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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Konstantinos Dimopoulos)

Art! Such an elusive thing, innit?

Remnants of a Beautiful Day is one of those games some would describe as walking simulators and others would refuse to even categorize as games. The much wiser Joel Goodwin would probably call it a secret box instead; an offer of moments or ideas for the player to explore rather than a test of the player’s abilities.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ben Barrett)

Space and junk yeah

EVE Online‘s next mini-expansion, Hyperion, is on the horizon and its preview website has gone up. The biggest changes are focusing on wormholes, which are having their most significant redesign since being introduced in early 2009 expansion Apocrypha. Also being added are a new selection of missions specifically designed for 1-on-1 fights in frigates against tricked out NPCs called “Burners.” There’s also a short explanation video of the changes and how CCP are hoping they’ll effect the game.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ben Barrett)

One can only assume Philippa's lawyers have been contacted

2D pixel-art action platformers are everywhere, but Adventures of Pip has gone somewhat meta with the idea. Up on Kickstarter for $40,000 (call it 24,100ish), it’s about a pixel called Pip that’s attempting to save his fantasy kingdom.

The hook is that, as you progress, new levels of detail will be unlocked, transforming pip from a simple block and into more complex shapes. More pixels means more powers but also a larger and heavier frame, meaning that switching between them all is the key. The same, cute idea pervades the world, extending to more powerful enemies having higher visual detail. There’s a pitch video below if you’ve enough pixels in your heart to click through.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Present me with a backstory, a reason why I’m killing and looting, and I skip past it more often than not. Once a game begins and the story starts to unfold, that’s fine, but if I’m expected to read a bunch of lore and legend before I even start, it better be interesting and relevant. Free browser game SpaceWrestler has the most interesting and relevant backstory of any game:

‘Mad Meteor’ Mike was the greatest wrestler the world had ever seen. After winning the 1986 World Championship Belt he became powerful enough to become an all-powerful titan of space wrestling. Now ‘Mad Meteor’ Mike travels through space, slamming entire planets to warp between galaxies. All that stands in his way are the evil wrestlelords.”

SLAM. A live action prologue lurks below the mat.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jeremy Laird)

I’ve been dreading this moment for some time. But inevitably, inexorably, irresistibly it’s happened. LG has announced a curved LCD monitor. Specifically, we’re talking 34-inches of bent IPS panel in the super-wide 21:9 form factor that had me gushing like an idiot the other week. Admittedly I haven’t seen it first hand. But curved HDTVs are an appalling gimmick conceived to exploit the most base consumerist tendencies. I suspect bent PC monitors will be just as bad. Meanwhile, you might think the requirement for correct orientation of USB connectors upon insertion is hardly the most onerous threat to humanity’s collective well-being. But the finalisation of USB Type-C looks set to put an end to it, regardless. Oh, and I have a little but only a little – more on the Intel Haswell-E uber platform I mentioned last week, Freesync monitors are said to be coming soon and, whaddya know, AMD is doing SSDs… … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Earlier today, I exposed one gaping hole in my nerd-knowledge – I didn’t watch a single episode of Star Trek until 2011. I knew that Kirk ladied his way around the galaxy and that Patrick Stewart made things just so, like a spacefaring Kiping, but I hadn’t actually seen them in action. Picard was nothing but a facepalm to me. A press release from Paradox threatens to tear my remaining nerd cred to bits. It contains an announcement for an RTS, Ancient Space, made by CreativeForge, who you may remember as creators of the intriguing Hard West, currently Kickstarting. Ancient Space is the studio’s previous game and it’s due out later this year. Details and sci-fi actor studded voice cast below.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Shadowgate is back. The 1987 RPG adventure, probably the most fondly remembered MacVenture and a distinct entry into the NES’s catalogue, has been remade and expanded. It’s out now, and I’ve played it for an hour or so. I grumble.>

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ben Barrett)

'Hang on, that's the wrong fucking shape! This is all wrong! Why am I squares?!'

The shockwaves of Mojang’s decision to begin enforcing their Minecraft EULA are still being felt. In a forum message posted earlier today, Warren “EvilSeph” Loo announced the discontinuation of Bukkit, the Minecraft mod designed to aid server management, citing both the EULA situation and a lack of support for the project in general (here’s a pastebin version of the original message).

Soon afterwards Minecraft lead Jens Bergensten pointed out that “the project was bought by Mojang over two years ago, and isn’t [Warren]‘s to discontinue.” Nathan “Dinnerbone” Adams, part of the original Bukkit team, then said that he would be taking over the project and updating it to the next version of Minecraft.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Gal Civ 3 has warped from Early Access alpha to Early Access beta, and brought with it more (but not all) features to the famous, 4X strategy game. Is it worth your time or money yet? We sent Brendan to investigate.>

Picture the scene. You are a peaceful, religious race of extra-terrestrials, but you are inexplicably at war with the three rival civilisations that surround you. Your people love you for your mindfulness but they are upset that they don’t have more money to spend. Your desert planet full of shopping centres is deeply unhappy. Your planet full of scorpions is booming. Huge lettering drops from the sky! GALACTIC CIVILIZATIONS III.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ben Barrett)

Who will become the King of Fabulous (13)?

Humble Bundle are always going to be of varying quality – sometimes including only a single quality game with some bonuses, sometimes of no interest whatsoever – but the latest, titled Jumbo Bundle 2, is quite the bargain.

For the low, low price of whatever-the-hell-you’d-like you’ll get space 4X Galactic Civilizations II with its expansions, side-scrolling undead violence-applier Deadlight and isometric action RPG The Incredible Adventures of Ven Helsing. Beat the average price however ($6.32 at the time of writing) and you’ll also receive 2D survival exploration Terraria, combo-heavy high-skill fighting game King of Fighters XIII and the story-spawning strategy-RPG Crusader Kings 2.

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