The Good Life from Swery has a story trailer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 2:03 pm
Swery65 once got in some trouble for trying to take us to Rainy Woods, back when it was the title of Deadly Premonition and back when it was a little too legally infringey upon Twin Peaks. We’re going back to Rainy Woods, albeit in a much different form, as Swery welcomes us to The Good […]

Recommended Reading: The 'Stories' invasion won't relent anytime soon
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 12:00 pm

Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone
Ian Bogost,
The Atlantic

Snapchat may have created the monster, but in nearly every social (and some not-so-social) app you fire up, you'll be greeted with a feed of Stories. In fact, Facebook says the format is on pace to be more popular than a primary feed as the preferred way to share updates. The Atlantic explains how the ephemeral format took over your phone and why it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Free games of the week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 10:00 am
Organise your life by talking to your friend, organise a postal warehouse by filtering out illegal packages, and solve puzzles in a creepy library to stay alive. Save all of humanity from giant bugs by controlling a giant mech with your estranged sister, or fight monsters by firing projectiles at them in a story-driven Breakout-inspired […]

The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 9:00 am

You made it to right here, Saturday morning. This week, Nintendo faced a patent infringement investigation over its Switch, Sprint and T-Mobile announce they're together, and the notch rears its ugly head again. This time, though, most of us don't mind.

DOS Boot: Ascendancy had brilliant worlds and a dunce of an AI
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 6:00 am
DOS Boot is just Brock digging into old DOS/Windows games and talking half-remembering cool and bizarre experiences that are only available on abandon-ware sites at this point. Weekends should be for having fun and by god, we’re going to have some wholesome gosh dang fun on RPS Weekends. My introduction to the 4x genre (eXplore, […]

They Are Billions adds The Six Wonders
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 7:00 am
Set amidst a 22nd century rabies-like outbreak of Zed-ism, They Are Billions is a game about keeping your steampunk settlement alive while raiding zombie towns… and dealing with the repercussions. You manage everything from gold to oil as you handle a Left 4 Starcraft situation wherein zombies keep trying to pick off the citizens — […]

What are we all playing this weekend?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2018, 5:00 am
Hullo there! Happy May Day Bank Holiday Weekend, gang. Or to translate that into International English: we won’t be here on Monday cos it’s a holiday. I always remember this as a day to visit the seaside, splashing about and eating half a pint of vinegar-soaked cockles. Perhaps your plans are more glamorous, or involve […]

Build a kingdom in the sky in puzzle/sim blend Volantia
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 6:10 pm
One of the great things about games is that you really can just take two disparate concepts, mash them together and come away with something genuinely good. Volantia: Kingdom In The Sky from Tangled Mess Games (featuring some of the talent behind the lovely micro-roguelike Desktop Dungeons) is a blend of city-building management and block-tessellation […]

Swashbuckling action-roguelike City of Brass is out now
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 4:47 pm
We must be living in a golden age of videogames, because in no other era would I have let something as immediately enticing as City of Brass escape my grasp. While I’ve been aware of the Arabian-themed first-person Spelunky-like’s presence since its debut in early access, I’ve just not found the time to give it […]

The true meaning of BattleTech is interstellar giant robot amputation Pokemon
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 2:00 pm
Some might say that BattleTech‘s meta-game is the strategy layer – all that base-building, mech-fixing’n’fitting, pilot management and parts-shopping required to ultimately create an unstoppable army of heavy metal death. Those people are dead wrong. The overarching goal of BattleTech, the true purpose of its turn-based fights and base management alike, is that you gotta […]

Everything is going to be OK expands, feels less OK
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 2:40 pm
Everything is going to be OK, the interactive zine/digital fever-dream from Tetrageddon creator Nathalie Lawhead always felt deeply personal to me. Its manic humour and wild imagination filtered through computer interfaces of yesteryear always felt underpinned by a very specific breed of frustration and sadness. Today, it grew just a little bit more, adding three […]

May the 4th be with you – the best Star Wars games
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 3:00 pm
Consider this an apology. We often make fun of the Star Wars franchise here at Rock Paper Shotgun, with posts that belittle and ignore its impact on culture, especially videogames. With something as ubiquitous and admired, it’s easy to be dismissive  of this star-hopping saga. But it is undeniably an adventure that has made millions […]

