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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.

  • Interview: Gearbox On Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 7 readers - By Paul Dean on September 30th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. With every new release, the Borderlands universe becomes increasingly ridiculous. It’s been happening for a while now, with the puns, the slapstick and the hidden pop culture references that pepper Borderlands 2 and further season its DLC. I’m hardly complaining, because I’ve gradually disengaged from the first-person shooter over ...
  • 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.
  • The RPS Bargain Bucket: Angry Pigeons

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By Cassandra Khaw on October 4th, 2014 at 12:41 pm. I’m leaving on a jet plane, and I know exactly when I will be coming home – I suppose that disrupts some of the romanticism, doesn’t it? Alas. Anyway, I’ve been musing about something that was brought up in the comments in last week’s Bargain Bucket. What’s everyone’s stance on sites like cdkeys? They make me leery, obviously.

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  • The RPS Bargain Bucket: Time Slip

    … By Cassandra Khaw on October 25th, 2014 at 6:31 pm. Ugh. Do you know what happens when you’re travelling in the United states, trying to adhere to a Malaysian schedule, and occasionally checking in to see what time it is in United Kingdoms? Chaos, that’s what. And being insanely late with the Bargain Bucket, which is embarrassing to no end…

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  • Interview: Warzone Survival In This War Of Mine

    … Miechowski to talk about the challenges in creating a game like that. The formatting might seem a little odd but we were playing the game as we talked, hunched over Miechowski’s chunky laptop at one of the Wellcome Collection’s cafe tables. RPS: Can you tell me what inspired the game? Pawel Miechowski: It was an article by an anonymous author. It’s…

    2 readers - Philippa Warr - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - This War of Mine -
  • The Grand Tour: Recreating Recreation

    … to the possibility of tourism as a perhaps unintended aspect of many experiences. Procedurally generated places have the potential to be new and strange forever, and in the handcrafted worlds that they create, developers are often facilitating the simple act of admiration. This photojournal shot within Grand Theft Auto V might be my favourite…

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  • How To Make Minecraft A Survival Game

    … be tweaked to reinforce my place as nature’s downtrodden underdog. Know your way around Minecraft modding? Skim the subtitles and get to work. If you can’t tell a mod from a META-INF, this next part is for you. Prep Work Minecraft has more versions than a Ubisoft pre-order, and to keep everything civil you’ll want to stick to v1.7.10. Pull up…

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  • Minecraft Survival Diary: Longing For Home Comforts

    …. Loading my pack with the most brutal of mods, I set out into Minecraft with pure intentions: to establish a simple steading. The farmhouse shall be made of rustic sandstone. A small flower garden would be nice. And then the fields; a solid smallholding to support me and mine with fresh, free-range produce. Perhaps I’ll organise outhouses…

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

    …. Footsteps. A voice. But the lights flickered and went off. Pots and pans in the kitchen threw themselves at me. Messages on the wall in blood. And I could do nothing but pursue this little girl ghost who cries, and the longer I followed her through the burnt out wreckage of the hotel, the more violently the building attacked me, the more afraid I got…

    8 readers - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Vampire: The Masquerade -
  • A Fistful Of Gelli Bears: Neo Scavenger Diary #3

    … By Adam Smith on October 24th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Neo Scavenger is one of the best turn-based RPGs I’ve ever played. Although still in Early Access, it has oodles of content and has received several hefty updates since I first played it. As part of Survival Week, I decided to document a single playthrough of the game. No quicksaves, no restarts…

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  • BG’s Month of Terror: Our most terrifying in-game moments

    …, and I said to myself that the only time that I will give it another go is when I have enough courage to do so. For now it is just collecting dust. Lisa – US Staff Writer Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is a game full of scary moments in gaming. For the survival horror genre, few reach the level…

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  • The Gentlest Surviving Of Them All: Salt

    … By John Walker on October 24th, 2014 at 5:00 pm. What better aligning of the fates than RPS’s Survival Week, and a fresh arrival on Steam, to excuse playing some more of Lavaboots’ Salt? The seafaring island-explorer has seen a few updates since I last played, as well as a place on Steam’s Early Access. And most of all, fishing. I’ve…

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  • Have You Played: Miasmata?

    … By Alec Meer on October 24th, 2014 at 3:30 pm. If only they’d called it ‘Guerilla Botany’ instead. So much easier to remember/spell. Miasmata never enjoyed the degree of attention that many contemporaneous survival games have, which perhaps has something to do with the absence of zombies. Or perhaps because it’s primarily about collecting…

    1 readers - Alec Meer - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Miasmata -
  • The PREVIEW we WROTE about LORDS of the FALLEN

    … means that even the fastest roll feels sluggish by comparison – and anyway, blocking is much more viable and your dude can take more of a beating. I cannot emphasise this aspect enough: in Souls you can be wearing the fanciest armour in the game, and still get slaughtered by a guy in a loincloth with a pointy stick. Here the minor enemies feel much…

    3 readers - Rich Stanton - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Lords of the Fallen -
  • Wot I Think: Pike And Shot

    … reasons to return. Ready for the moment when you do eventually weary of the handmade scenarios is PBEM multiplayer (with files and matchmaking handled by Slitherine’s labour-saving PBEM server), a battle editor, and a skirmish generator. The latter produces some very pleasing battlefields and nail-nibblingly close-run engagements, and, thanks…

    3 readers - Tim Stone - Rock, Paper, Shotgun -

  • How Green Is My Uncanny Valley

    … year I’ve become very aware of how trees and grass move in the wind when it comes to videogames. It came about because I finally decided to get into the Skyrim modding scene. But with the power to change anything in the world I didn’t like or felt could be improved, Skyrim became my own personal dollhouse. Instead of a game it was a project. Screw…

    4 readers - Philippa Warr - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - The Valley -
  • Every Death You Take: Perma-Permadeath in DayZ

    …, I run into a shed and find myself face to face with another player. I’m so utterly shocked and terrified I don’t even remember to take a screenshot, but this is what he looks like to my wide, panicked eyes: In truth, he’s just wearing a boonie hat and blue checkered shirt, his hands balled into fists but not holding a weapon. Another freshie. “Hey…

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  • Week in Tech: The PC Is Dead, Long Live The PC

    … help noticing that Apple’s fancy new A8X chip in the new iPad Air is being made by none other than TSMC at 20nm (that’s a measure of the size of the tiny bits inside the chips and for decades the whole computer industry has been predicated on it becoming ever smaller, allowing faster and cheaper chips, google Moore’s Law for, er, more) . It’s TSMC…

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