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  • Dote Night: Why Dota 2 Is Navy Blue

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    By Philippa Warr on October 8th, 2014 at 9:00 pm. Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart. This column is something I wrote early this year and posted on my own blog.

  • S.EXE: Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines Part 2

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    By Cara Ellison on October 24th, 2014 at 9:00 pm. This is the second part of my Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines Diary. You can read the first part here. All of this is huge spoilers so it’s only your OWN fault if you read any of this and then ruin your whole life because you spoilered this wonderful game and then you will never like anything again and love will seem hollow.

  • Field Notes: How Devs Recreate Wilderness In Games

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 7 readers - By Mitch Bowman on October 21st, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Most survival games are set in the great outdoors, and while The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Firewatch aren’t survival games, both have taken interesting steps to present natural wilderness. We asked Mitch Bowman to find out more. The outward appearance of everything on Earth that wasn’t made by humans is one big accident.
  • Skyrim Survival Diary: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 8 readers - By Brendan Caldwell on October 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 pm. There are lots of survival games, but there are also lots of games which could be survival games with the right mods installed. Over the course of Survival Week we’ll highlight a few of those games and i)write a diary of our experience playing with it ii) explain how to do it yourself. I found Meeko sitting by the side of the road.
  • Wot I Think: Costume Quest 2

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 10 readers - By Alec Meer on October 10th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Costume Quest 2 is a roleplaying and puzzle game from Psychonauts and Broken Age studio Double Fine. It’s about kids’ Halloween costumes actually transforming them, and thus enabling them to battle time-travelling dentists and candy-snatching aliens, in a fight to save the future from sugar-phobic tyranny. It’s out now.
  • A Chat About Banner Saga-Powered Roguelike Bedlam

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 7 readers - By Alec Meer on October 16th, 2014 at 8:00 pm. A couple of weeks ago, a roguelike which uses the Banner Saga engine to create a rather attractive post-apocalyptic cocktail of FTL, The Oregon Trail and XCOM popped up on Kickstarter. Bedlam’s around $90k into its $130k goal, with just eight days left on the clock.

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  • A Chat About Interior Design In Games, With Ubi’s Dan Cox

    … By Philippa Warr on October 31st, 2014 at 9:00 pm. For no reason other than “We were at the same conference and his work sounded interesting” I ended up scheduling a meeting with Dan Cox. He focuses on level art at Ubisoft Toronto and his work has most recently appeared in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. He was in Paris to give a talk about interior…

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  • In The Deep End: Narcosis Hands-On

    … By Philippa Warr on October 31st, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Although not specifically an Oculus Rift game, it’s hard to imagine playing Narcosis without the headset. The game is an underwater survival story which demands the player manage his or her oxygen supply as they navigate the ocean depths when an incident leaves them stranded. “The perception…

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  • BG’s Month of Terror : Our Top Ten Scariest Horror Villains

    … In order to pull you in to the atmosphere of any kind of horror, there has to be a villain of some kind. This week at brutal gamer, we will reveal to you some of our most frightening villains of all time. When the word villain pops up, alot of people think super hero, and their arch-enemy counter-paths, but the truth is anyone or thing could…

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  • Wot I Think: Dungeon Of The Endless

    … By Adam Smith on October 31st, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Dungeon of the Endless is a roguelike defense game that rewards fast thinking, inventive solutions and tactical awareness. No, that’s not quite right. Dungeon of the Endless is a cocktail of genres that rewards inhuman omnividence, uncanny forward thinking and strategic oversight. Closer? Dungeon…

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  • Hands On: The Talos Principle

    … more personal bits of writing, and academic literature on ontological philosophy over the last few thousand years, flesh out a story that’s entirely yours to piece together. And yes, the fact that within this highbrow musing you’re being asked to collect giant floating puzzle pieces from contrived challenges is very much a conscious part…

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  • Lo-Fi Let’s Play Special: The (Complete) Colonel’s Bequest

    … era that’s one part meditations on my childhood, one part adventure game criticism, and one part preservation effort. Bonus: Everyone says the quiet talk, lo-fi handmade feel and keyboard tapping triggers ASMR responses. Please enjoy! When I recently featured one of my all-time favorite adventures,The Colonel’s Bequest, for a quick Lo-Fi look, I…

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  • Retail Blues: Lamenting The Demise Of Game Stores

    … the Whispering Goddess of Graphics Cards. If a game-savvy friend came to my house and inspected my shelves, unless they study my Desktop and my Steam library too, there’s no way of them knowing that I’ve also got cool titles like, say, consummate bowel-loosener Amnesia: The Dark Descent, unfathomable platformer Braid, or arse-on-a-plate space sim Faster…

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  • Welcome back.

    … After quite the hiatus, we're back. No, seriously, we're back and we're coming to PAX Australia on Saturday. We really need the puzzle pieces. While most of the team have been working on other projects, we've unfortunately been neglecting this site. But don't worry, because starting today we are back. On Saturday, James and I will be headed…

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  • Dote Night: BTS and joinDOTA On Fixing Match-Fixing

    …: “With the recent incidents involving Mineski, MSI, and Arrow, the information was presented to us from outside parties in the form of suspicious bets, and also leaked Facebook logs admitting to the match-fixing in the case of Mineski/MSI teams. With regards to Arrow, there was a much more extensive investigation due to there being no admission of guilt from…

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  • Wot I Think: Civilization – Beyond Earth

    … By Will Wiles on October 29th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. “They should have sent a poet,” says astronaut Jodie Foster, struck dumb by wonder upon encountering alien intelligence at the end of the film Contact. It’s easy to feel the same way about Civilization: Beyond Earth, the latest iteration of Sid Meier’s venerable and mighty Civilization franchise…

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  • Impressions: Sproggiwood

    … each new quest with no skills, they’re quickly added as you level up, letting you work out the best string of additions for each character. And as you progress, new enemies discovered in later quests will appear in the older ones, offering a tougher challenge. It’s an interesting balance between the purist clean slate of a roguelike…

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  • MASSIVE CHALICE: Moderate Impressions

    …, and I don’t have access to the other settings yet. A steady flow of new units is vital, but I haven’t actually found myself hand-wringing because I’ve sent out someone whose DNA makes them a little less accurate, or whose advanced years mean they can’t travel quite so far each turn. Even when I accidentally bred only Hunters for a couple…

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  • Hands On With Hex: Shards Of Fate

    … By Cassandra Khaw on October 28th, 2014 at 11:00 pm. I am the Little Red Rabbit Hoodlum, a fluffy-eared cleric armed with a legion of suicidal bunnies and ravenous mushroom people. My opponent is a knight in shining armor, who practically gleams with self-righteous pomposity, her hair a flaxen banner in the imagined sun. She laughs when she…

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  • Cardboard Children – King of New York

    … By Robert Florence on October 28th, 2014 at 9:00 pm. It’s impossible, at this stage in the game, to talk about how Richard Garfield’s King Of New York shapes up in comparison to his modern classic King Of Tokyo. That comparison just can’t be made yet – not properly. King Of Tokyo is a game I have played maybe a hundred times, and I would…

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