Haunts: The Manse MacabreGuys, by now you’ve likely noticed I seem to be fascinated by gothy/horror/grimdark/dystopia settings in games. The truth is I love dark themes. “WTF?” you might say, while looking at a pink page full of ladythings. Indeed, I too love ladythings. Now’s the time to get over your bizarre prejudices, because I love both.

Haunts: The Manse Macabre caught my attention with its striking black-and-white artwork. Their title page looks like it’d make a terrific boardgame, amirite? Further inspection uncovered a well-thought-out project with turn-based, story-driven gameplay. You can play as either the “Intruders” (those exploring Tyree Manse) or the “Denizens” (those who lived/died there) as your strategy RPG around the old, haunted manse. Read more…

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 2nd June 2012
Filled Under: Games, Kickstarters
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Steam SalesI know you’re all still playing Diablo 3 (myself included) but today the game is down for maintenance so I spent some time going through Steam cataloging some deals. Steam is a convenient portal for downloading and buying games because it always seems to have deals (and not just on crapware, but on games that you’ll want to play) and it’s a great way to get access to indy games. You can also friend other people (it’s linked to Facebook so you can find your friends) and then you can judge compare games and achievements with each other. I ask my friends about games they’ve played to see if they’re anything I want to try out, plus there’s a handy chat system so you can talk in real time. Chances are you already know all of this stuff, but I try to write for everyone here so that people who are not experts can learn new stuff. Read more…

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Dated: 29th May 2012
Filled Under: Games
Comments: 9 Comments

diablo3Hey, so you’ve been playing D3? Have you been hating on it? Is your big complaint that Diablo 3 is dumbed-down and forces you to play with only some specific skills, and only in certain hotkeys? This game isn’t customizable and boy does that suck! If that’s how you feel about it, well, you just didn’t know how to customize it.
 
Instead, try this new tip. I mean, maybe you figured it out yourself but this option is buried rather cleverly so I’m guessing you didn’t figure it out, and this is going to make a difference in your gameplay experience. Read more…

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Dated: 18th May 2012
Filled Under: Games, Solutions
Comments: 2 Comments

Carmageddon

Censored and banned all over the place when it was released for the PC in 1997 (and not just based on this amazing cover art) Carmageddon still managed to wow gamer audiences and drove itself into sequel: Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now.

Now I’m not just impressed by a game’s controversy. If you’ve actually played Carmageddon (please not on the N64) you know its glory. This game is just so good. I mean, you can run over people, you can do sweet tricks with the various ramps, you can race like a care bear and try not to die trying to place first, or you can just try to kill your opponents. In C2 you can make all the people have really huge heads. It’s magic. Read more…

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Dated: 8th May 2012
Filled Under: Games, Kickstarters
Comments: 2 Comments

Roguelike mating call

You punks reading this who already know what Roguelikes are will smugly state “But I need not read such history, for the genre is eponymous; that is, it was named for the first game of this type, and that game was Rogue.” Smuggery be damned because you’re only half right. While the genre truly was named for Rogue (and a popular game it was) it was not the first.
 
Generally, a Roguelike is defined by some pretty specific stuff, but as for me, I’d call a game roguelike if it met a general feel or enough boxes on a list. It’s best if we make such a list, don’t you think? Read more…
 

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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 7th May 2012
Filled Under: Games
Comments: 5 Comments