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

Here it comes, with its lazy eye and its gammy leg. Take a seat before you do yourself an injury, you poor thing. Sit down and do what you so love to do – tell us about your family. (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

Naked, incomplete hardware just begging you to take a peek. Scandalous!

You there! Yes, you>, with the hair, the shirt, and the microscopically minuscule pimple behind your left nostril that nobody – not even you – knows about. You could well be mere days away from receiving your very own Steam Machine. If you live in the US and signed up for Valve’s first round of testing, I would advise that you check your inbox now, lest you miss the opportunity to excitedly huddle around your fireplace, waiting for ol’ Saint Newell to slide down the chimney and pull your precious bounty from the safety of his beard of impossible wonders.

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

Fragments of Him is a short, free game in which the player observes a man grieving for a lost love, which makes it extremely surprising that nobody at RPS has had a big cry over it yet. Despite the fact that all game journalists are contractually obliged to spend at least one hour every day pretending to be either barbarians, special ops chaps or space marines, we’re a bunch of softies. I’m glad we missed this particular game first time around though because there is news of an enhanced version and having played the original today, I reckon it’d benefit greatly from a few additions. It’s still well worth a look but it’s easy to see the cracks that could be plastered over with a little more development time.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

All of that Fallout 4 build-up was a giant hoax. Let’s face it: Fallout 4 will probably never happen. I mean, why would anyone make a sequel to a massively successful reinvention of a legendary franchise? It just doesn’t make any sense. I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up or fashioned a suit of power armor out of my ultra-sexy 2007 Honda Fit or any of that. It was all for naught… unless! It actually wasn’t for naught at all. Of course Bethesda is making Fallout 4, and Kotaku‘s obtained some casting documents that allegedly prove it. Also included: possible first story details.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

My favourite puzzle game of the year just doubled in size. Another collection of 36 puzzles, this time far harder than the last. Here’s wot I think:>

My cat, Dexter, has been missing for nine days now. Which is horrible. While kitten Lucy is certainly more famous in RPS parts, Dex has long appeared on the site, and indeed in PC Gamer, and best of all, The Cat Magazine. I’ve been pretty much miserable for eight days straight, so it’s with this context that I tell you how bloody delighted I am that there’s a new version of Hexcells released: Hexcells Plus.

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

In reality, I'd probably bet on this guy.

Want to play Duke Nukem forever? No, not Forever, the infamous, trashy, awful recent sequel. I mean, do you want to spend an eternity playing Duke Nukem 3D, the spirited, mechanically inventive, first-person shooter that made the King’s name in the first place? The Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition released back in March has just added Steam Workshop support and made it easier to mod and play mods for the game than in its previous sixteen year history. (more…)

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

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It’s a bad day to be the producer of game videos on YouTube. Dozens of YouTubers are reporting that they’ve received copyright claims against tens or sometimes hundreds of their videos.

The copyright claims seem to be coming not from game publishers, but as a result of tightening of restrictions to how you’re allowed to monetize videos. In fact, numerous game publishers – including Ubisoft, Blizzard, Deep Silver and Capcom – have reached out to offer help against the claims.

This gets complicated quickly and is the tip of the iceberg as far as the potential problems of distributing game videos on YouTube goes. If you play games, there’s a good chance you spend a portion of your time watching other people play games, as a source of advice, criticism, journalism and entertainment. It’s probably worth being aware of some of the issues surrounding the scene, then. (more…)

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

This weekend, Manchester’s MadLab will play host to a two-day Ludum Dare gamejam. The capacity has just been doubled so tickets are still available and if the chance to make games, share ideas and learn isn’t enough of an incentive to show up, read on. Last year, around this time, I organised a Manchester RPS social event in Terrace, the bar next door to MadLab, and the same shall occur this Saturday, from around 3pm right through into the night. Whether you’re at the gamejam or not, it would be lovely to see you. Details below.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

I’m always a little confused whenever anyone starts talking about the need to replace the mouse with something touch-y or pad-y or any other kind of funnily-shaped objected intended to act as ferryman between the world of flesh and the world of pixels. I like mice. They do the job well, they’ve evolved into high-precision, versatile objects and they remain a great metaphor for remotely poking and prodding at another dimension. I’m a right sucker for regularly picking up new ones that I become (incorrectly) convinced will somehow transform my working and playing life, thanks to their claims about DPI, button placement, mechanically-augmented scroll wheels and spurious new colours of laser. I’ve got about a dozen of the bloody things kicking about in various states of disrepair or simple abandonment. Lately added to the pile is Logitech’s taser-esque G602, a wireless, gaming-centric effort that looks like it fell off the new Robocop. (more…)

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

Here at the RPS retirement home for weary writers, our memories are often akin to a swirling sea of confusion. Just yesterday, I was watching the trailer for Peggle 2 and thought it looked terrible. I realised that Peggle the first has come to resemble a Jackson Pollock gallery retrospective in my mind’s eye. How strange then that our collective memories of Thief were lucid and strong. Looking Glass’ masterpiece is more than a memory though. Astonishingly, fifteen years after its release, the fan community has continued to work on the game and a modder going by the handle Bentraxx has released a Thief Gold HD Mod. It looks gorgeous and there’s a full changelist and video below.

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