Digital storytellers, dinosaurs and newsroom bots: Seeds has them all

“Make something that makes something”, goes the tagline for Procjam. It’s an annual game(ish) jam that invites designers to come up with a procedurally generated something – but those projects aren’t the only wonders it spawns. Every year also sees a new edition of Seeds, a companion zine where participants are invited to explain what they’ve done. It’s also open to essays on any AI-related topic, and 2018’s crop was strong. Seeds is edited by Dann Sullivan and RPS contributor Jupiter Hadley, and the 2018 edition includes 42 contributions. It’s…

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Layers Of Fear 2 will set sail for spookies

I’d missed that 2016’s first-person spooker Layers Of Fear was getting a sequel but: oh, it is. No, not Observer, the ace cyberspooky game that developers Bloober Team made next, an actual sequel with a number and everything. Layers Of Fear 2 is its name, and wandering a spooky boat telling the tale of a suffering actor is its game. They’ve even got a proper fancy actor to narrate this terrible tale, Tony Todd, who you might know as the Candyman or Worf’s brother off Star Trek. Here, hear his…

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PSA: Slay The Spire gets a full release this week, buy now if you want the cheaper price

Wednesday, January 23 2019 will be a day remembered in infamy. The day that the human race committed, inexorably, to self-destruction. The day that cardsy-roguey titan Slay The Spire left early access and got itself a full release. Such a lovely game, such a lovely game. You can check it out any time you like, but you can never Save & Quit. And so I bring you these words as a dual warning: 1) BEWARE OF THE INCREDIBLE VIDEOGAME AND THE TERRIBLE THINGS IT WILL DO TO YOU 2) the…

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Best StarCraft 2 mods: huge RTS campaigns you can play for free

Every other Monday, Dominic gives you a reason to dust off one of your old games and dive into its mods with Modder Superior. StarCraft 2 remains an RTS esports favourite nine years from launch, but its mod scene never got the love or attention it deserved. Despite Blizzard’s support, an in-game mod browser, powerful editor and even a short-lived premium mod program, a lot flew under the radar. While some mods and standalone missions remain popular in the StarCraft 2 Arcade, we’re going to be diving deep into the…

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Catch up on Dragon Age: Origins, now fan-patched with fewer bugs

There’s a new Dragon Age on the way, according to the moody teaser shown during December’s Game Awards. Forgot where you left off? Best start catching up with Dragon Age: Origins then, with the rather lovely Qwinn’s Ultimate DAO Fixpack mod. As the title suggests, it’s your one-stop shop for polishing up the game and fixing up all the little issues Bioware never had the chance to officially patch. It even reinstates a handful of lost dialogues and events to the game – nothing too dramatic, but a good foundation to start with,…

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Twitch stream for trans charity draws megabucks, game developer guests, and a US congresswoman

A wee fundraising Twitch livestream has raised over $345,000 (£268k) and counting for a UK charity helping trans youth. It came to feature celebrity guests including Doom level designer John Romero, Fallout: New Vegas director Josh Sawyer, whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning, and rising star USA congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Harry “Hbomberguy” Brewis had originally set a goal of $500 (£388) as he tried to 101% complete his gaming nightmare, Donkey Kong 64, and raise money for Mermaids, a charity which has been at risk of having funding revoked. It kinda…

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Hitman 2 takes a festive detour to back to Hokkaido today

Christmas may be over, but assassination is a dish best served cold, so it’s back to Hokkaido we go for a fun seasonal bonus mission for Hitman 2. Today, Io Interactive rolled out a big update for their murder-sandbox, including some new gear for expansion pass holders. The big reason to be excited is the time-limited Snow Festival mission, set in Hitman 1’s Hokkaido map. Legacy Pass owners (folks who own the previous Hitman game) get access to it today, and a standalone free trial featuring all of Hokkaido goes…

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Strange Telephone puzzlingly dials up PCs today

Fans of the weird, dream-like puzzling of Yume Nikki should feel right at home with Strange Telephone. It’s a quiet little point-and-click adventure about a woman – Jill – exploring weird, abstract dream-realms through dialling them up on her levitating telephone pal Graham. Explore, collect items, solve problems and slowly work your way towards an ending. Or just chill out in the Candy Dimension, if that’s your thing. Developer HZ3 released it a while back (appropriately enough) on phones, but today marks its English PC debut. There’s a trailer ringing…

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Yakuza Kiwami teased for a February 19th PC release

The adventures of the nicest gangster that ever lived and his eyepatched life partner continue soon, if Sega’s teasing on the Yakuza Kiwami page on Steam is any indication. Continuing Sega’s habit of teasing things in weird, creative ways, the Kiwami store page now contains an animated GIF of Goro Majima emerging from his well to shame (shank?) mankind – for a single frame, the date “February 19th” appears above his head. Scribble it down in your calendars, and finish up Yakuza 0 if you haven’t- we’re skipping past the…

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Synthetik: Arena is a free condensed take on an intense roguelike shooter

Narrowly missing my games-of-the-year shortlist, Synthetik: Legion Rising was one of my more pleasant surprises of 2018. A sci-fi roguelike shooter with an unusual focus on semi-realistic weapon handling. A bit like Nuclear Throne by way of Vanquish, it’s loud, fast, hard and great in co-op. Now you can try it free, as developers FlowFire Games have intriguingly made their wave-survival expansion – Synthetik: Arena – free and standalone. The dungeons may be gone, but the frantic combat and fumbling to reload mid-firefight are unchanged. Grab it here on Steam,…

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