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  • Week in Tech: Nvidia’s New GPUs Are Stupidly Good

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    By Jeremy Laird on September 25th, 2014 at 9:00 pm. Last week, Nvidia’s unstoppable NDA force ran up against the immovable object that is Week in Tech’s Thursday slot. Now it’s all out in the open and we can take in just what Nvidia has achieved with its new high performance Maxwell graphics. And not at an altogether offensive price either, at least for one of the new 3D chipset ...

  • The RPS Bargain Bucket: Angry Pigeons

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    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.

  • A Chat About Banner Saga-Powered Roguelike Bedlam

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 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.
  • Wot I Think: Alien – Isolation

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By Adam Smith on October 3rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Alien: Isolation is Creative Assembly’s first-person survival horror take on Ridley Scott’s Alien. No predators, no marines, no swarms of xenomorphs. This time it’s not war. Instead, we have one space station, one creature and one Amanda Ripley, locked in an apparent cycle of terror.
  • The Magic Circle Hands-On: Visiting Development Hell

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By Alec Meer on October 7th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. The Magic Circle is the first game from Question, LLC, the new studio from Jordan Thomas, he of Thief 3′s The Cradle, BioShock 2, BioShock: Infinite and many more. It’s a systems-driven first-person exploration adventure about a years-in-development game of uncommon ambition, and it’s about rewriting its rules from the inside while t ...
  • Goodness, Welcome Philippa Warr To The RPS Hivemind!

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By John Walker on September 29th, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Horace is finally back from his shopping trip, and we are very excited to welcome the latest member of the RPS family. It is none other than Philippa Warr! Yippee! Please say your nicest hellos below. We were inundated with incredible applications for the job we advertised a couple of months ago, and Pip’s application stood out splendidly.

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  • Retro DayZ: DoomZ Alpha Impressions

    … By Alec Meer on October 21st, 2014 at 1:00 pm. “This is a a remake of DayZ but made in a superior engine in which zombies can’t just walk through walls.” I love that. Puritanism in zombie games. If there was a Mojo magazine for games, “Doom is still the best engine in the world” would be its “the Beatles are still the best band in the world…

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  • Have You Played… Luftrausers

    …By Alec Meer on October 18th, 2014 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. Luftrausers is a stupid game. The planes can’t even fly properly! The planes can survive going underwater! The guns fire an infinite number of bullets bigger than the plane itself! Yes…

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  • The Flare Path: And The Judgement Of Solomon

    …By Tim Stone on October 17th, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Are you ‘feature complete’ yet? Have you written that novel, made that parachute jump, found that special someone? By my calculations my own personal beta test still has about 250 years left to run. Circa 2264 the handful of people that backed my 1970 Kickstarter campaign will get an email thanking…

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  • Dreadnought: That’s No Moon

    …By Alec Meer on October 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am. Somehow we haven’t written about Yager’s flying battleship combat game Dreadnought since going COR BLIMEY YEAH I’LL HAVE A BIT OF THAT PLEASE THANK YOU back during E3 week. Time to correct that. Time to correct that with massive great spaceships. This in-game footage is a little bittersweet…

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  • Back To Eldritch

    …By Alec Meer on October 15th, 2014 at 5:00 pm. First-person, Lovecraft-themed explorey-death game Eldritch is so good. Somehow I didn’t think that the first time I played it. I thought it was Quite Good, and then I forgot about it. Recently, I’ve been going back to it, in the way I used to go back to The Binding Of Isaac or Spelunky. A year later…

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  • Games Critic Cancels Campus Talk After ‘Massacre’ Threat

    …By Alec Meer on October 15th, 2014 at 4:37 pm. Feminist games and media critic Anita Sarkeesian has cancelled a planned talk at Utah State University, following a threat of “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if she went head with the lecture. The ‘Tropes v Women In Video Games‘ creator took the decision after local authorities…

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  • Wot I Think: Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary

    … on to the point that all you can see are cobwebs, such as happened with the original Quest for Glory. There are other reasons of course, not least making a quick buck some old IP from a dark vault, but they’re the ones I can get behind. Gabriel Knight simply isn’t a game that needed a do-over. It’s one that easily fits in the category of ‘classic’ rather…

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  • Have You Played… Long Live The Queen?

    …By Alec Meer on October 13th, 2014 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. Halfway between visual novel and ultra-specific RPG, Long Live The Queen is a surprisingly brutal matter of trying to stay alive when everyone – and everything – wants you dead…

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  • Letters From Nowhere: Silent Hills

    … there alone… It’s easy to forget that Silent Hill 2 is available on PC, if you ever knew to begin with. With no digital download available through legal channels, the physical copies available are usually being flogged on the Amazon Marketplace or ebay for £40+. There’s an occasional cheaper sale, usually unboxed, but the third game is far easier…

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  • Have You Played… Eve Online?

    …By Jim Rossignol on October 12th, 2014 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. There are MMOs, and there’s Eve Online. There are space games, and there is the space game which is a thriving, living universe populated by thousands of players and brought…

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  • Raised By Screens, Chapter 4: Alien

    …By Alec Meer on October 10th, 2014 at 5:00 pm. This article was originally published as part of, and thanks to, the RPS Supporter program. Raised By Screens is probably the closest I’ll ever get to a memoir – glancing back at the games I played as a child in the order in which I remember playing them, and focusing on how I remember them rather than…

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  • Have You Played… Knock, Knock?

    …By Jim Rossignol on October 10th, 2014 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. Deeply weird and fantastically stylish, Knock, Knock – a Russian studio’s examination of insomnia and being afraid of the dark – is one of the best games of the past couple…

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  • Wot I Think: Costume Quest 2

    … and repeat quests – find six hidden kids in each level, find three hidden costume pieces in each level, find a rare trading card in each level. There was a mild sense of dread as each new level began because of this – but, as I increasingly think I should write in capital letters at the start or finish of every game verdict I AM PLAYING THIS GAME AT SPEED…

    7 readers - Alec Meer - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Costume Quest 2 - Costume Quest -

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