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The voting for the Golden Joystick Awards presented with Omen by HP closes in just under three weeks (November 3rd), and before that happens, we want to see our favourites from the last 12 months get the recognition they deserve. Not to manipulate the process because we want all the PC games to win in every category, or anything, but because there are so many amazing projects nominated that we want to celebrate.
If you vote, too, you get a free digital copy of The Best PC Games Ever, which we published earlier this year. Take a look here for more information on what's inside, but it contains a great making of feature on the All Ghillied Up mission from Call of Duty 4, retrospectives on classics like Red Alert 2, Deus Ex, Max Payne 2 and tons more. All you have to do is vote, enter your email, then you'll receive instructions on claiming this lovely-looking digital book.
There's a bunch of great PC games up for awards at the Golden Joysticks this year. Rock-hard modern classic Cuphead is up for best visual design, for example, and offbeat horror platformer Little Nightmares is deservedly nominated for best audio. The best indie game category is full of great PC titles, of course: Dream Daddy, Everything, Friday the 13th, Night In The Woods, Pyre, Slime Rancher, Stories Untold, Tacoma, Thimbleweed Park and What Remains of Edith Finch. And that's just a few of the categories. There are three eSports categories, and the best PC games category has the likes Total War: Warhammer 2, Endless Space 2, West of Loathing, PUBG, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam and a bunch more—check out the voting page and pick your favourites.
Not only does Humble currently have its second ‘Very Positive’ bundle going on right now, the site is now listing a separate sale, appropriately titled the ‘Very Positive Sale’. As with the bundle, the sale features a bunch of games all with ‘Very Positive’ or higher ratings on Steam right now, with discounts of up to 80%.
Before you ask, yes, that means you can get Dream Daddy for 9.89 / $13.49. Also featured are things like lovely retro Metroid-like Axiom Verge, perpetual Early Access feudal RPG Kenshi, the Homeworld Remastered Collection, Sniper Elite 4 and more.
We covered the strange adventure possible in Kenshi quite recently. In a year that gave us Divinity: Original Sin 2’s hungry elves and face-stealing undead, it’s astonishing to realise that Kenshi has weirder cannibalistic possibilities than Larian’s latest masterpiece.
Last week we asked you to show us your dream daddies. No, not your ideal father figures in real life, but the man you imagine when you think of—well, the imaginary cartoon man you'd like to guide through the choppy waters of the dad dating scene. And by dad dating, we mean dads dating other dads, exclusively. It's the premise of Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, which starts of with a great character customizer, proven by some of the fantastic fathers you sent our way. Here are some of the best entries we received, with their provided descriptions attached (if they had one).
Some comments have been edited for grammar and clarity.
Dad: Hulk HoganDesigned by: Katarzyna Vidavidtch
What you do mean, oops?
Dad: Adam WildeDesigner: Mathilde Semin
"Adam Wilde, the Hipster Dad. ( Am I using "hipster" right ? Help me, Amanda ! ) King of trying too hard, very nitpicky on punctuation, and ready to mocha-out with one hot barista."
Every use of 'hipster' is the correct use. If I breathe or sip from a mug, I get called a hipster from someone in the building across the street. Fire away.
Dad: Al Nyason Designed by: Al
"My dad is pretty much a total drama queen, but he is also a total worrywart and tends to try and get Amanda to talk to him about her problems instead of letting her have her space. He apologizes for it though nonetheless. He knows when he is at fault. He just really gets worried easily. But other than that, he doesn't mind if he embarrasses himself with his antics with Amanda since he likes showing everyone that he has a good relationship with her. He tries his best to be the dad who his daughter can see as someone she can talk to when she can't talk to anyone else."
Dad: Geralt Designed by: Matthias
This dad needs no introduction.
Dad: Vince "Vinny" McCurdgeonDesigner: Mag Magnet
"He is the dad I would be, had I been born a dad. aLSO I SAW HIS LOOKALIKE IN A MALL TODAY??? I MADE HIM REAL!!!!!
PS I LOVE THIS GAME"
Dad: Geralt Designed by: Tirahmisu
"Is he daddy Geralt enough for you?" asked Tirahmisu in their submission.
Dad: Cornelius Flowers Designed by: Ronny
"My dadsona is Cornelious Flowers, freshly stepped out of an early '90s small town indie flick."
Played by a young Ryan Gosling, apparently.
Dad: Yui PlisetskyDesigned by: Lanean
This dad design is based on Yurio from the popular anime series, Yuri on Ice.
Dad: Jack HarperDesigned by: Melanie Hawke
"Beard and hair matches the outfit, of course. A good dad. A good egg."
That's a man, not an egg!
Dad: Mishka Medvedev Designed by: Loki Duck
"This is my dadsona Mishka Medvedev c: He's a Russian papa that looks grumpy and tired all the time but is actually really loving and friendly and speaks in broken English.
His name also basically means Teddy Bearson. XD"
Dad: Mayne Kretzky Designed by: Gokazaru
"My dadsona is an ice hockey coach named Mayne Kretzky. Like Wayne Gretzky, but with my initials."
So far, two of the dads we chose have ice-skating skills. Dads, take note.
Dad: Eggnips McGee Designed by: Brandykins
"Basically the male me, haha."
Cool, cool, but where can someone get that t-shirt? Asking for a friend.
What’s that unsettling white noise coming from the other room? Oh no, it’s the 10th episode of the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. This week, the gang are talking about horror in games (but not necessarily “horror games”). Adam and Brendan are terrified by the depths of Subnautica, which doesn’t frighten Pip in the slightest.
But we also like playing non-scary things. Brendan has been competing in the purgatorial fantasy sport of Pyre, and Adam has been catching fish and watching tranquil sunsets in Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Meanwhile, Pip has been dating dads in the gay suburban utopia of Dream Daddy. There’s also reader questions, in which we return to the subject of horror, and experience the shrill scream of a truly terrifying beast… (more…)
Look. I’m good at romance/dating sims. I’m good at seeing the things it wants me to do in order to get the rewards of the heart (or the, uh, lower regions). I think a lot of people are because the games tend to hinge around you gaming the NPCs to reap some kind of reward. You take the character who likes animals on a date to the zoo. You wear a leather jacket to meet the rebel. You switch up your seduction (or entire personality) to tick person after person off your list. I’m a mercenary lovebot dispensing chocolates, offering an absolutely insincere shoulder to cry on and switching up my manipulations to suit my own transactional end game of collecting all the experiences.
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is out today, and the internet is flooding with top notch dads of all types, from the expected robust bearded boys to straight up scenesters with multicolored hair that’d make a rainbow keel over and call it quits. That’s because before you dive into the daddy dating scene, you need to make your own dad using a character creator brimming with assorted dad bits. Mine is up top. Can you guess who I’m channeling?
But nevermind my awful first attempt—this is where you come in, readers. We want to see your dads. Not your real dads, obviously, but we want to know who you’re taking into the dating arena and why. Show us your daddy homages built in the image of your favorite pop culture icons, your best original creations, or your vision for the ideal Dad of the Future™—and if no one makes Poppa Geralt, I’ll be severely disappointed.
Drop a link to an image of your dream daddy in the comments and we’ll collect the best submissions in a showcase a few days from now.