Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Robert Florence)

Hello youse.

Well, the cull is underway. Actually, I’m going to capitalise this… Yes, The Cull is underway. I have too many board games, not enough time to play them all, and not enough room to store them all. So some of them have to go. And I thought it might be interesting to document that process here over the months ahead. As this is primarily a column about board game recommendations, perhaps it would be a worthwhile thing to explore why certain games will be leaving my collection. What has happened to these games over time? Is it me or them? Why are they facing The Cull?

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

If you’re at all interested in horror games and haven’t already played IMSCARED [Steam Page], you should go and play it right now. The version released on Steam just over a week ago is longer than the free version that you can play on Game Jolt, and I’d be tempted to jump straight into the main course, but the 2012 release is still a beauty.

‘Beauty’ might seem like the wrong word. Even if you’re a fan of retro graphics, and the subtitle “A Pixelated Nightmare” tells you what to expect in that regard, IMSCARED is a grainy and grim beast. The reason I suggest you trust my recommendation and play it right away is that to know too much before starting would be a shame. IMSCARED wants to surprise you and it does some very unusual things to achieve its goal.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Ubisoft’s open-world shooter RPG Tom Clancy’s The Division is due to launch in a month, but we’ll all get to play it a little before then. Ubi have run closed beta tests for gits with keys for a while, but now they’ve announced an open beta for everyone. Here on PC, we’ll get to play from Friday, February 19th until the end of Sunday the 21st. After reading Adam’s recent preview I’m more interested in its snowy deserted New York City than the RPG-y shootyshoots but sure, I’ll give it a go.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Sometimes in chat Adam is all “FOOTBALL” and “GRAND STRATEGY GAMES” and “LUNCH”. Usually my favourite Adam chat is “LUNCH”. Today, however, we had “WAVE SIMULATOR”. “WAVE SIMULATOR” is my favourite of all.

The wave simulator in question is a simple-looking wave tool by David Li which lets you tweak a patch of ocean, making it choppier or calmer according to your fancy. It’s fantastically soothing for me to have on in another browser window as I work.

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

Who pays for games journalism? Sometimes, you do: The Offworld Collection, which bundles a year of features from Offworld.com together into a book, has been funded on Kickstarter. The project needed $30,000 to go ahead and is currently sitting at $36,846 with 24 days to go. Better yet, all of the stretch goals listed currently will lead to the writers being paid better.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Update your lists, gang: another video game has added a grappling hook and so become a Real Video Game. Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] is the latest to realise what’s actually, really, properly, genuinely important to video games. You can even grapple onto dinosaurs. Even flying ones.

Dear lower-case-v video lower-case-g games, I hope you’re enjoying your baby numbers and noises and data and pictures and words and emotions, but I hope you buck your ideas up. Swing on by when you’re ready to talk. A xx

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Rick Lane)

Slime Rancher [official site] is the cutest game about selling shit ever made. Admittedly it’s probably the only game about selling shit ever made, but I don’t know for certain and googling “Shit selling games” tends to bring up commercial flops like Bulletstorm rather than games that literally involve the flogging of faecal matter.

If you’ve seen anything of Monomi Park’s debut, which slithered onto Early Access a couple of weeks back leaving a silvery trail in its wake, then its love for excrement may come as a surprise. Aesthetically Slime Rancher is a thundering wave of colour, like a circus struck by a tsunami, and the eponymous slimes are so clearly designed to be child friendly that it’s surprising to discover they have any orifices at all.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Sherlock Holmes has already survived an encounter with Cthulhu, I can’t imagine that The Devil’s Daughter [official site] will cause the great detective too much bother. That said, maybe she has something to prove. She’ll certainly have to pull more pranks than her old da to be taken seriously, and even then folks will say she hasn’t earned her cape. (Yes, I did read this about Chris Eubank Jr. the other day.) “Are… are you the> Satan?” quivering mortals ask. “Well, I’m a> Satan” she sighs.

Point is, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter will arrive on May 27th, Frogwares have announced. I mean, I assume it’s about the literal daughter of the literal Devil.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brittany Vincent)

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>

Thought you were hot? Guess what? You’re not.

Total Distortion holds the highest honour of featuring one of the most entertaining Game Over screens of all time, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a psychobilly freakout. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Amazon have launched their own free game engine based on Crytek’s CryEngine, fancied up to focus on online games. It’s an interesting idea with an awful name: Amazon Lumberyard. It’ll simplify setting up online stuff and fancy features like ‘Twitch Plays’ for devs, is the idea, tied into Amazon’s various server hosting services and Twitch (Amazon bought ‘em for $970 million, remember).

No, I don’t get whether it’s meant to be some sort of ‘lumber is made into paper which becomes books which we started with’ joke or something?

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