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  • S.EXE: Groin Gravitators

    Published at Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 31 readers

    My circumstances have changed yet again as I make my way around the world on a silly adventure with game developers. I find myself writing this week’s S.EXE in the muggy heart of the most boisterous American city, New York. It is currently pissing it down, and yet, as my f...

  • The RPS Ultra Super Perfectly Coifed GaymerX Chat Show

    Published at Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 30 readers

    For so many reasons (many of which I’ll elaborate on soon), GaymerX raised the bar for game conventions in my mind. I usually come away from these things drained and a little bit sad, a B.O.-scented ball of cynicism, but GaymerX actually left me energized after it came to ...

  • DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 29 readers - It’s QuakeCon O’ Year again, and you know what that means: Doooooooooom. No, seriously. Despite a Carmack-shaped hole in its heart, developer id Software has promised a big reveal. Apparently it’s for attendees’ eyes only, ...

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  • Mode Seven Explain Why Frozen Cortex Left The Frendzone

    … Frozen Synapse developers Mode Seven have been quietly talking about changing the name of their exceedingly clever but regrettably-titled strategic robo-sports game Frozen Endzone for some time now. Tired of all the friendzone puns and concerned about how much it overstated the American Football aspect, they’ve only gone and done it. Frozen…

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  • Bird-Brained: Nelly Cootalot’s On Greenlight

    … The extremely lovely point and click adventure Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy appeared when RPS was but a fledgling chick, not sure how to arrange text and images. The game, however, knew exactly how to arrange such things, the sweetest love letter from boyfriend to girlfriend, and a damned funny little adventure too. Last year saw a sequel…

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  • Editorial: Why Steam Needs To Give New Releases A Chance

    … Valve can’t win. And Valve always wins. That’s a fair starting point for any discussion about Steam. From their vastly dominant position, with a concerning grip over the online PC marketplace, they’re both the bane and the boon of PC developers. If Valve makes a decision, you can guarantee that there will be more voices screaming dissent than…

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  • The RPS Bargain Bucket: International Tiger

    … There’s a certain poetry to the recent schedule of sporting events. First, we had the World Cup, which was rather widely celebrated (and criticized.) Now, we have the International, which is somewhat less maligned but just as adored. I’m of the opinion that the Olympics will probably never open a sub-section for esports, but it’s rather…

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  • S.EXE: Hentai Edition (NSFW)

    … I have been aware, for a while at least, that for S.EXE you wanted me to do something on Hentai/eroge/H games, and so this week I fulfilled your wish with Da Capo. For a pretty long time I didn’t want to cover Hentai, the main reason being that I couldn’t find one that appealed to my personal libido and I am very selfish. (Though when living…

    41 readers - Rock, Paper, Shotgun -
  • Origami Army: Upside Down Dimensions

    … Yesterday, Alice had a public rumination about what games news is/should be/can be, and it’s true to say that’s something which preoccupies all of us on RPS to some degree these days. In a world of instant headlines, Twitter, and charismatic people who can record response videos to anything within seconds of it happening, what purpose does…

    11 readers - Alec Meer - Rock, Paper, Shotgun -
  • DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

    … It’s QuakeCon O’ Year again, and you know what that means: Doooooooooom. No, seriously. Despite a Carmack-shaped hole in its heart, developer id Software has promised a big reveal. Apparently it’s for attendees’ eyes only, but I will do my best to convey the big moment with the mightiest BFG of them all: language. Join me below as I semi…

    29 readers - Nathan Grayson - Rock, Paper, Shotgun -
  • Sickstarters: Yogventures Dead, Confed. Express Delayed

    … Important note: none of this means Kickstarter is broken or doomed or mostly abused. It’s just two instances of something not working out, in these instances because the particular people involved made particular (and perhaps troubling) decisions that were not to their backers’ benefit. I retain plenty of faith in the Kickstarter model, but I…

    22 readers - Alec Meer - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Into the Dead -
  • Solarix: Hey, Who Turned Out The Lights?

    … John wrote about promising space-scares title Solarix last year, and aw, bless – clearly he didn’t even remotely suspect it would end up on Kickstarter. I’m much more hardened and jaded now, so I simply presume that any game which doesn’t have a big publisher attached to it will end up on Kickstarter or Early Access, or both. With 22 days…

    11 readers - Alec Meer - Rock, Paper, Shotgun -


  • Nobody Wins In The Dictator vs Call of Duty

    … This was yesterday’s news of course, but it seems too bleakly funny to neglect mentioning here. Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision from his jail cell, claiming the use of his name and image as a CODBLOPS 2 baddie is unjust and misrepresentative. While his lawyers do note that “Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist…

    11 readers - Alec Meer - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Dictator - Call of Duty -
  • Terratech’s Free DIY Sumo Tank Demo

    … Much as evoking robotic ball-based sci-fi puppetshow Terrahawks probably brings in a certain older crowd, they really should have called Terratech DIY Sumo Tanks. The world loves a prosaic title these days. Look out for my game ‘Little Dude Jumps On Things Simulator’ at the top of the Steam charts soon. Terratech it is, though. We had a look…

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  • The RPS Ultra Super Perfectly Coifed GaymerX Chat Show

    … For so many reasons (many of which I’ll elaborate on soon), GaymerX raised the bar for game conventions in my mind. I usually come away from these things drained and a little bit sad, a B.O.-scented ball of cynicism, but GaymerX actually left me energized after it came to a close on Sunday. The small San-Francisco-based con was dedicated…

    30 readers - Nathan Grayson - Rock, Paper, Shotgun -
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