In which we are lured back from our Christmas break by the heady scent of beam weaponry. Mm-mmm! We also give the IGF finalists a good sniff, while Marsh pokes his nose into DayZ and Graham turns his up at MOMA’s videogaming exhibit.
Also: Tom S is doomed by a clown’s insatiable desire for charcoal, Tom F condemns commandos into cybernetic obsolescence in XCOM and Graham returns from the future to tell us about playing videogames on his home PC while sitting in a hotel on another continent. Plus: someone talks about New York experimental theatre and it isn’t Chris. Weird.
- Find all the IGF finalists here.
- DayZ: “If a clown asks you for charcoal, tell him to fuck off, that’s my advice.” – Tom S
- DayZ videos: gladiator bus & wiggle cultists.
- Also, if you’re new to DayZ, you’ll find this zoomable map very useful.
- DayZ-ish survival game Rust, by the guy who made Garry’s Mod.
- MOMA’s sorta crappy videogame exhibition.
- Dwarf Fortress’s most notable archivist and illustrator, Tim Denee.
- Steve Hogarty’s excellent Dwarf Fortress tale.
- Sleep No More: an interactive telling of MacBeth.
- Tom F’s write up of an EVE Online assassination orchestrated by the Guiding Hand Social Club.
- Knytt Underground – a game with a notably unnoticeable tutorial (and much else to recommend it besides).
- An article about the problem with in-game tutorials by a guy who makes them.
- Chronicles of Riddick is still an excellent game. But apparently not on Steam any more. What gives?
- Real Lives is the sim in which you take on the life of any one of the planets 6 billion souls – and here’s Chris Livingston’s funny and moving article about it.
- Papers Please: a game the entire world should play.