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    • Hello, I Have Anxiety Disorder – And Gaming Helps

      By John Walker on January 22nd, 2015 at 12:30 pm. I have anxiety disorder. It’s a form of OCD, weirdly, despite more often being categorised under “depression”. It sort of fits in both. It’s an obsessive condition that causes someone to be unable to control their fear, to become entangled in irrational and debilitating worry, and at its extreme, to be afflicted by horrible intrusive thoughts.

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    • PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

      By RPS on January 1st, 2015 at 8:00 am. 2014 has been eaten, leaving only the aftertaste of zombie flesh, Uruk head dresses and fantasy hexes to remind you of its charms. But quick, clear away the crumbs from your shirt, wipe the residue from your lips, for there’s a first-footer at the door. It’s 2015! It’s here already and it’s bringing games. Approximately 418 of which are listed below.

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  • I’m A Lover, Not A Fighter: 3 Hours With The Witcher 3

    … By Tom McShea on January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 pm. I was travelling into the forest with a hunter who had seen a griffin slay dozens of men and women. The ground was still puddled with blood from its most recent massacre, but it was another act of violence that drew my attention. In conversation, the hunter revealed that he was chased from his…

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  • Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword – Captain Smith, Part 1

    … feature of Fire & Sword. “Watch this!” I think to myself, take aim and… miss. With my new bloodstained French friends watching, I painstakingly reload the gun (it takes some eight seconds) and fire again. And miss again. For my third shot I walk right up to the padlock and shoot the lock off at point blank range. This does not bode well…

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  • The Sunday Papers

    … By Graham Smith on January 25th, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Sundays are for putting off everything you’re meant to be doing, everything you want to be doing, and instead playing Football Manager till sleep. Best finish up that first season and post links to some of the week’s finest games writing. This is from the week before, but I only read…

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  • The RPS Bargain Bucket: Bytes Of A Feather

    … features a host of excellent if aged titles, including S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl and Year Walk. I haven’t played Pixel Piracy myself but I’ve heard rather excellent things about it. Similarly, Kraven Manor seems interesting if you’re the type who relishes unsettling architecture and Fate: The Cursed King looks adorable to no end. (Tiny, stumpy…

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  • S.EXE: Seven Stories About Love

    … for that year.” Anne included this photograph in her email, which made me feel a little bit melty inside. World of Warcraft Lysaara wrote to me about her years playing World of Warcraft and how it initially brought her and her now ex-boyfriend together. The legacy of their relationship, after it was over, was left in the remnants of her game, including…

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  • Remembering Vangers And The Virtue Of Nonsense

    … By Marsh Davies on January 23rd, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Be a good vanger and take the nymbos to Incubator, would you? Grab a jar of phlegma while you’re there – the Podish bunch are due a good smearing. Maybe snap up a tabutask or two if you think your mechos can take it. What’s that you got? An Oxidise Monk? Pfft. Still, if it’s Plump-Up, you might…

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  • Text, Lies And Videotape: Her Story Interview

    … techniques, and how it has as much in common with Alan Bennett as True Detective. When I came to transcribe the interview, which ran for nearly three hours, I realised that the first question I asked wasn’t answered until the end. In a nod to the game’s own fragmented monologue, I’ve rearranged Barlow’s replies under single word headings, which explain…

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  • Have You Played… Brogue?

    … By Graham Smith on January 23rd, 2015 at 3:30 pm. Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. You hear combat in the distance. You feel a sense of loss. You hear something die in combat. Brogue is a freeware roguelike with attractive ASCII graphics, intuitive mouse…

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  • The Flare Path: Dreadnoughts And Droid Thoughts

    … By Tim Stone on January 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Though my Battle-of-Jutland-through-the-eyes-of-a-ship’s-cat war movie remains unfunded, untitled and largely unwritten, I have mentally sketched out the final scene. EXT. FIRTH OF FORTH. DAWN. Passing under the awesome edifice of the Forth Bridge, the bruised and battered HMS Warspite is pelted…

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  • A Good Puzzle Game Is Hard To Build

    … of the core concept, and by distilling it down to a small grid with a small number of things you can figure out the minimum you need to make the right experience.” But there are counterarguments to be made. Blow suggests there are times when a laser-focus can be traded for a broader intent. We talk about Fez – a game we both love – which externalises…

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  • The Old Weird Web: Formative Online Gaming Experiences

    … By Jeremy Laird on January 22nd, 2015 at 9:00 pm. Usually you’d find Week In Tech in this spot, but it’s been a particularly big week in tech already. With the big Microsoft Win10 and Holowhatsit announcements covered here and here and here, for this column I’m proposing to go off the reservation. Let us, each one of us, reminisce and indeed…

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  • Infinifactory: Early Access Impressions

    … By John Walker on January 22nd, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Oh my goodness, Infinifactory is difficult. I’ve been delighted by the recent spate of 3D first-person puzzlers, like Mind: Path To Thalamus, The Talos Principle, Puzzle Dimension, and of course Portal and Portal 2. Infinifactory looks at them and says, “Pah! For babies!” An obvious evolution…

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