Coming Aquatic Update to be the Last for Some Minecraft Platforms
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 3:15 pm
Microsoft subsidiary Mojang has been working on a big update for classic Minecraft, now dubbed Minecraft Java Edition.  The Aquatic Update will bring a host of sea life features to the game when it goes live. I am looking forward to the update, which

Deploying Astrahus Destroyed
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Nvidia release hotfix driver for GTX 1060 boot loop woes
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 11:48 am
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 owners have been having a bit of a tough time lately. First they go and download Nvidia’s latest GeForce driver (397.31 – WHQL) like good graphics card people in preparation for the latest and greatest nifty games like Frostpunk and Battletech, and then they find their PC’s now stuck in an […]

Midair soars out of early access, becoming F2P
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 12:03 pm
The high-flying first-person shooter action of the Tribes games had returned in a roundabout way with the full launch of Midair, a game oh so very heavily inspired by the classics. Strap on a jetpack, skim across big rolling levels, raid the enemy base while defending your own, shoot baddies, and generally Tribes it right […]

Utomik! Sounds like a stiff drink, but no. Utomik is a subscription-based games service that launched yesterday, angling to be ‘Netflix for games’ (sound familiar?) It’s currently offering a library of approximately 750 games for either $7 or $10 per month, depending on whether you want to share the account with your little sister or […]

Combat, failure and raising the stakes in Disco Elysium
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 1:00 pm
The combat engine is so often the heart of an RPG, even in the tabletop sphere. Characters shuffle around a battle-grid, attacks are tabulated, armour classes are defined, hit points are shaved away until only one side is left standing. Not so for upcoming police-drama RPG Disco Elysium. In their latest development blog, Studio ZA/UM […]

Fnatic Flick 2 review: DPI on the X and Y
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 1:00 pm
If two new mechanical keyboards weren’t enough for you, esports giants Fnatic have also released a new pair of mice to go with them, the first of which I’ve got here: the Flick 2. As its name implies, this is the second generation of Fnatic’s Flick mouse, now with a newer, grippier grip, a more […]

Blizzard Second Among Equals in Q1 2018 Quarterly Report
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 1:45 pm
Yesterday saw the release of earnings information for Activision-Blizzard for the first quarter of 2018. As I have complained about in the past, the company has gone to great lengths to scrub all but the most basic data from these reports over the

One man built his own vacation spot in VR
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When most people fancy a vacation, they pack up their suitcase and go somewhere warm like Barbados. Not Bastiaan Hooimeijer, who goes by the name "Naam" online. Instead, he built his own holiday spot inside virtual reality. The result — crafted using Google Blocks — isn't an idyllic beach or a villa hidden in the French Riviera. It's a small caravan in a poky piece of land surrounded by piles of discarded junk. The world is bright and colorful, but it's not the sort of place that Lonely Planet would send one of its travel writers.

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The Instance 522 - War Mode On
Posted by The Instance: The Podcast for Lovers of Blizzard Games [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 12:45 pm
That prepatch is close and we get a taste. War Mode sounds amazing and we are all kind of in on this new way of doing PVP. Where did Brode go? Why that stock dip? And so much more!

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Best PC gaming deals of the week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 9:58 am
If you are reading this, odds are fairly good that you are both an internet user and alive. That winning combination will also mean that it’s probably been almost impossible not to have run into some form of notification that today is, in fact, Star Wars day. Because May the 4th, you know. If nothing […]

Rusty Lake Paradox is a movie/game crossover, seeking funds
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 10:11 am
You might have noticed that RPS is rather fond of the Rusty Lake series. A collection of free room escape games, and so far three longer adventure games, each introduces aspects of a deeply bizarre and unsettling tale. Twin Peaks meets Now the two guys behind the prolific series are making a movie/game crossover […]

I can’t wait to build spaceships again in Captain Forever Trilogy
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2018, 10:58 am
The original Captain Forever, a browser-based game about blowing up hostile spaceships and nicking their parts to build your own, is a little bit special to me. Years back, it was my go to game in a school that had locked down access to most school-distraction providing websites – but I’d probably have played it […]

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