asked during an interview. But when I first saw Justin Lyon speak, at the GaME14 conference at London’s Imperial College, I thought he had a lot of the ‘90s corporate supervillain about him. Something of the Jonathan Pryce in Tomorrow Never Dies. After all, he’s handsome, waspishly-smart…

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No Flare Path Today, Simulation Offering

There's no Flare Path today, with Mr Stone being delayed until the weekend. To keep in the spirit of 1300 on a Friday, however, I wanted to point you towards the Spintires tech demo. Have you played it? Holy cow, that's some good off-roading. Throwing this mad Russian ATV into a heap of mud is quite the thing. Spintires had a successful Kickstarter a while…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: One Of Life’s Stragglers

FP has never been afraid of asking difficult questions. What's the capital of Belize? At what temperature does fluid helium I transition to superfluid helium II? How long is a piece of string? If a question needs asking, rest assured we'll ask it. We've spent most of this week doggedly doorstepping wargame developers in an attempt to find out why, in 30-odd years of endeavour…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame loot

The Flare Path: A Skulk Of Foxers

The Flare Path turns one this week. Here in the UK that means it can legally get its navel pierced, buy wine gums, point at clouds, and read Knut Hamsun on public transport. To commemorate the occasion there'll be no game newscasts or inscrutable intros today. The entire column will be given over to quizzes. Dozing adorably beyond the jump are five bushy-tailed Foxers, each…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Sea Of Sand

“They've found her!”. 5 seconds ago I was fast asleep. “Ekrem, is that you? Do you know what time it is here?”. “Listen. HMS Clytemnestra has been found.”.  The words are ice-water hurled into my pillow-creased face. Warm feet slap cold floor tiles. “Where?”. “Are you sitting down?” .“WHERE?”. “You won't believe this. She's in the middle of the Gobi Desert.”.

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Hull-Down In Heaven

With Sergei on bow MG, and myself on coax and main gun, the Cherubim and Seraphim didn't stand a chance. We cut down maybe 300 of them before Tomas, getting nervous, decided it was time to leave the sunken lane. Wise old Tomas! As 'Hellhound' wiggled her way back through the gap in the farmyard wall, the shellcase-strewn position we'd just abandoned was scarified by…

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The Flare Path: Isle Of Boobies

Nobody knows for sure why the Hawaiian Giant Booby (Microsofta Flightus) died out. Some say its nest sites were invaded by shipwrecked rats. Others suggest Polynesian cloak-makers hunted it to extinction. A few believe the bird's demise was directly linked to its unusual habit of aero-ovulation. Me, I'm a subscriber to the 'Fatally flawed DLC' theory. MS released the wrong add-ons at the wrong times…

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Grounded: Microsoft Flight Development Has Stopped

Rumours that Microsoft's Vancouver studio had been completely shut down were swirling around the internet this morning, but in a statement to Gamespot, the company has specified that the studio will survive despite cuts. One of the projects that will cease, however, is Microsoft Flight, which means Tim Stone's desire for "jets, smuggling, and air-sea rescues...via DLC" is likely to be forever unfulfilled, at least…

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Feature: Simulation & Wargame News

The Flare Path Reading Room

The scent of parquet wax and trapped sunbeams greets you as you prise open the heavy glass door and step inside. This has to be the place, and yet, if it is, where are all the books? Noticing your baffled expression, a librarian, all tweed and twinkling eyes, approaches. “You were expecting more books? Everyone expects more books. At present we've only got the two…

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The Flare Path: Pole Stars

The Flare Path knows what it takes to plod across plateaus of pristine whiteness for day after day. Perhaps that's why he has a picture of Robert Falcon Scott marmaladed to his fridge door, and a stuffed Avro Shackleton dangling from his bedroom ceiling. It could also explain why he's decided to visit both the Arctic and the Antarctic in the deep-frozen hunk of seal blubber…

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The Flare Path: Mountainous Wait-And-Seas

Greetings Flare-opaths! By now, all of you that filled-in the form in the bumper Christmas issue, and sent in your (non-refundable) sixpences, should have received your Deluxe Membership Packs and free (while stocks last) mahogany-effect Flare Path flair point display racks. It's a handsome gift, is it not? And so versatile! Gavin Babbington, a member from Plymouth, has written in to say that though he…

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The Flare Path: Set To Idle

Has anybody seen a brown and white Protestant Work Ethic, about this big? He answers to the name of Scamp. I was walking him in the park yesterday morning when the little so-and-so ran off. I've contemplated searching for him, and I was going to print some 'LOST' posters, and stick them up in the local area, but - well - I just don't seem…

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Feature: Up, Up And A Way To Monetise The Game

Microsoft Flight review

Here at Rock and Paper and Shotgun we are committed to free-to-read Wot I Thinks. The following assessment of Microsoft's new gunless flight sim can be read as many times as you like for absolutely no fee: "Microsoft Flight is jolly good, all things considered." Enjoy that? Want more? You'll be pleased to hear that this WIT can be extended in numerous exciting and affordable…

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The Flare Path: Surf And Turf

Mother Nature is up to something. In my neck-of-the-woods cuckoo pint and dog's mercury have begun appearing amongst the leaf litter. The bare treetops are abuzz with avian Morse code. If I didn't know better I'd say a Big Push was in the offing. Gaia is going to try another assault with her Elite Photosynthesizers. It's as if she doesn't remember how it ended last year. How it…

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Lunacy Unleashed: Lunar Flight

Monday morning is my time for calming soundscapes and otherworldly experience. The other world in this case is The Moon, the one you've been casting longing glances at for much of your life, thinking 'one day I will build a robot factory upon you, the moon, one day.' Today is not that day but Lunar Flight, which I've enthusiastically enthused about before, has since been…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Asparagus Tips

The Flare Path thought he knew almost everything about Operation Overlord, but this week he read something in a book by Max Hastings, that left him flabbergasted. Apparently, in the weeks leading up to D-Day, instead of training, the Axis troops manning the Atlantic Wall spent most of their time planting Rommel's asparagus. Max didn't go into detail, but obviously the famous Generalfeldmarschall was either…

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