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The third Queerness And Games Conference takes place at UC Berkley on the 17-18th October, and sounds like it could be properly interesting.
Obviously when it comes to queer gaming conferences, the big name is GaymerX (which is also happening 11-13th December for it’s third year, and a growing success). QGCon – which I confess I’ve not seen before – looks to me to be the more academic alternative, describing itself as something that will “bring academic work on LGBTQ+ experiences and game design into conversation with activism and fandom.”
Oh, and it’s free!
Asylum Jam, a 48-hour game jam to promote mental health, is back for its third consecutive year. Against the tide of misinformed tropes and unfortunate allegories consistent with popular culture that suggest mental health is something to be feared, Asylum Jam asks participants to design horror games that break from such associated stigma.
The Journey Down [official site] has proven to be one of the few modern/traditional point-and-click adventures that has remembered the genre’s potency and not sacrificed in the name of simplicity. An enormous gap of four years between the first two chapters (albeit with a remake of chapter one at the halfway point) perhaps underlined some of the issues with episodic gaming, but that second chapter was a near-full-length game in its own right. The third and final chapter 3 is aiming to keep the gap to two years, but it needs a bit of Kickstarter help to get there. Which is going rather well already.
Never mind the procedurally-generated poetry, Sunless Sea-inspired combat, and exploration-based RPG-isms that A House Of Many Doors [official site] thrusts into your computer telly screen – it’s a game that lets you scoot about in a train with mechanical legs! A train. With legs. If the DeLorean and KITT had an automotive offspring it still wouldn’t be as cool as this. Luckily, A House Of Many Doors has reached its Kickstarter goal 300 per cent to the good, thus this walking train abberation is a thing that will actually happen. Rejoice!
Here’s the latest Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide [official site ] trailer talking about hybrid affinities, overthrowing dictatorships, and combining harmony and purity in a part faux-propaganda, part technical rundown of what the upcoming expansion has to offer.
In what can only be described as a Mars-a-thon week, we’ve witnessed not only the release of Ridley Scott’s book-to-film interpretation of The Martian, but also the news that science boffins have discovered evidence of water up there on the Red Planet. On the ball as ever, Arma makers Bohemia Interactive have now added to the Mars Madness by releasing a Power Update to their Early Access-residing space exploration and survival sim Take On Mars [official site].
Inspired by previous Fallout installments, Planetscape: Torment and Arcanum, Fallout: Autumn Leaves dumps The Courier into Hypatia, a never before seen town just east of Novac. From here, he must once again scour the barren Desert Wasteland in a journey which, according to the mod’s page, will last seven to ten hours all told. Check the trailer below.
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>
PopCap s Bookworm was a neat little spelling game, a grid of tiles and a time limit, as you tried to spell out words. It was, I suppose, years ahead of Alphabear. Bookworm Adventures was that idea put through a madness machine, and what a joy.
P.A.M.E.L.A. [official site], the upcoming sci-fi survival horror FPS from Canadian studio NVYVE, has been Greenlit after reaching the number one spot just two days after launching on Steam Greenlight. When we last visited P.A.M.E.L.A. earlier this year, information was thin on the ground. A whole lot more has been dropped since, including a trailer, and it looks equally as pretty as it does terrifying. Take a peek:
Sundays are for watching football, running errands, and trying to catch your breath after a hectic week. Maybe reading some of the week’s best games writing will help. Thanks to A Person On The Internet who provided basically all of this week’s links.