I Have Played: Little Inferno

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What exactly is Little Inferno? Is it a fourth-wall-breaking analysis of modern throwaway consumerism, set against the all too familiar backdrop of a tempestuous environmental mutation? Perhaps it’s an existential commentary, an experiment laboured with the task of projecting the developer’s qualms regarding a detached and insular society onto an increasingly distant audience? Maybe it’s an attempt by Tomorrow Corporation to redefine meta-gaming as we know it into something tangential, something more self-aware, cynical and utterly satirical.

It’s certainly about burning things.
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Kentucky Route Zero: A Game, A Play, A Poem

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Kentucky Route Zero, an unsettling point-and-click-plus-text-adventure starts with a wide shot, Edward Hopper style, of an old American gas station complete with a man-sitting-watching-world-go-by gatekeeper. It’s an unmistakably American scene, and a strangely constructed-feeling one. But we’ll come back to that…

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Linear is Not a Dirty Word

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Sickeningly Linear?

I was watching one of those popular YouTube commentators the other day, playing through a game that he was reviewing and he said something that struck me. He described a game as “sickeningly linear” and wrote it off there and then as a “Bad Game” because of this.

But I say no! Too long have linear games been vilified and derided. So let’s look at why some people like to poo all over them, while others like to give them cuddles (keep these two activities separate).

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The Best Things We Played This Year: A List – Part Four

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Here’s (probably) our last post about our favourite games of 2012. Unless you want to write one. Seriously, go on. What did you play this year? Click the ‘contribute and contact’ button up there on the right.
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The Best Things We Played This Year: A List – Part Three

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2012 had been a brilliant year for games. Not only the enormous, expensive, shiny games, but for the smaller, gutsier games too. Chris had a bit of a roll in the hay with just one of these games and tells us right here what he likes about it. Just try not to catch cholera.

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The Best Things That We Played This Year: A List – Part Two

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The year continues to almost be over! In the second part of our best-of-the-best-or-just-what-people-enjoyed 2012 round-up series, the mercurial Simon pries open our third eyes (steady on!) with what he’s enjoyed over the past twelve months or so. Crivens! Continue reading …


The Best Things That We Played This Year: A List – Part One

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The year is over! Almost! What has this year wrought? Men jumping out of balloons, men and women jumping over things in London, one woman with a crown had a party and I got two cats. But there were also games this year. Lots of games that we played! So it only seems right that I ask all our contributors what games they played this year that they thought were good and should be played. Here we go! Continue reading …