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A Good Thing: The Fallfeatured

[I don’t write reviews, but I do like to point out things that worked well in games I’ve enjoyed.] The Fall is a side-scrolling point-and-click adventure from indie studio Over the Moon. You play the onboard intelligence of a power armour suit with an unconscious passenger, exploring a derelict installation populated by deranged machine intelligences. Read more

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BioPostfeatured

  When I sold Failbetter, and went freelance, I said I wanted to learn about and experiment with different ways of approaching interactive narrative. So far, this is going well – I have a piece in the works for Choice of Games, I’ve written guest content for Paradox on Stellaris, and I’m building my own narrative-crafting hybrid experiment. Read more

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BY ZOMBIESfeatured

Anyone who has ever considered writing for a living will have heard Opinions about the Passive Voice. At the very least, they will be vaguely aware that the passive voice is considered sordid or sinister. I think it is pretty sinister, actually. Look how I just used the passive ‘is considered’ to shrug the belief off on Read more

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Why you should back the AdventureX Kickstarterfeatured

Oh, man, I love starting blog posts with a bit of arrant poncery. Buckle up. This is the opening to an Isaiah Berlin essay. (I originally wrote ‘an Irving Berling essay’, but fortunately corrected it before I exposed myself to lasting Internet ridicule.) “There is a line among the fragments of the Greek poet Archilochus Read more

The other post about No Man’s Skyfeatured

I wrote this fairly sympathetic piece about No Man’s Sky. It got a lot of comments, many of them from angry people who wanted me to agree that SEAN MURRAY LIED, and now #gamergate has found me on Twitter. I don’t want to get into any kind of Twitter argument. I do want to say some Read more

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Cultist Simulator: Zero Dot One Dot Twofeatured

I’ve patched Cultist Simulator! These are the headlines: * Once you’ve started recruiting followers, they can lose interest if you’re too sane. Conversely, if you’re too obviously deranged, your group will attract the attention of an Inspector. * Inspectors occasionally arrest people until dealt with. Right now you can just send followers to Sort Them Out; I’d Read more

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What I’ve been up to, Friday 12th August: STARSHIPSfeatured

Earlier this week, I launched a Javascript prototype of Cultist Simulator. I hesitate to describe it as a ‘game’ – it’s really only a proof-of-concept of one, temporarily living on the web. But people are enjoying it! You can play it through to the point where you engage in your own inevitable destruction, here: I Read more

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