Latest columns: films, insects, comics, and how to work with your player community

I have two columns now! my Eurogamer one this week stars Kuleshov, Tolkien, Scott McCloud and a marooned insect. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-10-15-blood-in-the-gutter my GamesIndustry.biz one is the distillation of seven years’ experience dealing with a player community as an indie dev: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2016-10-17-the-indie-view-how-to-survive-the-internet . It’s an industry-facing column, but if you’re a gamer you might find it interesting for a view […]

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CULTIST SIMULATOR: Next Steps and Release Date

BEHIND THE WORLD IS THE MANSUS. ITS CORRIDORS ARE THE ANGLES OF TIME. I spent my first month out of Failbetter building an alpha Javascript prototype of an experimental game, CULTIST SIMULATOR, to test out some mechanics and lore. My eerily insightful playtesters identified a lot of things that worked and a lot that could work […]

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SCIENCE TUESDAYS: FIREWATCH vs PRINCE OF DARKNESS

THIS SCIENCE TUESDAY: There’s always something under the earth. In Camp Santo’s Firewatch, it’s a body in a cave. In John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, it’s the devil in a church. WHICH IS BETTER? VISUALS. Prince of Darkness has a terrifying green swirly thing and staticky tachyon messages and a bit where Alice Cooper stabs someone to death with […]

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Steam: I was wrong, although right

Last week, I talked about Steam’s recent changes – (not including reviews in the review % if the copies were bought outside Steam) in my GamesIndustry.biz column. In the rest of this post, I’m going to call these changes ‘the Purge Update’ to make it clear what I’m talking about elsewhere. and speculated about some changes […]

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