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No Ibuprofen? Try Serious Sam 3

No Ibuprofen? Try Serious Sam 3
I'd been waiting for the right moment to try Serious Sam 3: BFE, and it turned out that the right moment was this weekend, because I had the flu.

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StoryNexus – peruse your own adventure!

StoryNexus – peruse your own adventure!
Ever fancied crafting your own adventure game or interactive narrative? Too darn lazy to write a whole bunch of code? Fear not, London--based Failbetter Games has the approachable story-creation tool for you.

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Pushcat – worth its weight in silver

Pushcat - worth its weight in silver
Hookshot Hero designer Gary J. Lucken and good friend Fritz Solares have a new game out for PC/ Mac, a match-three, Boulder Dash mash-up called Pushcat that is quietly spectacular.

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Memory of a Broken Dimension – argh, my brain!

Memory of a Broken Dimension – argh, my brain!
Okay, this trailer has been on YouTube for a while, but a tweet from Phil Fish just reminded me about it, and now you have to experience this bizarre distorted computerised nightmare-scape for yourself.

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Double Droids and the wonder of game development

Double Droids and the wonder of game development


This weekend I made an award-winning video game. I should probably clarify that.

From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon I was one of four games writers taking place in the first ever Journo/Dev job swap game jam. The idea came from Will Luton who tweeted during Develop that journalists have it harder than most devs think. This controversial viewpoint kicked off a fiery discussion, that ended with Luton proposing a game jam in which journalists wrote games, while a selection of professional game makers pretended to be journos, covering the event as it progressed.

It was a great...

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Doom and Wizardry veterans Kickstart ye olde RPG genre

Doom and Wizardry veterans Kickstart ye olde RPG genre
Brenda Brathwaite, the co-creator of the Wizardry series, and Tom Hall, one of the founding members of id, have launched a Kickstarter fund for an old school role-playing game, which they are currently calling... Old School Role Playing Game. It'll be a first-person fantasy/sci-fi adventure for Mac and PC, "reminiscent of the true masterworks in the genre".

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Bad Piggies: Angry Pigs Might Fly

Bad Piggies: Angry Pigs Might Fly
It's here! The Second Coming of Rovio is here! Well, actually - perhaps this could be thought of as the Third or Fourth Coming, technically. Maybe even the thirtieth or fortieth one you take all their previous games into account.

So what I'm basically saying is that Bad Piggies just rewrote the Bible, and added DLC.

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Strike Suit Zero – space is back!

Strike Suit Zero – space is back!
Behold, a 3D space combat simulator that recalls those heady days of Wing Commander and Colony Wars - just with super detailed HD visuals and a touch of Anime-style mech action. And, by Saturn's rings, is it beautiful.

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Charles Cecil on Broken Sword: Kickstarter fans have already changed the game

Charles Cecil on Broken Sword: Kickstarter fans have already changed the game
There's been something of an upturn in fortunes at Revolution Software. The veteran British developer found itself almost penniless a couple of years ago when publishing deals ensured the company made little money from its third and fourth Broken Sword titles. But then came the App Store, digital distribution and sales of over four million for remastered editions of Shadow of the Templar and The Smoking Mirror adventures on iOS. And then there was Kickstarter.

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IndieGameStand – a sort of new way to buy indie games

IndieGameStand - a sort of new way to buy indie games
IndieGameStand is a new site that offers a single recommended game for a 96-hour period. Within that time, visitors can pay whatever they like for the title, although gifts are available for those who end up paying more than the average. On there now: Escape Goat!

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Hell Yeah is out tomorrow. (And it’s amazing.)

Hell Yeah is out tomorrow. (And it's amazing.)
This isn't a review, because there frankly aren't enough stars in the world. Think of it as a heads-up, instead: Arkedo Studio's latest game hits the download services tomorrow, and it's their best yet.

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Walking Dead and the terror of choice

Walking Dead and the terror of choice
What is the most horrifying element of Telltale Games' zombie adventure Walking Dead? Is it the undead monsters? Is it the feral survivors? Or is it having to make decisions in a game world without moral guidance or culpability? Ah yes, that one.

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