Community Announcements - heidi
A sneezing engineer was more than enough to keep the audience spellbound during the early days of film. But soon, filmmakers had to add the element of storytelling, in order to keep the viewers' attention.

As a medium, videogames are getting along just fine by relying on fun gameplay. But is it time to disassemble games and start building them with a focus on storytelling, as well as gameplay?

New blog post: http://frictionalgames.blogspot.se/2017/03/videogames-too-fun-for-their-own-good.html

Community Announcements - heidi
How do you handle travel time in games, and how do you keep the players intrigued and content during these periods. How do make going from one place to another fun? And what's the difference in our expectations depending on the type of game we choose to play?

Read our new blog post, where Thomas shares his thoughts on the subject. And let us know what you think in the comments!

http://frictionalgames.blogspot.se/2017/03/traversal-and-problem-with-walking.html


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

screenshot of Dear Esther in which it is quite dark

The next game from the creators of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and Dear Esther will be a systems-driven isometric adventure, inspired by tabletop RPGs and wargames. I spoke to The Chinese Room’s studio director Dan Pinchbeck about the game, Total Dark, and he explained that he’s wanted to make a game driven by RPG-style mechanics for a long time.

As well as providing us with some of the first details about Total Dark, he discussed the continuing influence of Esther, and the ways in which ‘walking simulators’ are returning to their first-person adventure roots.

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

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture [official site], the latest from Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs developers The Chinese Room, is finally heading to PC. I spoke to studio head Dan Pinchbeck earlier this week and he told me that the completed PC port has now been delivered to Sony, who will be acting as publishers. Sony’s role means they’ll be responsible for selecting a release date and marketing the game, as they did with Helldivers when it came to PC late last year.

But it’s coming. The rapture is coming.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - Gnoffah!
To help you prepare yourself for the imminent release of SOMA, we have decided to have a sale with an 80% discount on all our previous games. Hurry and you’ll get Amnesia: The Dark Descent for free during the next 24 hours and the game will remain in your library forever.

If you pre-order SOMA you’ll get a 10% discount and you’ll be able to preload the game starting tonight.

Announcement - Valve
Save 80% on Amnesia and Penumbra series during this week's Midweek Madness*!
Additionally, grab a completely free copy of Amnesia: The Dark Descent on Steam until Wednesday at 10AM Pacific time!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/57300/

*Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

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Something I can’t do have never been able to do in terms of what I do for a living is enjoy horror games.

That’s why I’ve decided to talk the matter over with Adam, one of the RPS resident horror fans and the chap whose own most recent supporter post dealt with Five Nights At Freddy’s; a nasty, brutish horror game but one not without merit or skill.

… [visit site to read more]

Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 66% on Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: Collection!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time
Announcement - Valve
The Steam Holiday Sale continues today with huge savings throughout the store! Check back often to take advantage of our eight-hour Flash Sales. You can even help select what goes on sale with our Community's Choice Voting Sales.

In addition to Flash and Vote sales, more than a hundred games and apps will be featured as Daily Deals throughout the sale, with new deals popping up every 24 hours.

Today's Daily Deals include:

Participating in the 2013 Steam Holiday Sale will also earn customers exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards. Collect, trade, and craft 10 Holiday Snow Globe Cards that can only be earned during the sale. Every craft of a Holiday Sale badge will also generate a random item drop from 10 participating Free-To-Play games, featuring exclusive in-game items from Warframe, Path of Exile, Team Fortress 2, DOTA 2 and more. These items are both tradable and marketable.

Learn more about this year's Steam Holiday Sale features HERE.

The Steam Holiday Sale will run until 10AM PST, January 2nd. Complete information on Daily Deals, Flash Sales, Community Choice Voting and more can be found HERE.

Announcement - Valve
The Steam Sale is here! Take advantage of huge savings on thousands of PC, Mac and Linux titles. Check back often to take advantage of our eight-hour Flash Sales.

Today's Daily Deals include:


Add games to your Steam Wishlist and be notified when a game from your Wishlist goes on sale, or shop for games using the Steam Mobile App, available for iOS and Android.

Be sure to check Steam every day to see new featured deals.

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