Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (John Walker)

The Stanley Parable creator, Davey Wreden, is back two years later with a solo project, The Beginner’s Guide [official site]. Released under his new development name, Everything Unlimited, this is an abstruse wander through a mysterious collection of games and game ideas, quite unlike anything else you’ve played. Does it work? Here’s wot I think:>

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One of the minds behind 2013's weird and wonderful hit, The Stanley Parable, announced his next project today: The Beginner's Guide. Stanley Parable designer Davey Wreden dropped the news on Twitter, writing, "The Beginner's Guide is my new game and my followup to Stanley Parable." It will also be a first-person narrative and exploration game, but in Wreden's hands that exploration could take almost any shape.

Details are sparse, but we won't have to wait very long for more. The Beginner's Guide will launch this week on October 1, a mere 48 hours after its announcement to the world. In the meantime, we have a mostly blank website and a couple of screenshots from Wreden's Twitter and a couple more from Polygon.

Wreden also noted that the other half of the standalone Stanley Parable's dev team, William Pugh, did not have a hand in The Beginner's Guide, although we do know that Pugh is potentially working with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland on a VR game, among other things.

The Beginner's Guide is out this Thursday on both Mac and PC.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (John Walker)

I can’t imagine a more daunting development task than having to follow up on The Stanley Parable. The truly stunning meta-game was a deserved phenomenon, catapulting developers Davey Wreden and William Pugh into the heights of indie fame. A game that pulled at the threads of gaming, seeing how they’d unravel, makes for a very tough act to follow. But that’s what Stanley creator Wreden is aiming to do with his solo project, The Beginner’s Guide [official site].

Described as “a narrative video game”, pretty much no other details are being announced ahead of its release on Thursday (1st Oct). But there are some screenshots to be confused by in the meantime.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alice O'Connor)

Will they make this? Who knows!

The co-creator of splendid Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty> (also the voice of their words and belches) Justin Roiland is planning some sort of virtual reality game thing for HTC Vive, working with folks including one of the Stanley Parable chaps. It’s a bit of a mystery for now but he’s a funny chap and Stanley’s pal William Pugh is too, so that’s nice. One preliminary design looks like… some kind of space prison game, maybe?

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Humble Jumbo Bundle 4 is a nice collection of words to say. Not the 4, so much, but certainly the rest. Give your mouth a treat by saying them aloud right now. (Incidentally, how has there not been a Humble Jumble Bundle yet?)

That's enough mouth fun for one day. Humble Jumbo Bundle 4 is also a nice collection of games, all organised into different pay-what-your-want tiers.

The most basic tier will get you Outland: Special Edition, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes and Mercenary Kings. Beat the average—currently $4.63—and you'll also get Endless Space: Emperor Edition, The Stanley Parable and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II.

At the very top end, you can pay $18 or more to get Space Engineers added to the mix.

There's some good stuff there. The Stanley Parable is excellent, and Endless Space is a decent 4X strategy—albeit not quite as good as Amplitude's follow-up, Endless Legend.

The bundle will be available for two weeks, and additional games will be added later in its run. The proceeds can be split between the developers, Humble, and this bundle's two charities, Save The Children and charity:water.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Ben Barrett)

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we’ll be offering our picks – based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 9 of the sale.>

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Philippa Warr)

Employee 432

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

The Stanley Parable was big when it came out. Its sense of humour, its impossible architecture, its multiple narration strands all came together to form a wonderful breath of fresh air with a wide-ranging appeal.

But it turns out there are at least, like, eight people who didn’t play it, either as a Source mod or as a standalone game. It is at those eight that this HYP is aimed.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Philippa Warr)

A perfectly normal office

About a year ago I interviewed Davey Wreden and William Pugh about the architecture of The Stanley Parable but never published the article. I’d been thinking about how the game intertwines narration and level design for a while, but it was a gif which finally converted solo pondering into getting the pair on Skype. Here’s what happened when Wreden and Pugh dug into the ideas behind The Stanley Parable’s disorienting and utterly impossible building.

CAUTION: There will be spoilers.

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PC Gamer

It says a lot about the good health of games when The Stanley Parable, a strange narrative-driven adventure with origins in the modding community, can sell over 1 million copies. Developer Davey Wreden revealed the sales figure on Twitter earlier this week. "A few years ago no one had any idea who I was," he wrote. "Today The Stanley Parable has sold a million copies. Thank you."

The last we heard of the game's sales progress, it had shifted 100,000 units in its first week. PC Gamer's Phil Savage described it as "effortlessly inventive, frequently surprising and consistently hilarious" upon release, later naming it as his game of the year

Originally a Source Engine mod, The Stanley Parable released as a standalone title on Steam in 2013.


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