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Sunday, 2 May 2021

Exploration and risk zones.

quote [ This entry explores the relationship between player and environment in natural spaces. ]

Interesting writeup on the design of game environments ? creating barriers and incentives for progressing.

Bonus: another one on cozy mechanics.
[SFW] [games] [+1 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@11:24amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 1 May 2021

I Need to Explain to You Just How Dire America's Pokémon Card Crisis Is

quote [ Pokémon cards aren't just expensive. Card grading services are being completely overwhelmed in an ?avalanche of cardboard.? ]

Hand over ya money, ya phone an' ya pokemon cards
[SFW] [games]
[by ScoobySnacks@11:00amGMT] [3 comments]

Tonight We Riot

In a dystopia where wealthy capitalists control elections, media, and the lives of working people, we?re faced with two choices - accept it or fight for something better.

Tonight We Riot doesn?t have just one hero. Instead, you play as a movement of people whose wellbeing determines the success of your revolution. ]

Tonight We Riot is free till midnight tomorrow, I believe, for May Day.
[SFW] [games] [+6]
[by steele@1:06amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 29 April 2021

'Hotline Miami' Showed the Futility of Ultra-Violence as Critique

quote [ If The Last of Us Part II?s upcoming violent journey through the post-apocalypse is going to feel like a flashback from the last ten years, perhaps that means games are due for another shift in how they portray and discuss violence. But what form will violence take once games transcend how we think of it now? Will it become more limited in scope or scale? What is the limit point of cruelty? Whose head must be smashed to turn the head of a player, or hell, a critic in our time? ]

Some interesting thoughts on violence and shame as game mechanics.
[SFW] [games] [+1 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@7:28pmGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 23 April 2021

We talk to Disco Elysium's incredible narrator, who recorded 350,000 words of dialogue and has never acted before

quote [ A chat with Lenval Brown and voice director Cash DeCuir. ]

Not being much of a gamer, I've not played Disco Elysium yet, but it's on my list as I keep hearing great things about it.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut on steam
[SFW] [games] [+1 Good]
[by steele@5:53pmGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 18 April 2021

The joy of treating demos like a finished game

quote [ A good demo is a tight balance of seductive and abrasive. It wants to entice you into a purchase but to do that, it has to frustrate you, sating you just enough then whipping the carpet away. So you try to frustrate the demo in turn. You deny the thing its status as a disposable prelude, a means of earning preorders - you treat it, instead, as something complete and valuable ]

Demo time (can't touch this)!
[SFW] [games] [+1 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@5:21pmGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 9 April 2021

Be a VR giant and swat at PC players like pests in Davigo

quote [ Davigo begs the question: why didn't this exist already? It's an asymmetric multiplayer game in which one player in a VR headset attempts to swipe and slam up to four tiny, nimble players on desktop computers, who each wield rocket launchers. It plays with scale in ways that look like glorious fun. ]

For Steele. Also, if you have no VR tech, you can still play blinking games with your webcam.
[SFW] [games] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@7:44amGMT] [6 comments]

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

The Fans Who Refuse to Let PlayStation Home Die - IGN Inside Stories

quote [ Hardcore PlayStation Home fans are using unique methods to resurrect the divisive social space six years after its death. This is the Inside Story of the fan... ]

?Fans... finds a way.?

In addition to Sony shutting down the store for platforms from 2 generations ago.

[SFW] [games]
[by damnit@2:08pmGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 5 April 2021

Why It's Morally Okay To Pirate All Of Sony's Games (The Jimquisition)

quote [ Sony has basically given incentive for us to pirate every PlayStation game under the sun. With their decision to axe the storefronts of three systems and consign thousands of digital games to oblivion, the company has fully telegraphed its regard for entertainment software.

Whether it's PSP, PS Vita, or PS3, you might as well just download everything. At least one Sony executive would agree with you - the one so blinkered he can't even understand why you'd PLAY old games, let alone buy them.

It is morally okay to pirate all the PlayStation games you like. Sony basically loves it. ]

Sony not even giving devs a heads up they were shutting down the store they were developing for would blow my mind if I hadn't spent the last couple years hearing about VR devs jumping through hoops trying to sell on the Oculus Quest.
[SFW] [games] [+3 Interesting]
[by steele@5:12pmGMT] [6 comments]

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Terra Nil - Reclaim the Wasteland by vfqd, elyaradine, TheJunt

quote [ A reverse city builder about ecosystem reconstruction ]

Clever and satisfying building puzzler with easy mode options.
[SFW] [games] [+1 Good]
[by Paracetamol@5:46amGMT] [0 comments]

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