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EMPORIUM Seeks Beauty In Life's Bleakest Moments

May 22, 2017 9:00 AM | Joel Couture

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EMPORIUM looks to take the player on a short, emotionally-harrowing journey through personal tragedy. It offers a series of bleak moments sprinkled with a handful of choices, having players join with another's pain and try to find reason, beauty, and poetry when their in-game lives are falling to pieces.

Trees, Cliffs, And Steep Descents Abound In Lonely Mountains: Downhill

May 19, 2017 5:26 PM | Christian Valentin

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There was a time when off-road and unorthodox sports games were quite common, from BMX and dirt biking to wakeboarding. So in some ways, the dirt tracks and cliffside paths of Lonely Mountains: Downhill seem like a product of a time capsule from a past era, focused on intense downhill bicycling, a stylish low-poly aesthetic, and custom physics to capture every heavy landing and bone-crushing crashes.

Four Unlikely Heroes Sing A Familiar Tune In A World To The West

May 19, 2017 9:45 AM | Thomas Faust

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Playing Rain Games' World to the West feels like listening to a familiar song, sung with a new voice. Or rather four new voices, as each of the game's four playable characters adds their own personality into the mix. While you can still hear the old familiar tune underneath it all, it is well worth listening to.

Recover Your Memories To Learn The Truth In Remember, Remember

May 18, 2017 9:00 PM | Julia Couture

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Remember, Remember is a visual novel that will test your morals as you try to uncover the mystery that entangles a group of students. To do so, you will be given various puzzles to solve in order to save your friends - or leave them to die.

The Edgelands Creates An Eerie Modern Folklore By Blurring Real & Unreal

May 17, 2017 8:00 AM | Joel Couture

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The Edgelands begins in a dark, eerie house set in an unknown rural backwoods town. From there, it will take you on a surreal, dream-like journey through folklore witnessed through a modern lens - a view of the current landscapes molded by mythology and the supernatural.

Everyday Curation - Using Ordinary Tools To Promote 1000 Game Developers

May 16, 2017 11:00 AM | Joel Couture

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Making games is a daunting process. Releasing them even more so. Managing to survive both of those things, only to be met with indifference and silence, can be crushing.

This happens all the time in this industry, though. Games, large and small, are met with no fanfare when they release, finding small audiences and few players to take in the works they've created. It's difficult to get noticed, though, when hundreds of games release on so many different platforms daily. It's sad how many wonderful, personal, and beautiful games simply fade away, seen and played by few.

"A big goal with all of my work is to demonstrate just how many videogames slip through the cracks." says Steve Cook, creator of the 1000 Game Makers thread on Twitter. Started just shy of a year ago, this collection is Cook's personal journey to find one thousand individual game makers, curating them so the world could witness their work, helping developers find an audience that cares after putting in all that work and passion.

I Came To Forget My Daily Life Offers Escape From Constant Productivity

May 15, 2017 7:00 PM | Joel Couture

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Productivity is the be-all and end-all in the world of I Came To Forget My Daily Life, something that takes precedence over happiness and health. Still, a small pocket place exists where people are allowed a modicum of relaxation to bear it all, and you're given a glimpse into the world as you explore the floors of this shimmering, luminescent nightclub and the various means of leaving your work behind that lie inside.

Screenshot Saturday Highlights - May 13th, 2017

May 14, 2017 7:49 PM | Christian Valentin

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Planet-wide war, otherworldly horrors, and galactic conflict are all well presented by the games featured in this weekend's highlights.

Survive Minimalist Bullet Hell Labyrinths In Brute

May 13, 2017 1:47 PM | Christian Valentin

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Inspired by the clean minimalism and skillful challenge of the N games, Brute is a hybrid of dual stick shooter and precision navigation, combining action and fast-paced puzzles within technicolor gauntlets.

Escape The Dungeon Or Die In Dead Cells

May 12, 2017 12:55 PM | Thomas Faust

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What is a man? A miserable little pile of gooey cells, apparently. In Dead Cells, you are some kind of sentient slime, inhabiting corpses and trying to escape a dungeon. This is easier said than done, because this self-styled roguevania wants you dead.

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