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Each week on Show Us Your Rig, we feature PC gaming's best and brightest as they show us the systems they use to work and play.
Paul Kilduff-Taylor, Joint Managing Director at Mode 7 Games (known for Frozen Synapse and Frozen Cortex), has a rig surrounded by music. I can count at least four keyboards in the above photo alone. He also has an impressive 64GB of RAM, an amount superfluous for gaming but which can be very handy for any sort of production work. Paul was kind enough to show off his work space and tell us about both his favorite game and his favorite synth.
Selected Hardware Synths
Probably the deeply ludicrous amount of RAM I have: it s a massive help when it comes to music and video production. Our tech guy Jimmeh who built the computer was a bit blown away when I asked for that much RAM but it s great!
My Soulsby Atmegatron: it s a brilliant synthesizer which was created by a good friend of mine. I use it all the time and also it looks cool.
On PC, I m playing XCOM. I didn t really get into it the first time around but it s hooked me now for some reason. I m also playing a little bit of Starcraft 2 again so I can remember where my hotkeys are when Legacy of the Void comes out.
I d say probably still Deus Ex. The combination of the setting, the openness of the gameplay and the level design are all still phenomenally compelling. It s a game that fully allows you to make your own plans to deal with the situations in front of you: that s still quite rare.
The original Frozen Synapse is a wonderfully readable turn-based strategy game that plays out a little like a fully top-down Rainbow Six. You have your deep blue background, of the sort I tend to use in word documents to be less harsh on the old eyes; you have your team in green, the baddies in red, and neutrals in yellow, making it very easy to tell what's going on at a glance. I mention this because a new version of the game, Frozen Synapse Prime, is coming to PC soon, which messes with the colour scheme in scary ways. Its procedurally generated environments now look a bit like stark, grey alien spaceships, while the more animated characters no longer resemble plastic army men.
Developers Double 11 originally adapted Mode 7's Frozen Synapse for the Playstation Vita, and now they're re-adapting it back to the PC. I'm not convinced by Prime's shiny, high-contrast art, but I'm happy that the game will now feature controller support. The other changes are detailed here, and include new commands, overhauled multiplayer, a reworked campaign, and a couple of additional tutorial missions. There are also a few new maps exclusive to this Steam version.
Frozen Synapse Prime is out on November 14th. The original version included two copies (one for a friend), and it would be neat if this new one did something similar. Here's a trailer.