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Upgrade Soul – the graphic novel with a game engine

Upgrade Soul – the graphic novel with a game engine


As the Kindle phenomenon gathers pace (it’s still gathering pace, right?), and the idea of interactive novels hits the mainstream courtesy of Sony’s freshly announced Wonderbook, the idea of engaging with fiction through the screen is becoming ever more acceptable. I’ve seen some lovely iOS examples of interactive fiction – the Headspin Storybook, Flip, Alice: Madness Returns – but they’re often extremely short and more interested in touchscreen tricks than story content.

Upgrade Soul is different. Written by illustrator Ezra Claytan Daniels and developed by media artist Erik Loyer, it follows an elderly couple who volunteer...

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E3 2012: Mother’s Inferno – a new definition of travel sickness

E3 2012: Mother's Inferno – a new definition of travel sickness

A bunch of game design students from Denmark may have crafted one of E3's most unsettling experiences – and that includes the appearence of Usher at the Microsoft press conference.

A woman trapped on the train to hell is about to lose her son – and there's no lost property department on the express route to damnation.

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Modern classics: Gravity Bone

Modern classics: Gravity Bone
Hello! Please don't read this until you've actually played Gravity Bone, because it will totally ruin the surprises. Also: play Gravity Bone. It's amazing! And it's free. You can't really afford to miss out.

PC only, though. Gah! Just buy one, eh?

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Tonematrix: It’s the best soundtoy ever!

Tonematrix: It's the best soundtoy ever!
Okay, I'll admit up front that this post is basically for my own benefit. Every so often, I get an itch to play around with Tonematrix, but I always forget what it's called, and then I end up spending a few hours googling stuff like "soundtoy grid" and "music thing with boxes." Now it's up here, I won't have to!

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I’ve just won my first League of Legends match – with Heimerdinger!

I've just won my first League of Legends match - with Heimerdinger!
Heimerdinger is the man, if you ask me. He is, as far as I can tell, a wobbly custard-coloured brain, with little round glasses and a moustache that's also made out of brain. Who cares, though? I don't want to kiss him, I want to be him. I want to be him as much as I can in League of Legends where he's just helped me to my first ever victory.

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Trash TV – thrill your television

Trash TV – thrill your television

Imagine you're a sentient telly trapped in a nightmarish recycling centre, fighting your way out through puzzle strewn 2D levels and doing battle with vending machines and toasters.

Welcome to the Intel award-winning world of Trash TV...

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Champions Online – the fashion show never ends

Champions Online - the fashion show never ends
I often think we should be writing about some of those free MMOs that are knocking around. You know, like Cryptic's four-colour classic, Champions Online. Then I remember that, whenever I try to play Champions Online, I can never get past the "randomize costume" button. Here's why.

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Swords & Soldiers adds sausages, fests

Swords & Soldiers adds sausages, fests
Man, when do Ronimo get to sleep these days? Do they take it in shifts? Have they weened themselves off the habit entirely? Do they administer little electrical shocks to themselves every thirty seconds like Moscow Metro drivers? Hopefully not. Anyway, alongside work on Awesomenauts, they've also released DLC for Swords & Soldiers. Rad.

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Worms Revolution: cigarettes and alcohol

Worms Revolution: cigarettes and alcohol

Worms Revolution promisesa re-boot of the classic battle strategy we know and love. It is back to basics stuff, but with a whole host of new additions including dynamic water and exploding physics objects!

Plus, Team 17 will be at E3 to reveal more.

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Resonance – possibly point-‘n-click perfection

Resonance – possibly point-'n-click perfection

Do you miss the days of carefully crafted point-n-click adventures with luscious hand-drawn pixel art environments? You do?!

Well then, inexplicably named New York-based developer Wadjet Eye has something for you to point your eyes at and immediately click with. Ha ha!

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The Adventures of Shuggy is headed to Steam

The Adventures of Shuggy is headed to Steam
Here's a chance to right some wrongs, perhaps. The Adventures of Shuggy took an age to make, and is a fascinating and rather clever platformer with a cute, Addams' Family vibe. It came out on XBLA a while back to decent reviews but few sales, and that's a shame. Now it's headed to Steam.

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Sonar = subterranean audio terror

Sonar = subterranean audio terror

Afraid of things that go bump in the night? What about things that go bump when you're trapped several hundred metres beneath the surface of the Earth with only a sonar sensor for company?

Meet Sonar, the game that deals with this very common and potentially devestating scenario...

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